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March 28, 2012
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March 28, 2012 NEWS
RTS professor accused of verbal abuse
A former National Theatre School student claims that she was abused and discriminated against by current Ryerson Theatre
School professor Perry Schneiderman, who denies these allegations. Online Editor Jeff Lagerquist reports
Allegations of abuse, discrimi-
nation and a toxic learning envi-
ronment made by George Brown
Theatre School Students could
spark an investigation into the
Ryerson Theatre School (RTS) and
its faculty.
Araxi Arslanian, 42, claims cur-
rent Ryerson and George Brown
faculty violated her charter rights
by forcing her to leave the Nation-
al Theatre School (NTS), where
they were employed, in 1991. Ar-
slanian has bipolar disorder and
sufers from depression.
She claims former RTS chair,
now instructor, Perry Schneider-
man called her a “poorly social-
ized psychopath with deep-seat-
ed emotional problems” before
asking her to leave the program
six weeks before the end of her
frst year. Schneiderman allegedly
stated that Arslanian was violent
and a danger to her fellow stu-
Arslanian stayed for the remain-
der of the semester where she said
she was routinely subjected to in-
timidation and emotional abuse
from faculty and classmates.
“When everyone found out I
was going to stay the result was
very violent,” said Arslanian.
She claims she was bullied and
humiliated for being overweight
and a virgin.
“Instructors would psychologi-
cally brutalize students by de-
manding that we discuss our most
emotionally fragile moments,”
she said. “They would viciously
taunt us so we would ‘emote.’”
Schneiderman claims no such
abuses occurred and has since
consulted with atorneys as well
as Ryerson faculty afairs. Arsla-
nian claims that instructors Diana
Reis and Sheldon Rosen, who
both currently teach at Ryer-
son’s Theatre School, also
participated in acts of abuse at
“This is shocking to say the
least,” said Schneiderman. “Ob-
viously people get upset when
they’re asked to leave the pro-
gram, but this was 22 years ago.
I’m mystifed as to why this is
happening now.”
He doesn’t recall Arslanian be-
having violently, and denies call-
ing her a psychopath. Schneider-
man notes that students are only
asked to leave most theatre pro-
grams after the faculty reaches
an unanimous decision. He also
denies that instructors use painful
or traumatic experiences as moti-
vation in the classroom.
“I’m not into psycho drama. I
work of of imagination. When
we do anything that’s going to be
charged with emotion, it has to
come from imaginative sources,
not from your dog dying yester-
day,” said Schneiderman.
An online document compiled
by a group of George Brown stu-
dents tells a diferent story. En-
titled, “A Legacy of Trauma,” the
12-page report includes anony-
mous student grievances ranging
from unfair grading policies to
sexual abuse.
“My friend at school came out
crying after an interview with an
instructor. He said that when he
walks by her he gets a whif of
litle girl, and it makes him sick,
because he hates them, but loves
women,” said one student.
“A frst-year student of my class
was physically abused by an act-
ing teacher, in class, in front of
other classmates. I believe the tool
used was a long wooden pole,
used to prod the student into cre-
ative thinking,” said another.
RTS students are reluctant to
condemn their instructors.
“I’ve never heard of anyone
making these kinds of allega-
tions,” said Kamini Murthy-
Kortewig, a second-year produc-
tion student.
She said the theatre school is
so small and tightly knit that any
type of discrimination or abuse
would be difcult to hide.
“The theatre school is a close,
intimate community, but it is also
a very competitive faculty. It is a
reality of being in a competitive
theatre program at the university
level,” said second-year produc-
tion student Kate Glen.
Arslanian said the social dy-
namics of theatre schools make it
impossible for some people to ft
“The ones who are doing well
or who are chosen to do well stand
aside and do nothing. They learn
to minimize abuse. Other people
learn to accept it,” said Arslanian.
She says John Isbister, vice-pro-
vost faculty afairs and Ryerson
President Sheldon Levy commit-
ted to look into the George Brown
allegations and investigate poten-
tial abuses inside RTS.
Levy met with Arslanian and
Isbister on Monday but declined
to comment.
Arslanian is in her fourth year
at Ryerson’s School of Social
Work, and has recently appeared
in episodes of Degrassi: The Next
Generation and Litle Mosque on
the Prairie.
Students deny misconduct
BY Emma PrEstwich
Two engineering students are
angry after they were given a no-
tice of non-academic misconduct
they say is groundless.
Komail Kanjee and Akul Goel
were accused of non-academic
misconduct by staf in the engi-
neering support ofce Feb. 3 af-
ter staf discovered one student’s
engineering department network
account contained password infor-
mation from the other’s account.
But both students said they did
nothing wrong and weren’t told
specifcally how their actions vio-
late school policy.
“No policy says that I’m not
supposed to have someone’s pass-
word, it just says that I’m not sup-
posed to use it, and I never used
it,” said Kanjee.
Kanjee claims the actions of two
staf members in the ofce con-
stituted harassment, as well as a
violation of school policies, the
Canada Human Rights Code, and
the Freedom of Information and
Protection of Privacy Act.
Jason Naughton, lead engineer
in the engineering support ofce,
said he suspended both Goel and
Kanjee’s departmental network ac-
counts on Feb. 2 when he looked
through computer logs and be-
came suspicious that the two knew
each other’s passwords.
The students’ accounts were
locked for the full day, denying
them access to their lab resources
until Naughton confronted Kanjee
when the student came into his of-
fce the next day.
“I asked the student whether he
knew another student’s password.
At that time, witnessed by two
other support staf, the student in-
dicated that he knew
his friends password
... I explained to him
that the act of know-
ing another student’s
network password is
against departmental
policy and the university’s
policy,” he said in an email.
Kanjee said he and Goel were
working on an assignment and
Goel was logged into the network
on his computer. Kanjee used the
secure shell feature (SSH), which
is similar to a computer command
window, to log into his own ac-
count through Goel’s.
Brian Lesser, head of computing
and communications services, said
the feature lets students send the
computer commands, such as to
log into another account.
“In theory, you can issue a com-
mand to be the other user,” he said.
Goel said
he doesn’t know how using the
SSH feature violates departmental
Naughton said he told Kanjee
his actions violated Policy 61 of the
student code of non-academic con-
duct, which states that a violation
of departmental policy is also a vi-
olation of the non-academic code.
He said he didn’t charge the two,
just made note of what happened.
While the notice won’t mean
punishment for the students, Kan-
jee said he has asked the
ombudsperson to conduct
a fairness review of Naugh-
ton and another staf mem-
ber, Daniel Giannitelli’s ac-
Goel said he and Kanjee also
were forced to read a log of their
actions and sign a document ac-
knowledging the violation.
“They gave us a notice of non-
academic misconduct, which is not
right, because they are not telling
us what we have violated, and sec-
ondly, they’re just asking us to sign
it, there’s no appeals,” said Goel.
Kanjee said he has spoken with
student conduct ofcer Mickey Ci-
rak, who said he will request the
electrical engineering department
to issue a new notice acknowledg-
ing that the staf made a mistake.
Engineering student Komail
They would viciously
taunt us so we would
— Araxi Arslanian
Former NTS student
Schneiderman denies allegations of violating Araxi Arslanian’s charter rights. PHOTO: MOHaMEd OMar
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Nicole “TAUNTAUN” Siena
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Mohamed “HAN” Omar
Marissa “ACKBAR” Dederer
Suraj “R2-D2” Singh
Lee “C-P30” Richardson
Jeff “OBI” Lagerquist
John “WAN” Shmuel
Playing the role of the Annoying
Talking Coffee Mug this week... Ed
Keenan is a dink.
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Something is roten at CESAR.
We skimmed the surface when
we revealed that the Continuing
Education Students Association of
Ryerson had faced four resigna-
tions in one month. We found accu-
sations and evidence of harassment
and conficts of interest.
Now this gem of a students’
union is entering election season
and it’s shaping up to be a doozy.
Of CESAR’s 16,000 members,
only a handful are even eligible to
vote. To run or vote in the election,
you’d need to have atended at least
two political meetings. There’s only
been three so far. And when your
membership consists of people who
are more likely than undergrads to
have full-time jobs and families to
worry about, that’s a problem.
Not to mention that the very
people paying fees that support
the union and pay the salaries of
these positions are being left out of
choosing who gets to hold them.
It’s not a problem for the current
board of directors though if they’re
trying to hold onto their positions.
It’s easy to make it to meetings that
you set yourself.
The Ryerson Students’ Union
race was one-sided, but at least par-
ticipation was guaranteed.
5 March 28, 2012 NEWS
Grad students seek more autonomy
Rye and DMZ reveal program
by sean tepper
associate news editor
Ryerson has announced they
will be ofering a new Digital Spe-
cialization Program as early as
May 2012.
Provost and vice-president aca-
demic Alan Shepard revealed Fri-
day they are collaborating with
the Digital Media Zone (DMZ) to
establish the course.
“This new program is going to
formalize, in an academic way, op-
portunities that students can have
in the DMZ,” Shepard said.
Pending senate approval, the
12-week course will be available
to students in any faculty and will
consist of two components: a the-
ory course ofered in the fall and
winter semesters and an applied
course ofered in the spring/sum-
mer semester.
“The program’s designed to
boost credentials of any Ryerson
student in digital entrepreneur-
ship and innovation,”said Ryerson
President Sheldon Levy.
The applied semester will begin
with a one-week XTREME Boot
Camp where students will atempt
to develop innovative products
and services. After that, students
will take part in a team-based proj-
ect for the remainder of the course.
Heralded as the frst of its kind
in Canada, it will begin as a pilot
project with roughly 20-40 stu-
dents taking part in its inaugural
year. Shepard said Ryerson will
not be turning down any prospec-
tive students.
The senate is expected to make
a decision in early April, meaning
the credits from the initial course
will not be put towards degrees.
Shepard said he is hoping for
other programs to accept it to-
wards their degrees.
“If it’s the frst program in Cana-
da and they do it well, then I think
it will bring a lot of atention to
Ryerson,” said Vincent Nguyen, a
frst-year engineering student.
Fellow engineering student Sye-
da Fayyaz thinks the program will
be benefcial for students, especial-
ly those in specialized programs.
“For engineers it’s very un-
common to have a business back-
ground,” she said. “I would take it
because it would be a great asset …
it’s very interesting.”
To apply, students will submit a
portfolio and resume in addition to
taking part in an interview process.
by carolyn turgeon
news editor
The graduate executives of the
Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU)
are seeking more control over their
fnances and decisions.
“We’re trying to analyze and
see how other grad student asso-
ciations (GSAs) do it,” said Osman
Hamid, chairperson of the gradu-
ate executive commitee.
The initiative stemmed from
a disagreement at an RSU board
meeting on Feb. 27, as previously
reported by The Eyeopener.
Since the reported decision to
consider separation from the RSU,
Hamid said the grad executives
have been exploring their options.
They have decided they could
either form their own graduate
student union or gain more control
within the RSU.
“We want a change so that [our]
representatives have control over
the [grad student] funds and how
they should be distributed,” said
According to him, the RSU
makes an estimated $180,000 from
graduate student fees.
The executives have access to
$3,500 of these profts to fund their
GSAs. They can form up to 37 of
these student groups but would be
unable to fund them all, said Ha-
RSU president Caitlin Smith,
a voting member on the gradu-
ate board, said that it is difcult
enough to get grad students en-
gaged, let alone form GSAs, but
that the RSU intends to advocate
for more base funding for grad
council at their annual general
meeting (AGM).
She clarifed that the grad execu-
tives only distribute that portion of
their profts because other portions
go towards services all members
use, such as the health and dental
plan, members services desk and
lawyer and advocacy services.
This is why it’s not used by them
for their own activities.
She said more base funding
would give the council more mon-
ey for events and speakers.
Personally, Hamid would like
the grad executives to gain more
autonomy within the RSU by con-
trolling their own funding. After-
words, they would be able to raise
their membership and eventually
form their own union.
“That would be a process of evo-
lution that we can go through,” he
said. “We’re not going ‘oh my god,
we’ve got to leave tomorrow.’”
Hamid said Smith has tried to
schedule meetings with them but
they’ve all been cancelled.
He said the RSU is aware that
they have these ambitions as they
have access to the minutes of their
graduate executive meetings.
“[From the RSU perspective],
we’ve presented ourselves and
created ample opportunity for dis-
cussion,” said Smith.
She said meetings have been
cancelled due to scheduling con-
ficts but she hasn’t been ap-
proached by executives.
Hamid said the next step will
consist of fguring out what servic-
es are used the most by grad stu-
dents so they can dedicate funding
to them.
Provincial and
federal budget
coming soon
degrees for
Atwood and more
ryerson will recognize
nine individuals with honou-
rary university degrees this
spring, including internation-
ally renowned canadian au-
thor Margaret atwood. the
ottawa native has published
more than 50 volumes of po-
etry and a number works of
fction and non-fction. she
has won awards including the
giller prize and the governor
general’s award for fction.
atwood will receive a doc-
tor of letters degree from the
Faculty of arts on June 12.
also among recipients is ivan
reitman, an award-winning
writer and producer who has
worked on movies such as
ghostbusters, animal House
and the oscar-nominated up
in the air. He will receive a
doctor of letters from the Fac-
ulty of communication and
design on June 8.
The Eyeopener
Members of the press par-
ticipated in a lock up on tues-
day, March 27 in which they
were shown the provincial
budget for 2012-13. Head to to see
how the new budget will af-
fect post-secondary students,
courtesy of Media editor lee
richardson. on thursday,
March 29, the federal budget
will be announced and you
can revisit our website to hear
from the news team how
changes to canada’s funding
will affect you as a university
student. as well, pick up next
week’s paper for full coverage
of both announcements in our
fnal issue of the school year. photo: mohamed omar
The Eyeopener

2012 Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, April 4th
1-3 PM
Room D, 3rd foor
Oakham House
“Where the elite meet to talk about the Eyeopener.”

6 March 28, 2012 The Eyeopener NEWS
Briefs & Groaners
Security attended to a
male found lying in the plant-
ers in front of the 99 Gerrard
St. entrance. When offcers
approached, the suspect
became very agitated and
suggested the offcer go
fuck himself and mind his
own business. The suspect
was verbally barred and left
property westbound on Ger-
rard Street. We’ve decided
that verbally barred must be
a badass way of saying “we
told him to leave and never
come back.”
On March 22, a theft re-
port was fled regarding
missing bike parts. The stu-
dent parked his bike over
night and upon arrival, the
victim noticed the two front
lights of his bike were re-
moved, along with the rear
light located on the back of
his seat. The victim refused
to contact Toronto police be-
cause he was smart enough
to know they wouldn’t give
a fuck, but security safety
planning was conducted.
A suspicious looking in-
dividual was found loitering
in the engineering building
on March 20. The individual
who reported the incident
said they saw the suspect
attempting to gain access
into his offce. Eventually
the man moved on before
being seen attempting to
gain access into another
room without success. He
then saw the suspect go
west out the Church Street
doors. He was described as
having a red beard. Which
is really indicating nothing
other than the fact that he
may be soulless.
Who’s making the big bucks at Ryerson?
Curriculum changes
by MArilEE dEvriES
Curriculum changes have been
proposed by Ryerson’s curricu-
lum renewal commitee that, if
approved, would provide options
from a much wider range of cours-
es to students.
According to the commitee’s
proposal, the change is based on
student demand for more choice
in recently conducted surveys.
Mark Lovewell, the senior advi-
sor at the ofce of the provost, also
serves as the vice chair of the cur-
riculum renewal commitee and he
says that it’s that notion of student
choice that makes these adjust-
ments so important.
The conjecture for curriculum
changes includes the introduc-
tion of writing-designated courses
called W-courses.
W-courses would mean the de-
tachment of the writing compo-
nent currently present in all Lib-
eral Studies.
The commitee is suggesting that
students be required to take six W-
courses as the standard for any Ry-
erson degree.
The school might also begin call-
ing mandatory classes “core cours-
es” while liberal studies courses
may be referred to as “breadth
classes.” Open or profession-
ally related courses will be called
“choice courses.”
He points out that the changes
would also make earning a minor
from a broader range of interests
more accessible to students.
“We want to provide fexibil-
ity to the students to help them
shape their educational and career
goals,” Lovewell said.
Second-year graphic communi-
cations management student Bon-
nie Chow thinks that fexibility in
course selection is vital to the uni-
versity experience.
“If you have students who are
forced to choose from a small se-
lection of classes, you are restrict-
ing their freedom to explore their
interests in other subjects,” she
Engineering student Kai Mor-
gan doesn’t see the necessity of W-
courses for all students.
“We already have a large
amount of courses on our plates,”
he said. “And taking courses that
don’t have anything to do with en-
gineering doesn’t interest me.”
Any implementation strategy
for curriculum changes is bound to
be rolled out over a few years.
“You can’t make changes of this
signifcance quickly,” Lovewell
It would begin with a few pro-
grams and eventually be applied
university-wide, although with a
few exceptions.
“There is still going to be a wide
variety in the levels of fexibility
across programs,” Lovewell said,
referring to programs like engi-
neering and architecture. “That’s
just the way Ryerson is.”
Sheldon Levy,
The main individual behind the
Universities’ Master Plan and
continued future as a develop-
ing school.
Adam Kahan,
Vice-President University
Responsible for building the
Ryerson brand and reaching
out to the external community.
Alan Shepherd,
Provost & Vice-President
In charge of academic policy,
strategic planning and the uni-
versity’s budget.
Anastasios Venetsanopoulos,
Professor of Electrical and
Computer Engineering
Tenured professor who joined
Ryerson in 1996 as the frst VP
Research and Innovation.
Julia Hanigsberg,
Vice-President Adminis-
tration & Finance
Responsible for establishing
and maintaining fnancial
infrastructure and policies.
Linda Grayson,
Former Vice-President
Administration & Finance
Served at Ryerson for 17 years
until retiring on Sept. 22, 2010
before Hanigsberg’s start.
Wendy Cukier,
Vice-President Research
& Innovation
Responsible for academic lead-
ership, research and interna-
tional initiatives.
Carla Cassidy,
Interim Vice-President
Research & Innovation
Acting as interim for her last
year at Rye, Cassidy served as
Dean of Arts for nine years.
Kenneth Jones,
Dean, Faculty of Business
Jones assumed his role as
Dean beginning in 2005 and
was reappointed for another
fve-year term in 2010.
Larissa Allen,
Assistant Vice-President
Human Resources
Ensures practices match the
strategic plan of the university
for a good work environment.
The annual release of the “sunshine list” indicates the top earners in the Ontario public sector garnering more than
$100,000. Of the 790 top earners at Ryerson who made it on the list, here are the top ten salaries sitting on campus
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5pm > SCC115, Student Centre, 55 Gould St.
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If we require additional accommodations to ensure your participation,
please contact as soon as possible.
The RSU holds two meetings each year where
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If you are a full time undergraduate student or a full or
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Meeting to share your views and hear about the work your
union has been doing for you.
7 March 28, 2012 The Eyeopener NEWS
The mysterious backpack
You’ve probably seen Ryerson security walking around with a backpack
thrown over their shoulders. The News Team gives you a peek inside
There are diferent bags for ofcers to choose from,
but this one is popular due to the water compart-
ment which comes in handy in the heat. The bags all
contain the same items but are arranged to the user’s
personal preference.
Barf bags for all you in-
toxicated hoodlums living
it up in residence. Accord-
ing to security, they are
the most commonly used
items alongside cold packs
and bandages.
A small pen sized-
light used to check a
patient’s pupils.
By Emma PrEstwich
Students will enjoy a longer
Thanksgiving break this fall.
Ryerson’s Senate set the dates
for the university’s frst fall reading
week, which will begin on Thanks-
giving Monday, Oct. 8, 2012.
The Ryerson Senate has been
discussing plans for a fall break
since 2010, when two student rep-
resentatives brought the initial mo-
tion forward.
“It’s been the subject of con-
versation since I’ve got here. It’s
taken a very long time to get to
this place,” said Ryerson President
Sheldon Levy.
Incoming Ryerson Students’
Union president Rodney Diverlus
said that he thinks the time period
was realistic considering the reg-
istrar was forced to rearrange the
“I defnitely appreciate the speed
[with which the administration
worked],” he said. “It’s a testament
to the collective efort.”
Vice-president Senate David
Checkland said that implementing
the break took time because of in-
stitutional issues, which centered
around whether or not less class
time would cause problems for stu-
dents in the faculty of engineering,
architecture and science (FEAS).
FEAS decided to opt-out of the
break, citing issues with profes-
sional accreditation if class time
was cut.
Maintaining program quality
with a shorter semester was one
of the major concerns stalling the
break’s implementation.
The reading week means the se-
mester will be cut down from 13
weeks to 12, condensing curricu-
But history professor Tomaz Jar-
din thinks students need the break.
“I think barreling through 12 or
13 weeks without a break is always
a long time,” he said.
This is his frst year teaching, so
he knew next semester would be
12 weeks long and built a “movie-
watching week” into his curricu-
“It gives you leeway to ditch a
lecture or two that you don’t really
like,” said Jardin.
Second-year medical physics
student Supraya Chawla said she
thinks less class time will mean
more pressure, but said it’s an
“extra week to catch up on what
you’ve missed.”
Checkland, who is also a phi-
losophy professor, wonders if the
break will afect the number of
students who fail courses or go on
“I hope for frst-year students,
[with] this happening as early as
it does in the semester, will it help
Though students in the faculty
of engineering, architecture and
science won’t get a break, second-
year aerospace engineering stu-
dent Isuru Weerasekera said he
doesn’t mind.
For him, one less week of class
would mean a heavier workload
and he’s also looking forward to
quiet hallways.
“We have the entire campus to
ourselves,” he said.
Reading week
dates chosen
Predicted to open in June, the top layer of the rink surface has
been installed at the mattamy athletic centre at the Gardens. the
new full-sized rink is 100-feet below maple Leaf Garden’s (mLG)
iconic dome and 50-feet above street level, making it the highest
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read alan hudes’ article exploring the new details that have been
revealed about the relics found inside the time capsule discov-
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phoTo courTesy of Norm beTTs
An ABD pad, meant for
gunshot wounds but can
be used to stem any fow of
A biohazardous container
to dispose of used needles
and gloves.
A mini
defbrillator which
can be used to
restart a heart.
When ofcers
carry a small
shoulder bag, it
does not contain
one of these.
A CPR mask which allows
the ofcer to exhale through
a one-way flter valve,
protecting them from the
patient’s bodily substances.
A surgical, or N95 mask.
8 March 28, 2012 The Eyeopener FEATURES
very undergraduate lives
a double life. Besides the
dominant identity of ‘uni-
versity student’ we all aspire
and moonlight as something on
the side — actor, photographer,
musician, writer, entrepreneur,
But only a few of us are ever
able to turn a passion and inter-
est into something extraordi-
When Jordan Heywood (AKA
Orijin), a third-year Ryerson so-
cial work student, got the invite
to open for an event curated by
Canadian rapper and Juno win-
ner Shad for Canadian Music
Week, his friends and family
were ecstatic, but not surprised.
“This guy has infinite poten-
tial, his passion and drive for
the art ... I love it,” says Gavin
Thomas, a grade-school friend
of Heywood. “Jordan is self-
driven, especially when it comes
to his music.”
Often the template for rap suc-
cess (especially with male MCs)
is a tough bravado, an agro re-
sponse to social and political
issues, a sprinkling of misogy-
ny and maybe a dash of name-
dropping the latest acquisitions
in high-end fashion or cars. Of
course, there are rappers that
go against the grain, but for the
most part this tried, tested and
true model is the quickest path
to relevancy and fame.
Just looking at the newest crop
of rappers reaching the main-
stream, it’s easy to see this for-
mula is pushing the likes of Ty-
ler the Creator, Meek Mill, Mac
Miller and ASAP Rocky. The
current Canadian rap prince
Drake, whose latest album Take
Care went certified platinum in
the United States, provides a
softer approach, but still relies
on the tropes that were estab-
lished before him.
Heywood, on the other hand,
couldn’t be farther away from
these standards. A self-pro-
fessed goody-two-shoes that
weighs no more than a buck-30
soaking wet, his demeanor and
Rivers Cuomo glasses don’t ex-
actly convey a hyper-masculine
persona. But then again, that’s
never been his intention when it
comes to performing.
“My faith definitely is the
most integral and central part
of my life. Everything that I do,
every message and word I con-
vey through music and poetry
comes from my life experience
and my life experience is based
around my relationship with
God,” says Heywood. “It af-
fects the way I see things and
the things I value.”
Growing up as the youngest of
three siblings in a Christian up-
bringing, Heywood was raised
with a high moral standard
and would often get support
from family and friends to pur-
sue spoken word and rap. But
it wasn’t until high school that
Heywood started to gravitate
towards underground hip hop.
The track that sold him on it was
Talib Kweli’s “Get By,” which be-
came his unofficial anthem.
“It was something that really
resonated with me — it was po-
etic, it was soulful, it was mean-
ingful, it was talking about so-
ciety and things that I thought
about,” says Heywood.
With the reassurance of fam-
ily and a writer’s craft program
where teachers encouraged
Heywood to perform his poetry,
Heywood became “Orijin” as he
entered his first year at Ryerson.
Heywood chose the stage-name
Orijin to show the importance of
hip hop and spoken word in its
purest form, and raps with up-
tempo flow.
“MCing through hip hop is
a blend of storytelling, poet-
ry, and music and all these art
forms are ancient and have pur-
pose, that’s why they have lasted
so long,” says Heywood. “That,
in essence, is what I try to bring
forth in what I do in poetry and
hip hop — trying to get back to
that original purpose.”
Spelling it with a ‘J’ to add a
little personalization and origi-
nality, Heywood started looking
for gigs and exposure to share
his talents. But like any starv-
ing artist, one must pay their
dues before reaping any re-
wards. Playing at talent shows
for a friend only to realize the
competition consists of several
eight-year-olds, one of which
rapped a squeaky clean version
of an Eminem song was just one
humble episode Orijin faced
when trying to make an impact.
Then there was the time Ori-
jin travelled to a poetry jam in
Guelph, only to realize the ven-
ue was a Booster Juice where
blenders went off unapologeti-
cally as Orijin spit his set to a
standing ovation of 12 people to
win a novelty prize of a Twinkie.
“The worst part of that gig was
I had to pay three bucks cover to
get in,” says Heywood, laughing
and putting a palm to his face,
still thankful for the experience.
t would be an understate-
ment to say Heywood is a
fan of Toronto-based rapper
Shad. His favourite rap lyric
comes from Shad’s song “Call
Waiting”: “Waiting on the world
to change, when we should wait
on the world like a waiter, Serve
the world man this world is
He owes his first exposure to
Shad to his family.
“I let Jordan borrow my first
Shad CD last year, and he has
had it since,” said Nicole John-
son, Heywood’s cousin. “[Go-
ing] from listening to Shad’s
album to being part of a show
that Shad is hosting is crazy. It’s
amazing, I’m so proud of him.”
Heywood tries not to follow
the trends and patterns people
follow to become successful.
The obsessive marketing or get-
ting a new track every week is
not something Heywood looks
to pursue. Despite being green
and still an amateur, he tries to
stay fluid and organic when it
comes to his craft.
“What I do through writing
lyrics and expressing myself
through rap, it’s very much or-
ganic and I don’t even think of
it as a project or separate from
who I am,” says Heywood. “I
don’t like to set deadlines when
I am going to write something.”
Where uneventful gigs would
have deterred others to end
a pursuit, Orijin continued
On March 22, 2011, third-year social work student Jordan Heywood released
his frst mixtape as the rapper Orijin. One year later, he performed at Canadian
Music Week on a showcase curated and MC’d by Shad. Imran Khan reports
He’s talented, he has a positive vibe and ap-
proach, and he’s consistently working hard.
— Shad
Photos: Mohamed Omar
in hopes his words and voice
would touch someone. During
a frosh week concert on campus
in 2010, Heywood performed a
spoken word piece that stopped
former business student Beau
Pinto in his tracks, making him
watch intently. Already late for
class and having a bad day, Pin-
to decided to hear out Heywood.
“Some of the words coming
out of his mouth caught my at-
tention,” says Pinto. “It really
touched home for me as a young
guy who did a lot of stupid stuff
and got out of it — it was phe-
into quickly approached
Heywood, introduc-
ing him to a friend who
helped mix Orijin’s first 10 track
mixtape entitled “A Thousand
Words.” It was an opportunity
Heywood did not seek out, but
he says he feels blessed to have
attracted it.
The mixtape released on
March 22, 2011 and was shared
amongst friends and family,
as well as at some local shows.
Heywood sent his work to other
rappers that he looked up to, in
hopes for words of encourage-
ment, criticism, and as a show of
respect to the work that inspires
“I like to show appreciation
for artists that I like, you know,
let me just send a message and
let them know I am a fan,” he
One of those rappers that Hey-
wood sent his work to was Shad.
Heywood sent a YouTube video
to Shad over Facebook, letting
him know that the piece was
indirectly inspired by what he
does and wanting to thank him
for that. Three days later, Hey-
wood got a response from Shad
saying the video was “dooope.”
“My roommates will testify
that the way I celebrated was
like a little school girl,” Hey-
wood recalls, grinning widely.
Heywood later attended one
of Shad’s shows, and to his sur-
prise Shad recognized him as
he waited after the show for an
autograph. From then on they
have been loosely connected
through facebook, on which
Shad sent an invitation to per-
form at the show he curated for
Canadian Music Week on March
22 — exactly one year after Ori-
jin’s first mixtape.
he night of Orjin’s frst big
gig, it’s obvious Heywood is
excited. After showing up
more than two hours early, Hey-
wood looks at the stage at The Gar-
rison anticipating his role model
Shad DJing his set to friends, fam-
ily, and newcomers alike.
As the crowd gathers at 8:30
p.m., Heywood is a litle starry-
eyed as Shad introduces him to
the stage. Like a true professional
he goes through his set with few
hiccups, even geting a grin from
Shad who’s nodding to his verses.
His grade-school friend Thomas
can’t help but bounce and clap see-
ing his friend’s hard work come to
Watching Orijin perform behind
his DJ set, Shad himself looks im-
pressed and assured in his pick to
represent young talent at Canadi-
an Music Week.
“He’s talented, he has a positive
vibe and approach, and he’s con-
sistently working hard, and those
are three things I look for,” says
Shad, who got his break while
atending Wilfrid Laurier Uni-
versity by winning a competi-
tion from 91.5 FM The Beat, sees
Heywood walking the same road
as he did and watches him with
“His rhymes are well-crafted
and he delivers them with convic-
tion, if he keeps working there is
no reason why he wouldn’t be able
to move forward in his career and
speak to more people,” says Shad.
rijin’s set ends and he
wipes his forehead that
glistens in the lights. He
receives hugs, handshakes and
words of encouragement from
strangers and friends alike. His
brother Christian, who is often
critical of his work, grabs him in
a strong embrace and tells him:
“You’ve arrived.”
Jokingly, Heywood says, “Black
people can’t blush, but that’s the
closest I‘ve come.”
9 March 28, 2012 The Eyeopener FEATURES
10 March 28, 2012 The Eyeopener ARTS & LIFE
This is a headline about Meta
The New Media program’s end-of-year show begins this week. Lauren
Izso flls you in on all the interactive, artistic goodness
Ryerson’s School of Image Arts’
new media program will be hiting
the Distillery District next week to
showcase their interactive artwork.
Meta, an annual exhibition of art
installations, will include game de-
sign, animal-generated art, kinetic
sculptures, video and sound art,
performance, and more.
Each of this year’s more than a
dozen displays was designed and
created by selected fourth-year
new media students, with a focus
on interactive experiences for the
Danielle Bossio’s The Koiora Spec-
tacle takes its audience through a
Her sculpture is a physical depic-
tion of a species from conception to
extinction. She explores a certain
creature at diferent stages of life
and describes the animal she calls
the Onekina, as an octopus-sloth
She hopes the piece will lead au-
diences to question their own truth
and existence.
Taking audiences on quite a dif-
ferent journey, artists Kelvin Wu
and Jason Yeh bring new meaning
to choose-your-own-adventure.
Their contribution Gregory is a cre-
ative take on a childhood genre.
Audience members are able to
help the character move through
the story, and through a series of
choices, have an adventure.
“We want you to think about
your own choices. Are they your
own, or are they predetermined,”
says Wu.
Each installation, however dif-
ferent, questions how technology
defnes us as a generation and as a
Artist Stephanie Luong’s piece,
RAGNARÖK, is a multi-medium
abstract based on an old Norse
myth, but with a modern twist.
With scenes of recent natural
disasters projected behind metal
sheets violently shaken by motors,
Luong’s intention is defnitely to
scare her audience. She explores
modern myths and their evolution
from movies, television and the
Each display is designed to elicit
a response from viewers, which is
why curators have worked to make
this year’s show accessible.
“We want to make sure we in-
clude everyone. Art is a multi-sen-
sory experience,” says Jordanne
Pavao, the event’s Public Relations
As accessibility coordinator,
Veronika Lok has made sure this
year’s gallery exhibit will accom-
modate visitors with disabilities, an
initiative that has not been taken in
previous years—including braille
text at exhibits and American Sign
Language-English interpreters.
The exhibit will take place at Air-
ship 37, located at 37 Parliament St.
in Studio 2, and will run March 29-
This sustainable life:
What is cool?
I have to say, I’m slightly em-
barrassed. I’ve been going about
my business this year, writing
this column, and all the while ig-
noring the implicit premise that
hides behind my bits of advice:
that our individual actions make
a signifcant diference to the en-
Sure, we all know that recy-
cling is prety kick-ass, and that
living a simple, anti-consumer
lifestyle can reduce a person’s an-
nual carbon emissions by numer-
ous tons.
But beyond that, we need to
consider that the only way for in-
dividual actions to work is if they
are part of a collective — and let’s
be real, how many people actu-
ally walk the talk?
It’s hard giving things up —
it’s inconvenient and it’s time
The thing is, no mater how
much PR the green movement
gets, it is fundamentally at odds
with everything “cool.” To use a
very poor analogy, it can’t com-
pete with the marketing Goliath
of consumerism.
I sat down with Justin Trudeau
last year to talk about the youth
vote and when I watched the vid-
eo again this week, I noticed that
the voter apathy we were dis-
cussing might as well have been
apathy toward anything, includ-
ing the sustainability movement
and climate change.
“What’s cool?” he said. “Cool
is being detached, being uncar-
ing.” You fall down—but quick-
ly brush yourself of because
“you’re cool.”
On the spectrum from cool to
concerned, voting, like environ-
mentalism, is clearly at one end.
Hang on to a pop can until you
fnd a recycling bin? That’s an
obvious statement that you care.
And although commitment
and vulnerability aren’t quite
rock and roll, my theory is
that the spectrum curves back
around—and at a certain point,
caring becomes incontrovertibly
Basically, those of us who are
living eco-friendly lives need to
say ‘haters to the left’ and keep
doing a small part to make big
changes. They’ll catch up.
Photos: LIndsay boeckL
By Anne-MArie
March 28, 2012
The Eyeopener ARTS & LIFE
At the last show of this year’s an-
nual Theatre School performance of
Choreographic Works, dance student
Alysa Pires’ last performance was
a group piece about a new angel
coming to heaven.
But, for Pires, it was so much
more than just another perfor-
The piece, choreographed by
Pires, was a tribute to the death of a
friend’s mother three years earlier.
It had been reworked for this
year’s show, to include a focus on
healing, as well as grief.
But, the fnal showing of Choreo-
graphic Works came only just after
the death of theatre school student
Sarmad Iskandar, which deeply af-
fected the school.
“We were all sobbing,” Pires
said. “I’ve never had an experience
like that. It was tragically beautiful.
I just felt so lucky, in that instance,
to have a way to express how I was
Pires, 21, is already well on her
way to becoming a major player in
the dance industry, having excelled
throughout her university career.
Pires grew up in the small town
of Saanichton, B.C., just outside of
Victoria, and has danced since she
was two years old.
Pires started dancing competi-
tively around the age of 10. She
says she always wanted to dance
“I’m really interested in other
things,” she said. “But nothing that
I would want to pursue as a career.”
It was after moving to Toronto to
atend Ryerson, that Pires earned
a reputation for being her class’
choreographer. In 2009, one of her
frst-year pieces made it to Choreo-
graphic Works, a show which is typi-
cally reserved for work by upper-
year students.
Choreography is another major
part of Pires’ career, in fact she says
she considers herself more a chore-
ographer than a dancer.
“Unlike a play, or something re-
ally explicit, I can say things about
myself that I would never feel com-
fortable saying [with choreogra-
phy],” Pires said.
“I can tell my biggest secret and
people will still not know it, but I’ll
feel like I told it.”
Although Choreographic Works
was meant to be Pires’ last perfor-
mance on a Ryerson stage, she has
agreed to dance in a friend’s New
Voices production, and will be per-
forming March 29 and April 1.
With her time at Ryerson nearly
up, Pires says she plans to go on
to work as a professional choreog-
Dancing her swan song
With less than a month left at Ryerson, a theatre school star takes a look
back at her university career, and ahead to her life as a professional dancer.
Arts & Life Editor Sean Wetselaar reports
rapher, and dancer as long as her
body can keep up with the stress.
Pires will also be choreograph-
ing a portion of the Women in
War project, a series of plays based
on Ancient Greece which discuss
women’s role in conficts.
The series will tour Greece over
the summer and return for a fresh
cast in the fall in time to travel to a
number of Canadian military bases.
It will also be featured in Luminato
2013, a Toronto arts celebration.
Pires will also be working in July
with the Movement Invention Proj-
ect in New York City, a group that
runs dance workshops based on
“It’s good for me, because it’s
choreo-based,” Pires said.
“I’m really excited, I’m really ex-
cited about everything. I was ter-
rifed, but now I’m excited. This
whole year has been very strange,
emotionally. I’m about a 12 on the
emotional scale.”
Despite the stress of her profes-
sion, though, Pires says she loves
having the chance to express her-
self through dance.
“I guess that’s what I like about
dancing, about choreographing,”
Pires said.
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The Eyeopener
A studying aid you
can take to the bank
CESAR has proposed a unifed test bank for part-time and continuing
education students. Andrew Kalinchuk reports
Continuing Education Students
at Ryerson (CESAR) has plans to
start a unifed test bank for stu-
dents at Ryerson.
Test banks ofer students a
chance to view previous exams for
their current classes to beter pre-
pare for midterms and fnals. Vari-
ous departments across campus
already have a test bank in place
where students and faculty can
scan their tests into the database.
Shinae Kim, the director of f-
nance and services for CESAR,
wants to introduce a unifed test
bank for continuing education
(CE) and part-time students. The
service would also be available to
full-time students enrolled in con-
tinuing education classes.
“CE and part-time students
don’t have the same access to re-
sources as full-time students, or
don’t have enough time to access
resources,” Kim said. “The CE stu-
dent experience is unique and we
understand that there are barriers
such as fnances, family obliga-
tions, work, or a combination of
these factors, that prevent students
from succeeding in their courses.”
The University of Toronto has
already implemented the service
and tests can be viewed through
their library’s website. They’ve
found success with exams being
donated by students and charging
a small fee for printing.
But there is an issue of intellec-
tual property to contend with. Are
tests the property of the students
who wrote them or the professors
who created the questions? For
the system to run smoothly, both
faculty and students need to be in
agreement about the use of their
Pavel Racu, a frst-year psychol-
ogy student likes the idea of a test
bank, although he’s never used
one before.
“It’d be great obviously,” he
said. “It’d be nice to know what
previous tests look like, provided
they give good answers,” he said.
In regards to intellectual proper-
ty, Racu doesn’t see it as a big deal.
“It’s all been thought of before
anyway,” he said. “It doesn’t re-
ally mater.”
Kim said Ryerson’s largest test
bank is ofered through the Ted
Rogers School of Management.
She said they developed their own
test materials and students could
access the information two weeks
before fnal exams in exchange for
a canned good donation for the
Community Food Room.
The plans for test banks are
still in their infancy however, and
CESAR is currently conducting
research by talking to various de-
partments and allies on campus.
“We have not heard of any op-
position. Rather professors, ad-
ministrators and students are all
excited,” said Kim.
But fourth-year arts and contem-
porary student Stefanie Block sees
an issue with the banks.
“I feel that it’s important for
professors to still have ownership
and integrity for what they use for
their tests, but if the test bank be-
comes a space for students to share
information about the course, that
could be good,” she said.
Kim hopes to create a system for
test banks that has been proven to
work by other universities like the
University of Toronto.
Students at Ryerson could ac-
cess the tests by visiting the library
or logging on to Blackboard. And
ofering an incentive for profes-
sors to turn over their work would
help ensure the banks had a well-
rounded ofering of tests for stu-
dents to review.
“A lot of professors I speak to
work hard on the tests they create
and as much as it’s a good student
service, I wouldn’t want to en-
force it. I think it would be a good
volunteer thing for students and
professors to collaborate on,” said
When the weather gets a
heating, the classrooms in
the Victoria building get a
smelling like shit. #eyefo-
“She’s singing about her
daddy but he’s not really
her daddy. He’s more like
her sugar daddy.” - my mu-
sic professor #eyeforatweet
Just watched Ryerson
security repeatedly ask a
nerdy looking kid to put
down an axe he was using
in a flm they were shoot-
ing. #eyeforatweet
@Ryerson why must u not
offer Metaphysics in the
fall??? RUDE!
So the windows in the
Vic building don’t open...
and its about 30 degrees
in here #suicidenote @
theeyeopener #eyeforat-
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ing me this often I’m going
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March 28, 2012
Ryerson’s hour to save power
Carly Thomas takes a look at Ryerson’s energy consumption and Toronto’s declining participation in Earth hour
Ryerson’s energy consumption is
increasing due to its growth in staf,
students and overall operations.
It seemed fting to shed light
on the school’s electricity bill since
Earth Hour is taking place this
Saturday at 8:30 p.m. The
annual event began in 2008
and aims at inspiring people
around the world to reduce
their electrical waste.
“Ryerson is very efcient giv-
en its dense, urban location,” said
Russell Richman from the Depart-
ment of Architectural Science.
The school is built more ef-
ciently because there is less room to
build on, as opposed to other uni-
versities that do not exist in a met-
ropolitan seting.
“In terms of sustainability initia-
tives and projects, Ryerson is near
the front of the pack,” he said.
Initiatives include turning of air
conditioning during evening hours,
roof insulation repairs and over the
Word on the street
What will you be doing in the dark this Saturday?
Mark Calderone, 4th Yr. ACS
“I won’t be in the dark. I have a show
at the Garrison. I’ll unplug my clock
at home, though.”
past three years, upgrading the
air conditioning and heating
controls in various buildings.
This year, Campus Facilities
and Sustainability will look to
replace some of the uni-
versity’s outdoor lighting
to increase efciency.
Students can do their
own part to help reduce
Ryerson’s energy con-
sumption by unplug-
ging electronics when
not in use and turning of
classroom or studio lights when
An energy audit performed on 16
Ryerson buildings in 2010 showed
that of the areas studied, 26 per cent
of electricity costs were atributed
to lighting.
Pitman Residence had the lowest
lighting bill at $18, 000 per year. But
the Roger’s Communication Centre
(RCC), although outputing a high-
er yearly bill, is the lowest spending
f o r
its size.
The Library building has the high-
est lighting costs, spending about
$250, 000 per year, which works
out to about 18 dollars per square
Revising lighting schedules (such
as minimizing number of lights on
during evening hours) in Ryerson
buildings, could decrease the uni-
versity’s lighting energy consump-
tion by up to 21 per cent, according
to the study.
“We hold our own but there’s a
lot of room for growth for our sus-
tainability program. We’ll
keep working to make
the campus as sustainable
as possible, “ said Tonga
Pham, Ryerson’s Director
of Facilities and Sustain-
Ryerson will be participat-
ing in Earth Hour by shuting
of all non-essential lights be-
tween the designated hours.
In 2009, Toronto Hydro reported
that the city experienced a 15 per
cent power drop, but in 2010 it
went down to 10 per cent dur-
ing Earth Hour.
With the fourth annual
event taking place at a
time when no students
are on campus; Ryer-
son students are feeling
left in the dark about Earth
hour’s timing this year.
“I knew it existed but I didn’t
know it was this Saturday,” said
Kristina McMullin, a second-year
fashion communications student.
She blames poor advertising of the
Riley Kucheran, frst-year arts
and contemporary studies student,
also didn’t know about the upcom-
ing Earth Hour because he hadn’t
seen anything on Twiter or Face-
When asked if he would be par-
ticipating, Kucheran said “proba-
bly not. I don’t think these kinds of
events make that much diference.”
McMullin disagrees, “I don’t
think the actual act of turn-
ing of the lights is impor-
tant but it’s the movement
of what Earth Hour stands
for that can make a diference.”
The Ryerson Students’ Union
is involved in an environmental
initiative to reduce the presence of
plastic water botles on campus but
is not holding any events for Earth
Hour this year.
Emma Brun-Hayne, 2nd Yr. Biology
“Playing video games or writing lab
Kathleen Hutchinson, 1st Yr. GCM
“Playing board games!”
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For many students, spending an
extra year in school is a worst-case
scenario. But for Luke Staniscia,
it’s a choice that’s allowed him to
stay on the basketball court for an
extra season.
The Ryerson University men’s
basketball team forward is cur-
rently wrapping up his ffth-year
as a student and athlete after de-
ciding to continue playing univer-
sity-level basketball for an addi-
tional year.
“I love the game,” he says. “It’s
my favourite sport and I didn’t
want to give up any opportuni-
With Ryerson athletes permited
to play a maximum of fve years of
any sport, Staniscia says his choice
was largely based on not wanting
to let that eligibility go to waste.
“I think a lot of it had to do
with me not wanting to look bad
when I was 35,” he says. “I didn’t
want to look back and regret what
that year of eligibility could have
Staniscia’s not alone. Ryerson’s
current athletic team rosters list 14
ffth-year students.
Among those listed is ffth-year
women’s soccer team midfelder
Andrea Raso who says playing for
an extra year is a “growing trend”
and an advantage because of the
extra time it gives athletes to con-
centrate on schoolwork.
“When I decided [to play for a
ffth year], it was early in my uni-
versity years so I worked out my
schedule to take one less class a
semester each year,” says Raso.
“Whether you play a sport or not,
it gives you time to focus on class-
Staniscia agrees with Raso and
even suggests that playing for an
additional year can be benefcial
to helping athletes advance their
In his own ffth year, Staniscia
and his teammates won sixth
place in the Canadian Interuniver-
sity Sport national championships
for the frst time and made it to the
Ontario University Athletic semi-
fnals for the frst time since 1999.
In addition to more playing ex-
perience, Staniscia says a ffth year
can also be benefcial for atracting
“I know a lot of guys who have
played four years and didn’t get
noticed, but in their ffth year,
scouts started to pay atention,”
he says.
But not everyone’s convinced
that a ffth year benefts all ath-
The victory lap
Some students take an extra year to improve their
marks and catch up on credits, but these varsity
stars are doing it for the love of the game.
Tara Deschamps reports
I didn’t want to look
back and regret what
that year of eligibility
could have been.
— Luke Staniscia,
Men’s Basketball
“For the athletes who want to go
higher, it’s great but for those that
are playing for something to do,
I don’t think anything will hap-
pen,” says second-year women’s
soccer team midfelder Shannon
While Cosgrove enjoys playing
for the Rams, she says she won’t
be returning to Ryerson once she
fnishes her four years of study in
the school’s business management
“I’m old-fashioned,” she says.
“I’ve always had the idea that you
go to university for four years and
then get out.”
While players are not required to
commit to playing a varsity sport
for fve years, Ryerson’s Director
of Athletics Ivan Joseph believes
that most athletes decide to do this
in order to pace themselves.
“To me, it’s because they love
what they do and they’re not quite
ready to go on into the big bright
world,” he says. “The load of ath-
letics and academics are high.
[They] want to excel at both so
they decide to stretch their time at
With that being said, Joseph be-
lieves that university students in
general shouldn’t be in a rush to
“If you graduate at 25, you have
40 years of your life to work,” said
“The time of college is so small.
For me it’s the time of your life, so
I say enjoy it while you can.”
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