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CESAR members fight back

Political members are speaking out against the new by-laws that are inhibiting them from getting involved and the lack of transparency from executives. News editor rebecca burton reports
Matthew Cwihun (top) is running for director of campaigns and equity. (bottom) Current executives Sergio Ortiz (left) and Ugo Asagwara. Photos by mohamed

Political members are outraged over the lack of transparency and democracy as the Continuing Education Students’ Association at Ryerson (CESAR) enters its April 4 election. “The culture at CESAR is very closed,” said Matthew Cwihun, part-time student running uncontested for director of campaigns and equity. “There is a division within the current executive. They seem scared of something and want to keep a lot of things hidden.” The new by-laws implemented last fall made it so only 22 students were eligible to run in the election — eight of which are board members and executives. Of the three political membership meetings held so far, a political member must have attended two of the three to be eligible. Other members that have attended only one will be able to vote if they go on April 4, but this is only a handful more. These by-laws were created by members that are not even members of the executive or the organization anymore, said Shinae Kim,

current director of finance and services. For the first time CESAR will also not be taking nominations off the floor. “The election process should have been more open. Before the by-law changes there were 200 to 300 class representatives with [voting cards],” said Kim. Kirikaran Nirmalanantham, a past board member, was interested in getting re-involved. He was only able to make it out to one membership meeting and was therefore ineligible. “It has eliminated the amount of participation and the number of people that can [get involved],” he said. Kim said it is a major problem for the nature of students at CESAR, including parents, students with part-time jobs and distance education students with disabilities that comprise the organization. The internal organization itself is rife with infighting. Problems that outside members want to understand. Cwihun hit a roadblock when he tried to attend a board meeting on

March 28, 2012. Members of the executive asked it to be a closed meeting when it was made clear other members were in house. A motion passed and Cwihun was told to leave the meeting regardless of his political membership status. He was even denied access to agenda minutes. The meeting in question shut its doors directly before a motion to impeach Kim, the fourth impeachment against the executive.

There is a division within the current executive. — Matthew Cwihun, political member

Kim said the impeachment has been cleared since she confronted the individual, citing he had no cause for the motion. Kim called the environment in the office “maledominated.”

“I survived,” she said. Fellow political member Annie Hyder, running for director of membership and communications against current exec Sergio Ortiz, attempted to clarify the issue of withholding agendas and minutes at the last meeting. Hyder presented a motion to release all board meeting minutes from May 2011 to present to all political members via email. The motion was denied and Ortiz replied to her email by calling it “out of order.” In an email to her, he wrote, “the problem I found is that all of a sudden you want to make these available at the end of the fiscal year when there will likely be new execs coming in and elections are also on the eve.” Ortiz declined to comment before press time. Hyder was granted her personal request for minutes but was told the November and December 2011 ones were missing.

“There is a lack of procedural fairness in a part-time organization whose mandate is to provide for marginalized students,” she said. Hyder will team up with Kim and Cwihun along with William Morrow Oxley, running for director of events and workshops and Harmonie Wong, running for director of academics and policy as “CESAR United.” Once the nominations had been submitted, the group started talking, realizing they want to take the organization in a more transparent and accountable direction. Familiar faces such as Ortiz, Vernal Banton, current director of events and workshops and Ugo Asagwara, current director of academics and policy will be re-running this Wednesday. “You should only be hiding if you have something to hide,” said Cwihun.

Provincial budget proposes a cap on the victory lap
BY diana hall

Taking on a fifth year of high school may no longer be an option, according to the proposed 2012 Ontario provincial budget. The provincial budget, tabled on Mar. 27, included a cap on the number of credits students can acquire during high school. Although students only need 30 credits to graduate, the government is recommending a limit at 34, meaning students would be allowed one extra semester. “Ontario continues to accommodate up to 20,000 students returning for a fifth year, many of whom have already received their secondary school diploma,” the budget reads. The move to quell the victory lap – which is regarded as a continuation of the eliminated Ontario Academic Credit (OAC) – is expected to save the Ontario government $22 million a year, and

focus on propelling more students to graduate on time. Dan MacDonald, guidance counsellor at Sinclair Secondary School in Whitby, cited stacking up missed or failed prerequisites, balancing a multitude of interests, and different levels of adolescent maturity as reasons why 13 per cent of high school students stay back for an extra year.

Being given a second chance was really good for me. — Samantha Bogdanovich, Second -year RTA

MacDonald also pointed out that “it’s not that (students) didn’t get into college or university, it’s the fact that they changed their di-

rection.” Although the cap would only be implemented in 2013 to give students, parents and teachers time to plan accordingly for the transition to university, students who have completed the full fifth year of high school say that it helped them mature and prepare for post-secondary endeavours. “Being given a second chance was really good for me,” admitted Samantha Bogdanovich, a second-year radio and television arts (RTA) student at Ryerson. Bogdanovich admitted that her struggle with maths and sciences at Jarvis Collegiate Institute in Toronto landed her with a low average that would have stopped her from getting into a university program. She credits the victory lap for giving her confidence and the opportunity to apply to RTA. “I learned that I could improve,” Bogdanovich said. “I really wasn’t doing well in grade 12,

so it made me happy to know that I could do better and was doing better, and had a chance of getting into the programs that I applied to get into at universities. I actually had a chance.”

It’s not that [students] didn’t get into college or university. It’s the fact that they changed their direction. — Dan MacDonald guidance counsellor

Lesley Wagner, Durham College professor at the school of justice and emergency services, said that while she believes the extra four-credit cap is reasonable, high schools could be doing more to help prepare students who strug-

gle with course work and life-decisions. “A career cruising website at half a credit does not make somebody know what they want to do for a career,” Wagner argued. She also stated that in order to increase the number of graduating students and encourage ambition, high schools need to implement more “general life prep” for students. “Where do we go from here?” Wagner said. “Do we have high schools pay for students to mature, (or) do we have parents pay for them to mature at summer school or night school?” Heather Krepski, academic success facilitator at the Learning Success Centre at Ryerson, does think that the university could offer a non-credit orientation and learning strategies course. “I think we can do a much better job at transition programming,” Krepski said.


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So long, CESAR

There seems to be some sort of misunderstanding amongst Ryerson’s student unions about what we do here at the Eyeopener. In the March 28 meeting of the Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson, in an item nonchalantly titled “media communication,” it was affirmed that CESAR had a pressing matter to deal with: us. “Be it resolved that media issues be discussed and appropriate measures are taken to counteract the bashing by which the organization is currently going through local newspapers,” reads the agenda item. “Local newspaper” in this case is a euphemism for the Eyeopener seeing as we’re the only ones reporting on the current turmoil. Evidently some of the CESAR board’s way of counteracting our

“bashing” is by refusing our phone calls, refusing to address the messy situation they’ve created for themselves and by even going so far as to telling their student membership not to talk to us. So here’s a message for those CESAR directors, since we have such trouble talking to them directly: we’re not bashing you. In fact we’d be perfectly happy to not deal with your brand of bullshit, but we don’t have that luxury. It is our job here to report on student politics, especially when they fuck up, and CESAR has indeed fucked up. Let’s review: multiple resignations, accusations of harassment, impeachment attempts, denying members the right to vote, conflicts of interest among staff, withholding meeting minutes to members. Not to mention the backlash. The attempts to suppress contact with us haven’t been so successful. Members have been coming to us (anonymously, so I suppose you’ve scared them a little) with their grievances. It seems some CESAR members trust the Eyeopener more

to express their frustration than their own union. There’s even an online petition demanding change. “How does it feel to have your voting rights taken away without proper notice and consultation with members through a bylaw change? How does it feel when you, a fee-paying student taking three courses are told you cannot vote at your first or second meeting, but a non-student who obtained ‘political member status’ can vote and govern an organization that is run by students, for the students?” asks the petition. I imagine it feels shitty. And that’s why we’ve dedicated ourselves to covering it. This is our last issue of the year, but rest assured we’ll be keeping an eye on the CESAR elections as they unfold. Clean yourselves up, address your membership’s concerns and stop the infighting, and perhaps next year there won’t be any need for our “bashing.” That, or maintain the status quo and continue filling our news section. It’s your call, we’ll be follow-

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The 2012 Provincial Budget

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Salaries to be frozen by budget

re: post-secondary
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by sean tepper associate news editor

Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Liberal government announced that they will freeze the wages of approximately 1.2 million public servants in last week’s provincial budget. Finance Minister Dwight Duncan has said that he will attempt to seek a two-year wage freeze in the public sector that would affect teachers, hospital workers, doctors and nurses. If an agreement cannot be reached, the government is prepared to bring in legislation that would force workers to accept a zero per cent increase. The Liberal government planned budget cuts aim at reducing spending to save $17.7 billion over the next three years without raising taxes. “I think there’s a lot of clarification that people are seeking on what exactly has been proposed,” said Ryerson President Sheldon Levy. “I think the way unionized

and non-unionized people should be handled should be fair to both groups equally and so I think there may well be people caught in the freeze that should not be treated any differently than unionized colleagues.” Dr. John Shields, a politics professor at Ryerson, believes that there is more to take into account than just salaries being frozen. “A freeze is not really a freeze, [it’s] a cutback,” he said. “So a two year freeze, even if the inflations are as low as it is now at 2 or 2 and a half per cent, a lot of the workers in that sector ... are going to see a rollback of between 4 and 5 per cent.” McGuinty’s government argues that this is necessary in tough economic times and that by freezing civil wages, public workers won’t be in jeopardy of losing their jobs. However, as Shields points out, the government needs to differentiate between the individual equity of public servants. “I think there are a lot of people in the public sector that are willing

to take the freeze and they’re willing to accept it because they know the alternative is even worse in terms of what the government is proposing,” he said. “It’s also a bit of a blunt instrument in the sense that it’s not distinguishing between those who have higher salaries within the public sector and those who have lower salaries. Everyone is treated more or less equal in this and yet those who earn more obviously have a lot more discretion.” While he believes that these freezes look more appealing to some public workers than the thought of losing their jobs, everyone needs to be wary of them as well. “I think there are a lot of people in the public sector that are willing to take the freeze and they’re willing to accept it because they know the alternative is even worse,” he said. “Simply imposing a two year wage freeze may sound appealing from a popular vantage point, the beneficial effects of it may not be realized the way that the government is suggesting.”

the province will continue to fund the 30 per cent tuition grant and project that it will reduce tuition costs for students. there remain numerous stipulations to qualify and meaning if you don’t qualify it will not help your tuition costs. they will continue with the plan to fund the grant by cutting the ontario textbook and technology What the government says: the ontario budget proposed funding cuts to the ontario work study program (owsp). the program funds on-campus jobs that are created for students. it’s funded by the province of ontario and the university where the student attends. you earn your aid through employment in owsp designated jobs and you can earn up to $1,000 per term.

Grant and ontario trust for student support, while the Queen elizabeth ii aiming for the top scholarship will be phased out gradually over three years so that no students currently receiving the award will lose funding. Queen elizabeth ii scholarships will be awarded, starting in 2012–13.

How it affects you: president sheldon Levy says that ryerson’s workstudy initiatives aren’t in danger. while there will be some consequences, the work-study program isn’t supported by funds that are set to be cut. “we will likely make up that impact with our own funds,” says Levy.

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RSU to fight for tuition at AGM Sheldon goes shopping

Tuition fee increases and funding for graduate student associations will be among the issues discussed at the Ryerson Student’s Union (RSU) Annual General Meeting (AGM) Wednesday. The AGM allows RSU executives to present a report of the goings-on in the union over the last six months and to make motions, which students attending will vote on. Students also have the opportunity to bring new ideas forward. Melissa Palermo, RSU vice-president education, said that putting forth an “emergency” motion to oppose funding cuts to the Ontario Work Study Program will be at the top of the agenda. Cuts to the program were outlined in the Ontario budget, tabled March 27. Tuition fees will also be a hot topic for many students, particularly after the recent announcement by the Liberal government in March that, for the seventh year in a row, tuition fees may increase by five per

cent for all students. “Students in Ontario are paying the highest tuition fees in the country, and at the same time have the largest class sizes and are seeing courses cut from year to year,” said Palermo. “The cuts that have been proposed in the provincial budget, if the budget is passed as is, are going to have impacts exponentially more detrimental to students than the cuts that we faced earlier this year.” Second-year graphic communication management student Rachel Davies believes that fee increases are necessary for maintaining qulaity post-secondary education. “I don’t think we can decrease [fees] and maintain quality,” she said. “In the States it’s way more intense.” Stefan Hoogerbrugge, a radio and television arts student, said that tuition fee increases are unacceptable. “The RSU is the voice of Ryerson students, and without them lobbying against tuition fees, who

would?” he said. “As individuals we don’t have a say against the government, but the RSU, acting as the voice of the students, is a group that the government will listen to.” But Hoogerbrugge, who has been at Ryerson for two years, admits that he’s never attended an RSU meeting. According to the RSU bylaws, the AGM cannot take place unless a minimum of 100 members are present. Last year, the AGM was forced to take place in November as opposed to April because they were unable to meet quorum. RSU president Caitlin Smith said they will promote the meeting through various methods of communications, including an email that will go out to every RSU member. “We will [also use] posters, Facebook, Twitter, and our e-newsletter,” Smith says. The RSU’s Annual General Meeting will be held in SCC115 at the Student Centre Wednesday, starting at 5 p.m.

Briefs & Pantaloons
On March 27, an individual found a spent shotgun shell outside of ILLC on the Mutual Street side, in between 123 and 133 Mutual. Toronto police was called in and retrieved the shell. The individual also noticed windows were broken on the Metro building. Police concluded that it

wasn’t related and the store owner was informed of the incident. Pro tip: if a shotgun had been fired right outside ILLC, security would have noticed already. (We hope.) On March 28, two individuals had ignited a paper bag in the quad and when they were approached by security they both became very apologetic. Remember when burning one in the quad was actually badass?

On March 27, security received a report from a female in Eric Palin Hall that a male was coming out of the women’s washroom. The individual was very agitated, proceeded east bound down the hall way and was kicking doors as they were going along. When security did a check of the area, he was already gone. Farewell, mystery hobo. You will not be missed.

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To celebrate the opening of Loblaws in the historical Maple Leaf Gardens, the Eyeopener went shopping with President Sheldon Levy. The shopping complex and soon to be Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens opened up shop early at 7:30 a.m. on March 30 where Levy treated the gang to some snacks and even a turkey. To get the full consumer experience visit to watch the video.

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>> Honourable Mentions:

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Giving Rye a grade
In a look back at this year’s news stories, here is our round up of the best to the worst players at this university and our rating on their performance
President Sheldon Levy Gold 9/10
Besides agreeing to sport a gangster hat for our parody issue, our school president is a man with a vision for an innovative and growing university. Ask him about Maple Leaf Gardens, his golden acquisition, and he lights up at the idea of seeing the Ryerson Rams win games on the historical playing field. And while his master plan may be hitting construction roadblocks, with all the new buildings announced he’s doing a pretty good job at gobbling up downtown real estate.

The men’s basketball team: For the first time in a while Ryerson had a reason to cheer for a sports team after advancing to the CIS National Championships. Julia Hanigsberg, vice-president administration and finance: A nod to Hanigsberg’s constant social media updates and active blogging, showing that some Ryerson administration members do go outside the office walls. Digital Media Zone: All year, amazing apps and gadgets have been coming out of the creation lab that Ryerson is proud to call its own.


Renaming Gould Street

Ryerson builds (sort of) Silver 6.5/10
Ryerson announced their $112million Student Learning Centre last year, plus a sparkly new residence building last month as just a few new construction projects they are working on. But with a leaking Victoria building and an aging Kerr Hall — nevermind the barely opened Image Arts building that Levy dubbed Ryerson’s worst mistake — it just doesn’t even out. Ryerson has to learn that pizza parties can’t fix everything no matter how much free beer they give away.

Student Unions Bronze 2/10
Graduate students are aiming for a separation from the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU). The parttime students union is abound with internal conflict. Then there is the RSU that continues to experience voter apathy and a cycle of the same faces occupying the executive. For unions that gather hundreds of thousands of dollars of student money each year, we have to question if it really is student needs that they have in their best interests.


The now permanent closure of Gould Street was cause for celebration on March 28 when the official renaming to ‘Ryerson Square’ was unveiled. For more event photos visit the gallery at

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The top 10 news stories of the year
And here you go, folks! As the News Team wraps up another year of caffeine and insensitivity, we’d like for you to join us to recap the most hard-hitting stories, the ones that got the most attention and the ones we never want to write about again IMAGE ARTS BARELY OPENS
Image arts students finally gained access to their semi-completed building last fall in a rush to open the doors after months of delays. Administration apologized to students for the ongoing construction but with a gallery still yet to open and lost studio space, students have yet to experience a fully complete building.

After being fed up with RMail but caught in the American Patriot Act privacy issues for a few years, Ryerson finally announced their intent to switch to the Google Apps for Education Online Suite. Julia Hanigsberg made the announcement, sending current students into flurries of excitement and alumni into fits of jealousy.

At a Toronto City Council meeting on Feb. 6, councillors voted to keep Gould — from O’Keefe Lane to Bond Street and a portion of Victoria St. — closed for the next five years. The closure was the end of a decade long struggle to claim some pedestrian space on campus for students. The street will be upkept by Ryerson with major landscaping in the works.

As the Occupy movement spread, Toronto protestors established their headquarters at St. James Park, passionately representing the cause with a small but still controversial version of the original movement. As the story developed, rallies spread and poured onto Ryerson campus, getting students involved in one of the biggest events of the year.

The history of drug dealing in the engineering hangout, commonly known as the Dungeon, came to a standstill this semester after undercover police invaded campus. They handcuffed and interrogated a group of individuals before escorting some of them from campus. The engineers were quick to express their happiness in seeing the dealers go.

Toronto’s iconic record store, Sam the Record Man, was demolished after its closure to make way for Ryerson’s great glass project. The Student Learning Centre (SLC) plans were obtained by The Eyeopener led to the discovery that the university no longer had the intent to use the Sam sign in their design, which sparked outrage from many citizens.

The convoluted mess began late last year after the implementation of a new set of by-laws that would change political membership. As a result, a limited number students could run in the upcoming election creating a low involvement in the already conflictplagued office. Harassment claims were thrown around as executives tried to impeach each other.

Skeptics hit campus for a four-day long event in Sept. 2011 to discuss the improbabilities of 9/11. Ryerson was criticized for letting a group occupy university space that has been called insensitive to mourners and families. The event, which took place on the 9/11 anniversary, didn’t spark any major protest but some students called it “disgusting.”

An ongoing battle began last summer when Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) filed an injunction against both Ryerson and Loblaws, demanding that they stop referring to the athletic complex by the name Maple Leaf Gardens. Ryerson has since changed the name to the Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens but the issue is unresolved.

Even though Ryerson is a commuter school, there is no where near enough residence for those who want it. But in a surprising announcement in late February, Ryerson announced plans to build a commercially-owned but Ryerson operated residence. The building will be housed at 186-188 Jarvis St. and includes approximately 500 beds.


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Stories to keep an Eye on
As the school year comes to an end, the News Team gives you the heads up on a few developing stories as we approach the dog days of summer New programs coming to Rye
With government funding in jeopardy after 2015, Ryerson is pushing a full slate of new programs through the Board of Governors (BOG) and the Senate. As of now, students’ tuition fees pay for approximately 45 per cent of their program’s funding. The other 55 per cent is provided by government funds and the uncertainty is when those funds will expire. New programs such as environmental and urban sustainability and history will be offered in the fall of 2012, while accounting and finance, philosophy and creative industries are all expected to be offered in 2013. Most recently, the BOG has approved the creation of an undergraduate professional communication program pending the Senate’s approval, which should be deteremined during the summer months. Other programs that have been proposed include bachelor degrees in real estate management, biomedical sciences and financial mathematics and the recently announced Digital Specialization Program which will be offered in collaboration with the Digital Media Zone (DMZ) and will be first offered in May 2012. With a number of new buildings on the way, it will be interesting to watch and see whether or not the university will commision the creation of other programs over the summer.

MLG open date set for fall
After a number of delays and a few different name changes, Ryerson’s new athletics facility is finally nearing completion. Students will finally be able to step foot in the Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens this fall. With the construction now set to be completed in June, Ryerson is expected to hold two grand openings: one for the media in July and one for the student body in September. As of yet, no specific plans have been made. Heralded as a key component to creating a true campus community, it will be interesting to see how students react to their new $60-million gym and whether or not it will be able to get fans to games.

Radio Ryerson awaiting hearings
Jacky Tuinstra-Harrison, president of Radio Ryerson and the manager of the application process, has filed hundreds of letters of support for their quest to obtain the 88.1 FM frequency. Public hearings will begin in May and there are currently 20 commercial applicants, including a francophone radio station, hoping to swap frequencies. The decision of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to grant the license will hopefully be made by summer, but they aren’t really under any pressure. Once they begin hearings they wont stop until they feel that they have enough information to make their final call.

Editor-in-chief dies slowly and painfully
A woman of many words, her life was taken suddenly and tragically in a series of unfortunate events. Sarah Del Giallo reports
The Eyeopener is sad to inform Ryerson campus of the untimely death of their dear Editor-inChief, Lauren Strapagiel. Strapagiel was enjoying a cigarette around 2 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3, while waiting for her incompetent masthead to finish their pages so she could go home for a few hours of sleep. While outside the Student Campus Centre, she was attacked by a pack of laserkittens (latin name: Lagerquistivus). Laserkittens, while rare and rather unknown in the Greater Toronto Area, are a rabid breed of feline known for shooting hot lasers from their beady little eyes. The species has recently been seen moving into urban areas to feast on the massive rats occupying cities. Forensic evidence seems to indicate that Strapagiel attempted to escape the vicious cats by jumping onto a common breed of the North American House Hippo (tineusfeatureseditous). Unfortunately, the animal had difficulty carrying her, being only around the size of an overweight guinea pig. The loyal pet did try however, carrying Strapagiel onto Gould Street and away from the hissing laserkittens. As bad timing and tragic coincidence would have it, Strapagiel and her small hippo were hit by a car, driven by ‘80s pop star Gary Numan. The car kept Numan safe from any injury, police say. Strapagiel would have seen the incoming car, if she had not been wearing a Straponagal, a device patented by Rye Eye Publishing. While the Straponagal has no practical use, the rubber eye patch with protruding genitalia looks wicked cool, and Strapagiel was known to wear one four out of seven weekdays. Witnesses in Kerr Hall South reported violent screams coming from Gould Street around the time of Strapagiel’s death. Police questioned the Eyeopener staff on the matter, and found that the editors had been playing obnoxiously loud foosball and could not hear the cries of their valiant leader. Friends of Strapagiel were unavailable for comment, as they were too drunk to be coherently quoted. While initially thought to be part of the grieving process, it turns out to be no less than usual for the group. After learning this, police are now looking into the possibility of a suicide. Strapagiel is survived by the Eyeopener masthead of 2011-12 and her beloved ginger concubine Christopher Dale. Sources have indicated that George Michael will be arriving in Toronto on Thursday to play the funeral of his dear and loyal friend.


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Every year, the Eyeopener photo team strives to bring the most interesting photos to all of you readers. Here is the best from this past year: Mohamed Omar photographed Ryerson’s own Jordan Heywood performing at Canadian Music Week in March. 2 Incoming associate news editor Diana Hall captured this moment at the memorial for Ryerson Theatre School student Sarmad Iskandar. 3 News editor Sean Tepper stumbled upon a brawl outside of the Ram in the Rye last February and managed to get this shot. 4 Mohamed Omar got an early look at The Crucible, a theater school production that ran this past September. 5 Chelsea Pottage photographed model Myles Sexton for the cover of the Gender Issue this past November. 6 For a profile of the new Ryerson Athletic’s trainer, Lindsay Boeckl somehow got Mark Harris to pose shirtless for his profile. 7 Chelsea Pottage photographed Sports Top 10 athlete Kasandra Bracken, sporting clothes from Toronto fashion house B.E. Shields. 8 Sports Top 10 athlete Jahmal Jones was photographed by Mohamed Omar this past November. Styling was painfully done by Sean Tepper. 9 Marissa Dederer photographed Tiffany Deobald for this year’s science-themed Love & Sex issue. We never saw Marissa again. 10 Lindsay Boeckl photographed the stunning Alexander Skarsgard at the Toronto International Film Festival, and then lost all ability to speak. 11 Marissa Dederer photographed documentarian and protester Derek Soberal for a feature on student activism this past February. 12 Incoming photo editor Dasha Zolota truly pulled her weight, with only a days notice she hopped on the fan bus to Halifax to photograph the Men’s basketball team at the national championships.












April 4, 2012


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Hide your cards, hide your numbers

Would you trust an email from your bank? One student landed in a pit of panic after doing just that — a mistake that will have them keeping a close eye on their credit scores for years to come
A few months ago, I made a stupid mistake. Such a stupid mistake, in fact, that it will affect my financial well-being for years to come. Sound serious? You bet it is. I cringe just thinking about it. I put out my personal information over the Internet, giving scammers access to my bank account and permission to steal my identity. Here’s how it happened: In the midst of midterms and assignment deadlines, I received an email from my changed. They were in my account. Three clicks, and my life-savings would be gone. The fraud department at the bank was contacted. They froze my account. No one could see any information within the account, or move any of my money. “Now you can sleep tonight,” said the man. But I didn’t. I stayed up all night. In the morning (after I called my mom at 6 a.m. crying) I skipped my classes and went


I put out my personal information over the Internet, giving scammers access to my bank account and permission to steal my identity.

bank. It said that the security of my bank account had been compromised, and to prove my identity, to click to link below. I did. It took me to a website that looked exactly like my bank’s. It asked me to fill in my name, my address, security questions I use for online banking, my social insurance number and my driver’s license number. My bank doesn’t even have my driver’s license number in the first place. But in the moment, it hardly fazed me. I just wanted to get my bank situation figured out as soon as possible. I did call the bank to ask what the email meant, but the voice on the other end of the phone told me I had fallen for a scam. He was so calm — I wasn’t. If my bank account had been wiped clean, I’d go into a deep depression. Seriously. I immediately signed into my online banking and all my money was still intact, thank God. But I knew that at any moment, the scammers could sign into my account and take me for all I’m worth. While I was on the phone with the bank, I received an email that said the password on my bank account had been

to the bank to unfreeze my account. I got passed around from banker to banker, having to explain my embarrassing story. I felt humiliated. I ended up spending three hours there, and got a completely new account opened up for me. I now knew my money was safe, but not my identity. Since I had given out my SIN and drivers license number, scammers could take out loans and open up accounts in my name. They could ruin my perfect credit. To try to prevent this, I called the credit bureaus to put a flag on my account. This means that if someone attempts to open up an account or take out a loan in my name, the credit bureaus will call me and ask if this is okay. I also have to order credit reports every three to four months to check that no one is using my name. I’ll have to do this for the next 10 years of my life, but I’m thankful my money is still intact. I’m now aware of the world around me. I think I’m pretty street-smart. I know you should never give out personal information over the internet. I’m not a stupid person, but what I did was stupid.


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April 4, 2012

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Ryerson has guidelines for how they keep your personal information safe and out of reach, but proper precautions are not always taken. News Editor Carolyn Turgeon looks at how safe your information really is


very student has one; a nine-digit identifier assigned at random the moment they apply for post-secondary education. It’s your username to sign into Blackboard, the string of numbers on your OneCard and a sequence you’ll probably write out a thousand times before you graduate. The frightening part is that the number, and the information it links to, could potentially be used to rob you of your money and identity. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) website reported nearly 8,000 identity theft complaints by the general public in 2006, with the estimated monetary loss being at $16,283,000. Although there are no statistics focusing on student identity theft, there are plenty of initiatives out there warning young people to protect themselves from fraud. The CAFC is one of them, providing different ways to notice and prevent identity theft. “Keep items with personal information in a safe place,” lists one of the points on the website. “An identity thief will pick through your garbage or recycling bins.” It continues to say you should rip or shred any forms, statements, offers and applications before throwing them out, in case they contain personal information that can identify you in any way.

has seen your student number could pick up a Short-Term Withdrawal Form and hand it into admissions in your name. With only your name and student number, some jerk has just dropped you out of school for a semester, and now you have to scramble to fix it. yerson policy asks anyone handling your information to dispose of it securely. In fact, it says so right on a document the Eyeopener obtained that contained a student’s name, their student number, program, course information, instructor’s name and signature, student signature of consent for nomination, their mailing address, and the date. The document was a Faculty of Arts’ nomination form for essay prizes in Liberal Studies Courses signed by history professor Arne Kislenko. Printed on the bottom was a reminder from Ryerson’s Information Protection and Access Policy [IPAP] for Restricted Information to handle it with care. IPAP requires documents that include personal information, such as a student number, to be “used, stored, and destroyed securely.” Typically that means shredding, not tossing it in the recycling bin as Kislenko may have done.

eral policies on information, but not referencing any protocol for information viewed as low risk as a student number.




A student number, though it might on its face appear innocuous, is something we consider particularly sensitive. — David Goodis, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario’s office

our student number would count as one of those pieces of personal information. Given the right access, it can be used to find all of the information the university holds on you: personal, financial and academic. Gaining that access is made easier still when your number is accompanied by further information such as your name, address, phone number and other information most students wouldn’t want just anyone seeing. But even alone, anyone who


islenko, a former intelligence officer, said he wouldn’t normally make a mistake, even a minor one like this. “I shred everything,” he said. “I used to work in the business of keeping secrets secret, it is fairly standard operating procedure.” He admitted that he wouldn’t remember off the top of his head what happened with the forms and why they wouldn’t have been shredded, but that he had no intention to reveal any student information. Normally, documents put out for shredding are kept in secured, locked bins and then put through to the master shredder. “If it was me, then it’s my bad,” he said. “That’s fairly minor, to be honest.” He pointed out how easy it is to access someone’s student number, by looking at their test paper or peeking over their shoulder at a form. “I probably wouldn’t have shredded it though, as it’s pretty innocuous [information],” said Kislenko. “I think everything has to be viewed within reason.“ He said there’s only so much you can do in terms of security. “It really depends,” he said, referencing the university’s gen-

he Eyeopener has found breaches of personal information security before. In 1990, The Eyeopener found confidential documents and the administration vowed to never leave sensitive information lying around agian. However, in 1997, The Eyeopener found numerous receipts from the Hub in an open garbage in the subbasement of Jorgensen Hall. These slips contained student numbers and residence information. In 2007, boxes labelled “shred”


avid Goodis, director of legal services at the Commissioner’s office, said he wouldn’t refer to a student number as low risk. “A student number, though it might on its face appear innocuous, is something we consider particularly sensitive,” said Goodis. It can be linked to the name, address, phone number, test scores and other quite sensitive personal information if given the correct access. Ryerson, like other universities, has been covered by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) since 2006. “If a student number was carelessly disposed of, that would be a breach of the act,” said Goodis. “The more information that’s revealed, the more seriously it can be considered.” FIPPA is merely administrative law, not criminal, so any investigations would be internal. In a case such as this, the Commissioner’s office would investigate to see if the act has been breached and make recommendations of what to do in the future. “I wouldn’t put it on par with medical and financial information, but it’s hard to call it innocuous because of its ability to link [to all other information],” said Goodis. He remembered one precedent in which a student’s information had been submitted to the Golden Key Honour Society at Ryerson. The student was upset that information had been shared without his consent, but in the end the IPC investigation had concluded that Ryerson was not guilty of any mishandling of personal information according to FIPPA.

and “confidential” were found lying around an empty, unlocked office. The boxes contained pay stubs, grades and tenure reports. In 2009, a computer error exposed the name, gender, date of birth, student number, address and social insurance number of 600 students for nearly a month.

I used to work in the business of keeping secrets secret. [Shredding] is fairly standard operating procedure. — Arne Kislenko, history professor


hrough each breach The Eyeopener has uncovered, the response from the administration has been much the same: to look at IPAP. Driscoll refers to IPAP as an outline for all employees as to what their responsibilities are when it comes to information. The document, found on the privacy page of the Ryerson website, references the university’s commitment to protecting personal information, teaching and research records, law enforcement, solicitor-client labour relations and other unspecified types that the policy puts under the term “restricted


fter the 2007 incident, Heather Driscoll, Ryerson’s information and privacy coordinator, said that anything that would offer potential access to another person’s information would be considered a privacy breach. However, Driscoll says it’s difficult to determine the risk of someone else gaining access to your student number and mailing address, the most private parts of the document found near Kislenko’s office. “In general though, if the form contains personal information, we’d encourage people to look at that information and destroy it in a secure method,” she said. As far as the consequences of this information breach, Driscoll was more concerned about the reaction of students involved. “Even if there is no significant risk of harm it still might be a reputation and trust issue,” she said. “We might encourage the faculty member to notify the [student whose information was involved].”

information.” The rest of the page mainly references the university under FIPPA and their IPAP procedures. The procedures in question can be found on the Ryerson website, however they’re vague when it comes to dealing with specific personal information handling, such as a form with a student’s number. The policy and procedure are heavy with legal jargon, references and impressive wording, but you cannot look to them for what to do in a specific situation or where the line is drawn to separate risk levels and what should be done for each instance. Driscoll’s office does not police the university for privacy and information violations, but investigates when potential problems are reported and provide advice on how to contain the situation. “If we determine that there’s a significant risk of harm, we provide outreach to the individuals affected,” she said. In that case, which Driscoll describes as rare, they notify the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario’s office.


eith Alnwick, Ryerson registrar, says even though a student number in itself does not necessarily give access to any other information, he still agrees that the student number is regarded as private just like any other personal information the university houses. “All the staff have signed confidentiality agreements and understand quite clearly what the FIPPA requires,” said Alnwick. All this personal information is housed on the university’s electronic network, to which access is granted by the registrar’s office on a need-to-know basis. Those need-to-know workers don’t just include high-level administration staff. Students in the work-study program can be granted access if their job requires finding contact information for alumni or donors. The access is then passed along to the Computing and Communication Services (CCS), run by director Brian Lesser. Even though this relationship between departments controls the access of information, and CCS’ firewalls alert any breach on Blackboard or RAMMS, Alnwick is not opposed to taking every precaution. “I’d love to shred everything because I think the more that’s disposed of the better,” said Alnwick. “When in doubt, shred.”


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You’re an open (Face)book


April 4, 2012


Some employers are asking interviewees for Facebook passwords. Although it isn’t technically illegal, the practice has many young professionals feeling a bit nervous. Online editor Jeff Lagerquist and Biz and Tech editor Sarah Del Giallo report
You’re on the edge of your seat with perfect posture as you sweat your way through a job interview. Things seem to be going well as you answer your prospective employer with poise and confidence. It’s a great job, and you really need it. “This all looks great. But one last thing.” “Anything,” you respond. “We just need your Facebook username and password. It’s a new policy. Everyone has to do it.” Your heart sinks into the pit of your stomach as you realize that your business attire and glowing references can’t hide that cell phone pic of your doing a keg-stand with your buddies last summer. Companies have started asking for social network access in job interviews, causing a wave of panic among young adults trying to make it in the professional world. The trend is also raising issues over privacy and employer discrimination when making new hires. Andrew Langille, a labour and employment lawyer in Toronto, says that employers are taking advantage of a poor job market and the high youth unemployment rate. “With the weight of the financial crisis and the recession, we’re in a period where jobs are hard to come by, especially for young people,” he says. “Employers appear to have taken this as a carte blanche to violate people’s rights and plunge into their personal information, which they have no right to look at.” With unrestricted access to a Facebook profile, a potential employer could look into a user’s race, marital status, sexual orientation and intention to have children — answers to questions that are illegal to ask in job interviews. “You can’t decide to hire someone on the basis of what their sexual orientation is, what their family status is, what their race is — those types of questions and practices that uncover that information are generally illegal,” says Langille. The issue is drawing the most attention in the U.S. where the high unemployment rate is driving a prohibits an employer from asking the applicant to disclose the information mentioned in section five. “There is absolutely no obligation to hand over social media passwords, email passwords and personal information of that nature,” says Langille. On March 23, Erin Egan, the chief privacy officer at Facebook, posted about the issue, calling the increase in reports of employers seeking access to profiles “distressing.” Antic sees an employer looking up an applicants profile as a huge invasion of privacy. “It’s a little bit discriminating. They can see what you look like, your interests,” she says. “It’s a little bit violating.” First-year hospitality and tourism student Brian Nam doesn’t agree entirely. He understands an employer’s right to view a public profile, but not their intention to access the account. sonal privacy,” she says. “Asking for your Facebook account password is about finding out what a person does in their private time. I think the practice is overly paranoid and I don’t see how it’s relevant to an employer.” She says an employer asking for login information shows that giving out private information has become less of a choice, and more of an expectation, and this is a problem. “The more we give into this, the less our privacy becomes a right and a choice, and it becomes expected that we expose all of our most personal information.” This creates a dilemma for new graduates who are desperate to break into their profession. When put on the spot, how could an applicant avoid disclosing uncomfortable information without risking the job? “I would recommend not having anything go online that you wouldn’t feel comfortable having a prospective employer see,” says Almond. “Make your profile as secure and private as possible.” For those that want to be extra careful while on the job hunt, Almond says other options include creating a fake profile while deactivating your original, or even shutting down your Facebook profile while looking for a job. “What they’re asking for is information that is not necessarily relevant to your working life,” says Almond. “I’m hoping there will be some laws passed that will protect people from these types of questions. Technology always moves quicker than the controls of it.”

It’s such a gross overstep of personal privacy. Asking for your Facebook account password is about finding out what a person does in their private time. I think the practice is overly paranoid and I don’t see how it’s relevant to an employer.
— Jaime Almond, social media specialist

desperate job market. The House of Representatives voted against a bill that would prevent employers from demanding job applicants reveal social media passwords as part of their application on Mar. 28. Last month, The Toronto Star reported that Peel Region Police are asking for Facebook passwords from new applicants. While the practice of asking job applicants for access to their private profiles is not illegal in itself, using the personal information that most profiles contain violates two aspects of the Ontario Human Rights Code, according to Langille. Section 5.1 states that every person has a right to equal treatment with respect to employment without discrimination. Section 23.2,

“The most alarming of these practices is the reported incidents of employers asking prospective or actual employees to reveal their passwords. If you are a Facebook user, you should never have to share your password, let anyone access your account, or do anything that might jeopardize the security of your account or violate the privacy of your friends,” said the post. Fourth-year sociology student Aleksandra Antic had a distressing experience in a recent job interview. She sat down, and the man interviewing her mentioned that she played the violin. When she asked how he knew that, she realized he had her publicly viewable Facebook profile open on his computer. “He had creeped me,” she said.

“I know Facebook is open sourced, but there are privacy settings,” he says. “Looking up their Facebook to see what’s public is fine I guess. But [asking for login information] is too much of an invasion of privacy.” Jaime Almond, an internet marketing and social media specialist, says that the idea of a right to privacy is disappearing as social media becomes more prevalent. This trend is creating a major issue for young people entering the job market. Almond says the practice should be resisted completely, and personal privacy has become more difficult to hold on to in the last few years with the open-book mentality of Google and social media profiles. “It’s such a gross overstep of per-



Would you give an employer your Facebook password in a job interview? @minnnty
@theeyeopener ask for theirs in return and change their status to something reflecting their snoopy douchebag move


@theeyeopener Never. @theeyeopener They are ..Well actually, if I had 24 welcome to look at my hours to sift through my #socialmediaaccounts but I profile I’d be good with it. would not hand over passwords, nor should they ask for them




@theeyeopener At the very most I would let them see my profile but never give them my password. There would be no reasoning behind that.

@globeandmail @theeyeopener Yes. I’d also let them install a 24hour CCTV in my house. Also they can fluff through my unmentionables drawer.

April 4, 2012

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April 4, 2012

Equestrian team competes in the OUAE finals


Left to right: Roy Rana, Andrea Raso and Jahmal Jones. PHOTOS: TIM ALAMENCIAK, jORDAN CAMPBELL, LINDSAY BOECKL

The Ryerson Rams’ varsity teams ended their seasons a couple weeks ago to various degrees of success.
Ryerson’s Equestrian team competed in the Ontario University Equestrian Association (OUAE) finals this past weekend. It was the first time the club competed competitively with schools from the OUAE West division. Andrea Robinson, co-founder of the club, placed second in the over fences event while Samantha Bite finished second in the under saddle event. Six other Ryerson riders qualified for the event but they failed to reach the podium.
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The men’s basketball team made history by winning the first game in the school’s history at the national championships. The men’s soccer team and the men’s hockey team also had impressive regular seasons before being eliminated in the playoffs. While the women’s hockey team played their inaugural season at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport level(CIS). With the impeding move to Mattamy Athletic Centre signalling the beginning of a new era of Ryerson athletics, Erica Huculak surveyed 14 athletes from different teams on campus to find out what their thoughts are on different aspects of the past season.
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April 4, 2012


The Eyeopener


The metamorphosis of the Ram
Since Ryerson was established as a university in 2001, its athletic programs have long been overlooked. With the teams set to play their home games at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in the fall, things are about to change. Harlan Nemers reports
In one of his first games in a blue lar impact in his rookie season on and gold Ryerson Rams jersey, the volleyball team as young stars the 6’5 Uchenna Ofoha showed a Jahmal Jones and Chelsea Briscoe glimpse of potential at the under 21 have had before him. Ontario University Athletics (OUA) “This university is the place to tournament held at Kerr Hall Gym- be,” said Ivan Joseph, the athletic nasium this past February. Ofoha director. gazed across the net at McMaster “There is a huge surge of intersetter Christopher Spack. As Spack est in coming to Ryerson. They set up his teammate for a spike, are coming because of the new Ofoha timed his jump perfectly to coaches, the new facilities and the block the incoming spike with his academics. fingertips. “Our reputation is going from Ofoha is just one of many re- worst to first.” cruits that will be suiting up for Ryerson is gradually becoming the Rams when Ryerson’s athletic calendar refreshes. Coaches whose teams resume their respective seasons in September have Our reputation is going from been scouting avidly since worst to first. March; most coaches laid — Ivan Joseph, Athletic Director the foundation of recruiting well before the season ends. Mirek Porosa, head coach of the men’s volleyball team, claims Ofoha is the most a more attractive location for star athletic player he’s seen in his 17 high school athletes and students years of coaching. Adding such an alike looking for a post-secondary elite player is a testament to how destination. much Ryerson’s athletic program In the last three years alone, has grown in the last couple years. Ryerson has had more first-year Ofoha’s decision to become a applicants than any university in Ram over the three other schools Canada. interested in him, signals a shift in Last year, Ryerson became one the culture of Ryerson sports. Many of the top Ontario universities stuathletes value the opportunity to dents chose. Ryerson issued 25,453 come to Ryerson and become the offers and 32 per cent of those apcenter piece of a rebuilding pro- plicants registered in the 2010-2011 cess more than becoming just an- school year. In mid-August, there other piece of the puzzle at another were still over 8,900 students on school. waiting lists for admission, accordOfoha will look to have a simi- ing to the office of admissions and recruitment. And it appears more and more athletes share their interest in the school, as there are 82 incoming recruits this upcoming year compared to the 43 last year. The recruiting class of 2012 is the largest in Ryerson athletic history according to Joseph. Other reasons student-athletes are choosing Ryerson are the same ones that full-time students are interested in the university: they feel like it’s a small enough university where they can feel like a student and not just another number, they like the smaller class sizes are and you don’t have to go on a scavenger hunt to get from class to class. It doesn’t hurt that the campus is located in the heart of downtown Toronto. While Ofoha ultimately decided on Ryerson because he lives close to campus and he is drawn to the civil-engineering program. However, other athletes are finding the potential of playing at the Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens this coming fall, the former home of the storied Toronto Maple Leafs, too much to pass up. “The biggest incentive was the opportunity to play in the Maple Leaf Gardens,” said Brian Birkhoff, a first-year men’s hockey player. “That definitely sweetened the deal.” “For any recruit coming in, whether Ryerson was on their radar before or not, now that Ryerson is going to be playing in the Gardens, any athlete would be taking a second look.”

Incoming rookie Uchenna Ofoha.


Women’s Basketball Men’s Basketball
Record: 11 wins and 11 losses Record: 13 wins and 9 losses

Conversation with a Ram:

Women’s Hockey
Record: 1 win and 23 losses

Men’s Hockey
Record: 13 wins and 12 losses

Women’s Soccer
Record: 6 wins, 9 losses and 1 tie

Men’s Soccer
Record: 8 wins, 4 losses and 2 ties

Women’s Volleyball
Record: 6 wins and 12 losses

Men’s Volleyball
Record: 3 wins and 15 losses

Jordon Gauthier played an instrumental part to the men’s basketball team’s march to the national championships in Halifax; however he was forced to sit out all three of the games at nationals due to a season ending injury he sustained in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) semi-final. The OUA second team all-star spoke to Sports Editor Gabriel Lee about the disappointing end to his season. Log on to the to read the interview.


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April 4, 2012

Graduates make art work
Despite stigmas surrounding arts-related degrees, many graduates face bright futures. Susana Gómez Báez reports
nationally or internationally. “The opportunity itself is great even if I don’t get [the job],” she says. Nikolova, 22, juggles her time between school, modeling, and designing her fourth-year piece: a gown for the upcoming Emmy Awards, made for her cousin, Nina I always knew I wanted to go into the Dobrev, better known as fashion world. the star of the popular TV — Jeny Nikolova, series The Vampire DiaFourth-year threatre production ries. “It’s a hundred per cent silk, a deep navy blue, corset front, and completely backless,” Nikolova says. “I designed it After graduation, Pye has lined and I’m sewing it myself too.” Nikolova got the opportunity last up a three-day intensive workshop with Springboard Danse Montreal, year to be on the set of The Vampire a company that casts dancers who Diaries as a part of the costume deexcel in the workshop, to perform sign team. She plans to travel to the Photo courteSy of Jeny nikolova United States next year, where she has been invited to work once again on the set of the TV series. “I can’t wait to graduate,” she says, with enthusiasm. “I want to move into the theme of television.” Some arts students seem content with interviews alone, following their graduation. Maegan McWade, a fourth-year fashion design student, says she is not scared to go out into the industry. The prospect of applying her skills to real life work is what is most important to her. “If you love what you do, it will work out,” McWade said. But for some graduates, it may not. “There are a couple of reasons as to why students from many programs are struggling to find work,” says Robert Burley, a photography professor at Ryerson. “First of all, the economy is not doing well.” On top of that, in the last year, tuition has increased 5.1 per cent, according to Statistics Canada. As tuition rises, students are thinking harder about where and in what they should invest their money. “The other reason is that most fields are being turned on their heads with new technology,” says Burley. “The key is to keep up with the changes that are going on. What I’m seeing is that our most successful graduates are able to do more $ than one thing.” * Burley says that students need to be willing to start at the bottom and work their way up, as well as network extensively. “We try to build them a network while they’re still in school and make them aware of opportunities available upon coming out of the program,” Burley says. In fact, Nikolova says that it & free SPC Card* was networking that helped her to achieve so much so early. Although she knows of the overwhelming Follow us on Twitter and Facebook | 800-HRBLOCK (472-5625) belief that arts majors bear no jobs, she says this has never scared her. “If you love what you’re doing, © 2012 H&R Block Canada, Inc. *$29.95 valid for regular student tax preparation only. Cash Back service included. To qualify for student pricing, student must present either (i) a T2202a documenting 4 or more months of full-time attendance at a college or university during 2011 or (ii) a valid high school identification card. Expires July 31, 2012. Valid only at participating H&R Block locations in Canada. fear should never stop you,” NikoSPC Card offers valid from 08/01/11 to 07/31/12 at participating locations in Canada only. For Cardholder only. Offers may vary, restrictions may apply. Usage may be restricted when used in conjunction lova said. with any other offer or retailer loyalty card discounts. Cannot be used towards the purchase of gift cards or certificates. “Don’t let anything stop you because anything you work for, you will get.” It is 5:57 p.m. on Sunday afternoon as fourth-year theatre production student Jeny Nikolova pauses to catch her breath during the only five minutes she can spare between shoots. “I always knew I wanted to go into the fashion world,” she says. “I plan on opening my own store for clothes and I want to move into the [medium] of television.” Amongst her peers, Nikolova is the exception, not the rule. Many university students in artsrelated programs, such as photography, new media, or dance, are afraid to graduate because they say it is tough to find work in the arts industry. Amanda Pye, a Ryerson fourthyear dance student, says she is afraid to go out into the real world. “In Toronto, the dance community isn’t like it is in New York and L.A. so the work is pretty sporadic,” Pye says. “It is pretty scary sometimes.”


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Students take arts industries by storm
The frenzied click of cameras and faint murmur of the audience as a model struts down the runway. The soft footfalls, and the quiet conversation as artists and admirers take in a photo gallery. And behind it all, the silent speculation of industry professionals as they get their first look at some of Canada’s freshest talent. This is the world of Ryerson’s end-of-year art shows. Ryerson is known widely for its ability to land graduates with jobs in their chosen professions, and its approach to arts-related programs is no different. But, how much impact do the university’s much-touted shows actually have on their respective industries? When it comes to fashion and image arts — a lot. Two of Ryerson’s biggest yearend spectacles are Mass Exodus, the largest student-run fashion show in North America, and Maximum Exposure, the annual showcase for image arts students, spread throughout galleries in the downtown core. “[Mass Exodus] is one of the few events from Ryerson, or the school in general, which actually has the attention of the industry here in Toronto,” said Daniel Drak, the producer of Mass Exodus. “The industry does look to Ryerson and Mass Exodus to see what ideas are being portrayed by [students].” Mass Exodus has been running for over 60 years and, through alumni scattered throughout the industry, has generated a lot of attention, Drak said. “I think that Canada has a lot of talent,” said Amanda Lew Kee, a Toronto-based Ryerson fashion alumni and owner of the Amandalewkee fashion line. “Mass Exodus is a good platform for students to showcase their development.” Also making waves in the local arts scene is the work of photography, film and new media students at Maximum Exposure. “Maximum Exposure has really garnered an excellent position in the industry,” said fourth-year photography student Lindsay Voegelin. “We have a broad reputation and people are very excited to have us back.” Both shows will feature industry-specific events geared towards giving students an opportunity to make contacts with industry professionals. One of the five Mass Exodus shows being held this year will be exclusively reserved for members of the Toronto fashion community. “Those people are industry people who have a vested interest in the Ryerson school of fashion,” Drak said. “If they see something awesome, they will contact [the designer]. Every year, there are stories of people being picked up because of their talent.” For the first time ever, Maximum Exposure will also feature an industry night which will allow students to mix with image arts professionals from the Toronto area on April 26. “In the past there has been an industry preview, but generally it takes place prior to the opening, which isn’t the best environment,” said Voegelin. “So we really wanted to isolate that, [and] give the industry professionals a full preview of the show, as well as a time for the artists to focus on specific networking.” Maximum Exposure will also include a showcase of the work of six highlighted photographers at the Outliers gallery — which will occupy the third and fourth floors of the Gladstone Hotel, near Dufferin Street and Queen Street West. The show, curated by Alice Dixon and Persilia Caton, will include some of the best work produced by the graduating class. It is the hope of a number of the show’s coordinators that much of the work will sell, given the unique clientele of the Gladstone and the high quality of the work. “Really, part of our aspiration is to have some of the work sell,” Voegelin said. “We think that those [pieces] have a very high likelihood of selling.” Both Voegelin and Drak said, despite the stress, the shows have been very much a labour of love. “[Maximum Exposure] has been fantastic,” Voegelin said. “I have the privilege of working with three fantastic students who are also my good friends — they’re all driven, creative, intelligent people.” “So, just spending all the time I have to spend with them to make this happen has just been a pleasure.” Mass Exodus producer Daniel Drak.

April, in Ryerson’s arts programs, is dominated by year-end art shows in almost every discipline. But what sort of impact do they actually have on their respective industries? Arts & Life Editor Sean Wetselaar reports

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Ryerson graduate Filipe Leite will be travelling 16,000 km on horseback, documenting his way through 12 countries over two years. Victoria Stunt reports
When Filipe Leite was a young boy, he would lie in bed and imagine the epic tale his father would recite to him. It was of a Swiss school teacher named Aime Tschiffely who in 1925, rode two horses from Buenos Aires to New York. “Let fools laugh; wise men dare and win,” Tschiffely said. Now 25, Leite is setting out on his own equestrian journey this July. The Ryerson journalism graduate will ride two horses from Calgary to his hometown near Sao Paulo, Brazil. It’s a 16,000 km expedition that was a dream of his father’s. Leite who is a cinematographer and journalist, will document stories from the communities he visits. He says the goal of the project, “Journey America,” is to connect and inspire people through storytelling. Leite — whose first name means lover of horses — grew up in Brazil, where he says there’s a harsh difference between classes. Some people own private jets and condos in Miami, while others can’t even afford food. As a journalist, this is something he always has in the back of his mind. “I want to try to show the difference between people who have, and people who have not, and at the same time how similar they all are,” says Leite. “Whether you have 30 billion dollars in your bank, or you have nothing, we all strive for the same thing. We want to love, and be loved.” He thinks riding two horses through 12 countries will get people to pay attention to the stories he’ll share in his 120 minute documentary, mostly about how the drug war affects the entire continent. Leite says he doesn’t have a set plan on sleeping anywhere, While he’s on his journey. He says that he doesn’t want to make plans because he doesn’t know what towns he’ll be visiting for sure yet. He’s expecting to camp out and have people invite him into their homes. He’s also putting his own money into the project. “I’m not getting paid to do this, I’m paying to do this.” Leite says that riding a horse long distance is thought of as crazy even though it wasn’t too long ago we used horses as main means of transportation. “It’s like I’m telling them I’m going to build a fucking state of the art rocketship and fly to Mars,” he says. Leite will spend about three weeks in June at a ranch in Calgary, taking a clinic on wilderness riding. There, he will meet his horses. The whole journey he says will be done with their health in mind. “I’m doing this for human rights, and my horses are trekking for the rights they deserve.” He’ll ride them for only 30 km a day, four-to-five days a week. “When you live with a horse for this long, it’s a friendship like no other,” he says. “The horses are going to be the true heroes. I’m just a guy with a fucking camera telling a story.” He wants people to be able to go visit the horses in Brazil when the journey is done —he says they’ll be retired afterwards. Leite will have some connections in different countries during his trip. He’s trying to contact a veternarian in each country before he leaves so the horses can be checked to cross borders. But other than that, he’s trying to plan as little as possible. Leite says the majority of the connections, “the most beautiful ones,” will be made along the way. “That’s why I’m going on this trip, to talk to people. The beauty of it is discovering humanity again,” says Leite. He’ll need to ask people which roads to take, where to find feed for his horses and where to find a place to stay. He’ll also get information about community projects going on, so he can include them in the documentary. Leite has some sponsors for the trip, one of which is helping him pick the horses, while another is supplying gear for the journey. But once he starts riding, he believes more sponsors will be interested in helping. Leite says he’s going to keep tweeting throughout the journey, documenting and asking for support from big sponsors. “I’m doing this because I believe in the size and the scope of the project,” Leite says. His goal is to win an Oscar nomination for the documentary. “We go against ourselves, and before we even leave we’ve already failed,” says Leite. “I don’t fail. If I say I’m going to do something, I’ll do it.” The hardest part of the trip won’t be reaching the half way point or feeding the horses, it will be getting off the saddle and returning to a world of internet and cars. The documentary pilot, which gives a glimpse into what’s to come in Leite’s journey, along with more information is available at


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Ryerson student rides for a dream
Biking from Toronto to Vancouver to raise awareness for the White Ribbon Campaign. Carly Thomas reports
rassment on campus, and indicated there is room for improvement. He said a cultural shift must happen where “we need to recognize that being a man doesn’t mean being assertive, purely aggressive, having all the answers and being a stud... it’s really about just being human and saying you can be vulnerable, you can be who you are. It’s not a negative.” Waddling said he is riding for his five-year-old sister Cheyenn, who he described as the “sweetest thing on earth.” He said it sickens him to think of her having to deal with any form of abuse. According to statistics on the White Ribbon website, “half of Canadian women (51 per cent) have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16.” “You take any sized room and in it you put my mother, my sister, my two cousins, my grandmother and one of my best friends; six very important women in my life, and to think that half of them are going to have to deal with that. That eats me up inside,” said Waddling. After a fundraising concert at Lee’s Palace last March, the three men raised $2,500 towards their trip. Waddling said it was “not nearly enough,” to fund the trip. He said he hasn’t received too much financial support from Ryerson students yet but hopes that “as we get closer to the kick off date, more and more people from Ryerson will be willing to contribute.” The men will be traveling an average of 150 km per day with an allotted seven rest days. They will be spending most nights in a tent, but a few people have offered to house them during their trip. Waddling said if it weren’t for the immediate support and participation of Barry and Surjanac, the trip would have never taken shape. “I wouldn’t ride with anybody else. You know, I wouldn’t ride with these guys if I didn’t love them to pieces, and trust them and think that I could get along with them completely for 24 hours a day for 35 days. We all have a very good bond that way,” he said. “Is this going to change the world? No, no that would be ridiculous. But it’s a step in the right direction and will have residual effects for me and hopefully my family, my friends and others,” he said. “I want to at the very least plant the seed. To make people aware that there is someone out there who thinks [the White Ribbon Campaign] is important enough to do something about.”

Alex Waddling (right) is a Ryerson student biking to Vancouver.
Three dudes on bikes, 35 days, 4,500 km of open Canadian road and a mission to help stop violence against women. Ride For a Dream bike-athon is raising money and awareness for the White Ribbon Campaign. Second-year Ryerson psychology student Alexander Waddling and his two friends — Steve Barry and Danny Surjanac will bike from Toronto to Vancouver. The guys plan to leave May 1. They plan to stop in major cities along the way to spread the message of the White Ribbon Campaign, the largest effort to engage men in help-

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ing stop violence against women worldwide. Waddling has always been an avid cyclist. He has biked to Ottawa twice. Once from Toronto and another time from Victoria Harbour Ont., where he and Barry are from, but has never attempted crossing the country. The idea of biking west first took shape last December when Surjanac, a co-worker at the time, mentioned that he would love to attempt a long ride. Waddling decided he wanted to use the trip to marry his passion for cycling with the volunteer work he

had been doing at the White Ribbon Campaign at Ryerson. “I wanted to do something for the White Ribbon Campaign. Something I could put my heart and soul into and make matter,” he said. Jeff Perera, project manager at the White Ribbon Campaign, opened the Ryerson chapter three years ago and runs workshops and the annual “What Makes a Man” conference, where Waddling first got involved with the group back in 2011. Perera said that overall, Ryerson is better than most spaces in terms of sexual equality. But he mentioned there are still issues of sexual ha-



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Join us as we make history
In sports, the home opener is a powerful symbol of a fresh beginning. Everyone waits for this pivotal moment in time. And at Ryerson, that wait is almost over. This September, when you return to campus, there will be a premium new facility at Ryerson – the Mattamy Athletic Centre. The grand opening in September will be a celebration for the entire Ryerson community. So as another great academic year comes to a close, I thank you for your incredible achievements, and wish you the best with your exams and assignments. And as we look forward to next year, I ask that you give careful thought to this question: how will you show your blue-and-gold on opening day? Go Rams Go!

Sheldon Levy President