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Photo Booth: Johnny Depp at the Ryerson Theatre by Joseph Hammond.
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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Elayne Teixeira-Millar ASSOCIATE EDITORS Fashion Christian Allaire Sports Chris Babic Film/Music Nadya Domingo Arts Maria Siassina Opinion Megan Jones News Desk Brian Boudreau PHOTOGRAPHY Joseph Hammond Tyler Webb CONTRIBUTORS Angela Hoyos Tamara Jones Emily Joveski Sameera Raja PUBLISHER Trung Ho
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04. Happenings and Listings Radio-less Ryerson, Takes on online courses, Queen West Art Crawl Angela Hoyos, Brian Boudreau, Sameera Raja 06. Meet Wayne Clark Ryerson’s first designer-in-residence Jessica Murray END OF TIFF SPECIAL 10. Carried Away Why 11 Days in September mean the world to some Nadya Domingo 11. Dreams on Pause
Kazik Radwanski’s (Ryerson ‘08) feature film, “Tower”, debuts at TIFF Tamara Jones
22. PHOTO BOOTH: TIFF Joseph Hammond Photography 26. Canada’s National Park Reportage from Ted Rogers Sports Conference Chris Babic 28. Return of Primetime Our favourite characters this fall Emily Joveski SUBSCRIPTIONS www.ryersonfolio.com/subscribe SEND US A LETTER
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HAPPENINGS ing. But with Ryerson and the Ontario government pushing for an increase in online courses, students will be seeing more of them popping up in years to come. Is this a good or bad thing? It seems to be a bit of both. Folio speaks to a professor and a student about online courses: Sarah Henstra Ryerson English Professor RF: What is your opinion of online courses, as an English professor? Radio-less Ryerson by Angela Hoyos
fter months of fighting to reclaim Radio Ryerson (CKLN), the airwaves will remain silent as FM frequency 88.1 now belongs to Barriebased music station, Rock 95. With the campus radio station on hiatus, are students ready to revolt? “I actually had no idea Ryerson had a radio station. I guess it’s part of that campus culture to keep one around but I’m not going to be crying myself to sleep because we lost the bid to bring back 88.1,” admits third-year biology student, Alisha Romeo. And like Alisha, many students around campus were indifferent to the ongoing battle to bring back the FM frequency. Perhaps the lack of interest on our campus radio station stems from a history of in-house conflict, poor marketing, and bureaucratic bullying. Suanne Kelman, Associate Chair of Ryerson’s faculty of Journalism and Reporting for Radio workshop instructor, is one of many who believe the old CKLN’s clique-like atmosphere ran it to the ground. She was not surprised with the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunication Commission’s (CRTC) decision, adding that CKLN made it impossible for students to join and volunteer for the station. And though student pieces were played more frequently during its last years, “this radio station was the author of its own destruction,” she said. The New Ryerson Radio at least seemed to be a welcome change to that, with programming that would have appealed to more students out4
side of the journalism realm by covering campus events and local talent in the community. As the sports representative for Ryerson Radio, Alan Hudes advocated for Rams coverage as a reason to bring 88.1 FM back to campus. Hudes, a student at Ryerson’s journalism program, is saddened by the fate of a station that would have been “run by students, and for students, which CKLN did not do much of at all.” But while most Ryerson students care very little about having a campus radio station, its absence will be especially challenging to students pursuing broadcast journalism. After all, there is an overflow of student-run publications on campus, but for those who wish to pursue a career in radio or television the options are rather limited. The New Ryerson Radio was said to be a great opportunity to gain experience in this field, “giving students who enjoy the medium or who want to pursue it as a career, an opportunity to try it out, to test the waters and make mistakes early on,” said third year journalism student Nick Carafa. What could have come of this new and improved station is a mystery, but disappointment remains for those who fought hardest to make it happen, says Hudes.“By not granting the license for 88.1 to Ryerson, the CRTC has actually ignored one of its own mandates - since campus radio is the third pillar of the Canadian broadcasting system.”
H: I think that regardless of all of our opinions, it’s a trend that is here to stay. You can register more students in a class and have one instructor teaching the class. In English though, everything centers on interpretation, and it’s difficult to interpret a text when you’re the only one in a room. Unless you have a framework of opinions different from yours, it’s hard to shape up your own opinions.
Takes on Online Courses by Brian Boudreau
RF: Have you taken online courses? Did you enjoy the experience, or do you prefer regular courses?
nline courses are to learning what Facebook chatting is to socializ-
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RF: Do you think an increase of online courses is inevitable? H: The harsh reality is that since I was hired in 2005, class sizes have grown and grown. And when you get to a certain size, class discussions and group work become less practical. I think online courses start to become a bit comparable at that point. But in truth, I think nothing can beat the small group format. RF: On a more personal level, what do you think about face-to-face interactions with your students? H: I miss the old days when I had 30 students in a class. I understood their writing styles because I knew who they were. With 100 students I’m less likely to attend to any one student, because I don’t know anybody. Megan Macduff 3rd year Public Health
M: I’ve taken two online courses. But
honestly, I like real-time classes better. It becomes a challenge to do the work on a regular basis with my online courses. But when I’m in the actual classroom, I feel more motivated to learn something every week. I have to be sitting in that classroom and taking the notes. I absorb things when I listen. With online courses, I’d often find myself rushing to meet deadlines for papers because I hadn’t put in the time. RF: What are some differences you can note between smaller courses and bigger, less personal ones? M: In small classes, you’re more comfortable getting involved in the class and you know the professor more, so you feel more comfortable.
David McKenzie, creator of Another Good Night, says the live painting is a marathon of self imposed timing. “Five Toronto artists engage in a live exaggeration of their studio practice, they race to finish 100 paintings in one sitting. The painters have 10 hours to complete their creations and also try new techniques.” McKenzie, a self -taught painter, stepped out of his own comfort zone using water resistant and lacquer spray paint. “Normally this type of figurative art is done with a lot more time, so we’ll see how it turns out.” Another Good Night is the second of its series, the first done last October. “The last even was successful with over a 100 people showing up so we decided, why not do it again? Personally, it’s the most fun night of the year,” McKenzie said.
The five artists have worked together in local art battles, sharing commonalties and have become close friends. “It’s great working in this atmosphere, much more friendly and we gain a lot of support from each other,” says McKenzie, spraying water over the canvas. Each practicing artist incorporates a signature look, and hangs the finished product against the Rhino’s wall for display, as viewers gaze and chat over the intricate designs and colours. Another Good Night also allowed it’s audience to use their imagination and create works of their own with a table full of blank canvases, palates of mix paints, sprays, paintbrushes, The night ended with group hugs and cheers on completion of 500 pieces by 1 a.m.
RF: Do you think online courses make participation and interaction between students easier? M: Personally, I don’t want to read over other people’s comments if I don’t have to. In my experience, I just wanted to read over the professor’s posts and whatever would get me through the course. But when I’m in the classroom, I don’t really have a choice. And in the end, I think it is to my benefit. QUEEN WEST ART CRAWL by Sameera Raja
he second floor of the Rhino buzzed with soft rock and indie music in dim lighting last Friday afternoon, as Toronto art lovers and painters gathered for an unconventional form of live painting, at the tenth annual Queen West Art Crawl (QWAC). As night fell over, the artists worked away at their designated canvas mixing blues and oranges together with the stroke of a paintbrush, taking breaks in between to view their masterpiece and grabbing a drink from the open bar. QWAC is a three-day event showcasing over 70 galleries from the Parkdale community in an effort to support upcoming artists. The festival is scattered along West Queen West to Bathurst, with hourly tours, live performances from local bands and a sales venue for a bazaar. RYERSON FOLIO / SEPTEMBER 18, 2012 5
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nlike most 10-year-olds, Wayne Clark knew what he wanted to do when he grew up. It came to the now Canadian fashion designer while watching television one night. “I can remember [the television show] had something to do with the fashion industry. I can distinctly remember this one woman in what today would be Dolce & Gabbana because it was leopard, it had the pointy bra of the fifties, it was below the knee, it was tight, it was va-va-voom and she was blonde,” says Clark. “All of a sudden I knew there was such a thing as a fashion designer.” More than 50 years later, Clark’s eyes still light up thinking about the night he discovered what he wanted to do. As the Calgary-native sits at his desk sipping his morning coffee, marking the beginning of Ryerson’s fall 2012 semester, he recalls telling his mother about his fashion dreams – the morning after the television program aired. “I can remember my mother going ‘oh. My. God. Don’t you ever tell your
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father that,’” says Clark. “There I was, ten-years-old, and I’m going ‘okay, bad reaction to that. I guess we’ll keep that to ourselves.’” But Clark is shy no more. His throaty laugh fills his office, lighting up the dimly lit room that he jokes resembles a fallout shelter (it is located within the grey, bare walls of Kerr Hall West after all). This will be his new home as Ryerson University’s first inresidence designer for the next year. Whether his term will expand beyond this year, or whether another designer will succeed him or not, is still up in the air. But although the 63-year-old is just starting to settle in, the space is already equipped with mannequins, a sewing machine, and ironing board. “How the hell did I know I was going to do this and how did I get out of [Calgary] to get here, I don’t know,” says Clark. “But it happened. It was just something I knew I wanted to do.” Following his dream, Clark attended the Alberta College of Art for three years after graduating high
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school. In his third year, Clark built up enough nerve to apply to design school, and received an acceptance telegram to the fashion design program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont., the first week of September. He remembers how people usually only received telegrams when somebody died or if a plane went down. “I was accepted at Sheridan and I sat in my bedroom and bawled for three hours because I thought ‘how is this going to happen? I have no money,’” says Clark. “So my parents came through. Which is amazing because they did not get it, they did not understand their son wanting to be a fashion designer. I might as well have said ‘oh, it’s dance school, and I want to be a tap dancer for the rest of my life.’ It’s the equivalent.” Now, after years of designing glamorous womenswear, Clark says he will bring knowledge and experience to his new position at Ryerson. After overcoming his own obstacles as a student to become the notable fashion designer he is today, he hopes to inspire the same desire in the fourth-
year design students he will be mentoring. “Hopefully working with me will be a new eye, a fresh conversation,” says Clark. “I’m not responsible for a mark, so hopefully they can come and talk, cry, be upset or anything that they want. And ask me what they think might be a stupid question and would never have enough nerve to ask an instructor.” In addition to mentoring the students with their collections for Mass Exodus, an annual fashion show that showcases the fourth year fashion design students, Clark will also be available as a guest speaker for other classes. Clark says his best piece of advice for design students is that they should want this more than anything else in the world. “You better want that because when everybody else is partying on Friday and Saturday night and you’re working, it’s a hard one to take. But if you want to be fabulous that’s what it takes,” says Clark. “If it was easy, everybody could do it.” By the end of his year at Ryerson,
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Clark wants students to leave their mark as the university’s “best fashion design students,” and hopes every student is proud of what they achieve. For Clark, that feeling of pride will come when seeing the final 25 collections (five outfits each) at Mass Exodus. “Nothing would be nicer than 125 beautiful garments coming down the runway,” says Clark. Until then, Clark is getting used to becoming a Ryerson Ram: he has already set up his RMail and familiarized himself with everything on campus. He keeps a mantra posted on one of the walls in his office, which reads: “May my arms be open to others, may my gifts be revealed to me so that I may return that which has been given.” True to the mantra, Clark’s success and determination will, hopefully, rub off on fashion design students achieve hoping to achieve his same lofty goals. “A lot of people give up,” says Clark. “And then finally it’s you and the other two runner-ups, if you’ve got what it takes.” “I wasn’t going to be a runner-up.” Photograph provided by Wayne Clark.
END OF TIFF Special Photos by Joseph Hammond Words by Nadya Domingo and Tamara Jones
END OF TIFF SPECIAL
Carried Away by Nadya Domingo Why eleven days in September mean the world to some
e begin at the very end. A line of people before us climbs around the corner of the TIFF Bell Lightbox building, some of them huddling around volunteers in orange shirts. We are all itching to get inside. Men in their grey suits stand in front of us under the miserable heat of the city. We see our reflections in their shoes and pretend we’re not listening to their conversations. They brag to each other about how many films they’ll be seeing. 10
“Should be good this year,” one man says. “I’m seeing eight films.” Eight. A small part of our souls die from jealousy. But then another part of us only clings even more to our single tickets. This is what the festival is about. The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has been around since 1976. Originally named the “Festival of Festivals,” TIFF is famous for collecting films from around the world and showing them to a Toronto audi-
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ence. About 500,000 people enjoy these films each year. To be just one of those people is magical. We love TIFF. We wait in long lines outside theatres scattered across Toronto just to be a part of it. We listen closely for the screams of fans echoing through the venues. This is our cue to the butterflies in our stomachs. We squeeze our friend’s hand with the realization that in just a few minutes, we’ll be sitting in the same room as the director. Not just a director, but the director that has inspired so much of our creativity. The line shuffles forward. TIFF is just a few steps within reach. The greatest part of TIFF is that it’s a celebration of art and ideas. The festival gives Toronto an entire collection of new perspectives that reflect our world past and present. It’s a chance for filmmakers to debut their thoughts about pain, humour, horror, and love. TIFF is a collection of scores, languages, silent films that go on to win Oscars, and endless hours of thought and creativity. It’s this lifelong experience that’s perfectly packaged into 11 days. It shouldn’t matter how many films we see during TIFF, because the memory of one film is enough to last an entire lifetime. TIFF is not just a festival. It’s a feeling. This festival means so many things to different people, to the point where we get carried away in its wonderfulness. There’s just something about TIFF that drives us to the depths of emotional extremes. It’s both fantastic and scary. When the films end, and the screens fade to black, there’s this sense of panic that the experience is ending all too soon – and maybe it does. A handful of us have the courage to raise our hands with questions for the cast. Some of us are lucky enough to have them answered. We soon empty our seats and leave the theatre with the realization that this film was unlike any other. It was a TIFF film. We leave the theatre, but our TIFF experience hardly finishes. We begin at the very end – and we get to do it all again next year.
Photograph by Mark Peckmezian
Dreams on Pause by Tamara Jones
Kazik Radwanski (Ryerson ‘08) explores the idea of independence in his debut feature film, “Tower.”
yerson alum, Kazik Radwanski’s, film “Tower” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last Tuesday. After studying film at Ryerson and finding success with his short films (his award-winning short was shown in TIFF’s student film showcase), Radwanski took his talents to feature film length. His debut feature film is about 34-year-old man named Derek who
still lives with his parents and dreams of being a graphic animator. He works for his uncle’s construction company and makes no effort to pursue his dream career. “[Derek] is struggling to find a place. He doesn’t fit in and he doesn’t want to fit in,” said leading man, Derek Bogart, of his character. “Exactly,” director Radwanski adds, “he’s struggling against some-
thing, but he doesn’t know what it is.” Derek manages to keep everyone he has relationships with at an arm’s length. “Lots of people try to help him but his problems are his own. He’s content doing things his way, even if his way doesn’t work,” said Bogart. Radwanski hopes some moments can mirror the viewers’ lives -- but he isn’t looking for a clean-cut moral at the end. Instead, he’s hoping the film will act as a starting point for discussion. “He’s a bit of a mystery. I don’t even fully understand him,” Radwanski says of Derek. Bogart added, “He’s almost agnostic. Maybe it’s something that can’t be understood.” Radwanski’s productions are unique because the actors never get to read a script. Each character doesn’t know what the other will do or say. Through exploring the characters with the actors, Radwanski said the scene becomes more truthful and open to interpretation. Radwanski’s advice for aspiring filmmakers: “Watch movies. Watch as much as you can. Get a sense of what you like and live an interesting life.”
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TIFF Through A Lens By Joseph Hammond From the Ryerson Theatre to Roy Thompson Hall, to the Princess of Whales Theatre, Ryerson Folio senior photographer Joseph Hammond spent six days in the scrum of fans and photographers capturing the excitement, emotions, and the people of the Toronto International Film Festival.
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SPORTS Canada’s National park at Ryerson by Chris Babic Reportage from the inaugural Ted Rogers Sports Conference
ext time you enter the Mattamy Athletic Centre, reflect for a moment on the fact that you are technically walking into a national park – yes, Rams athletes are (so far as I know) the only teams in Canada to ply their trades in a national park. Ryerson’s President, Sheldon Levy, spoke briefly about this quirk of clerical judgment after the lunch break at the inaugural Ted Rogers School of Management Sports Conference. When filling out the forms to designate the Gardens as a national historic site, someone mistakenly checked the national park box, and that gave Ryerson the opportunity it desperately needed to secure twenty million dollars in stimulus funds from the federal government, because, as Levy noted, “Ryerson is the only university which owns a national park,” so nobody could ask for their own stimulus on the grounds that 14
Ryerson received some. It certainly felt natural standing on the fourth floor of the wonderfully expansive Gardens, watching the zamboni rhythmically scraping and resurfacing an already pristine ice pad, at 7:30 on a drizzly morning. The Alumni Lounge served up the shining Mattamy Home Ice as the picture perfect backdrop for talking the business of sports, with five different seminars spread over a full day and into the evening. Part schmooze-fest, part teaching seminar, the networking event was organized by the Ryerson Sports and Business Association (RSBA), which hosted its own premiere last year. In his opening remarks, RSBA founder and president, Vedran Kuljanin, spoke about the importance of developing a partnership between Ryerson athletics and the school of management.
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“What we learned [last year] was what we believed all along – that Ryerson and the Toronto community deserved a sports conference we could call our own.” Dr. Ken Jones, Dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management came to distinguished visiting professors David Dingwall and Ralph Lean with the idea for such a sports conference. From the outset, Jones says he made sure that the RSBA would be involved in the endeavor. While the opening seminars were interesting, it was the third one on the day which drew my attention most; In a moment of hopeful coincidence, it was to the sounds of pucks ringing the iron, and sticks smacking the ice that Dave Andrews, president and CEO of the now locked-out NHL’s little brother, the American Hockey League, spoke from the panel. Of course, the lockout will provide a short-term boon for the AHL, as fans will turn to the next best thing to satisfy their hockey cravings. Yet Andrews stressed - perhaps not least of the reasons being the majority of the room were on the player’s sides - he did not want to see a lockout, but that the AHL was fully prepared for one, saying “I am a marriage counselor for 30 AHL owners and their NHL counterparts.” In a moment of not-so-coincidental pairing, Andrews was joined on the panel by Rand Simon, an agent from Newport Sports Management, who represents NHL players, some of whom will inevitably end up in Andrews’ AHL because of the lockout. The two engaged in a spirited but blandly amicable discussion despite the potential differences between the men. All told the five seminars represented a broad spectrum of the sports and business worlds colliding – and as the panel on getting more women into the top levels of sports management explained – it has not been an equal opportunity ride. Nonetheless, Friday’s conference provided the best opportunity for many of Ryerson’s business students to shove a collective foot in the proverbial door that is the world of sports management, and they got to do it at a national park. Quite the picnic.
Our Favourite returning primetime characters This Fall By Emily Joveski Fall is that happy season when we herald the return of our favorite television shows. Everyone has their favorite – either someone they want to be or someone they wish was real. Here’s a list of some of our favorite returning characters, and what they might be like if you met them in real life.
1. Jess from New Girl Zooey Dechanel’s role as Jess in New Girl is something of a modern rehashing of an older television archetype: the quirky girl, or more cynically dubbed, “crazy-cute.” In the show’s first season, Jess awkwardly adjusted to single life after ending a long-term relationship, and moved into an apartment with three male room-mates. However, Jess overcomes setbacks with her special brand of heart-melting nerdiness. She is ineffably dorky, but she’s also adorable, well dressed, and her best friend is a diva fashion model (because I suppose we can’t have her be too much on the fringe). While the “crazy-cute” label my often apply, Jess’s persistent optimism and sincerity make her someone you’d want to sing kareoke with on the weekends, especially if she let you borrow from her wardrobe from time to time.
much to be admired. His deep-seated love of bacon, for example, or his skill in woodworking. But as we’ve seen in past seasons, he’s also got a heart, and the conviction to do what’s right. He may not want to be friends with you (“Friends: One to three is sufficient.”), but he’s the kind of guy you want to have around, particularly in a wilderness situation.
3. Troy and Abed from Community One of the most endearing and entertaining bromances in television these days. Many circumstances threatened to tear them apart, like Troy’s forays into air-conditioner repair, and Abed’s recurring psychological instability. Still, any Community fan knows that Troy and Abed’s friendship can never die. Even though their relationship is something of a private club, their childlike imagination and enthusiasm for Sci-fi makes us wish we could hop in the dreamatorium with them for a little while.
2. Ron Swanson from Parks & Recreation Nick Offerman’s character from Parks and Recreation has fast garnered a reputation as one of the most badass characters on TV. There is much that is mysterious about Ron Swanson, such as his disdain for government and his predilection for women named Tammy. However, there is
of guy you want on your side. Being a serial killer, Dexter Morgan is really good at, well, killing people. However, for a psychopath, he’s got a surprisingly exceptional (albeit unique) sense of right and wrong. He’s a serial killer that only kills other serial killers. The coming season will most likely have Dexter caught between his love of stabbing people and a tense and borderline incestuous relationship with his stepsister. For that reason he might not be a guy you would want to hang out with, unless you need immediate saving from a serial murderer.
4. Dexter Morgan from Dexter I’ll admit it, if this guy were real he’d be scary. But he’d definitely be the kind
5. Charlie Kelly from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia In a television show where everyone is a narcissistic, egotistical jerk, Charlie from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia becomes an endearing, though often bemusing character. While his illiteracy, questionable hygiene, and penchant for bashing rats may not be top selling points on say, a resume, his unwavering crush on “the waitress” and his musical-writing skills easily make him hardest Sunny character to hate. The condescension he receives from his friends tends to make him the underdog of the show and his (occasional) successes are sweeter because of it. Charlie’s the guy you’re always rooting for. Nevertheless, in real life, Charlie would probably be a useful guy to have around, not least for his skill in catwhispering and salvaging trash from under bridges.
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