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Volume 67, Number 22
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Ryerson to reveal ancillary charges
By Davida Ander Ryersonian Staff
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It’s that time of the year, where everyone is stressing about getting into shape for the beach. But sometimes getting into shape can be stressful and turn into an obsession. For a personal story of how a gym junkie battled thorugh this obsession and insight on how to deal with this urge turn to page 12.
Students curious about the extra costs tacked onto their tuition fees will be able to view a breakdown of their ancillary fees online by fall. Heather Lane Vetere, the vice-provost students, said that students will be provided with information about ancillary fees — the compulsory, additional fees that are charged outside of tuition costs — on the student fees website “as soon as it can be collected and collated. “I … will commit to trying to provide a website with general information about each fee and what it’s used for,” she said in an email, in response to a Ryersonian inquiry about where students can access detailed fee information. “This will take some time, but I think it would be a good idea so students understand where the funds are used.” Ryerson students pay about $560 in ancillary fees each year for 11 services, including the health and dental plan, access to student services and an athletics fee.
Additional ancillary fees include departmental fees and administrative charges. Currently, students can see how much money they are charged for each service in the 2012-2013 fees schedule. However, there’s no further breakdown of these costs, which leaves room for suspicion. “Institutions have started finding ways to go around protocol and charge fees to students to be able to make up for shortfalls elsewhere in the budget, like a lack of funding from government,” said Sarah Jayne King, the chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). “So they started charging a lot of fees, and whether intentionally illegal or not, some of these fees are illegal.” Several Ryerson ancillary fees run the risk of raising student suspicion. Fees such as a $40 graduation fee and a $70 deferral fee for postponing payment of undergraduate tuition fees can come across as puzzling for students who have already laid down money for tuition. Please see FEES, page 3
RSU members say no to limiting political stances By Rebecca Williams Ryersonian Staff
Ryerson students seem to not care about campus politics. This year’s Ryerson Students’ Union election had an 11 per cent voter turnout rate, and it’s not unusual for meetings to not make quorum. But last Wednesday, a motion put forward not only got students to show up to the spring annual general meeting, but also to heatedly debate the topic. Eitan Gilboord, who is also the president of Ryerson’s Israeli Students’ Association, put forward a motion that fired up tensions in the meeting.
The motion, titled “Refraining from Political Issues,” attempted to restrict the RSU from taking sides on “polarizing foreign policy issues in order to prevent the possibility (of) intimidating students on either side of these issues and escalating tension between the polarized communities.” Although the motion didn’t contain any mention about Israel or Palestine, some students believe it was put forward to prevent the RSU from supporting a boycott Israel campaign. The motion was denied. “A lot of foreign policy issues involve an oppressor and an oppressed, it’s completely immoral to support a motion that favours the oppressor,” said one student at
the mike, who was opposed to the motion. Mohammad Horreya, the president of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Ryerson, called Gilboord’s involvement with the Israeli Students’ Association “suspicious.” “Off the bat we knew this was an issue of Palestine versus Israel,” says Horreya. But Gilboord denies that his motion had something to do with the conflict. “If you’re a student union, you should be promoting peace (and) not taking sides in conflicts,” he said. “Of course it touches on the issue, but it’s not what it’s about.” Please see RSU, page 5
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Members taking part in a prior student union meeting.
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Pulling the plug on print a personal stab If a tree falls and no one’s around to hear it, does it make a sound? The same can be said for the state of print journalism in the age of a digital revolution. If nobody’s reading the paper, are the stories still news? The University of Windsor’s 85-year-old student newspaper, The Lance, has been ordered to immediately cease print production. The decision follows a vote in which the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance (UWSA) voted against print editions going forward, in favour of publishing the paper online only. The UWSA, which funds The Lance, said the paper is operating under a steep deficit. The Lance said it will finish with a “minor” shortage by year end, which can be easily adjusted by fine-tuning next year’s budget.
Regardless, the vote is a reflection of the current state of the business of news. Similarly, in March it was announced that the Ryerson Review of Journalism would be cut down to one annual issue, while both the Toronto Star and CBC announced plans to shed jobs. Clearly, no publication is safe from the rampant uncertainty surrounding journalism. And there’s no denying the power of a click to generate accessibility. Linking a story on Facebook enhances its chances of being read by more people and reaching a wider audience. Fewer people are picking up a newspaper because the Internet connects them to what’s happening in the world around them, as it’s happening. News should be instant.
But trained journalists often feel as though eliminating print is an insult. We stubbornly feel that if we can hold our work in our hands, its worth is enhanced. The fact that our stories appear in print validates our work as journalists, not bloggers. In this week’s opinion piece, Ryersonian reporter Sabina Sohail concludes that a journalism degree is worthless now that the Internet has increasingly made a writer out of everyone. She argues that if anyone can be a journalist with a WordPress account, why bother studying the profession? But blogs simply cannot convey the same gravitas as reporting found in serious publications. Going web-only effectively deprives students of all aspects of journalism. The benefits of learning hands-on publishing shouldn’t be eradicated just because it’s common belief that printed papers are on their way out in the coming years. Student newspapers are a forum for j-school students to learn what print journalism not only needs, but demands. Thus, it’s not just nostalgia we’re holding on to. The end of print in student settings spells a reduction in both content quality and quality of training. It should be duly noted that The Lance is Windsor’s second largest publication and the city’s only free weekly, paying 14 staffers with full-time hours. Surely, pay cuts and other budget-saving compromises could have been made to preserve an 85-yearold tradition. Instead, the UWSA decided not to support its own student media, and did so without the newsroom’s input. While The Ryersonian is an online-first news outlet, if we were robbed of the opportunity to produce a weekly paper, we’d be just as upset.
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Journalism degree often worthless
By Sabina Sohail Ryersonian Staff
I’ll never forget my first week of journalism school. I was told three things: there are no jobs in the industry, freelance is the only secure option, and marry rich because the pay sucks. Any sane person would have veered away from the program. But my peers and I are still here. Ryerson’s journalism program is one of the best in the country. Having this on a resumé should grant us jobs, right? Well, I’m now in my final semester of journalism and, to my dismay, those “myths” I was told in first year appear to be very much true. A journalism bachelor’s degree isn’t worth what it used
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to be. We’re getting beat out by master’s students and, even worse, bloggers are stealing our non-existent jobs. Many of those bloggers sure as hell do not deserve to be hired by organizations like the CBC. The fact is, people with a bachelor of journalism under their belt are not only competing with each other for jobs, but are now competing with those who haven’t even studied journalism, all thanks to the Internet. Bloggers have come into our realm and stolen the spotlight. Thanks to social media and the rise of blogging, everyone is a writer and a journalist, despite not knowing the nitty gritty of proper reporting. But, at the end of the day, they’re the ones getting the jobs. It doesn’t matter if you’re running an outdated looking website, and can post a little blurb to accompany your amateur photographs. If you can gain a following, you too have the potential to be hired by reputable media companies, and deem yourself a “journalist.” Basic standards are thrown out the window, because it’s no longer about the quality of journalism. On top of it all, I’ve gained true training outside of journalism school as an unpaid intern. At CTV Canada AM, I worked
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as a segment producer. My main responsibilities were determining what the set would look like, how the props would be set up, and ensuring guests were given any help they needed before their interviews. Oh, and the usual clerical duties. These things I learned over time. The training was given to me at the start of my internship and I adapted quickly. Because that’s just how the industry works. In all honesty, the work I did could not be defined as “real” journalism. But even in the event I was partaking in journalistic work, each company has its own set of standards and ways of doing things. They will teach new employees the basic how-to upon employment. A journalism degree isn’t a necessary requirement to be able to do it. I wouldn’t say the past four years have been a complete waste, because they haven’t. I really did enjoy my time spent at Ryerson, and it would be unfair to say I haven’t learned a lot. But the truth of the matter is that it was pointless for me to study a profession when you can get hired for a job in journalism without the journalism degree. Now it’s up to me to start a damn blog and make a living out of the degree I’ve earned.
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The Ryersonian’s top news stories A recap of the most significant stories that we covered this year By Ché Perreira and Dillon Lobo Ryersonian Staff
In September, six women reported being sexually assaulted on campus since the beginning of the school year. But after the Take Back the Block party on Sept. 17, the incidents declined. The block party followed the international Take Back the Night event, where women walk after dark to reclaim the city’s streets, saying they should be safe from harassment and assault. After September, there were no reported cases of sexual assault until March 21, when a female student reported that a man had assaulted her inside the AMC building located at Yonge and Dundas Streets.
In November, a student group protesting a men’s rights talk at the University of Toronto (U of T) turned violent. The Ryersonian’s Jeff Lagerquist reported that protesters claimed the topics discussed at the event amounted to hate speech. One protester was arrested. In March, the Ryerson Students’ Union prevented three students from starting a men’s issues group on-campus. The Ryersonian’s Samuel Greenfield wrote an opinion piece, accusing the RSU of being unable to “tolerate ideologies that run counter to its own.” But by the second U of T men’s issues talk in April, Greenfield witnessed masked protesters pulling the fire alarm to disrupt the event. His live blog coverage of the protest and the talk became our most-viewed story of the year on www.ryersonian.ca.
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Engineering students during the controversial initiation ritual.
In January, The Ryersonian’s Kristine Wilson visited Oasis Aqua Lounge to document the events of a much-hyped student sex party. The event, titled “Epic Sex Party,” was hosted by the University of Toronto’s Sexual Education Centre and invited university students from across the GTA to explore their sexuality in a safe, controlled environment. Wilson discovered the event wasn’t as wild as the public had anticipated. Instead, the event was rather laid-back. There were condoms and lube dispersed throughout the venue, as well as pornography being played on TVs across the club’s walls.
The Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) hosted the Ontario Liberal leadership convention on Jan. 25 and 26. The event paid tribute to outgoing Premier Dalton McGuinty, and elected Ontario’s first female and openly gay premier, Kathleen Wynne. The convention was one of the third-party events that Ryerson
The Ryerson bookstore pulled the faulty locks from its shelves.
will host. The university invested $20 million in the building, and as of March, has only made $1.2 milllion in gross revenue. The MAC is set to host the Grand Slam of Curling’s Players’ Championship on April 16-21. But it will need to host more events in order to break even. So far, there are no third-party events scheduled at the MAC this summer.
After The Ryersonian’s Derek Kirk and Samuel Greenfield investigated a Ryerson student’s locker breakin in March, they discovered that the campus bookstore sold faulty locks that could easily be forced open. They found that the Abus Security Tech Germany 78/50 combination padlocks, which were sold at the bookstore, could be broken into easily with an aluminum shim. Abus advertised their locks were “impossible” to pick open. Their investigation led to the bookstore pulling all of the 78/50 models off its shelves. Abus has
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Protesters at U of T during the April men’s issues talk.
also withdrawn the “impossible” claim on its website. The Ryersonian has contacted the Abus headquarters in Germany but has yet to receive an interview with a representative.
A group of engineering students captured the attention of a national audience in late March after videos of an initiation ritual surfaced online. The ritual involved halfclothed students crawling through slush on all fours at
Lake Devo as part of a spiritbuilding activity for future frosh leaders. Footage of a male leader smacking a female participant’s derriere was also caught in the video. The event was condemned by school officials, who publicly denounced the practice. An apology has since been issued by representatives of the Ryerson Engineering Student Society, which admitted the event got out of hand. There were no punishments given by university officials.
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“Why are they charging the $70 fee anyways?” said Rachel Passero, a first-year fashion design student. “Regardless, you’re still going to have to make your (tuition) payments. Why are you charging the $70 for that? It’s not fair.” Passero says general fee information would help to clarify ancillary fees that are vaguely explained. She also notes that a breakdown of her ancillary fees would prevent her from worrying about where her money goes. “Where’s that money going to? I would like to know. It’s more of a sense of comfort with the breakdown. (So) you know you’re not getting ripped off,” said Passero. “When I first was applying to Ryerson, I was looking at the breakdowns of the fees, but it felt like it was so much money for each … Even if you don’t use those plans, why aren’t you getting the money back at the end.”
The need for a breakdown of ancillary fees is particularly necessary after an investigation in February by University of Toronto’s student union found that students at the institution were being charged at least seven ancillary fees that violated guidelines outlined by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. That same month, the CFS released a document called Changing Priorities, where they made recommendations for a new tuition fee framework in Ontario and reminded institutions that ancillary fees cannot breach government guidelines. The guidelines are contained in the Minister’s Binding Policy on Tuition and Ancillary Fees for colleges and Operating Funds Distribution Manual for universities. “Institutions need to be held accountable regarding their treatment of ancillary fees,” the document said. “This would require a review of existing fees at institutions, enforcement of
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By September, students will be able to see a breakdown of their ancillary fees online.
the provincial fee protocols, the elimination of prohibited fees and action toward refunding students for fee overpayment.” However, Ryerson’s president, Sheldon Levy, says that the university is keeping tabs on ancillary fees.
“We review them all, we have audits of all of the university’s ancillary fees regularly,” he said. Scott Clarke, the chief internal auditor at Ryerson elaborated, explaining that annual checks on individual ancillary
fees are conducted at the tail end of each school year. “That’s just part of our regular process that we have to ensure they’re following the ministry guidelines,” Clarke said. “I’m confident that we’ve got a pretty solid process here.”
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You make Ryerson the place to be
When you succeed, we succeed To all of our students, we want to thank you for your talent, spirit and contributions to the university. We are proud of all of your accomplishments and value the role you have played in building the innovative, vibrant, in-demand Ryerson University of today. There have been many great student successes over the past academic year, and we continue to see amazing student participation in competitions from across our faculties. We are also proud to say that the much-anticipated Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens opened its doors this year. It added more athletic space for our
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students and our sports teams, which had one of their strongest years yet with six CIS teams qualifying for the playoffs. All of your accomplishments – big and small – make Ryerson the place to be, and the numbers prove it. The latest figures show that there are 10 applications for every available space here – more than any other Ontario university. You are ambassadors for the great work at the university, and we thank you for your incredible achievements. We wish you continued success and all of the best with your exams and assignments.
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How social media can damage your career By Olivia Stefanovich Ryersonian Staff
As classes wind down this week, many students and new graduates will use social media to find work. And although this networking tool can help you land a job, experts warn it can devastate a career before it even begins. Mark Patterson is a business development adviser at Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone. He’s a social media expert who knows all too well how social media can affect a career. In one instance, he was about to hire someone, but after he looked at the candidate’s LinkedIn profile — an online curriculum vitae — he changed his mind. “It definitely made an impression on me,” said Patterson. “The LinkedIn profile picture was very inappropriate and had a definite negative on my impression of the individual.” Although social media is a personal and professional tool, Patterson said students should be mindful of jokes amongst friends. Grammar and spelling mistakes or anything that can be perceived as socially unacceptable can be harmful. “The biggest mistake people make is that they don’t realize or accept that when they put something out there, they’re building a brand,” said Patterson. “Don’t say or do anything that
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Some say posting too much personal information on social media can affect your career.
you wouldn’t want to see on the front page of the Toronto Star. That’s just the common rule.” Tang Choy is an employability support counsellor at Ryerson’s Career Development and Employment Centre (CDEC). She recommends conducting regular Google searches and image searches of your name, usernames and emails. Prospective employees can change the spelling of their personal account so their names are not searchable. “Whenever you are posting, keep this 80/20 rule in mind,” said Choy. “So 80 per cent of the time your posts should be beneficial to your community or your network. Twenty per cent of the time it can be a bit more selfpromotional.” Choy said self-promotional posts can include information about your new qualifications,
networking events, and reminders that you are actively looking for work. Choy said she knows a student who secured a position from social media. He made connections in person, but he noticed a job posting on LinkedIn and then followed up with the recruiter on Twitter. “Social media is just another tool that will complement the other tools you use with your job search,” said Choy. “So it’s not something that will replace all other job search methods, but it’s another great resource that you can use to help with what you’re already doing.” Social media is all about first impressions. Choy suggests posting relevant articles, pictures and videos related to your expertise. Another common mistake many young professionals make
is lying to employers and being caught on social media. Patterson said he knows people who have been severely disciplined or let go for saying they were sick and then posting something on Facebook indicating they’re on vacation. A high percentage of employers look at LinkedIn because it’s a professional networking tool. Large organizations often have formal policies on how to treat social media, while smaller organizations are far more likely to look at everything they can. “It comes down to, would you be comfortable with potential employers coming across that account and what kind of image would they get?” said Choy. Choy said Ryerson students can participate in career services offered by CDEC to improve
Ryerson jumps into BEd with York By Yasmin Jaswal Ryersonian Staff
Beginning next year, students from Ryerson University’s school of early childhood studies (ECS) will be able to graduate with two degrees from two universities. Ryerson and York University have teamed up to offer 45 students in the ECS program both a bachelor of arts (BA) degree and a bachelor of education degree (BEd) over the course of five years. Students who apply and successfully complete the joint program, rather than just the ECS program, will be able to skip teachers’ college and still receive the proper accreditation to teach children in their primary and junior years. This is the first partnership program of its kind in Canada. “Before (this program), they would have had to get their degree and then they would have had to move to York or Ottawa or somewhere for a BEd,” says Ryerson president Sheldon Levy. “Now it’s a single program that students can do together at Ryerson.” Students who are enrolled in the joint program will take ECS and education courses simultaneously, and will gain extensive real-world experience thanks to the ECS field education courses
and the BEd’s required placement program. “The benefit is that students will leave the program with two credentials,” says Rachel Langford, director of Ryerson’s school of ECS. “So they’re going to be highly desirable teachers. They’re going to have such a strong foundation in understanding the continuum of children’s development and learning from birth to Grade 6.” Langford says that a significant number of ECS students pursue post-degree programs, with a large portion going into teachers’ college. That’s one of the reasons behind the partnership, but it’s not the only one. “For many years, education has been very separate from early childhood education,” says Langford. “Now in that concurrent program we’re bringing together the two programs. That’s a very significant development in our two fields.” It took a few years to get the program to its current stage. The two universities met and began developing the program. Then they went through an approval process at each university to ensure the program met academic standards. According to Langford, the partnership was a long process, but it has developed smoothly and will continue to be a strong collaboration.
their social media presence, such as LinkedIn Profile Advising. Another tip to keep in mind is to remain consistent between platforms. Patterson said employers often compare the resumé you submit against your LinkedIn profile. “A lot of people will have things on LinkedIn that they’ve removed from their resume because ... it’s just not the way they want to position themselves so they should make sure that it’s consistent between the two.” Patterson said most employers do not check the social media accounts of prospective employees to find a reason not to hire them. They are trying to make sure a candidate is the right fit for the organization. “For example, if a company or organization highly values volunteerism and community services, those are types of things that they would appreciate seeing on your profile,” said Patterson. “If the brand you are building online is authentic and an employer doesn’t like it, then maybe that’s not the employer for you.” Choy and Patterson suggest students should use social media regularly, especially when they are actively trying to seek employment and build a brand. “You need to stand out from the crowd,” said Patterson. “Networking is one of the most important things you can do in your job search both online and offline.”
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Ryerson and York met last week to launch the new partnership.
Students in their first year next September will be able to apply for the program in winter 2014. Whether or not they are accepted depends on how well they meet the guidelines York’s education program requires. Prerequisite courses, grade point average (GPA) and reference letters will all play a part in a student’s acceptance into the BEd program. The majority of the BEd courses will be taught by York faculty on Ryerson’s campus, but there is a chance that some courses will take place on York’s campus as well. Teaching positions are scarce at the moment, but both Langford
and Levy agree that this won’t always be the case, and when more teachers are needed, Ryerson graduates will have the upper hand. “Teacher education goes in cycles,” said Levy. “(There are) many cycles where there is big worry that there are too many teachers, and then before you know it there’s not enough teachers.” Langford also thinks the program will benefit students. “But the combined, concurrent program will certainly enhance their ability to get jobs,” she says. “Now people are more aware of the issue … We’ve set the stage for it.”
He says that being the president of the Israeli Students’ Association shouldn’t be a reason to believe the motion was solely about the Israel and Palestine conflict. “I’m also president of campus Conservatives, a fourthyear politics and governance representative,” he says. “I also enjoy skateboarding and basketball and other fine activities.” Gilboord also notes that students are funding the RSU’s political opinions, which is something that they could disagree with, or feel discriminated by. Last month, the York Federation of Students at York University voted in favour of a motion that would have the effect of boycotting Israeli academics. Jewish students responded by saying the student union was discriminatory. Gilboord says his motion wasn’t a reaction to what happened at York. However, if passed, it would have prevented the RSU from taking the same action. Horreya said, though, that he hopes a similar motion will happen eventually on Ryerson’s campus.
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An International Aff
We spoke to Sally Coles of Travel Cuts on campus to Rebecca Williams and Kathryn Weatherley report.
here is a period of time each year that most university students love. From late April to early September, we take the textbooks from our bags and replace them with Canada flag patches, survival snacks and destination books. Travel season is almost upon us, and The Ryersonian sat down with Sally Coles, branch manager at Travel Cuts on campus, to discuss the top places for students to visit this season. “You guys have your head in books and studying for so many months. I think it’s really important to get out and see the world and experience different things,” she said. Problem is, students have differing definitions of a “perfect” vacation.
“I want travelling to be a time to reflect and take a journey with myself,” said incoming Ryerson student, Manelle Karem. “I want the opportunity to make my own decisions on a trip.” So we’ve done the work for you. Here are our five destinations for five different kinds of student travellers. As a Ryersonian disclaimer, lists like these are always subjective and, often, travelling is influenced by when you go and who you’re with. Still, nothing beats the education of travel.
United States & Canada * Cost: ~ $300 - $2,000 (Per person, weekend) * For: The Weekend Getaway Though not on Coles’s top destination list, taking a weekend to escape to somewhere closer to home is still a great option for the summer months. Maybe you’re stuck working all summer, or the cost of a flight and a week of paying for food and a roof over your head is just too much to handle. “I would love to go to New York City just to shop and stuff,” said first-year nursing student Kady Sheng. Buses and trains are definitely a more wallet-friendly mode of transportation than airplanes. But they do add to your travel time. Porter Airlines usually has last-minute deals on flights right from the heart of Toronto. If you can bear to wait, have a backup plan to get there, and check flights daily. A flight will give you that extra time that is much needed on your short getaway. Looking for somewhere even closer to Toronto? Then why not check out another Canadian city? Head to Montreal for the August long weekend, and score yourself a ticket to the Osheaga music festival. Tickets are on the pricey side, but many people buy theirs in advance — only to find out they can’t make it. Check online for people selling their tickets at discounted prices close to the day.
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Peru * Cost: ~ $2,149 - $5,000 (Per person, per week including airfare) * For: The Adventurer If lying on a beach somewhere isn’t quite your thing, you might want to try the Inca trail option in Peru. In its essence it’s a four-day trek following in the footsteps of the Incas. The highlight of the trip is exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu. The ruins were rediscovered a century ago and are arguably the most recognizable symbol of the Inca civilization. It’s a challenging 40-km hike starting from the Sacred Valley. Travellers camp out along the hike, and porters carry their luggage. Coles warns that being so high up leaves you vulnerable to altitude sickness. In order to lower your chances of becoming ill, Coles suggests going to Cuzco a few days before the hike to acclimatize.
Cuba * Cost: ~ $750 - $1,500 (Per person, all-inclusive) * For: The Sunbather After months of budgeting on a student income, studying and struggling to cook something edible, the last thing you might want to do is organize a backpacking trip. If you’ve forgotten what the sun looks like, a Caribbean getaway might be the exact thing you need. Coles says that for students Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Mexico are the three cheapest destinations around those parts. She suggests an all-inclusive resort, particularly if you’re short on time before your summer job or summer school
Peru, specifically the Inca trail, is on Coles’s list of the top five places to visit. She says lots of travellers are rushing to check it off their lists before it gets too popular. To walk along the Inca trail you’ll have to sign up with a tour. There are regulations to restrict the number of people arriving at the ruins, to ensure the site is protected. One such tour company is G Adventures, which claims to be the largest Inca trail operator. Their most basic tour is a seven-day adventure from Cuzco and back. The cost is $1,149. This includes your accommodations — three nights in a hotel, three nights camping — your transportation, meals, a guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins, and of course, the Inca trail hike. You’ll be travelling in a group of about 12 people along a physically demanding path. G Adventures offers a number of Inca packages, the longest and most expensive lasting up to 21 days and racking up a bill of $3,499. This one also offers a visit to a canyon, burial sites, Amazon jungle and other villages.
starts. Coles says this is a good option for the money-conscious traveller because you know exactly what you’re going to be spending when you go down, and barely need to bring any money. It’s a relaxing option since there’s nothing to stress about and you don’t even need to cook your own meals. Varadero is a resort town in Cuba, and one of the most well-known in all the Caribbean. Sunwing offers a seven-day package in early May at a five-star hotel for around $1,000, and a two-star on the same day for around $750. Both packages include your flight. If you go in April or May, you’ll just have missed the tourism high season, which ends in March. This means smaller crowds and bigger discounts, but temperatures can be higher and rainfall is not uncommon.
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The ruins of Machu Picchu are worth exploring.
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put together a list of your top five travel destinations. Travel Tips and Advice Sally Coles, branch manager at Ryerson’s Travel Cuts office, gave us some top tips for student travellers. Look below for more suggestions from Ryerson students too. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Iceland’s dramatic scenery and luxurious hot springs make the country a popular spot.
Iceland * Cost: ~ $1,450 - $2,500 (Per person, per week, including air -fare) * For: The Traveller Who Wants Something Different Europe is known as a popular, studentfriendly destination, but why not diverge from the regular spots and try something a little more exotic. Coles says Iceland is becoming a popular destination, with the draw of a five-hour direct flight from Toronto in the summer. The country has natural springs and a spa culture so, not surprisingly, the Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular attractions in Iceland. It is an outside, geothermal spa that is part of a lava formation, whose steamy water is full of beneficial minerals. According to Visit Iceland, a tourism site, other popular activities include scuba diving, mountain biking and kayaking, to name a few.
It’s among the 10 best destinations for whale watching and contains Europe’s largest national park at 12,000 sq km, known as Vatnajökull National Park. “Few if any regions in the world offer such a mixture of dynamic ice cap and outlet glaciers, geothermal energy and frequent subglacial volcanic activity, coupled with outburst floods,” describes Visit Iceland. Coles also mentions the horse riding there, since tours by horse are popular and can range from one hour to 10 days. In terms of accommodations, on hostelworld.com the top rated — and cheapest — hostel in the capital city Reykjavik, is going to set you back $19.04 per night in early May. This is the price on the standard eightbed mixed dorm at Reykjavik Backpackers. If you would like more privacy you’ll have to fork over more money, as the shared twin private option is $35.73. For flight costs you’re looking at spending a little over $1,000 if you go with Icelandair.ca for a round trip.
What the agent says: Try a tour “A tour is really social. You’ve got lots of different people you can keep in touch with, especially if you want to do travel before and after the tour. With Facebook nowadays it’s really easy to keep in touch with people, and travel with them in the future or to visit them.” What students say: Bring along good company “You want to make sure you’re with people that want to do the same things you do on a trip.” — Manelle Karem, incoming student. What the agent says: Live by Ziplock bags Coles says Ziplock bags are good for everything from making sure your exploding shampoo doesn’t ruin your entire suitcase, to being able to buy in bulk and keep snacks on you while you travel in the country you visit. What students say: Keep essentials handy “If you have a delayed flight your luggage could be off somewhere else … Make sure you keep even a toothbrush on you and other essentials just in case.” — Diane Santos, first-year nursing student. What the agent says: Research where you’re going Coles says a lot of different countries have varying regulations on visas and passports. Some countries won’t allow you to enter if your passport expires within six months, or if there is any damage. Make sure you also research if you need specific vaccinations to travel to your desired country. What students say: Sleep “All you can do is sleep on a plane. You have to make sure you do.” — Roby Glzote, first-year occupational health and safety student.
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f the world’s finest beaches are in Cuba.
Australia * Cost: ~ $8,000 - $10,000 (Per person, per week, including living costs) * For: The Graduate Round-trip airfare to Australia costs an average of $2,000 this time of year, and takes almost 24 hours one way with stops. Non-stop flights start from $3,000 and go up to $5,000. It’s because of this that Coles recommends students who want to travel here, go for a longer period of time. Cole says that Australia and other countries in the South Pacific have work-abroad programs, perfect for the graduate wanting to take a year off before they go on to do more school or career searching.
Canadians from 18 to 30 years of age can apply for a working holiday visa from Australia that allows them to work in the country for up to a year. The visa also allows workers to leave and re-enter the country in that time — perfect for weekend trips to New Zealand. Different companies help connect individuals with employers to work in Australia and abroad. Check out Go International or Swap. These companies will help set you up with orientations, visa applications and even places to live once you get to Australia. So if you’re about to graduate, and maybe just a little panicked about what to do next (believe us — we hear you), Australia could be the place for you.
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The Sydney Opera House.
Photo-illustration Nicole Witkowski / Ryersonian Staff
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Work anxiety hides in the closet Student survival recipe Summer inspired roasted red pepper turkey burgers By Miro Rodriguez Ryersonian Staff
Jennifer Koziel / Ryersonian Staff
By Jennifer Koziel Ryersonian Staff
Makes 2-3 servings
1 kg (1 pkg.) ground turkey 1 pkg. bacon 3 tblsp Vegeta or salt Black pepper to taste 1/2 cup bread crumbs 1 egg 2 tomatoes diced 1/2 diced red onion 1/2 jalapeño 1 ripe avocado 1/2 of the juice of a lemon 1/2 cup chopped cilantro 4-6 slices light rye bread Goat cheese to taste 1 red bell pepper 2 cups of oil
1. Pan fry strips of bacon until golden brown (about 3 slices per burger). Meanwhile prep ground turkey; mix black pepper, 1 tblsp of Vegeta or salt, an egg and bread crumbs. Divide mixture into three servings, shape into balls, and flatten.
Cook in the same pan after the bacon is done cooking for 10-15 minutes. 2. Slice red bell pepper into strips and cook in oil for 10-15 minutes as the burgers cook. 3. Toast slices of bread.
Tomato -br uschet t a mix and avocado spread directions:
1. Dice tomatoes, half the red onion, and mix in 1 tblsp of Vegeta (or salt). 2. To make the avocado spread cut and mash an avocado, add the juice of a lemon and chopped cilantro, mix in remainder red onion and 1 tblsp of Vegeta (or salt). *Add tomato-bruschetta and avocado spread to the toasted bread. Then assemble the turkey burger with bacon and cooked red peppers and top with goat cheese.
In the winter of 2011, Julie Rubinger, Ryerson master of arts (MA) fashion student, held a corporate seminar at a downtown Toronto office. She was presenting her ways to dress for success at work to a group of female employees. At the end of the seminar, the employees approached her with several questions, concerned about their appearances. Rubinger found the inspiration she needed for her master’s thesis study. “I wanted to investigate the relationship recently graduated, professional women have with their clothing for work and if it translated to dimensions about their identity and to anxiety,” she said. Her study consisted of 15 female participants who worked in business, media, publishing, design, law and finance. All were between the ages of 20 and 30 and had graduated from college or university within the previous seven years. During preliminary research, Rubinger found that women were more concerned about their dress than men – because of this, she focused on the female perspective. Each participant completed an anxiety questionnaire and was interviewed by Rubinger. The purpose was to analyze how par-
ticipants felt about choosing what to wear to work. Most participants were concerned about their colleagues’ perceptions of them based on how they dressed, Rubinger said. There was an overwhelming desire to look professional at work but uncertainty as to how to accomplish the right look. Most participants said they struggled with balancing their individuality with what was expected from their employer.
“What you wear and how you wear it is the first dialogue you establish with a person.” — Henry Navarro
Rubinger completed an honours degree in psychology at the University of Winnipeg in 2011. After graduating, she applied to the master’s program at Ryerson. Rubinger is also a part-time stylist and intern for the buying department of Holt Renfrew. It was imperative that the study focus on recently graduated women because their newness to the workforce likely meant a higher level of anxiety about dressing for success, she said. Aside from speaking to participants, Rubinger also enlisted the help of five fashion experts: stylists, designers, buyers and editors. Once the research has been analyzed she hopes to propose
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their tips as solutions to reduce anxiety the study identified. Many young people who enter the workforce are faced with the unfamiliar expectation of looking professional, said Henry Navarro, a Ryerson fashion professor. “What you wear and how you wear it is the first dialogue you establish with a person.” Learning more about how to dress is crucial for students who are making the transition from university to the workforce
because it creates a conversation, Navarro said. “Work wear is definitely a factor that impacts how young people feel about their first job.” Rubinger said she hopes data collected from her study can lead to a guide or teaching tool to help graduating students prepare better for their first interviews and jobs. She also hopes to raise awareness of the importance of dressing for success. Rubinger expects the study to show that each participant feels some type of concern over what to wear for work. With the help of stylists, Rubinger hopes to address this concern and offer tips on how to dress for success while maintaining personal expression.
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Ryerson fashion student Julie Rubinger looks at the anxiety women face while choosing work clothes.
Students attempt to kickstart projects online By Yasmin Jaswal Ryersonian Staff
Up to $557 million has been pledged to fund creative projects on Kickstarter.com since 2009. Veronica Mars writer Rob Thomas and lead actress Kristen Bell used the website and managed to raise $2 million in pledges to help create a movie based on the teen drama television series. But it’s not just big name Hollywood stars that are using Kickstarter.com, or other webbased funding websites like Ingiegogo.com, to raise money to help put ideas into motion. Many Ryerson students are required to create final projects that can be costly and time-consuming. Web-based fundraising can be an easy way for them to help fund these projects and keep students from racking up more debt.
Justine McCloskey, a fourthyear film studies student, saw how successful her peers were when it came to raising money for their projects using Indiegogo last year, so she thought she’d try it out for herself. “I thought it would be best, because I’m in debt, to try and find another way of getting fundraising or getting money,” she says. “Any amount of money counts, so I was curious to see how effective it was.” Downloading and digital streaming has made it increasingly difficult for artists today to pre-determine where money will come from in funding projects. Websites — or fundraising campaigns — such as these, put the onus on the viewer to decide what is worth his or her money. This gives the customer the ability to directly support people
and projects that they deem to be a worthy cause. This method is very attractive for struggling artists or students. They can gain potential supporters for artistic endeavours and, depending on the amount donated, the customer will receive something artistic in return — from a copy of the album or DVD the person hopes to make, to an autograph from a celebrity involved in the project. Numerous projects have been created by Ryerson students and can be found on Indiegogo’s website. They all managed to raise some money, ranging anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. According to Kickstarter’s website, 38,000 projects have been funded over the past four years with the help of the web-
site, and many are being funded right now. Indiegogo’s website says tens of thousands of people use it every day and, by joining, users can boost their global exposure. Unfortunately for McCloskey, her fundraising efforts haven’t been too fruitful. Her film, called Radiant Hours, had a goal of raising $4,000. So far, she has managed to raise only $450. “I don’t have a lot of connections to any people who are established or have money,” says McCloskey. “It’s difficult when you’re just posting to Facebook and everybody’s your age and in the same situation.” Though these campaigns give customers the ability to support many self-starting artists, it also means there will be plenty of projects to support and therefore
many projects will go without support in tandem. Along with not having the right connections, McCloskey says she should have started earlier, which would have given her more time to raise more awareness about her project. She also believes that people don’t fully understand web-based funding and how it works, which she says might have also hindered her success. However, McCloskey takes her first attempt with web-based funding as a learning experience, and she’s willing to try it again. She has seen the benefit, and thinks that with more of a plan, it could be more successful. “It’s definitely gotten us somewhere,” she says. “I’d use it again, I’d just give it more time, and I’d definitely create more of a buildup.”
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Mass Exodus celebrates 25 years
By Sabina Sohail Ryersonian Staff
Over 250 models have been cast to walk the 150-foot runway at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) for this year’s Mass Exodus fashion show, marking the show’s 25th anniversary. It has come a long way since the first student show — or exhibit rather — in 1988, which was housed in an empty warehouse off Queen Street. This year’s Mass Exodus is a two-day event, with an exhibit tonight leading up to Thursday’s runway event. The show is comprised of the final collections of the graduating Ryerson fashion design students, and the final capstone projects of the graduating fashion communication students. Run by third-year fashion communication students, this large-scale runway show wasn’t always as extravagant as it is now. It began with a series of smallscale runway shows and exhibits in the mid-1950s. In 1988, the concept of Mass Exodus was first introduced by Peter Duck, a
professor in the school of fashion at the time. Laura Adams, founder of The LA Consulting Group, was the head of advertising for the first ever Mass Exodus show and editor of the first Mass Exodus magazine — which was essentially a catalogue highlighting the particular talents of each student, like a portfolio would. “It was a lot smaller,” says Adams. “We really needed to get out there and show people what we had done and what we were capable of.” The show may have been smaller, but there were a lot more fashion departments invloved in the production of the show itself, including retail management, apparel design, apparel production management and visual communication. The venue that was chosen to host the event was an old empty warehouse just off Queen Street — “the space initially felt raw and rugged,” says Adams. The students revamped the empty space, covering it in fabrics and painting the space to suit the show. They then brought in mannequins, which donned the
Courtesy Laura Adams
Laura Adams, third from left, pictured at the 1988 Mass Exodus.
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The Mass Exodus magazine from the 1988 fashion exhibit.
designs for the showcase. The exhibit-styled fashion show was open for a couple of days for an invited audience of more than 400 representatives of the fashion industry. “The industry is sharing a lot with the students where years ago it wasn’t quite as much like that,” says Adams. “You didn’t get that same kind of crossover, so we were trying to sort of bridge that gap of pulling industry in to see what we were doing.” But the first Mass Exodus wasn’t an official runway show. It was more of a display consisting of mannequins that showcased the clothing and merchandise. There were, however, a few models walking around dressed in the clothing. But it was nothing in comparison to what Mass Exodus has become now. “It’s changed a lot,” says Adams. “Nowadays it’s a lot about the designers and who’s coming out and what they’re doing, while we were trying to incorporate — and I know they still do this — all of the different departments within the fashion program. So the magazine was huge and the installation was huge.” Kirthiga Rajanayagam is the producer of the current Mass Exodus runway show. “We are setting the precedent for future years, while reflecting on the shows that have come before,” she says. As the producer, Rajanayagam manages the committees and all aspects of promotion, production and communication. She says that this year, the Mass Exodus team moved away from the idea of a themed show and strived to create a platform that brought the show back to the graduating students who were showcasing their collections and capstone projects. “We’ve come a long way from elaborate sets and staging techniques,” says Rajanayagam. “But that doesn’t mean this year doesn’t hold any surprises for our set either. Our year is about reflecting on the history of Mass Exodus as well as the MAC at The Gardens — our new
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Laura Adams’s fashion designs in the 1988 Mass Exodus magazine.
venue this year — while moving forward in a constant state of growth.” The creative visions of each graduating fourth-year design student’s collection was also promoted this year. They each got the “real-world” opportunity of choosing their own hair, makeup and models for their collection so that the final product was unique to each respective design student. But they still had the option to use the casting, hair and makeup committee to help assist in casting models for design students to choose from. The collections that will be shown this year will also be judged by supermodel, motivational speaker and telelvision personality, Stacey McKenzie. She is the guest curator and will be choosing the collections that will be showcased during the evening show. Her judging criterion is to see whether these collections reflect the guiding principles — heritage, diversity and innovation.
Adams will also be attending the show this year for the first time since her own, in 1988. “Oh I can’t wait,” she says. “I’m astounded that it’s gotten that big and the Mattamy centre is huge — it’s a very large venue. There’s a big reception after the show. It’s a big event, which is nice to see.” While the show is a culmination of graduating students’ work, it goes beyond campus. The show brings fashion industry professionals but also attracts a variety of guests, including high school students. According to Rajanayagam, there’s no other fashion show like Mass Exodus. “Mass Exodus has continually evolved and always reflected the times,” says Rajanayagam. “You know in Hollywood when they say, ‘lights, camera, action?’ “Well, get ready for a show and an unforgettable experience.”
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Kirthiga Rajanayagam (right) works in the Mass Exodus office to prepare for Thursday’s show.
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Ryerson curling: The forgotten past By Greg DeClara Ryersonian Staff
Like most competitive curlers, life got in the way for Bradley Sumner. A successful career in financial planning, getting married, having kids — all things that lead even the top curlers to walk away today. He could have continued for the fun of it, but he wasn’t interested in the camaraderie. If he couldn’t put the time in, it wasn’t worth it. “I didn’t curl for about 30 years,” he says. “I decided to come back a couple years ago for the exercise and I was surprised that my old moves were still there. When I get on the ice, people can see that I’ve curled before. Then we get into a conversation about it.” It’s in this conversation that members of the Royal Kingston Curling Club learn about Sumner’s past as a hotel administration student at the underwhelming and unappreciated Ryerson Institute of Technology. What surprises them, however, is learning about his 1961 Ontario Intercollegiate Athletic Association (OIAA) curling championship — the second of back-to-back curling titles that cemented him and the school as a curling powerhouse in the early ’60s. Sumner’s road to Gould Street didn’t begin in as much glory as it would end in. He had been a student at the University of Alberta before failing his junior year. “As luck, or bad luck, would have it, if you didn’t pass, you weren’t allowed to apply to any other universities in Canada,” he says. “I wanted to continue studying somewhere so I got together a bunch of catalogues, and through my family, Ryerson (which didn’t have university status at the time) popped up as a good alternative.” When he got to Toronto, Sumner began curling at the Tam O’Shanter Curling Club where he met Tom Howat, another Ryerson student. After talking and realizing they both had the same idea, they made the decision to form the two teams required to compete at the provincial championships. Sumner would skip a team with Jack Ward, Lorne Ogmundson and Jim Lusby
while Howat would play second on the other rink alongside Grant Bailey, Dave Brown and Don Mackey. With little practice and no support from the school, Ryerson won back-to-back Mutual Life trophies — with the second coming over their inner-city rival Varsity Blues. As surprising as it may seem to members of the Ryerson community, this marked only the beginning of a historic curling legacy at the school. Howat would finish runner-up at the 1966 Brier where he represented Nova Scotia. The most notable, and surprising, alumnus is two-time world champion Ed Werenich, who curled for Ryerson in 1969 as a business student. Sumner, Howat and Werenich were all part of a larger movement of western Canadian curlers moving to Ontario in the ’50s and ’60s. While the game was booming out West, the lure of secure jobs in eastern Canada brought the competitiveness, experience and interest of the game to Toronto. In 1962, the owner of the Mutual Street Arena spent $3 million to renovate the old home of the Toronto Maple Leafs into a three-floor parking garage, roller rink and 24-sheet curling facility. Renamed The Terrace, it was
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Brad Sumner (third from left standing) and teammates with the Mutual Life trophy, which they won for the second year in a row in February 1961.
Mattamy prepares to welcome top curlers By Davida Ander Ryersonian Staff
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Bradley Sumner still curls today at the Royal Kingston Curling Club.
(OUA) where it is still searching for its first team title. While the school still technically recognizes Sumner’s curling championships, there’s no visual evidence on campus. The only avenue for the teams to be honoured is to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. “If someone wants to nominate them, I think they would eventually get in,” says Ivan Joseph,
I said, ‘you’ve bought the Jays, you’re buying the Leafs and you’re in a media war with TSN. You should get back into curling.’ — George Karrys located only a few blocks from campus and Ryerson faculty, staff and students were casual members who would curl in league games away from class. “It shows you the connection Toronto and Ryerson had to the game,” says Sumner. “At the same time, we didn’t get much attention for our win in Kitchener (in the early ’60s). I think The Ryersonian wrote something about us. The school was more into basketball, hockey and baseball. We really just did it for our own satisfaction.” Not much has changed in the 52 years since. The OIAA lasted until 1971 when it was dissolved as a competing league. Since then, Ryerson has been a member of Ontario University Athletics
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director of athletics at Ryerson. “A committee will meet and discuss any nominations. If they deem the nominee to be honourable, they would get a letter in the mail inviting them to the Hall of Fame celebration.” Today, the interest in curling that blossomed at Mutual and Dundas Streets no longer remains. Ryerson is one of only four schools in the OUA without a curling program. While universities continue to produce world-class curlers — like former Laurier Golden Hawks John Morris and Brent Laing — there’s been no interest expressed to the athletic department in recent years. At the club level, no funding is provided by the university, which makes it difficult for students to finance expensive ice rentals. In addition, varsity teams are only partially funded if they place in the top half against other universities. Despite this, Ryerson remains a part of the sport’s recent growth. With the backing of a Ryerson graduate, Sportsnet created an events division that would allow the country’s No. 2 sports network to broadcast Grand Slam of Curling events. While a student in the late ’80s, George Karrys looked briefly into reviving the school’s curling program before deciding to focus on his studies in journalism. Nine years after graduation, he would go on to win the silver
medal in curling at the 1998 Nagano Olympics and is now the owner of The Curling News. “I went to the top guys at Rogers media a few years ago,” he says. “I said, ‘you’ve bought the Jays, you’re buying the Leafs and you’re in a media war with TSN. You should get back into curling.’ So I consulted with them for the next year and a half and just made it happen.” Ryerson’s influence on the curling world both past and present is coming full circle with the return of high-level competition to the city. The Players’ Championship will take place at the Mattamy Athletic Centre at the end of April when Sportsnet will broadcast all six days of the event. While the sport isn’t a mainstay among the university community anymore, the Players’ presents an opportunity to relive and honour the curling talent that is a part of Ryerson’s history. “I don’t know what they have planned for opening ceremonies, but I’m thinking of calling the event managers up to invite (Ed) Werenich and Bradley (Sumner) to come in last minute,” says Karrys. “I know the organizers really well and it’s tradition to honour curlers where the event is being held.” The 1960-61 championship teams went their separate ways and lost touch after graduation. As for Sumner, his slide isn’t as long or as low as it used to be, but he continues to be an active member of the curling community. He doesn’t hold any hard feelings about the past and is open to returning to the place that witnessed the height of his curling career. “I think it would be good to get us all back together and see who they could find,” he says. “I’d be willing to donate any championship letters or awards I still have to the school. They really have no use to me anymore. I think it would be a revelation to them in many ways.”
Spring may have arrived, but the ice is here to stay … at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC), that is. This year, Ryerson is hosting the Grand Slam of Curling for the first time at the former Maple Leafs Gardens. The Players’ Championship, the fourth and final event in the Grand Slam of Curling series, will bring the top 30 men’s and women’s teams in the world together for a series of bonspiels from April 16 – 21. The Grand Slam of Curling series is part of the annual World Curling Tour, and consists of four events held at different arenas across Canada. Teams qualify for the Players’ Championship based on their Order of Merit points, a point system managed by the World Curling Tour. The winning men’s and women’s teams at the Players’ Championship will each receive a purse of $100,000. According to Kelly Austin, the director of marketing at the MAC, the facitlity is a desirable location for the Grand Slam event because of its prime location in downtown Toronto, and seating capacity of 2,500. She says talks began two years ago between Keith Baulk, the general manager of the MAC, and iSport Media and Management, the former owners of the Grand Slam of Curling. When Sportsnet purchased the Grand Slam in August, 2012, talks continued. “They were interested in the venue, we were interested in having them, so we just negotiated the deal and that’s how that came to be,” Austin said. Many preparations still need to be done before the sixday event kicks off. Staff at the MAC will prepare the ice to proper specifications in terms of thickness, ice temperature and surface. Then, the ice crew will finish preparing the ice (unlike skating ice which is smooth, curling ice is pebbled), and divide the rink into a fivesheet layout, so five curling matches can be held simultaneously. According to Austin, ticket sales are going well, but because it’s the first time the MAC is hosting a world-class curling event, it’s hard to say how well attended it will be. “This is going to be a really great learning experience here at the venue,” she said.
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Weekly Ryerson class review roundup By Rebecca Williams Ryersonian Staff
During the past five weeks at The Ryersonian I’ve spent my fair share of time at the gym, sweating it out to give students some information on the classes offered here at Ryerson. I’ve tried various classes to include all types of workouts. So, take a look to see my recommendations for every type of gym-goer. Strength trainer: Kettlebell Kettlebell was the first class I tried out at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. If your workouts usually centre on classic weight training, I highly recommend you check out the kettlebell classes over the summer. If you’re mainly concentrating your exercises on strength, then you may not be getting enough of a cardiovascular workout. Instructor Stephanie Yankovich said kettlebells help in both those
departments. “It’s highly metabolic … kettlebells are great strength tools,” she said. For the same reason, this class makes a great introduction into weight training if you usually stick to the treadmills at the gym. You still get to burn calories, but get the muscle workout too. By increasing your muscle mass, your metabolism goes up. Anxious type: Yoga
Maybe you’re picking up this paper as a new Ryerson student and are experiencing the stresses most of us have gone through when first starting university. Or maybe you’re like me, and can find yourself in your head a little too much. Either way, a yoga class is a great way to release anxiety and release tension through various stretches. I’ve found that maintaining a semi-regular yoga practice helps me handle the stress of school and work much more easily. Don’t worry if it’s new to you. Yoga at the gym is a great way to introduce yourself to the exercise in a non-intimidating environment. Even instructor Bryan D’Souza once felt that way.
“When I started doing yoga at school at Laurier, I would have never entered a yoga studio,” he said.
your muscles as much as your heart.
Cardio addict: Cardio pump
You go to the gym, warm up on the elliptical, walk over to the weights, do a couple exercises, take a break, walk over for water. Hey! You know that girl right? Next thing you know, you’ve been at the gym for an hour and you’ve managed to spend 15 minutes in the change room, 20 minutes talking and 10 minutes dawdling in between exercises — leaving you with 15 minutes of actually doing what you came to do in the first place. Come on, we all know we do it. If you find yourself doing this regularly, do yourself a favour and head to a spin class. It’s impossible to phone it in if there’s a room full of 20 people, some of them your parents’ (and even grandparents’) age, working harder than you. It’s also hard to take it easy when the instructor is shouting, and dance remixes are blasting through the stereo. I’m serious, it’s like you’re in a trance when you’re in that room on that bike. Just beware. If your experience is anything like mine, your behind
I can’t even wrap my head around running for more than half an hour. I have to use as many distractions as possible to keep me on a treadmill for that long. But, I know there are people out there that can run 10 km like it’s a walk in the park. If you’re one of these people, you could be missing out on some basic strength training for your muscles. It’s for that reason I recommend the cardio pump class. Not only are you able to get your heart rate up, burning calories and keeping your heart healthy, you’re also forced to use your muscles. “I make sure to combine balance, agility and strength in the workout,” said Yankovich, who also teaches this class. She makes sure to use different equipment and intervals to get a full-body workout. Step away from the treadmill or your favourite running route and into this class to make sure you work
Lazy exerciser: Spinning
will feel bruised for, like, three days. I wish I was exaggerating. Starting from scratch: ViPR Maybe you’re thinking you should hit the gym before beach season, or maybe you just want to start feeling healthier. Either way, trying to begin an exercise plan can be extremely overwhelming. Just a simple search online will bring up conflicting information and workout plans that often aren’t from properly certified sources. That’s why I think a class like ViPR is a good place to start. Not only is it a workout both cardio and strength wise, but each exercise is done at your own pace. It also uses pretty routine movements that anyone can do. Especially if you’ve never done any weight training, a ViPR class is a good introduction to basic exercises like lunges and burpees, ensuring that you’re doing everything safely and with proper form. It’s been a fun and sweaty few weeks reviewing fitness classes for you. Hope you’re all not (still) as sore as I am.
Graduating Rams reflect on their legacy Michael Paolo - electrical engineering
It’s Ryerson Rams’ hockey player Michael Paolo’s fifth and final year and his graduation may signify a permanent storage of his skates. “Currently I don’t have any plans of continuing my hockey career,” he says. “I have played hockey for 22 years of my life and I think it’s time to close that chapter and start a new one.” His favourite hockey memory at Ryerson was made three
years ago in a first-round playoff series against crosstown rivals at the University of Toronto. It was a series in which Ryerson entered as the underdog, but prevailed nevertheless. Paolo says he will pursue a career in electrical engineering after graduating, but will miss the family environment fostered in the Rams locker room. “I made some lifelong brothers on the team and will miss seeing their ugly faces every day,” he says, jokingly.
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Markus Molder - arts & contemporary studies Being named the team’s most valuable player and an Ontario University Athletics (OUA) East first team all-star on three occasions was a painstaking journey for Rams soccer player Markus Molder, but it has all been worth it. “Nobody likes running (during practice) until they feel like throwing up, but when you’re doing it for Ryerson it makes a world of difference,” he says. Molder adds that he will always cherish the strong rapport he had with his team.
“Games are fun but to know that everyone is sacrificing a little part of themselves for the good of the team creates a bond that is very hard to break.” While playing professional soccer remains an option for Molder, he says he would like to obtain the necessary coaching licences that would permit him to coach in Ontario. “There’s something about (coaching), it’s magic when you see your instructions resulting in success,” he says. Molder’s favourite athletic memory at Ryerson is the team’s run to the OUA final four in 2011. Courtesy Winston Chow
Markus Molder plans to coach.
Kelcey Wright - journalism For Kelcey Wright, playing for the Ryerson Rams women’s basketball team wasn’t all about making shots. Despite leading the team in scoring (13.8 ppg) this season, amassing a career high in total points (277), and shooting a blistering 83.1 per cent from the charity stripe, the fourth-year
journalism student attributes a fantastic experience to her team. “I enjoyed spending time with my teammates more than anything else, we all grew really close,” says Wright. “From bonding with (them), to practices, to road trips, to games … I have had so many amazing, life-changing memo-
ries that I will always remember.” Wright says she will pursue a master of journalism degree next year at Western University, effectively ending her basketball career. Although she doesn’t plan to continue playing, she says she may reconsider if the right opportunity comes along.
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Kelcey Wright played basketball all four of her years spent at Ryerson.
Courtesy Winston Chow
For more graduating athlete memories by Ché Perreira please visit the sports section of ryersonian.ca.
12 • The Ryersonian
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Dangers in searching for perfect beach bod By Jennifer Koziel Ryersonian Staff
It’s that time of the year again. Bikini season is looming, and I panic as I look at myself in the mirror. Every summer I dread the thought of putting on a string bikini, so all of my flesh can be fully exposed for everyone to see. Every inch, every unflattering curve will be out, bare and waiting to be scrutinized by onlookers. In order to ease my insecurities I make sure that I head to the gym and stay active on a regular basis, just to keep everything aligned. But still, it’s never enough. I never feel like I’m at that stage where I’m just completely content and ready to slip on that bikini. I train a total of 8-10 hours a week. It’s not a secret that I just can’t get enough. But there was once a time when I would have literally done anything to attain that “perfect” beach bod. Before I was where I am today — 125 pounds, healthy and strong — I was once anorexic. I starved myself to 105 pounds, and obsessed about what I ate and how much I worked out. The only thoughts that ran through my head were about food, how little I could get by eating, and how much I could sweat, so that inches could be shed. Uneducated and dangerously experimental in my ways, these are some of the crazy, nonsensical things that I would do to lose weight for the summer. The strict, regimented diet I began to limit what, when and how I ate. Unadvised, I
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Jennifer Koziel works on her fitness for the summer at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
assumed 1,000 calories a day would suffice. All I would consume in a day was a salad and black coffee. Salads didn’t have more than 200 calories and the cups of java I drank solely as a natural laxative to suppress my appetite. I would obsess, much like a lot of people I know at the gym, about attaining a bikini-ready body. But I took my goal to the extreme. I wanted to be super thin. I wanted to see bones. My restricted diet and my persistent workouts at the gym left me feeling weak and tired. At first the idea of my slim self coming to life excited me, but then it quickly depressed me. I began to feel the pit of my stomach every day. It felt hollow and ached in pain as I starved myself. Eventually, I caved. I rushed to the fridge, ravenous, and began
to binge on whatever I could get my hands on. There was once a time when I ate an entire litre of ice cream. After I binged, it was time for self-punishment. I would go up to my room and start working out. I once heard if you did 1,000 crunches a day you would get a six-pack. Naturally I thought if I did the same, I would see results. But it never happened. Instead I began to balloon. Terrified by my binge-induced weight gains it was time to take my habits into the real extremes. The liquid diet I tried every diet I could. The liquid diet led to eating nothing at all. I drank seven to eight litres of water a day. I tried to flush the fat out of my body. As a result, I was
cold all the time, and could not control my bladder. I always had the shakes. But I saw drastic results. I dropped approximately 30 pounds in one summer. Laxatives I would use laxatives to speed up the digestive process of everything I ate in a day. It started as one pill, and then I prescribed myself four. But since results weren’t fast enough I doubled the dose to eight pills a day. I was malnourished, weak and drained of all nutrients and electrolytes. I had depleted my body of all the essential salts, potassium and calcium necessary for normal muscle, nerve and brain function. I was always nauseous. What I didn’t realize was that I was doing a lot of damage to my body.
Realization I didn’t get on the right track until my mother, who is a registered nurse, noticed my habits. She stressed, with the utmost urgency in her voice, that my bad habits could kill me. I must say the process to recovery was not an easy one. I strayed one too many times, but finally realized that the severe fluctuations in my weight were not worth it. I no longer wanted to unleash that girl. That girl who would stand for hours in front of the mirror pinching, sucking in and scrutinizing every inch of her body. This summer, I’m determined to go down the right path as I get myself into shape for the beach. There will be times when I feel more insecure than others, but what is most important is that I’m healthy.
What are your plans for the summer?
Kathryn Barrett Fourth-year new media
Jordan Heywood Fourth-year social work
“I’m hoping to submit an interesting project for an upcoming summer art festival — Art Now — at Nathan Phillips Square, which is what I’ll be working on.”
“I’m actually graduating ... so I’m planning to be searching for full-time work. I’d like to put my degree to use if possible. I enjoy working with youths, I’d like to do some youth work.”
Meghan Schlitt Second-year environmental applied science management “Finishing up on my master’s. I graduate in August. I’ll be working on my thesis this summer, which looks at commercializing new green building technology.”
Benjamin Sisson Fourth-year politics “This summer I’m going to be working at the Landlord Tenant Board ... which is a program that helps students get work experience. It’s not great paying but its good experience and it looks good on a resumé.”
Sydney Mattis First-year arts and contemporary studies “I’m hoping to have a full-time job to save some money for next year and hopefully move out. I clean homes, so house cleaning for the summer.” Photos by Nicole Witkowski / Ryersonian Staff