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Volume 67, Number 21
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Redefining Modern Art
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Thursday kicked off META 2013, an exhibition of artwork created by fourth-year new media students at Ryerson. The students used technology to create various works, hoping to redefine the way viewers think about art. The exhibit is housed at the Arta Gallery in the Distillery District. For full coverage of the exhibition check out page eight and visit us online at www.ryersonian.ca.
Students at Ryerson are paying the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) hundreds of thousands of dollars every year, according to an RSU budget document obtained by The Ryersonian. This past fiscal year $385,000 was estimated for memberships in the federal and provincial branches of the CFS. The money is levied by the university as an RSU fee and then turned over to the union which must remit it to the CFS. Ryerson students joined the CFS after a referendum in 1981 and the organization represents over 600,000 students from colleges and universities across Canada. It lobbies governments to drop tuition fees and provides resources like the ISIC card for its members in addition to helping promote various campaigns across its membership. Proponents of the CFS point out the advantage of strength in numbers for lobbying. They also say students reap benefits from their services and benefit from campaigns that might otherwise remain at the local level. For example, the health and dental coverage provided through the RSU is actually a service offered via an affiliate of
the CFS. Flip open your free day planner and you’ll see that the CFS is involved in its production too — this is said to keep costs down by buying in bulk. This past year the RSU budgeted $29,000 on the planners which feature colour stickers and ad space for CUPE 3904. The RSU is also able to take advantage of a website service provided through the CFS that provides them with a site template but allows the union to control the content. Participating in the CFS also means that RSU executives and staff occasionally will travel to CFS national and provincial meetings — at an estimated cost of $17,000 for delegate fees and travel, according to the 2012-13 budget. The understanding is that, through uniting under the CFS banner, students have more influence and gain access to politicians in a way they would not otherwise achieve as individual unions. “We’ve seen a number of different sectors, and specifically in Ontario, be impacted by funding cuts over the last decade and education has actually been largely spared from that in a lot of ways,” said CFS national chair, Adam Awad. Please see BUDGET, page 5
Ryerson in the running to host WorldPride events By Daniela Costa Ryersonian Staff
Representatives from the university and Pride Toronto say Ryerson is in talks to take part in WorldPride Toronto in 2014. “Our plan is to be involved and to have a very supportive relationship with WorldPride in 2014,” said Ryerson president Sheldon Levy. “We hope to have a significant involvement.” An international political and cultural event, WorldPride promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues globally, and will be hosted in Toronto next year. As is the case for Pride Week, an annual event that celebrates the LGBT community,
the Church and Wellesley Village will be the centre of WorldPride. But organizers want the whole city to also embrace the event. “We will definitely be participating in WorldPride,” said Luke Greidanus, student co-chair for Positive Space Ryerson, a group that works to increase awareness of sexual and gender diversity on campus. “Plans and discussion will probably commence once Pride 2013 is over.” In 2009, Toronto won the bid to host WorldPride at the international InterPride Conference. Delegates voted 77 to 61 in favour of Toronto hosting the event over Stockholm. A second round of voting ensued in order to guarantee
that the winning bid had the two-thirds majority vote count needed to host the event. Toronto won 78 per cent of the vote in the second round. Pride Toronto expects 2.4 million people to attend, which is more than double the numbers for Pride Week. “It will have been the largest gay event to have ever taken place,” said Sean Hillier, co-chair of the board of directors for Pride Toronto, the not-for-profit organization that hosts Pride Week. “This will have the same feel as normal Toronto Pride but much larger.” Courtesy Creative Commons
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Participants taking part in Toronto’s annual Pride Week.
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Welcome back Radio Ryerson It’s the tale of a school which prides itself on hosting the premier radio and television arts program, but doesn’t have its students working the campus airwaves. The story becomes lore when its FM radio licence gets revoked. Putting the irony to rest, radio at Ryerson is back. What was previously CKLN-FM has been revamped to include a clear Ryerson presence on the station’s board. Currently, the station, now called The Scope at Ryerson, is awaiting approval from Industry Canada before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) can determine whether or not it deserves a broadcasting licence for the second time.
At The Ryersonian we’re keeping our fingers crossed. While we wait for news on the fate of its application, The Scope will launch an online multimedia test page later this week. This will allow students to provide feedback on the new programing, based on six hours of original content each day. But will it benefit Ryerson? Though CKLN was found to be in breach of numerous regulations of its licence, a key factor determining its cancellation last year stemmed from a lack of involvement from Ryerson’s community, despite operating under the status of a campus radio station. Years ago CKLN was taken over by radical activists, leading to the station’s independent
ownership. It functioned separately from Ryerson, but because it sat within our campus borders, still received funding from the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU). Why did students have to pay for a station that excluded them? Clearly, Ryerson doesn’t mind funding campus radio. During the CRTC’s investigation of CKLN in 2011, a referendum saw 86 per cent of students vote in favour of financially supporting their bid for the frequency. But the community radio station gave students nothing to show for their money. In 2000, CKLN passed bylaws to prevent the university’s administration and faculty from sitting on its board, in contravention of CRTC statutes, and despite having been branded as “The voice of Ryerson.” This time around, the campus station will have students and staff on board. That alone provides enough reason to support this new venture. Ryersonian reporter Rebecca Williams discovered that of the board’s nine seats, six will consist of those from the Ryerson community including university officials and elected students. The RSU has budgeted $275,000 towards The Scope for this school year. While the station will still operate independently from the university and the Faculty of Communication and Design, its efforts to involve our campus community in the early stages are promising. The next step is ensuring Rye’s student body will have a chance to contribute to the airwaves. The station is a great way to spawn well-trained students, from volunteers to professionals, so long as students are not discouraged from participating at the station, as they might have been in the past.
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A Ryersonian article reporting that campus bathrooms are gay sex hot spots upset some readers.
Letter from the editor: public sex always news By Sean Tepper Ryersonian Staff
There are a number of hotbutton subjects in the world that will provoke an adamant and immediate emotional reaction no matter how they are covered. Last week, The Ryersonian witnessed this first-hand by publishing an article that revealed a gay website promoting campus washrooms as places to meet up for public sex. Titled “Ryerson bathrooms are gay sex hot spots,” the article was published in the March 27 edition of The Ryersonian, and was the most viewed story online for the week. It was meant to inform students that a website named Squirt.org listed two campus washrooms as places for men across the GTA to meet up
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and partake in consensual, albeit public, sex. Unfortunately, some readers did not take it as an informative piece, instead dismissing the article as homophobic propaganda that helped fuel a number of negative stereotypes. A person under the online name of “Graham” posted in the comments section of our website saying that this article made “gay men appear like a security issue” seeing as how they were described as “strange” and “unknown.” Another comment we received on our website was from The Eyeopener’s editor-in-chief Lee Richardson, who denounced the article as a non-issue and said the story “would very likely have not made (The Eyeopener and) it doesn’t take much to see why.” While I do understand the thought behind both of these comments, there is no denying that this story is newsworthy and there is no room for the interpretation that this article is in any way homophobic. The role of any newspaper, whether it be a city or campus publication, is to make its readership aware of what is happening within the community. In The Ryersonian’s case, that commu-
nity is Ryerson University and when there is evidence which proves that people are coming from all over the GTA to have sex in the university’s washrooms then the campus’ populace should be made aware of it. The fact that these men are homosexual is completely irrelevant to the point of the story. It is nothing more than a fact. Yes, the people coming onto campus were referred to as “unknown” and “strange” men, but they aren’t these things because they are gay. They are these things because they have no business being on campus in the first place. How should we have referred to someone who enters our campus and is not enrolled in or does not have a job at the university? An outsider? A non-community member? An alien? Would that have made it better? No matter how you put it, these men are strangers to campus — unknown to the community — and it is our job as journalists to make the public aware of their presence. Additionally, I find it incredibly ironic that people are accusing us of singling out individuals based on their sexual orientation.
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Rye digital degree boosts student job prospects By Rebecca Williams Ryersonian Staff
Ryerson is using digital skills courses to make those who hold academic degrees more employable. With the university’s humanity degrees achieving a high level of popularity, students can now gain more technological skills in the competitive job market thanks to a digital specialization master’s degree to be offered next September. According to president Sheldon Levy, Ryerson’s humanity degrees have never been more popular. “We will likely hit overall at the university over 70,000 applications for 6,000 first-year places at the university this year,” he said. “And that ratio is the highest in the province by far.” This school year was the first for Ryerson’s undergraduate history degree. Last year, the bachelor of arts in English had its initiation to the university’s growing list of degrees. Problem is, more and more research finds that holders of undergraduate arts degrees aren’t as employable as they used to be. But according to Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, professor and undergraduate program coordinator for the English program, these new arts degrees include content that’s in line with Ryerson’s career-based objective. “We’ve got to ask ourselves ‘What should a BA at Ryerson look like?’” she said. “We wanted to make sure the students could apply literary skills to a careerbased situation.” In the second year of the English program, students take
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BA students can boost their digital skills thanks to the new master’s degree to be offered next fall.
a project course in order to gain hands-on experience. Students can choose from a creative writing course, a class on writing instruction and professional writing in the arts. But it’s the digital archiving course that Janzen Kooistra says gains the most interest from the students after completing the course. “It ensures that they have digital literacy skills,” she said. “It’s learning critical thinking through making.” For new media student Oscar Hazelaar, an interest in social media and digital literacy led to enrolling in Ryerson’s new digital specialization course. “I learned a lot about the different tools that are available
through social media,” he said. “And no matter what program you’re in, you’ll learn a lot from it.” Program director of the digital specialization program, Michael Carter, said a one-year master’s course in digital media is in the works for September. “A digital specialization course is particularly helpful to students in the social sciences and humanities that would be a very, very strong program from them to take their strong skills and match them up with digital literacy,” said Levy. “They would become very, very attractive in the marketplace.” But digital specialization has already been at Ryerson for a full year. There are two courses
announced by Brad Duguid, the minister of training, colleges and universities, includes a new 24-hour helpline where students can speak directly to mental health professionals who are experts in post-secondary issues. Kids Help Phone is working with
colleges and universities across Ontario to launch this service next year. “Part of the therapeutic process is being able to talk about what’s on your mind and what is weighing you down in the moment that it’s happening,” says Maria Montanaro, bilingual counsellor at Kids Help Phone. “We have the ability to provide that support and guidance, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” Ontario also introduced the Centre for Innovation on Campus Mental Health, an online hub that allows staff on campus to share different methods of dealing with student mental health problems. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) will run the online hub, which will cost $1.1 million over three years. According to CAMH, individuals between ages 15 and 24 are the most likely age group to report mental illness and substance disorders. Of the one in five Canadians who will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, 70 per cent develop them during their childhood and adolescent years, leading up to their college or university education. One of the main contributors to post-secondary related mental illness is students’ feelings of isolation when they live away from home for the first time.
undergrad students from any university can take. Hazelaar took the EID 100 course, which was first introduced September 2012. “That’s essentially a digital foundation course, an introduction so students understand the theoretical as well as the applied processes of working in a digital environment,” said Carter. “We all know how to tweet and text, but what are the ramifications of it?” The second course, EID 500, is designed to allow students to create their own digital media company or service. This course runs for 12 weeks in the spring semester. By completing both courses, Ryerson students are given an optional specialization in digital
entrepreneurship and innovation designation after graduating. Both Carter and Levy, believe these courses provide students with training that employers are looking for in many different fields. “Digital entrepreneurship comes in many forms and many files,” said Carter. “The industry is made up of individuals from every discipline … It’s a good way to get those skill sets to get that additional job in a digital industry.” Janzen Kooistra, who won this year’s provost’s experimental teaching award, believes in the power of the digital world for the careers of humanity students. Some students who have completed the second-year project course are now in internships — something the professor said is unique to Ryerson’s program. Students from the digital humanities project course have worked on projects such as coding 1890s periodicals and building a children’s literature searchable database. “There will be a variety of internships and ways of students applying their literary knowledge and transferable skills in exciting ways,” she said. For Hazelaar, the digital specialization course is possibly a bridge to future employers. “Social media is an incredible importance in our lives,” he said. “Companies are looking for people who have experienced knowledge in that field and it definitely makes you an asset.” Levy said every program is regularly reviewed to make sure the courses are current, providing students with the best skills for the current job market.
Help phone created for Ontario university students By Dillon Lobo Ryersonian Staff
The Ontario government has announced it will spend $27 million over three years to help combat mental health problems on campuses across the province. The provincewide initiative,
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“The obstacles and challenges that you’re facing at that point in time can become bigger and just snowball to some extent and start to feel like you’re never going to get out of it,” says Montanaro. The hotline and online hub are part of the province’s 10 projects in round one of the Mental Health Innovation Fund. The $27 million dedicated to helping postsecondary students over the next three years is part of Ontario’s $257-million Mental Health and Addictions Strategy announced in the 2011 budget. The government will accept proposals for
round two of the three proposed rounds later this year. “I think mental health is an important thing for everybody, including students,” says Michael Paul Burgess, a student hoping to join Ryerson’s environment and urban sustainability program. “And students certainly feel a lot of stress, given financial concerns and emotional concerns. Twenty seven million dollars is a big budget, but whether or not it’s going to be used efficiently to actually help the students in a way that they think is appropriate is another manner.”
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New radio station in the works at Rye By Rebecca Williams Ryersonian Staff
The people behind Ryerson’s bid for a radio station, now called The Scope at Ryerson, will launch an online multimedia test page later this week. The test page will feature a 24-hour stream of looped content. Program director Elissa Matthews says they’re aiming for roughly six hours of original content airing during the day. The online format will allow the group to receive feedback from students on the new programming for the show while they wait for news on their application. “We want to make sure that people have a chance to listen to what we’re trying to do and know that we’re there,” said Matthews. She said the station hopes to have a fully functioning website up by late this summer. “We want it fully ready to go especially for when students get
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back for school in the fall,” said Matthews. As for the content, Matthews said students will be at the core of programming. “The station is open to the wider community in general, but
I think one of things that would be really nice would be to get a really strong Ryerson voice,” she said. The Scope is also waiting news on its bid for an AM licence. As of now, the application is at the
technical stage, and will need to be approved by Industry Canada. If all goes well, it’s up the Canadian Radio-television and telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to decide if the program deserves a broadcasting licence.
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But it’s not clear how long it could take. “It’s not exactly a timeline that’s consistent for every application,” said station manager Jacky Tuinstra-Harrison. Ryerson’s previous station, CKLN-FM, had its licence revoked by the CRTC last year. The Scope lost its appeal to the CRTC for the 88.1 frequency in September under the name Radio Ryerson, but the manager says they’re better prepared this time around. “We have something now that we’ve started from scratch,” Tuinstra-Harrison said. “Working on this project this year, we can now go to them and show them how it’s different this time.” Although CKLN was funded by the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU), the station functioned independently from Ryerson, with no funding from the university. The RSU has budgeted $275,000 towards Radio Ryerson, now The Scope, for this school year. But if the group doesn’t receive the licence, it’s unclear whether the website will continue. “It really is up in the air because we’d have to find other forms of funding,” said Matthews. “Having the AM licence would be really amazing but we’re trying to create something that on its own is really special.” CKLN had no mandate on the makeup of its board, which Tuinstra-Harrison said is a large difference in the two radio stations. The Scope has made sure there’s a clear Ryerson presence on its board. In total there are nine seats — three are university officials, each one from radio and television arts (RTA), the Faculty of Communication and Design and Ted Roger’s school of management. The other six spots go to three elected students and three volunteer community members. “I think it’s really making it so that it’s more of a fixture within the Ryerson community,” said Matthews. “Students have ownership over the station and there’s a space for people who want to experiment and face radio regardless of what program or faculty they’re in.” For Tuinstra-Harrison, the station would follow Ryerson’s new media focus. “This is a whole new chance to do something the way that digital media and Ryerson is evolving,” she said. For fourth-year RTA student Wil Noack, the best programming for the new station would include coverage of events on campus. “It's a great outlet to showcase and promote new projects, as well as services that us students have to offer,” he said. “It’s really a way to keep all of the programs updated with one another, creating that sense of unity amongst the students.” While The Scope waits for news on its licence application, the website will continue to provide content.
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$385,000 in Rye student fees go to CFS BUDGET cont’d ... Yet its opponents question how successful its lobbying efforts are and believe that students are not getting the best value for their money. One of them says that CFS even interferes in campus elections. “Last year when I ran for executive, the CFS had people come in from all over,” says Carleton University Students Association vice-president of Finance, Michael De Luca. “We had people from U Ottawa, campaigning with the (pro) CFS slate … we had people coming up from like U of T and stuff as well.” According to a Maclean’s On Campus article, a referendum petition on continued CFS membership will be circulating at Carleton University where students pay the CFS close to $500,000 each year. De Luca argues there are ways to cut fees without involving the CFS. “Paying them half a million dollars isn’t justified on the services that we (receive) or the quality of the services if we do use any of them,” said De Luca.
He says they’ve found a better deal on the day planners and have ditched the CFS-affiliated health insurance for a more economical plan elsewhere that he claims will save students $2 million over two years. “They’re very left-wing, militant on the one hand, but they’re very corporate on the other. Where they’re … marking up prices on materials, providing services and materials to students’ unions that are at a much higher price than if you were to go to market on it yourself.” But Awad says the services operate at, or below cost and involve ethical sourcing. “None of the services that we run are designed to profit and so when costs go up it’s because costs for operating the program have gone up,” said Awad. “All of the members of the federation actually own these services.” Regardless, de-federating from the CFS has proved to be rather like a stay in the Hotel California – you can check in any time you like, but it’s rather tricky to leave. The referendum process for leaving is bureaucratically complex and there are
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Seven per cent of the RSU’s budget goes towards educational issues. Percentages are approximate.
concerns that outside pro-CFS individuals will campaign at the university in an attempt to influence the results of a referendum in favour of the CFS. In 2010 the Concordia Student Union voted successfully to leave, but the CFS refused to accept that vote. Concordia then had to take the CFS to court in
Levy optimistic about WorldPride PRIDE cont’d ... WorldPride Toronto will be the fourth event of its kind. Rome held the first WorldPride in 2000, and Jerusalem followed in 2006. And this past summer, London hosted WorldPride 2012. As for the 2014 event, some think that Ryerson would do well to get in on WorldPride celebrations. “I think Ryerson can step up and be seen on the world stage from the LGBT lens when visitors from across the world come to Toronto,” said Ward 27 councillor Kristyn WongTam. She suggests Ryerson offer up the use of the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC), located in Maple Leaf Gardens, for the event. “You’re right at the heart of the Village there,” said WongTam. Pride Toronto has also reached out to the school about
possible things the university could do to accommodate the event, and has also looked at the MAC as a feasible location for WorldPride. The organization is contemplating hosting interfaith services there. Another possibility is using the MAC as a host venue for WorldPride’s opening and closing ceremonies. “The university has never been formally asked,” said Hillier about the possible use of the MAC. “We’re still working through the details.” Pride Toronto is also considering using the closed off section of Gould Street within Ryerson’s campus to host a human rights conference or art exhibitions. Although Pride Toronto clearly has ideas for the school, the organization and the university have not nailed down any plans yet. Still, Hillier is convinced Ryerson will have
an important role to play in WorldPride. “As much as we can utilize the university, I think the university will be open to us utilizing it as well,” he said. Levy says he prefers not to comment much on the event because the two sides have not worked out the details. But he’s optimistic. Whether from student groups or school faculties, Hillier says Pride Toronto welcomes interaction from Ryerson at any level. Ryerson participation in WorldPride could be an ideal way for the school to show support for its LGBT students, faculty and staff, he said. “It’s taking place on their doorstep,” said Hillier. “Being a part of that would be being a part of history.” Should it choose to, Ryerson has just over a year to start creating that history.
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order to have the results recognized, according to Maclean’s On Campus. The CFS claims the union owes $1.8 million in outstanding membership fees. Other students associations have also fought legal battles with the CFS. But Awad says: “Probably the biggest victory that we’ve had over the long term is keeping
post-secondary education in the public eye.” RSU president Rodney Diverlus says there are a lot of misconceptions about the CFS. He points out that they are a democratic organization and that if people have an issue with CFS bylaws they can try to resolve it through the democratic process.
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Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone promotes young entrepreneurs. Imran Khan looks into how the program builds business.
hen the 2013 federal budget was announced by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, it had Ryerson’s president, Sheldon Levy very pleased. The budget put aside $60 million for incubators to help young entrepreneurs. Levy has been promoting the need for young entrepreneurs since the launch of the Digital Media Zone (DMZ) in April 2010. To the uninitiated, the DMZ is a multidisciplinary workspace that acts as a business incubator for startups and technological innovations. Since its inception, the DMZ has incubated 75 startups, initiated 125 projects, and has created about 668 jobs. Of those, about 85 per cent came from startups, and the rest were created by the university. It has also been the go-to hot spot for industry leaders, potential funders, and government representatives who choose to take tours of Ryerson. Having done over 600 tours, the DMZ has opened its doors to Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, novelist Margaret Atwood, exDragons’ Den star Brett Wilson and, just last week, MP Justin Trudeau. When it comes to students and alumni at Ryerson, 31 alumni startups have been created, of which 23 have gone on to start alumni companies. As of March 1, 2013, the breakdown of entrepreneurs’ backgrounds is: 30 per cent Ryerson alumni; 10 per cent current Ryerson students; and 60 per cent independent entrepreneurs from outside of Ryerson. Certain protocols create restrictions on how business ideas and startups are accepted. To have entry into the DMZ, individuals have to propose a business idea that is comprised of a prototype that leverages digital media with a degree of sophistication. Once a month, a meeting of the DMZ steering committee — comprised of DMZ executives, Ryerson professors, and industry experts — evaluates applications that might have an opportunity to join the DMZ. Applicants go through a rigorous interview and pitch protocol that is made up of three stages. First, a team must go through an idea consultation and, if successful, will get a chance to pitch in front of a few business development advisers at the DMZ. If a team is successful it will be offered the chance to pitch in front of the steering committee in hopes of being accepted. At each process a team must have a clear business plan. A good business plan must have a convincing product proposal, as well as a precisely balanced budget proposal. Currently the DMZ offers new startup teams that have been accepted three months of free access to the facility. After the three months are up, the teams have to pay a membership fee, which varies depending on how
small or large the team is. If the startup is offered as a service to the Ryerson community the membership fee may be waived. The DMZ currently does not take any equity from startups and their profits. Instead they may ask a startup to speak to media about their project, or be present for various events. The startup team is not necessarily obligated to commit to these tasks, but generally the “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” environment is accepted by all startups. There have been rumours suggesting the DMZ might move away from being solely an incubator and offer accelerator programs where the DMZ would give a startup a lump sum of money in return for a percentage of equity and profit earned by the endeavour in the future.
SoapBox App brings community concerns to those in power When your clientele list consists of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and a big chain store like Chapters you know you are making the right moves. SoapBox, the first product from company HitSend, made up of Brennan McEachran, Warren Tanner, and Graham McCarthy, gathers together users and their ideas. Ideas are voted on by individuals within organizations to understand their community’s needs. Soapbox users can ask questions, suggest solutions or create discussion topics. Other users can then give
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App tells you which of your friends want to be more than just friends Having experienced the horror of online dating, Malcom Wollach and Adriano Valentini looked to create a startup that requires no profile setup, an issue with sites such as eHarmony and Match.com that has led to many users misrepresenting themselves. “Usually their picture is taken three years and 30 pounds ago and the person you were talking to was actually misrepresenting themselves. You end the date politely and go on to the next one,” says Wollach. Valentini and Wollach looked to eradicate this problem by creating MoreThanFriendMe, an application that works in tandem with Facebook and checks what friends are interested in a romantic relationship.
the comments a thumbs-up or thumbs-do The SoapBox program works by packa discussions that have reached a certain vol of interest (thumbs-ups) and then presen them to those who are in positions of po (managers, professors, etc.). Co-founder Brennan McEachran work SoapBox from 9-6 p.m. and does night sc a few nights a week. Despite his reliance on energy dr McEachran is pleased with SoapBox’s resu Currently, the team consists of seven pe and is financed on sales from Ryerson Chapters.
Anonymity is guaranteed between the two parties until mutual interest is expressed by both and the two parties are revealed. Online dating is a $2-billion market. Within Facebook, apps such as Zeus and “Bang With Friends” have gained attention, but need access to profiles or only provide casual sex hookups. Wollach and Valentini are looking to reinvent the whole concept of online dating by eliminating misrepresentation of profiles. The two partners have invested under $10,000 on the startup and look to have a softlaunch at the end of April.
Despite being home to many incubators and startups the DMZ is currently in its infancy in developing an accelerator program to support mature startups. Unlike incubators, accelerators offer finance for a startup in exchange for a percentage of equity in a company. The funding will be provided through Ryerson Futures Inc. (RFI), which is a for-profit entity owned by Ryerson University. RFI will form partnerships with corporate clients in the hopes of securing projects that may solve certain industry problems. RFI looks to obtain equity in return for helping companies develop and grow. According to the DMZ: “These funds are made up of capital raised from international investment funds, venture capitalists, angel and corporate investors. The funds are set up as separate corporations owned by the investors.” RFI was created when external companies began showing interest in investing in companies at the DMZ. However, Ryerson’s charter states Ryerson can’t take money from external entities and invest it for profit. RFI would help startups develop and commercialize their businesses.
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Komodo Open Lab Making technology accessible to everyone
FoodStory A FoodStory ... story
Last spring Damian Matheson decided to act on an email he received regarding a 12-week digital specialization program associated with the DMZ. What grew out of those 12 weeks was an interest in creating an organic food service. Originally the idea of his partner, Zacharie Weingarten, FoodStory was created to take advantage of the growing rooftop farming craze. They looked to offer a Farmville-esque view of what was growing so customers could view their potential purchase in real time. But the team found a lot of liability and red tape regarding leasing rooftop property so they came up with FoodStory: a service trying to bring farmers markets into the 21 century. The goal is to bring together over 25 farmers markets that run between May and October in Toronto and the users who check what products are available own. at specific markets. aging lume nting ower
Mauricio Meza came to Canada from Mexico with a strong biomedical engineering background and started working in the research department of Toronto Rehab. He was working with individuals and matching their goals and needs with one-to-one technology to open doors and use phones. After completing an MBA at Ryerson and partnering withJorge Silva, they found Komodo: a startup that looks to make smartphones and tablets accessible to people with very little mobility. The team has called the DMZ home for the past eight months and has
created assisted devices for individuals with mobility issues to use touch-based smartphones and tablets. The team has received requests from BlackBerry and Microsoft to make their platforms accessible to all users. New accessibility legislation has been putting pressure on companies to make devices accessible to everyone. In Canada the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) requires wireless access to phones for all types of disabilities. From various government grants, Komodo has received around $200,000 and currently has a partnership with Apple. Meza jokes and says he hates weekends because it takes a few days away from work. “We want to be known as the mobile accessibility company of the world,” says Meza.
“You can get a weekly box delivered to your house with exactly what you want grown from an hour away picked within the last 24 hours,” says Matheson. “In five years I see FoodStory being the go-to source for finding local food across Canada,” says Matheson. “We want to branch out to businesses and restaurants, I see it expanding and becoming a household name for local foods and restaurants.” Currently FoodStory’s team is comprised of the two co-founders. Matheson and Weingarten have received various grants and say they spent under $5,000 so far on the startup. It will launch in May.
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Sheldon Levy meets with the DMZ executive team.
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Justin Trudeau visited the DMZ last Wednesday and was introduced to a few of the startups currently in production.
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
META 2013: Redefining what art is
By Sabina Sohail Ryersonian Staff
Ryerson’s new media students use technology to create innovative works that redefine the way you think about art. And that’s just what they did at the META 2013 exhibition, which showcased the artwork of 12 fourthyear students. Influencing the way you live seemed to be the theme this year. The students pushed the limits of interactivity, connectivity and image making — think talking frames while you eat cereal and music created by everyday objects. Here are some of the artists who are looking to influence the way you live tomorrow by
connecting art and technology today. The False Fact, by Rola Kuidir “The False Fact” appeared at the front of the Arta Gallery. Three images were projected onto the wall, each with its own theme: a Muslim man’s identity on the right, a Muslim woman’s identity in the middle and then the relationship between both on the left. “I’m trying to correct some of the media’s misinterpretations of Islam,” said Kuidir. “I’m using one of the techniques that I think the media uses most of the time, which is showing part of the picture and as it zooms out you start seeing the big picture, the whole perspective changes.”
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“The False Fact” attempts to correct media misinterpretations.
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Kuidir plays with the idea of control in her artwork since media in part controls our movements as well as most of our perceptions and standards. “I’m also kind of controlling the eye movement of the viewer by making them look at the different screens at certain times,” she said.
artist, for inspiration. Eghaim made appropriations of three Duchamp pieces. Duchamp put his “ready-mades” in a gallery setting, claiming the everyday object as art. Eghaim did the same with a wheel, a shovel and a spinning wooden object — though focused on the sound.
“I’m trying to correct some of the media’s misinterpretations of Islam.” Kuidir’s main focus is to inspire people to be less dependent on the media and try to do their own research. She continues to incorporate her culture into her works in hopes to reveal the beauty of her culture from an insider’s perspective. A World Leftover, by Kathryn Barrett “A World Leftover” is a standalone installation looking at the relationship between urban birds and their forced adaptation to an urban environment. “I decided to choose a very post-human time frame, 2050, where all humans have died and these birds have to survive off the remnants of our environment,” said Barrett. Barrett set up a museum type display — one with an iPhone 5 playing a video documentation of the birds in their natural habitat, which is the automobile junkyard. And the two empty displays illustrate a scenario as if the birds had been captured and have now escaped. The birds integrated parts of the automobile into their wings, including: broken licence plates, mini windshield wipers and tail lights. The piece was set up on the opposite side of the room looking down upon the viewer. “It’s pretty clear to everybody that nature will most likely outlive humans,” she said. “I was looking at more of a dystopia kind of thing where I was really interested in what would happen to nature if humans didn’t exist and what they would take into the next stages.” Barrett plans on continuing with this project and is open to different scenarios and environments aiming towards the culturally mainstream area. Here Here, by Zaid Edghaim Zaid Eghaim looked at Marcel Duchamp, a French-American
— Rola Kuidir “I hope by doing the same and making them produce sound, it might be like all found sound is art … all sound is art,” said Eghaim. He believes that noise pollution could be something beautiful if we change our attitude towards it. Eghaim said people should appreciate the idea of found sound and walk around listening to the sounds of Toronto that we shun and ignore on a daily basis. He hopes to continue working with the concept of sound, possibly focusing on sound design for video games and film/televi-
sion or presenting sound art in galleries. Cereal Questions, by Jamie Chirico Jamie Chirico created a contemplative piece where the user enters the gallery space, sits down and is invited to have a bowl of cereal. The user will experience an introspective, interrogative questioning by a wall of seven portraits asking hundreds of questions related to the human experience. “I was interested in the notion that when you eat, it’s usually social and you’re engaging — but ‘cereal’ is a meal that is solitary, and it’s a meal that you eat by yourself normally … you might be thinking of some of these questions and how they relate to your life,” said Chirico. The project was inspired by one of the characters in the portraits. Chirico’s friend sent her a paper purely consisting of questions — some of which are included in the piece. Chirico hopes to continue working with new media-related productions and will help her brother with his filmmaking.
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“Here Here” is comprised of three appropriated Duchamp pieces.
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Kathryn Barrett makes a commentary on post-human urban birds.
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“Cereal Questions” invites the viewer to have a bowl of cereal while interacting with seven portraits.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Student survival recipe Strawberry salmon salad and a protein smoothie
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By Jennifer Koziel Ryersonian Staff
Makes 2 - 3 servings
-2 4-oz salmon pieces -2 cups of baby spinach -1 cup of raw mixed nuts, your choice -1 1/2 cups of strawberries -1 1/2 oranges -3 tblsp of pasteurized creamed honey -1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt -2 tblsp of olive oil -Vegeta or salt to taste -Pepper to taste -1 tsp of cinnamon
1. Rinse the salmon under water and pat dry. Season with Vegeta or salt and pepper to taste. Add one tblsp of olive oil and pan fry salmon until fully cooked for 10 to 15 minutes. Make sure to flip over salmon halfway through cooking, to brown both sides. Place a lid on the pan during the last five cooking minutes. After, take pan off heat and let salmon sit with lid still covering the pan. 2. Meanwhile, wash the baby spinach.
3. Put the raw nuts (your choice: pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, almonds) in a pan and roast for one to two minutes on medium/high heat to draw oils out. Add one tblsp of pasteurized creamed honey and the cinnamon to the nuts. 4. Halve 1/2 cup of strawberries. Add one tblsp of pasteurized creamed honey to cut berries and let it soak for five minutes. 5. Cut 1/2 a cup of strawberries and 1/2 an orange. In a blender, blend fruit and add 1 tblsp of olive oil. Strain through a sieve to make a smooth vinaigrette. Add a pinch of Vegeta and pepper to taste. 6. Mix salmon, nuts, strawberries and vinaigrette into the baby spinach and top with goat cheese.
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35th annual TARA awards By Yasmin Jaswal Ryersonian Staff
The ’50s are known for Hollywood glamour, rock ’n’ roll and the golden era of television. This is what Trumptown Productions, a group of six radio and television arts (RTA) students at Ryerson, is trying to bring back for the 35th annual Television And Radio Awards (TARAs). The awards ceremony mimics Hollywood’s best awards shows, including the well renowned Academy Awards and the Golden Globes, which was last hosted by comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The RTA students have brought in comedian Megan MacKay, who is inspired by Fey, to host the event alongside Alex Tomaszewski, who counters MacKay like Poehler did Fey. “One of (MacKay’s) largest inspirations is Tina Fey,” says Jacob Morris, co-executive producer and financial director. “We were joking throughout the process of picking a co-host that we were looking for her Amy Poehler, and we found Amy Poehler in Alex Tomaszewski. We’re really excited about how
the pair is going to come off on stage.” But as Kyle Anderson, the group’s executive set designer and art director, says, even with all of the similarities to the award shows we see on TV, the TARAs will still be original. “Even though we are modelling it after the Academy Awards ... we’re still going to
decade in which (the program) started (to grow).” The awards night will also feature special celebrity guests, including CTV’s Marilyn Denis, CBC’s Dwight Drummond, Degrassi star Shannon Kook, and Kenny vs. Spenny star Kenny Hotz. Some other guests will include former RTA students.
“We wanted to commemorate the ’50s, the decade in which (the program) started (to grow).” — Char Loro put our own creative and unique spin on it,” he says. “This is RTA’s special night and we want to make sure that it’s one that they’ve never seen before and they never will forget.” It’s the 35th year of the TARAs and it’s also the 65th anniversary of the RTA program at Ryerson. “The program started in 1948,” says Char Loro, coexecutive producer and project manager for the TARAs. The program became popular a few years later, “So we wanted to commemorate the ’50s, the
The TARAs entries are judged by a panel made up of RTA professors and instructors. Entries are rated on a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (exceptional) and only those that receive 3.5 or higher are nominated. From there, the project with the highest score wins the category. Categories include Best First-Year Production, Best Documentary, Best Art Direction and Best Music Recording. The show will take place Friday, April 5 at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.
1. Cut 1/2 cup of strawberries and one full orange with pith, no rind. Add one tblsp of raw, pasteurized honey to sweeten. Blend fruit in a blender until puréed. 2. Add the Greek yogurt, and blend until smooth with the fruit purée for a delicious and simple protein shake.
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National poetry month April is national poetry month. Ryerson is holding a haiku contest in light of this, with entries due before midnight on Friday, April 5. Matthew Humphries, a second year English major at Ryerson recently wrote a poem that takes a deeper look into both life and death. Humphries said: “I wrote this poem because in order to live one must consider and reconcile with death. Moreover, the question of ‘when’ is not the only issue: WHERE is death?”
“I Am Death” by Matthew Humphries
Above: Four of the six RTA students who began Trumptown Productions, and are running the Television And Radio Awards (TARAs), sell tickets to the April 5 event in the lobby of the Rogers Communications Centre. Below: This year, the Television and Radio Awards will commemorate the 1950s, the decade the RTA program became popular.
If Death is not, then I must Be So how is Death to come to me? How can a void affect a form? Unless it’s part a face that’s worn So Death Be not outside, it lives like an organ Not springing from Earth, but from the inside; dormant Thus if I Be, so too Be Death Mixed in with brain, exhaled like breath.
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
We wish that we could have this moment for life
A breakdown of the top 10 moments in varisty sports from the 2012-2013 Rams seasons By Katie Bryan and Cory Wright Ryersonian Staff
10 Rams versus U of T Jan. 23: The MAC was packed on Jan. 23 as the Rams men’s
hockey team hosted crosstown rivals, the University of Toronto Varsity Blues. Over 1,100 fans made up the Rams loudest and largest crowd and the game didn’t disappoint. The tilt was fast and physical, but the goalies stole the show. Louie George made 44 saves, including 22 in the second period, as the Rams beat the Blues 3-1 to take the season series and both games on Mattamy ice.
9It’sRamsbeenbeatnearly U of T in men’s soccer on Sept. 23: 18 years since the Rams beat the
University of Toronto Varsity Blues in men’s soccer. To put it in perspective, the players were heading to the theatre to see Babe the last time Ryerson beat U of T. The Rams opened the scoring in the 17th minute and scored again before the half was over. The Blues were able to muster a goal in the 93rd minute, but the Rams were in control of the entire game.
stormed out of the gate in 2012-13, winning their first 10 conference games. The Rams swept their fall schedule, going a perfect 8-0 against West division teams and won their first two after the break. They also won three tournament games over the break, but they did not count in the OUA standings. The eventual national champion Carleton Ravens ended the run on Jan. 12.
6TheSoccer team goes 8-0-6 (14 games): men’s soccer team put together some lengthy unbeaten streaks in the last four seasons, but shattered the record in 2012. The Rams went on a 14-game unbeaten streak (8-0-6) after dropping the first game of the season to the Carleton Ravens. They smashed the previous high of eight straight games set in 2010 and wouldn’t lose again until being eliminated by the Ravens in the OUA quarter-finals.
5championships: Dayvon Reid wins two bronze medals at OUA
Badminton star Dayvon Reid took home two bronze medals at the OUA championships hosted here on Ram’s soil. The Kingston, Jamaica, native took home the bronze medal in the men’s singles division. Reid also joined teammate Vivian Kwok in the mixed doubles division where they secured a third-place finish. Reid’s wins helped lead the badminton team to a fourth overall finish.
4 Varsity baseball is approved at Ryerson: In late January, Ryerson baseball got approval to
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Milos Scepanovic had a goal and a helper that game.
officially play in the OUA, making it the 12th varsity sport to have a team here at Ryerson. The team kicks off its schedule starting in fall 2013 competing against eight other teams. Led by head coach Ben Rich, the team will be lacing up their cleats in September to kick off a 24-game season. Although the roster is not set yet, a handful of players, including a woman, have been given conditional offers.
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Aaron Best helped lead the team during their win streak.
2Joanna Joanna Kolbe wins third straight OUA gold: Kolbe is no stranger to OUA gold; maybe
that’s why this win is that much more exciting. This year marked the fencer’s third time in a row taking home the épée individual gold medal title. In addition to the win in October, Kolbe also took home the Dr. Al English Trophy and was named to the OUA all-star team. Last week, Ryerson recognized the Mississauga native as the Female Athlete of the Year.
1OnMattamy Athletic Centre grand opening: Sept. 8, 2012, hockey was played at the Mattamy
Athletic Centre (MAC) at the Gardens for the first time since Maple Leaf Garden’s closed its doors in 1999. The Ryerson Rams men’s hockey team played host to the Ontario Institute of Technology Ridgebacks. In front of a huge crowd, the Rams would defeat the Ridgebacks 5-4. While that night will be remembered as a great moment in Rams varsity athletics, the MAC is part of a new legacy at Ryerson.
8performance: Rams figure skating team has best-ever OUA 3Point Nofuente wins Rookie of the Year: The Ryerson figure skating team placed fourth guard Cassandra Nofuente capped a stellar overall at this year’s Ontario Univresity Athletics (OUA) championships to mark a best-ever finish. The team skated away with six medals out of a possible 14. Katherine Bilinsky struck gold for her senior silver individual dance performance. She was also named an OUA all-star for this performance. Asher Hill finished on top of the podium in the men’s open category.
7TheMen’sexpectations basketball starts off at 10-0: were high for the men’s basketball
season with the Rams by winning the OUA Rookie of the Year award for the East Division. It was her first year playing university-level basketball and she led the Rams, playing over 30 minutes per game. She averaged 12.6 points per contest. After the Rams lost their top two players from the 2011-12 season, Nofuente propelled the Rams to home court advantage in the first round of the OUA playoffs. Nofuente became Ryerson’s first female basketball player to capture the award
team following an appearance in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Final 8 last season. The Rams
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Fans cheer on the Rams at the home opener.
RAC Class Review: Snaked by ViPR
By Rebecca Williams Ryersonian Staff
National Hockey League trainer Michol Dalcourt. Dalcourt trained hockey players during the off-season. Although he thought he was training them the best way possible, each year when the players hit the ice, they just weren’t strong enough. When he asked the coaches which players were beating his own to the puck, they answered “the farm kids.” So Dalcourt sought out a way to incorporate the chore-like movements, like shovelling and lifting, to the players’ training routine. Enter the ViPR.
Inst r uctor Stephanie Yankovich believes in the power of the tool. “You’re building full-body strength from the ground up with natural movements,” she said. Yankovich says the way she sets up the class is different from the other instructors. She sets up each class in a track-like style, using the width of the gym as the students’ individual lanes. We performed the different exercises while moving down our lane. Once we got to the end, we completed a number of static exercises. On the way
It’s harder than it looks. That’s the main lesson I learned last Wednesday night when I decided to attend a ViPR (pronounced viper) class at the Recreation and Athletic Centre. The ViPR is a weighted rubber tube-shaped tool with two handles located close to the centre of the cylinder. We used the tool and flipped, lifted, chopped and slammed our way down the gym in a series of different drilllike exercises The movement and the weight of the ViPRs made for a sweaty class. The ViPR, which stands for vitality, performance and reconditioning, was created by
back, we repeated the first set of movements. Since it was my first time trying the tool, I was told to grab the lightest one, at four kilograms. It didn’t feel like much when I first picked it up, but it didn’t feel too light by the end of the 50 minutes. Familiar body-weight exercises, like lunges, squats and burpees, were integrated into the workout. Based on what I had heard about the ViPR, I was expecting a muscle workout more than anything else. What I didn’t expect was the cardio aspect of the class. Each time I finished
The ViPR is designed as a tool to work out with using natural movement.
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one of the routines, I prayed that my heart would stay in my ribcage. I don’t know if I’ll be next in line for the nearest ViPR class anytime soon. It just wouldn’t be my first choice of workout, considering the other classes I’ve enjoyed at Ryerson. But if you’re looking for a way to push yourself in your exercise plan, or freshen up a boring routine, give it a shot. But I will say that the class surprised me. It didn’t feel like too much of a muscle workout during my time at the gym, and I was a bit disappointed by the end of the class — until I had to run up the stairs at the subway station to catch my bus. By the first couple of steps, I was sure my legs were going to buckle under me. Well played ViPR, well played.
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Ryerson academics to attract top athletes By Dan Berlin Ryersonian Staff
Less than one year after the opening of the state-of-theart Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC), Ryerson Athletics has added another major weapon to its arsenal in its quest to attract the best young athletes to help them build top-level varsity programs. Ryerson’s new sport media program, the first of its kind in North America, will help give the university a competitive edge in recruiting the best possible athletes in Canada. “A lot of our athletes want to remain working in sports,” said Graham Wise, head coach of the Ryerson men’s hockey team. “Anytime you offer a program that’s sports-related, it helps attract an athlete. It’s a real plus.” Like Wise, Ryerson’s varsity coaches can sell prospective student-athletes on a bachelor of arts degree in sports media under the radio and television arts (RTA) program. And unlike competitors’ programs that focus either on technical production, broadcasting or sport management, Ryerson’s sports media program — set to launch in Fall 2014 — offers a unique combination of all three. “Ryerson isn’t just creating another program to combat other schools, they’re actually creating
a niche in sport media,” said Scott McRoberts, director of athletics and recreation at the University of Toronto Scarborough. “If I’m an athlete and I know that I have the top facilities to train and compete in, I have the academic support at the university and the programs that are of interest to me, it’s very attractive.” Steven Ehrlick, assistant professor of RTA School of Media agrees. “What better program for a student-athlete to enrol into,” said the man behind the 120-page sport media proposal, approved a month ago by Ryerson’s senate. “Now your entire university environment and experience is
related to the thing you do and love.” Adding to the allure of the program, the MAC will play host to a number of the new courses. Ivan Joseph is Ryerson’s director of athletics and a founding member of the advisory board responsible for bringing the sport media program to Ryerson. He will put his own stamp on the curriculum by teaching certain courses personally from the friendly confines of the MAC’s vacant third floor offices, soon to be transformed into lecture rooms and control rooms for live sporting events. “We’ve always seen this facility to be more than just varsity
athletics and recreation,” said Joseph. “We want to bring (academic) life into it. We’ve built this building to accommodate it. “If I can equate a quality educational experience (at Ryerson),” added Joseph, “then why not keep the best Canadian, student athletes here?” Currently, RTA accepts 165 new students each year out of approximately 1,800 applicants. The projected 60 new first-year students enrolling in sport media in 2014 will account for a 36 per cent increase in RTA’s student body, necessitating the move to the Mattamy. Despite obvious enhancements to the school’s athletic
Photo-illustration Nicole Witkowski
facilities and programs, Joseph’s theory may prove easier said than done. Ryerson’s high-profile sports teams remain chronic underachievers. Of the six Rams’ teams that called the MAC their home in its first year of operation (men’s and women’s hockey, volleyball and basketball), only one — women’s volleyball — made it past the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) quarter-finals, only to lose in the semis. The highly ranked men’s basketball team missed out on a golden opportunity to play as the host team at the Wilson Cup (OUA championships), held at MAC, after losing to Ottawa in the quarter-finals. Nevertheless, the OUA is banking on Ryerson and its new sport media program to help it overcome its biggest challenge, engaging top-level athletes to want to stay in the province. “There are a lot of myths and rumours that exist out there that (the OUA) doesn’t offer athletic scholarships and athletes don’t get the coaching and the training,” said Ward Delse, executive director of the OUA. “In trying to dismiss those, you need champions, you need voices out there. Having a great program like this at Ryerson will help create more champions.”
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Model moments from a non-model: part two By Sabina Sohail Ryersonian Staff
After devouring a series of Learn the Supermodel Walk videos on YouTube, practising my posture outside the audition room and facing three cold-faced judges at the Mass Exodus casting call, I have been selected to walk an evening wear collection at the show. Upon receiving the email from a fourth-year fashion design student, my initial reaction went something like “oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh,” which later became “I can’t believe I actually got cast,” and ended with, “I can’t do this, I’m going to throw up.” Putting my nerves aside, I decided to attend Toronto Fashion Week as it presented an opportunity to learn everything I could about the modelling world. I sat in on a runway rehearsal for one of the collections being presented, where I watched models practise their walks and poses, all the while getting barked at by a rather harsh runway coordinator. “You look too happy, I need you to frown more,” she said in a frustrated tone to one of the male models. Giving him strict direction, she made him re-do his walk at least four times. I’ll admit my heart began to race thinking that this could be me, getting yelled at because I
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Sabina Sohail during her Mass Exodus fitting for designer Paige King.
looked “too happy.” In the back of my head I thought, “Will I really have to deal with what that model went through? Will my walk be good enough? Will my expressions be suitable for the design I’ll be modelling?” I felt the pressure. Then the time came for my fitting. Paige King, the designer who I’ll be walking for, told me that her collection, titled “Majesty,” consisted of full-length evening gowns with a beauty direction of a casual up do, strong eyes, natural face and soft lips. It all sounded lovely, but I haven’t worn an evening dress
since prom. The added pressure quickly crept in. You’d think that being cast as a model would boost my confidence to new heights. But no. As a first-timer, it’s actually rather nerve-racking. Especially when you don’t really know what to expect. What happens if I don’t fit into the dress? What happens if the heels are too high? What if I can’t walk in them? Is there a possibility I could be fired from this unpaid gig? Before my fitting I was told to arrive with my hair pulled up, a properly fitted bra and my toes in a presentable state. These
requests seemed unnatural to me. I’m still wearing boots, why would I bother painting my toes? As I let my mind race, thinking of the many ways I could screw this up, I couldn’t sleep the night before. On the day of my fitting, King walked me into a room filled with mannequins, racks of clothing, and large tables covered with clusters of things. She took me to the back of the design studio and I waited with bated breath as she retrieved the dress I would don. Crafted from fine silk, it reminded me of something a Disney princess would wear. I walked into the
change room and slipped into the dress with great struggle — it was rather long and quite big on me. It fit like a paper bag. I walked back out, where King helped me put on the matching silver heels, which, to my surprise, actually fit quite comfortably. Next, King asked me to walk in the gown. I did so with great difficulty as she stared me up and down with a blank look. Without a word, she began to pin the dress to my body until it eventually fit like a glove. I was shocked at the amount of alterations. I had no idea that alterations were even a thing during fittings for runway shows. I thought it was more of a “you fit it or you don’t” type of deal, and if you don’t fit the garment, you’re shit out of luck. After she pinned, I got undressed and she sent me off. And that was that. As nervous as I am, and will continue to be until the night of the actual show, I’m proud of myself for not chickening out and actually trying something completely out of my comfort zone. I somehow managed to get through the nerve-racking audition process, made the cut and now I get the pleasure of wearing a beautiful dress and feeling like a princess for a night. Now all I have to worry about is not falling flat on my face on the runway. Fingers crossed.
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& free SPC Card*
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© 2013 H&R Block Canada, Inc. *Average is based on all student returns prepared at H&R Block in Canada for 2010 tax returns. The average refund amount calculated for students was over $1,100, cannot be guaranteed and varies based on each individual tax situation. $29.95 valid for student tax preparation only. To qualify, student must present either (i) a T2202a documenting 4 or more months of full-time attendance at a college or university during the applicable tax year or (ii) a valid high school ID card. Students pay $79.99 for Complex/Premier return. Expires 12/31/2013. Valid only at participating locations. Additional fees apply. SPC cards available at participating locations in Canada only. Offers may vary, restrictions may apply. For full terms see www.spccard.ca.
FILE NAME: 12-HRB-033-BW-RF-E-2
TRIM: 10" x 7.5"