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Volume 68, Number 8
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Men’s hockey: boozed and benched
By Dan Berlin and Nuruddin Qorane Ryersonian Staff
The Ryerson men’s hockey team has been suspended for seven days for violating Ryerson’s athlete code of conduct during a two-game road trip to Princeton, N.J. The team was reported to be drinking at its team hotel, which is against school policy. The incident occurred during an exhibition series versus the Princeton Tigers on Oct. 18 and 19. “There were rules that we broke and we have to accept the punishment,” said Andrew Buck, the team’s captain. “What is done is done. It’s disappointing, but it’s something we’ll have to deal with. All we can do is look forward and focus on next week,” he said. Ryerson’s director of athletics, Ivan Joseph, said the suspension followed a week-long investigation. As a result of the university’s punishment, the hockey team will be forced to forfeit its upcoming games this week at UOIT as well as at Queen’s University.
“We’re going to take this punishment in stride,” said defenceman Brian Birkhoff. “We’re determined to come back and kick the crap out of every team that comes in our way from next Monday until the end of the season.” Head coach Graham Wise has also received a four-game suspension, while assistant coach Lawrence Smith has been relieved of his duties. Joseph said he wouldn’t provide more details on Smith’s exit from the team because it’s a human resources matter. Joseph said it would go against policy to reveal more. When he was reached on his cellphone just after the suspension was announced, Wise declined comment. Players and team personnel will not be allowed to use any of the university’s athletic facilities during the suspension. The team is not allowed to enter the Mattamy Athletic Centre unless members are working or studying there. They also can’t use the weight room, equipment, dressing room or any other facilities related to athletics, Joseph said. Please see RAMS, page 10
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Ryerson penalized the Rams men’s hockey team for consuming alcohol while on a recent road trip.
OSAP washes hands of late fee fiasco By Hayley Brauer Ryersonian Staff
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities will introduce policies to align tuition payment deadlines with the Ontario Student Assistance Program’s disbursement date in 2014-15 to eliminate late fees. “This (policy) would give more time for students to pay, and better align the deadlines for tuition payment with the OSAP funding release dates,” said Gyula Kovacs, OSAP’s senior media relations and issues co-ordinator. “This gives the option to pay for each term, rather than upfront for the full year.” Nearly 13,000 Ryerson students applied for OSAP. But according to Carole Scarse, Ryerson’s financial service assistance manager, 30 per cent were still waiting to receive their funding by late September. Yet a Ryerson administrator said the school’s credit and collections services office was unaware that OSAP funding was late to arrive.
Students who did not pay tuition by Sept. 30 were charged a deferral fee of $70 and a monthly interest charge of 1.25 per cent on their unpaid account balance. “We weren’t even aware that there was any tardiness in the remittance of OSAP to our students,” Doug Furchner, Ryerson’s credit and collections services manager, said in an email. Ryerson president Sheldon Levy said Ryerson should investigate if the university continues to charge late fees to students who are not at fault. “If it is impossible for students to get their OSAP loan in time to pay the fees and we are charging them late fees … then I think there is an issue that we should be concerned about,” he said. The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities was unaware there were any system-wide problems at Ryerson regarding students receiving late OSAP payments. OSAP doesn’t compensate students for deferral or late fees charged by Ryerson, and the school will not waive those
charges on a student’s tuition balance if their OSAP funding is late. Furchner said credit and collections is not intertwined with OSAP. If students don’t pay tuition by the end of a semester, a hold is placed on their account that prevents them from adding courses, obtaining grade reports, transcripts, graduation award documents and enrolment verification. Charmaine Hack, Ryerson’s recently appointed registrar, said students have some control over whether their OSAP funding arrives late. “The OSAP process for fall 2013 has been the smoothest ever — and the 30 per cent of students who did not receive funding by the deadline either applied late, or had not yet provided OSAP with the additional information required to complete their application,” she said. Politics and governance student Tyler MacKinnon did not receive his OSAP funding this year until after the deadline for the fourth consecutive time. He
had to pay the deferral fee despite completing his application in the summer. “By fourth year, it’s almost a (feeling of) indifference,” said MacKinnon, 21. “I expect my (OSAP) to be late.” Throughout August and September, money is tight for MacKinnon, who works two jobs and struggles to pay for rent and groceries, let alone expensive textbooks each semester.
But MacKinnon added that he’s happy the OSAP application process has become simpler. OSAP has tried to make the system easier for students by stepping up their communication through mobile apps, email and social media. Last year, the Ontario government also launched OSAP Express, a direct deposit initative used to streamline the application and funding process.
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Tyler MacKinnon expects his OSAP to be late every year.
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The RSU is ineffective The executive members of the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) are out of touch with the students they purport to represent — and the union hasn’t noticed, refuses to admit it or doesn’t care. Last Thursday’s failed rally in protest of the high cost of tuition proves it. On Oct. 31, the RSU pitched a red tent outside of the Student Campus Centre (SCC). Under it, they set up tables, gave out handfuls of candy and passed out flyers featuring lyrics to several original anti-tuition hike chants that meant to unite students in a therapeutic show of campus activism. They didn’t. The Halloween-themed rally may have been a call to action, but few students stuck around to listen to what the RSU had to say. In fact, most of the roughly 20 attendees were RSU executives, relatives, RSU affiliates and members of campus media sent to report on the event. In the appropriately apathetic drizzle that afternoon, Roshelle Lawrence, the RSU’s vice-president of education, argued that tuition is too expensive for students to take on. It’s a respectable cause, but the problem lies in the manner in which the RSU is fighting it. The team can’t seem to nail down how best to engage students on the topic of affordable tuition. It hardly seems like the RSU tried to engage or debate at all — and that’s darkly irresponsible of our student leaders. Alastair Woods, chairperson of CFS-Ontario, was a rally supporter who dubbed the event a success even before it was over. “I actually think that the rally was very effective. A rally is a public statement. It’s a public exhibition of frustration,” Woods explained. The RSU and the CFS are so easily pleased, it is disappointing. Our student leaders should be aiming higher. They’re capable of more. They shouldn’t be satisfied when about six students of a campus of 28,000 undergraduates show up to a rally. We’ve been told we’re the generation
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meant to change the world, but that won’t happen if the executive members of the RSU turn a blind eye to the measly support they receive for important campaigns. It’s irresponsible of them to then declare such support a successful representation of student concerns. The rally also proved the RSU couldn’t decide, or didn’t think it was important to decide, whom the rally’s message was meant for: the many students who, Woods said, aren’t aware of the economics of post-secondary education, the provincial government or Ryerson president Sheldon Levy. Although Woods said the rally should send a message to both government powers and students, the action fell abysmally short of its potential. Then why are they so satisfied with so little? The nail in the coffin for the RSU’s pitiful call for affordable education took place in the waiting room of the office of the president. There, the RSU team delivered a funeral wreath to the president, which was meant to symbolize to Levy that students are struggling to pay their evergrowing debts. But in the end, no one argued. They didn’t sit down to have a constructive conversation. They shook hands, took polite pictures and left. Afterward, the RSU’s executives emerged and praised their few supporters for taking part in the successful rally. Supporting an RSU campaign is like dumping a wad of cash and coins into a charity piggy bank on a street corner: It’s hard to know where that support will go, and near impossible to know what difference the donation will make. If the union wants real support — and if it actually cares about effecting real change on behalf of its students — the RSU has to convince the student body it will fight responsibly and intelligently for them. The union has to prove it believes in victory. Right now, it seems, the RSU is content with the illusion of it.
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Ryerson should give interns a break
By Sarah Warne Ryersonian Staff
Internships are dangerously popular. Employers are always willing to accept students, teach us the ropes, pat us on the back and move on to the next batch. After all, we work for free — what company wouldn’t want to take advantage of this? As a journalism student, I am grateful Ryerson has connections with some of the biggest news organizations in Canada. I’m sure many of my classmates have learned a lot from our radio, newspaper or broadcast internship opportunities at the CBC, the Globe and Mail and the Guelph Mercury. That being said, I’m outraged that students are required to pay full tuition fees as they work for free out in the real world. As I have encountered, the result is increasing debt and a dwindling bank account. What really irks me is that I feel as though our hard work is being exploited.
This is all happening at a time when tuitions fees are more expensive than ever. According to the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU), tuition fees in Ontario have increased 71 per cent over the last six years. You’d think at a time when school is so expensive, and with students racking up debt like never before, the university would give those who perform internships a bit of a break from hefty school fees. I will be paying $6,982.80 in tuition in my final year of school. Since I chose to participate in an internship — which means I was out of class for six weeks — I have paid $1,611 to work full time without any compensation in the form of payment or a tuition deduction. It doesn’t seem reasonable to pay this much
Is my borrowed money paying for someone to read my puny little journal entries that I submitted to a instructor every week? I’m not picking on Ryerson staff – they’re just doing their job. Instead, I’m calling out the institution. To avoid sounding like a whiner, it’s not just me who feels cheated. Countless classmates and I have had conversations about this issue. For the most part, we’ve all enjoyed our studies over the past three years, but this last year has left a bad taste in our mouths. We want a break. What will it take for the school to cut us some slack: rallying, a petition or maybe even a strike? How else are we supposed to
I’m outraged that students are required to pay full tuition fees as they work for free in the real world. when we aren’t setting foot on campus for a month and a half. The fact that we’re forking out this money without being able to devote time to another paying part-time job means that students are going into banks and asking for an increase to their lines of credit. That’s exactly what I’ve had to do this semester and, let’s just say, I’m not the least bit impressed.
bring about change and force the school’s decision makers to reevaluate the way things are? The internship system at Ryerson is hurting students and allowing companies to get away with more than they should. I’m only one person, but if enough people stand up and try to get the school to take notice, then maybe — just maybe — future students will have it a bit easier.
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OUAC applications bag Rye big bucks By Michael Duncan Ryersonian Staff
Prospective students planning to attend Ryerson or other Ontario universities are money-makers for post-secondary institutions, even before they’ve had their first class or paid tuition. For the 2012-13 school year, Ryerson received more than $1.7 million from applications submitted to the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC), according to data supplied by school registrar Charmaine Hack. The OUAC handles undergraduate and graduate submissions from students hoping to attend universities in Ontario. The processing fee is $130 for secondary-school applicants and $135 for non-secondary applicants. The $1.7 million is a total of both categories. Ryerson’s share of funding from the OUAC applications accounted for 8.8 per cent of the provincial total.
Applicants can rank their top three universities in the event they do not get accepted to their first choice. However, that does not affect the amount of money each school receives from the applications. “There is no allocation (of money) based on students’ preference,” said OUAC executive director George Granger. “What happens is we charge fees and collect money and there is a calculation that’s done based on a formula on a combination of volume (of applications) and share of government funding.” Ryerson received its final payment for the 2012-13 school year in October and won’t receive its final payment for the 2013-14 year until the spring, according to Hack. From 2012 to 2013, applications to Ryerson increased by 11.1 per cent for secondary-school applicants and 5.8 per cent for nonsecondary applicants, according to data from OUAC.
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Ontario universities net a small percentage off of prospective students’ applications.
This means Ryerson could receive even more money for the current school year from first-year students — a welcome wave of financial relief to a school swamped with budget cuts.
“Like all departments at Ryerson, we have been working with annual base budget cuts in the range of three per cent,” Hack said. “Base funding for recruitment, therefore, has declined, but we
have been able to maintain consistency of activity year over year using (one-time-only) allocations, and by simultaneously reducing costs related to postage, for example, in lieu of expanded web.”
Empress Hotel land grab on track, hearing requested By Mohamed Omar Ryersonian Staff
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Higher Ed Points Inc. has teamed up with Aeroplan to offer a points-for-tuition payment plan.
Aeroplan points now translate into tuition By Khadija Khan Ryersonian Staff
Instead of redeeming Aeroplan points for a coffee-maker or a gift card from the rewards catalogue, members can now use them to slay some student tuition fees. The loyalty program, operated by Aimia Inc., is startup Higher Ed Points Inc.’s first partner. Higher Ed’s goal is to help postsecondary students lower their tuition debt by allowing them to use the points they have collected. Currently, there are only three post-secondary institutions that are signed up to transfer points to tuition dollars: Toronto’s Centennial College, the University of New Brunswick and Kwantlen Polytechnic University in B.C. However, Higher Ed Points is now in talks with several other schools, including Ryerson. “I would love to get Ryerson involved. I’ve already contacted someone from the financial office,” said Suzanne Tyson, founder of Higher Ed Points Inc. But the Ryerson financial services office said they cannot comment on current negotiations with Aeroplan.
Tyson wants to convince other loyalty programs to join Higher Ed to help build on her decade’s worth of experience, including a stint at Air Miles and Student Awards Inc., a company that matches students with scholarships they’re eligible for. But Aeroplan was quickly interested. “I pitched this in March of this year to Aeroplan and it took me about 10 years of past job experiences to string together this idea to make it happen,” Tyson said. For Aeroplan members, the tuition redemption is available in increments of 35,000 miles, which translates to $250. “With this initiative, what Aeroplan really wanted to (do) was broaden the access (to purchases with points and) provide members, especially younger ones who are students, another option to put their points towards,” said Francine Sternthal, director of project management at Aeroplan. By partnering with companies such as Sobeys, Rexall and Esso. Aeroplan is working to expand its image beyond a points-for-flights system and morph into more of an “every-
day program,” according to Sternthal. “More students are drawn to these stores,” Sternthal said. “No better way to help students than to help them pay off tuition.” But Monika Dalmacio, a thirdyear nursing student, said the idea is “stupid,” adding that she would go broke if she tried to collect enough points to pay off her tuition. “I think I’ll stick to trying to find a job in my career and doing it the old-fashioned way,” she said. Syed Ahmed, a second-year aerospace engineering student, disagreed. “It would be a really good idea. It’s a positive thing. Students are drowning in debt. This is something that could start a small change,” Ahmed said. Tyson knows it’s difficult to collect that many points, which is why she added a feature on Higher Ed’s website that asks parents, friends or family to donate points. A program with tuition fees of $6,500 would take 910,000 points to pay, based on Higher Ed’s conversion rate.
Ryerson is one bureaucratic step closer in its quest to score the lot that housed the old Empress Hotel, despite the owner’s insistence on keeping it. A year after submitting an application to expropriate the land at 335 Yonge St., owned by the Lalani Group, the university has requested a hearing date that would determine if the issue gets voted on by the city. Julia Shin Doi, Ryerson’s general counsel and secretary of the Board of Governors, said that in September, the school formally requested a date from Vic Freidin, the application’s chief inquiry officer. Freidin, who was appointed in January 2013, will determine if the proposed expropriation is fair. After he reviews Ryerson’s application to lay claim to the land for the purpose of city and university advancement, he’ll submit a report of his findings to city staff. “We’re just trying to work that out in terms of scheduling, to try and get an early date,” Shin Doi said. “We would like it as soon as possible.” The request for a date comes almost 10 months after the Lalani Group asked for a “hearing of necessity,” in which it would have defended itself against the expropriation process. The meeting was delayed so that the two parties could reach a resolution — or a price — but that didn’t happen.
Matthew Pieszchala, an account co-ordinator at retail broker CBRE, said the land has “intrinsic” value for the owners and potential commercial retailers. “Everyone wants the lot. It’s one of the (most) prime pieces of real estate in Canada right now,” said Pieszchala. “However, the owner … the Lalani Group, the Lalani trust fund, they have no interest at all in selling.” CBRE is advertising a “flagship retail opportunity” at 335 Yonge St., a partnership with the Lalani Group that shows just how valuable the lot is. According to a brochure of the proposed project, courtesy of Pieszchala, concept plans for the property include anything from “four storeys of retail only” to “as much as four levels of retail with up to 30 floors of residential condominium units above.” Although he said everything in the brochure was just a concept, Pieszchala added that CBRE has already selected Zeidler Partnership Architects, one of two design teams working on Ryerson’s SLC, and Tribute as a developer for the project. Ironically, CBRE is also representing Ryerson’s retail spots in the SLC across the street. Earlier steps in the expropriation process included advertising legal notice in a local newspaper for three weeks — a requirement Ryerson met with an advertisement in the Toronto Star’s classifieds in October 2012.
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CESAR: Et tu, RSU? By Diana Hall Ryersonian Staff
The Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson (CESAR) is publicly accusing its undergraduate counterpart of irresponsibly displaying “partisanship” by withholding discounted TTC metro passes from its students and throwing its support behind a local trade union in an ongoing labour dispute. Shinae Kim, CESAR’s president and director of membership and communications, claimed executive members of the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) are unjustly taking sides in the ongoing skirmish between her union and local chapter 1281 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the labour association representing two locked out fulltime CESAR workers. She said the RSU’s decision will unjustly hit her students where it hurts: their wallets. “Why should the labour dispute between CESAR and CUPE 1281 have anything to do with providing services with the part-time continuing educa-
tion students of Ryerson?” Kim said. “And why should the members of CESAR be penalized and excluded from this service, which has been provided to them for many years?” Lobbying efforts from the Ontario chapter of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) helped Toronto student unions nab a special student rate for transit passes in 2009. The passes, sold at the member services office in the lobby of the Student Campus Centre, can save full-time students $22 off the cost of a full-price adult metro pass. Part-time students can save $15.50. Kim said the RSU should support all cash-strapped students throughout the school — not just its undergraduate members — and argued restricting the RSU’s services would destroy the union’s credibility. “I think it’s a huge mistake. It’s very unfortunate. I think (the) RSU is now forgetting that they represent the students and are (instead) representing CUPE 1281,” she said.
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Melissa Palermo, president of the RSU, wouldn’t comment on allegations of taking sides in the lockout dispute, but has stated the union hopes both parties come back to the table and reach a resolution. Palermo said “it has been difficult” to serve CESAR’s students due to the labour dispute and the fact that the member services office is a joint venture between the RSU and CESAR. However, she added in an email that CESAR’s two locked-out employees did not work at the desk. All metro passes are bought in bulk for all students, she said. “We’ve done our best to let students know in advance to know that it’s happening and encourage them, if they have questions or concerns, to approach the CESAR executive about those and about why this is happening,” she said. CESAR’s two full-time workers have been locked out of their jobs since Sept. 30, after the two parties failed to negotiate a new collective agreement on the terms of employment. CUPE 1281 also represents 13 full-time workers at the RSU.
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Engineering students to yea or nay doubling levy By Maham Abedi Ryersonian Staff
Engineering students are a day away from finding out the results of a referendum asking them to double their student society’s annual levy. More than 3,000 full-time students in the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science’s (FEAS) nine disciplines are voting on whether they want to raise the annual student levy the Ryerson Engineering Student Society (RESS) receives every year. RESS is asking its members to boost per-student annual funding to $65 from $33.70. In return, the society promises to increase existing budgets with an emphasis on supporting student groups. “It’s not really that we want to provide more services. We find that students are asking for a lot more than we can provide,” RESS president Rose Ghamari said. “Last year, there was about a $100,000 gap between what we could provide to students and what was requested.” If the referendum passes in its favour, RESS plans on splitting the total increase in student levies between several allocation categories. Seventy-four per cent would fund student groups within RESS, such as competitive engineering design teams and course unions. Thirteen per cent of the budget would go towards helping students attend local and national engineering conferences, eight per cent would be allocated for thesis and capstone grants and five per cent
of the budget would be put away to start an endowment fund. Corporate sponsors also provide RESS with funds, according to Ghamari, but on a much smaller scale. Although he is not part of the society’s decision-making process, Sri Krishnan, the dean of FEAS, said he supports increasing the levy. “If you take other engineering programs, the contributions from the student body is quite substantial,” Krishnan said. “Pretty much all other universities have a higher student levy than Ryerson.” Krishnan cites the example of the University of Toronto, where full-time engineering students pay their society about $297 per year, according to Skule’s website. FEAS’s contribution to funding is limited to competitions and related travelling arrangements. Funds are given out on a “demand basis” as students apply for funding to competitions they want to attend. “I evaluate and see which one needs to be funded so students can have a meaningful competition and build the reputation of engineering,” Krishnan said. But not all affected students are in favour of the proposed levy boost. Abhinav Ahuja, a fourth-year mechanical engineering student, said although RESS apologized for the controversy surrounding an event that involved scantily clad students crawling through slush last March, they’ve cast a bad light on all engineering stu-
dents. Ahuja said he thinks the society needs to refocus their mandate to gain support. “They need to concentrate on the academics because that is the one common factor that every engineering student has,” Ahuja said. Academically, the RESS provides services such as resumé workshops, thesis grants, networking opportunities and an exam bank. Ahuja says he finds many of these services at Ryerson lacking in comparison to other engineering societies. “If they could give a definite increase to academic resources, like now McMaster pays fourthyear students to tutor lower-year students. (U of T’s) exam bank is really well organized. That is what we need.” In light of criticism student societies have received for their social events over the years, many are refocusing their mandates, said Mike Kovacs, president of the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students. “I find that there are a lot of people who are turned off immediately in their first (frosh) week. A lot of engineering student societies are realizing that. (During) the last few years there’s been a lot more welcoming and that’s led to a lot more participation,” he said. Ghamari said RESS strives to provide events and services everyone will enjoy, but adds that different students have different opinions on events. The referendum on my.ryerson. ca ends tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.
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Chip and Fail
Union blues: FCAD leaders lament limited RSU funding By Mohamed Omar Ryersonian Staff
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Ryerson’s new blue paint on Victoria Street is already chipping. It’s the same type used in New York City’s Times Square, according to Julia Hanigsberg. The project cost $195,000.
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Course union presidents from the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) say funding from their primary banker is too limiting, and getting access to money can be a bureaucratic nightmare. Sachil Patel, president of the radio and television school of media’s course union, said budgets the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) provides groups like his for advertising, events and orientations are minimal. The money is the same for all course unions, he added, regardless of the number of students they serve. Patel said the squeeze and inaccessibility of RSU funding is one of several reasons he, along with the rest of his faculty’s course union presidents, is fully backing FCAD’s new umbrella student group, the Ryerson Communication and Design Society (RCDS). The RSU provides course unions with up to $450 a year for hosting events, $2.50 for every new student attending orientation activities and $25 a semester for miscellaneous expenses like pens or paper, according to Danielle Brogan, the RSU’s vicepresident student life and events. They also receive $200 annually for educational or careerbuilding events and $112.50 a semester for printing, which can only be done at the RSU-owned printing centre, CopyRite. But none of that carries over from year to year. Although Patel said that policy restricts course unions from saving up for more costly projects, Brogan said slapping expiry dates on those funds “encourages groups to use their money and to budget effectively.” Student groups are also not allowed to hold more than $50 in petty cash. Anything above that limit must be sent into a trust fund. Course unions can easily deposit any money they fundraise into these accounts, Patel said. Withdrawing cash, he added, requires navigating a messy maze of filing forms strictly in-person and on paper, as well as having to justify expenses. The RSU also “reserves the right to question any withdrawal,” according to its course union funding policy.
Communication problems abound, too, according to Brian Hui, president of the graphics and communications management course union. “I don’t really want to go the RSU if I have a choice, just because sometimes they take a really long time to respond to an email,” said Hui, who is also a member of RCDS’s steering committee. “It’s usually better if I figure it out myself. Sometimes it’s faster.” The RSU’s campus groups administrator, Leatrice O’Neill, is responsible for dealing with course unions’ paperwork. She was unable to comment without authorization from the RSU’s executive director of communications and outreach, Gilary Massa. Massa did not respond to requests from The Ryersonian. “Sometimes it’s just so hard to go through the bureaucratic process for about 10, 15 dollars,” Patel said. “The funding aspect of it is so painfully, hair-pullingly difficult that we essentially have to frame all of our events and all of our initiatives from a kind of zero-cost aspect,” said Tyler Webb, president of the image arts course union and the current president of RCDS. But Brogan said the RSU has made it “more or less pretty easy” for course unions to get reimbursed, saying that “just like in the university and anywhere else, things do take a little bit of time.” Erica Myers, president of the theatre school’s course union, said she doesn’t feel like she has much control when planning events with the RSU. When she organized a karaoke pub night with the image arts course union, Myers said the RSU took care of not only the location and equipment, but also the Facebook group and any graphics. Brogan said because the RSU has a unionized graphic designer, it must design any posters advertising events hosted or sponsored by the RSU. The RSU handles Facebook event planning because it’s easier. “I think if anything I would create it first just because I’ll have the graphics for it, but that’s the only reason … because we have the graphics for the event.”
Myers said it’s hard to understand their side of planning events, just because it’s different from how her students and program take care of business. “I found it interesting that that was how they were making it work,” Myers said. “I dont know if they’ve had issues with that before but I guess that’s, in their minds, what works best.” If RCDS’s referendum passes in their favour, they will bag an annual allowance of $60 from every FCAD student. Their plan is to shower course unions and student groups with $100,000 out of a $245,000 proposed budget. To score student support throughout the week, the society has pushed their message with freebies for students, thanks to a generous faculty-donated $15,000. The kick-starting fund will mostly go towards the society’s startup fees if it wins the referendum, according to Hui. The referendum’s naysayers are also shelling out money, peppering posters across campus and creating a website to convince students that course unions can function without a faculty-wide society. That cash is coming out of their own pockets, according to Tari Ngangura, a second-year journalism student who spearheaded the referendum’s no camp. Ngangura said she “lost track” of how much her group, which has “at least” 50 volunteers, has spent on coloured posters and an online domain — despite her concerns of the RCDS not taking student finances seriously by asking for $60 a year. “Most of it is our own money, so we’re supporting ourselves,” she said. “As long as it gets stuff done then that’s all that matters,” she said. Ngangura said she got help with class talks and postering from Badri Murali, a secondyear journalism student, and two other people “I work with.” The Ryersonian was not able to contact the latter two, while Murali said he “didn’t play a role” in putting up the posters, nor does he know who paid for their printing costs. RSU president Melissa Palermo said the union has no stance on RCDS, while Brogan said she could not comment. Voting is on my.ryerson.ca and ends Thursday at 4.30 p.m.
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Left: Sachil Patel, president of the RTA course union. Right: Tyler Webb, IMA course union co-president.
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By Peter Lozinski Ryersonian Staff
Canadian TV vs. the Internet
The popularity and critical acclaim of shows like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones have led many to proclaim we are in a golden age of television. Globe and Mail TV columnist John Doyle wants to know how Canada fits into this era. “What has Canada contributed to this? Pretty much nothing,” he wrote in his Oct. 10 column. “Look at the last 14 years of Canadian TV and what you see is almost complete creative failure.” CTV’s prime-time schedule is filled with U.S. comedies like The Big Bang Theory and action shows like Marvel’s Agents of Shield. It’s a similar story on Global and City. On the CBC, fewer Canadians watch its most popular drama, Murdoch Mysteries, than reruns of The Big Bang Theory. This is old news for Canadian producers, who have been competing with Hollywood since the 1930s. But the rise of disruptive technologies like Internet TV and lack of regulation around that format, could pose a threat to Canadian television production and the livelihood of graduates from Ryerson’s RTA school of media and film programs. Jean-Pierre Blais, chairman of the Canadian Radiotelevision and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC),
wants to know what Canadians want from local TV. He launched a national discussion on the future of television on Oct. 24 at Ryerson University. “Technology is driving people to want more choice,” Blais said. “More choice comes with a trade-off.”
“I think it’s a matter of time. So, one of the questions we’re going to have to ask, is Canadian content doomed? Or do we put Canadian content on Netflix?” — Gregory Taylor
Canadian broadcasters are concerned because online video streaming sites like Netflix are unaffected by Canadian content laws. Canadian stations such as CBC, CTV and Global are legally required to carry a certain amount of Canadian content. Cancon, the Canadian content rules, were put in place in 1970. Regulators were concerned about the threat of U.S.-based productions, which have a much greater budget than Canadian television. “The other broadcasters are going to justifiably complain, and the CRTC has twice looked at this and
The Republic of Doyle
said it’s not damaging the overall system … but it will,” said Gregory Taylor, principal investigator at Canadian Spectrum Policy Research. “I think it’s a matter of time. So, one of the questions we’re going to have to ask, is Canadian content doomed? Or do we put Canadian content on Netflix?” Ryerson RTA instructor Dana Lee argues Canadian content needs to be protected. Canadian content may not always be as good as U.S. television, but “everyone has to start somewhere,” he said. “If we just say, well, we don’t have the money, forget about this, we’ll just buy the American stuff — the answer is, you might as well just be a part of America at that point, in terms of your culture. “Our Canadian stories are different from American stories, they just are. If they weren’t, you wouldn’t have an APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network), which I think is a necessary part of Canadian culture.” If Canadian broadcasters want to survive, Lee says they should rethink their distribution model. “I think the distribution model is old school. It’s a model based on the 1950s — individual channels put on individual things, certain shows on at certain times. Appointment television.”
Jake Doyle and his father, Malachy Doyle, are two private investigators in St. John’s, N.L. They deal with murders, cheaters and liars, though these two aren’t always on the side of the law. It airs on CBC every Wednesday at 9 p.m.
Murdoch Mysteries takes place in 1890s Toronto, and stars eccentric detective William Murdoch. Murdoch uses unusual techniques, such as fingerprinting and surveillance, to catch criminals. It airs on the CBC every Monday at 8 p.m.
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Lee says distributors who want to compete with online streaming sites should use Netflix’s model. “Don’t bundle anything, take absolutely everything. How we’re going to charge you is the way we charge you on the Internet — it’s all out there — your bandwidth is 80 gigabytes a month, knock yourself out, take whatever you want.” He compares this phenomenon to what went on with the music industry with the rise of digital downloads. People would share pirated copies of digital music with their friends. ITunes came up with a magic formula that won music-lovers over. ATO Records co-founder Michael McDonald told the Associated Press: “The sky was falling, and iTunes provided a place where we were going to monetize music and in theory stem the tide of piracy.”
“If you want to compare the BBC to the CBC, you have to start on some kind of even platform, and we’re not even there yet.” — Gregory Taylor
As Lee says, “They started to unbundle music. I think the unbundling model in any medium is a good thing. May the best show win.” But the CRTC doesn’t know if it will be possible to protect Cancon online. Blais says Canadians need a new approach to managing Canadian content. “I’m more of a promotionist than a protectionist. What would concern me is people take the old tool kit and show up and try to utilize the old tool kit (in a) totally different environment. If you have a plumbing problem at home you don’t show up with a hammer and a saw.” Even if distributors don’t choose to unbundle, new programs will have to be creative to stand out. If they aren’t creative, they won’t be noticed, they won’t be watched and they will be cancelled. One example of Canadian creativity is the show Orphan Black, a science fiction thriller about a woman who discovers that she is one of many clones. After receiving rave reviews from publications like the Boston Globe and the New York Times, you would think
Orphan Black would be a Canadian success story. But it’s not. The success has been ripped out from beneath the feet of the Canadian crew that runs the project: it’s funded by BBC America. The fact that large-scale dramas like Orphan Black don’t really exist on Canadian television stations concerns Taylor. He says independent production companies are suffering because networks are doing a lot of production in-house, whether they are daytime talk entertainment shows, or cheap reality television. “Broadcasters in Canada often don’t want to invest in bigger budget work like Orphan Black,” he said. “Generally, they have not been willing to sink that amount of money into it.” It’s much cheaper to buy the licensing rights to an American show and produce cheap reality TV than to pour money into an expensive drama. This is why Taylor says that Canadian broadcasters are much more willing to fund reality shows like Dragons’ Den or Battle of the Blades. CTV was hugely successful transplanting The Amazing Race into Canada. “They had a ratings blockbuster,” says Taylor, “and they didn’t have to hire an actor, a writer, (and) they didn’t have to come up with a concept. There is a natural tendency by a lot of the broadcasters to play it safe, and in the end this hurts … the creative productions like Orphan Black.” His solution to guaranteeing an abundance of quality Canadian content is to sink more money into the cash-strapped CBC. The CBC costs each Canadian about $33 a year. In the United Kingdom, however, households each pay the equivilent of about $240. Taylor points out that the CBC receives its funding year-to-year, while the BBC receives funding in seven-year blocks. “If you want to compare the BBC to the CBC, you have to start on some kind of even platform, and we’re not even there yet,” said Taylor. “If you want to protect Canadian content in the digital age, the best guarantee of that is to hugely fund the CBC,” he added, citing a report by the C.D. Howe Institute, a conservative thinktank. “As we might know, that hasn’t happened. In fact we’re cutting the CBC.”
Though the situation looks pretty grim, one soonto-be Ryerson grad doesn’t think Canadian TV is suffering. “Canadian content is really finding its way,” said fourth-year RTA student Meagan Kelly, who wants to be a TV script writer. “Canada has more opportunity now, and they are able to produce content that maybe isn’t the exact same quality as American content, but it is starting to get a better play. With shows like Rookie Blue that are going into America and doing well, I think Canadian television writing is fine.”
“The reason I watch Canadian television now is because it’s every bit as good as American television.” — Dana Lee
As someone who has worked in the Canadian television industry, and an instructor who watches his students go off to do great things, Lee agrees that programming created north of the border is worth watching. “The reason I watch Canadian television now is because it’s every bit as good as American television,” said Lee, “and frankly a bit smarter, more intelligent and (better) thought out than American television. It’s actually better content. I think Canadian content has improved because we have to compete with American programming.” Now, he says, we have the talent pool and the ability to compete with U.S. productions. Back in the atrium of the George Vari Engineering Building, Blais listened to the concerns of the group of RTA instructors and Ryerson students as they talked about the future of Canadian TV. Blais invited speakers to share their solutions on navigating this increasingly complex media environment. During the discussion, Orphan Black, Rookie Blue and Degrassi were cited as Canadian success stories. “Hopefully one day people will be trying to circumvent blockages to see Canadian content,” said Blais. For more on this story, visit the Ryersonian.ca where you can hear Jean-Pierre Blais, Gregory Taylor and Dana Lee discuss their perspectives.
Kiera Cameron is a police officer in 2077 who, while chasing a cult, is sent back in time to present-day Vancouver. Cameron must find the cult, Liber8, and discover if there’s a way home. Season 3 begins in April on Showcase.
Sarah Manning discovered she had a twin, when she found her sister’s body under a train. Sarah tries to ignore it, but wonders if more twins are out there as look-alikes die, one by one. Season 2 starts in April on Space.
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Canada Reads 2014 offers insight to CanLit By Maria Siassina Ryersonian Staff
The 13th annual CBC Canada Reads competition began in early October, and host Jian Ghomeshi announced the top 40 books chosen by Canadians on Oct. 24. Public voting for the top 10 came to a close this Sunday. And in a matter of weeks five panellists will be revealed and each will choose a novel to defend. Conversation about the competition has taken place largely on Twitter, where
Canadians recommended their top 40 pick in October with the hashtag #CanadaReads2014. Any published Canadian author can participate in the competition. Younger authors, who are more savvy with social media promotion, eagerly took advantage of the Twitter platform. This year's top 40 list revolves around the theme of novels that can inspire social change in our nation. Veteran authors are noticeable for their absence from the list. Michael Ondaatje, Joseph Boyden and
Margaret Atwood each appear only once. Alice Munro, the first Canadian woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature, isn’t on it. The competition has stirred up controversy in the past, mainly stemming from the panel of the five celebrities. These panellists are not always literary types, as a 2005 Globe and Mail article titled “The Great Canadian Book Brawl” by Rebecca Caldwell points out. These personalities have been politicians, musicians, and actors — individuals who
may not be qualified to delve into the complexities of a novel at a literary debate. Some have criticized the competition for its “lowbrow” content, with the debates never really touching on the intricacies of the plot, Caldwell writes in the Globe and Mail. The competition attempts to appeal to the general public, making Canada Reads unlike most literary awards around the world, and for this reason it can lose its “highbrow” appeal. But as Caldwell notes at the end of her piece,
Canada Reads is responsible for stimulating a debate that didn’t exist 20 years ago in Canadian literature, mainly because Canadian literature itself wasn't recognized. Ryerson professor Kamal Al-Solaylee, author of Intolerable, the novel that recently won the Toronto Book Award, chose his top five picks from Canada Reads for The Ryersonian.
Six Metres of Pavement
Sweetness in the Belly
The Headmaster’s Wager
I was blown away by this book when I reviewed it for Quill & Quire in the summer. It’s an intensely violent and morally complex novel about the beginnings of what we now call Canada. The fact that it didn’t make the Giller Prize short list suggests to me that what The Orenda and Boyden say about the native-colonial encounter was too controversial.
What I love most about this book is the way Doctor captured the Toronto we live in now. This story of a man who has made a fatal mistake and learns to live and love again is set in the west end of Toronto, and captures both its vibrancy and sorrow.
Although this was first published in 2005, I only just read it this summer. Why did it take me so long? What a triumph of storytelling and imagination. Set between Ethiopia and England of the 1970s and ’80s and tracing the life of an extraordinary young woman, this novel is truly an intimate epic.
Lam may have won the Giller Prize for his first book Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures, but this is his finest work to date. It captures the colonial history of Saigon/Vietnam through a resilient and loveable main character. A work of great humanity, historical sweep and impeccable style.
I was on the jury for a literary award for mid-career gay/ lesbian writers in 2012 and we were all in agreement: Amber Dawn deserved it largely on the strength of this magical, weird and riveting novel about a young runaway woman discovering the world and her sexuality in the same breath.
Bidding adieu to the final days of fall fashion By Shazah Ayub Ryersonian Staff
Say goodbye to this Indian summer and hello to frigid winter mornings. Sweater weather is officially over. For students like Elizabeth Vandermey, it’s time to replace slick jumpers with Canada Goose jackets. There’s no denying that fall is by far the best season for fashion and, sadly, it’s coming to an end. Throughout the fall season, Ryerson students were spotted sporting some of the biggest trends, which we will miss seeing on campus. Below we have listed the hottest fall trends we hope will make a comeback next year.
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Meet Shazah Ayub. Check out her weekly street style posts on Ryersonian.ca
Bomber Jackets: A great piece of clothing that can really redefine any outfit tremendously is the bomber jacket. Although it may have been around for a while it is still the hottest fall trend. Sadly the bomber jacket phase lasts only until the last few days of fall and is taken over by bulky winter outerwear.
Boyfriend jeans and distressed denim: Distressed boyfriend jeans were all ove campus this fall. However, now students are opting for warm tights/leggings and skinny jeans.
Blazers: Goodbye blazers: we’ll see you in the spring. Oversized sweaters: The best part about fall fashion is the oversized sweater. It is the most versatile piece of clothing one can own. Even though the oversized sweater trend lasts through winter, the bulky winter jackets kill the look. Trench coats: The trench has always been a popular fall trend and a great investment piece that complements everyone. Soon these trench coats will be packed up in favour of winter coats. Ankle boots: We will miss seeing students pairing their stylish fall attires with chic ankle boots. As the temperature drops further ankle boots will soon be replaced with Uggs and bulky snow boots.
Shazah Ayub / Ryersonian Staff
Third-year fashion design student Elizabeth Vandermey.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Best of The Scope By Jean Ko Din Ryersonian Staff
Plagued with financial corruption allegations and rumours of infighting, Ryerson Radio lost rights to its CKLNFM radio frequency in 2011. Today, Ryerson’s radio is called The Scope, and its creators hope for it to make a comeback by breaking into the digital world. Although the online station is just a few months old, the station features a variety of notable, weekly programs. Part of the Noise No student-run radio is complete without some classic punk, garage and power pop. This hour-long radio show is hosted by Patrick McEachnie, Sam Coffey and Mike Simpson. It broadcasts live on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., and puts emphasis on national pride, playing mostly Canadian music. Something Completely Different Although most of us won’t admit it, there is a hipster wannabe inside us all — and this far-from-mainstream program sure tries hard to satisfy it. On Wednesdays from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., Henry Warwick fills your ears with folk, avantgarde, classical, electronic and even medieval music. Built to Play This radio show is all about channelling your inner geek. Hosts Arman Aghbali and Daniel Rosen talk tech and video game news every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Topics range from the business of video games to heavier issues such as the mental health of program developers. Documentary and Spoken Word It’s always therapeutic to fill the soul with some artistic and thought-provoking content. This two-hour show produces and rebroadcasts content from various stations from the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA), including The Scope at Ryerson, and other campuses around Canada. The show air on Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. SMART Lab Radio Ryerson’s SMART Lab conducts interesting research in music-based psychology. On Mondays from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., the team shares some of its work on how topics such as art, psychology and technology interact. Honourable mentions also go to Spirit Live radio from the RTA school of media and Need to Know T.O. from Ryerson’s school of journalism and Ryerson Rams Athletics.
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Despite studies, food addiction still not recognized as medical disorder By Cait Davidson Ryersonian Staff
The Oreo has been America’s bestselling cookie for more than a century, with people choosing them over thin mints, gingersnaps and shortbread. However, a study released last month by Connecticut College argues that Oreos are not only one of America’s favourite sweets; they can also be just as addicting as cocaine or even morphine. The researchers found that high-fat and high-sugar foods can be as addictive as certain drugs. But some have noticed possible flaws in the study, arguing that simply because lab rats happen to love Oreos, it doesn’t prove the cookies can be more physically and mentally addictive than drugs like cocaine. “There’s no way Oreos are as addictive as cocaine — ask anyone who has tried both,” said Bruce McKay, a behavioural neuroscientist at Wilfrid Laurier University. McKay pointed to a study published at the University of Guelph in 2012 researching addiction, which states “although many individuals try addictive drugs, only a few develop dependence.” This new research sought to prove that, at least in rats, food addiction works in the same way. The news coverage of the Connecticut College study — which has not been officially published or peer reviewed — said that Oreos were definitively more addictive than cocaine for rats. “The one redeeming feature about that article though, is that it will raise the public’s attention to the possibility that foods are addictive,” said McKay. According to Stephanie Cassin, an assistant professor and researcher in Ryerson’s psychology department, the foods people are most likely to binge on are
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Oreos are considered an indulgence for most people, but if you can’t put down the box are you an addict?
the “forbidden foods ... things that they have strong food rules on.” Cassin argues that whether the indulgence is pizza or Oreos, these foods activate the same pleasure centres as illicit substances. Although food addiction is not recognized as a medical disorder, studies like the ones at Connecticut College and the University of Guelph are strides toward proving the existence of the disorder. But Cassin, like McKay, isn’t convinced food addiction exists. “How can you be addicted to something you need to survive?” she said. Cassin says people build up tolerance to illicit drugs, and when the drug ingestion stops, the user experiences painful, physical withdrawal. But when it comes to research on food addiction, there has been “no strong evidence of withdrawal.” Cassin asserted that “the jury’s still out” on food addiction, arguing media outlets and the resulting coverage of the Connecticut College study were misguided in their embellishment of the findings. She said it was “a really big
stretch to say … Oreos are as addictive as cocaine.” But that doesn’t mean a degree of food addiction is impossible for Dr. Vera Tarman, founder of Addictions Unplugged, a website serving as a discussion forum for medical professionals, addiction workers and addicts. She looked to a study performed at Memorial University that said five per cent of people were food addicts. The study is one of many that has yet to win over most doctors. “Food addiction as a medical diagnosis doesn’t exist. It’s still too new,” Tarman said. Tarman believes food addiction could be prevalent in as much as 20 per cent of the general public. For people suffering from obesity, diabetes or addiction to alcohol, the rate could be as high as 40 per cent. Along with other practitioners in her field, Tarman is working to develop criteria to help define and diagnose food addiction. Her current criteria are based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychological Disorders. In order to help food addicts, medical practitioners need to be able to identify them first. But
assistance for those struggling with the addiction is currently limited. “You’re not going to get specialists,” Tarman said. “Food addicts anonymous and overeaters anonymous are … the best you’re going to get right now.” Though these programs are limited, they are free. This is fortunate for those who are most likely to suffer from food addiction – lowincome individuals. Cassin said that for someone who struggles with eating, the addiction can “feel real.” During drug rehabilitation, abstinence is normally recommended entirely. However, for those who struggle with their eating habits, it’s good to have those forbidden foods in moderation. Tarman believes food addiction is more prevalent than tobacco addiction. “It sounds silly, but it is true. Silly, embarrassing … shameful — all obstacles to ‘coming out’ and saying this is serious.” Tarman will hold a public education talk on food addiction at the University of Toronto on Nov. 23.
Tech Talk: Toronto Transit Apps for smartphones By Michael Duncan Ryersonian Staff
Transit plays a huge part in our daily lives at Ryerson. If you’re not already tracking your TTC streetcar or bus on your smartphone, one of these three free apps may save you from staring longingly down the street for your bus.
Transit Now Toronto App
This is probably the app on our list that’s the easiest on the eyes and it’s the most popular, being available for Android and Apple. The app syncs to your location immediately, providing you with nearby routes and the next available bus or streetcar. There is no refresh button, but the app is constantly updating. You’ll also have the option to look at the most recent schedule and display the route’s alternate direction. Transit App can sync to over 40 major cities in North America, and aside from looking the best, the app may also be the easiest to use.
The RocketMan design has improved greatly over its lifespan of nearly four years and it now seems more fitting for an iPhone experience. (It’s also available for something called a BlackBerry, but no one could be found for review information.) RocketMan offers support for several major North American cities, but it advertises itself as the No. 1 selling app in the Greater Toronto Area. It features a route map in addition to an up-to-theminute locator for buses and streetcars. If you live outside the city, RocketMan also supports GO Transit in addition to transit for Mississauga and Hamilton.
Transit Now Toronto is a local app at its best. The app was designed by a Toronto student and it offers multiple ways to track or plan your transit route. The app can track arrival times of your bus or streetcar like all the others, but it offers some unique information to Toronto. There is a subway map, hours for each individual subway station and a stop finder that lets you specify your location with several criteria. The app isn’t the best looking of the three, but if you want to support local tech development, then Transit Now Toronto is a great option.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Rowdy Rams suspended after drunken road party RAMS cont’d... Joseph said coaches were not present at the time of the drinking, as they were in a meeting analyzing video footage of the team. Hotel management found out about the drinking after noise violations and disruptions caused them to intervene. The coaches were alerted to the incident the next morning. “I’m disappointed that they have chosen to do this, which takes the light and shine off of what they’ve done on the ice,” Joseph said. The seven-day suspension will derail the team’s 5-2 start to this season, as it will be forced to accept two losses for games missed during the Rams’ suspension. Under a section that deals with athletes’ behaviour, the
Ryerson Rams student-athlete handbook states: “Alcohol may not be consumed by Rams athletes or staff for the duration of road trips (from the time of departure until the time of arrival back in Toronto).”
sion. The women’s volleyball team was also suspended for seven days in 2009 for a similar offence. “One has to put everything in perspective. This isn’t the first time,” Levy said.
“I always trust the students, (but) this is something very, very different.”
— Sheldon Levy
“When you are an athlete, you accept the terms and conditions of responsibility,” said Sheldon Levy, Ryerson president, who accepted the recommendation for the suspension. “I always trust the students [but] this is something very, very different.” This marks the second time during Joseph’s tenure that a team has received a suspen-
“(When) something like this has happened and you go back, and see improvements … you’re the biggest cheerleader again for the team.” News of the Rams’ suspension went viral Monday night spreading like wildfire on Twitter and Facebook. The suspension also made headlines in sports and daily news both in Canada and across the border.
Ivan Joseph, director of Ryerson athletics.
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Expectations too high for Rana’s Rams By Victor Ferreira
The Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team yearns for redemption. The team entered this season fuelled by its historic No. 4 ranking. Before the season’s start, Ryerson announced it will host the CIS Final 8 tournament in 2014-15. That’s a lot of pressure. Last year, the Rams thought they were ready to handle that sort of pressure. They were wrong. Posters filled the walls of the Mattamy Athletic Centre, commercials aired on the Score and fans couldn’t stop talking about it. The buzz around last year’s team nearly replicated the following they earned when they made the CIS Final 8 the year before.
Ryerson hosted the 2012-13 Wilson Cup, where the OUA Final Four is played. A 10-game winning streak in the middle of the season earned them a No. 9 ranking and convinced fans they were serious contenders. But students’ hopes came crumbling down when the Rams lost 74-70 to the Ottawa GeeGees in the OUA quarter-finals, and failed to qualify for the Wilson Cup. “Is it disappointing to lose at that stage of the season? Absolutely,” said head coach Roy Rana. He says there have been expectations on his side to be a national power since they finished sixth at the CIS Final 8 in 2011-12, beating No. 2 Lakehead in the Wilson Cup and No. 3 Concordia in the nationals. “I think certainly there are expectations among my players, amongst staff, amongst our team and amongst our program that we’re going to be amongst the
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Rams guard Jordan Gauthier (left) steps around an Ottawa Gee-Gees player to make a pass.
best programs in the country every year.” This wasn’t always the case. For a team that made the CIS Final 8 only once before in 19981999, hopes to make yearly visits to the tournament may be too high for the team to handle.
Dennis says veterans like Clark thrived under expectations but inexperienced players are prone to crumbling under that weight. “(In 2003-2004) we had a huge picture of the Stanley Cup in the weight room. Players came
“Winning was so important, it wasn’t even
York University sports psychologist Paul Dennis says expectation can lead to pressure which affects player performance. “The team can interpret expectation as a challenge or a threat,” he said. “If the brain interprets it as a threat, it forces errors and turnovers during games.” Dennis worked in a similar position with the Toronto Maple Leafs for 20 years before joining York. “I can remember Wendel Clark saying to me, ‘there’s no such thing as pressure.’ Winning was so important it wasn’t even discussed.”
— Paul Dennis
in and looked at it every day. “In exit meetings, one of the younger players mentioned it was too much pressure,” Dennis said. “It was sour grapes because you have to take the responsibility.” The thought of not playing in this year’s Wilson Cup or the CIS nationals isn’t being discussed by the team. Forward Bjorn Michaelson says last year’s loss against Ottawa taught the team valuable lessons. “(The loss) gave guys a lot of drive in the summer because we don’t want the same things to happen,” he said,
while reiterating the team’s goal of playing in the nationals. “We don’t want to produce the same mistakes as last year.” If they have accepted the loss, Dennis says, they’ll be able to take a step forward and deal with this season’s expectations. “There’s always a silver lining in losing,” Dennis said. “When teams come up short, they have to come prepared to be on the winning side. The loss has to be discussed and accepted. If they can do that, they’re guaranteed to go out hard next time.” The Rams (1-1) opened their season on Friday with an impressive 84-67 victory against the Brock Badgers in St. Catharines. They failed to repeat their performance on Saturday in Hamilton as they lost 74-64 to the unranked McMaster Marauders. Rana’s team still has a few kinks to work out. Dennis says dealing with expectations will have to be overcome to have a shot at playing in the OUA Wilson Cup on home turf. “It could go one of two ways – it can be an incredible motivator or too much pressure. The choice is theirs.”
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
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Rams to nationals despite OUA final loss By Armen Bedakian Ryersonian Staff
The Ryerson Rams men’s soccer team lost its first game of the year in the most untimely fashion, falling short against the York Lions 1-0 in the OUA final at Birchmount Stadium on Sunday. The game marked an end to Ryerson’s hopes of securing the first OUA championship in school history, though the team will have a shot at glory once again in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national tournament. Losing the OUA title, while having their 15-game unbeaten streak snapped in the process, wasn’t the ideal way for the weekend to end. Despite the disappointment, qualifying for nationals for the first time in the program’s history was seen as a major success. “The national berth is what we were looking for,” said associate coach Filip Prostran. “That’s where all of our focus is right now.” The loss was also perceived as a wake-up call for the players. “We needed to experience a loss,” said Rams goalkeeper Christian Maraldo. “I think a loss — unfortunately in the OUA finals — is good for us so we can experience that and know this feeling of losing, and not bringing it to the national tournament.” While the loss in the final will leave the team wanting more, the
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Nick Lambis (left) challenges York midfielder Carlos Noqueira for a loose ball.
Rams made no secret of their main goal — to make the CIS nationals. Having met that goal, Ryerson’s squad will be full of
here for five years and have experienced a lot worse than this.” The CIS tournament begins Thursday in Fredericton, N.B.,
“I think a loss ... is good for us so we can experience that and know this feeling of losing.” — Christian Maraldo confidence heading into the tournament. “(The loss) isn’t really going to affect us,” said Armin Tankovic. “We’ve been here before, especially us older guys. We’ve been
with eight Canadian teams vying for the national title. The sixth-seeded Rams will face Laval on Thursday at 3 p.m. EST in the quarter-finals. Laval, the third seed, qualified for nationals with a first place
regular-season finish and conference championship in the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ), Quebec’s equivalent to the OUA. Laval (7-1-4) is a favourite for the national title, alongside York and UBC. For Ryerson to progress, they’ll rely on fifth-year striker Alex Braletic to continue his torrid pace. Braletic led the nation with 13 goals during the regular season. The Rams defence, meanwhile, will try to contain Patrice Dion, who led the Rouge et Or with nine goals this season. The OUA final game was, in truth, a one-sided affair. York
controlled much of the possession, created more chances and scored the only goal of the game. Mark-Anthony Kaye scored in added time of the first half. Kaye pushed forward before cutting the ball to his left and snapping the shot. The ball deflected off a Ryerson defender and beat the keeper, giving York a precious lead right before the half-time whistle. A bit of solid defending secured the 1-0 score line and the title for York. It’s the Lions’ second OUA title, the last coming in 2007. “You have to put this in the past and look forward,” said Rams player and OUA East rookie-of-the-year Cameron GaleaAndrews. “We want to look forward to bigger things now, and that’s winning the national championship.” Ryerson made the finals after defeating the Windsor Lancers 1-0 on Saturday. Martin Dabrowski scored in the firsthalf and gave Ryerson the win. After the match, an emotional Dabrowski spoke to the press. “It’s been a hard week for my family,” said Dabrowski. “My dad passed away on Monday. I did it for him, to be honest.” Dabrowski’s goal put Ryerson into the finals, and gave the Rams a spot in the CIS national tournament. All 11 tournament games will be streamed live at www.CISSIC.tv.
Taylor stickhandles pucks and pacifiers By Ryan McKenna and Dan Berlin Ryersonian Staff
Varsity Hockey Player. Electrical engineering student. Proud new father. Welcome to the wild world of 23-year old Ryerson undergrad Steve Taylor. Taylor, in his third season with the Rams men’s hockey team, became a dad for the first time six weeks ago on Sept. 21, when he and fiancée Jen Lavers welcomed son Bennett into their lives. Steve’s life is now a juggling act, worthy of being in the Ringling Bros. Circus. Yet, despite the demands of a heavy course load and a rigorous hockey schedule mixed in with a few sleepless nights, he hardly seems to mind. “The craziness is a good craziness,” said Taylor. “There’s a lot of upside to having that crazy lifestyle. You benefit a little bit from the happiness that comes of it.” Like a scene straight out of a Hollywood movie, Steve and Jen’s lives changed forever on Valentine’s Day last year. Before heading out for a romantic dinner, they both got some shocking news: Jen was pregnant. “I dropped to the ground and sat there for a little bit,” said Lavers, also 23. “The whole dinner we were like, ‘Oh my god, what do we do?’ because you
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Steve Taylor and fiancée Jen Lavers hold baby Bennett at home in-between class and practice.
never actually think it’s going to happen.” Despite their young age and busy lifestyle, they immediately knew this was something they both wanted. “Right away it was, ‘We’re going with it.’” said Taylor, who proposed to Lavers two months after making the announcement. “There were no doubts.” 4 a.m. — The baby’s awake Little Bennett is crying. A blearyeyed Taylor must roll out of bed, despite being up twice already. Those days of sleeping in on weekends seem like ancient history. “It was the biggest adjustment, like, the biggest,” said Lavers.
“I’m used to sleeping 10 hours at once, especially when I was pregnant and waiting around for him.” Taylor, meanwhile, draws from his hockey background to help with the transition to fatherhood, especially during those early morning hours. “The nurse told us at the hospital that, basically, you guys have to be a team. So, Steve would be responsible for the diapers and I’m supposed to sleep through that,” said Lavers. “But it doesn’t (always) work that way.” 9 a.m. — Class begins Taylor’s school week starts on Monday at 9 a.m. with one of the semester’s four engineering
courses, all part of 19 hours he spends per week in the classroom. And that doesn’t take into account the piles of homework and studying required to keep afloat in such a demanding program. 3 p.m. — Hit the ice After class, Taylor must head over to the Mattamy Athletic Centre to lace ’em up and join his teammates on the ice for practice. For the next few hours, hockey is the perfect getaway. Except perhaps when the coach makes them bag skate following a sub-par performance in a game. But like the graceful skater he is, Taylor takes it all in stride. Ten months ago, he wasn’t even
sure he would be able to continue playing hockey at Ryerson with the added stress and demands that a newborn brings. “I didn’t think I was going to be able to handle it,” said Taylor. “And I didn’t want to put all the pressure on Jen to raise the baby when I’m gone at night.” 6 p.m. — Daddy daycare Practice is over, but Taylor’s day is hardly done. The good news is, he’s almost home. His twobedroom condo is directly across the road from the MAC, where he and Lavers live along with Taylor’s teammate, Rams thirdyear defenceman Brian Birkhoff. “(Bennett) will come out and sit with me while I do homework at the table,” said Taylor, who helps Lavers out whenever possible. “I’ll put him in his swing or bassinet, or with Brian.” Talk about a good teammate. Despite their hectic schedules, Taylor and Lavers both decided that playing hockey would be the right move for him moving forward. He now cherishes every moment he has on the ice. “I appreciate the game more,” said Taylor, who has three assists in five games for the Rams this season. “I thought I wouldn’t be able to play. Now I feel like I’m lucky to still be playing.”
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Following in my father’s footsteps By Allan Perkins Ryersonian Staff
In the late 1980s, the Blue Jays were supposed to play an exhibition game in San Juan, Puerto Rico to honor the late Hall-ofFamer Roberto Clemente. Dave Perkins – my dad and a Ryerson alumnus – was travelling with the team to cover the game. He worked as a sportswriter for the Globe and Mail and, most notably, the Toronto Star. My dad travelled with the Blue Jays from 1985-1993 and worked in the business for 40 years. He studied journalism here at Ryerson in the early 1970s, back when the walkway between Jorgenson and Kerr Hall was a working street. He officially retired this past summer. My dad always idolized Clemente and was honoured to meet his widow, Vera, that season for the baseball great’s tribute game. As the Blue Jays’ plane landed in San Juan, Vera personally greeted the players and reporters in a heavy rainstorm. The downpour continued for days on end, delaying Clemente’s tribute game. Organizers even tried to make the field playable by dousing it with gasoline and lighting it on fire. Needless to say, that didn’t work. To pass the time, almost everyone drank and gambled in the hotel casino. As I learned from my dad, drinking and gambling are synonymous with sports writing. He played craps, and played well, raking in more than $3,400 for himself and another pile of chips for Blue Jays manager Jimy Williams. The game was eventually cancelled after two days of waiting, but that is hardly the point: that trip was like a dream for my dad — it would become mine.
Courtesy Allan Perkins
Father, Dave Perkins (left) and son, Allan Perkins (right) playing a round of golf in Scotland.
When I was younger, what I was watching. After practice, Maybe I should have followed appealed to me most about my my dad went to work and started his warning and picked a higherdad’s job was the places he trav- talking to Chris Bosh. I stood a paying career with better hours elled. Whenever he went on few metres away and was com- and less work, but that isn’t what assignment, he’d bring me back pletely mesmerized. This was journalists do. Some risk their something: a toy car from London, Chris Bosh, who was, at the time, lives flying into war zones. They a nesting doll from Moscow, or the franchise. meet people associated with drug a stuffed kangaroo dealers to try from Sydney. All of to authenticate these things were He has been all over the world and witnessed an incriminatreminders of where some of the greatest events in sports history. ing video. They he’d been. I wanted call back after to go to these placthey’re told to go es someday to prove my dad’s This summer, my dad and perform an explicit act. In short, adventures were real. The expe- I were playing golf in Scotland they stir the pot. riences and the tales from his with two of his friends. Amid Travelling to Puerto Rico assignments are storied. the chatter, one of them casu- to report on baseball became The moment I knew I wanted ally asked where I was going to a nomal routine throughout my to be a journalist came when I school next year. father’s career. These unique and was 11 years old. My dad brought “Ryerson University. First- special assignmens meant a lot me to a Toronto Raptors practice year journalism,” I said. to him. Hearing stories about his where I got to watch the team “I warned him. He wouldn’t travels and assignments are why shoot around and do drills for listen to me,” my dad said half- I decided to follow my dad into about half an hour. I sat against seriously. this unpredictable business. It is the wall, helplessly lost in what His friends laughed. a challenging, interesting and,
for lack of a better word, cool business to enter. I’m not a journalist because of my dad, but his influence probably helped. At this premature point in my career, I have not chosen a specific path. Sports writing seems ideal, but it would be a mistake to close off other doors this early. Sports have always been a huge part of my life: I’ve played competitive baseball for 10 years and currently play on the inaugural Ryerson team. And there on the sidelines, watching almost every game whether I’m on the field or not, is my dad. He has been all over the world and witnessed some of the greatest events in sports history. He was there in Las Vegas, a few rows deep when Mike Tyson bit off Evander Holyfield’s ear. He was at all seven Canadian medal wins at the Albertville Olympics in 1992. He sat in the SkyDome press box when Joe Carter hit his walk-off home run to clinch the Blue Jays’ second World Series championship. He witnessed 13 of Tiger Woods’s 14 major golf championship wins, missing one while travelling to an Olympic Games. He has been everywhere and I want to experience as much of that lifestyle as I can. I went to the open houses, applied, submitted my portfolio and hoped I’d get into the same Ryerson journalism program that my dad graduated from 40 years ago. Now, I am a first-year journalism student well on my way to following in my father’s footsteps. Some would say I have pretty big shoes to fill. I do — he wears a size 12.
What do you think of the suspension given to the Ryerson men’s hockey team?
“The athletes knew the rules. Since they agreed to them and willingly went out and drank then it was a breach of a contract with the school. I’m still not thrilled the team can’t play.”
“I know you’re supposed to be an athlete and conduct yourself properly but I don’t think drinking is a big deal. A lot of athletes are probably doing it.”
“I would say the suspension is fair because they agreed to the code (of conduct) and need to take responsibility for their actions.”
“As players, they like to have fun on road trips but at the same time they are representing the school. If they are going to have fun then they need to be more discreet about it.”