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All that glitters is not ‘Gould’

Pitch Perfect

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Bryan Vardzel led the Rams to a 4-3 victory over the Guelph Gryphons in their first-ever game Sept. 6 at Howard Talbot Park. The Rams stole the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning and held on until the end of the game. For more baseball news, please see page 11.

Radio back at Ryerson By Anam Latif Ryersonian Staff

Radio is back at Ryerson with the launch of its new radio station The Scope, but it won’t be hitting the airwaves just yet. Station manager Jacky TuinstraHarrison says the station is still waiting on the CRTC to approve an AM licence. In the meantime, the station will be broadcasting its content online, including punk and metal music shows, technology and gaming programming and live coverage of

athletic events. “Now it’s kind of on their timeline,” said Tuinstra-Harrison about waiting for the CRTC to respond to their licence request. “It would be rare, but not unheard of, for a licence to take more than a year.” Plans for The Scope greatly differ from Ryerson’s previous radio station, CKLN-FM, which was shut down in August 2011. Since then, staff members have been working on a new concept to revitalize Ryerson radio, which was an integral part of Toronto’s community for

three decades. “CKLN had become more of a community station and two-thirds of their funding had come from outside of Ryerson,” said programming manager Elissa Matthews. But their station management crumbled and the CRTC revoked its FM licence. “There were duelling boards of directors, neither of which had anything to do with the university or students,” said Tuinstra-Harrison. Please see RADIO, page 5

Ryerson students who were blinded by the yellow and blue paint job on Gould and Victoria Streets this fall won’t be seeing neon for much longer. According to president Sheldon Levy, the $25,000 paint job is just a temporary fix to cover work the city did this summer. “The road was painted because there was so much patchwork done by the city over the summer with regard to water mains, et cetera, that we just really wanted to make it look a bit better for the beginning of classes,” Levy told The Ryersonian. Julia Hanigsberg, vice-president of administration and finance, said later this fall the road will be re-covered in epoxy paint, masking the dirt it has collected during frosh week festivities. She expects the new coating, the same type of paint used in New York City’s Times Square, to be a more durable, pedestrianfriendly solution. Hanigsberg said in the long term, the university hopes to work with the city to possibly repave the road. According to Levy, the university will foot the bill for the continued improvements. RSU president Melissa Palermo said some students were shocked by the new paint but she believes it is something that will unify the campus. When asked whether spending $25,000 on a temporary fix was a good use of funds, she responded that it’s something the RSU will look at as part of their mandate. “As the students’ union we do a

lot of work around the university priorities and where the money is going, especially when we see tuition fees go up every year,” she said. Zuhra Omary, a third-year biology student, believes the school could make better use of its money. “They could have used that (the money) to fix Kerr Hall East or any of the other buildings,” she said. “If you’re going to spend money on it (you hope) you can at least say, ‘yeah it looks nice, it made our school look a little better,’” she said. “But I just think it made it look worse.” Alexander Guidone, a first-year student, said he doesn’t think it’s the best way to use resources, especially if it’s only temporary. “To be honest, I didn’t even notice it when I came in,” said the film studies student. “The dirt shows more and it gets scuffed up.” New to campus, he said he didn’t see it before but “would assume it wasn’t that bad.” But others saw the road as an improvement. “I actually like it, “said Julia Devyatykh. The third-year student said it complements the other campus branding improvements the university undertook over summer, which include the painting of banners, poles and the Church Street bridge. Levy said he is aware the yellow road has been criticized and that everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. “We did it quickly and relatively on the cheap,” he said. “It was really for the beginning of classes. It was bound to get dirty and everything else but it isn’t a long-term solution.”

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Ryerson’s yellow roads aren’t long term, says Sheldon Levy.


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This September marks the one-year anniversary of Ryerson’s Security Watch initiative, which informs all students, staff and recent graduates by email whenever a violent incident is reported on campus. Having our inboxes filled with reports of assaults, robberies and sexual harassment doesn’t exactly bolster our backto-school spirits. But the actions of a group of Canadian students last week remind us why programs like Security Watch exist — and why the frequent notices we receive are more than just inbox clutter. We were dismayed to hear about the tasteless frosh week cheers that hit Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. We were shocked when we found out that orientation leaders encouraged the cheers, which included verses like “Y is for your sister, U is for underage, and N is for no consent.” Most of all, we were surprised. We were surprised that

none of those involved spoke out until after the video of the cheers made it online. We were surprised to learn that the event was not a one-time blip but a yearly tradition. We were surprised that so many student leaders could suffer what SMU student council president Jared Parry called “a lack of judgment.” We like to think that campus culture is progressive and inclusive. First-year university students are educated adults and our peers. The students should have known that glorifying rape — even jokingly — is wrong. So why didn’t they?

We are becoming a less violent society. Recent statistics reveal that virtually every violent crime — including sexual assault — is in decline. But one crime is on the rise: reports of criminal sexual harassment (different from assault) increased by seven per cent from 2008-2009. And while women make up half of victims of overall crime in 2009, three-quarters of the victims are women when it comes to criminal harassment. When we consider that as many as 60 per cent of sexual harassment incidents in Canada go unreported, it’s no wonder we were caught off-guard by what happened at SMU last week. Sexual violence is pervasive, but it’s largely invisible. Students who make crude sexist jokes aren’t criminals. But a cavalier attitude toward sexism and rape is a big part of what allows an unsafe culture to flourish on our campuses. That’s why publicizing and condemning violence is so important. According to Ann Whiteside, Ryerson’s discrimination and harassment prevention services officer, frosh organizers at our school undergo training to recognize and prevent discriminatory behaviour. But she also acknowledged the utility of services like Ryerson Security Watch to get students thinking and talking about campus safety. “It’s all about education, education, education. Awareness, awareness, awareness,” she said. School should be a safe place for everyone. That’s an uncontroversial statement at The Ryersonian, and we believe the Ryerson community shares our conviction. But as long as violence — sexual or otherwise — continues to be a problem at Canadian universities, we will be calling attention to it. Loudly.

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A diamond ring, a white dress and a graduate degree are all at the top of my wish list — but not in that order. Like many young Canadian women, I’ve decided to get an education before I get hitched, and according to economist Marina Adshade, my dreams are ruining the marriage prospects of women who don’t go to university. Last week, in an op-ed for the Globe and Mail, Adshade wrote that the growing number of graduating women “has worked to disenfranchise less-educated women from the marriage market excluding them, and their children, from the economic

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Adshade frames the success of some women as detrimental to others. But it’s not all cupcakes and rainbows for studious women, either. A new report from CIBC notes that while more women are attending university, they tend to study in lower paying fields. This may contribute to why women still earn only 78 cents for every dollar that men do. Wannabe brides need not fear a scarcity of eligible husbands. Adshade incorrectly assumes that less-educated men don’t make money. Men who haven’t finished Grade 9 have an average annual salary of $40,400 according to Statistics Canada. Women with a post-secondary certificate make $41,100. That means men without a high school diploma are as capable of supporting a family as women who have gone to university. Some would argue that $40,400 isn’t enough if you’ve got a mortgage and kids. But in the future, men who stay out of school may be making even more money. University degrees are becoming a dime a dozen while trade jobs are becoming harder to fill. Less-educated men, who monopolize the trades, are likely to see their wages increase along with the demand for labour. Education and marriage do influence income. But marriage shouldn’t be a woman’s ticket to financial freedom. There’s one thing I would encourage every woman to add to her wish list: a lucrative job. These days, work is more difficult to find than a husband, regardless of your education.

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privileges that go hand in hand with marriage.” How do more university diplomas lead to fewer wedding ceremonies? Adshade argues that a gender imbalance at universities means educated women will be forced to “marry down” because there won’t be enough men with the same schooling to go around. She says this will cause a “shortage of men who have the means to support a family” for women who stopped studying after Grade 12. She’s right about some things. More women are heading to university than men. Women are more likely to marry men with the same level of education. And often, a higher education means a greater salary. But there are a number of things that Adshade gets wrong, too. Less-educated women shouldn’t necessarily rely on men as primary breadwinners. Yet Adshade suggests women are helpless by casting husbands in the role of “knight in shining armor.” This isn’t a fairy tale; women shouldn’t be waiting for a prince to materialize. Women can manage their own money.

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A campus program that harnesses the power of technology to alert students about on-campus security issues is passing its oneyear anniversary this month. The Ryerson University Security Watch program, administered by the Environmental Health and Safety and Security department, emails students about assaults, robberies and incidents of menacing behaviour. The program was launched last year as part of an initiative to keep students and staff safe by keeping them more informed. In August and September 2012, the university reported five sexual assaults that occurred on different parts of the school campus. The incidents were posted on the Ryerson website, which some critics say is not an effective way of informing the entire student body. “Sending the notices out to all Ryerson email addresses has allowed our entire community to receive information at the same time,” said Tanya FerminPoppleton, manager for Security and Emergency Services. “We no longer are relying on department representatives, as an example, to distribute the notices among the members of their department.” From the program’s inception on Sept. 27 of last year, Ryerson has sent out 30 security emails to the student and staff community. The majority of alerts are for assault and sexual assault, and men and women appear to be victimized equally. October 2012

was the month when the most crime occurred on campus. The program has received mixed reviews from students with some saying they appreciate the raised awareness, but leaving others feeling as though it’s too little too late. “They are helpful, but at the same time it’s a bit scary because even though they send out these alerts this stuff keeps happening,” said third-year Julia Hojsan. “The fact that they are doing something is good, but it is scary.” Keeping students vigilant is one of the benefits of the emails, said Shanth Logan, a thirdyear student who didn’t have the program in his first year. “It’s good for young people because it helps them stay alert,” he said. However, others are taking a harder line and citing the emails as a source of annoyance rather than information. “Tell them to stop,” said second-year Kosta Haxihtasi. “It’s annoying. It’s raising awareness after something happens. How is it going to prevent anything by sending an email? It’s not helpful.” It’s a question that many are asking. With a one- to twoday delay between a report or complaint made and an alert sent out to students the gap between the incident and information is long. Some students are also questioning the method of delivery and its effectiveness. “I don’t like the email because you have to click another link and sometimes you don’t have time to go looking,” said Hojsan.

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“I would rather it all be there in a text message so we know what it is and what happened.” Looking ahead to the future of the program and starting on year two, “we are constantly evaluating our initiatives and while we have not made any

changes yet, we are looking at adding more social media to our distribution platform,” FerminPoppleton said. Until the social media aspect of the program manages to send out real-time alerts or help deter crime on campus altogether it’s

up to students to be their own best security watches. “We go to school in the middle of a big city,” says second-year student Bradley Salt. ‘Things are going to happen and it’s up to everyone to be careful.”

Access to U of T library renewed for one year By Katrina Sieniuc

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Ryerson University graduate students can breathe a sigh of relief as the about-to-expire borrowers agreement with University of Toronto libraries has been renewed for another year. Madeleine Lefebvre, Ryerson’s chief librarian, sent an email to graduate students in August explaining the service would no longer be available after the end of September. After a short stint in research limbo, the library renegotiated the terms of the U of T Direct Borrower’s Agreement, allowing Ryerson graduate students, faculty and staff to continue using U of T materials and locations. “The only difference is that … the administration between us and U of T is going to be a lot simpler,” said Lefebvre. The initial agreement was made in 2010 after U of T began charging fees for outsiders to access its resources. Ryerson was one of the few universities in Ontario to negotiate a three-year deal to pay for continued access. Approximately 350 people took advantage of the service last year. At $250 per person, the service costs the library $87,455, Lefebvre told students via email. U of T planned to increase the fee to $300 per individual

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If grad students can’t find what they need at Ryerson’s library, they can still visit the library at U of T.

at the end of the month, a cost Ryerson could not afford as a result of budget reductions, she wrote. “Because it cost us a significant amount to allow people to get these cards, we (had) to review and make sure that it’s good value for money,” she said in an interview. Under the latest agreement, however, Ryerson negotiated a

new blanket fee that will cover all users. Kym Maclaren, an associate professor in Ryerson’s philosophy department, recommends the service to her students. “There are some texts that we don’t immediately have … and in those cases it’s extremely helpful for graduate students and also my research assistants to be able to go to U of T to access the books,” she said.

Maclaren believes that Ryerson needs its own collection to be considered as a substantial research institution. “I think it would be sad to say that because it is at U of T we don’t need to build up our collection here,” she said. Ryerson librarian Cecile Farnum suggests that students and faculty should contact their subject librarian to notify them of what resources are missing.

“It’s really just about us encouraging and people being proactive about letting us know what we need so that we can build a collection that people need here,” she said. In Lefebvre’s view, people are often unaware that Ryerson has many of the same resources as U of T. The library has more than 520,000 books, 1,300 print journal titles and $2.9 million worth of electronic resources such as e-journals and e-books, according to the library website. For Maclaren, however, the collection isn’t quite there yet. “We are still it the process of building it up,” she said. “I think that it will take years and years to build it up, and I expect there are some books that we won’t be able to get because they are out of print and they are available at U of T.” Farnum said the library plans to better monitor who uses the U of T borrowers service throughout the coming academic year for insight into what kinds or resources the university is missing. “We’re going to look more closely at the data this year to see really what, in terms of the number of people that are borrowing, to see what kinds of programs are using it, to look at collection development in that area,” she said.


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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

$5 meal deals keep bellies, wallets full

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Eating lunch on campus just got a whole lot cheaper. The recent change of Ryerson’s food carrier brings a $5 “Dolla-Ram-A” option at several campus eateries. The promotion offers students a variety of meal options at a low cost. The new meals, curated by culinary maven Joshna Maharaj, are part of an overall shift in food management on campus which began earlier this year with the institution of Chartwells as the sole operator of campus food services. Students can purchase at three main eateries on campus: The Hub inside Jorgenson Hall, Pitman Hall and the International Living / Learning Centre. The meals will change daily and each location will offer something different. Tuesday’s $5 offerings included a burrito from the Hub in Jorgenson Hall or a baked tomato stuffed with rice from the cafeteria in Pitman Hall. “The beauty of (the $5 meal) is students will have three different choices every day across the three locations and it will change

Ryerson library staff and security are enforcing a new food policy: no hot food in the library. Library officials say the policy changed due to students leaving leftover food on study tables and not throwing away garbage, causing odours and an uncomfortable work environment. Students are still allowed to eat food in the library, including fruit, granola bars and cold sandwiches. Drinks in spill-proof cups or screw-top bottles are also allowed. To keep spaces clean, officials ask that students discard any garbage and recycling rather than leaving waste in the library. Students who are in violation of the policy may be asked to discard the food, store it in a bag or leave the library.

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daily,” said Donna Bortrell, director of sustainability and wellness at Chartwells. “All students have to do is go to the cafeteria and ask for the $5 special.” Ryerson switched to Chartwells after a contract with Aramark Canada Ltd. expired. According to a report by the Toronto Star, Ryerson has been forced to fork over $5.6 million in losses to Aramark suffered since 2007. Other schools that use Aramark’s services, such as York University, never had to subsidize the provider. Ryerson formally ended the agreement with Aramark in favour of Chartwells, which manages food services for over 800 other schools in Canada alone. For Bortrell, affordable food isn’t the only goal with this new program; it’s also to make student meals that are locally sourced, wholesome and of high quality. “There’s no trade-off here between quality and cost,” she says. “If you focus on using local seasonal ingredients, which is what we’ve mandated to do, you save money while offering students great variety.”

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All this for $5 with new Dolla-Ram-A deals at three campus eateries.

This balancing of quality, sustainability and cost is why the university brought in executive chef Maharaj to oversee the new menu options at Ryerson. Aside from being a renowned culinary artist, Maharaj also has a long history of food advocacy. She has personally overseen a similar nutritional shift at The Hospital for Sick Children and Scarborough Hospital. Maharaj’s new menu is offering students more deals than just the daily “Dolla-Ram-A.”

Price drops have popped up across campus, with the standard big breakfast at Pitman Hall dropping from $4.79 to $4.49 and a grilled cheese sandwich at The Grill priced at $2.99, compared to $3.59 last year. Students can now also get two tacos at the Hub for $3.99. As Chartwells and Maharaj take the reins of Ryerson’s food ser ice, Bortrell encourages students to take advantage of the great deals they’ll be offering in the near future.

“That makes no sense,” said Coun. Josh Matlow. “If they knew they had an agreement to replace the Sam’s sign they should have designed their structure in a way that accommodated placing the sign back up.” In lieu of the sign’s restoration, the school has proposed to insert an image of the storefront sign, made from either honed black and flamed granite or honed black granite and bronze, in the sidewalk and a heritage plaque to accompany it. The school will also develop a website commemorating the sign. But Markle doesn’t believe the school’s reasons for cancelling the plan. He dismissed the assertion that the neon tubes pose a threat of mercury poisoning. He said very few tubes were broken since the time the records were installed and no one suffered injuries as a result of mercury leaking.

“They are not environmental threats,” said Grant Farrall of Hope Neon Custom Signs in Toronto. Farrall said some coloured tubes contain mercury, much like fluorescent lamps, but the amount of mercury in a neon tube is minute. “It’s not really going to have an effect on anything (if it leaks).” Markle has signed an online petition started by a city employee to have the sign reinstalled. As of Sept. 9, the petition garnered over 1,000 signatures. Levy stressed that Ryerson’s decision to abandon the remounting plans doesn’t mean the giant neon records will never glow again. “The case is the city will take the leadership in looking for an alternative location.” With files from Chantale Dahmer

Sign experts slam Ryerson’s excuses By Kim Brown Ryersonian Staff

Toronto and East York community council was debating the fate of the iconic Sam The Record Man sign Tuesday, in the midst of contradictory information about how much it would cost to safely reinstall it. The iconic sign, created by brothers Sam and Jack Markle, was installed over 40 years ago and was taken down after the record store closed in 2007. It was Ryerson’s job to reinstall the sign on campus. But, in a proposal submitted to the city of Toronto in August, the university said it wouldn’t reinstall the sign due to potential for mercury poisoning, a decrease in the number of qualified neon signage professionals, high maintenance costs and energy needs. Reports cite the potential cost of reinstalling the famed sign at $250,000.

“I don’t know where they got that number from,” said Jack Markle, vice-president of The Brothers Markle Inc. He said a quarter-million dollars is an “astronomical” estimate and would like the opportunity to evaluate the cost himself. Ryerson president Sheldon Levy said the cost was not a factor in the school’s decision to abandon its initial agreement with the city to reinstall the sign on the new Student Learning Centre building at Yonge and Gould Streets. Snohetta Design and Zeidler Partnership Architects, the designers of the new school building, determined there was no suitable location on its exterior for Sam’s sign. Zeidler also concluded the alternative plan to install the sign on the library wasn’t feasible because it’s too far away from the record store’s location and the sign could cause damage to the building.

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Balzac’s now takes OneCard payments Balzac’s manager Susan Swain said they made the decision to take OneCards because students are “the bread and butter” for the coffee shop. She added that Balzac’s is pleased to make life easier for those who rely on meal plans. Balzac’s decided to join the list of food services that accept student cards after requests from students and the OneCard office over the past year. “It drives sales and is very easy to use,” said Swain. She added that OneCards account for 10-15 per cent of sales so far this school year.

Run on creative industries degree Ryerson has expanded the recently launched creative industries program due to the massive number of applicants. The program initially enrolled 100 applicants, but when some 2,000 people applied, the available seats were first increased to 160 and then to a final number of 203. The program takes a more analytical approach to media studies, enabling potential graduates to shape a thorough understanding of the historical, artistic and production aspects of the field. Enrolled students in the program can take nine mandatory business-specialized courses that, according to FCAD dean Gerd Hauck, will help them adapt to the alwayschanging field. “Creative industries is the fastest growing branch of the economy,” said Hauck. “It will help students develop the entrepreneurial and business-oriented skills to be successful.” Hauck said that business and economics are a common underlying factor in most forms of entertainment, and other forms of media. It’s clear that students are taking notice.


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Newspapers defend Ford stories at press council hearings

“Did the article deal with a matter that is in the public interest? Yes, absolutely:” Globe editor

By Katrina Sieniuc and Jannen Belbeck

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The Ontario Press Council heard complaints Monday regarding Toronto Star and Globe and Mail stories alleging Mayor Rob Ford smoked crack cocaine and Coun. Doug Ford sold drugs. The hearings, which took place on the Ryerson campus, were in reference to a Toronto Star report from May 17 titled “Rob Ford in ‘crack cocaine’ video scandal” and the Globe and Mail’s article from May 25 titled, “The Ford family’s history with drug dealing.” The council, which hears public complaints against news organizations, chose to hear a complaint from Darylle Donley in which she likened the Toronto Star report to gossip magazines, stating: “I could always watch TMZ, too.” An array of reporters and the odd “No to Ford” enthusiast were present, but it appeared no one from Ford Nation (including the mayor) was there to back up the complaints.

Donley had no additional points besides a question asking if the individuals in the photo appearing with the story had anything to do with Ford’s exfootball team. Connie Harrison filed a complaint against the Globe’s use of unnamed sources saying it was irresponsible journalism. Harrison said she is “in limbo” because the council denied her request for Globe reporters to hand over their notes and transcripts. The Globe reported Doug Ford sold hashish for several years in the 1980s in Etobicoke. Harrison suggested the Globe “burn the source” or “wring the source out” and requested that the council read the reporters’ notes. Editor-in-chief John Stackhouse acknowledged the dilemma he faced in publishing a story that solely relied on unnamed sources, but ultimately said he was proud of the story and journalistic standards applied to its reporting. “Did the article deal with a matter that is in the public inter-

est? Yes, absolutely,” he said to the panel. The press council said Doug Ford declined its invitation to come in as a complainant at today’s hearing. “Reporters searched only for people with direct knowledge: those who had purchased hashish from Doug Ford, supplied it, or witnessed him with large amounts” and that the 10 sources they found with direct knowledge were all afraid to be named, said Stackhouse. “The only serious alternative, that is not publish the story, would have been irresponsible journalistically and civically,” he said. George Thompson, the council chair, said the full council will review the complaint based on recommendations of today’s panel, and a decision should be made “we hope in the near future,” but that it shouldn’t drag on. If a decision is made in favour of the complainant, the news organization must publish the unedited decision.

Emma Jarratt/ Ryersonian Staff

Toronto Star reporter Kevin Donovan speaks to Ontario Press Council

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The ongoing saga of the Ford family and the alleged involvement with underground activities, including drugs, has been well-documented in the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail.

New model for campus radio RADIO cont’d ...

Open parking spots just a click away

Ryerson grad develops app after girlfriend couldn’t find parking downtown By Brian Boudreau Ryersonian Staff

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Emily Joveski, volunteer co-ordinator, in The Scope’s studio.

So she formed a team in 2012 to rebuild the station after failed bids to reclaim CKLN’s 88.1 FM frequncy. Her new aim was to apply for a spot on AM radio instead. The radio board consists of the dean of the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD), the chair of RTA and the dean of the Ted Rogers school of management (TRSM), as well as the current president of the Ryerson Students’ Union.

University students and volunteers will help steer The Scope away from what CKLN had become. “Thirty years ago, people thought that independence in media, especially campus media, was really important, which it is,” said TuinstraHarrison. “But you can still have independent media and recognize the contribution of the stakeholders, students and the name of Ryerson.”

Toronto Parking Finder

A new app to find parking spots.

Trouble finding free parking downtown and around campus? Well, there’s an app for that. Ryerson computer science graduate Deyan Lolov is one of the three developers who created the Toronto Parking Finder app that allows users to locate free parking in any given area based on address, landmarks and through the device’s GPS. It is currently available for free on Google Play. The idea came to Lolov one weekend afternoon when his girlfriend was having trouble finding affordable parking in the downtown area. “It got me thinking, ‘yeah, there’s something we can do here.’ There are all these hidden spots in Toronto where you can park for free or for (a) cheaper (price).” Lolov got the help of Aydin Yuce and Demetri Mihalakakos, also Ryerson graduates. Together, they looked through endless bylaw PDFs to create a database of parking spots around the city. “We have almost 5,000 spots so far, but there are more than that in Toronto,” said Yuce. “So

the app is going to keep growing until it covers all the spots.” ForageFox, the company that designed the app, released a premium version for $2.99. It includes unlimited searches, whereas the free app limits users to five searches per day. It also features a colour coding system representing the various parking prices. Lolov said there are similar apps available for other cities, but this is the first of its kind for Toronto. Based on user comments and the app’s four out of five-star rating, the traction is there. “A lot of people comment that it is very easy to use, very user friendly,” said Yuce. “You’ve got to keep in mind this is still a fresh app. The app has been out for three weeks and we already broke the thousand mark. That’s a great success.” The Toronto Parking Finder app is only available for Android users. Mihalakakos said the next step is to expand to other platforms like the Apple App Store. “It’s just all about timing at this point,” he said. “If this pucks up a lot of traction, the next phase is coding for iOS.”


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Frosh ’13 Ryerson kicked off the academic year last week with its annual Week of Welcome, which began with a free pancake breakfast and culminated in the highly anticipated parade and concert at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. The lineup featured a packed schedule of spirited events for freshmen and returning students alike, including performances from Kardinal Offishall, JRDN and Karmin. Last week may have marked a return to the classroom, but it didn’t stop Ryerson students from enjoying parades, live music and — most importantly — free food. Ryersonian photographers Jordan White, Stephanie Chan and Josh Kolm were there to capture the fun on film.

Clockwise from above: First-year fashion design and fashion communication students enjoy Centre. ● RSU hosts a coffee lounge in partnership with Ryerson group Musicians@Ryerson to s student Victoria Kamara performs at RSU’s coffee lounge. ● Students show off their wild side as get ready to parade up Yonge Street. ● JRDN entertains the Ryerson crowd with his cool moves


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Left: Ryerson students line up for free food on Gould Street. Top: A performer on stilts entertains students on Gould Street. Right: Radio and television arts students show program spirit during RSU’s Parade and Picnic.

y free food on Gould Street. ● Karmin performs for a raucous crowd at the Mattamy Athletic showcase talented poets, spoken word artists and musicians. ● First-year creative industries they anticipate Ryerson's 53rd annual Parade and Picnic. ● The excitement builds as students and smooth vocals.

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Ryerson Style: back to school trends on campus

Left to right: Syed Sohail, Brianna Hoy, Christine Luksts

By Lauren Murphy Ryersonian Staff

Ryerson students are bringing fall 2013 runway looks to Gould Street’s yellow walkway as they head back to class this September. Dapper menswear, tweed jackets and whimsical

sweater skirt combos are just a few of the designer-oriented trends students are making their own. GQ says blue is one of the most popular menswear colours on fall 2013 runways. Secondyear accounting student Syed Sohail incorporates a sky-blue

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hue into his daily prep-inspired wardrobe. “My style muse is Nick Wooster of Neiman Marcus,” Sohail said, adding that he likes to stick to classic styles when heading to class because he likes to be prepared for any situation. Another trend this fall is the incorporation of menswear

fabrics on women’s coats, dresses and accessories. Christine Luksts, a first-year theatre production student, followed suit with a straight-cut tweed jacket paired with an ethereally feminine salmon-coloured dress. With the summer months coming to a close, sundresses are

being replaced with comfy, flowing skirt and sweater combinations. First-year creative industries student Brianna Hoy rocked a sea-foam cable-knit sweater, A-line graphic skirt, and suede ankle boots while doing some reading in the Quad.

Q&A: Political scientist David Smith TIFF: A case of bedbucks By Samantha Fernandes Ryersonian Staff

Renowned Canadian political scientist David E. Smith has joined Ryerson as a distinguished visiting professor with the Faculty of Arts’ department of politics and public administration for a one-year term. Smith, who has an honorary doctorate from Ryerson, is professor emeritus in political studies at the University of Saskatchewan and senior policy fellow at the Johnson-Shoyama graduate school of public policy at the University of Regina. Smith has received numerous awards for his books on Canadian government, politics and public policy including the Canadian Political Science Association’s award in 2000 for best book in Canadian government and politics for The Republican Option in Canada: Past and Present. In his newest book, Across the Aisle: Opposition in Canadian Politics, Smith explores how

opposition parties have influenced Canadian politics.

lined the kind of unpredictability in the opposition.

The Ryersonian’s Samantha Fernandes sat down with Smith to discuss his newest book and the current state of Canada’s opposition.

SF: You contend Canada doesn’t have a strong opposition. Is this a problem? DS: I think it is a problem because you depend in a parliamentary system on opposition, in particular, to criticize. You depend on it through its criticisms and debates in the House, which are then reported through the media to inform the public about issues. Now that sounds too, maybe, esoteric and theoretical, but I think it is fundamentally the case. If you don’t have the opposition doing that, if for some reason it’s unable to that, then government, I think, suffers in several ways.

Samantha Fernandes: In terms of your new book, obviously the over-arching question of the book is, ‘Has Canada developed a tradition of parliamentary opposition?’ Why did you ask that question to begin with? David E. Smith: Well, I’ve written several other books and one about six years ago called The People’s House of Commons, and I suppose in working on that, I became more and more aware how little material there was on opposition. I was well on to writing the book when the 2011 election occurred, which ended up with the NDP forming the official opposition. It was something that had not been anticipated, I would think, up to almost three days before the election. It under-

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SF: Do you see the status of Canada’s opposition changing anytime soon? How could it be improved? DS: The book isn’t meant to particularly attack the present government, but one feature of the present government is the kind of language it uses. It sees itself as being elected, and to be quite precise, it wasn’t elected. Governments are not elected in Canada — parliaments are elected and governments arise out of parliament. Some might say, “What difference does that make?” I think it makes a difference. It may be that the parliamentary system needs to be reformed to allow more opportunity for criticism, not just of the institutional opposition, but also more public criticism coming in and affecting policy.

By Jonathan Forani Ryersonian Staff

Letting a stranger into your bed might make you some money during this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. With hotel prices skyrocketing during these 11 days of TIFF, many moviegoers coming to the city are looking to classified advertising sites like Craigslist and Airbnb to save money on accommodations. “It’s kind of a no-brainer if you have the space and you’re able to do it,” says Kisha Powell, 32, who lives in the city’s east end. Hearing the news that hotel rates were skyrocketing to an average of $800 a night during the festival, Powell now hopes to rent her home out during next year’s festival. She’d be willing to provide not just room, but board too, she says. “If you want to pay me $400 a night, I’ll even stock the fridge for you.” Like the Olympics for moviegoers, TIFF doesn’t just attract Hollywood’s biggest stars, but hordes of press and public. Last year, the fest drew some 1,200 accredited media members and more than 400,000 public attendees, according to an October statement from the festival. Many scramble to find a place to stay during the event. Gabor Forgacs, an associate professor at the Ted Rogers school of hospitality and tourism management specializes in hotel revenue management, and says the spike in hotel prices can be linked to a surge in Toronto’s luxury hotel market.

“Toronto has a little bit of an issue with so many high-end hotels entering the market. We had the new Shangri-La open, the new Four Seasons, the new Ritz Carlton, the new Trump — that’s a lot of competition,” he says. “(TIFF) is a time when they will do well — maybe the only time in the year they will do well. This is their time under the sun.” During the slow months, luxury hotels in Toronto can operate at as low as 40 per cent occupancy. “Who in their right mind comes to Toronto with that kind of money in February? That’s when they struggle,” Forgacs says. Big events like TIFF are their chance to make up for those months. Forgacs warns people looking to rent out their spare bedroom to do their research, however, before offering up their home. “Many people don’t necessarily understand what they’re in for,” he says, having spent 20 years working with the Four Seasons Hotel. “If you’re just prepared to count the money coming in, you are not necessarily prepared to do more than mopping up the floor.” Natalie Hunt, 23, a new Toronto resident in the Dufferin and St. Clair area, agrees with that sentiment. “This is my home. This is my furniture. I don’t want strangers just hanging out, throwing wine all over the couch.” But for people like Hunt, TIFF isn’t about making money anyway. “I want to see some good movies and come back to my own bed at night.”


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TIFF THIS WEEK TOP PICKS By Jordan White Ryersonian Staff

It can get pretty crazy out there at TIFF, so we’ve put together a curated list of what’s playing at the Ryerson Theatre this week. (Most of these are sold out online, so make sure to check out our guide to rushing films and scoring seats).

Clockwise from the left: A ticket to Jason Reitman’s live read of Boogie Nights. Sandra Bullock at the gala screening of Gravity. Labor Day star James Van Der Beek and wife Kimberly. You are Here star Amy Poehler leaves the Ryerson Theatre. Labor Day star Kate Winslet. Daniel Radcliffe speaks to reporters at The F Word première, Zac Efron at the première for Parkland.

TODAY:

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Don Jon (3 p.m.) Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon is about a New Jersey boy balancing life, love and a porn addiction. The film did well at Sundance and is creating a lot of buzz at TIFF. The strong supporting cast includes Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Channing Tatum, Anne Hathaway, and Brie Larson. THURS SEPT. 12: The Wind Rises (5:45 p.m.) A Japanese animated film from maestro Hayao Miyazaki, The Wind Rises is about love, friendship and perseverance over several decades of hard times in Japan. The film was inspired by the story of Jiro Horikoshi, a visionary airplane designer. FRI SEPT. 13: A Field in England (9 p.m.) Director Ben Wheatly’s film, set during the civil war in England, revolves around a small group of soldiers who desert a battle only to be captured by two men who force the soldiers to search for treasures they believe are buried in the field. SAT SEPT. 14: Bad Words (9 p.m.) In Jason Bateman’s directorial debut Bad Words, he stars as a 41-year-old high school dropout who finds a loophole in The National Quill Spelling Bee. Expect a lot of crude language perfected by Bateman.

TIFF rush lines: A guide to success By Samantha Lui Ryersonian Staff

Frustrated with TIFF’s virtual waiting room? Determined to see Benedict Cumberbatch in the flesh?

SUN SEPT. 15: Gravity (NOON) A thriller about two astronauts who get stranded in orbit when their shuttle is destroyed by satellite debris. The $80-million thriller stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, and was directed by acclaimed Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón. FREE BLACKBERRY PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS The people’s choice pick is one of the most exciting parts of TIFF and Ryerson Theatre gets to host it. In past years, the viewers’ choice has screened films that have gone on to win major awards, including Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, and The King’s Speech.

If you couldn’t score tickets to your must-see flick or just decided to join the festivities late in the game, have no fear, The Ryersonian’s rush line guide is here. As someone who’s waited in a rush line for eight hours to see Ryan Gosling’s latest film

(and the beautiful Gos himself), to four hours for this year’s hit August: Osage County, “rushing” is sort of my specialty. Yes, it’s a long wait. And no, it’s not glamorous. But trust me, it’s worth it. Rushing, for the uninitiated,

to those rushing in line, usually about 10 minutes before the screening. Of course, this method of buying a movie ticket is a bit of a gamble. But according to TIFF, only about 30 per cent of screenings completely sell out, making the odds perhaps better than you think. If you’re still hesitant about rushing into a première here are a few tips to rush line success:

Get there early Patience is a virtue, and rushing a film at the festival requires a lot of waiting. While I wouldn’t necessarily advise rushing every film for eight hours, it’s best to arrive at least an hour or two before. If you’re not very good at keeping yourself occupied, talk to other rushers. Your new Samantha Lui / Ryersonian Staff friends will likely give is standing in line outside the you great tips to make your festheatre in hopes of scoring seats tival experience better. In addito “off-sale” screenings, those tion, you’ll be able to save each where tickets are not or have not other’s spots in line if food or yet been released to the general bathroom breaks are required, and they almost always are. public. When tickets go unused at the last minute, they are released

Be aware of the venue’s surroundings You can’t dictate where each film plays, but you can certainly seek out the good venues to rush at. The best ones? Places with ledges to sit on. Ryerson Theatre is my personal favourite as there are places to sit somewhat comfortably while also getting a pretty good glimpse of the red carpet. Don’t complain about the seating If you are lucky and end up getting into the venue, don’t be picky. Rushing is already on the riskier side, so if you do manage to get into the theatre, be flexible and take the best seat you can find, and if you’re travelling in a bigger group, be ready to split up. If you can only manage to get balcony seats, don’t fret. The view is still amazing and the stars are still visible from up there. So what are you waiting for? If you’ve always wanted to go to TIFF but have no idea how to buy tickets without getting ripped off, then rushing is your best bet. There’s still a week left until the festival ends, so make the most of it before the semester gets busy.


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Chan strikes out in bid to make men’s team By Nicholas Carafa Ryersonian Staff

She never thought her gender would be an issue during her tryout for the Ryerson Rams baseball team, but being the only woman on the field brought Brittany Chan some unexpected attention. After all the questions were answered and cameras were put away, the Ryerson Rams began their inaugural season with a 4-3 victory over the University of Guelph Gryphons on Saturday. Chan, a second-year hospitality and tourism student, wasn’t in the lineup. She didn’t survive the final round of cuts over the summer. During the summer tryouts, Chan pitched two innings. She says she believes it was her shaky first inning that sealed her fate. Her inability to find the strike zone was something out of the ordinary for her because she prides herself on throwing the ball accurately across the plate. She received an email while she was getting ready for work one day that broke the bad news. For the first time in her life, she hadn’t made the cut. “I don’t mean to be cocky or anything, but it’s just never happened. I just didn’t know how to deal with it at first,” she says. Chan says although she was upset about not making the team, she also felt relieved. “It was all over. All the stress, all the people asking me questions and giving me all this

attention that I didn’t want,” she says. People kept asking questions about trying out for a sports team dominated by male players. “To me, it’s not about (being the only woman on) the men’s baseball team,” she says. “It’s not a big deal to me because it’s what I do all the time. That’s what stressed me out because I didn’t want to make it a big deal.” Ben Rich, the Rams’ head coach, did his best to ensure the evaluation process was no different with Chan than any of the other players. “It’s not about her being male or female. It’s about putting together the best team possible,” he says. “If a female can compete at that level, all the power to her. I’m not about restricting anyone from putting forward their best effort.” Rich says Chan was pretty close to making the team. “She has virtually flawless mechanics on the mound and she commands the ball pretty well. “But ultimately, it came down to a couple pitchers that were ahead of her in terms of velocity, sharper movements on their curveballs and secondary pitches.” The CBC was one major news outlet to report on Chan’s experience. Even though the coverage didn’t help her cope with the common stresses that come with trying out for a sports team, she

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believes it helped educate people about the basic aspects of determination and highlighted the various avenues women can take if they are seriously contemplating playing competitive women’s hardball. Although she didn’t make the team, Chan has a competitive future ahead of her. She is

heading to British Columbia next July to participate in a Canadian National Invitational Tournament where women’s national team manager André Lachance will select the women he will take to Japan for the 2014 Women’s Baseball World Cup. Chan says if she makes the team, she would be unsure of

trying out for Ryerson’s baseball team again next fall. It all depends on how much she has recovered after her time away. “You can turn a step back into a comeback in a way. Take it as a learning thing,” she says. “Learn from what you failed at and use it as motivation if anything to become better.”

Skating into the season with a new strategy

By Amanda Kline Ryersonian Staff

Last year’s Ryerson Rams women’s hockey coach is heading to Sochi for the year, but her replacement, interim coach Pierre Alain, plans on bringing the Sochi style to her team while she’s away.

Alain, a coach who brings 27 years of experience to the team along with a couple gold medals with Canada’s national women’s teams, is hoping to lead the team the Promised Land. To do this, the most significant change he’s making to his new squad is implementing a

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European style of play, à la Pavel Bure. Alain plans to teach his players new schemes and plays more common overseas, including more of an emphasis on lateral skating and side-to-side puck movement. “I’m big on that, and we have already worked on it and it’s adding to their game,” he says. North American style of play generally encourages moving the puck “north to south,” he says. Alain hopes to see the Rams doing a little more east to west this season. Alain, a Quebecer and physical education teacher, began coaching women’s hockey in 1999 when Cégep de SaintJérôme in Saint-Jérôme, Que., started a women’s program, and his success was abundant. The team went on to win five provincial championships in the last 11 years. The Rams have not yet made it to the playoffs going into the third year of the program. Alain’s new players are already clear about this year’s goal. “I hope to help lead this team to its first playoff push,” says team captain Janella Brodett. “And I’m excited to see our talent produce results under Pierre’s guidance.” Alain knows he has big skates to fill, but says he’s extremely confident in this upcoming season and how to manage his players. “I’ll be Pierre Alain,” he says. “I’ll bring my personality. I’ll bring what I believe in.” In addition to a new coach with a European style of play,

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one of the bright spots of this year’s team is the new crop of good rookie talent. Brodett says the young core has the future of the team in firm hands.

“Our rookies have impressed us early in camp, which only shows how much they will grow throughout their university career,” says Brodett. “You can be sure to watch out for the Ryerson Rams for seasons to come.” Alain says he is thankful to be coaching such a hard-working, dedicated team and is excited to have the opportunity to build on what Jordan has created. “I pinch myself every morning I get in this building. This is a great place to work,” he says. The 2014 season begins Sept. 13 against the Leaside Midget AA team at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m.


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How to get rich at unpaid internships By Mitchell Cohen Ryersonian Staff

Internships vary, but the first rule of any internship — and especially of unpaid internships — is always the same: don’t end up making coffee. Interns know it; we want to show our supervisors what we’re capable of, so we work like dogs in the hope they’ll throw us a bone once our six weeks are up. Managers know it; here are all these fresh, eager faces and there’s real work to be done. Businesses really know it; make an intern do anything that doesn’t look like training and the lawyers and unions will be at your back like Rob Ford on a blown-up media scandal. I knew the rule too, and for my first week or so at CBC Radio this summer, I did what I was asked to do (and then some!) and didn’t say a word about my secret weapon. I pitched stories — but I didn’t tell them about my stash of direct trade beans, sourced from exotic locales around the globe. I booked interviews — but I didn’t tell them about my three different roast profiles, each one tuned to maximize body and sweetness while preserving flavour in the cup. I wrote scripts — but I didn’t tell them I make a mean iced Americano on a hot summer day. Maybe it sounds like I’m dramatizing. Anyone can make a cup of coffee. It’s not like you need a master’s degree in journalism or anything. But trust me: my coffee is special. And by the time I left CBC Radio, everyone in the current affairs offices on the third floor would know it. Stop rolling your eyes. I’m actually not that egoistic. And, to be fair, they started it. It all began when a fellow coffee geek and producer on the show Spark asked me what I had in my travel mug one morning. (It smells

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really good the day after a fresh roast.) So I made him a cup. And then I made his friend Tim, a longtime CBC-er, another. It was then only a matter of time before the Quirks and Quarks guys caught on. Quirks producer Jim Handman — the very man who had interviewed me for this position some weeks prior — was among the first to line up at my desk for a shot. Then I was making coffee for

Canadian broadcaster was lining up with the rest of them for afternoon iced lattes. Although she confessed to me, as she dropped a toonie into my collection tin, that she still felt a little guilty asking her intern for coffee, in the end she couldn’t resist. And who could? I take coffee pretty seriously (can you tell?) and that’s why every cup I served that summer was made to the best of my ability, brewed on demand

started paying for it. I wasn’t just providing these people with a convenience; I was providing them with quality. Delicious, caffeinated quality. I never actually asked anyone for money. I wasn’t sure about the legalities of running a covert café out of a third-floor kitchenette in an office building. And let’s face it: I’m an intern. I’m used to working for free. But I did put up a little tip box, almost

chuckles — and more than a few patronizing smiles. My favourite reaction came from a nameless As It Happens reporter one quiet afternoon. “Support young journalists?” He laughed, cruelly. “Why would we do that?” he asked — before dropping some pocket change into my tin and taking his Americano. So I made coffee, sometimes every day. Believe it or not, I didn’t shirk any of my responsibilities as an intern. Ask my supervisor. All my coffee sales were during breaks, and only after I’d completed any tasks I had been working on. And it’s not like I wasn’t being worked hard enough. I earned those producer credits on the radio. And even though it may not sound like it, I learned a lot this summer at the CBC. I learned how to make friends and network with colleagues. I learned how to build cheer and foster office morale. I got to hear a lot of scandalous stories about famous Canadian media personalities. And I learned what kinds of skills my prospective employers were really willing to pay for. So here’s my proposal, CBC: Hire me. I know you’re struggling with budget cuts, oppres-

“The storied Canadian broadcaster was lining up with the rest of them for iced lattes.”

Jeff Douglas, co-host of the CBC’s current affairs show As It Happens. Before long, I was making coffee for everyone. My first obstacle on the road to java domination was Spark host Nora Young. “I don’t drink coffee anymore,” she told me. Like hell you don’t, Nora. Her conversion started with a halfcup, unasked for and left on her desk. Not long after, the storied

with a little syringe-shaped device called an Aeropress. I consume all my beans within a week of roasting them in my $400 home-roasting oven, and I made no exceptions for the fine journalists at CBC Radio One. I even started bringing my portable coffee grinder into the office so every shot I made could be as fresh as humanly possible. Really, it’s no wonder they

as a joke. It had a little white sign with the word “TIPS” in all-caps and a smiley face in red. I’d turn my iPad to CBC Radio 2, and as people walked by I’d call out, “Support young journalists!” After the first lunch hour I counted the coins: $20.37. Not great, but more money than I’d made all month at the CBC. My appeals on behalf of youth journalism got me a lot of

sive bureaucracy and a Canadian public that isn’t really as interested in the great work you do as they should be. I know you can’t afford to hire journalists — let alone pay your interns. But if you’re ever in the market for the best barista this side of public broadcasting, give me a call. I’ll be there, with my beaten-up, coffee-stained journalism degree in tow.

Ryerson Speaks

Did We Really Need to Paint Gould Street?

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Miguel Vetz

Sabah Samanian

“It looks cheap and ugly. The yellow that they used is fading away and it’s going to look ugly in one year.”

“I think it shows school spirit, which is good. Honestly I don’t think it looks really nice but it’s nice that they did it.”

First-year graphic communications management

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Daniel Terek

“It’s pretty cool, it shows the university colours and it shows that it’s your street, it’s our street.”

“I’d prefer a cobblestone road instead of a painted yellow and blue road, The yellow is a little too bright on the eyes sometimes.”

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