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Volume 68, Number 2
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RSU fights new DMZ optimization
Trudeau Gets Eggy With It
By Meaghan Yuen Ryersonian Staff
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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau visited campus Monday with Toronto Centre candidate Chrystia Freeland. Trudeau told reporters that his favourite thing about the school is its energy level. “We have students here who are really looking at changing the world,” he said, citing the DMZ and other programs with hands-on learning as valuable ways to empower students.
PR pros give Levy advice on Sam sign By Bruce Laregina Ryersonian Staff
Critics are thrashing Ryerson since it balked on hanging the iconic Sam the Record Man sign on Yonge Street. a
Instead, the school announced new plan Aug. 29 to place smaller replica signs along the Yo n g e Street sidewalk i n front of the s t o r e ’s old location.
The response from Torontonians has been clear: they want the real thing. Ryerson and its president, Sheldon Levy, have been accused of everything from not respecting the city’s history to exaggerating the cost and environmental impact of reinstating the sign. In light of the backlash, the Ryersonian asked three public relations experts how the school can repair its image: Shane Fallowfield NATIONAL Public Relation “When the public feels like it has had input in a decision, they are far less likely to object wholeheartedly to whatever is decided,” Fallowfield says. “Ryerson should lay out a number of options, including the pros and cons of each, and hold public meetings to
allow the public to discuss what should be done. Ultimately, you won’t be able to please everyone with the final decision, but at least the public won’t feel as if the decision was forced upon them by the university or by city council.”
Sniderman should be given by Sheldon Levy, which would include the impact Sniderman had on the city of Toronto. This would be a public event, and other relevant keynote speakers like Bobby Sniderman should be invited to contribute.”
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“The key is to demonstrate and reinforce a strong understanding of the importance of the Sam the Record Man sign, and the historical significance it has on the city of Toronto,” Kirsh says. “A communications program is critical, and to restore Ryerson’s image, the sign should be showcased, perhaps at Dundas Square on the anniversary of Sam the Record Man’s grand opening (Labour Day 2014) to commemorate the store. A small tribute to Sam
“Perhaps as an initiative to further illustrate his transparency on this situation, President Levy could be part of an organized town hall meeting where all the various stakeholders can present their positions, followed by a productive discussion to arrive at a satisfactory decision for all involved. In the end, keeping the lines of communication open, in my estimation, will eventually produce the best results.”
Students looking to impress a dragon in the Dragon’s Den can now perfect their proposal, pitch and prototype in the newly approved optional specialization program, now being offered in conjunction with Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ). Aspiring entrepreneurs will soon be able to apply to an optional specialization for credit by presenting a well-developed business plan. If accepted, they will be given access to office space and an expert advisory board that includes business and finance strategists, legal consultants and marketing agents, all to help establish their own company. But not all approve of the dragon-eat-dragon design of the program. Following the course’s senate approval in June, Ryerson’s Students’ Union (RSU) issued a letter criticizing the school for encouraging courses that are privately funded and capital-oriented. The letter stated that its framework “prioritizes private interests over curiosity-driven research” and “reliance on corporate dollars for the sake of operational revenue is ethically wrong.” Roshelle Lawrence, vice-president of education, stands by the letter. “Institutions should be public and shouldn’t have to depend on private companies in order to carry on research from the students.” She later said the RSU’s main concern is the privatization and commercialization of learning. According to Chris Evans, vice-provost academic, funds for the new program will come from course fees, government grants and scholarships, as well as private sector investments. Ryerson’s academic standards committee stresses that while entrepreneurship is most often associated with for-profit businesses, the foundation of the entrepreneurial approach can be applied to the not-for-profit sector and government. In fact, five of the 103 startups at the DMZ are non-profit. Please see DMZ, page 5
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Dealing with the last-place blues
Ryerson has certainly hogged its share of the public spotlight this month. It’s only the third week of the term and we’ve already taken on a big-ticket press council, a celebrity-studded film festival, and a homeless neon sign. As the TIFF lineups empty and the books slam shut on the Sam The Record Man debacle, it’s as good a time as ever to take a breather and run a checkup on ourselves. And unfortunately, the news at home isn’t quite so glamorous. We’re in last place — or so the 2013 QS World University Rankings would have us believe. Ryerson stands at No. 701 in the study, which grades universities according to factors such as such as student-to-faculty ratio and number of citations. That’s lower than any other Canadian school. Some of our apparent failures are excusable, biased by the study’s methodology and by circumstance. But even a shiny golden road can’t distract us from the fact that our academic standing isn’t where it should be. The biggest flaw with the QS study is the way it values the indicators it uses to determine a school’s rank. A school’s overall score is a combination of grades in different areas, but
We aren’t the University of Toronto or McGill. those grades don’t carry equal weight in the calculation of the final grade. “Academic reputation” and “citations per faculty” collectively make up 60 per cent of the total score. But both of these metrics are fairly irrelevant for Ryerson, which has long billed itself as a “career-focused” institution. “Employer satisfaction,” a more important indicator, accounts for only 10 per cent of the total. Ryerson actually comes out ahead when you look at the
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individual subject rankings — especially the ones that represent Ryerson’s traditional strengths. In “Communication and Media Studies” we stand somewhere between 151-200, alongside Carleton, McMaster and the University of Ottawa. That’s not bad company by any means. The results of the study are not nearly comprehensive enough to let us make judgments about Ryerson’s place relative to postsecondary education in Canada. The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) represents 98 schools across the country. Only 26 make it into the QS study. It may seem like cherrypicking to highlight only the parts of the study that make us look good and ignore the downsides. But in many ways, that’s exactly how students — and employers — measure the value of our school. People look to Ryerson for the reputation and networking opportunities of a program like RTA (radio and television arts), not for the volume of research we pump out. We aren’t the University of Toronto or McGill and we shouldn’t be trying to become them. So we shouldn’t feel too slighted when we see our school at the bottom of a list that’s heavily biased in favour of established research universities. But that’s not an excuse to ignore our academic shortcomings. Years ago, Ryerson made the choice to switch from polytechnic college to university and to swap diplomas for degrees. Recent additions like this year’s inaugural BA program in philosophy demonstrate that we’re still set in that path. And considering that this new study isn’t the only one to dock us points — in 2012, Maclean’s ranked Ryerson 12th out of 15 in a list of comprehensive universities — it’s becoming clearer that our school owes it to its undergrads and researchfocused students to step it up.
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Stop rape culture before it starts
By Nicole Skripkariuk Ryersonian Staff
It was the chant that echoed across Canada: “SMU boys, we like them young. Y is for your sister. O is for oh so tight. U is for underage. N is for no consent. G is for grab that ass.” Coined the “rape chant” for its glorification of sexual assault, the cheer showed up during frosh week at Halifax’s Saint Mary’s University. A video went viral after it was originally posted to Instagram. Then it happened again at the University of British Columbia’s frosh events for the Sauder school of business (UBC students swapped “SMU” with “UBC” and changed the last line to “G is for go to jail”). One week. Two chants. On each side of the country. University officials were quick to respond. In the weeks that followed, investigations were launched, student leaders resigned, and other students were assigned to undergo sensitivity training. The Commerce Undergraduate Society (CUS) at UBC cancelled the remaining orientation events after the Sauder school pulled its support for frosh.
Administrators were poised to send a clear message: the university does not condone such sexist behaviour nor is it a reflection of the attitudes held by the student body. I’m not so sure. The chants signal an issue deeply rooted in campus culture across the country. Punitive measures are temporary solutions. University officials need to address the root causes of the problem — the ideologies and behaviours that contribute to a culture of violence towards women. Problematic ideas of manhood help perpetuate violence against women. Jeff Perera, cofounder of the Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign (a coalition aimed at redefining masculinity and engaging men in ending violence against women), says a lot of traditions on campus centre on a “bro culture” and hypermasculine ideas of manhood. The formula for what it means to be a man is a “narrow, unattainable standard that devalues anything feminine.” This includes the female body. A cheer encouraging nonconsensual sex with underage girls demonstrates that dominance and control still underpin modern definitions of masculinity. We need to take an introspective look at the culture we manifest and reinforce through our thoughts and actions, or our inaction. These chants are not isolated incidents. The Huffington Post reported that complaints of inappropriate chants surfaced at UBC as early as 2009. The concerns were aired during a CUS meeting. Sauder school
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dean Robert Helsley released a statement saying he was unaware of the chant until the incident that occurred during frosh week 2013. Likewise, SMU officials denied having any prior knowledge of the chant. This plea of ignorance, true or not, accomplishes nothing. School officials need to man up and own what happens on their campus. The administration can set the tone and promote healthy, healing attitudes. CBC reported that SMU frosh leaders involved in the chant report being bullied by faculty. (It’s an interesting approach, responding to harassment with further harassment.) This institutionalization of bullying only perpetuates a culture of discrimination and violence on campus. We need to create areas for discussion that engage young men. Establish safe spaces for students to communicate and respectfully air grievances. (Vandalizing campus property with “f--- rape culture” and “Sauder teaches rape” doesn’t count.) Initiate educational programs aimed at dissecting the destructive standards that define manhood. Recruit respected men in the community to lead such forums. If you don’t start somewhere, you’ll get nowhere. The events at SMU and UBC highlight an issue that has been prevalent across university campuses for decades. We must look at the events as an opportunity to create the change we want to see. Otherwise, such incidents will continue to uphold traditions of manhood that reinforce male dominance, feed into rape culture, and marginalize women.
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New building architect named
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This site at 300 Church St. will be the new home to the nursing, nutrition, occupational and public health and midwifery programs. By Katrina Sieniuc Hanigsberg said last year’s Fabian said he sees Church- said Ryerson’s Church Street Ryersonian Staff opening of the Mattamy Athletic Wellesley Village as being the development is too far south to
Ryerson University has hired Perkins+Will to design the building that will replace the parking lot at 300 Church St. at a price tag of $84-million. Julia Hanigsberg, vice-president of administration and finance at Ryerson, said contributing to the revitalization and design process of the Church Street development is an important job for the school. “Ten years from now, Church Street is going to look very different than it looks now and, so, we really want to be a part of that,” she said. “We’re really thinking very hard in this project about public realm … how does it increase the liveliness and safety of the street?”
Centre at Church and Carlton Streets made Church Street an important access point for the school, extending the university’s campus footprint farther north. Ryerson opened the MAC in the Maple Leaf Gardens in August 2012, furthering its presence on the street alongside the interior design, engineering, architecture and student housing buildings. “It really made us realize we need to pay attention to Church Street,” she said. Church Street has likewise been paying attention to Ryerson’s evolution on the street. “It’s quite clear that Ryerson is moving north,” said Robert Fabian, member of the Church Wellesley Neighbourhood Association.
future student neighbourhood attached to Ryerson. “Church-Wellesley could become the Greenwich Village of Ryerson, the same way the Greenwich Village is the Greenwich Village of New York University,” he said. In Fabian’s view, ChurchWellesley and Ryerson ought to be natural allies, with the MAC being the point of contact between the ’hood and campus. Still, he sees a challenge in how exactly the two sides will integrate. “Is it the gate that protects Ryerson or is it the gateway which invites participation in both directions?” he said. Although he said he would like to see more interaction between both neighbourhoods, Fabian
be an immediate concern for the Church-Wellesley Village. Ian Gemmell, president of the McGill-Granby Village Residents Association, said although the new building won’t directly interact with his neighbourhood, any new development on Church Street will be a positive improvement to the street. “Church Street itself has been a bit of a dead zone for a few years,” he said. The new development will house the Daphne Cockwell school of nursing, the school of nutrition, the school of occupational and public health, the midwifery program and a student residence. It is expected to be finished in the fall of 2018.
Librarian: Money should go to Rye’s collection U of T Direct Borrower’s Agreement taking money away from new materials at Ryerson
By Katrina Sieniuc Ryersonian Staff
Outside library borrowing deals are delaying conversations between students and librarians about Ryerson’s own library collection, says Jane Schmidt, Ryerson’s head of collections librarian. Ryerson renewed an agreement with the University of Toronto at the beginning of the month that pays for graduate students and faculty to borrow U of T materials that are not found in Ryerson’s library. Schmidt said she wants to hear more from students about what materials are missing in Ryerson’s collection, but the renewal of the U of T agreement is slowing these conversations. “If everybody is going to U of T without talking to us,” she said, “we’re basically paying for them to not talk to us about what we need in our collection.” The U of T Direct Borrower’s Agreement was created in 2010 after U of T began charging fees for outsiders to access their resources. Ryerson signed on under a blanket fee for another year of access at the beginning of September, as reported in last week’s edition of The Ryersonian. Ryerson president Sheldon Levy said when U of T started charging for access, Ryerson asked itself whether students would be better served by the university paying U of T for continued access
or putting the resources into the school’s own library. “It was very, very clear that it was to our students’ advantage to continue that relationship with the U of T (library),” he said. “We did it out of urgency to make sure our grad students, and students in general, were not harmed in any way to all of a sudden having
borrowing from U of T so Ryerson can analyze how much it would cost to buy those materials. “To say that we can’t get something is a bit of a misnomer because there are many things that can be obtained these days,” she said. Schmidt hopes to engage with people who are using U of T’s
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limited or no access to a resource that is really up the street.” But Schmidt doesn’t necessarily agree. “It is my opinion that (the money) is better invested in our own collection,” she said. Schmidt said she would like to know what exactly students are
resources to get a better idea of what Ryerson is missing in its collection. “We’re talking to (U of T) about what information they can provide for us,” she said. Val Lem, a subject librarian for arts courses, said he thinks students are not fully cognizant
that the library is there to help them find resources. “I don’t get too many individual requests to buy things,” he said. Lem said there are other issues to keep in mind. “If it’s a new course, we’ve started buying stuff for it, but it takes a while to build up a collection,” he said. “You’re not going to have all the old stuff that’s out of print.” He said that the borrower’s agreement with U of T is a recognition that it’s hard to build up Ryerson’s retrospective collection once books go out of print. Levy said that Ryerson is always thinking about resource acquisition, but that more and more acquisition these days is in digital content. “We’ve been very lucky because of digital resources available; we’re able to increase dramatically the holdings of the library without needing the physical plant necessary to hold it.” Schmidt reiterates that the U of T agreement has only been renewed for one more year and hopes that students start connecting more with the liaison librarians. Levy, on the other hand, doesn’t see the relationship ending any time soon. “Like every agreement it has a renewal date, and my expectation is that as long as the rates don’t go up dramatically, the administration will probably renew it,” he said.
The Ryersonian’s website, ryersonian.ca, was named as finalist for four Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The news site, produced by second-year master’s students and fourth-year undergraduates at the Ryerson school of journalism, is nominated in the blue division for business-to-business, professional association, farm, and scholarly sites. The awards, launched in 2009, celebrate excellence in online publishing. Reporters Vidya Kauri and Melinda Maldonado, and editor Emma Prestwich are nominated for best news coverage of sex assaults on campus last fall. “The sex assaults happened just days after I wrapped up my internship at The Canadian Press, and like all of my colleagues at the ’Sonian, I hit the ground running on the first day of school,” said Maldonado. “From homophobia in the Latin community to shockingly unhealthy ‘healthy’ foods, the ’Sonian was a great chance to play with multimedia to tell stories, and I’m so honoured to share a nomination with a team of talented young journalists.” “It is an honour to be nominated for best news coverage in the 2013 Canadian Online Publishing Awards,” said Kauri. “Thanks to everyone for the support, and best wishes.” Reporter Samuel Greenfield and reporter/editor Derek Kirk are nominated for best video or multimedia feature. The Ryersonian is also nominated for best use of social media for reporter Dan Berlin’s work on a live blog. The site is nominated twice in the category of best crossplatform initiative. Reporter Asher Greenberg and managing editor Rebecca Tromsness are nominated, as well as reporter Aaron Hutchins and graphics editor Jeff Fraser. Other nominees in the same category include Canadian Business and Canadian Cattlemen. Winners will be chosen by a group of publishing experts and announced Nov. 13 in a downtown Toronto ceremony.
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Swapping pages for pixels to save on texts By Kim Brown Ryersonian Staff
Ryerson University student Jeremey Ponrajah proves he’s both book and street smart by finding a way around spending his cash on expensive textbooks: he finds course materials online. It’s a much more affordable avenue considering the costs of textbooks which, according to Common University Data Ontario, can cost an undergraduate student in an arts or science program anywhere from $700 to $1,500 per year. Finding resources online is becoming a popular trend among many Ryerson students. Third-year RTA student Shreya Khanna also cut costs by searching the web. “Because I’m taking an older English class, I realized all those books end up being public domain.” Ponrajah, a third-year economics student, said he could easily spend over $1,000 a year on textbooks from the campus bookstore, but he downloads most of his books through torrent sites.
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Torrenting is not just for movies and music, as students hunt the web for pirated versions of textbooks.
And although Ponrajah considers himself a tech-savvy student, he’s confident almost anyone could find the books online. “Google is your best tool,” he said. Amir Eftekarpour, president of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA), said post-secondary students are
already faced with rising tuition fees. “Out of financial need, some students refrain from buying textbooks,” he said. But cash-strapped students might not be the only ones who find the digital format appealing. “Most publishers in Canada are looking to move entirely
online within five years,” said Eftekarpour. OUSA recently met with the Canadian Publisher’s Council and learned of the publisher’s plan to reduce the number of print textbooks it produces. “(Digital textbooks) are a very integrated learning experience. It’s an online textbook but
it also has integrated tutorials,” said Eftekarpour. But the transition from print to digital textbooks does pose a few problems. For one, students won’t have the opportunity to resell digital material like they do with physical textbooks. Reading textbooks online may not appeal to everyone, but that doesn’t mean students can’t save money. Used bookstores offer discounted course material and the university’s campus bookstore has a limited selection of titles that can be rented for the term. “(It’s) $50 for the semester instead of buying [the book] for one hundred and something dollars,” said Ponrajah. For others, buying a hard copy brand new is worth it. “I don’t like getting a used book people have highlighted in,” said hospitality and tourism student Tanika Butler. “And sometimes you buy the books at the used bookstore but then you realize you have the wrong edition. It’s just easier to come in and buy it.”
Rankings don’t rankle Sharing sounds on phones By Hailey Chan Ryersonian Staff
Until last week, Sheldon Levy had never heard of the QS World University Rankings, or the fact that Ryerson placed 701 in the report ranking the world’s top 800 universities. But he said he’s not concerned. “The only thing we can do is not make it a bigger deal than it is,” he said. “You just suffer when people do that type of thing and try to get on to the next thing and correct it for next time.”
“It takes a very retro view of universities’ value to society.” — Sheldon Levy This is the first time in eight years Ryerson made it into the world rankings. Overall, the university is tied dead last among Canadian schools with the University of Windsor. Ratings are based on the schools’ academic and employer reputations, research citations, student-to-faculty ratio, and
ratios of the international students and faculty. But the data used to evaluate Ryerson was wrong, according to Levy. “There were some huge errors, like it said we had no international faculty. We don’t know where they got that data from.” Like the school’s president, students aren’t too put off by the report. “The journalism department is supposed to be really good and that’s what I’m doing,” said Oskar Falkenverg, who is on exchange from Norway for eight months. Levy cites Ryerson’s strengths in non-traditional university values, such as innovation and entrepreneurship, as part of the reason rankings don’t provide an accurate evaluation of modern education. “Look at the categories and ask yourself if any of the categories have changed since 1920. Often, the answer is no,” said Levy. “It takes a very retro view of universities’ value to society.” With files from Sarah-Joyce Battersby.
QS World Rankings
Ryerson ranked last of 26 Canadian schools included in the ranking.
By Robby Frankel Ryersonian Staff
It wasn’t really an “aha!” moment. Rather, the idea for enRUe, the equivalent of Google Docs for audio files, evolved slowly out of an incessant need to share real-time audio files between several users as efficiently as possible. Although the smartphone app is the culmination of six years of hard work for Jacky Tuinstra Harrison, she doesn’t plan on cashing in. “The app has open source code, so anyone can copy it,” said Ryerson’s The Scope radio station manager. “We feel like its success kind of depends on other people in the community seeing our failures along the way and collaborat-
“(Making money) is not what the app is about. We want anyone to be able to use this. We just want it to work.” — Jacky Tuinstra Harrison ing on how we can fix it.” This is part of the reason enRUe has been a project so long in the making, she said, and why it still isn’t ready for launch. Development has been moving much faster lately, largely due to the drastic drop in costs for technology development that has occurred over the past several years, she said. “When we first started, we applied for a grant that was worth $500,000, because that’s how much it would have cost back then,” said Tuinstra Harrison. “We actually made it to the second stage of the
The app will allow users to share audio files in real time.
application process, but that was it. And now we’re on Indiegogo.” Indiegogo is an online fundraising website that uses crowdsourcing to find potential donors. Unlike Kickstarter, a similar site, Indiegogo users keep all the donations they receive regardless of whether they reach their initial goal. Despite asking for $12,215, Tuinstra Harrison and her crew collected $725 from their two-month campaign that will go towards enRUe. “The $12,215 was really just us being transparent about how much this would cost today,” she said. “We never expected to meet the goal. It was more for education and to get online exposure and whatnot.” Now that development is rolling, Tuinstra Harrison and her colleagues had to make the decision every app developer faces: whether or not to sell it. For enRUe’s creators, it wasn’t a decision at all. “It’s not what the app is about,” she said. “We want anyone to be able to use this. We just want it to work.” But Riley Nelko, a technology consultant at Accenture, said Tuinstra Harrison is taking the risk of missing an enormous payday.
“We feel like its success kind of depends on other people in the community seeing our failures along the way and collaborating on how we can fix it.” — Jacky Tuinstra Harrison “If the app has the same utility as Google Docs, which it sounds like it doesn’t, it could be an extremely profitable endeavour if executed properly,” said Nelko. Nelko said while Tuinstra Harrison is right in focusing on making sure the app works perfectly before it’s taken to market, he doesn’t understand the logic in not selling it. “I might steal the code and try and develop my own app once they release it,” he said half-jokingly. However, Tuinstra Harrison is adamant the app’s success depends on its open code. “We want this to be about accessibility,” she said. “We’re not going to charge for it.”
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Class add-drop stress not limited to students By Katrina Sieniuc Ryersonian Staff
Adding, dropping and swapping courses hasn’t just relieved and frustrated students — professors are also feeling the strain. Ryerson’s enrolment policy allows students to switch around their schedule during the first two weeks of the term without academic penalty or fee. Many students use the add-drop buffer as an opportunity to try and cop a spot in a full course. “I advise (my students) just to continue to monitor RAMSS and hopefully a spot will open up in one of the classes they want,” said Anne-Marie Donovan, an undergraduate program administrator in the history department. Others use those two weeks to test the waters of an unfamiliar subject area, knowing that they can drop it or swap it, and drop it again. But adding and dropping courses at the click of a button is not always as painless as it sounds; two weeks into the term, many students and staff were dealing with add-drop stress.
“Is it fair for students to expect them to catch up a quarter of the term in, and is it fair for other students to have to accommodate these students?” said Judy Finlay, an associate professor in the school of child and youth care. In Finlay’s course, newcomers will be behind the rest of the class because she assigns work on the very first day of school. “They’re handing in an assignment and it’s their second week, so that means that any student that comes now will miss an assignment and will have to make it up,” she said. Finlay said because her course is heavily structured around group work, it’s problematic when a student shows up for the first time at the start of the third week. “They haven’t participated in the course or the culture of the class,” she said. “It makes it really, really difficult for that person to integrate into the group; it’s difficult for the group, it’s difficult for the student.” Donovan said although it isn’t ideal when students join classes
late, sometimes it’s the only way to gain access to a course. “What else is the choice?” she said. “You have to get classes.” There are students, however, who have a perfect schedule from Day 1. Second-year contemporary science major Nidhi Dave and second-year child and youth care major Trisha Rolfe both said they’ve never switched around their schedules during the adddrop period. Others haven’t been so lucky. Chang school student Marise Elrahev said she tried to switch her introduction to biology course to a time that better accommodates her hour-and-a-half commute, with no success. “It’s full for now,” she said. “I’m just going to check RAMSS every day, but I’m guessing we’re already two weeks in so no one is going to drop out now.” Even though the add-drop deadline passed, Finlay said she’s anticipating new faces in her class this week. “I have my attendance sheet, I have these 10 spaces left at the bottom to write people’s names in,” she said.
Architecture students get real-life experience on Canada’s East Coast
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Ryerson students Karl Sarkis (sitting left), Elijah Sabadlan (standing left), and Mitchell May (standing, behind with grey sweater) with mentors from E.R.A. Architects earlier this summer. By Nicole Servinis Ryersonian Staff
First-hand experience is often the best kind. Ryerson student Elijah Sabadlan travelled to Newfoundland this summer to put his architectural science degree to use, but his lessons weren’t all technical. “Before we actually started working on the project, we spent time in the community getting to know the people and the history of the town, so it was more meaningful,” said Sabadlan. Sabadlan, along with four other students (two others from
Ryerson), were selected to work on a project called, “Culture of Outports: Lights of Trinity Bay North,” in historic Port Union, N.L. For two weeks, they worked with E.R.A. Architects Inc. to plan, design and recreate a park on the town’s waterfront. Foundation Square, the park’s namesake, includes a playground, firepit, picnic area and boardwalk. But most importantly it reflects who the people of Port Union are. “Kitchen parties” thrown by Port Unioners — with music, food, and fun — gave Sabadlan
and his fellow students an opportunity to get to know the people who live in town. Family and community closeness — the kind when the entire town knows what you had for breakfast and your recipe for the muffins you brought to church last Sunday — are very important to Sabadlan. He was born and raised in the big city of Toronto, but the Newfie way of life reminded him of his home back in the Philippines. “Everyone was just so welcoming. Even if they didn’t know you, they would invite you over for dinner. I miss that sense of home.”
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Overcrowded classes are a common sight at the start of a semester.
Credits would go towards a minor DMZ cont’d... “They’re thinking of the worst possible versions of corporate enterprises” and applying those principles to everything else while forgetting about philanthropic opportunities, said Randy Boyagoda, English professor and new director of zone learning. Still, the RSU questions the quality and legitimacy of education with zone learning. The credits from optional specialization do not count towards a degree. Instead, they are supplementary credits similar to a minor. Assessment is based on a pass/ fail grading system, but that doesn’t mean it’s an easy course for students. First, an admissions committee judges applicants based on their individual CVs and academic transcripts, as well as their overall business model or prototype. Upon acceptance, student groups go through stages of preparation, development, application and commercialization, all of which are evaluated by peers, Ryerson faculty and industry experts. For Amanda Parker, Ryerson alumna and entrepreneur at the DMZ since 2010, the learning approach and support from the incubator has not only helped her two consulting companies thrive, but her growth as a business owner.
“You face harsh criticism in business, but you have to be prepared for it,” she said. “Competition is key. You have to get the best of the best.” Parker said the DMZ has given her a significant leg up, as it’s allowed her to network with industry mentors and other entrepreneurs who keep her inspired. It’s another benefit that optional specialization students can take advantage of. Parker’s latest company, Innohub, a design and development startup which boasts big-name clients such as Pepsi and Indigo, was co-founded by a colleague she met at the DMZ. “We’d love it if everyone here turned into Mark Zuckerberg, but that’s not the focus of zone learning,” said Boyagoda. Another ongoing concern for the RSU is only certain students can benefit from optional specialization. It creates an inaccessible, selective learning environment if private companies are able to decide whose research gets accredited and whose doesn’t, said Lawrence. The RSU memorandum also argues that students won’t be able to take advantage of the program if an idea isn’t commercially profitable. But for some, it’s just the reality of the trade. “I think you learn through having goals,” said Parker. “People have to pay bills and rent, unfortunately.”
Ryerson officially a Changemaker By Lee Marshall Ryersonian Staff
Ryerson became the first Canadian university to be named an Ashoka Changemaker U today. The designation recognizes 24 institutions globally as leaders in social innovation. To earn the designation, Ryerson paid a fee and completed an application process that involved individual interviews and travel to Arlington, Va. Thirty students worked on the application committee alongside faculty and staff.
Wendy Cukier, Ryerson’s president of research and innovation, says Ryerson was recognized because innovation and experiential learning are embedded across the university. Ashoka began in 1980 as a fellowship program to fund social entrepreneurs, like Wikipedia inventor Jimmy Wales. Cukier says the designation is very well known internationally. Ryerson will not receive money from Ashoka, but the prestige may help more students earn funding for studies in the social sciences.
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Budgeting dollars and sense As enrolment at Canadian universities continues to rise, tuition costs are higher than ever before and the arduous task of repaying debt looms in the not-so-distant future for many graduating students. Money-related stress isn’t easy to cope with, but there are some simple steps students can take towards being financially literate. By Sarah Murphy Ryersonian Staff
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“Money is always going to be an issue,” says Eric Zaworski, a fourth-year Ryerson student who has learned about the value of money the old-fashioned way. This past summer, Zaworski held down three jobs: running the gamut from valet parking at a high-end steakhouse to working at Ryerson’s own Digital Media Zone. He says he’s had worse jobs and been less financially stable. Although he’s taken out OSAP for the first time this year, he has a reasonable and relatively optimistic outlook on his situation for the upcoming school year. “I may be in debt now, but I’m 23,” he says. “I have no mouths to feed and I’m not financially responsible for anyone else but myself.” But covering his personal expenses isn’t an insignificant cost. He receives help with half of his tuition, but covers the rest of it in addition to rent, books, transportation, internet, food and a cellphone bill. Put simply, all of his living expenses. As for his social life? “Maybe $50 or $60 a month,” he says. A 2010 survey released by TD Canada Trust found that 21 per cent of Canadian students were stressed about their finances, while another 36 per cent said that they felt anxious. Yet tuition fees are still on the rise. According to a recent report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, fees for this fall average $6,610, and by 2017 tuition is expected to triple what it cost in 1990. ••• Experts agree that knowing exactly what you spend is the first step to proper money management for students. Tai Sheng Ju teaches economics and finance at William International College of Business and Technology in Toronto. As a
Award-winning personal finance reporter Melissa Leong of the National Post gives three financial tools that all students should know:
“I almost became homeles Zaworski. “And then I see people at places like Holt Renfrew.” After losing his job during winter term, he was left fumblin turned to the Community Food R from the Ryerson Students’ Un access to food and nutrition for th a helpful but strange experience f “I still have nice clothes and foundation, but I can’t afford gro bers thinking. “It was a real harro Josh Kolm / Ryersonian Staff had to borrow money from a cou came out of it in the clear, but it recent alumnus of Ryerson, he says that keeping an honest record of spending during school is a necessity, pointing out that everyday pretty close to the brink.” It may have been a more extreme expe spending adds up quickly. “They don’t understand the idea of an opportunity cost,” he Ryerson students will have to face, but savings long way when unexpected costs arise. says. “That this money could have been doing something else.” “If I could go in to a hot tub time machine a Students should think small-scale, or as Ju puts it, “If you don’t eat out once, you could actually take your girlfriend out to a I would tell myself not to dye my hair blonde, says Leong, half-jokingly. “Because when the movie.” He illustrates his point, explaining that eating out one $10 meal costs that come up – for example, when I lost needed to buy another one and it was $50 and a day adds up to roughly $300 a month. “Take whatever rent you have now and put $300 on top of that properly, it was money that I didn’t have.” She also points to unforeseen emergencies and you could probably have a brilliantly nice place,” he reasons. replacing a lost Metropass (Editor’s note – this h “But most people choose not to. It’s simply a choice. It’s the opporweek. Kill me. I think this interview jinxed m tunity that they’ve missed out on.” While any student might be horrified to discover that they’re can sneak up. According to BMO’s 2013 Annual Rainy D spending a whopping $300 a month on dining out, Ju suggests that collects information on the saving habits of Can envisioning that money going towards something else is a more of the participants have less than $1,000 saved effective way of curbing the habit of over-spending. National Post personal finance writer Melissa Leong also cies. It also revealed that 43 per cent of those po believes that keeping track of spending is the most important step three months’ worth of living expenses saved, w living paycheque to paycheque. when trying to comply with your budget. Although it may be unfair to hold students t “You can’t manage your money if you have no clue what comes in and what goes out,” she says. “So, make a list of earn- standards as working Canadians, establishing g ings from your job, or your loan, or your grants or things that your early is the key to avoiding trouble after gradua parents gave you and then keep track of everything that you spend ••• (money) on.” Leong looks at spending as a matter of need versus want. “Being good with your money has nothing While everyone spends differently — be it a passion for movies, finance or understanding the stock market or be clothes or beer — it’s easy for everyone to lose track of what’s leaving their wallet. It’s OK to devote a portion of your earnings a learned habit,” says Leong. “If you learn a few to having fun and enjoying nice things (I mean, if Parks and Rec today, you’ll save yourself a lot of stress later o
Don’t let the name fool you — though it stands for Tax-Free Savings Account, a TFSA is an investment tool, not just a place to park your money. Any amount you put in here can be used to invest in stocks, bonds or other financial instruments and any interest or profit you gain from your investments remain tax-free from the government.
Knowing what you’re spending is key for every money-savvy student. Leong suggests a budgeting app like Mint for easily keeping track of where your dollars go — and at the end of the month you’ll receive a good wake-up call when you see how much money you’ve drank away in coffee.
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She emphasizes that in addition to monitoring their cash, students should be extremely careful with money that doesn’t actually belong to them. Credit cards can be “evil” if misused, and she also warns that student loans are not “a windfall of money to spend at the bar or to buy the latest iPhone.” It’s an easy habit to fall into since the “prospect of paying it off is so far away,” but she has tips for repaying student loans, as well. Students borrowing OSAP have a six-month grace period following graduation during which they do not have to make any payments and are only charged interest on the portion of their loan that comes from the federal government (interest on the Ontario portion is covered by the provincial government). It may seem like an easy break, but Leong recommends using this time to start paying back the loan aggressively. She specifically advocates for automatic withdrawals that channel money towards paying off the loan. “Then you don’t have to think about it,” she says. Of course, this assumes that recent graduates have obtained stable employment. For current students and grads alike, however, the bleak job market presents an opportunity to get creative with making and saving money. A recent McGill graduate (he asked that his name be withheld for reasons related to his job in print media) got particularly crafty his first summer home from university. At his dad’s suggestion, he began selling family and friends’ “junk” for them on eBay, keeping a percentage of the sale. He sold a lot of used and broken IKEA furniture. “The resale value on that stuff is terrific,” he says, but his best sale was a set of a neighbour’s golf clubs. While he wasn’t making what his peers with more conventional summer jobs were, he remembers, “It was enough to take a bunch back to school and pay for entertainment all summer.” Back at school, he ran a frugality blog where he would inform the McGill population of fundraisers, meetings and events that provided free food for students. “Mostly, I liked to celebrate that there were samosas,” he says when asked why he started the blog. “I ate a lot of samosas.” Like Zaworski, he made a conscious effort to scope out deals and limit his social spending. The goal was $20 a weekend. ••• Both of them are on the right track, according to Leong and Ju. Knowing what you make and what you spend is of utmost importance, and trying to bank a little extra for emergencies is a good idea. It’s not as grim a lifestyle as it sounds, either. Zaworski saves additional costs by cooking almost all of his meals. As a vegetarian, that means a lot of the same stir-fry dishes, but he maintains strict self-imposed rules when it comes to food. “Do not eat food out ever,” he warns. “Ever. Do not do it. Bring Tupperware.” It’s that kind of discipline with his cash that has allowed him to treat himself to a big-ticket reward once a year. Last year it was a vacation, this year it was Kanye West concert tickets. “The experience is worth more than the initial blow to your wallet,” he says, defending the splurge. It’s a method that provides some food for thought — as long as that food isn’t takeout. — With files from Stephanie Chan
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I remember last year — I work on a bunch of music stuff — I needed stands for my speakers. I literally just taped a bunch of orange juice containers together to use as speaker stands. You’d walk into my room and you’d literally just see a bunch of orange juice containers duct-taped together…Every piece of furniture in my room is pretty dingy and from different areas. Aaron Mohr Second-year graphic communications management
One excellent way to save money is that instead of using a backpack and buying all that canvas and spending money at Staples, you use a plastic bag that you already have at home and you look like a hobo because bohemians are cool and you have a sweet plastic bag full of your stuff. I was going to throw it out anyway so why not use it a little bit. Chris Moniz Fifth-year psychology
I’m not bringing my wallet around with me so I’m only bringing around cash with me all the time. For example, ten bucks a day… No debit card, no credit. I have $500 in my drawer so I have to pick that out every week. I don’t buy snacks. I don’t buy junk food outside. I’ve been doing this since school started, so like a week and a half. It’s pretty hard because I always have to make my lunch and dinner every day. I hope to do this till the semester ends but realistically I see myself doing this for another two months. Minjee Park Fourth-year hospitality
The LCBO is what I spend the most of my money on. So you get drunk before you go to the bar and since you’re drunk, when you go to the bar, you only need to get one drink or something. I get whatever’s on sale. I go within the range of what I like and hope it’s on sale. If not I just get the lesser expensive beer. I do this mainly every weekend. Corbin Payne Third-year hospitality
All I brought for lunch today was toast. It’s pretty good. I’ve been doing it all week. I have breakfast and dinner so it’s fine. I’m not hungry. I’ve gotten used to it. I’ll have cereal when I get home and it’ll be OK. Laura Rojas Second-year arts and contemporary studies
Automatic Savings Plan Having an amount automatically deposited into your savings account from your chequing account every month is an easy way to make sure that you’re always packing something away. If $100 isn’t possible, even $30 or $40 a month helps. The bank can help you to easily set up an automatic deposit, which leaves you free from worrying that you’ve overspent for the month.
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London’s Calling: Ryerson students win Topshop design contest By Kelsey Rolfe Ryersonian Staff
London was calling to four Ryerson students, whose Canadian-inspired fashion designs caught the eye of Hudson’s Bay Co. executives and British retailer Topshop. The team created a 10-piece fashion line and business plan for Topshop to enter the Canadian market, and won a trip across the pond to present it. “It was a really great experience ... it makes you so much more engaged with school, and so motivated. You realize what university can offer,” said retail management student Julia Hart. Their challenge: appeal to the hearts and minds of Canadian consumers, while staying true to the British brand. The winning team — retail management students including Hart, Michaela Atkinson, Mary Jinny Kim, and fashion design student Elizabeth Chung — presented a collection they called Memento. Atkinson says each piece was inspired by a specific place in Canada. “We wanted it to really embody the whole country, and not just be so urban-centric,” she said. “A lot of the time people only think of Toronto or they only think of Montreal when they think of Canada, but there’s so much more to it,” said Atkinson. The final collection sectioned off into six regions: the North, the East and West Coasts, the Prairies, central Canada, and French Canada. The results are pieces like a warm, northern Canada-themed jacket with a colour scheme that evokes
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Auyuittuq National Park in Nunavut, or a strapless dress with a print of the Gatineau Lakes area in Quebec. The project started in the classroom of Donna Smith’s special sectors class for retail management students, which has them studying fashion. The thirdand fourth-year students split into groups of three and, with funds from Topshop, “hired” one fashion design student to help develop their line.
“We wanted it to really embody the whole country.” —Michaela Atkinson The groups showcased the results: a research book that included brand development information, sketches for the line, financial and marketing plans, and a press kit, to a team from the Hudson’s Bay Co., who decided which team was London-bound. With the Topshop executives, the line was a hit. “They really liked that our marketing plan (tied) in consumers with an emotional connection,” Kim said. She added that the executives were “so supportive and welcoming, (and) as young people in the industry it was really encouraging.” The Memento line is not going into production, but the team says they learned a lot from the experience. “Having the opportunity to put something together from start to finish was a really big part of it,” Hart said.
Courtesy Mary Kim
Above: Sketches from the Memento line. Below: (left to right) Elizabeth Chung, Mary Jinny Kim, Julia Hart, Michaela Atkinson, Prof. Donna Smith.
In the Zone: Ryerson fashion startup success By Lauren Murphy Ryersonian Staff
The next big runway look may just come from within our campus walls. With the launch of Ryerson’s Fashion Zone, students can access a wealth of resources and mentorship in order to turn their big dreams of starting their own fashion label or venture into reality. Similar to the Digital Media Zone, the Zone serves as an incubator for students’ fashion business aspirations. Its innovative approach takes students’ artistic craft and offers training in the more nitty gritty business aspect. “The Zone gives students an opportunity to graduate with more than just a degree,” said Robert Orr, the chair of the Ryerson’s school of fashion. “Come to Ryerson, spend four years with us ... maybe hang around for the equivalent of another semester or two, and graduate with a startup,” said Orr. The Fashion Zone’s pilot project began in May 2013 with the school of fashion selecting
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From left to right: Aeon designers Wei Ming Yuan, Patrick Lum, Wei Dong Yuan
three teams out of 29 applicants who submitted business plans. The winners will further develop their ideas at the Fashion Zone with the guidance of industry professionals.
Orr believes there are many opportunities with the Zone, and some students have already made their mark. “You get a great hands-on learning experience at Ryerson,” he says.
“So wouldn’t it be great if you could make money at it?” For Wei Dong Yuan, his twin brother Wei Ming Yuan and their friend Patrick Lum, the Zone’s aspirations have come to
fruition. The men are part of the Zone’s pilot project Aeon Attire. Specializing in fashion-forward accessories, like cat-eye sunglasses and chunky scarves, Lum and the brothers describe their line as “Club Monaco meets Urban Outfitters, but at affordable prices.” However, there are some hurdles to being one of the Zone’s first projects. “It’s a little bit up in the air, because it’s like being the first born child,” Lum says. “We have to figure out everything on our own for the first time.” As one of the more advanced startups in the project, Aeon Attire focused on running a crowdsourcing campaign to support their release of a new line of sunglasses during their summer tenure at the Zone. The team earned $11,386 in only 34 days on Indiegogo, a popular crowdsourcing website. Orr hopes to secure a permanent space for the Zone as early as October and adds that open calls for applications for future Zoners are coming soon.
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The List: film events this month Suffering from TIFF withdrawal? The star-studded festival may be over, but that doesn’t mean the city is done celebrating its film obsession. We’ve got a list of wallet-friendly screenings this week. And by wallet-friendly, we mean free. Scotiabank “Summer of Free” Movie Tour The last free movie of the summer is actually on Ryerson’s campus. Bring your student ID and something to sit on. The “hilarious college movie on campus” is still being determined. Where: the Quad When: Tonight at 9:30 p.m. William Kurelek’s The Maze A documentary about the life of Canadian artist William Kurelek. His work spans from illustrating children’s books to pieces used as Van Halen album art. Kurelek suffered suicidal attempts and painted The Maze during his time at the Maudsley Psychiatric Hospital in London in 1952. The film hopes to capture the artist’s greatest work as he fought his inner demons. Where: OCAD University When: Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. Toronto Feedback Film Festival Hosted by the Carlton Cinema, the Feedback Festival features a lineup of short films from around the world. The films range from comedies to animation and come from the U.K., Switzerland, Germany, Brazil and Canada. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve seats. Where: Carlton Cinemas When: Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.
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Ryerson short film ‘Noah’ gets big break with TIFF win By Jonathan Forani Ryersonian Staff
Big things really do come in small packages — at least on YouTube. Ryerson grads Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg can surely attest to that after their short film Noah won YouTube’s award for Best Canadian Short Film at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday. “We were both shocked to hear we had won,” said Cederberg in a Facebook message Monday. “We figured there was no way we could take top honours. When they announced it, we just kind of sat there. The other filmmakers at our table were patting us on the back, and some lady had to run over and tell us to get up on stage.” Co-director Woodman shared Cederberg’s humble reaction. “It felt ridiculous to win. They probably just pulled our names out of a hat,” joked Woodman. “We felt like crying. And jumping around. We felt like we finally did it.” Their film Noah tells the simple story of a teenager’s deteriorating relationship, but communicates much more through its innovative filmmaking. The short film unfolded entirely on a computer screen. Woodman and Cederberg used a webcam to film the story that zips across Facebook, Google, iMessage and ChatRoulette (the latter in its most NSFW scenes). Existing entirely on a screen, Noah is a kind of commentary on the digital age. The Ryerson grads’
innovative take on contemporary relationships has been garnering rave reviews, most of which are fittingly online. Peter Sciretta of SlashFilm. com said the film “could be this generation’s John Hughes movie.” Michael Bolen of the Huffington Post Canada said the film is “guaranteed to make you sad, but also prompt questions about what life online is doing to young people today.” A post about the film on the popular gossip site Gawker has had close to 160,000 hits. The duo were even interviewed by the New Yorker’s Betsy Morais last week, who called watching Noah “entrancing and poisonous.” Since its release on TIFF’s YouTube channel Sept. 9, Noah has gone viral, and the filmmakers owe much of the success to a poster named “snitch11” who put the video on Reddit. “When we went to bed it was at like 700 views, and then by the end of the next day we were up to 100,000 views, which is insane,” said Woodman last Wednesday in an exclusive interview with The Ryersonian. It only picked up from there. “We keep refreshing the YouTube video and looking at the views like ‘What!’ I couldn’t even imagine 100,000 people in a room.” What about 700,000 people in a room? At time of writing, that’s how many views the video had, and Sunday’s win will certainly add to the count. “It’s so cherry-on-top-ofthe-cake,” said Woodman. “It’s just been amazing.” The on-screen setting of Noah was about saving money,
too, as much as it was about commenting on the YouTube generation. “That was just on beer and pizza too,” said Woodman of their micro-budget. “When we were coming up with the idea, we said, ‘We are broke, so we don’t want to spend too much money.’” Woodman and Cederberg are in good company with their Sunday TIFF win. Previous short-film award recipients include two-time winner Deco Dawson and New York University film grad Ian Harnarine. Woodman and Cederberg were among 10 winners announced on the final day of the festival Sunday. The duo is keeping their sights set on their next project
and trying not to let the big win go to their Hollywood-bound heads. “All the exposure is a little daunting,” said Cederberg. “A lot of really cool and talented people have been reaching out to us, but there is a lot to sort through and figure out — especially when it comes to what direction we want to go next.” For now, that means staying true to who they are as filmmakers despite all the attention. “Nothing has changed. We certainly have a lot more opportunities but we are still just going to do what we think is best for us,” says Woodman. “We’re pretty easy-going guys.”
Experimental films mark one year of RIC By Samantha Fernandes Ryersonian Staff
We’re not in Kansas anymore. “Moving Frames, Shifting Boundaries: Artistic Experiments and Innovation in Film and Video,” featuring 65 films by first and secondyear Ryerson students, opens tonight at the Ryerson Image Centre’s first exhibition of the year. However don’t expect the usual popcorn fare – the films showing at the exhibit are all designated “experimental.” The films were produced over the past two years as part of film and new media classes taught by Gerda Cammaer and Pierre Tremblay, who are the curators of the exhibition. “I think it’s an excellent showcase of what we actually do in the school of image arts, particularly in the film program and the documentary media program,” says Cammaer. The program is organized into three parts — odes to experiment, pop culture and Iceland.
Cammaer says the exhibition offers an opportunity for newer students to showcase their talent — something often reserved for fourth-year or graduating students. “What we want to do is really show that the students who come to our school are very talented even before they start their formal training,” says Cammaer.
Third-year film studies student Lucas Ford’s I Know Places documents his experience on a 10-day workshop run by instructor Tremblay in Iceland last summer. “It’s a really exciting opportunity to kind of promote student works because a lot of student projects just stay as school projects,” says Ford. “It’s also an opportunity to get expo-
sure for ourselves, not only just within the Ryerson community, but all of Toronto.” Second-year film studies student Sydney Boniface thinks the exhibition offers a unique experience for film junkies. Boniface’s work Senses was shot on 15-mm film and explores the experience of sensory memory.
Courtesy Lucas Ford
“It’s a different kind of viewing experience,” says Boniface. “You’re not going to get the type of narrative that you’re going to be able to see at a movie theatre.” Though the Image Centre also houses non-student exhibitions in the main gallery space, student gallery co-ordinator Sara Angelucci says they try to link the student gallery thematically with the centre’s other programming. Students can submit their work online until the end of June for exhibitions featured in the upcoming school year. “For our students, it’s an amazing opportunity that we have a student gallery where we can show their work,” says Cammaer. Boniface agrees. “I’ve never really had an experience where the building is dedicated to such a small program,” she says. “Moving Frames, Shifting Boundaries: Artistic Experiments and Innovation in Film and Video” goes tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Ryerson Image Centre student gallery. The exhibit runs until Oct. 27.
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Ryerson’s Athletic Council ready for action By Amir-Pashah Tabrizian-Pour Ryersonian Staff
The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) has stepped up its efforts to gather support for the university’s sports teams by forming a council dedicated to athletics. The newly created Athletics Council, formed this summer, has aims of planning new sporting programs and initiatives to support the Ryerson Rams. “We decided that to actually get work done … we would need a council of individuals (representing) various parts of the campus to organize and figure out ways that we can support the Ryerson Rams,” said Danielle Brogan, RSU vice-president of student life and events. The most significant part of the seven-seat council will be the “blue and gold crew,” a group that will reach out to students and rally the fan base to support their favourite teams, said Brogan. “It is an outlet for students – athletes or non-athletes – to
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Danielle Brogan, RSU.
come together and attend games and support the various sports that they want to,” she said. “We want them to go out and know that there’s a space that they can go to – by themselves or with their friends – and cheer on the Ryerson Rams.” Although the council won’t have its first formal meeting
until this week, initiatives are in action. “In the two big games during orientation week, we’ve been giving out a ton of stuff,” said Brogan. “Stuff like hand clappers, thunder sticks and tattoos, stickers, and just promoting the blue and gold crew.” For Rams soccer player Armin Tankovic, having an athletic council is very important. “Other schools have had it … and we’ve needed it for a while,” said Tankovic, adding that the most important issue is getting people to the games. The Athletics Council is working closely with Ryerson Athletics and Recreation to plan and organize initiatives in the short and long term. “We plan on this initiative to grow, so we have to look into sources of sponsorship or funding,” said Brogan. “We always like to make sure and maintain that everything we do is free for students.”
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IN SPORTS THIS WEEK Baseball (M) Sat. Sept. 21, Rams vs. Queen’s, Megaffin Park (Kingston), 1 p,m. and 4 p.m. Hockey (M) Sat. Sept. 21, Rams vs. UOIT at Campus Ice Centre, 7:30 p.m. Hockey (W) Fri. Sept. 20, Rams vs. Uni of Massachusetts, MAC, 7:30 p.m. Sat. Sept. 21, Rams vs. NAIT, MAC, 2:30 p.m. Sun. Sept. 22, Rams vs. Carleton, MAC, 2:30 p.m. Volleyball (M) Sat. Sept. 21, Alumni game, MAC, Noon
Soccer (M) Today. Rams vs. Trent, Downsview Park, 8 p.m. Sat. Sept. 21, Rams vs. Queen’s, West Campus Field (Kingston) 3:15 p.m. Sun. Sept. 22, Rams vs. RMC, Inner Field (Kingston), 3:15 p.m. Soccer (W) Today. Rams vs. Trent, Downsview Park, 6 p.m. Sat. Sept. 21, Rams vs. Queen’s, West Campus Field, 1 p.m. Sun. Sept. 22, Rams vs. RMC, Inner Field, 1 p.m.
Lisa Haley: Off to the Olympics By Hays Morrison Ryersonian Staff
As a young kid, Lisa Haley found herself playing road hockey in the backyard with her two older brothers, describing it as a natural fit for her. The Ryerson Rams’ first women’s hockey coach has come a long way from those days. She’s leaving Ryerson University for Sochi, Russia, where she will be the assistant coach for the Canadian national senior women’s hockey team at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Haley played hockey for five years at Concordia University before making the transition from hockey player to coach after she finished school. Her career began in her hometown of Halifax, where she got involved with a club team that flourished into a varsity team – Saint Mary’s University Huskies. She was excited to do it all again when Ryerson’s women’s hockey team formed in 2011. Haley helped the women’s team record its first-ever
Ontario University Athletics conference victory on Oct. 15, 2011. “We are a young program and we have to enjoy ourselves through the early years of building the program to a level that we can compete nationally,” says Haley. Haley is leaving the hockey team in good hands with interim coach Pierre Alain. They have been colleagues for nearly a decade. “We go back eight or nine years with Hockey Canada, we’ve coached at some world championships together, enjoyed some gold medals,” says Haley. Haley says she has a lot of respect for the way Alain coaches the game and believes the passion and the fun he brings to the game will be well-received by the team this season. The Ryerson Rams take to the ice on Sept. 20 against the University of Massachusetts at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. For more on Lisa Haley, check out www.ryersonian.ca.
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Ryerson reporter on the road to Russia Third-year journalism student heads to Sochi to cover the Winter Games By Nicholas Carafa Ryersonian Staff
Ryan McKenna knew he wanted to be a sports broadcaster since his days in elementary school. A decade later, this dream is becoming a reality. McKenna, a third-year journalism student and Ryerson Rams broadcaster from Central Bedeque, P.E.I., is heading to Sochi in March to cover sledge hockey at the Winter Paralympic Games for the International Paralympics Committee (IPC). “I’ve always had the passion for sports, and to have the chance to mix sports and broadcasting together, that’s an ideal career for me,” says McKenna. It was his application to be a reporter for the World Junior Curling Championship, also in Russia, that brought the opportunity to broadcast sledge hockey for the IPC. While McKenna didn’t get the curling reporting position, he did get a gig writing for the IPC, and after months contributing to its website, McKenna says the once-
in-a-lifetime opportunity to be their play-by-play guy in Sochi came knocking at his door. “Back in 2010 when Sidney Crosby scored the golden goal, never in my wildest dreams would I think that I would be in the next location for the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” says McKenna. “It’s one of those things where you have to make the most of it. I’m going to have to work really hard but I’m going to make sure I enjoy it, too.” Although McKenna isn’t heading to Sochi until next March, he says he is still writing and producing features. One topic of particular interest is Russia’s history with hockey. “Back in 2010, (Russia) didn’t even have (a sledge hockey) program, and yet (now) they’re ranked in the world’s top three,” he says. “Russia has the resources and a rich hockey history to begin with, so the resources are going to be there. They’re going to be up there with Canada and
Student chooses class after life of competition By Kim Brown Ryersonian Staff
Student by day, rhythmic gymnast and fashion designer by night; life is a fine balancing act for Kelsey Titmarsh. Having put her routines to bed and long days of training behind her, Titmarsh is now focusing on being a student in Ryerson’s fashion program. But before hitting the books, Titmarsh dedicated a majority of her life to gymnastics. She joined the Canadian Junior National Team in 2005 and became a senior athlete four years later. She competed in the Pan American Games, the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships and the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Being a competitor was a full-time job, one that left little free time for the athlete. Retiring from the sport has given Titmarsh a much-needed break, as well as the opportunity to do other things. “It was kind of like a big breather,” says the second-year
student about no longer having to train constantly. “I actually get to meet friends, I actually get to go to parties. I never got to do that before.” A high school field trip to a Ryerson fashion show, coupled with her long-time interest in fashion, inspired her to get off the competition track and into a classroom. “I pictured myself in however many years, all my designs being on the runway,” she says. Titmarsh says she hopes to marry her love of gymnastics and fashion by designing costumes for future Olympians. Having travelled and seen different cultural styles, she says she has a lot of inspiration she can draw on. “I would just love to be able to be part of that experience,” she says. “A lot of what you wear represents how other countries see you and I think Canada’s done a wonderful job.” To see a video interview with gymnast Kelsey Titmarsh, visit ryersonian.ca
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Kelsey Titmarsh competes at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
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Ryan McKenna is set to cover sledge hockey this March. He feels good about Team Canada’s chances.
the U.S. competing for the gold medal.” Canada has reached the podium three times in the sport’s history, grabbing bronze in 1994, silver in 1998 and gold in 2006. McKenna says Canada is favoured to bring home a medal in next year’s games, but results are often unpredictable.
“Canada and the U.S. are right there together, but you have teams like Russia who will be very dominant and you never know because there could be that underdog team (that could surprise everyone),” he says. “On the other hand, the Czech Republic and Norway are the older teams, so they will have experience (on their side).”
The Rams’ play-by-play man isn’t really sure what Sochi even looks like, what the weather’s like or how he’ll handle the ninehour time difference, but he is certain that this experience will be invaluable in his journey to finding a broadcasting career upon his eventual graduation.
A Magical Matchup
Chantale Dahmer / Ryersonian Staff
They may not be able to fly, but students still had a ball at Sunday’s Quidditch tournament. The fictional game, popularized in the Harry Potter books, came to life over the weekend when Ryerson hosted McMaster and University of Toronto for a friendly meeting of magical sport.
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What I think about when I think about running . . .
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
By Natalie Chu Ryersonian Staff
As I peered down at my feet, (ah, journalism). Exercise was a sudden wave of panic came definitely the prescribed cure, over me. but something I’ve never been I sat, lacing up a pair of run- particularly good at, or good at ners I bought the summer before. keeping up with in, the past. They were shiny and stiff, indiI figured I was determined cating how my previous aspira- this time around. Determined to tions had fallen short. prove to myself that I could be a For some reason, my lack of runner. Anyone can do it, right? conditioning escaped me at the I also figured it was time to moment, I agreed to go for an join all the runners I saw speck“easy five-kilometre run” with a led around the city. My daily friend of mine, a commute always former track star. seemed to be I’m a Nutella on Your legs met with some everything, waffle sort of running will give out. You’ll be pantWednesdays, deep- pack, or a couple ing, sweating and seniors runfried-is-better kind of moving slower ning faster than than a turtle, the I thought possiof person. shoes seemed to ble. It was silly say, mocking me. and superficial, but I wanted to They weren’t far off. fit in. One of my bucket list Mostly, I wanted the sense goals has always been to run of camaraderie all runners seem the Scotiabank Toronto half to share. My sister, a marathon marathon. My latest marathon runner herself, used to tell me attempt, however, had been four that it’s runner’s code to wave seasons of Arrested Development at every other runner you pass on Netflix — and I finished along your route, like boaters on pretty fast. a lake. So I grabbed my friend The summer had been spent and out we went. seeing how long I could stay in As expected, it wasn’t bed without feeling like a com- fabulous. A few other runners plete sloth and lamenting over zipped by as we circled Trinity another season of unemployment Bellwoods park, while I, moving
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at a speed-walk pace, couldn’t quiet my heavy breathing. Everyone looked much more toned and fit, and I started feeling self-conscious as I realized this was taking so much out of me. After walking the final stretch back, I felt the need to apologize to my friend, who smiled and insisted that it would get easier. It was hard to believe, though. The next morning, everything was sore. My shoulders ached. My legs throbbed. My back was incredibly stiff, and I had made the first amateur mistake: forgetting to stretch.
Yes, I contemplated quitting. But I was too determined to concede. By the end of the month, things finally started to change. Soon, five kilometres seemed too short a distance to warrant a run, I found it difficult to take rest days, and I started classifying everything I ate in terms of performance “fuel.” I was becoming one of those people. I’m a Nutella on everything, waffle Wednesdays, deep-friedis-better kind of person. Old habits die hard, but soon kale, chia and flax started making regular appearances on my plate. The biggest dietary change? Drinking
There’s this beautiful, mysterious feeling of not being able to figure out where everything around you ends and you begin. No matter, I told myself I would go out for a run every day regardless of how I felt, knowing I needed to develop the discipline. So I did, and for the first couple weeks, nothing really changed. I kept running the same route, and perhaps my body plateaued. It felt like a chore.
more water instead of four cups of coffee a day. My former self would call that sacrilegious. Yes, runner’s high exists, and I’ve woken up at sunrise, sprinted through rainstorms, and braved 40 degree weather to get it. It’s not always easy to attain. There are still days when short
runs feel like dragging dead weight, but I’ve learned that, like most things in life, you just need to bear through the mundane to get to the good stuff. Sometimes I ask myself why I continue to run. The question usually pops into my head during the initial warm-up — the hardest part, in my opinion — when your body transitions from being sedentary into motion. But somewhere between mile seven and eight, everything starts making sense. For a while, my legs no longer feel separate from the ground below, and there’s this beautiful, mysterious feeling of not being able to figure out where everything around you ends and you begin. That’s the most rewarding aspect for me. For a few hours each week, the world seems to slow down perfectly. There’s nothing to attend to: no Twitter feed to update, no email to answer, nothing to stress over. It’s great being away from it all. Save the minimal sleep I get already, runs are a time to myself, and they’re worth every step.
Should Quidditch be a varsity sport?
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David Salem First-year arts
“It’s from a popular book, so it would be cool. I think it would be fun to see a game.”
“If Ryerson had a varsity team I would definitely play. I grew up watchingHarry Potter.”
“I totally love it. I saw them yesterday walking with their brooms and it looked amazing. Other universities have it so Ryerson should too.”
“I wouldn’t play but I would definitely want to see a live version of the game. I have no idea what to expect ... I mean you can’t have flying broom sticks.”
Second-year retail management