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Will Ford’s free speech policy make Ryerson flinch?

Rye has no plans to change its free speech policy despite Ford announcement

By Emerald Bensadoun You get free expression because the students to ensure students’ voices
and Maggie Macintosh community’s committed to it,” he are heard.
said. Sofo attended a late summer
Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s recent The Higher Education Qual- barbecue hosted by the premier
campus free speech announcement ity Council of Ontario (HEQCO) where Ford spoke about the impor-
won’t make much of a difference at is a government research agency tance of allowing PC youth a space
Ryerson University, experts say. that currently works to improve to speak and congregate openly on
During a press conference two accountability on college and campuses across Ontario—some-
weeks ago, the provincial govern- university campuses. Starting next thing the student politician said
ment demanded Ryerson, along fall, universities will have to report conservative students already do at
with every other publicly-funded to HEQCO with an annual report Ryerson without issue.
university and college in Ontario, about the status of free speech on However, Marshall Dar-
defend controversial speakers and their campus. The province has byshire, director of membership
student groups on campus by creat- the power to respond with reduc- for the Ryerson Campus Conser- Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced a new free speech policy on university and
ing free speech policies—or face op- tions to a school’s operating grant vatives, was quick to point out college campuses | ILLUSTRATION: ALANNA RIZZA
erational funding cuts. funding if they don’t comply. the conference with headliner
The policy was announced Aug. Provincial operating grants are is- Peterson was cancelled last
g involve
30, giving Ontario campuses four sued to publicly-assisted universities summer and the student con-
months to develop and publicly post and colleges of applied arts and tech- servative group event hosting
in g e t t in
their own free speech policies that nology by the Ministry of Advanced founder of the alt-right web- Interested tudents' Union?
S nt rights?
with your
meet a minimum standard laid out Education and Skills Develop- site Rebel Media Ezra Levant, was
by the government. ment. Grants for basic operations, disrupted by protestors.
dvocate for stude
The new policies must protect enrollment, bilingual programs,
Want to a

free speech and also ensure hate Aboriginal education, students
“It’s important for
speech and discrimination are with disabilities, first generation
us to give room for

banned on campus. students, health human resource

people to express

Ryerson administration was al- programs and special purpose

ready in the midst of finalizing a grants are among those the province their views, but also
new free speech policy when Ford’s offers post-secondary institutions, that has to be done
surprise announcement was made. according to the Government of
in a very respectful
The university decided to review Ontario website.
the university’s current free speech The announcement isn’t about
A re O p e n
statement, which was published in free speech, but rather party politics
ination s
2010, after Ryerson cancelled an
August 2017 panel discussion. The
and “Ford playing to his base,” Turk
said. “What it’s really about is part
Darbyshire said he didn’t allow
reporters from The Eye to enter the Nom
panel featured controversial Uni- of his right [wing] attack on liberal event with Levant because they were
s Directors
versity of Toronto professor Jordan values and liberal institutions. It’s late. But at the time, he told them it of
Peterson, known for criticizing gen- part of his anti-intellectual, anti- was “because I don’t like you.” e n ta ti v e s - Board
der-neutral pronouns, and neo-Nazi elite strategy.” While the conservative student Faculty R of Arts Director agement
lty n
Faith Goldy. Ryerson cancelled the The Ontario provincial gov- applauded Ford’s new policy, he • 1 Facu gers School of Ma
event amid backlash from staff and ernment did not respond to a re- said he doubts attitudes surround- • 1 Ted R
students, citing safety concerns. quest for comment in time for ing anti-choice protestors on tative
James Turk, the director of publication. campus and groups like the Men’s s t Ye a r Represen
F ir e
Ryerson’s Centre for Free Ex- No stranger to the political Issues Awareness Group, which
e n ta ti v e Committe
Graduate erson
pression who helped rework the arena, Chang School Dean Marie was denied club status by the RSU
p nce
• 1 Chair Chairperson Fina nt Life
university’s statement on free Bountrogianni said a policy that and lost a lawsuit over the case,
speech over the summer, told would defund Ontario universi- will change. ty e
The Eye the updated statement, ties and colleges would be “a very Echoing the university’s current • 1 Depu Chairperson Stud
u ty
which has yet to be approved difficult policy to implement.” free speech statement, which states • 1 Dep
by the Senate, will meet Ford’s “I don’t mind the policy but link- Ryerson “embraces unequivocally
g e s a r e available
requirements as is. ing it to funding is something that the free exchange of ideas and the
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expression because n(
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it’s an empty threat,” Bountrogianni Lachemi said the university’s top
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committed to it” of thousands of students and par- ronment on campus.
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done, it lends credence to their claim new policy is an overreaction to the we respect also our commitment
that there’s this fundamental prob-
lem at universities when there isn’t,”
longstanding free speech debate.
The Ryerson Students’ Union
to equity, diversity and inclusion,”
said Lachemi. “That balance has to You
Turk said. The free speech activist (RSU) doesn’t plan to alter any of be there.”
said universities across the province their policies at present, said Edmund Regardless of whether the policy www.rsuonline.ca/elections
are already committed to free speech Sofo, vice-president student life and makes a tangible difference, Boun-
since the only way knowledge can events. Sofo said Ford’s announce- trogianni said it will be up to staff The Ryerson Students’ Union represents full time undergraduate students and alll graduate students.
be advanced is by questioning the ment is nothing new and the RSU and students to uphold free speech Each year a Board of Directors is elected by the membership to represent and advocate for all RSU
members. You must be a full time undergraduate or full/part-time graduate student to run.
status quo. will continue to represent students on campus.
“Some [universities] have bet- and be a voice for them to speak their “I think we [at Ryerson] know


ter statements than others, but minds in a respectful way. our values and we’re quite willing
you don’t really get free expression Vice-president equity Karolina to step up and represent our values,”
because you have a good statement. Surowiec said the RSU will survey she said.

FREE SPEECH, UGH Online Contributors

The right to listen

Skyler “Falling pumpkins” Ash Olivia “The” Bednar
Bryan “Fist Bump” Meler Lyba “ Totally Midday” Mansoor
Jonathan “Pocket Dial” Bradley
Features Raviya “Innovator” Singh
Editor-in-Chief Sarah “Birds and Bees” Krichel Rhea “Quad Collapse” Singh
Jacob “Out of Office” Dubé Emma “Safe” Sandri
Arts and Life Kelly “Tim’s4Ever” Skjerven
News Premila “Pumped” D’Sa Isabelle “Teacher’s Pet“ Kirkwood
Emerald “Awks dinner” Bensadoun Madi “Buck-a-Burger” Wong
Raneem “Is that Peter?” Alozzi Sports Anastasia “Puff Puff Pass” Andric
Maggie “Yaw” Macintosh Peter “I see Raneem” Ash Tyler “Tracker“ Choi
Christian “Hogwarts prof” Ryan Sam “Keener“ Harley
Photo Denise “Full of Ideas” Paglinawan
Samantha “What’s the tea?” Moya Biz and Tech Libaan “Appreciate it man” Osman
Alanna “Cover Queen” Rizza Sera “Two-factored” Wong Jacob “Of Course” Stoller
No, I’m not going to quote 1984. | PHOTO: ALANNA RIZZA Deanna “Icy Hot” Krueger Matt “Anytime” Vocino
Communities Kintaro “Ok I’ll Try” Skinner
By well as punish students who don’t ment can’t arrest you for speak- Lidia “We get it, wireless earbuds Nick “Sounds good” Reis
allow others to speak freely. ing your mind, it doesn’t mean the are hip” Abraha Michael “No Problem” Mazzei
In our news section this week, woman standing in line behind you Abbey “Lighthearted” Kelly
experts at Ryerson are saying that at Metro has to gleefully listen to Fun Aaron “Eye of the Tiger” Siblall
they’re not worried about Ford’s your theories about how the arts Nathaniel “Apollo” Crouch Elana “Eye-mazing” Emer
funding threats, especially because department is run by lizard people. Zahraa “Come to dinner” Hmood
I swear this is the first and last time they’re pretty certain the policy These advocates don’t like when Media Kosalan “Ladder” Kathiramala-
you’ll hear me talk about free speech. would be “difficult to implement.” someone calls them an asshole for Mikayla “Bye Bye Bye” Fasullo nathan
In what has become one of the But Ford’s use of the notwithstand- saying the wage gap doesn’t ex- Parnika “New video master” Raj Pernia “Banana” Jamshed
worst buzzwords since “content cre- ing clause to force the gutting of ist. They don’t like when protest- Katie “10 things at once” Swyers Emma “On the Go” Buchanan
ator”, debates around the concept of Toronto’s city council means there’s ers gather at a Jordan Peterson
“free speech on campus” have been a chance that these funding threats talk and drown out the attendees. Copy Editing A big fat thank you to all our volunteers.
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The Miseducation of

This summer, the Ontario Progressive Conservatives repealed

the updated sex education curriculum. University students
reflect on how the 1998 model left them in the dark
Words: Olivia Bednar
Illustrations: Skyler Ash

W hen Goldbloom was in high

school, they were walking
down the hallway to class when a
you don’t. It made me a target.’”
They didn’t know what to do to
stop the feeling of sickness and the
respected.” In 2015, a revised ver-
sion was introduced by the Liberals,
which covered many topics the old
teachers must teach the 2018 inter-
im version of the ‘98 model.
With the beginning of the new
The curriculum states: “By the end
of Grade 1, students will be able to
demonstrate the ability to recog-
boy reached out and groped their actions that induced it. And on top one did not, like defining consent, school year, hundreds of thousands nize caring behaviours (e.g., listen-
breasts. They were taken aback and of that, they couldn’t even fully LGBTQ+ relationships, gender of elementary students will be faced ing with respect, giving positive
felt a familiar feeling of sickness. It grasp why it was wrong at all. If identities, masturbation and social with the regressed sex-ed model. reinforcement, being helpful) and
was the same feeling they felt every Goldbloom had just been told “This media’s role in modern sex, includ- The lack of information on topics exploitative behaviours (e.g., inap-
time they were touched without is not okay,” they would have under- ing things like sexting and more. like consent and gender identities propriate touching, verbal or physi-
their consent, or got an unwanted stood what sexual assault and rape in the 20-year-old curriculum had cal abuse, bullying), and describe the
slap on their ass, or when a man were at a young age. “I would have a negative impact on the lives of feelings associated with each.”
made a comment about their es- been saved a lot of mental health is- many students that they only recog- By the end of Grade 8, students
pecially “feminine” body. It was sues, trauma...and suicide attempts,” I didn’t have the nized much later in adolescence and would be taught the importance of
an uncomfortable, alienating feel- the fourth-year Ryerson film studies words to understand adulthood. If they had been edu- a shared understanding about top-
ing—one that caused them to feel student said. cated with a better curriculum, they ics like the reasons for not engag-
like their body was separate from This summer, Ontario Premier that that was not could have avoided identity crises ing in sexual activity and the need
themselves. Doug Ford, along with the prov- okay. I will forever be and traumatic events. The Eyeopener to communicate clearly with their
Goldbloom, who requested to ince’s PC Party, announced that el- spoke to 10 university students in partners about decisions related to
use only their first name for this ementary schools will be required scarred because of Ontario who were put through the sexual activity.
piece, hit puberty quite early. to teach an updated, interim version that 1998 sex education curriculum in Goldbloom, however, didn’t have
Their breasts had developed at age of the old sex-ed curriculum, which order to explore how it impacted those understandings. They didn’t
10, and ever since, they’ve had to was implemented in 1998 and in ef- their understanding of pivotal sex- realize until much later that all the
endure unsolicited touches and fect until 2014. A statement sent to ed related topics. times they were inappropriately
comments. Some would even try to The Eyeopener from the office of the One of the key things the 2015 touched growing up were in fact
compliment them for their devel- Minister of Education Lisa Thomp- Students have been taught that curriculum includes that the pre- instances of sexual assault. “I didn’t
oped breasts. “Whenever someone son read, “Our commitment remains sex education curriculum for three ceding one does not is the concept have the education or even the
said ‘Oh, I wish I had your breasts,’ to ensure that Ontario’s children are years, between 2015 and 2018. of consent, which was introduced words to understand that that was
or something like that, I’m like, ‘No protected while their parents are Starting this fall, elementary school to children starting at six years old. not okay,” Goldbloom said. “And I

will forever be scarred because of order to fill the gaps in their sexual identities and orientations develop a in the curriculum in place, but will en. For some time, they thought
that.” education left by educators in their positive self-concept.” While prog- hold a question and answer period they might be a trans man, until
According to the Ontario Min- lives. According to a report by the ress became evident with the 2015 to answer any questions students they discovered gender identity as
istry of Children, Community and Gay, Lesbian and Straight Educa- curriculum, it still erroneously listed still have. “I am offended that the a spectrum and came to identify as
Social Services, women know their tion Network, LGBTQ+ youth “male” and “female” as gender iden- minister is even calling it the 2014 non-binary.
attacker in three out of four sexual were more likely to have searched tities instead of sexes. curriculum,” she says. “It’s a curricu- Wang then came out to their
assault incidents. Goldbloom makes for health and medical information The 1998 curriculum does not lum that was designed 20 years ago.” younger brother, who had been
up one of the many youth who online compared to non-LGBTQ+ mention any relationships or iden- taught the newer curriculum. When
youth (81 per cent vs. 46 per cent). tities other than cisgender hetero- they told their brother, he already
“Google is great, if you know what sexual ones. The word “gender” knew about trans identities and
to look for,” Jardine said. But with- comes up only once, in the phrase what it meant to be non-binary, and
out any prior knowledge on various “gender roles.” This excludes several was completely accepting of it.
topics, it becomes difficult to know identities and orientations, which, if “It was really crazy to me that my
what to search and what to trust. included, could have validated what The Ford government announced brother already knew these things
didn’t realize that sexual violence Section C.1.5 of the 2015 cur- many students were going through. that parents would be able to report that I had to learn on Tumblr or
isn’t just something done by strang- riculum states that “by the end of “If you see yourself in the curricu- teachers to the government if they just the internet in general,” Wang
ers in back alleys. A fourth-year find that their child is being taught said. “I feel like I would have just
McMaster student told The Eyeopen- the repealed curriculum. been okay with myself growing up
er,, “I didn’t know what happened to Whether or not this will result [having been taught the new cur-
me was considered rape because it in consequences for the teachers riculum] … I would have just been
was done by an acquaintance.” They remains unclear, as the elementary like, ‘Oh, I feel this way because I am
felt so guilty and confused that they teachers union has gone forward non-binary.’”
told their boyfriend they had cheat- with a court challenge against the
ed on him. “snitch line” calling it an “abuse of
Logan Cerson, a Ryerson film power.”
studies graduate, said they didn’t re- Winnie Wang always had a small
ally know about the idea of consent chest. It was the root of the bully- I didn’t have the
until their second year of university, ing they experienced growing up. words for why I felt
when it was brought up in a conver- Peers would make fun of them for
sation. They just thought it was a this, but Wang oddly felt compli- what I felt
“physically violent thing where you mented by what was intended to be
didn’t know the person.” an insult.
“The amount of trauma that was “Why aren’t I offended by this?”
perpetrated on me,” Goldbloom they would ask their friends, who
said, “because I didn’t have the lan-
guage to say ‘stop’ or ‘that’s not okay’
is never going to be fixable.”
would never know how to respond.
Wang didn’t realize it at the time,
but it was because they wanted to
I n middle school, Goldbloom
started to develop feelings for
one of their friends. But one day,

I n first year, David Jardine was

flirting with someone that he
met at a pub event on his birthday.
present as less femme.
The fourth-year University of
Toronto student, who studies neu-
she told Goldbloom that they were
being too clingy. Goldbloom recalls
it hurt “so bad.”
After spending some time togeth- roscience and cinema, said that in “I didn’t know why I felt what I
er, Jardine ended up going back to their first year, they discovered felt and I didn’t have words for why
his place. When they started hook- what non-binary gender was, while I felt what I felt,” Goldbloom said.
ing up, Jardine didn’t think a con- they were simply scrolling through “And I think it escalated from there
dom was necessary, but his hookup Twitter one day. “I was finally like, because I kind of assumed being gay
explained that they needed to use Grade 8, students will demonstrate lum,” Jardine said, “and your teacher ‘This makes sense, why didn’t I was a negative thing. A sin. It wasn’t
one because STDs were still trans- an understanding of gender iden- is teaching you about something know about this.” something you could be or were
ferable. tity (e.g., male, female, two-spirited, that you are, that means what you Wang felt disconnected dur- even allowed to be.”
Jardine, now a fourth-year com- are is real.” ing their sex education classes in While some teachers are com-
puter science student at Ryerson,
assumed it wasn’t needed because
he had only been taught in school If you see yourself in
T he Eye spoke to a Grade 8
teacher at a Catholic school in
Mississauga, who requested to re-
elementary and high school. They
were taught that a woman is some-
one with a vagina, but Wang didn’t
batting what’s ahead for elemen-
tary students, Goldbloom added
it’s not enough to just teach kids to
that they were used in heterosexual main anonymous in this story. She relate. “I felt so distracted, confused, understand these concepts. “These
relationships to avoid unwanted the curriculum, that said that she will still find her own queer kids are at such a risk of be-
pregnancies. Jardine was lucky it means what you are way to implement important con- ing kicked out of their homes,
was pointed out by someone more cepts in her teachings, in spite of rejected by their families, of liter-
knowledgeable in safe sex than he is real the potential consequences from the ally being homeless, murdered, not
was. “I could have very easily caught provincial government. She plans feeling safe in their own surround-
something from that interaction.” to teach her students about mod- ings,” Goldbloom said.
Jardine found himself turning to ern topics like sexting and consent. alienated, the whole time.” Wang From middle school to today,
the internet in search of what other transgender, transsexual, intersex), “I will use that language, I think it’s said they didn’t even know about Goldbloom still struggles with be-
information he was missing to keep gender expression, and sexual ori- incredibly important, especially in the existence of transgender people ing a pansexual non-binary person.
himself safe and informed. entation (e.g., heterosexual, gay, the older kids. It’s dangerous not to until Grade 10, from searches on the “If I had had that education at an
The internet has been a vital tool lesbian, bisexual), and identify fac- teach them these things.” internet. But they still thought there earlier age, then I wouldn’t be going
for many queer people to turn to in tors that can help individuals of all She plans to teach what is outlined were only trans men or trans wom- through this.”

July 11 Aug. 1 Aug. 7 Aug. 14 Aug. 22

Ford 21 advocacy NDP, 1,800 Snitch line Elemen-
announces groups send a health care announced to tary teach-
repeal of sex- letter to PCs workers send report teach- ers’ union
ed to the 1998 calling for re- petition to PCs ers using 2015 protest at
model consideration in protest model Queen’s Park

The Ryerson Mafia: How the university’s elusive By Bryan Meler Ryerson has grown alongside it,
forming an inevitable partnership.
film network has been leaving its mark on TIFF
A mong the Jonah Hills, Lady Ga-
gas and Timothée Chalamets,
there’s another group that stands out
It’s one that has not only benefited
TIFF, but has helped the Ryerson
Mafia grow and gain a reputation.
*Must show student ID
at the Toronto International Film
Festival: The Ryerson Mafia.
“We have screened many films
made by Ryerson over the years and
The Mafia is what the expansive, this was obviously significant for our
but exclusive network of Ryerson development as a festival,” wrote
students and alumni have colloquially long-time TIFF CEO and Director
coined themselves. It’s an organized Piers Handling in an email to The Eye.
body that takes full shape at TIFF. Fitzpatrick says that having a re-
“We sort of joke offhand about lationship with TIFF has helped the
the Ryerson Mafia,” says Andrew school understand what’s cutting
Cividino, a 2006 Ryerson film stud- edge. It’s also opened opportunities to
ies graduate. “There’s this really or- network within the industry and be
ganic network...A lot of us meet ei- part of Toronto’s growing film scene.
ther at school or afterwards through Part of that influence comes from
the [film] community.” Theresa Scandiffio, the senior di-
TIFF is literally in Ryerson’s back- rector of TIFF’s Higher Learning
yard, with the festival using the uni- program. She helps organize op-
versity’s Theatre Building for screen- portunities for students to be able
ings. From Sept. 6-16, it’ll once again to maximize TIFF resources that are
give students an opportunity to im- available to them, such as film com-
merse themselves within the indus- petitions they can submit their work
try’s best and most recent work. to, or screenings and seminars at the
For many like Cividino, TIFF Bell Lightbox, which has been open
served as an inspiration. “Having year-round since 2010.
your movie played at TIFF seemed
like a hard, but tangible goal to go
after in Toronto.” There to help him
“From directors to
were his classmates, who he had volunteers... We’re
formed relationships with through- producing talent for
out his time in the program. the industry”
His film Sleeping Giant played at
TIFF in 2015, going on to win the Ryerson has also formed their
Best Canadian First Feature Film own initiatives that have created
award. The crew was comprised informal relationships with TIFF,
solely of Ryerson alumni, even down such as the Ryerson University
to Cividino’s business partner. Film Festival (RUFF) in the spring,
“If you did an X-ray of TIFF, you’d which provides fourth-year film
find a wide range of Ryerson [alumni students a chance to showcase
and students],” says Blake Fitzpatrick, their thesis projects. The festival
the Chair of Ryerson’s School of Im- is known to be attended by the in-
age Arts, which includes the film dustry’s best, looking for work they
studies program. “From directors to can feature in upcoming festivals
volunteers...We’re producing talent like TIFF in the fall.
for the industry.” Ryerson film studies academic
coordinator James Warrack says
that because they know what TIFF
“Having your movie is looking for, it’s had an impact on
played at TIFF the type of films their students pro-
seemed like a hard, duce. Compact short films and fic-
tion have more of an opportunity to
but tangible goal”
be seen, says Warrack, which is why
they’re a focus in the program.
After enrolling in Ryerson’s film That emphasis has helped Evan-
studies program in 1977, the first geline Brooks, a third-year Ryerson
position Peter Mettler held at TIFF, film student whose short film Sheep is
which was then known as the Festi- playing at this year’s TIFF Instagram
val of Festivals, was to be the event’s shorts festival. Brooks, who’s heard
only chauffeur driver. It required him the words “Ryerson Mafia” echo
to miss the first 10 days of school in through her program for years, says
order to drive greats for a festival that the only downside of having TIFF so
had just started in ‘76, but was already close to Ryerson is that students can
a platform for top-tier international feel pressured to immediately start
cinema. “It was our education, watch- working because there are so many
ing these films,” says Mettler. competitive opportunities.
During his four years as part of the Instead she’s comfortable taking her
program, Mettler said one of the best time as a student to explore and mas-
parts was everyone working on each ter the basics. Sheep, which was pro-
other’s films. While his generation duced in her first-year film class, was
didn’t use the term “Ryerson Mafia,” made on 16 mm black and white ana-
he says the school and TIFF helped log film, shot in one day with a crew
him form career-long professional of Ryerson classmates.
partnerships. It ultimately helped “Our professors encourage us
Mettler become the first Ryerson stu- to network and work among our-
dent to have his film (Scisserre) played selves, not focus on people in the
at Toronto’s film festival in 1982. industry that are above us,” says
As TIFF has evolved into an event Brooks. “Instead, in a couple years,
that now requires fleets of cars, we can all move up together.”

Women’s hockey team on the verge

Sports writer Matt Vocino gives his take on the potential of the incoming women’s hockey team

The Ryerson Rams are coming off on heavily this season. Korea at the 2018 World Hockey
of a historic 2017-18 season—having Defence/Goaltenders Championship 1-B, adding two as-
broken the program’s previous regu- With the departure of Alex Rodri- sists in five contests en route to cap-
lar season win record with 15 victo- guez, it’ll be interesting to see which turing a silver medal. Since she began
ries—setting a new best conference blueliner will step up for the Rams training with the South Korean na-
finish by ranking fifth in the Ontario and fill the offensive void this sea- tional team in 2011, Park has played
University Athletics and winning son. The two likely candidates will 37 international games and will bring
the program’s first playoff game. Al- be sophomores Julie Patricio and an increased focus and professional-
though last season did not end the Teagan Gartley, who recorded five ism to the Rams defence.
way the team may have wanted, hav- and four points respectively last sea- Keys to Success
RTA School of Media Professor Laurel Walzak | PHOTO: RTA SCHOOL OF MEDIA ing been bounced in the first round son. Ryerson’s blueline also include If the Rams are going to succeed
of the playoffs, there is no doubt that seniors Laura Ball, who has shown this season, they will need to con-

Nike ad provides valuable lesson the women’s hockey team is heading

into the 2018-19 campaign having
her defensive prowess in her first
three years, veteran Rachel Dowdall
tinue their strong special teams play
from a season ago. During the 2017-
established themselves as a program and sophomore Keelin Farren. 18 campaign, Ryerson’s powerplay
After the launch of Nike’s “Dream Crazy” ad, RTA professor on the rise. As for the goalies, two of Ryer- ranked second in the OUA and was a
Laurel Walzak explains why student athletes at Ryerson should be Veteran presence son’s three goaltenders will return big part of their turnaround from the
This year’s roster will include a from last season, starting with vet- previous season. On the flipside, the
comfortable speaking out strong recruiting class that will look eran Rachel Seeley. During the Rams penalty kill finished 12th in the
to help fill the gap left by four gradu- 2017-18 campaign, her first as the OUA, although it greatly improved
By Christian Ryan platform to have that voice,” she ating players from the 2017-18 team: Rams starter, Seeley posted a .920 as the season progressed, killing off
explained. She also said that since Sarah McGilvray, Alex Rodriguez, save percentage with a 2.15 goals 30 of 33 penalties over their final
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s pro- Nike is putting the pressure on Ailish Forfar and Alyssa Connolly. allowed average and 12 wins that eight regular season contests.
test against violence and inequality the other big brands, athletes don’t The program’s remaining veterans included three shutouts. Last year’s If the Rams can keep clicking
continues to take the world by storm, have to feel “like they’re alone or will need to the lead the way, starting back-up, Fanny Vigeant, will also with the man advantage, and they
with clothing juggernaut Nike utiliz- like they don’t have a voice.” with Kryshanda Green. In her sec- return this season after winning can continue to improve on last
ing him in a bold new ad campaign. Walzak has marketing experience ond season, the Brampton native was both games in which she saw action year’s late season penalty kill suc-
The former NFL player remains a in the NHL, CWHL and NFL, and dominant; tying for first in scoring last year. cess, it’s fair to say that this club
polarizing figure even years after he currently teaches Sport Marketing in on the Rams after collecting 23 total Newcomer Watch will win games.
kneeled during the American nation- the RTA sport media program. She points (10 goals, 13 assists). She was South Korean Olympian and for- The team will play their first ex-
al anthem to protest of police brutal- said Nike’s campaign with Kaeper- also a reliable force in the late stages mer UPEI Panther Ye Eun Park be- hibition game on Sept. 13, and will
ity and inequality. nick has provided the most poignant of the game, as she scored two game- comes the first ever international open their eighth season on home
While the focus has largely been lessons in marketing and humanity winning goals. Alongside Green will student-athlete to suit up for the ice on October 14th, at 4:15 PM.
on statements by professional ath- this year. be fellow winger Brooklyn Gemmill women’s hockey team. After com- For full-length reads of all of our pre-
letes, RTA School of Media pro- (who scored 18 points on six goals peting at the 2018 Pyeongchang views, please check out our website at
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student-athletes should look to the
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athletes and to sport
media students is to
and education.
For the last two years, Ryerson not be complacent and
has been in partnership with Nike,
giving its varsity teams the oppor-
to not be complicit” Time is running out!


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New study finds that

teachers are actually more
scared of students

Lyba Mansoor reports on the shocking study that re-

veals who’s truly the nervous one in the classroom
For students, it has always seemed as though teachers are entirely fearless
and completely within their element while teaching. But a study published
by Ryerson University found teachers are often struck with fear while in
front of the classroom.
“The study concluded that regardless of the age group of students, teach-
ers were 100 per cent more afraid of them than vice versa,” said Ryan Bish-
op, who led the study and is in charge of Ryerson’s Didaskaleinophobia
One key finding of the study was that teachers are more likely than stu-
dents to wear adult diapers in class.
The researchers calculated the fear levels of teachers and students
through complex scientific testing. Students were exposed to all types of
teachers—the friendly, the hard-markers and the ones with bad breath. The
students then reacted unexpectingly, stating, “I’ve spent $100,000 for three
years of university. No suburban parent with a PhD and a Neopolitan com-
plex is going to rock me.” Another simply said, “My part time jobs were
both retail. Downtown. At the GAP.”
After executing the test multiple times with multiple test subjects, the
results were unanimous. David Chen, a part of the study’s team said, “We
found teachers experienced shortness of breath, an increased heart rate and
an overwhelming sense of despair when they came in contact with stu-
dents. On the other hand, students showed no fear, but instead exhibited a
quite blasé reaction to being exposed to teachers.”
Jean Harden, a university professor and participant in the study, said the
results did not shock her. “I’ve been teaching for 15 years. Every time I get
an email I shit a brick and my office hours end with me covered in sweat.
Students drink coffee at 7 p.m. and beer at 8 a.m., I’d rather teach a room of
eucalyptus-deprived koalas.”
In response to the study, Bishop, along with many schools and university
officials, have begun working on developing a shielding system for their
“We want to keep teachers securely wrapped in seven layers of indus-
trial bubble wrap,” said Bishop. “This way, teaching won’t at all be compro-
mised, while ensuring our professors feel a greater sense of security.”
The study recommends all teachers grab a prescription of Xanax and a
kilometre of bubble wrap to ensure the scholastic year will be a success.
This tip especially applies for those who barf right before class.

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The beginning of a new academic year – this is your time. We want you to
make the most of your university experience by discovering everything
Ryerson and Toronto have to offer. Opportunity and excitement surround
you, be sure to explore the campus and our dynamic city.

Whatever your passion, there are other students who share it. Chances
are there is a group, activity or event on campus that is right for you.
Make friends, try something new. Step out of your comfort zone. You will
find that Ryerson is a welcoming, vibrant and inclusive community.

I wish you all the best for a wonderful year.

President Mohamed Lachemi




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