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Volume 53 - Issue 5

October 2, 2019
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2 NEWS

Rye students purchasing expired and uncooked foods


One student reported that their chicken had “not been cooked fully” and was “pink in the middle” at Pitman Hall
By Prapti Bamaniya chology student said she noticed tious menu items and products to the “I used to go [to Pitman] pretty International Living & Learning
the chicken in her buffalo chick- Ryerson community,” said Ryerson often,” said Hurley. “They should be Centre. She said that because Ry-
Ryerson students have reportedly en wrap appeared to not be fully Eats in an emailed statement when aware of what they’re putting out... erson university is limited in terms
bought expired and uncooked foods cooked. She described it as “pink in asked about the expired and un- [at] all the cafeterias in general.” of places to swipe her OneCard,
at on-campus eateries at Pitman the middle” at Pitman Dining hall, a cooked food. According to Health Canada, raw getting a meal plan “may have been
Dining Hall and the Starbucks in place where she and other Ryerson “If a student comes across an chicken is often contaminated with a mistake.”
the Sheldon and Tracy Levy Student students dine on the daily. item that is past its ‘best by’ date, bacteria. Undercooked chicken or
Learning Centre (SLC). “Ryerson Eats prides itself on of- they may bring it to the attention other foods or beverages contami- “I even felt a little sick
Mallory Hurley, a first-year psy- fering fresh, wholesome and nutri- of a Ryerson Eats staff member. nated by raw chicken or its juices
that night”
All Ryerson Eats chefs and front- can lead to foodborne illness or
line service staff receive training food poisoning.
regarding food safety and will im- Gurleen Sidhu, a first-year his- Similar to Sidhu, Megan Pilozo, a
mediately take steps to remove all tory student, purchased a wrap at first-year performance production
affected food items and investigate the Service Hub in Jorgenson Hall student, experienced what she said
the root cause.” on Sept. 17, only to find that its ex- looked like expired soy milk in her
piry date was Sept. 10. coffee at Starbucks in the SLC.
“I don’t think I will be going “Honestly, I spent so much money “After I was almost halfway done,
on that wrap, I was hungry and I I realized the milk was chunky at
back for a long time” was ready to eat it, and then to find the bottom of the cup,” said Pilozo.
out that it was expired was just re- “I threw it away immediately, and I
Meal plans at Ryerson range ally disappointing,” said Sidhu. even felt a little sick that night.”
from $4,090 to $5,500 for seven-day Sidhu said that she is still con- She said that she wishes they
and five-day meal plans. Students cerned about the food being served would have informed her they
also have the option of a small $950 at Ryerson eateries. didn’t have soy milk instead of
declining balance meal plan where “After what happened there, I making her pay for something that
they can load money on their On- don’t think I will be going back for could have been expired.
eCard to use across campus—similar a long time.” “I’m lactose intolerant, and I
to a debit card. Hurley said seeing Sidhu, who lives in the HOEM spend a lot of time studying at the
PHOTO: MEGAN PILOZO uncooked food at Pitman is frustrat- Residence, said out of the eight on- SLC, so I guess I just can’t be hav-
ing, as a student who is paying thou- campus eateries, the closest one to ing coffee from [that] Starbucks
Soy milk Pilozo’s coffee cup which she says appeared to be was expired sands of dollars for food. her is an eight-minute walk—the anymore,” Pilozo said.

Mould still leaving students groups without space


The mould abatement started in December 2018--—-nine months later, groups still do not have access to their offices in the basement of the SCC

By Charlize Alcaraz “The mould has also been tested Printed postings can still be seen
to ensure that it poses no health all around the west walls of the SCC
Students groups at Ryerson have threat…and they’re in the process basement that say “Do not access
been forced out of their offices due of removing it,” they said in an these offices. Still under mold abate-
to mould in the Student Campus emailed statement. ment by Ryerson Facilities.”
Centre (SCC) basement since De- When The Eye reached out for The postings also have handwrit-
cember 2018, despite being prom- comment about the ongoing mould ten comments on them that say
ised to return in January of this year. treatment, Stacey and FMD did not “Hurry up!” and “We’ve been wait-
A printed email was posted in respond in time for publication. ing since December”
early December in the shared of- Although the original deadline Woolford said that multiple stu-
fice space for the East African Stu- for the mould treatment was Janu- dent groups were instructed to store
dents’ Association and the African ary, multiple student group presi- their supplies in shared storage
Students’ Association, which gave dents said that they were given space on the eighth level of the Shel-
notice to the student groups’ that different dates for when the abate- don and Tracy Levy Student Learn-
they all must immediately vacate ment would be finished. ing Centre (SLC) and that it poses as
their office. a security issue as the public space is
“We have just been informed to- “They’ve kept giving us a accessible for everyone.
day that the mould we thought was bunch of deadlines that Student group executives were
just located in one Student Group not notified of the reasons for the
office is actually all along the west aren’t being met” multiple delays.
wall in basement affecting FIVE Isaac Quiroz, president of the Or-
other offices,” said Dawn Murray, William Woolford, president of ganization of Latin American Stu-
the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) Ryerson Model United Nations, dents, said that one time they asked Student groups have not been given a solid deadline as to when they can move back into
campus groups coordinator, in the said in an emailed statement that where Stacey was and they were told their offices in the basement of the SCC. | PHOTO: CHARLIZE ALCARAZ
email from Dec. 6, 2018. his group was given “three or four” she was out of the building.
The Eye previously reported that different deadlines. treatment in early Decmber 2018. storage space in the SLC.
the mould was discovered due to a “[The email] said that it might
“There’s no accountability This means that some student “Things are just been constantly
“small leak in a steam pipe which take until the [second] week of Jan- groups have not had an office to taken away and there’s no account-
runs behind the wall of the student uary…that obviously didn’t happen,” for it, so it’s just been... use for about nine months. ability for it so it’s just been a really
group office,” according to Jennifer said Woolford. really disapointing.” “It’s just been a little bit frustrat- disappointing interaction between
Stacey, the SCC general manager. “And then we got a [second] ing and disappointing consider- the student groups and the school,”
Back in January, a Ryerson Fa- timeline in February that said the “Since then they’ve kept giving us ing that our office was taken away said Acai.
cilities, Maintenance and Develop- work is gonna take until April. By a bunch of deadlines that aren’t be- halfway through last semester,” said The Eye reached out to the RSU
ment (FMD) media representative the end of the school year, I think ing met so...We can’t do anything Goldie Acai, president of the Ryer- to ask how they were accomodat-
told The Eye that the underlying at our last general meeting, they about it,” said Quiroz. son Sri Lankan Association. ing the student groups who do not
source of the mould in the offices said that it wouldn’t be done until Five student groups were told Acai also said that a package of have office space, and was redi-
had been removed. Sept. 19. ” to evacuate their offices for mould cookies were stolen from the shared rected to Stacey.
NEWS 3

Toronto students have highest amount of debt, study suggests


A recent study by Credit Karma found that student debt in Toronto is $2,000 higher than the provincial average
By Mariam Nouser PHOTO: MARIAM NOUSER debts would keep increasing,” said
Fombo. “My education [is] obvi-
With recent cuts to Ontario Student ously a lot of investment [for my
Assistance Program (OSAP) grants, mom], and she’s probably taking
students are finding themselves in [out] loans.”
more debt, whether it be because Since Fombo is an international
OSAP or other forms of loans. student, and there is a cap to how
Out of all the Canadian cities, To- many hours she can work in Canada.
ronto has the highest debt in Canada, While she is studying, she cannot
according to a recent study by Credit work more than 20 hours a week.
Karma, which analyzed the debt With a minimum wage job at $14 an
amongst its own users. hour, her salary doesn’t cover even
The average student debt in To- half of her tuition.
ronto is just under $21,000. This is Like Rios, Hassan Elahi, a third-
$2,000 higher than the Ontario av- year business management student,
erage of student debt. took time off school. The 21-year-
Florencia Rios, a fourth-year aero- old was supposed to be in his final
space engineering student, said that year, but he was on track for having
due to OSAP cuts, she was unable to $40,000 worth of debt. He had to
afford her final year of studies. take a year off to work and was able
“I was doing a summer co-op and with bills. She also pays her own production student from Nigeria. ways to help students manage their to save $20,000.
luckily we managed to arrange an ex- bills, because they are living pay- At the moment, her mom is pay- debt, such as knowing their repay- Students at Ryerson are also
tension for 12 months [more of] my cheque to paycheque. ing her tuition of over $27,000, but ment options. Students can negotiate worried about their future after
internship…What they don’t tell you Meanwhile, for international stu- Fombo says she is concerned about their payment plan if the payments graduation. The cost of living in
is that when you take a year off for dents, debt is much higher. As a re- her future and the impact high tu- are too large by extending their re- Toronto has made some question
an internship, you must enter repay- sult of the 10 per cent tuition cut by ition has on her mother. payment term—doing so could lower their career goals.
ment for your loans,” she said. the Ontario government this year, The accumulation of student debt their monthly payments. “I want to be a travel journalist
Rios has had a credit card since she universities, including Ryerson, in- can also have negative effects on a Other tips include setting up and that requires a lot of money.
was 18. Because of her good credit, creased international student fees. student’s credit score, said a Credit payments so they happen just after I should have my own money to
she was able to get a limit increase. On top of that, the average monthly Karma representative. payday, or consolidating loans by start my own career,” said Po-
But students like Rios are not just cost of living in Toronto is $3,214.39, “[It makes] it difficult to secure setting them up on a line of credit. line Nasri, a first-year journalism
accumulating debt for school ex- according to a 2019 article by Lowes- preferential loans, secure a mort- “My worry is about being able to student. “I should be able to save
penses—they are also trying to help tRates.ca. With a high cost of living gage and other financial products,” complete my schooling because if money to travel and work with,
their families. and a growing cost of tuition, stu- a representative from Credit Kar- the scholarships I applied to don’t not to pay my debt. I want to work
Rios comes from a single-parent dents are feeling the pressure. ma told The Eye. come through, I would probably in my field right away…[Debt is
household and helps her mother Firi Fombo is a first-year media The company has come up with have to leave school because the what] worries me the most.”

Gasping for air: Rye students are worried about vaping health risks
By Valerie Dittrich multistate outbreak of lung injury Vaping pens and e-cigarettes, made ated through the vaping process, and “If you can’t get it from a reputa-
associated with e-cigarette product by companies like Juul and Vype, usu- while inhaling the liquid, the user is ble source, it’s like buying food that
Alexa Halabar doesn’t vape just be- use, or vaping.” ally contain nicotine, a highly addic- creating an “aerosol” in their lungs, isn’t checked by the FDA, right? You
cause she enjoys it—she depends on The vaping ‘epidemic’ is slowly tive drug also found in cigarettes. said Batson. have zero idea what you’re doing.”
it to carry her throughout her day. making its way up north to Canada. Batson said that vape products “You’re creating a chemical cock- Scott said that since the pods and
The fourth-year politics and gov- One teenager from London, Ont. contain things like propylene glycol tail,” she said. vape pens are cheaper from an illegal
ernance student started vaping can- was put on life support in Septeme- and vegetable glycerin, among other The Lung Association has pub- market, students can’t exactly know
nabidiol (CBD) after trying over 14 ber after a vaping-related illness. things, to create inticing flavours, licly expressed their concern about what’s inside of the pods. “Maybe
medications for her depression and Most recently, a teenager from New such as cotton candy and bubblegum. vaping and its health risks, most no- [they’ll] contain cheap oils that can’t
anxiety, that either didn’t work or Brunswick told CTV News a cau- “While some of these products tably calling upon the federal gov- actually be burned. So the second you
came with bad side effects. tionary tale about vape use after she may be safe to consume, they’re not ernment to take action and protect [inhale] them, it’s coating your lungs.”
On top of that, she suffers from coughed up a large amount of blood. necessarily safe to inhale,” she said. young people from vaping. He also thinks that the fixation on
a connective tissue disorder called “Anytime we inhale a substance “When we inhale those products, “We as an association have been vaping concerns is a bit “overblown”
Ehlers–Danlos syndrome. Halabar’s into our lungs, there’s potential to we are heating the liquid, and actu- at the forefront of much of the work and should focus on fostering a le-
body doesn’t produce enough colla- cause harm,” said Sarah Butson, ally creating new sets of chemicals.” on tobacco over the last decade,” gal vape market with stricter regu-
gen to protect her joints, skin or or- a spokesperson for the Canadian Chemicals such as nickel, tin, alu- said Batson. “We don’t want to see lations with more warnings about
gans, which puts her in an immense Lung Association. minum and formaldehyde are cre- ourselves going backwards.” potential health risks.
amount of pain. For first-year media production For Halabar, she believes the “ex-
“Vaping CBD was the fastest and PHOTO: KHALED BADAWI student Isabella Thomas, vaping and treme” concerns around vaping are
most affordable way to handle my smoking are off the table—but a lot “a little too much.”
symptoms and pain,” she said. of her friends vape and she’s wor- “Yes, vaping isn’t good, but neither
To Halabar, having access to a ried about them. is smoking or drinking or processed
vape helps her with her mental “I think the whole thing is gener- foods,” she said. She added that there
health and physical pain. However, ally unhealthy,” she said. “You can should be stricter policies around
vaping poses a lot of health risks, increase the amount of nicotine the vaping, saying it’s “accessible to any-
many of which are unknown in the more you vape, so it makes the ad- one” and that it’s too easy for stu-
long-term. While researchers are diction worse.” dents and underage people to buy it.
unsure of the health risks associated “People need to take a different “When most people buy [vapes],
with cannabis-based products, like approach on it and know how it’s they don’t ask for proof of age or
CBD and THC, the concerns around going to affect them in the future.” anything like that,” she said.
vaping has significantly. Owen Scott*, a fourth-year com- Halabar says students should be
The Centre for Disease Control puter science student, doesn’t vape wary when buying these products.
(CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug himself, but he is worried about “If you vape, do it responsibly.”
Administration (FDA) out of the where users are sourcing their mate- *Name has been changed to protect
United States are investigating “a rials from—specfically illegal markets. the student’s anonymity.
4 EDITORIAL

Editor-in-Chief
To young people of colour: Call it. Sarah “Your Commuting Feature
Spoke To Me” Krichel
Design Director
J.D. “No Kick Today” Mowat

knew weren’t true—still stung. I guably, be happy you’re learning to News Interns
internalized the idea that because challenge authority more). Emma “WE’RE ON TINDER” Kaizer “Bulbasaur” Tolentino
a white man told me something, it For people of colour, women, Sandri Leul “Totodile” Mengestu
just had to be true. For years after queer, trans and non-binary folks, Madi “HI MOM” Wong Kaye “Chikorita” Joy Reyes
that, even with increased confi- it’s even worse. We’re used to not Valerie “I’M DONE AT BUD- Rahma “Oddish“ Borges
dence, it still triggered my insecuri- being believed in and working WEISER” Dittrich Jaedyn “Treecko” Muir
ties and humiliation when I saw him harder than everyone else to accom- Caleb “Leafeon” Rogers
in the halls. I think it still would if I plish the same thing while tolerating Photo
saw him now. hateful rhetoric we hear around us. Khaled “She’s A Leo” Badawi Contributors
We’ve all had moments when This is my reminder to you stu- Elana “House Arrest” Emer Charlize “News Daughter” Alcaraz
By Sarah Krichel we’ve felt disrespected or dismissed dents, especially fellow young peo- Pernia “Fat Cat” Jamshed Prapti “(Spoiled) Milkshake It Up”
by authoritative figures. Profs are ple of colour on their way to success, Bamaniya
In my second year in Ryerson’s jour- meant to be there to help us on that if you feel like you should be Online Sara “Daughter Nature” Belas
nalism program, a professor told me our way to success—not actively calling someone out—do it. Funké “On The Same Side As Mariam “Debt-finitely Writing
that I shouldn’t be a journalist, and dismantle our path to success. For No matter where you are in life, White People With Dreads” Joseph Another Story” Nouser
that I “don’t belong at Ryerson.” you, it may look like hypocriti- and no matter how much power any- Kosalan “You’re Saying It Like A Catherine “Still Not a News Writer”
It was because of a mistake on an cal diversity lectures, transphobic one has over you­—you’ve always had White Person” Kathiramalanathan Abes
assignment. But still, I don’t think teachers or just plain disrespect. the authority to call someone out on Alexandra “WATCH THIS
that making a mistake calls for being Each case is unique. hatred, ignorance or stupidity. Features VIDEO” Holyk
labelled by an established journalist If you’ve been through it, you The real problem was I didn’t Sherina “Just To Prove Khaled Theodora “Enjoying Every Second”
as unbelonging. know the feeling when you’re about start off thinking I had that author- Wrong” Harris Gribilas
I struggled a lot that year. Aca- to call someone out: the anger, the ity. It took me a long time to think Kiernan “Drafts On Drafts” Green
demically, financially and mentally. racing heart and questioning ev- of my self-worth and speak up for Arts and Culture Jimmy “Avid Partier” Kwan
I wasn’t perfect, but I’ll never for- erything the second before opening myself. Accomplishing things in my Tyler “Suit Shopping On A Tuesday Aaliyah “Birthday Girl” Dasoo
get how unimportant I felt to that your mouth. career helped with the confidence Morning” Griffin Kayla “Pls Clarify” Higgins
prof. He couldn’t care less about my This week, our Arts & Culture ed- boost, but I should’ve known from Madison “Memes Hard” Dolman
experiences. As I cried in his of- itor wrote an editorial, inspired by the beginning that my perspective Sports Christina “Still Hitting A Blunt”
fice about my stressors and mental his own experience and about how has always been valid. Libaan “Gonna Throw It Into Flores-Chan
state, he stared, his eyes in disbelief, to effectively and safely call out your The prof who told me I shouldn’t Grammarly, Aha” Osman Curtis “Live Saver” Martin
continuing to chew his sandwich professors. The piece gives you tips be a journalist was a former National Marco “Still Way Too Old For
with an open mouth. As if I hadn’t on how to deal with the anxiety-in- Post columnist. The following sum- Biz and Tech This” Sasso
just laid out my entire personal life ducing experience, especially when mer, my byline was featured numer- Nathaniel “Can You Name All My Gavin “Manitoba” Axelrod
to him in hopes of gaining just a you stand alone. On top of that, pro- ous times in that same newspaper. Niches Please Just Out Of Curios- Hayden “Boss Man” Godfrey
little understanding. fessors are also human—and humans Despite me loving that, proving him ity” Crouch Arianna “THE ULTIMATE
Words like “I don’t believe you” tend to go into defence mode when wrong was just the cherry on top. It GUIDE” Kyriacou
and “you don’t belong”—while I challenged (when profs should, ar- started with me. Communities Tiffany “Can I Curse in My Article”
Kieona “Erupting Deadline Is De- Mongu
cember” George Aisha “Future Fun Editor” Jaffar
Amelia Rose “Dropped Out Of
Fun and Satire Ryerson” Ritthaler
Andrea “Working On Her Special Uhanthaen “George Shrinks”
Issue Probably” Josic Ravilojan
Sheza “Discount Royalty” Tahir
Media Jimmy “Avid Partier” Kwan
Raneem “Salsa Movement” Alozzi Jaime Lynn “Keeps Coming Back
Parnika “Climate Movement” Raj For More” Maria Strand
Zoe “STRAIGHT FIRE” Statiris
General Manager Sam “Has No Idea He’s a Contribu-
Liane “I Love Kitty More Than My tor This Week” Harley
Own Children” Mclarty
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NEWS 5

Hundreds of Rye students march for climate justice


By Charlize Alcaraz and Sara Belas photo with everybody here real quick
and just send that to my teacher,” said
Ryerson students gathered in front Kwaku Agyemang, RSU vice-presi-
of the Student Campus Centre dent education, before the strike.
(SCC) on Friday to kick-off their Ralliers made creative posters such
campus-wide walkover to Queen’s as “This is not the hot girl summer
Park where Toronto’s Global Strike I was hoping for” and even a sim-
for Climate Justice was held. ple banner that read “C’mon guys.”
Members of the Continuing Edu- There were also other posters that
cation Students’ Association of Ry- read “Planet over profit,” and “Re-
erson (CESAR) organized the event spect existence or expect resistence”
on campus and encouraged students The strike, inspired by 16-year-
to make posters before marching to- old Swedish activist Greta Thun-
gether to Queen’s Park. berg’s Fridays For Future protests,
“I think that Ryerson is one of the is an international youth climate
leading campuses in Toronto. So I strike where students deliberately
think that we really set the example leave class to draw attention to the
on a lot of grounds,” said Nicole climate crisis.
Brayiannis, president of CESAR. Students who showed up ex-
She added that it’s important that pressed their desire for change and Ralliers at Queen’s Park, where Toronto’s Global Strike for Climate Justice was held on Sept. 27. PHOTO: SARA BELAS
Ryerson remains a leader in move- how important it is that they act
ments such as the Climate Strike to now to shape a better future for members of previous generations [are] Indigenously-ran,” said Horse. into the massive crowd at Queen’s
show what students want and what their generation. aren’t fighting as well. “They’re always needing donations, Park, Gellatly-Ladd was giving a
they’re really demanding. For first-year journalism stu- “We adults, we need to be shaken they’re always needing money.” speech hoping to empower and
While Ryerson University sup- dent Abby Hughes, her reason for out of our selfishness, and our greed, “Donate to organizations like the encourage those that attended this
ported the climate strike, they did not marching is that “older generations and our apathy,” said Dianne Saxe, International Indigenous Youth strike to continue.
cancel classes for the day. Students had won’t be around to see the effects former environmental commis- Council, Honour the Earth, that ac-
to speak to their professors about not as long as we will. We’ll be dealing sioner of Ontario in her speech at tually help the Indigenous people, “Our house is on fire.
being penalized for missing classes. with this for most of our lives, so it’s Queen’s Park. “We’ll tell everybody help the environment and help We are almost out of time”
However, many students were able to important for us to do something to ‘Our house is on fire. Our house is spread awareness of what the gov-
leave for the strike without penalty. change our future.” on fire. We are almost out of time.” ernment is doing.”
Maklane deWever, one of the or- Indigenous rights activists were In his speech, Horse describes the “A lot of us haven’t done the
ganizers for the Ryerson walkover “How does one sell the the main speakers of the event at Great Wars of the Sioux, a series of things we want to do in life and we
and former president of the Ryerson Queen’s Park urging the crowd to battles between Indigenous people know that is our future at stake,”
Students’ Union (RSU), said that he
land? It is like selling our remember that Indigenous people and the United States, as a “motiva- Gelattly-Ladd said in an interview.
was granted amnesty from one of mother” have been at the forefront in the tion to dismantle the system of op- “Generationally, we’re at the front
his professors to skip class. fight for climate justice, and to call pression even more.” lines of this crisis.”
“‘Hey, I’m not coming to class, I’m “For many movements...Millen- on the government to be held ac- “How does one sell the land? It is When asked what she would
going to save the planet,” said deW- nials and young people, have been at countable for their actions. like selling our mother. How does say to those who didn’t attend or
ever to his professor via email. the forefront for taking action,” said Cody Looking Horse, a represen- one sell the stars?” couldn’t, she said, “I think that for
“I have a class at two, and they Agyemang. “Adults of the genera- tative of the Standing Rock Youth Speakers included climate ac- people that aren’t here and aren’t able
asked [students] participating [in] tion, as well as young people, under- Council, urged people to be allies tivists who used music to spread to come out, that’s okay. There’s al-
the climate [strike], just send a selfie stand that we’re gonna be bearing the to Indigenous people and fight for awareness and youth activists, such ways a next time.”
with the crowd in the background, [majority] of all these issues.” climate justice. as 16-year-old, Savi Gellatly–Ladd. “This fight isn’t just a one time
so I’m probably going to take a nice However, that doesn’t mean that “There are many organizations that As Ryerson students merged thing, it’s continuous.”

Rye pres won’t comment on student strike A Q&A with RSU’s new executive director
By Emma Sandri By Madi Wong

Ryerson’s president said he would not Student Assistance Progam (OSAP) and I The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) has of- as ED?
comment on whether or not 200 votes was appreciate their interest in taking action.” ficially hired a new executive director (ED) Maharaj: With the Student Choice Ini-
enough to decide whether Ryerson stu- But Lachemi said that he “always re- as of last week. tiative happening, one of my goals is to try
dents should strike. minds” students that universities are a place Reanna Maharaj, a former environmen- and get some sponsorship and money. A lot
On Sept. 25, a vote to hold a one-day of learning, and they are required to attend tal and urban sustainability student, was of things were taken away from students
student strike at Ryerson­ —to protest their classes and labs. hired on Sept. 23. Prior to being hired as this year in terms of discounts, bursaries,
Doug Ford’s cuts to education­ —passed Lachemi said that it is important for the ED, Maharaj started working at the RSU as student groups. [I’m] trying to get sponsor-
after a general assembly was held in the RSS to make sure they can coordinate the a student part-time at the Used Book Room ship to bring those things back to students
Sheldon and Tracy Levy Student Learning strike with instructors and faculty. and CopyRite. and spreading awareness of opting in.
Centre amphitheatre. “You cannot just miss class and expect The Eye sat down with Maharaj to get her I know with what happened last year,
Before the vote took place, Hermes nothing will happen.” thoughts on the role. there’s some questioning about ‘Can we
Azam, a spokesperson for the Ryerson Stu- Q: What does the role of the ED entail? trust this team?,’ ‘Can we trust the RSU?,’
dent Strike (RSS) and former president of “You cannot just miss class and expect Maharaj: I think what this role would and the executives. So, kind of just making
Socialist Fightback at Ryerson, said only nothing will happen” be best used for is hearing what students this feel like a safe place where students can
Ryerson students were allowed to vote. want, hearing it from the board and then come, a place where students can trust their
It is unclear who among the attendees At the assembly on Sept. 25, Azam said that have it executed through our executives. executives and trust their staff.
were Ryerson students. while he counted over 200 people in atten- To me, the ED mitigates between the board Q: What does the RSU mean to you?
When asked if a vote of 200 students was dance at the beginning of the assembly, “it’s and the executives—hearing what the board Maharaj: As a student, it was a place to
enough to decide on whether or not a stu- hard to say how many people were there right wants to see, what students want to see and be heard, it was a safe space where you can
dent strike should take place, Ryerson pres- at the main moment of the strike [vote].” making sure that all of those tasks are com- go study, to talk to someone. It was a place
ident Mohamed Lachemi said that he would The Eyeopener emailed Azam to ask if pleted and executed properly. So, being the that offered a lot of services whether it be the
not “make a comment on the number.” there was a system to ensure the voters at implementation for projects and events for Good Food Centre, CopyRite, the legal ser-
“That’s a very difficult question, [it’s the assembly were Ryerson students, but students and just making sure that staff are vices, having a campus group—it’s kind of like
only] 200 out of 45,000 students,” he said. he did not respond in time for publication. working fine, everyone’s doing their job, an anchor for student events and student life.
“I understand our students concerns The strike is expected to take place on everyone is getting along. Maharaj’s responses have been edited for
about the changes being made to Ontario Nov. 6. Q: What are your some of your goals length and clarity.
6

COMMUTING CONUNDRUM
OSAP was cut and the RU-Pass was cancelled. A new study based out of Ryerson
looks at the next steps for student transit, Aaliyah Dasoo reports

O n the days Mark Koev decides it’s worth the trip to campus, the fourth-year international
finance and economics student gets a chance to see the sunrise during his commute.
Driving south from Aurora, Ont., the commute takes around 50 minutes on a good day.
much of their class time in labs.
Ryerson president Mohamed Lachemi says, “It’s important because the more input we get
from [students] the more solutions we can find. Based on that, we can find a way to make life
He wakes up around 5 a.m. to get to class on time for 8 a.m. But during rush hour, bumper to easier for them.”
bumper traffic means that Koev’s drive could take up to an hour and a half, making him ques-
tion whether that sunrise is worth it.
“Between the fact that everything’s online and the commute, I would just make the decision
A t 5:45 a.m. on a Monday morning, Daniel Mahidashti wakes up bleary-eyed and gets ready
to face the cold on his way to school. Class begins at 8 a.m. on Mondays, as well as another
three days this week. He maps out the time in his head. It’ll take him about an hour to get ready.
not to come,” he says. He piles on an extra few minutes for buying gas for his drive to the GO station, plus more time
For many Ryerson students, this tight, early morning schedule is a reality. Ryerson has been to find and pay for parking. After searching both the north and south parking lots at the Lang-
part of the StudentMoveTO project since it started in 2015. Led by principal investigator and staff GO station, he finally finds a spot. He rushes to the train and boards it just before it leaves.
Ryerson Urban and Regional Planning professor Rakim Mitra, StudentMoveTO is the first- He missed the lines to get a seat, so he’s stuck standing for the next 40 minutes straight. But he
ever research project studying and compiling data around the travel habits of young people in doesn’t mind—he’s just grateful he didn’t miss the train.
the GTA. It will recognize the trends of student travel and will use the data to work on univer- When Mahidashti found out about the cuts to OSAP, he was shocked. By this time last year, he
sity planning with regards to solutions for commuter students. had around $2,000 for his commuting costs coming from OSAP. Mahidashti checked his RAMSS
The study comes at an important time. After Premier Doug Ford came into power last account near the start of the school year and, to his surprise, found that he still owed the university
summer, scrapped the Liberal government’s free tuition plan and cut down Ontario Student $300 after his OSAP payout. That’s the same amount as his monthly commute cost.
Assistance Program (OSAP) grants, Ryerson students have less provincial funding this year.
This means students have to adjust their lives to accommodate paying for one of their largest
expenses: commuting.
According to a 2015 report done by StudentMoveTO, about 54 per cent of students at Ryerson “After the cuts were announced...
use local transit to commute, and 23 per cent use regional transit. Ryerson also has the highest
average commute time, at about 46 minutes, compared to other universities in Toronto. the first thing that came to my
“With the cuts in OSAP on top of [commuting expenses], it does impact the demographics mind
of our student population in a negative way potentially,” says Sara Diamond, the president of
OCAD University, and one of the panelists at the StudentMoveTO launch event last week.

C ommuting “falls right at the top” of Koev’s budget. He says his only viable alternative to
driving is the GO train. But his fees were almost $20 a day, as he was paying $9.50 each way.
That’s what pushed Koev into buying a car. “I’m paying roughly the same amount. But what
To make matters worse, he was also hoping to have the benefit of the RU-Pass to ease his
transit costs. Over 10,000 students voted in favour of the RU-Pass last November. The universal
transit pass would have cost $564 per academic year and would give students unlimited access to
I get in return is alone time. It’s much nicer, much comfier, I don’t have people around me, no the TTC transit system. While the Ryerson Students’ Union advertised that the pass could ex-
weird stuff going on,” he says with a laugh. “I am my only delay.” pand to GO transit, a spokesperson told The Eye they had no plans to create a discounted transit
But commuting by car has its downsides too. Koev says he doesn’t have a parking pass, pass for Ryerson students. But, in January, the provincial government announced the Student
since his campus attendance is so sporadic, depending on how he feels and what classes he has. Choice Initiative, which made certain non-essential ancillary fees optional.
According to the Ryerson website, depending on the lot, a parking permit at Ryerson costs “After cuts were announced and I found out we can opt out of fees, the first thing that came
between $1,032 and $1,456­per year­—and they sell out fast. to my mind was the RU-Pass,” Mahidashti says. He took to Facebook comments, trying to
Earlier this year, Ryerson submitted a proposal for a 41-storey building, which would be figure out whether the transit pass would be scrapped. The province listed transit passes as a
built on the spot of a 189-space parking lot on Jarvis Street. The building itself will not have mandatory fee, but only those that had a signed agreement before Jan. 17, 2019. That means
spots for vehicle parking, but it will feature parking for over 1,000 bikes. Mitchell Kosny, in- the RU-Pass, along with Sheridan College’s pass, was cancelled for the 2019-20 year.
terim director of Ryerson’s school of urban and regional planning, told The Eyeopener that the Ryerson professor Mitra says that a straightforward solution for students right now would be
parking plan could have the aim of deterring drivers and encouraging the use of public transit. a universal transit pass. “I know that with new funding structures, universal transit passes have
But Koev strayed away from a parking pass because of the cost. He would rather put all of his suddenly become a big challenge, but hopefully that will get resolved over time,” he says. He adds
classes on the same days, or only attend class on the days where he has a test or presentation. that universal integration of fares between transit systems simply hasn’t been effective. He believes
To pay for the upkeep of his car, gas, parking and other normal fees that come with being a that a universal pass would bring down the cost of commuting for students “quite substantially.”
university student, Koev works multiple jobs. “I have a little money there for two and a half This is something that has been tried, tested and successful in other cities. In the Metro Van-
years of tuition and then the other half I pay out of pocket,” he says. “Including that, my OSAP couver area, post-secondary students have the option to participate in the TransLink U-Pass
was an added bonus.” BC Program. According to the TransLink website, the program aims to lower fees for student
life, reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gases and to provide a level of service that meets
its demand. The pass is available for use on all transit services in the Metro Vancouver area.
And it all costs a grand total of $41 a month—already included in students’ tuition fees.
Mahidashti used to use his own money to pay for commuting expenses, but now borrows
money from his mother and reloads his Presto as he comes and goes. He is also aware of the
Ryerson commuter bursary, but was told that his chances for receiving it were slim. According
to the Ryerson website, the bursary aims to provide students with financial aid in emergency
“We are a very expensive region for students,” Diamond said at the launch event. She says she circumstances, but not when government financial aid is insufficient.
and the other Ontario university presidents working on StudentMoveTO are aware of the fact The bursary form for this year is not open yet, but according to a Ryerson ServiceHub rep-
that transportation in the GTA isn’t affordable. Diamond also stressed the importance of creat- resentative, there are limited funds this year, and applications usually close quickly. The repre-
ing a system that makes it easier and cheaper for students to actually afford attending school. sentative also said that most of the eligibility goes according to distance. Mahidashti was told
A TTC Student Monthly pass costs $122.45 a month, which comes to a total $979.60 if you by an OSAP advisor to not count on receiving the bursary due to the amount of applications
buy one for each month of the academic year. GO Transit fares can depend on your location, that come in. “I can probably get a rebate but [it’s] not very likely.” says Mahidashti.
so costs may vary anywhere between $4 and $12 per trip. Mahidashti ended up looking for other transit funding opportunities from the university.
With the burden of commuting costs on top of school work, Koev rarely sticks around He asked his department about available scholarships, but was told that with his GPA and the
for parts of student life outside of class. During his first year, Koev would come to every number of applicants the department would receive, he wasn’t likely to be approved for any.
class. Nowadays, he hardly goes to his classes. He often looks at slides posted by the prof on His only other option was to keep working throughout the year—something that he is unable
his own time and on top of that, since he tries to pack his classes into the same few days, to do during the school year during his heavy class load.
often ends up with back to back midterms. He isn’t the only one who feels this way. According to the 2015 StudentMoveTO report, over 50
Diamond says that this type of curriculum concentration “deeply undermines” campus life per cent of students surveyed work part-time during the year to pay for school.
and the quality of students’ learning experiences. She says she and the other presidents have
shown great concern for “the ways that the experience of transportation impacted student
concentration.” She says that it can also negatively impact other parts of student life, like being
Y ou could say that because of his commute, Koev has become somewhat of a morning person.
But at the end of the day, it boils down to the value of his time. And Koev belives his time
is more valuable than a class where lecture slides are available on his computer. He also doesn’t
able to keep an organized schedule. Putting classes back to back in the span of two to three days join student groups because it would mean coming to campus. “Most of the things that the school
can be exhausting, and result in a lack of focus, especially for arts or STEM students who spend offers are negated by commuting.”
SOME ADVICE FOR YA 7

Here’s the advice... ...And here’s the news

So, you need to make an eye-catching resumé Teeny-tiny


By Andrea Josic sort through your resumé faster as
it separates important information,
pain relief
Applying to jobs is a neccesity for draws attention to each point and
those who want to succeed in our makes your content easier to read. Tree of Knowledge International
little capitalist society. But the Bullet points also give a document Corp (TOKI), a Canadian-based
action of actually getting one af- more breathing room, so your page healthcare company which spe-
ter graduation is terrifying. Even will look neater and professional. cializes in medical cannabis re-
more so, trying to find a job rel- search, product development and
evant to our degrees often seems Spell-check everything education, announced a research
almost impossible. As harsh as it seems, spelling er- project partnership with Ryerson.
According to a survey conducted rors will almost guarantee that your The project involves the devel-
by the Ontario Ministry of Training, resumé ends up in the rejected pile. opment of nano-machines used
Colleges and Universities (MTCU), An employer could have hundreds to deliver CBD oil as an effective
83 per cent of Ryerson graduates in of applications to look over, and method in treating cancerous tu-
2014 found jobs within six months any errors in spelling, grammar or mours and pain.
of graduating. While the odds seem sentence structure is an easy way Science Daily, a science news
like they’re in students’ favour, the to eliminate a resumé. A good rule publication based in Rockville,
survey didn’t actually specify wheth- of thumb is to send your resumé to United States, defines nanotech-
er or not students found jobs in family and friends to proofread. A nology as “A field of applied sci-
their respective fields. fresh pair of eyes will always catch ence and technology whose unify-
To avoid being in that vague de- mistakes you may have missed. ing theme is the control of matter
mographic, Ryerson’s Career and on the molecular level in scales
Co-op Centre offers free appoint- Apply for the job, even if you smaller than 1 micrometre, nor-
ment-based resumé and cover letter think you’re unqualified mally 1 to 100 nanometres, and
advising. By booking an appoint- You might not have the five years the fabrication of devices within
ment through the centre’s website, of work experience, but you can that size range.”
students can also get help with ca- show your skills in other sections. In easier terms for us Joes, it’s
reer planning, job searching, grad Under work and volunteering, you any technology where its size is
school applications, LinkedIn and can outline how those experiences measured in nanometers—a unit of
Magnet profile building. You can would help you excel in the com- measurement so small you couldn’t
even get your headshot taken. pany. If your skills match what the see it unless you used a microscope.
In the meantime, while you wait job is looking for, employers will For reference, the average nickel
for your appointment, we’ve com- take that into consideration. Apply- is 21 millimetres and one million
piled a list of resumé-building tips Keep your resumé to one page Structure your sections correctly ing for a job you’re unqualified for nanometres is equal to one millime-
so you can secure the bag. On average, an employer looks at Your education should not be at has a lottery essence to it­—there is tre. George Shrinks, eat your heart.
each resumé for about six seconds, the top of a resumé. Your sections a chance you could get it. You have The team leading the project is
Research the company you’re according to a 2012 survey conduct- should be listed starting with the nothing to lose if you get rejected at work to create a delivery system,
applying to ed by The Ladders, a job-recruiting header, which includes your name, and everything to gain by applying, called a nanocarrier, which is coated
Your resumé should not look the company. Limiting your resumé to address, email, phone number, so just try, if only just to say: “After in Hemp CBD oil and guided via ul-
same for every job you apply to. Re- one page makes it easier for employ- qualifications/skills, work experi- five years of pursuing a masters of trasound to cancerous tumours or
searching the specific company will ers to look at, and it encourages you ences, education and then others, mechanical engineering, I applied to sources of pain in a patient’s body.
help you identify what skills they’re to rationalize what is your most rel- like volunteer experiences, awards, be a graphic artist at Disney.” The goal of the project is to cre-
looking for. Even if they’re in the evant experiences and information. or interests. Within sections like Once you’ve got the job, which ate targeted treatments for different
same field, a company’s interests Once you graduate from university, work, education and volunteer, or- after reading this you’re guaranteed, medical conditions.
and investments can differ from an- you don’t need to include your high der points from most to least recent. fake your confidence till you actually The ultrasound precision can tar-
other’s. Based on your research, you school in your education section. Be got it. It’s alright to feel insecure, get a variety of cancerous tumours.
can adjust which of your qualifica- sure to avoid squeezing in too much Use bullet points in each section but be confident in what you’ve TOKI’s sponsorship of the project
tions and experiences will take the text. If you don’t have enough room, Bullet points improve documents done. There’s a reason you got the is to support a team of five Ryerson
spotlight for each application. size 10 it, but no smaller. tremendously. It helps employers job in the first place. researchers. The team is comprised
of co-principal investigators Profes-
sor Jahan Tavakkoli and Professor
Michael Kolios, and they are joined
There’s ways to save by just being a student by a newly-hired full-time re-
searcher, plus two Masters students.
They’ll be leveraging the clinical
By Sheza Tehir your OneCard. RETAIL ENTERTAINMENT application know-how of TOKI’s
Ali Baba’s: 357 Yonge St. (by the Looks aren’t everything, but no Part of the ‘university experience’ Medical advisor, Dr. Kevin Rod.
Students can see their bank accounts SLC) is home to mediterranean one can deny how great it feels to is taking advantage of the city’s great The research project is titled, “De-
drain as things like groceries, clothes soups, wraps and platters. A 10 per dress well and strut your stuff. Let’s offerings that offer discounts to help velopment of ultrasound-mediated
and other expenses quickly add up. cent student discount on order is get it done on a budget. students relax. targeted delivery methods and treat-
Luckily, there are discounts offered available if you show your OneCard. Ardene and Frank & Oak: Both Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO): Visit ments using medical Cannabis and/
near and on campus so that students Metro: The famous 10 per cent retailers utilize Student Beans, the AGO to experience exclusive ex- or Hemp CBD oil with applications
can feel less guilty about that extra student discount has returned to a discount service app that finds hibits and contemporary art. Take in pain.”
spending. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thurs- deals in stores across Canada. Get advantage of a $11 Admission Price It’s a mouthful, but the long title
days after being cut to only Tuesday online and unlock an extra 20 per (regular $19.50) with student ID. explains that the technology works
FOOD earlier this year. Celebrate the sec- cent off online. Toronto Symphony Orchestra: En- in unison with TOKI’s ultrasound
The fuel which students run on, ond coming of groceries with some Apple: While you’re online, head to joy a breathtaking concert at Roy technology to apply medical canna-
from greasy finger food for late nights discounted ready-made meals. Apple for Higher Education website. Thompson Hall with the tickets bis directly to a tumour.
to energy drinks to get you through Good Earth Coffeehouse: Get away You can save up to $300 on a regular starting at $16 for individuals be- “Kicking off this research project
studying. We’ve got the food that will from campus a little and visit the priced retail product. tween the age of 15 to 35. at Ryerson today catalyzes innova-
make your stomach and wallet happy. Garden District neighborhood at Bulk Barn: Got a craving for a large Ontario Science Centre: We all tive work we are proud of contrib-
The Halal Guys: A Ryerson classic, Jarvis and Dundas streets; this coffee bag of chocolate pretzels? Head over loved spending a day in grade uting to,” said Dr. Rod, in a press
located at 563 Yonge St., this halal shop works good alternative to Bal- to 2 Carlton St. Students can receive school visiting exhibits, so get a release. “Cancer is among the lead-
Middle Eastern & Mediterranean zac’s and offers 10 per cent discount 10 per cent off their purchase on little nostalgic and go. Admission ing causes of death worldwide, and
cuisine offers a 10 per cent discount to customers who show a valid stu- Wednesdays. Be sure to bring a lot of price is $16.00 for students (regular our team is well suited to fight it
on your order when you show them dent ID. containers. at $22) with valid ID. through this new technology.”
8 ARTS & CULTURE?

Using art to boost voter engagement in Canadian youth


By Kayla Higgins bridge the gap between politics and rectly reaching out to communities
the creative industries. The idea that may be less inclined to vote, in-
Multiple organizations in the city are came about when Roeske asked cluding youth aged 18 to 24. Taylor
displaying exhibits that will merge his friends what came to their head Deasley, a third-year politics student
art with democracy in hopes of rais- when he said the word ‘politics.’ “For and campaign strategist at DEE, said
ing voter turnout in the upcoming the most part, those responses were their mission is to remove barriers
federal election. negative. People [who are our age] to voting “because there are so many
Politics of Life (POL), a Toronto didn’t really care about politics.” people that don’t vote” and “so many
organization created by three Ryer- Roeske said he wants to get the reasons why they don’t vote.”
son alumni, will gather at the Super message across that young people “A lot of people do care about poli-
Wonder Gallery on Oct. 3 for “a have the choice to change the com- tics but they either don’t know how
night of politically fuelled entertain- munity they live in. “The big deci- ILLUSTRATION: ELANA EMER to get involved...don’t trust the gov-
ment.” The exhibit will feature live sions that these people make are go- ernment or they don’t trust the actual
hip-hop, drinks and an art exhibit ing to be affecting your day-in and is not really for them and they have ment. “It was a collaborative idea to election process [or are intimidated
striving to “shift the younger per- day-out life,” he said. nothing to do with it, and the deci- come up with something that would by it],” said Deasley.
spective on voting.” The art exhibit will bring together sions they make aren’t going to affect be bold, engaging and exciting to By launching their campaign ti-
POL is in collaboration with many of Toronto’s up and coming them,” Roeske said. “But at the end of build connections between art, com- tled the Canadian Voter Coalition,
Apathy is Boring—a non-partisan creatives in one space to “[promote] the day, they really are.” munity and the election,” said John DEE aims to be the biggest national
organization aiming to educate Ca- the controversial culture surrounding Ryerson and Artscape, a group Beebe, head of Democratic Engage- voter engagement campaign in Ca-
nadians on voting—as well as Loon the politics of every day life,” and to of not-for-profit organizations fo- ment Exchange (DEE) at Ryerson. nadian history.
Collective and Ryerson Leadership encourage young Canadians to vote cused on creating spaces that re- “By building a ballot box that literally Ryerson Votes, a group of 35 vol-
Lab. POL aims to advocate for the in the upcoming election, according volve around creativity and com- speaks to power and community is- unteers working on the campaign,
representation of policies that more to POL’s website. munity, are also partnering up to sues that matter to the community, will engage students leading up to
accurately reflect the lives and ide- encourage young voters to head to [we’re] building that connection and the election through pop-up vot-
ologies of young Canadian voters. “There’s a long the poles. The Engage Democracy also making it fun.” ing stations on campus. Ryerson
“That’s just the main point of what
POL is trying to do—just get people
history of using art Exhibit—a giant ballot box detailed
with miniature drawings—gives
“There’s a long history of using art
to engage people in democracy and
will host on-campus voting stations
from Oct. 5 to Oct. 9 in the Student
to encourage them to go out and to engage people in first-time voters the chance to expe- protest...including elections,” said Campus Centre.
vote, because your choice matters,” democracy” rience a voting simulation. Beebe. “Artists have the unique ca- “If political parties and leaders do
said Kris Roeske, director and man- The partnership came about pacity to break through [apathy] and a better job of responding to and
ager of POL. Roeske is also regional “We have artists, we have perform- through the unified values of both connect with people in a way that speaking with students and young
manager of Loon Collective. ers, because a lot of those people be- parties to promote tools and pro- goes beyond partisanship.” people, I think there’s plenty that can
POL was formed in January to lieve, from our research, that politics grams boosting democratic engage- The organization focuses on di- happen,” Beebe said.

EDITORIAL

Calling out your professors and course content PHOTO: KHALED BADAWI

By Tyler Griffin But you don’t have to sit back and let helps with memory retention (which
it happen—even though you’ll prob- will help you sound confident).
In my four years of taking classes at ably want to.
Ryerson, I’ve always stayed quiet. Since I’ve started as Arts & Culture Look to friends and peers
When my classmates have said they editor at The Eye, I’ve poked my nose It’s been so validating for me to
“don’t see race,” or when my old into a few places I shouldn’t have and have friends and peers who have
white professors tried to explain my talked to a fair share of students about gone through similar experiences to
lived experiences to me—I’ve always these experiences. It’s armed me with vent to about these problems. It’s es-
stayed quiet. the confidence to speak out in class. If pecially valuable for moments when
Sometimes I stayed quiet because you’ve ever been in a similar situation you feel isolated in huge classes, with
I was too shy to speak in an audito- or felt isolated in the classroom by the no one to back you up or roll your
rium full of students. Sometimes it material or your instructor’s speech, eyes with. Be there in return for
was because I didn’t feel equipped to here are some tips I’ve picked up to these friends—instead of over-ana-
confidently provide a rebuttal. Some- help you call it when you see it: lyzing just one experience, look at the
times it was just out of plain old apa- bigger picture. You can also band to-
thy. And other times, I was just too Stand tall, you’re not alone gether to organize an alternative ed-
fucking tired. Having to speak out against au- ucation to counteract the one you’re
But after years, I’m done feeling thority figures can feel lonely, espe- receiving I co-started a student group or say it in front of the class if you RyeACCESS, RyePride and the Trans
isolated and uncomfortable in my cially when your peers stay silent. called Ryerson Journalists of Colour feel safer that way. Alternatively, you Collective. If your situation falls un-
classes. I’m done having my lived ex- But you’re not alone—there’s prob- for this exact reason. can choose to challenge the instruc- der their umbrella, connect with
perience taught to me for the sake of ably tons of other students who are tor, content or situation formally them for resources and support. You
checking off a diversity box. I’m done thinking the same thing you are, or Keep your receipts within the system. Bring it to your can also reach out to the Ryerson Stu-
staying quiet. don’t realize that they’re thinking No matter what, document your program administrators, or switch dents’ Union or your specific course
My experience is a shared one it. Besides that, you’re speaking for instructor’s behaviour or the course classes entirely if you need to. It’s also union. It’s their job to hear your con-
among many Rye students. I’ve had yourself and for others without a content you’re having a problem totally valid to sit through the classes cerns and support you through the
many talks with friends who have voice. Stand straight, broaden your with (dates and times included). without raising your hand or making process of making a complaint.
suffered through classes “taught” by shoulders while speaking and if you If you have friends in the class or complaints—just get your credit and
instructors who deliver hateful, ste- need it, have something in your hand know other students having similar leave it in the past. Be gentle with yourself
reotypical, racist, ableist, sexist and that you can squeeze like a pen or problems, ask them to do the same. Above all, treat yourself with kind-
other ignorant rhetoric or course stress ball. It’s kind of like that corny The more students and examples Talk to equity groups, course ness throughout this difficult situa-
material. But it isn’t always that easy quote: “Speak the truth, even if your you have, the better case you’ll be unions tion. Remember what you’re doing
to spot. Even more often, professors voice shakes.” able to make if you need to bring it On the second floor of the Student matters to a lot of people, but what
regurgitate outdated or surface-level to the administration. Campus Centre (to the left of The Eye matters most is you. Even if you
conversations surrounding mental Prepare what you’re going to say office) are the offices of the six Equity choose to do nothing, you can speak
health, diversity in the workplace Write out a few bullet points that Calling in or calling out Service Centres, who advocate on out after the semester is over when
and more issues that students face on you want to mention beforehand. It’s You can choose to act in the mo- behalf of students and their rights. you don’t have to deal with your in-
the daily. a good thing to have on hand if you ment or later on. You can discuss the There’s The Centre for Women & structor. Or write them a scathing
Every time, it’s exhausting, frus- forget what you’re trying to say, and problem with your instructor pri- Trans People, The Good Food Cen- course evaluation. The power is all in
trating and downright humiliating. even if you don’t, writing them out vately during a break or after class, tre, Racialised Students’ Collective, your hands, my friends.
COMMUNITIES 9

Voting is on Oct. 21. Read this and then go do the thing


By Arianna Kyriacou Trudeau; the Conservative Party
of Canada led by Scheer; the New
Ryerson students who are Canadian Democrat Party (NDP) led by
citizens, age 18 and who register Jagmeet Singh; and the Green Party
before Oct. 15 at 6 p.m., will receive of Canada led by Elizabeth May.
a voter card in the mail, telling them Here’s a breakdown of each of the
where and when they can vote. parties promises on major issues.
First-time voters can register online
at elections.ca. Ryerson students, Climate Change From left to right, Jagmeet Singh (NDP), Elizabeth May (Green), Andrew Scheer (Conservative) and Justin Trudeau (Liberal).
faculty and staff can vote in advance Liberal Party of Canada
on campus from Oct. 5 to Oct. 9 The Liberal party’s campaign 60 per cent by 2030 and immediately The NDP also wants to make
at the Student Campus Centre, includes promises to conserve 25 stop all new fossil fuel development UNDRIP legally binding and Education
regardless of where their home per cent of Canada’s land and ocean projects. In addition, the party introduce Indigenous People’s Day The federal government doesn’t
riding is. If you choose to vote in by 2025. Other promises include also plans to have 100 per cent of as a national holiday. The party plans have jurisdiction over education and
your home riding, you can find a ban to single-use plastic by 2021 all Canada’s electricity come from to work with Indigenous people to student debt.
yours at elections.ca. and requiring federal buildings to be renewable sources by 2030. co-develop a National Action Plan The Conservative Party has made
Students and faculty not voting completely powered by clean energy for Reconciliation, and establish no specific proposals at this time.
on campus can vote in their riding by 2022. Indigenous Affairs Indigenous history programs for Liberal Party of Canada
during advance polling from Oct. Conservative Party of Canada Liberal Party of Canada all Canadians. Another promise is The Liberal Party says it will
11 to Oct. 14, and on election day The Conservative Party does not The Liberal Party plans to make to create a plan to address violence increase federal student grants, give
on Oct. 21. have an emissions reduction plan. the United Nations Declaration against Indigenous women, girls a two-year grace period and pause
As the campaign trail Their campaign includes a two-year on the Rights of Indigenous and LGBTQ2A+ individuals. student loan repayments for parents
gets complicated with past tax credit for green homes and a People (UNDRIP) legally binding. Green Party until their youngest child turns five.
transgressions from candidates like green credit for income generated UNDRIP defines the individual The Green Party plans to make New Democrat Party
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s from green tech. and collective rights of Indigenous UNDRIP a law and dismantle the The NDP says it plans to eliminate
blackface scandal from 2001 or New Democrat Party individuals, including their rights Indian Act, a Canadian federal interest on the federal portion of
Conservative party leader Andrew The NDP campaign plans to to culture, language, identity, health law stemming from colonialism student loans and increase access to
Scheer comparing dogs with five reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas and overall well-being. governsing Indigenous matters. student grants.
legs to gay marriage in 2005­ , it emissions by 37 per cent (2017 levels) Conservative Party of Canada The party also plans to implement Green Party
may be difficult finding a party that by 2020 and modernize and expand The Conservative Party does not the calls to action from the Truth The Green Party intends to
aligns with your beliefs. public transit to make it eco-friendly. have any specific policy proposals and Reconciliation Commision eliminate post-secondary tuition
There are 21 registered political Green Party established regarding Indigenous of Canada and the Missing and fees, forgive existing federal student
parties, but the major four are: The Green Party aims to lower affairs at this time. Murdered Indigenous Women and debt and increase funding for
the Liberal Party of Canada led by Canada’s emission reduction goal to New Democrat Party Girls Inquiry. Indigenous students.

Coffee, whiskey and drag: The Drink offers Rye students cheap drinks and a good time
Bar and restaurant owner Jimmy Georgoulis operates to create safe space for LGBTQ2A+ and student communities where everyone feels welcome
By Kieona George safe spaces for the LGBTQ2A+
community. “My bars are reflections
Coffee shop by day, drag bar by of me and my personality and places
night: with its multiple personas, that I like to frequent.”
The Drink offers Ryerson students, Georgoulis said he employs a
especially those in the LGBTQ2A+ lot of staff from the community:
community, a place to unwind and DJs, drag queens and performers.
party, all in the same space. “We are locally owned and locally
Located in Toronto’s Gay Village friendly,” said Georgoulis. “When
at 495 Church St., above Kintaro, you go to The Drink, The Lodge
The Drink is a place for students [or] O’Grady’s, money stays in the
to hang out with coffee and treats community.”
like carrot cake that are “to die The Drink opened two years ago.
for” during the day. At night, it It got its name because “everybody
turns into a drag bar with onstage goes for a drink and whether it be
performances, affordable drinks and alcoholic or non-alcoholic or a hot
pub food. coffee or a mimosa, we have it all.”
“Having fun is our priority and Students can do schoolwork at
creating a safe space for everybody The Drink during the day. There
is welcoming people to our village,” is free Wi-Fi, tables and outlets. “I
said owner Jimmy Georgoulis, who mean Starbucks and Second Cup Drag queen Lucy Flawless performs in a drag show at The Drink on Monday night. | PHOTO: PERNIA JAMSHED
also owns the Irish pub, O’Grady’s, and all those coffee shops are just
and the event bar above it called jammed,” said Georgoulis. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., mixed drinks are week with the Scarlett Bobo drag visit The Drink for DJs, dancing and
The Lodge. Students who want to perform $2.50. The good time goes past five show on Wednesdays. drag until late in the night.
Ryerson students receive 10 per drag in The Drink’s shows can with The Drink Twinks Drag Show Thursdays Sundays
cent off on all food at The Drink, inquire through its Facebook at The from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., when mixed Even though Thursdays mean it’s For $20, The Drink offers an
O’Grady’s and The Lodge. Drink Coffee Whiskey Social. drinks are $3.50. almost Friday, that’s not the best part all-you-can-eat brunch buffet with
Students having a safe space is im- The Drink caters to students seven Tuesdays of this weekday night. Thursday is $4 mimosas.
portant to Georgoulis. Georgoulis days a week with affordable food and Attendance won’t cost you a pub night for college and university And if you want to have a good
said he wishes he was more empow- drinks, said Georgoulis. This makes toonie because there’s never a students. Mixed drinks are $5. From time on Sunday before the start
ered to be a part of the LGBTQ2A+ it the perfect spot for students. cover charge at The Drink. There’s 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. drag troupes from of another week, you can join
community when he was a student. a drag battle hosted by drag queen different colleges and universities “Drag-oake.” Drag and karoake are
Georgoulis has been a part of Mondays Ivory Towers. perform onstage. combined for people to sing, do drag
Toronto’s Gay Village for 25 years You might hate Mondays, but you Wednesdays Fridays & Saturdays and “be whoever they want to be,”
and made his establishments to be won’t at The Drink, because from Make it over the hump day of the It’s the end of the week! You can said Georgoulis.
10 SPORTS

Lisa Haley to be inducted to Saint Mary’s Hall of Fame


Finishing her 14-year coaching career at Saint Mary’s with a 146-67-15 record, Haley will be honoured by the university on Oct. 5
PHOTO: CHRISTIAN BENDER as head coach until 2011. program’s first-ever head coach by playoff series win last season.
Over her 14 years with the Hus- then-athletic director Larry Uteck. “When I first started coaching,
kies, she was named the Atlantic In her first season, the team only I didn’t know what I was doing,“
University Sport (AUS) Coach of had 13 skaters during the regular she remembers. “I learned a style
the Year twice, was awarded the Ca- season, including Haley’s twin sister and took from [Uteck] and other
nadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) who was the starting goalie. Look- coaches I admired at St. Mary’s at
Coach of the Year Award in 2003, ing back, she thoroughly enjoyed the time.”
and led SMU to three AUS Cham- her time at SMU, even though her In addition to her university
pionships. tenure admittedly came with some coaching career, Haley has coached
“If it wasn’t for her influence, highs and lows along the way. Canada’s National Women’s Hock-
there wouldn’t be a program,” Brian “The evolution is amazing, and ey team, winning four medals at
Bradbury, longtime Huskies assis- I never thought it would become various International Ice Hockey
tant coach, told The Eyeopener. “She what it did,” Haley said of the Federation (IIHF) World Women’s
wanted to make sure that the work growth of SMU’s program. “To be Championships. She has also won
that she put in didn’t disappear.” honest, I never even thought about two medals at two different IIHF
Bradbury’s daughter, Meagan, being inducted until I got the call. I World Women’s U18 Champion-
played on Haley’s team for several am very humbled.” ships and served as an assistant
years. Her father says that Saint After finishing her SMU coaching coach at the Sochi Winter Olym-
By Hayden Gofrey The induction ceremony will take Mary’s was the logical and obvious career her with a 146-67-15 record, pics in 2014, helping the national
place on Oct. 5 and will honour Hal- choice for her, largely due to Haley’s Haley became the first coach in Ry- team win a gold medal.
Ryerson Rams women’s hockey ey alongside former football player presence, even though she had in- erson Rams women’s hockey history “You learn over the years it’s not
coach Lisa Haley will be inducted Noah Cantor. terest from other schools. in 2011. She has been with the pro- all about winning,” Haley said. “If
into the Saint Mary’s University A native of Westville, N.S., Haley Starting as an athletic therapist, gram since and owns a cumulative you go about it the right way, and
(SMU) Sport Hall of Fame, the uni- was the first-ever coach of SMU’s Haley volunteered to coach the team 56-102-14 record with the Rams help your players grow and develop,
versity announced via their website. varsity program in 1997 and served and was soon asked to become the and led the team to their first-ever that’s where you really win.”

For Ryerson Esports, virtual space is not enough


Expecting more than 300 members and competing in over $400,000 prize pools, the Esports team has outgrown their limited resources

By Marco Sasso sor last week.


Running experiments—with play-
Four years ago, they had no budget. ers paying out of their own pock-
Now, Ryerson’s competitive Esports ets—in her earlier years with the Es-
team is one of the biggest clubs on ports program, Liu knows firsthand
campus. Maybe too big. the potential benefits a venue could
Expecting over 300 members and be for her players.
competing for over $400,000 in “When I used to manage the
prizes in the Collegiate Star League CS:GO team, I noticed a considerable
(CSL) this season, the Esports team change in the team environment af-
at Ryerson has outgrown their lim- ter we first met and practiced togeth-
ited resources. For them, online er in person at a gaming lounge,” she
voice chats on Discord won’t cut said. “The team was more cohesive
it when it comes to coordinating. ILLUSTRATION: ELANA EMER in-game and they were able to hash
They need a home base. our problems faster in-person versus
But given the expense of real estate meet each other to foster a healthier and console stations in April. Regardless, some players, like over voice chat at home.”
downtown, that doesn’t seem like team environment, but the main “[Ryerson athletics is] not neces- current Counter-Strike: Global Of- Details of the negotiations
a possibility. The cost that it would concern is we don’t have anywhere sarily against what we’re doing, but fensive (CS:GO) manager Dustin couldn’t be disclosed according to
take to build an Esports facility is far to go,” said Liu. “There’s no incentive they simply don’t see the same po- Ma believes the investment in Es- Liu. But she aims to follow in the
beyond what Ryerson athletics can— to stay back on campus for an extra tential that we do because it’s hard ports hasn’t been enough. footsteps of York University’s Es-
and is willing to—bear the cost of. hour just to meet your teammates, to sort of quantify. It’s a very new “[Ryerson athletics] don’t really ports program, who have a partner-
Nick Asquini, Ryerson’s athletics when you could just commute home thing that we’re doing,” Palmer said. recognize how beneficial we could ship with Waves E-Gaming—one of
varsity operations coordinator, said, instead to grind and practice.” Expanding to teams in over 10 be for the school,” said Ma. “I feel the largest Esports dedicated facili-
“We are offering a modest grant to Walking around campus, Liu says gaming titles this year—including like we’re just being ignored.” ties in Canada—and find a location
our clubs and it’s an equitable grant she’s seen a variety of empty rooms the introduction of a highly antici- But Liu understands why the in- that strikes the perfect balance be-
that’s equal across all of our club going to waste where the team would pated Apex Legends squad—Ryer- vestment in Esports isn’t the athlet- tween having computers powerful
programs, but monetarily our re- be able to fit some gaming systems to son Esports has been a hot com- ics department’s top priority. enough to run high graphics games
sources are just finite right now in kickstart a little bonding between modity for incoming students. Liu “From my point of view, I see that while being located as close to cam-
what we can offer.” athletes. But for “one political reason says the club receives “about 100” the department is just very over- pus as possible.
Esports president Siobhan Liu or another,” athletics hasn’t been able messages on social media from high whelmed with having to manage How will Ryerson athletics fund
says it has resulted in players being to secure the space, said Liu. school students asking how they can over 40 clubs and varsity teams, and such a partnership? Liu hasn’t
stranded on campus for four to six- Liam Palmer, Esports vice presi- get involved with the team when I empathize with them,” said Liu. worked out the details yet. But
hour gaps in between classes when dent of corporate relations, says the university applications open. “We shouldn’t be getting extra spe- now, entering her final year as
the regular season starts in Octo- athletics department so far hasn’t met Despite the popularity of the cial treatment from the department president at the club, that’s not go-
ber—valuable practice time they the team’s expectations in helping the program, Ryerson athletics man- just because our ‘sport’ is new and ing to stop her from setting up the
could be using to stay ahead of the team succeed in their mission. ager of operations Heather Ad- rapidly expanding.” Esports program for future success.
1,800 post-secondary schools that Palmer says the team’s goals are ams says they haven’t considered With the team unable to find “I want to be able to set some-
compete in the CSL. to not only have a dedicated gam- investing heavily into any one of an on-campus place to call home, thing up so the club itself can be
Some players will even go the en- ing space but facilities similar to that their clubs. Instead, they’ve started they’ve started to brainstorm oth- self-sufficient, said Liu. “Whoever
tire year without ever meeting their of post-secondary institutions like a yearly grant program of $2,000 a er solutions. Liu says the team is comes in [as president next year]
teammates face-to-face. Durham College—which opened the year that each competitive club can working closely with athletics to can just look at the club and say,
“Our team managers also believe doors to its 3,000-sq. ft. Esports facil- apply for to support team initia- find off-site practice space, after ‘Okay, this is how it operates,’ and
in trying to get all of their players to ity with over 50 gaming computers tives and student engagement. being approached by a venue spon- then just go from there.”
YOU’RE SO SEXY AHA 11

Turns out changing your personality is harder than it seems THE ‘FINALLY, SOMEONE
ASKED WHAT WE’VE
Aisha Jaffar chronicles taking the Myers-Briggs test and her ultimate lack of self-discovery ALL BEEN WONDERING’
ADVICE COLUMN

Since the horror that was high


school, everybody seemed to know Q: Help! How do I casually put
themselves, or at least who they my arm back down after my
wanted to be. Meanwhile, I’m still professor doesn’t call on me?
lost about who I am. Just like every A: Noo don’t be embarrassed by re-
movie about a confused college kid, jection you’re so sexy aha.
I’m an outcast trying to discover You have a few options. Stand
myself in university. My movie up on your desk and produce the
starts off the same way, so I tried to loudest, blood-curdling shriek
create my “happy ending.” this world has ever heard. Sing
I went to see my therapist about the unheard song of students who
it, and she suggested I try the pretend to yawn to play off never
16Personalities quiz, based on the getting called upon. You might
Myers-Briggs personality types. get kicked out of class, but at least
She said everyone is obsessed with you’ve been heard.
them, so I trusted her. Answering Alternatively, go to the Hallow-
questions, having the data analyze een store and buy a fake arm. We’re
me and letting technology tell me still in that sweet pre-Halloween
who I am seemed like the easiest way period where you can return sin-
to figure myself out. I got my answer, gle-use decorations. Now, raise the
PHOTO: ELANA EMER
and it was super creepy how accurate arm. When you’re not called upon,
it was. throw the arm at the front of the
I got the Defender personality crashes when I take the quiz. the end of each page for how much result, I wish you the best of luck if room. In the silent moments of
(ISFJ-A/ISFJ-T). The site told me Doing the quiz changed my life. I water I drank everyday. I also con- you want to change. shock is your window of oppor-
I’m “quite unique,” but this is actu- became more self-aware. I wanted to sidered making a YouTube channel. After everything, I still have my tunity for you to speak your truth.
ally the most common personality, get there before artificial intelligence I started eating healthier and clean- pride. While I was on my journey In a loud whisper, say “My arm
making up about 13 per cent of the does. Because, you know, they’re go- er—I’m not a vegan yet, but I did have of self-discovery and almost becom- has been raised so long that all the
population. It seems as though I’m ing to kill us when they figure out a cookie only to realize it was vegan ing a vegan, at least I didn’t make a blood rushed out of it, and it just
not unique at all. The quiz even told how to overtake the world with their after eating it. About a year later, I’m YouTube channel. I’ve got the rest popped off.”
me I’m an affectionate person that advanced technologies and superhu- making baked fish and steamed vege- of university to discover myself. To really show your commit-
is easy to take advantage of. Appar- man strength. tables for lunch. I feel like I see things We are always changing and ment, get fake blood. I suggest using
ently, you can walk all over me. I made more of an effort to get in a different light now. growing, and it’s completely okay to ketchup from the McDonald’s on
I wondered why there are only out of my comfort zone, learn and I decide to take the quiz again, be unsure of who you are. Whatev- Yonge Street and rubbing it on the
16 ways to be different, because my try new things. I tried yoga, I got a and to my disgust, I got the same er result you get on the 16Personali- arm. After you’re done with your
mom always told me everyone is life coach and I met new people—all result. Same damn personality. I tiess quiz, you may not know exactly spectacle and security has escorted
special in their own way. How can of which I wrote about in my brand- was really annoyed that after all my who you are just yet, despite what it you out of the building, you’ll be
seven billion people be condensed new journal, and even posted about hardwork of trying to change, I’m tells you. But hey, at least your mom left with a delicious, multi-purpose
into 16 types? I want to be so differ- it on Instagram. I got a separate still the same person. For people loves you, even if you’re not as spe- condiment for your lunch. We don’t
ent that the personality test website gratitude journal, with a tracker at who didn’t like their personality cial as she said you were. waste food, Ryerson.

THIS HAS PROBABLY HAPPENED

Student chooses to wait for SLC elevator, loses everything


By Amelia Rose Ritthaler for her lecture. She was about to
head for the stairs but knew in her
In a fit of despair, Erica Windsor bones the elevator would arrive as
missed her entire three-hour lecture soon as she left and her grit would
while waiting for the SLC elevator. have all been for nothing.
Because of her burning desire for She hoped the elevator would ar-
validation, she was convinced the only rive at any second. Giving up now
way she would ever feel good about would make her incapable of ever
herself was to wait it out for an SLC experiencing joy again.
elevator, and prove everyone wrong. Another 45 minutes passed and
The second-year biology student still an elevator had not arrived. At
had a quiz in her 12 p.m. lecture and this point, Windsor realized that
wanted to study during her break she had now missed her opportunity
between classes. She almost took to study for her quiz and that if she
the stairs to the fifth floor, but she didn’t head to her lecture now, she
was tired from waking up at 4 a.m. would miss the quiz altogether. She
to attend private crossfit classes, and was so confident the elevator would
figured gambling her time for the arrive in the next moment, so she
elevator was worth it. decided to wait.
She had taken the SLC elevator After four hours of waiting, one
in the past and was prepared to give of the SLC elevators finally reached
everything up to wait longer than PHOTO: JIMMY KWAN the first floor. Windsor realized
anyone should ever have to wait for she missed her entire lecture and
an elevator. was well versed in the waiting game. thing. She found herself wondering She considered giving up and the quiz, which was worth 20 per
In a fleeting moment where Unfortunately, nothing could have if the long wait time was a sign she taking the stairs, but figured if she cent of her semester mark. She took
Windsor relived her youth, she had prepared her for the SLC at peak should have taken a gap year. Be- had learned anything from Oprah’s the elevator to the beach floor and
a brief flashback to when she vis- lunch time on Thursday. coming a rave girl in Australia for a SuperSoul Conversations podcast, watched an entire season of Jane the
ited the CN Tower with her fam- Just 10 minutes into waiting for year instead of academically enrich- it was that patience and consistency Virgin in a bean bag chair before
ily. There, she had waited over 20 one of the four elevators to arrive, ing herself was beginning to seem garner success. One hour went by logging into RAMSS and dropping
minutes to use the elevator, so she Windsor began to question every- like the better option. and she realized she was now late all of her classes.
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