Volume 49 - Issue 21
March 23, 2016
meet in a creative
industry is tough.
How some students
make it work
PHOTO: JAKE SCOTT
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
How much is Ryerson security telling you?
Approximately four per cent of Ryerson campus security incidents are made public, an Eyeopener investigation finds
By Alanna Rizza
On average, 40 incidents — ranging from sexual assaults to verbal
outbursts — are recorded by Ryerson’s Integrated Risk Management (IRM) security every week.
But students only receive an average of 1.6 of those reports in incident emails.
First-year history student Connor McKenzie woke up in Toronto Western Hospital on Oct.
24 after being assaulted on Gould
Street. He said he had no recollection of the night before and all of
his belongings were missing.
Three days later, he spoke to
campus security. Security received
a call on the night of the assault
and then contacted the ambulance. He said they told him the
aftermath of the incident was
caught on camera, but the assault
occurred in a “blind spot” so the
suspect could not be identified.
McKenzie said witnesses, who
he met on the street days later, told
him he was hit and robbed. A public security report was not issued.
“shocked” to find out there was
no public report. “That’s information we should know, I don’t see
why they should hide that from
us,” he said.
Ryerson began issuing incident
emails at the beginning of the
2012 school year to increase transparency and safety awareness. Julia Lewis, director of Ryerson’s
IRM, said they determine which
incidents are sent to students and
faculty using “risk-based criteria.”
“Some of the reports we receive
aren’t substantiated,” said Lewis.
“That’s part of the risk assessment, is to really have a filter to
ensure we meet the goal of having
an informed sense of security.”
The criteria IRM uses is based
on whether the incident is considered an ongoing threat, according to Daniel Paquette, account
director of IRM. If a suspect has
not been identified, it’s considered
to be ongoing. The exception, Paquette said, is if an incident is considered “extremely” serious.
Tanya Poppleton, manager of
security and emergency services at
Ryerson, said that ongoing risks
do play a role in the assessment,
but whether or not the incident
is “a risk to public safety” is the
biggest factor. Serious incidents,
Poppleton said via email, are “cer-
tain assaults” — including sexual
assault, robbery, hate promotion
and some serial connected crimes.
Poppleton added not all incidents are made public because
people would “be bombarded
with emails and then no one is going to read the ones that pertain to
The Eyeopener has weekly
meetings with security where incidents are discussed. Poppleton
said that providing campus papers
with the briefs that aren’t emailed
is an initiative for having a more
The week of Nov. 23, there was
a report of a fight involving four
individuals at Church and Gould
streets. Two people were taken to
the hospital and one arrest was
made. No public report was issued.
The week of March 14, security
was called about a male trying to
escort a drunk female into a taxi.
Police were called due to concerns
about the female’s safety. No public report was issued.
IRM has records of all reported
incidents, but they do not release
statistics. York University posts
quarterly reports online, along
with five-year category comparisons.
“Statistical reports and education initiatives are important
means of informing and engaging
with students on community safety issues,” Janice Walls, interim
chief spokesperson and director of
media relations at York, said in an
email. “It provides a transparent
means for the community to compare trends.”
The University of Toronto also
posts weekly and annual reports.
A log of all emailed incidents
PHOTO: CHARLES VANEGAS
Ryerson security reports are selectively released in accordance with risk-based criteria.
can be found on Ryerson’s website, but those only make up a
fraction of the cumulative total.
York, which has approximately
20,000 more students than Ryerson, posted 830 public reports
from May to October 2015. Ryerson has 26 posted online from the
same time period.
Poppleton said anyone can
count how many specific types of
incidents occurred if they go online, and that a stat report isn’t
necessary. “If you put out a number that doesn’t help anybody,”
Alyson Rogers, co-organizer of
the Ryerson Feminist Collective,
said that security transparency
is important, especially when it
comes to social activism on campus. She added that she thinks
some institutions don’t share this
data to cover up a bigger problem.
“It’s easier to say, ‘Oh there’s no
problem here, because we can’t see
it,’ and I think that might be what
security is doing,” she said. “They
can address it as singular crimes,
as opposed to a systemic issue.”
Lewis said that IRM uses the
numbers to advance crime prevention work on campus, and that’s
where the value to the public is.
“We do collect numbers, of course
we track everything, so that informs our priorities and the need
to have crime prevention within
the community,” she said. “The
value to the community is crime
prevention work, and it has to be
informed prevention work.”
With files by Nicole Schmidt
Soup and Substance
Global events, local impact:
Ryerson's campus climate
Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate
in this discussion about Ryerson’s culture.
Faculty and staff experiences:
Ways to improve the climate
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Noon to 1 p.m. | Podium (POD) Room 250
Check out our website for more details, future
topics and past webcasts: ryerson.ca/soupandsubstance
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Meal plan cash will carry over, finally
By Sarah Krichel
Ryerson Eats has new options this
April for students with leftover meal
plan funds on their OneCards, said
Janice Winton, vice president of administration and finance.
The meal plan reform occured
due to students losing any money
not spent by the end of the year.
The funds would go straight to
food services in previous years.
Ryerson student Jonathan Dacosta started a Change.org petition to reform the program. As of
April 1, Ryerson will give students
four options as for their remaining meal plan funds such as carryovers and refunds.
“The first [option] is you do
nothing; it just gets carried over
into the next year,” Winton said.
“So if you had $50 left in your
meal plan at the end of April, it
would show up next year on your
meal card for the same amount.”
“The second option is you can request a transfer of funds to go to your
RAMSS account,” Winton said.
There is a 20 per cent cap of
a student’s original meal plan
amount that can go to their
RAMSS account, which can go toward any other payment they may
owe, like tuition or residence, according to Winton. Anything over
that 20 per cent goes into next
year’s meal plan, she said.
“If you have a credit, you can
issue an actual refund or cheque,
but we’re trying to eliminate issuing thousands of small cheques,”
Winton said. There will be an administrative fee of five per cent for
anything under 20 per cent.
The third option is to transfer
the residual funds to your Campus Fund, also with the same 20
per cent cap, according to Winton.
Students can use this fund toward
photocopying, laser printing, campus store purchases, in vending
machines and at food locations.
The administrative fee of five per
cent also applies to this option.
The fourth option allows students to choose to make a donation of the remaining amount to
go toward emergency foods for
students, Winton said. There is no
fee in that option.
Previously, there was a misunderstanding between Ryerson
and the Canada Revenue Agency
(CRA) regarding the legality of refunding student meal plan money
to students in federal taxation law.
The CRA clarified there are no
prohibitions against refunding
“The CRA is not responsible for
regulating university meal plans,
including policies relating to refunds, rollovers or donations,”
Residence meal plans used to have students totally cheesed.
said Paul Murphy of the CRA’s
media relations via email. Murphy added that the CRA is not in
a position to comment on further
changes being made to meal plans
by any university.
Winton said Ryerson looked into
regulations, finding no conflicts
with the new system and CRA laws.
Most Ontario universities have
a rollover process of leftover funds
available, said Winton. Ryerson’s
new meal plan system has been
updated to have the same cap system as other universities.
Dacosta’s petition also addressed
the costliness of even the cheapest
meal plan. Pricing for meal plans
has yet to be reviewed for next
year, according to Winton.
“We listened, we heard what
they asked, we looked into it,” said
Melissa Yu, Ryerson Eats’ communication and administrative coordinator.
“So far the feedback has been
very good. Most residents have
been informed about it through
their RA,” she said. “I think people are really pleased that there are
several options for them.”
Ryerson interim president Mohamed Lachemi said he is happy to
share the results of Ryerson putting
the complaints into consideration.
“We took those concerns very seriously,” Lachemi said.
Winton said that there has been
PHOTO: JAKE SCOTT
no discussion thus far regarding
the amount of places on campus
that permit OneCard payments.
But there is a survey going out
in a few weeks targetting residence
students regarding food on campus, said Yu.
“It’s a thing we try to do every
few years,” she said. “Feedback is
an important part of our process
and how we inform our operations year over year.”
The process will be available to
students online. Students will decide
where remaining funds will go between April 1 and May 15. After
that, they’ll default to the first option of rolling over to next year’s
BLM-TO protest outside TO police HQ Rye on min wage spike
Minimum wage will be changing from $11.25/hr to $11.40/hr in October.
PHOTO: TAGWA MOYO
Former Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) vice-president equity Pascale Diverlus protests at a Black Lives Matter - Toronto Coalition
demonstration. The demonstration occured outside Toronto police’s College Street headquarters to criticize the Ontario Special
Investigations Unit’s decision to not charge the officer who fatally shot Andrew Loku, 45. They also protested against the decreased
size of this year’s Afrofest and the death Alex Wettlaufer, 21, who was recently killed by police. Other Ryerson figures attended the
protest including former RSU president Rajean Hoilett and Reignite Ryerson member Vajdaan Tanveer.
Robert Dakota Plant, secondyear mechanical engineering
It is a small minimum wage
increase, but it’ll definitely affect the standard of living for
a student if they’re working
during the school term.
Robert Kholsmith, fifth-year
Twenty cents isn’t much of
a difference. It may keep
up with inflation but I don’t
think it keeps up with lifestyle in terms of Toronto.
Alanna Drake, fourth-year
early childhood education
I don’t think it will improve
the student standard of living
because cost of food and the
cost of living expenses in Toronto are still unaffordable.
Brooklyn Pinheiro, third-year
That’s not going to change a
lot but over time it’ll grow.
But, as it grows, the price of
things continue to go up so
things will probably even out.
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Keith “So quirky” Capstick
Nicole “Colourful” Schmidt
Al “I’M GONNA GET SHAWARMA” Downham
Farnia “Fantastic” Fekri
Biz and Tech
Jacob “Oui Oui” Dubé
Our cover model and online editor Tagwa Moyo knows all about the hustle.
photoS: jake scott
Time to look forward
The real world might seem like a scary place. But our challenges can also be
our opportunities — make the gig economy work for you
It’s getting to be the end of the
semester. And for some students
that also means the end of their
academic career. For fourth-year
students, April looms with not
just the classic crunch that comes
with papers and final exams —
it comes with the pressures of the
rapidly advancing real world.
Perhaps the scariest version
of this apprehension comes for
those who are not planning to go
on to another degree, or any other kind of school. Knowing that
you are a month away from the
real world, a month away from
adult responsibilities with no stu-
dent status to use as an excuse,
can be a terrifying moment.
In our arts section this
week, you’ll read about the struggle that photography students
in particular face breaking into
a shrinking industry. And that
narrative has often been true for
many students that choose to
study fine arts — fine arts programs boast some of the lowest
employment rates among graduating students. But especially for
our generation, graduating into
a difficult economy still largely occupied by baby boomers
with 30 or 40 years of seniority
on us, it can be scary no matter
what you’ve studied.
That’s the bad news. If you’re
a young person in university,
you’ve probably heard some ver-
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sion of that a thousand times. But
you can relax, because I’m not
here to beat you to death with
another version of it. I’m here to
shine at least a little optimism on
your futures, no matter how complicated your respective industries may be.
You all have the pieces that
you need to make your degree
work for you, and to grab that
job that you’ve been dreaming
about. You’ve heard people talk
about all the pieces, in conversations that have probably happened so often you’ve begun to
think of them as clichés: be your
own brand, start your own businesses. If the mainstream parts
of your industry won’t hire you,
won’t listen to your ideas, do
your own thing. Above all else,
You may have rolled your eyes
at speakers that have told you
things like that over and over
again — trust me, I did. But the
reality is that it’s good advice.
The economy we’re graduating into has been called the gig
economy for a reason. The days
of grabbing that comfy nine-tofive with benefits and a healthy
pension at the end of the line are
long behind us. We need to take
jobs where we can get them, and
do what we need to do to make
I know that can sound
frustrating, unfair and terifying.
But the truth is that while we may
Arts and Life
Karoun “Mass Text-odus”
Devin “Indiana” Jones
Alanna “Alannie” Rizza
Annie “Mr. Noodles” Arnone
Jake “Poor Choices” Scott
Chris “Blankette” Blanchette
Skyler “Cl” Ash
Rob “Worse than be” Foreman
Igor “Maguna Matata” Magun
Tagwa “It means no” Moyo
Lee “The rest of your” Richardson
Liane “FUCKING DEBATERS”
Chris “Julia” Roberts
J.D. “You’re a poet and you
be entering a tough workforce,
our challenges can also be our
Taking a lot of little jobs might
make your pay more sporadic,
but it also gives you the chance
to only work on projects that
matter to you. If you’re freelancing, working part-time or
otherwise hustling in your industry of choice, you have a chance
to try to focus on developping
specifically the skills that got you
interested in your field in the first
Try to remember why you ap-
Ben “Hippe” Hoppe
Victoria “Psyches out” Sykes
Hannah “I don’t have a pun for
you, sorry’” Kirijianv
Lidia “The shoe’s on the other”
Victoria “Pretty please” Shariati
Badri “Got held up” Murali
Serena “Expired milk” Lalani
Kiki “45 minutes” Cekota
Olivia “Get out of” Bednar
Bianca “Don’t stop the” Bharti
Hayley “Xibalba” Hanks
Brenda “Hasta la Muerte”
Sarah “Enemigo” Krichel
Brittany “Doesn’t even lift”
Dan “Slamajama” Yamamoto
Annaliese “Oscar” Meyer
Lindsay “Jorts” Christopher
Emily “Don’t take my picture”
Brianee “I forgot who you were”
Justin “Lost phone” Chandler
Noushin “Ziafunny” Ziafati
Sierra “Has contracted thinkubator” Bein
Playing the part of the Annoying
Talking Coffee Mug this week is
snow that can’t decide whether or
not it wants to be hail. If you want
to have an identity crisis, fine. Just
don’t do it on my head.
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plied to Ryerson — what made
you excited when you got your
acceptance letter. Think about
what kind of work you dreamt
of doing while you were finishing high school. Then, go out
and do exaclty that kind of work.
Maybe nobody is hiring you to do
But nobody is stopping you.
The millenials have been often
criticsed for a laziness that the
older generations seem to have invented for our ilk to bear. Let’s go
prove them exaclty how wrong
WE’RE HAVING AN ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING!
OH WHAT FUN!
It’s time for the annual Eyeopener Annual General Meeting.
April 6th, 12pm, Margaret Laurence Room, Oakham House
There’ll be all kinds of interesting things said. Bring a friend!
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Arts & life
Breaking into the photography industry
By Stefanie Phillips
When Stephanie Noritz moved to
New York to pursue her photography career, the only available job
was an unpaid internship with photographer Chris Buck.
Before leaving Toronto, she
worked and saved up enough money to support herself and work for
Buck for three months. She then
left to intern with Alessandra Petlin, another photographer in New
York. She took the necessary risk
of working for free and finished
the internship with Petlin as a paid
Now, living and working as a
freelancer, Noritz says the industry
is more difficult than she thought it
“We have to really hustle, especially in a city as saturated as New
York,” says Noritz. “As photographers we really have to put ourselves out there and really market
In the past nine years that Noritz
has been in the business, the industry has changed “drastically.” Budgets are getting smaller, companies
are doing their own photography
instead of outsourcing and pricing standards are being lowered by
young photographers charging less
According to Service Canada,
the number of photographers has
decreased in recent years and it is
expected to continue decreasing by
1.2 per cent annually for the next
four years. One of the causes of this
reduction is the growing popularity
of image banks.
In 2011, Ryerson and the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges
and Universities collected employment rates and earnings of Ontario
university graduates and concluded
that 83.9 per cent of fine and applied arts students, which includes
photography, were employed six
months after graduation.
Despite the shrinking industry,
Noritz has managed to make a
name for herself since graduating from Ryerson in 2006, having
worked for Samsung, New York
Magazine and Maclean’s to name
a few. She was also profiled by
American Illustration - American
Photography and honoured by
The Magenta Foundation and the
American Society of Media Photographers.
Noritz says that if she hadn’t taken a photography business course
in her time at Ryerson, she would
have been very lost in the real
“Taking the photography business course was what opened my
eyes to a whole other side of the industry,” she says.
The course was offered through
the Chang School and — at the time
— was taught by a practicing commercial photographer who “had a
lot of insight.” Noritz learned how
to quote jobs, keep track of expenses and market herself. Today,
the Chang School offers a media
business course that covers general
business practices using a case study
approach, according to the course
Fourth-year photography student
Petrija Dos Santos is about to graduate and feels that Ryerson has not
taught her how to properly market
“There is little emphasis on how
you get people to pay attention to
your work, or who those people actually are,” says Dos Santos.
She says she thinks that Ryerson,
and universities in general, forget
that students don’t want to start out
in the first paying job that comes
“Obviously [students] want to
put the skills that they’ve learned to
use, they want jobs that are relevant
to their field. They don’t want their
degree to hang on a wall and not
use it,” she says. “Most [students]
do want to go into working professionally as commercial photographers or portrait photographers. We
don’t want to work at the Walmart
studio, we want to do good photography because we can.”
Christopher Manson is a sessional professor teaching two photography courses at Ryerson while
working on documentary photography. When he graduated university in 2001, he wanted to be an artist
whose work was featured in galleries, but he soon realized that that
“Don’t be afraid to put yourself
out there. Be humble. Shoot
what you love and don’t give up”
dream wasn’t financially viable.
“I had to get a job like everybody
else. At one point I was catering, I
was working in a call centre, I was
taking portraits for fashion companies and I was doing all that while
I was trying to put together a [photography] project,” Manson says.
“You shouldn’t expect ... at the beginning of your career to get to the
Manson then noticed an opening
in advertising at Crack Magazine
in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
His work in the call centre gave him
enough experience to get the job.
He made connections while working there and eventually got a photo
in the magazine through networking.
“I would go out for drinks with
the editor, would go and meet with
the photo editor, would always pass
by his desk and say, ‘What shoot
are you doing this week, do you
need anything done?’” he says. “I
became someone who was always
there, who was always available,
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close at hand.”
Even though he didn’t have the
title he wanted and was only doing
a few shoots a month, working at
the magazine allowed him to build
a portfolio — one that would connect him to other jobs.
Bryce Julien is in his first year in
the photography program at Ryerson and wants to be doing the same
type of photography that Noritz
and professor Manson are doing
once he graduates. But unlike Dos
Santos, Julien isn’t as worried about
finding a job.
“I don’t think I’m more worried
than somebody in an engineering
program or even a science [degree]
or something like that,” said Julien.
He’s currently trying to strengthen his portfolio and build up his
own equipment stock but is challenged by the high price of gear.
Photojournalism professor and
veteran photographer Peter Bregg
advises students who are first starting out to invest in an entry level
DSLR camera with a standard 1855mm kit lens before buying anything else.
“As good as that is for general
photography, it has limitations and
if you have the desire, the passion,
the fire, you’ll recognize that you
need to buy [more],” Bregg says.
“Keep shooting with what you have
and eventually you’ll learn what
you need based on the pictures you
wanted to shoot but couldn’t. Eventually you’ll say, I could have [gotten] a better shot if I had x, y and z
in my bag.”
Noritz says that to this day she
still rents equipment for shoots and
shares gear with other photographers in the industry instead of buying all of her own pieces.
She advises students in the photography program to apply to as
many online blogs and annual photography contests as possible when
they graduate and to have a website at hand, ready to show potential clients whenever necessary.
“Don’t be afraid to put yourself
out there. Be humble. Shoot what
you love and don’t give up. If I’m
able to make it than any of [you]
can make it.”
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In the last two seasons, the women’s basketball team has risen above years of mediocrity to skyrocket to the second-best team in the country. By Chris Blanchette
eneca Pingue-Giles raises her hands while falling
on a slant to the left corner. With a flick of the
wrist she sends the ball arching above the defender in front of her. The buzzer blares inside of
the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) and the rattle of the
Ryerson student section — draped in blue and gold — falls
silent, collectively holding its breath while the ball floats
through the air.
The rim absorbs the impact of the ball as it falls short
of going in.
The red and yellow lights of the Coca-Cola court scoreboard read 76-73 in favour of the visiting University of
Ottawa Gee-Gees. Pingue-Giles and the rest of the Rams
roster walk to the locker room, past the opponents howling in celebration near the massive Ryerson logo at center
For the third time in the 2015-2016 regular season and
what seems like the thousandth time in program history,
the Rams feel the familiar sting of defeat.
There is no way to put it nicely — the Ryerson women’s
basketball team has been historically bad or average for 20
years. At the start of this season, the rafters in the MAC
were bare, patiently waiting for a banner as they did when
the team first named Coca-Cola court home in 2012.
But in the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons, that all
changed. Two consecutive appearances at the CIS championships and the leadership of Pingue-Giles brought the
Rams just shy — exactly one win — of being the best damn
team in Canada.
he Rams are fronted by an incredibly efficient
offense. In the OUA regular season they ranked
first in five shooting categories including points,
points-per-game and field goal percentage. The
offense flows through Pingue-Giles, who is able to suck
teams’ defenses into the middle of the key, allowing players like Mariah Nunes and Siki Jez to capitalize on open
shots from mid range. Though they are poor from behind
the 3-point line, they score the ball in a multitude of other ways and are able to capitalize on second chances —
they’re the best offensive rebounding team in Ontario.
But the real secret to the women’s success lies in their
defense. They ranked second in defensive rebounding, first
in total rebounds, and fifth in blocks-per-game, thanks to a
six-foot-four Sofia Paska who emerged as one of the most
improved players on the team this season. They also finished first in steals, a sign of the strong guard play from
point guards McKenzie Sigurdson, Cara Tiemens and
Fifth-year senior Pingue-Giles’ career at Ryerson has
been extraordinary. Crowned OUA and CIS Player of the
Year, and widely applauded by the university for her leadership and academic skills, the five-foot-seven guard has
become the face of the program — a massive white-andgold banner of her greets everyone who walks through the
doors of the MAC.
APPEARANCES AT THE CIS
CHAMPIONSHIPS AND THE
LEADERSHIP OF PINGUE-GILES
BROUGHT THE RAMS JUST SHY
— EXACTLY ONE WIN —
OF BEING THE BEST
DAMN TEAM IN CANADA
uccess is relatively new to the program. Ryerson
has won more regular season games in the last two
years than during all of 2011 to 2014. Given the
history behind the program, it’s no surprise. The
minor success that the Rams found during the 2001-2002
campaign was short lived — season after season rolled by,
each ending with a sub .500 win-loss record. A few years
later, in 2006-2007, they had the second worst season in
program history — a horrific 2-20 record.
Once long-time head coach Sandy Pothier gave up the
reigns, Ryerson transitioned through two more coaches.
The first, Charles Kissi, took over as interim head coach
from 2010-2012 and was responsible for recruiting PingueGiles and Siki Jez, both vital members of this year’s team.
“When I got here I didn’t know what to expect,” admits
Pingue-Giles, though in her first year the team finished
with an 11-11 record and made it past the first round of
playoffs. “When I first arrived here, Kissi recruited me. He
told me that he thought this team could be the first team to
win a national championship.”
Hired to continue and fulfill Kissi’s legacy, second and
current head coach Carly Clarke would go on to coach
the Rams in back-to-back CIS championship runs. With
the success of this season, she has helped cement Ryerson
as a national powerhouse. “It’s so exciting to be a part
of it. The university, the administration, the athletic department, everybody has put everything in place for our
student athletes to be successful and I’m really lucky to be
part of that,” says Clarke.
n the last minutes of the fourth quarter of the OUA
Finals, going up against the Ottawa Gee-Gees, Ryerson knocks down shots and gains a seven-point lead,
forcing Ottawa to foul in an attempt to draw out the
match. So Pingue-Giles is sent to the line, with a chance to
seal the game. Her first foul shot is good, and as she approaches the line one more time she takes in a deep breath,
and calmly drains her second — giving the Rams a ninepoint lead.
Thanks to a victory over Windsor in the semi-finals, the
Rams have their shot to take down the group with homecourt advantage, and the team that last beat them — the
University of Ottawa.
“We’ve had a chalkboard with a couple of teams’ names
written on it that we fell to earlier in the season and we’ve
crossed most of them off,” says Clarke.
Ottawa goes on to make a last second three to bring
them within two possessions, but Ryerson inbounds the
ball to Pingue-Giles, who manages to avoid defenders on
way to the opposite side of half. As time expires in the
fourth quarter, she crosses the half court line and throws
the ball in the air — this time not in a last ditch effort
to tie the game but in excitement — while her teammates
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Left to right: Ryerson gears
up for their game against the
Huskies (Chris Blanchette);
Keneca Pingue-Giles stands
in front of her banner at the
MAC (Sierra Bein); PingueGiles goes for a layup in her
final game (Chris Blanchette)
While the Huskies celebrate with the championship banner and cup, Clarke slowly walks across the gym inside the
Richard J. Currie Centre. Her face is stern, trying to hide
memories of the last four years that are clearly weighing
on her. As she begins to speak during the media scrum, the
stern expression lifts from her face and her voice begins to
quiver. “It’s hard,” she says.
Clarke pauses momentarily. Throughout her tenure at
Ryerson she has been calm in both victory and defeat.
But on that afternoon, the entirety of a spectacular season
and the wave of memories seem to catch up to her. “I’m
“WE LOST FIRST, BUT WE WON
SECOND AND THEY’VE COME
SO FAR AND ARE DESERVING.
HOPEFULLY[THEY] ARE PROUD
TO WEAR THE SILVER MEDAL”
Games won (orange)
versus lost (white)
by the women’s
definitely emotional about it because I’m so proud of these
kids,” she says. “They’ve just worked so hard. You know,
we lost first, but we won second and they’ve come so far
and are deserving. Hopefully [they] are proud to wear the
The players don their medals in front of a backdrop of
die-hard Ryerson fans, who made the trip all the way to
Fredericton to watch their team. “Everyone is so invested
in us [and] what we were able to do. The city itself, Toronto, the school, the community — it’s amazing,” says Jez,
another fifth-year senior who entered the program along
A few years ago, the team struggled to fill the stands at
home games; this year the attendance at home ranks second in the OUA. Fans from Ryerson’s own “Ram Pack”
travelled across the country to watch the women try to
make school history, something that seemed unfathomable
just four years ago when Clarke took over.
Even the city of Toronto has taken notice of the Rams’
success. Toronto City Hall stood as the focal point of Nathan Phillips Square, illuminated in bright blue and gold
lights for a night as a sign of support for the Ryerson basketball teams this season.
“It just goes to show the pride that Ryerson has. A lot
of people think we’re a commuter school that doesn’t care.
But all of those displays prove that the stereotypes aren’t
true,” says Pingue-Giles.
he Rams stand shoulder-to-shoulder, draped in
CIS silver medals for the first time in program
history. Players stare at the cameras quietly, some
battling back tears, others smiling while they
stand with their arms over one another. As fans chant
player names through the presentation of the trophy to the
opposing team, it suddenly becomes clear that the Rams
never needed to win gold.
“This is the best finish in Ryerson history, so at least
that’s something we can take with us and leave a legacy,”
says Pingue-Giles in her last media scrum as a Ryerson
That OUA championship banner will look impressive
hanging over home court, and this team has left behind
something for future teams to build on. The Ryerson women’s basketball team has a reputation for winning now.
Through their incredible season, they made this campus
and an entire city care about women’s basketball. If a Ryerson women’s team ever lifts the CIS trophy — whether
it’s in the next season or after a number of years — they
will remember this team as the one that started it all.
storm the court to celebrate their 66-60 win. They’ve just
clinched a 12-game winning streak.
“Have you heard the Drake song Summer Sixteen?”
Pingue-Giles says, singing a brief part of the song and
laughing. “That song was the anthem for our game against
Ottawa and we were definitely looking for revenge.”
he Rams’ revenge tour rolls into Fredericton next,
fresh off of their OUA championship and looking
to capture the ultimate prize — a CIS Finals victory, branding them as the best team in Canada.
In their first game, Ryerson takes down the University of
Regina, then overcomes the number-one-ranked McGill
University in the semifinals and punches their ticket to the
finals against the Saskatchewan Huskies. It’s so close, they
can taste it. After an intense first half on Sunday, March
20, the Rams find themselves trailing 42-40. Unfortunately
for Ryerson, they face a Huskies team that’s having their
best game of the season at the right time — Saskatchewan
shoots an unbelievable three-ball in the third quarter and
gains an insurmountable lead.
Soon enough, Clarke calls a desperate timeout with under thirty seconds left in the game. Surrounded by her
players, she makes one last attempt to rally them. But
despite 26 points from Pingue-Giles in her last game as a
Ryerson Ram, the team falls one victory shy of becoming
biz & tech
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Rye students mapping out Zika virus
By Justin Chandler
Ryerson students are working
with the organization BlueDot to
map the spread of infectious diseases such as the Zika virus.
“It’s amazing that sitting at a
desk from nine to five can really
affect global policy,” said Sonya
Karamchandani, a fourth-year Ryerson geographic analysis student
who works with BlueDot as part
of her program’s practicum.
BlueDot works with other organizations, such as the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in America and Global Affairs Canada to research
the spread of infectious diseases.
BlueDot uses publicly available
data such as recorded weather
and satellite images that show industrialization as well as private
data collected by organizations it
partners with to do its analyses,
said BlueDot chief operating officer Albert Tseng.
Tseng said BlueDot is constantly monitoring the spread
of diseases worldwide. In May
2015, BlueDot learned Zika was
in Brazil and began to study how
it could spread.
Karamchandani worked on
BlueDot research published in
The Lancet, a medical journal, in
January. The research maps areas in North America and South
America which are at seasonal or
year-round risk for the Zika virus.
The Zika virus is a mosquitoborne virus first identified in
humans in 1952, according to
the World Health Organization
(WHO). It is spread to humans
by mosquitos of the Aedes genus
type, and can be sexually transmitted between humans.
Most people infected with the
Zika virus have no symptoms. According to the WHO, people who
experience symptoms usually do
so mildly in the form of a fever,
rashes, muscle and joint pain and
headache. Such symptoms normally last a week or less.
But in Brazil, which will host
the Olympics this summer, Zika
has been tentatively linked to microcephaly, a birth defect associated with underdeveloped brains
To determine which areas in
the Americas are most at risk for
the Zika virus, BlueDot researchers studied worldwide travel
data. By determining which busy
airports are located in climates
that support Aedes mosquitos,
BlueDot was able to figure out
where mosquito populations
could carry the virus.
According to BlueDot, most of
South America and Central America are at risk for the Zika virus
seasonally or year-round. Most of
the eastern United States is season-
BlueDot started mapping out the Zika Virus in 2015.
ally at risk. BlueDot recommended that people in areas at-risk for
Zika take precautions to avoid
Ryerson professor Tim Sly, who
is an expert in epidemiology, said
it is important to consider a variety of factors when trying to determine why a disease is more prevalent in one population compared
“At the moment, [Zika research] is a wide open fishing expedition,” Sly said. He said the
kind of disease mapping BlueDot
does can be a “hypothesis-generating exercise” in which different
factors can be linked to diseases.
Important factors are time, place
and the characteristics of people,
which Sly calls the “three legs on
the stool of epidemiology.”
He said sometimes seemingly innocent links can prove to be crucial in determining the cause of
diseases and genetic deformities.
Tseng said it will be increasingly
important to understand ecologi-
PHOTO: Douglas fernandes/flickr
cal variables that allow the Aedes
mosquito to survive. Income level
may be a factor in the likelihood of
a person to contract Zika. Wealthier people may be less likely to be
bitten by mosquitos because they
tend to live in climate-controlled
buildings and have access to barriers such as screened-in patios.
learned a lot working for BlueDot,
which she said brings together
people from diverse academic
backgrounds, such as web design
and disease modelling.
“When you bring that together,
the environment really facilitates
for a lot of growing and a lot of
learning,” Karamchandani said.
Tseng said the company constantly has six to 10 positions
available for students. Some students are paid and some, such
as students working as part of a
practicum, are not.
For more on BlueDot and the
students working with them, check
Zone Startups India funds vPhrase
Neerav Parekh received funding from Zone Startups India for vPhrase.
By Sierra Bein
Zone Startups India, the Ryerson
DMZ’s sister zone in India, has announced their first co-investment
through the accelerator based in
vPhrase, an artificial intelligence
data analytics company, has received an undisclosed amount of
money from Ryerson Futures and
the Chokhani Family Office, a
prominent Indian business family,
and is the first company of its kind
to join the zone.
Founded by Neerav Parekh,
vPhrase is a software that makes
data reports easier to understand.
With their platform, PHRAZOR,
PHOTO: sierra bein
they are able to analyze big data
and turn it into written reports
and natural language using artificial intelligence.
“We always believed in our idea
but when people put in their money I think that is the biggest boost
of confidence that anyone can give
you,” said Parekh. “Being the
first company to be invested in by
[both Ryerson and the Chokhani
Family] also makes us proud.”
With new technology and accessibility, people are starting to see
the value in big data. Big data is
the term used for data sets that are
so large and complex that regular
data processing is not able to read
it properly. Even Ryerson has re-
cently introduced the Privacy and
Big Data Institute.
Parekh, who is from Mumbai
himself, always had an interest in
business technology. After running
a digital marketing agency where
he prepared performance reports
and presentations, he found people needed more than just numbers to understand data.
“I realized there is a challenge,
there is a gap where people are not
able to interpret the visualizations,
the charts. So there needs to be
something that can be explored to
explain the charts in words,” said
He wanted to create a program
to help people understand big
data, the same way that he did
when he prepared reports and explained his findings to clients —
in a narrative format rather than
numbers from a computer.
He officially started working on
vPhrase in May 2015 and joined
Zone Startups shortly after that.
“They took me in, and I’m still a
part of that accelerator where they
gave us working space and helped
us with the business investment
and mentoring,” he said.
Wednesday, March. 23, 2016
Looking back at a career with the Ramily
Emily Betteridge reflects on her time as a Ram on the women’s volleyball team and the impact the game has made on her life
By Emily Betteridge
This day was inevitable, but the
magnitude of it was nothing I
could prepare for. Spending more
than a decade, more than half your
life investing your heart and soul
into a competitive sport, a day like
this never comes easy. Like many
people in my position, I wasn’t
sure how that weight would feel
on my shoulders, or how I would
manage the heaviness of it all. But
this morning, waking up to the understanding that the previous evening I had played the last Ryerson
University volleyball match of my
career, I felt light.
In moments like this, I don’t find
myself thinking about little things,
individual plays, specific games,
detailed exchanges. Instead, moments like this bring about a focus
on the bigger picture. They evoke
intense feelings of gratitude, passion and fulfilment.
The weekend of March sixth
our team had a theme of playing
in the moment, even setting some
Instagram locations to “The Moment” but what I’ve realized is
that The Moment is not singular,
it’s continuous and it’s vast, and it’s
not something you can hold onto.
But that’s why The Moment is so
significant, because while it is both
magnificent and fleeting, the feelings it creates manifests in memo-
ries that last a lifetime.
My volleyball journey has been
nothing short of complex, but the
complexity of it has allowed me
to learn and grow in ways I never
would have been able to had it been
otherwise. I remember defying the
odds at the age of 15, winning provincial championships in both my
age group and the one above mine.
I can vividly recall being curled in a
ball on the bed of my dorm room,
sobbing to my mother on the
phone, trying to decide what I was
willing to sacrifice to keep playing
the sport I loved. I still have the
image of walking the track at the
Canada Games opening ceremonies embedded in my memory. But
along with it comes the memory of
the school bus we took back to the
village after losing our final match,
and the distinct smell of the vinyl
seats as I pressed my forehead into
the one in front of mine, trying
not to cry. I’ve memorized the exhilarating feeling of a solid block,
and the fiery adrenaline of a close
match. Most recently, I can recall
the lump in my throat as I stood
on the baseline awaiting my silver
Sport is funny like that, it takes
you on physical, mental and emotional roller coaster rides. It throws
you to the ground, and then propels you to the top of mountains
— sometimes within months,
sometimes within hours or even
seconds. These last few weeks have
been all of that and more, but the
persistent reminder echoed from
coaches, family and friends alike,
was that life is so much bigger than
the 9x9 court that I play on every
day. And they are right — volleyball is certainly a huge part of me,
but more than that, it is the catalyst
to so many relationships and experiences. Between the moments on
the court, there lies lessons, friendship, connection and passion —
those moments are what make up
who I am. And it is for that reason
that I am indebted to this sport.
I read an article recently that
explained how immediately after
their final season ends, many athletes describe a feeling similar to
the one I felt, though it is almost
always followed by a profound
heaviness. Unsurprisingly, that
weightless feeling didn’t last long
— dissipating around early afternoon that same day — and since
then I have most certainly felt the
immense reality of this chapter’s
ending, but I refuse to meet that
heaviness with fear. It would be of
disservice to myself and all those
Betteridge spent three years with the women’s volleyball team.
whom I have learned from, if after
all these years I up and ran at the
first sight of rain. And besides, volleyball has taught me that I am capable of withstanding storms. The
mere fact that I could feel light is
proof enough of the brightness that
lies ahead. The lightness to me is
hope. It is the promise of a blank
canvas, it implies possibility, and
I know I am ready for whatever
So as I sit here on this sunny
March morning, I feel the cool
breeze curling through the open
window beside me, and I feel light.
PHOTO: Annie Arnone
The future of a program we know and love
By Brianne Spiker
When the final buzzer sounded
at the bronze medal game during
the 2015 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Men’s Basketball
Championships at the Mattamy
Athletic Centre, Ryerson University has just won its first ever CIS
medal. That sound also represented a new era for Ryerson athletics.
No longer was Ryerson an easy
opponent. Years of hard work led
to that bronze medal moment and
signified that Ryerson Rams teams
are ready to be taken seriously.
The Ryerson athletics department has accomplished a lot in
the past five years both athletically
and recreationally. The Mattamy
Athletic Centre opened in 2012
and hosted the CIS national basketball championships two years
later. Several of Ryerson’s varsity
teams are ranked on the CIS’s top
ten lists and are making more appearances at the national level.
The top voices in the athletics
department agree that in the next
five years the main goal is to have
a varsity team bring home the
university’s first national championship as well as increase school
spirit. Despite some of the department’s most important voices having differing thoughts about what
JV Mukama dunking at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
PHOTO: Farnia Ferki
they want to see the university accomplish the most going forward,
they’re all in agreement that the
success of the Ryerson atheltics
program is capitalizing on the idea
of “the Ramily.”
Ivan Joseph, the director of athletics at Ryerson, wants to make
sure that everyone who wants to
participate in athletics can and
have them feel like the opportunity
is there for them to be engaged on
campus. In order to meet these
needs going forward, Joseph lists
alternative fundraising as an important component financially.
“We can’t rely on just the university to fund our initiatives and our
programs,” he says. He suggests
reaching out to alumni as well as
corporate sponsorships, grants
and different revenue producing
programs like skate training and
camps as ways to help further fund
the increasing demand.
Joseph has also been looking to
find a permanent place for the Ryerson soccer teams to play, instead
of commuting to downsview park
for every game, disrupting any
sense of home field avantage they
hope to cultivate.
One of the most important
things Stephanie White, associate
director of athletics, wants to see is
more academic success from Ryerson’s student-athletes. White says
that academically, she wants to see
Ryerson’s student-athletes have a
higher grade point average than
the average student and increase
the number of Academic All-Canadians up to about 40 per cent.
On the recreation side of things,
Anthony Seymour, recreation
manager at Ryerson’s Recreation
and Athletic Centre (RAC), says
the main thing is to be more progressive and not be complacent.
Seymour says the number of new
clubs is rising each year and many
of them are student driven. In recent years, clubs such as baseball,
wrestling, curling, ping pong and
archery have been added. Seymour
mentions archery especially has
been a popular add on as it has
sold out the past two years and
the club is setting up competitions
with the University of Toronto and
One of the biggest goals for recereation in the next five years is
finding the space to accomadate
the growing number of students
wanting to particupate in intermural athletics. And while there
have been no definitive plans made
to expand to new buildings, for
now recreation is trying to maximize the space they ave. In trying
to fulfill the department’s goals,
they all realize there are challenges
and obstacles that won’t be solved
overnight. Joseph says that being
an urban campus has its blessings and its challenges. With Ryerson being a commuter school,
the people mostly likely to attend
a Ryerson Rams game is the one
living on or around campus. One
solution White suggests is having
more games on weekdays when
students are on campus as well as
continuing to engage residence students more.
The hope during the next five
years of Ryerson athletics is to
hear that final buzzer again at the
national championships with the
expectation it’s to celebrate the
university’s first CIS title. Ryerson is the closest it has ever been
to winning its first title and the
department is waiting for that moment to arrive.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Funky socks cause office controversy
One man’s hosiery is another man’s heartache
The “funky” socks in question.
By Skyler Ash
A company is facing a lawsuit
after an employee was fired for
wearing “funky” socks to work.
Maddox Tyme, a 23-year-old
Ryerson University graduate,
works at Liright Finances in Toronto. Last week, he wore hamburger socks. This week, he’s going to court after being fired for
PHOTO: Jake scott
his fashion choices.
“I took a fashion risk,”
said Tyme. “I thought it felt
right, but I’ve never been more
Tyme said his boss, Richard
Fort, pulled him into the conference room after lunch where he
was told to “sit down and shut
up.” His boss and coworkers then
launched a “shameful tribunal”
in which they forced Tyme to put
his socks through a paper shredder while they chanted “Hanes or
“It’s insanity!” said Tyme.
“They’re just a pair of socks, I
don’t see what the big deal is.”
“He doesn’t see what the big deal
is?” said Fort. “I’ll tell you what
the big deal is: this is a Hanes-only
office. We wear plain white Hanes
or we don’t wear socks at all. But
you should always wear socks, or
that’s just disgusting.”
Tyme reported the incident
to the Human Resources (HR)
branch of Liright Finances immediately after it occurred. “All HR
did was leave a box on my desk
full of the strands of my shredded
socks,” said Tyme. “A guy doesn’t
need this kind of prank when he’s
mourning the loss of his best pair
Following the day of the ritualistic sock-shredding, Fort had
a “sock safety” meeting with all
employees, where he made informational pamphlets and gave
each worker a pair of plain white
Hanes after they completed the
“We should have done this earlier,” said Fort. “All the signs were
there with Tyme, we just didn’t try
and stop it.” Fort said the signs
of “fashion insubordination” included “edgy haircuts, flamboyant
pocket squares, vintage cufflinks
and funky socks.”
“Fort did the right thing with the
workshop,” said Cecilia Broykova, CEO of Liright Finances. “He
caught wind of a very serious situation and he handled it with grace
Broykova said she received vid-
How to have a good, long cry
A man who isn’t afraid to own his emotions.
PHOTO: jake scott
By Skyler Ash
Crying is a vital life skill. It’s a coping device. It’s what you do when
you fail a test, scrape your knee,
lose a loved one or forget your car
keys in your car and then you’re
locked out of your car and THAT
ONLY HAPPENED THAT ONE
But it’s important to be good at
crying, because if you’re an emotional wreck like me, you’ll spend
a lot of time weeping dramatically.
And so, here’s what you need to
know about how to have a good,
long cry (because we know it’s not
Finding the right place. It’s all
about where you cry. Remember,
nobody puts babies in the corner,
so make sure you’re out in the
open. You shouldn’t be afraid to
show emotions — we’re all human, after all. Cry in the middle
of the street, on a crowded bus, at
a public pool or even at a family
barbecue. Assert your emotional
dominance by shedding some
Wearing the right clothes. You
can’t cry in short sleeves. Where
would you wipe away your water works and your ongoing
steam of snot? Long sleeves are a
must. Make sure you’re cozy and
warm. You have to up your internal body temperature so that
you have that rosy-cheek glow
of a raging five-year-old who just
got his animal crackers taken.
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If you don’t look the part, then
why even bother?
Sound the part. A good, long cry
should be full of moans, groans,
mournful sighs and melodic highs.
And lots of whining. You should
sound like a cross between a
smothered goose and a wolf trying to communicate with his pack
who he’s lost after a long journey
on the road to discover himself
only to realize that he needed his
pack all along. Don’t be too quiet
and don’t be too loud. Show your
octave range by being a human
Have something to cry about.
This is probably the most important part of crying. You can’t let
eo footage of the shredding afterward from one of Fort’s employees. “I’m glad I got the footage,”
she said. “My YouTube page has a
ton of hits because of it!”
Tyme, who said he was unhappy with the lack of action from
Broykova, came to work the
next day in “all the things that
Fort hates.” He got half of his
head shaved, wore a lime green
and pink pocket square, vintage
anchor cufflinks and space cat
“The guy looked like a
schmuck,” said Timothy Grigg,
a Liright employee. “He waltzed
into the place swaddled in some
hispter get-up like he owned the
place and also the entire bon iver
When Fort saw Tyme, he immediately fired him for “being a little
twerp.” Tyme packed his things
into a vintage leather hat box and
biked to his lawyer’s office to sue
“I’m taking this very seriously,”
said Tyme. “I’m good at my job, I
shouldn’t be fired because of what
Tyme and Fort’s court date is
set for March 25. Tyme plans to
wear socks with cacti on them.
“They represent Fort, because he’s
a fucking prick.”
those tears flow for no reason, so
here are a couple of things worth
crying about: the last episode of
Grey’s Anatomy, because Meredith’s finally putting herself back
out there and Arizona is being unreasonable! The fact that it looks
so lovely and sunny out but it’s
still cold and windy! It’s no longer
socially acceptable to wear light
up sneakers past the age of eight!
Finding Dory isn’t coming out
for three more months! Those are
things worth opening the floodgates for.
Whereever the place, whatever
you’re wearing, whatever sounds
you make, why you cry — they’re
all important, but none are more
important than you. So cry if you
want to! But maybe just cry in the
shower like everybody else, you
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