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Volume 50 - Issue 7

October 26, 2016

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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016



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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

Mental health not taken seriously, students say

By Alexia DelPriore
The Ryerson Students Union
(RSU) executives promised students
increased mental health initiatives
when they ran on the Impact slate
last school year. But with the delayed opening of the Wellness Centre, some students say this promise
isnt being kept.
The new Wellness Centre
implemented by the RSUwas
created in the summer to provide
extra direction for students to access mental health resources. RSU
President Obaid Ullah calls it a resource centre.
However, opening date for the
centre has been pushed back. The
RSU planned to open it in September, but Ullah said construction
hasnt started.
He said the delay is a result of
students not picking up their books
from the Used Book Room, which
previously occupied the space and
has since moved online.
We (the RSU) can take the books
out ourselves, its just where are we
going to put them? We dont have
a place for them. And if I get rid of
the books, what happens if a student
comes to me tomorrow and says,
What did you do with my book?
Ullah could not confirm an exact
date of the opening of the centre,
but said he hopes it will be ready in
January. The approved budget for

The RSU doesnt know where to put the books.

the Wellness Centre is $40,000.

Some students feel that more money could be put towards the centre
and other mental health initiatives
especially considering the budget for
6 Fest was about $1.5 million.
Its extremely frustrating, as
I feel like Ryerson focuses on so
many other things, such as putting on events and stuff, but when
it comes to things like the mental
well-being of their students, its
just not taken seriously enough,
said Marissa Lentz, a second-year
journalism student.
Ullah said the RSU budgeted a
certain amount of money specifically for mental health initiatives,


while money for 6 Fest was raised

primarily for the concert.
Some students think the university
itselfin addition to the RSUis also
lacking when it comes to providing
adequate mental health services.
Ryersons counselling centre has
seen a 50 per cent increase in the
number of students requesting sessions this year, according to Sarah
Thompson, clinical coordinator of
the Centre for Student Development
and Counselling (CSDC).
In May, it was announced that
the Ryersons mental health budget
would increase by $321,000, reaching a total of $1,715,000. Two additional full-time counsellors were

hired. There are now a total of 17

counsellors for about 34,200 undergraduate and graduate students.
Lentz said she felt like her mental
health wasnt taken seriously when
she used the CDSC services last year.
I had to wait two weeks for just
my initial appointment, and then I
was waitlisted for four months only
to have them cancel on me two days
before, she said
CDSC recently launched a pilot
program in September to combat
long wait times.
The program begins with a sameday private counselling sessions that
take place from Monday to Friday
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wait times
will be about 24 hours. The second
part of the program emphasizes
group therapy sessions.
Lentz says that while the pilot
program is a great initiative, she
cant see the 24-hour wait time being carried out into the rest of the
school year because there is an increase in counselling demands.
Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh, a parttime instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, said that group
therapy isnt right for everyone.
People should be able to tolerate
group therapy, and this is not always
the case with individuals who have
evident anxiety symptoms, he said.
Vahabzadeh said that for the program to be emphasizing group therapy could mean there is a lack of re-

sources for more private counselling.

Unfortunately, private therapy
is more resource-intensive; a lot of
it comes down to the availability of
services and the duration they are
He said many universities lack
these resources.
York University has 16 counsellors along with 15 interns for about
53,000 students. Similar to Ryerson,
they also offer group therapy and
drop-in support workshops.
Grace Liritzis, a first-year social
work student, visited the CDSC in
early September and says her experience wasnt what she expected.
She was given some options for outside resources she could access, but
had to do that on her own time.
I explained what I needed and
felt that it wasnt given to me, they
basically just push you in a direction
they see fit, Liritzis says.
She added that she prefers private
over group therapy, despite the programs push for group sessions.
For me, I have more serious issues
to work through and need that oneon-one counselling experience.
Liritz said that she was expecting
to receive help from CDSC, but she
was disappointed to be told that she
couldnt have the support and services that Ryerson promotes.
From my experience I definitely
think [Ryerson] is a lot of talk but
not enough action.

Fight for free education still alive at Rye

By Keith Capstick
The Ryerson Students Union
(RSU) has recently distanced itself
from many of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) campaigns. But the fight for improved
access to education is still alive at
The CFS recently rebranded
Fight the Fees campaign has organizers stopping students on Gould
Street almost daily. Whats different this year is that the CFS isnt
just looking to operate at the local level through students unions.
Theyve appointed officers through
14 different action commissions at
schools all over the province to mobilize students and get them out to
their Nov. 2 day of action.
In the past, these campaigns have
often ended in university boardrooms, with students demanding
more from their schools administration. But Nov. 2 will see what
CFS-Ontario spokesperson Rajean
Hoilett hopes to be thousands of
students marching on Queens Park
to lobby the provincial government
With this campaign what weve

really done is build the infrastructure to fight this fight against the
government and see some victories, Hoilett said. Weve always had
students unions as the first point of
contact for our campaigns and students unions have continued to be
the centre of the work that were
doing within the student movement. These coalitions have helped
us to open those doors and see more
grassroot movement within access
to education.
The fight for free education has
been a huge topic at Ryerson for
decades. During the 2013-2014
academic year, when Hoilett was
RSU president, the RSU was very
involved in the Freeze the Fees
campaign, which saw students
camping outside of Jorgenson Hall
in protest. As the RSUs political
ideology has swayedwith a new
slate in powerthe conversation
hasnt ended. Its moved to the
street with these action commissions and inside the Continuing
Education Students Association
at Ryerson (CESAR), rather than
with the RSU.
Thus far, the CFS has collected
more than 35,000 petition signa-

tures across the province and about

7,000 at Ryerson alone. Theyve
also incorporated pledges into their
programming and have over 5,000
students who plan on attending the
march at Queens Park.
The CFS, in conjunction with
CESAR, has even managed to get
Ryerson deans to apply formal academic accommodations to those
missing class due to the demonstration on Nov. 2.
Both Hoilett and CESARs president, Rabbia Ashraf, attribute the
success of this years movement to
an overarching belief that free education is a reality, not a pipe dream,
for students.
Free education isnt just this lofty
idea that students really resonate
with, Hoilett said. This sort of climate that were in has seen students
thinking about wanting to fight for
what they think post-secondary education should look like.
Both mentioned that the Liberal
governments new tuition grant
which promised to give free tuition
to low-income familieswas not all
it was advertised to be, but its given
students the belief that this could
become a reality.

Fighting for access to education at Ryerson isnt new.

Victoria Morton, the RSUs vicepresident education, said that she

doesnt want the RSU to put resources behind a campaign with no
history of gaining success.
We really tried to figure out material differences between Fight the
Fees and past campaigns and there
truly isnt any, Morton said.
Morton and the RSU did, however, co-sign the letter with CESAR
to allow students academic accommodations for the Nov. 2 event.
She added that the RSU is planning


to support the event so long as it

doesnt take away from [their] resources.
For Vajdaan Tanveer, one of the
CFS organizers at Ryerson, this is
about taking students voices right
to the people with the policy-making power.
At Ryerson we know we pay
some of the highest fees in Canada,
but what are we doing about it?
Tanveer said. Were taking this
message right to the legislation and
telling them what students want.


Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

Lets bitch about tuition

Circulation Manager

Farnia Feature in a flash Fekri

General Manager

Liane I still see dead people McLarty

I logged onto my OSAP account
earlier today for the first time in
10 months. Its something Ive been
avoiding, mostly because part of me
wanted to believe that ignoring my
debt would make it go away.
It didnt. Turns out I owe the government more money than I initially
thought, and now that Im a graduate who supposedly lives in the real
world, I have exactly 68 days left to
bask in interest-free glory.
Weve all heard the statistics. University is fucking expensive, and it
gets worse every year. In 1992, tuition in Ontario cost roughly $2,105.
Now, its upwards of $8,000. I could
bitch about how the post-secondary
model in most European countries is
infinitely better than ours, or about
how Bernie Sanders is the only major
politician who seems to care about
free education, but Im stuck here
with my debt, so those things dont
matter. What does is whats happening right here, right now.
Advocacy for lower tuition fees at
Ryerson goes back a whole lot longer
than Ive been here. In recent years,
the emphasis has been on the former
Ryerson Students Union (RSU) affiliated initiative, Freeze the Fees.
As far as campaigns go, this one
was far from tame. There was the

Advertising Manager

Chris Is wonderful Roberts


Nicole Biased as fuck Schmidt


RIP affordable tuition. RIP financial security.

tent city, set up in front of Jorgenson Hall by RSU executives as

an attempt to get the university to
create an alternative budget. There
was the pro-Ryerson group, Rise
for Ryerson, whose members got
in a yelling match with Freeze the
Fees supporters outside of a Board
of Governors meeting, just before
the then-president announced he
couldnt (at least not single-handedly) stop rising fees. Then of course
there was the engineering students
mock campaign, Freeze the Peas,
which involved green-giant approved costumes and canned goods.
Now here we are, another year,
another campaign. Im a skeptic. As
much as Id like to have faith in fighting worthy causes and slaying dragons, the realistic part of me knows
that its always going to take more
than making a sign covered in glitterglue, yelling at people on the street,
or plastering posters on telephone
poles. Fight the Fees, despite having
a similar set of goals, isnt a student-


union-centric initiative. Action isnt

happening in board rooms, its happening off campus, out in the real
world. These are regular students
who give a fuck, and they want to
make things better for you.
Campaigns remind us of things
that are worth talking about and,
more importantly, they give us a
starting point. When the Canadian
government announced earlier
this year that low-income families
would receive tuition grants, the
change was, in part, attributed to
student advocacy.
Regardless of whether or not you
want to invest in a megaphone and
dive head-first into a campaign, odds
are youll continue to care about
tuition fees (and if you dont, consider this: before long, youre going
to be the one checking OSAP and
wondering how your bank account
became as empty as your soul). So
please, speak your mind, complain,
and know that your opinion counts
for something.

Fuck you and your exotic

Halloween costume

Some Halloween costumes are cool, others are not.

Sierra Bein
There was a time I enjoyed being
called exotic.
Everyone who used the word had
implied a positive meaning, and
I was happy to know I wasnt the
same as everyone else. As a young
girl thinking about what exotic
looked like, I imagined pretty coloured girls with dark hair. They

Design Director

J.D. Fidel Mowat

had plump lips and were usually a

princess, or a queen of some sort.
I do have dark hair and coloured
skin, handed down from my IndianCaribbean mother. But I sure as shit
wasnt considered a princess.
Now that Im grown up and in
university, Im real fucking sick
of being called exotic. I no longer
imagine a pretty princess, but a romanticised version of a person in
someone elses dreams. And if Im
being real, the romanticism of other
cultures is usually inflicted on peo-


ple who are in a subdominant position to another culture in the world,

and not in a sexy way.
What makes me exotic? My eyes?
My name? Being multicultural? Exotic is basically another word for calling someone different while at the
same time sexualizing them and demeaning them. Think of what else is
exotic: dancers, flowers, pets. People
want exotic things to feel different.
This person on Quora asked,
Whats the most exotic thing youve
ever done? and someone answered

Keith All about dat bread Capstick

Alanna Party pooper Rizza
Sarah Soft lede? Krichel

Chris 19 hottest Blanchette

Devin Box ghost Jones
Izabella No mops Balcerzak

Igor Hot n spicy Magun

Sierra Be spooky Bein
Lee Please dab for us Richardson

Jacob Just married Dub

Arts and Life

Annie HoCho Arnone


Daniel Still tanned Rocchi

Biz and Tech

Justin Ghost busters Chandler


Robert Freedom! Mackenzie

Nicole Bikes Brumley
Jen Part-time Ottawa Chan
Bryan Double-Double Meler
Ben Wedding Bells Waldman
Hayley I Want My Call Graham
Funk Fresh Joseph
Allan Perch Perkins
Stefanie Audio warrior Phillips
Brenda Amazing Molina-Navidad
Alexia Superstars DelPriore
Tyler No Weekend Griffin
Carina No Card Grodek
Jaime No Thanksgiving Hills
Will Rookie Shots Brown
Carina Peanut Butter Grodek
Maxwell Nonnos Spaghetti Irwin
Olivia Bunz Hun Gemma
Sarah Its Ma Birthday Rowe
Noushin Talk to me Ziafati
Sylvia Fashion Police Lorico
Adriana :-) Hyde
Raneem Wall blinked? Al-Ozzi
Noella Monster Hunter Ovid

Skyler Creepster Ash

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saying they went parasailing. Parasailing? Off the coast of New Jersey?
Just because something is new to
you, doesnt mean its new for everyone else. This also applies to other
cultures: just because youve discovered it, doesnt mean its exotic. Actually, its been around longer than you,
which makes you the exotic one. Just
ask Christopher Columbus.
This hatred of the E-word has
become more seasonal. Hearing the
way people speak of exoticness sucks
the rest of the year, but Halloween is
the one extra special time you get to
see it physically in front of you.
This year, the student union at
Brock University created a list of prohibited costumes. The list includes any
costume that mocks suicide or rape,
transgender people or outfits featuring a cultures traditional clothing.
Even so, Im sure plenty of yall
will still be walking around in all
sorts of offensive costumes. One
costume I found online is literally called child Asian princess costume, featuring a kid in a kimono
with a fan in her hair. Dressing your
children (or yourself) in mockery of
another countrys clothing is not a
costume, and sure as hell isnt exotic

either. Its rude.

I also found a sexy exotic India
princess outfit for Jasmine. If youre
going to culturally appropriate someone (please dont), at least get your
cultures right. Because Princess
Jasmine from Disney is not slightly
representative of what an Arab princess would have looked like. By extension, your costumeno matter
how on point it might be to Disney
is another way to exoticise a culture.
My biggest problem with the exotic-India-Jasmine costume is that
Jasmine wasnt Indian. But my family IS Indian. So you, in that costume,
arent whatever princess youre trying to be. We eat the exotic food,
with the nasty exotic smells, and
experience the good and bad consequences of being considered exotic. Whether that comes in the
form of a complement of how pretty
we are, or a jab at how we resemble
something closer to a monkey. That
actually makes us the fucking Indian
princesses, thank you very much.
So please, for my sanitys sake,
dont take on an exotic costume
this Halloween. Lets just all be
spooky, the way it was goddamn
meant to be.


Sidney I BELIEVE IN U Drmay


Thomas No parties in LA Skrlj

Carl Comic sail god Solis

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016


Rye wont accommodate you

Ryerson is reevaluating its academic accommodation policies, but theres no end date in sight.
For the time being, students are stuck without proper support
By Sarah Krichel
When Kathleen Fox* got an abortion last year, Ryerson didnt make
it easy for her to get the help she
The then-first-year journalism student told The Eyeopener
about her experience, and how she
dropped two courses because she
couldnt get her required accommodations.
Fox said that the day she went for
her abortion procedure, the clinic
had a medical note ready for her.
But the note only covered her for
that day.
Two days later, Foxs body began
releasing blood clots. She missed her
five-hour lab to go to the Ryerson
nurses office, where she was told it
wasnt a walk-in and that she needed an appointment. She left without
a medical note.
I just feel like it was a very do-ityourself process, she said.
Ryersons academic policy review committee (APRC) is working on improving five different
policies surrounding academic
accommodations so that students
like Fox wont have to deal with
inadequacies in the current system,
like having to compromise their

I just feel like it was

a very do-it-yourself
Academic accommodations refer to several measures that aim to
help students who need additional
support. This covers illnesses, disabilities, grief periods, prejudice,
procedural errors in evaluations or
religious and spiritual holidays.
But theres no deadline to bring
policy reform to the Senate. Ryerson students will continue to endure the complicated processes of
getting the help they need when
dealing with unanticipated life experiences; from a cold to a death in
the family.
According to Marcia Moshe, interim vice-provost academic, extensive consultation needs to take
place before the proposals can be
brought forward. Because the policy needs to address all specific cases
and the various parties involved
(student, instructor, chairs, senate),
Moshe said the committee needs
time to review things thoroughly.
In the meantime, students are
dropping courses and losing money.
Soon after her experience with
the nurses office, Fox said she saw a
counsellor (she got the appointment

board of
By Alanna Rizza
The Ryerson Students Union (RSU)
held the second board of directors
(BoD) meeting of the school year.
The meeting was dominated by discussion of a motion for the RSU to
offer at least 50 per cent plant-based
food at its events.

Student medical certificates arent as useful as Ryerson makes them out to be.

because of a cancellation). She said

the counsellor suggested they make
a formal complaint about the earlier
According to Moshe, a student
is only required to disclose the way
their condition impacts their academic capability, but not the condition itself. The student medical
certificate only requires the general
nature and effect of illness and treatment.
Fox ended up going to an offcampus walk-in clinic to get a medical note. The woman who saw her
told her she had previously dealt
with Ryerson medical notes.
She told me she hated filling
out Ryerson medical notes because they just dont accept vague
answers, it has to be specific, Fox
said. In the case of a sort of sensitive condition like an abortion, I
dont necessarily want all my professors to see that.
Fox said the note she did get
didnt help. I still had to reach out
to my profs and essentially explain
the whole situation all over again.
The note might as well have not existed, Fox said. I was in tears It
was just very emotional for me having to explain myself to so many different people.
Fox said that if the note had been
properly circulated to her professors, she wouldnt have had to drop
two courses without getting a refund.
One of the other issues that the
APRC is reviewing states that students who feel unsatisfied with an
instructors evaluation may submit
a written request that explains why
the work warrants a higher grade.
Muneev Javed, a first-year engineering student, said that inconsistencies in the way teachers assistants (TAs) evaluate student work

leads to unfair results.

For his calculus midterm, Javed said a student with a different
TA used the same steps to get the
same answer, but was given a better mark.
He eventually went to the professors office for a reevaluation and
said he was given two more marks
by the professor, but still ended up
with a lower grade.
At the end of the day, I cant do
anything about it, he said.
[University] is like, you either
get lucky or you dont get lucky,
Javed said in regards to the schools
marking scheme.
Javed added that he knows students who use medical notes to postpone their exam to get a better idea
of what to study from other students.
Jake Friedman, co-chair of the
APRC and chair of the mechanical
and industrial engineering faculty,
said the large amount of medical
notes he gets is his biggest concern,
since many professors have to set
multiple makeup exams. He added
that he has received reports from
students saying that they feel their
notes are being met with skepticism,
since many students manipulate the
current system.

I still had to reach out to

my profs and essentially
explain the whole
situation all over again
We dont want students feeling
that way. And we certainly dont
want faculty feeling that all medical
notes are bogus, Friedman said,
adding that if a note is signed by a
physician, faculty cannot deem it
John Turtle, secretary of Senate,


said that there are controversial instances where the student and the
faculty cant come to an agreement
regarding the accommodation. He
added that many schools have different systems when it comes to
academic policies, such as paying
for a reevaluation request from an
instructor, or self-declaring illnesses
serious enough to be accommodated

We certainly dont
want faculty feeling
that all medical notes
are bogus
Were in the middle of the road
on many of these things, Turtle
said. But were certainly not behind I think we have students at
heart when we make many of these
The review process is very transparent, very consultative, trying to
arrive at the best way to deal with
this in a non-punitive, but educationally-focused way, he said.
The committee is working with
representatives from the Ryerson
Students Union (RSU), the Continuing Education Students Association of Ryerson (CESAR), as well
as taking student recommendations
through town hall meetings.
Exam policies and course management policies are also under review by the APRC. These include
consideration for students during the examination process, and
course outlines and management.
I dont have answers, but we
want to be sure that those who are
legitimately ill are in fact given academic consideration, Moshe said.
*Some names have been changed to
preserve anonymity.

Veggie food at RSU events:

The motion was passed for the
RSU to offer plant-based food, based
on dollar amount. The motion was
amended to test-run this initiative
for six months and to have a survey
available at events for the board to
evaluate its effectiveness.
Student group ratification:
Student groups presented to the
BoD to obtain official RSU club status.
The Hindu Students Association
was ratified. Saheb Sarkar, secondyear business management student,
said he hopes to bring diversity
and culture to Ryerson through the
groups events and social gatherings.
A cycling committee was also
given official RSU club status. The
committee will operate to improve
cycling services on campus and to
promote health and wellness. The
committee will hopefully give cyclers a voice on campus, said RSU
president Obaid Ullah.
Moved to next BoD meeting:
Motions to ratify the RU Stargazers
group and the Arab Students Association were moved to the next BoD
meeting, since there was no one from
the groups to present to the board.
RSU execs discuss upcoming
Ullah said the RSU is looking to
hire a part-time staff member for
the new Wellness Centre. The employee would work 24 hours a week.
Vice president equity Tamara
Jones said her goal is to have a town
hall next month to discuss health
and wellness.
The RSU execs said that they hope
to have a survey circulating among
students where they can have their
say on what they want to see on the
Ram in the Ryes menu.
6 Fest discussed in private:
There was a motion passed for an
in-camera session to discuss 6 Fest.
Non-board members were asked to
leave the room as confidential information surrounding the concert was


Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

I dont want none

unless you got
Bunz, hun
To test out the sharing economy,
we convinced Sidney Drmay to
abandon money and live off of
trades for a week. They learned
that people are flaky and candles
are worth their weight in tall cans

ts noon on the busiest day of my job

and Im high-tailing it across campus to
Lake Devo to meet a stranger. Ive got
a backpack full of items and my stomach is
growling. After a few minutes of standing in
the hot sun I get antsy and send another message, trying to sound casual with an Im at
Devo text. Shes ten minutes late and I have
to be at Queen Street and University Avenue
in 20 minutes to make my next meetup. Finally, a girl with dark brown hair wearing a
black sweater and jeans walks up to me. We
exchange quick hellos and confirm our identities before pulling out our wares.
I hand her a box of Instax film, she gives me
some tokens and a plain hot dog that she just
bought at the cart across the street. I mumble
a thank you and rush off campus to make
my next trade, scarfing down the street meat
as I go. This is my first meal since 6 p.m. the
night before, and Im already worried it wont
be enough.
Whether its through apps and sites like
Bunz Trading Zone and Airbnb, the sharing
economy is thriving and its helping students
survive. With this alternative methodology,
money is taken out of the equation: people
trade things they have for things they need.
When students are struggling to pay rent,
buy groceries, get TTC passes and make
their tuition payments, the sharing economy
lets us utilize what we do haverandom
junkand turn it into a meal, some tokens or
a place to crash.
To test it out, I lived off Bunz and other
free sources for a week. The rules were
pretty simple: I couldnt eat, travel or bathe
if I didnt use trading or some other free
options to get what I needed, and I was
strictly not allowed to use money. I made The
Eye office in the Student Campus Centre my
homebase and prepared for a hungryand
grimyseven days.

My coworkers donated some of their old

stuff to the causea creepy, pink stuffed
cow, two candles, a pair of sensible heels,
a tank with Nobody knows Im a lesbian
printed on it, a button-down with skulls,
Instax camera film, classic Trivial Pursuit,
three beers and a cassette tape player with a
broken hinge.
I threw them up on the Bunz app with some
witty descriptions to capture peoples eyes and
waited. My main ISOs (in search ofs) were
food, soap, toothpaste, a toothbrush and tokens. When youre a student, this covers your
minimal needseating, bathing and getting to
One thing I learned right off the bat is that
people fucking love candles. I was fielding
about 10 potential trades when it came to
these babies. They were really nice candles,
but damn, I didnt realize I was in possession
of trading gold.
I wanted to maximize my trade possibilities and get something good for them. I got
a lot of offers; toothpaste, broccoli (both
fresh and frozen), lipstick, soap and tokens.
My phone was buzzing nonstop, letting me
know that someone in this city wanted the
items Id listed. All I had to do was meet them
somewhere along the TTC line. It was day
one, so my main concern was getting home
to the east end and back downtown the next
day, which led me to trading those sweet,
sweet candles for five tokens.
unz was created in 2014 by Ottawa
native Emily Frances. It started
on Facebook and has since grown
to cater to different subgroups, whether it
be people looking for housing, jobs, food,
weed or even dates and new friends. A Bunz
app, developed by marketing director David
Morton, launched earlier this year to house
the different zones and now has more than
73,000 users.


Morton says the idea for the app came from

the social climate affecting youth living in big
cities, where everything seems to be getting
more expensive by the day. People dont necessarily have much money or they dont feel
the need to spend their money on things, but
they still need them. They need a ride but they
dont want to buy a car, so you can share the
commute, he says.
On day two, I had all my trades slated up for
the next couple days. I made sure to get everything I needed to be a functioning human;
fresh broccoli for the Nobody knows Im a
lesbian tank, heels for some toothpaste and a

not only are you organizing the best trade you

can find, youre also trying to find traders who
will actually show up when youre standing on
some random street corner in a part of the city
youve never been to.
As desperately as I wanted that toothpaste
and toothbrush, heels lady and I didnt seem
to have any correlation in our schedules.
y day three my offers were slowing
down. My phone went silent long
ago and it was clear that I had probably gotten rid of my best trade itemsthe
creepy stuffed cow and cheap selfie-stick
werent getting the same attention that

Students have got these cars and theyre

just sitting there so why not use them for
Uber? People have these rooms in their
houses, why not use them for Airbnb?
toothbrush, Dove soap for the skull buttondown shirt and the cassette player for a bag
of rice.
I quickly realized that organizing a trade is
difficult. People do not want to compromise
their schedules at all. I did everything I could
to be accommodating, because otherwise I
wouldnt be able to eat.
I was able to work it outbecause I didnt
have a choicebut if youre actually attending
classes and dont work a flexible job, it gets
tricky. People become flaky traders fast, so

those candles did. Not knowing where my

next meal would come from, I browsed the
app looking for any potential trades. I also
started using the Free Zone, a group on
Bunz where people give things away, like
food and clothing.
Morton told me about a girl in Fort McMurray, Alberta, whose house burned down
during the fire in May. She left her wedding
dress behind, and the Bunz community provided one for her. Her wedding was on May
10, just a couple days later.


Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

But I didnt want a wedding dress, I just
wanted to eat some food and take a shower.
I was scrolling through the app, the trading
zone and the food zone on Facebook while
trying to ignore my stomach rumbles. Ryersons Good Food Room topped up my supply
with granola bars and a jar of peanut butter,
but neither was really keeping me going.
My coworker mustve realized how pathetic
I looked. He disappeared for 15 minutes, only
to return with bread and jelly (I traded him
for a beer). The clock on my computer read 4
p.m., which meant there were still four hours

polled in the U.S. have used four or more different sharing economy services.
People have got these cars and theyre just
sitting there so why not use them for Uber?
People have these rooms in their houses, why
not use them for Airbnb? If people have a skill
why not hire yourself out on a part-time basis? Isbister says.
espite how easy it seems, there is
a bit of a risk. Meeting a random
stranger off the internet is something my mom used to warn me about nearly
every time I used the old family desktop.

People do not want to compromise their

schedules at all. I did everything I could
to be accommodating, because otherwise
I wouldnt be able to eat.
until I would be completing the last trades I
had lined up for the week. I ended up with the
fresh broccoli and rice, but I was quickly running out of options and still had four days left
in my week.
The rice and broccoli mixture was pretty
pathetic. It looked like someone had taken
out all the good parts of a Salad King dish and
left me with the rest. After having it for two
meals, I was glad to see it go.
yerson economics professor John
Isbister told me he believes that the
sharing economy is an effective tool
for students. According to a Pew Research
Center study, 39 per cent of college graduates

I made sure to choose crowded areas, usually on campus in midday so that I had a better sense of security. Despite this, I still found
myself feeling fairly nervous about meeting
someone outside the SCC after dark. Its hard
to silence that little voice constantly reminding me that the next trader could be a serial
killer. I dont stress this much when buying
things in a store.
Established industries often operate with
a lot of regulations with respect to insurance
and safety and so forth, Isbister says. So the
sharing economy blows up and they dont
have those restrictions, which is one of the

With systems like Bunz, users are able to

leave reviews of those they traded with, flagging any suspicious or unwanted behaviour.
This helps foster a sense of security within the
community without the help of traditional
regulations in other industries.
Lavinia Tanzim, a third-year creative industries student and avid Bunz user, says shes
never had a bad trading experience. I try to
pick public spots, either a subway station or in
front of the Eaton Centre, she says.
This precocious mentality is not unusual in
the trading world. In the week that I lived off
the sharing economy, I traded with a handful of women. Every time, they requested to
meet in crowded areas, such as the middle of
campus, or brought a friend along. If I hadnt
had an office full of people aware that I was
leaving to do a trade, I probably wouldve
done the same.
Despite the caution, Tanzim believes that
Bunz has provided her with a sense of community in Toronto.
Ive met so many people through Bunz in
Toronto that I wouldnt have met otherwise.
Ive met other users and weve hung out or we
see each other at Bunz meetups and its really
cool, Tanzim says.
This idea is built into Bunz. The app, and
others like it, are a community. In the end,
people should be looking out for each others
best interests.
Though the community aspect exists within the groups themselves, Isbister says that
there is still the major problem of pushing
out older, more traditional forms of economy
and businesses. While Airbnb is a great way
to find a room, it is pushing actual bed and
breakfasts out of business.
The story of economy progress: something new comes along and if its successful

it pushes out the old, Isbister said. He compares the shift to what happened before there
were cars. People used to raise horses, then
something better (and more convenient)
came along. Most people would think its
progress to move to cars but it didnt come
without its personal catastrophe of ending
horse raising, and thats essentially whats
happening with this.
fter a full seven days of trading, I
was more than happy to pay for my
cheese croissant and tea on Monday
morning. The ease of tapping my card on
the debit machine and getting my order was
nothing short of exhilarating. I winced a bit
at the cost, but not having to run down the
street and meet someone to get my food was
worth it.
For most people, this is a pastime. They
arent trying to survive off their trades like
I was and didnt understand my urgency to
get stuff as soon as possible. Im even more
impressed by people whose main source of
survival is trading. While it can be useful for
students at times, it doesnt quite supplement
regular old capitalism yet. But like Isbister
said, that wont stop it from trying.
In 20 to 30 years the whole world is not
going to be run on this sharing economy basis but theres a niche there and its going to
survive, Isbister said. Its a very fast-moving
section of the economy.
Ill admit that I thought Id do a way better
job surviving off the trading economy but it
was a lot more difficult then I expected. Not
knowing where my next meal was going to
come from was exhausting and I definitely
will not be doing it again if I can help it.
Full disclosure: I cheated and brushed my
teeth a couple days in. My mouth tasted like
a garbage can.



Bad girls bike well

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

A new report highlights the gender divide between women

and men biking in the GTA. The same issues exist on campus
of bike lock spaces on campus.
Forbes said students can expect
to see a significant increase in bike
spaces near Church and Dundas
sreets after the completion of the
Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences
Complex in Fall 2018.
The new building will serve as
a multi-functional hub, offering
over 100 bike spaces inside, as
well as available parking around
the area.

By Nicole Brumley
While creating a cycle culture continues to be a vision for Toronto,
a recent Ryerson report points to
a gender divide in ridership in the
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
The report, titled Cycling Behaviour and Potential in the Greater
Toronto and Hamilton Area, states
that cities should focus their efforts
on getting more women to bike in
order to increase overall cycling potential.
According to the study, women
make up less than 30 per cent of cyclists in the GTAH. The same study
showed that more than half the trips
(54 per cent) taken by women could
be biked, in comparison to 46 per
cent for men.
The Bad Girls Bike Club co-creators, Claire McFarlane and Lavinia Tanzim.

When big
happen I want to
scream, Im a
Raktim Mitra, a Ryerson Urban
and Regional Planning professor
and lead investigator of the study,
said theres a huge gap when it
comes to women ridership possibilities. At Ryerson, 54 per cent of
students and 50 per cent of employees are women.
Mitra said potential factors that
reduce female ridership could be
because women are typically more
risk averse than men, and are more
likely to face aggressive behaviour
or abuse while biking.
Lavinia Tanzim, a third-year cre-

you because youre a woman, said

Tanzim via messenger.
Other students echo similar
concerns about safety. Ryerson
creative industries student Emily
Skublics was biking along Dundas Street and University Avenue
when she encountered an all too
familiar problem faced by cyclists
in the downtown core. As traffic
approached a red light, Skublics
was biking up to the intersection
when a passenger in a stopped
car swung their door open, nearly
slamming into her.
Luckily I was going slowly, but
she was less than a foot away from
me I actually screamed at her
to be careful and she didnt even
look at me, said Skublics. The
demeaning feeling is when big almost-accidents happen and I want
to scream, Im a person! because
drivers and pedestrians treat me
like a nuisance instead of a person

Creative industries student Emily Skublics with her bike.

ative industries student and avid

cyclist, said one of the concerns she
hears most often is that cycling in
the city is intimidating.
Additionally, sometimes men
in the cycling community dont
take you seriously or look down on


on a vehicle.
Biking along Spadina to Dundas
is a necessary route for Skublics to
get to Ryersons campus. She said
its because of a lack of bike lanes,
causing her to get cut-off or nearly
doored almost every day.

Recent statistics from the Toronto Police show that over 1,083
cyclists and pedestrians have been
hit by cars since June 1, 2016. From
2008-2012, 10 cyclists died in Toronto from their injuries.
Amy Harris is a Ryerson instructor who studied Urban and Regional
Planning and Geography Literature
at Queens University.
Harris has been a regular cyclist
in the city for 14 years and said the
recent police statistics show an intolerable carnage.
The thing that concerns me is
not just the death tollit is the victim-blaming. People run down by
cars are blamed, even though these
collisions occur because drivers are
inattentive angry, and because
too many drivers fail to think about
what happens when their hard,
heavy vehicles impact soft human
bodies, said Harris.
While on campus, cyclists run into
other issues, like finding safe, available spaces to lock their bikes.
Harris said theft of bikes and bike
parts remains a very real problem
on campus, and that she would love
to see Ryerson double the number
of bike racks and move existing
parking to more visible and secure
While Ryerson does offer a bike
room on Bond Street, access to the
facility is based on a first-come-first
serve basis and is not actively monitored or patrolled.
I often teach at night, meaning
that I must unlock my bike in dark,
out-of-the-way locations on campus
late at night. I had a pass to the bike
room last year but was never able
to use it because it is in a dark alley
and the room did not feel like a safe
space at night, said Harris.
Colleen Filson, a fourth-year creative industries student, has been
biking to campus for over two years.
Filson is now on her second bike after
her previous 1975 vintage bicycle was
stolen near the Rogers Communications Centre.


Filson said finding bike parking in

safer areas like Balzacs and the Student Learning Centre (SLC) is sometimes difficult due to overcrowding.
The weird, upright bike lock stations in front of the library entrance
are really dumb. Most people can
only lock tires, which is a huge reason bikes gets stolen because tires
can be easily detached from bikes,
said Filson.
Micheal Forbes, an interim group
director and Ryerson spokesperson, said he has been made generically aware of bike theft and a lack

Men in
the cycling
community dont
take you seriously,
or they look down
on you
Tanzim and fourth-year journalism student Claire McFarlane
started the Bad Girls Bike Club in
July to try and get more women on
their bikes.
The Bad Girls Bike Club offers
maintenance workshops and guided rides in the city to empower
women to become self-sufficient
Tanzim said her advice to women
biking downtown is to be aware of
the rules of the road, be visible and
be predictable.

Cycling in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton:

Breaking down the numbers


The Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton

residents take 14 million trips every day
Only 6 per cent of these trips are currently
walked or cycled
Between 2001 and 2011, cycling rates
have increased by 37 per cent, primarily in
the downtown area
This is a 61 per cent increase of cyclists in
10 years
In most parts of the GTHA, besides
downtown Toronto, cycling has increased
moderately (between 0.26 per cent and 1.5
per cent) or remained unchanged
4.35 million trips in the GTHA are considered
cyclable, equal to 33 per cent of all trips
that are not currently cycled or walked


Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

Double-shifting: the life of a two-team athlete

Bethany Clipper is a hockey player first, but joined the womens soccer team this season as Ryersons only two-team U Sports athlete
By Bryan Meler
The womens soccer season may
have come to an end this past
weekend, but Bethany Clipper is
still as busy as any Ryerson athlete.
A striker for the womens soccer
team and a defenceman for the
womens hockey team, Bethany
Clipper spent the fall as the only
member of two Ryerson U Sports
(formerly Canadian Interuniversity
Sports) teams. Ryersons U Sports
teams consist of the mens and
womens basketball, volleyball,
hockey and soccer teams.

She brings her

intensity to practice
and I think some
of that hockey
mentality has
The Cambridge, Ont. native
embraced the opportunity to join a
second team at the beginning of the
fall when Ivan Joseph, Ryersons
director of athletics and the
womens soccer teams head coach,
needed extra players. The Rams
roster was depleted, with a total

Bethany Clipper is the only athlete to play for two of Ryersons U Sports teams this season.

of 10 players facing injuries at the

start of the season. Most notably,
Alex Rodkin, one of the teams top
strikers, was out for the entirety
of the year due to off-season knee
Clipper has always considered
hockey to be her primary sport, but
the second-year sport media student
has tried to stay connected to soccer.
Following her rookie season with
the Rams hockey team, she spent

this past summer playing for the

U21 Guelph Rangers in the Ontario
Womens Soccer League.
Shes handled it really well, said
Rodkin of Clippers transition into
a multi-sport varsity athlete.
She seems to be really good at
managing her time to be able to do
both sports almost all the time. She
fit in really well right away with
our whole team.
Last week, Clippers schedule
included four soccer practices, four
hockey practices, and two games on
the ice. The Rams womens soccer
team also had a pair of weekend
games to finish their season, but
because of conflicting schedules,
Clipper had to make hockey her

Its tough when

youre at so many
practices, even some
on the same day
Clipper played two games for the womens soccer team.


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Clippers current grades in the

sport media program qualify her for
U Sports All-Canadian academic
status, which requires a GPA of at
least 3.50. Its a testament to how
well shes been able to manage her
Playing this many sports, being
part of the Rams, is definitely
something that will help me in my
program, said Clipper. It gives me
an opportunity to experience both
roles, as an athlete and as someone
in the industry.
Even though Clippers role is
unique this season, its something
the womens soccer and hockey
teams have already experienced
with Alex Armstrong, a former
goalkeeper for both squads. This
year Sydney Sica, a member of the
womens soccer team, also trains
with the hockey team, but doesnt
participate in competition.
Armstrong is now with the
Guelph Gryphons, but she
remembers her time at Ryerson,
with the school placing a heavy
emphasis on putting academics
ahead of athletics.
When I found out, I told her
that she should make sure to take
and make time for herself, said
Armstrong. [I told her to] make

sure youre still able to do school

work, but its tough when youre at
so many practices, even some on the
same day.
practice and train year-round,
without soccer games to play
Clipper will be able to dedicate more
time to hockey, the first sport she
joined at Ryerson.
This season could be a big
one on the ice for Clipper.
The team is without last years
captain and fellow defenceman,
Jessica Hartwick, who graduated
last year. With both blueliners
having a right-handed shot, a rare
commodity in the eyes of their
coach, Hartwicks departure gives
Clipper a chance to become a more
regular member of the roster. Last
year, Clipper played 19 of 24 OUA
games as a rookie.
[Her soccer coaches] like her
aggressiveness and tenacity around
the ball, said womens hockey
head coach Lisa Haley. I think it
translates well to what she needs to
do as a defenemen in hockey. When
shes at that blue line she needs to
be a wall and have that aggressive

It translates well to
what she needs to do
as a defensemen in

aggressiveness on the ice and pitch
have become valuable assets just a
few months into her sophomore
year. Shes been able to contribute
on both offense and defence for the
Rams, which she says is a product
of the time shes devoted to both
I take my aggressiveness from
hockey, and use it towards my
attacking mentality in soccer,
said Clipper. Its weird, theyre
completely different sports, different
mentalities, but the aggressiveness
is still there.

Clipper finishes the soccer season

having dressed for three games and
playing in two. Assistant coach Tina
Cook said her potential as a scoring
threat for the Rams is still further
down the road, but she impacted
her new team in other ways.
She brings her intensity to
practice and I think some of that
hockey mentality has helped, said
Clipper remains undecided as
to whether or not shell try to play
for the soccer team next year, but
she continues to train and prepare
herself for when that opportunity
comes along. She takes it as a
year-to-year decision, one that
becomes difficult in later academic
years when having to balance a full
Clipper is a defenceman with the womens hockey team.
schedule as a student-athlete.




Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

Short-term jobs a shitty new reality

Young people must work precarious jobs that harm their health. Get used to it, Morneau says
By Raneem Al-Ozzi
Young Canadians should get used to
short-term employment and career
changes, federal Finance Minister
Bill Morneau said Oct. 22. He said his
government must focus on preparing
for a future where both are normal.
Morneaus remarks were reported after a meeting of the federal
Liberal Partys Ontario wing in Niagara Falls, Ont.
Aura Huq, a fourth-year accounting student at Ryerson, has been
working at a McDonalds for six
years. She said her job has not prepared her for future employment.
I want to get a better job that
will also help me in my area of
study. It doesnt feel like I have a
stable income. Its part-time, Im a
student, the timings dont always
work and so it doesnt really help,
said Huq, 27.
Vasiliki Bednar, the chair of a
federal panel on youth unemployment that started Oct. 10, said the
nature of work has become more
precarious. People make more job
transitions and are finding it increasingly difficult to get their foot
out the door. They cant get that
first really important job because
they lack the experience, and they
cant get the experience without a
job, and so it goes on.
Canadas unemployment rate
was seven per cent in September
2016. In August, youth unemployment sat at 13.2 per cent.
People dont want to exploit
youth by putting them through
unpaid internships, but there are
very few paid internships, and no
transitions from graduating to entering the workforce, Bednar said.
Bednar said that although the

Winnie Ng, investigator on a report into precarious work.

panel has ideas, they want to hear

from Canadians and do further research. The panel will submit an
interim report by the end of the
year and a final report to the federal labour minister by March.
Bednar added that the panels
mandate is specific to youth, so its
very keen on solving the precarity
that comes along with racism, sexism, poverty and discrimination.
The same day the panel started,
Ryerson researchers published a
public health report which says
precarious employment hurts the
health of racialized and immigrant
The report, A Public Health
Crisis in the Making: The Health
Impacts of Precarious Work on
Racialized Refugee and Immigrant
Women, focuses on the experiences of 40 women with precarious jobs in personal services and
the food sector. Precarious work
refers to jobs that are part-time,
temporary and often poorly paid.
According to the report, immigrant women make up a growing
proportion of employees who are


precariously employed.
The report was produced by researchers in collaboration with Ryersons Faculty of Arts, Faculty of
Community Services and Centre for
Labour Management Relations.
The purpose of this study is to
give more texture and colour to the
lives of racialized refugees and immigrant women, said Winnie Ng,
principal investigator on the report.
Participants in the study reported working multiple jobs and
losing time, energy and pay while
travelling between job sites. The
report says participants spoke
about working in unsafe situations, being stressed and having to
choose between buying food and
medicine when ill.
Many told researchers their
weekly incomes added up to less
than minimum wage and that if they
missed work because of illness, they
risked not having enough money
and losing their job.
Besides health and safety risks,
many participants reported facing a
high degree of workplace discrimination, sexism, racism and harassment.

The results from the report recognize that the more restrictive
and the more confined womens
situations are, the less choices they
have. This leads to vulnerability and
more precarious working conditions which leads to more precarious health, Ng said. She works with
the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty
of Community Services to connect
academics and activists.
According to the report, Canadian
research shows racialized and immigrant workers generally experience
higher than average unemployment
and underemployment rates.
Research for the report was conducted using community-based research methodology. Researchers
trained participants to be community leaders who can now go out
and talk to more women within
their communities.
In November, a community
launch will be held where the report will be translated into various
languages and shared among the
community, said Ng.
Its our way of breaking down
the isolation, so were telling other
women that theyre not alone in
their experiences, she added.

In addressing the wellbeing of

female workers, the report makes
many recommendations, some of
which include: wage parity regardless of job status, and scheduling to
allow stability.
Statistics Canada data from September shows the average Canadian female makes $24.03 per hour
while the average Canadian male
makes $27.54 per houra difference of about 13 per cent.
Marie Bountrogianni, an expert
on immigration and unemployment at Ryerson and dean of The
Chang School, encourages youth
to put serious thought in starting
their own businesses.
Think of a product or idea that
could inspire a start-up business
and run with it. Take a riskit
could have a huge payoff, she said
in an email.
Bountrogianni said students
should take advantage of services
on campus that help people find
jobs, like Magneta job search tool
developed at Ryersons DMZ.
Bridging programs are an excellent way for new Canadians to
transfer their skills to the Canadian
workforce, said Bountrogianni.

$27.08Average hourly wage for full-time workers

$17.99Average hourly wage for part-time workers
$26.15Average hourly wage for permanent workers
$20.96Average hourly wage for temporary workers
$27.60Average hourly wage for workers aged 25 to 54
Data published by Statistics Canada on Oct. 7

New app helps students make friends

Taimur Malik, founder of Juno.


You know, Ill recognize them by

face, but I dont know who they are,
Ryerson student Taimur Malik has nothing about them, Malik said.
spent most of university not knowThats why the fourth-year finaning 99 per cent of his classmates. cial mathematics student founded
By Noushin Ziafati

Juno, an app designed to help students get to know their classmates

and people in the university community.
Available on iOS and soon to be
released on Android, Juno allows
Ryerson students to make confessions, comment on them and
speak to the people in their different classes.
Malik hopes Juno will increase
community engagement and enhance the university experience for
Ryerson students.
The whole point of ... being in
university is to meet new people,
not just staying with your old
clique from your high school or the
people you meet on the first day,
Malik said.
Juno requires users to log in with
a Facebook account and input their

Ryerson emails to confirm theyre

Ryerson students.
Users then get to see which of
their Facebook friends are using
the app and can join feeds with
other students.
The app is split into a main Ryerson feed and separate course feeds.
The main Ryerson feed allows
students to make anonymous posts
and for people to comment on
them, much like the Spotted at Ryerson Facebook page.
Users can also add separate
course feeds by searching up course
codes for classes in which they
are enrolled. They can then look
through a list of their classmates
and share files using Google Drive.
Now, students can finally know
who their classmates are, Malik

Malik is considering expanding

the app to include student group
feeds as well, because he was approached by groups who said they
have too many members for them
to interact easily through a Facebook group.
Another feature of the app allows users to link their Instagram
or Snapchat accounts, allowing
students to make further connections with fellow classmates and
university students.
Malik hopes to expand the app
beyond the Ryerson community
and allow students at different colleges and universities to interact
with each other as well.
[We are] starting with classes,
community, and then eventually
interconnecting all communities
around Ryerson, he said.

spooky fun

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016


Ghost olympics return to the quad


Its not pathetic, its strategic.

Off to the races! Literally.

By Skyler Ash
The 16th Biennial Ouija Olympic
(BOO) started in the Quad on Oct.
24, with ghosts from all over the
city coming to take part. The BOO
is held every two years, due to the
rigorous training the ghosts have to
endure to prepare for the event and
their struggle to leave purgatory.
Former Ryerson President Sheldon Levy was responsible for
bringing BOO to Ryerson. Three
years ago, Levy put forward a bid
of $26 million and won. I was so
delighted to be able to bring this
event to our school, said Levy.
Were such a diverse bunch at Ryerson, but ghosts have been the one
thing we were missing. The organizers at BOO said that the only
other bid they received was from
OCAD University, who put forward a bid of $15 as a joke.
Events have already begun, and
many of the citys highest profile
ghosts have medaled. Howard Hillen Kerr, Ryersons only principal,
took the gold for fastest apparition
in broad daylight. Ive been prac-


ticing for months, said Kerr, who

died in 1984. This is Kerrs 12th gold
medal at BOO, putting him just two
behind the record currently held by
Ryersons namesake, Egerton Ryerson. Ryerson is known for being adept in the long-jump scare, 100-metre fly and being a huge racist.

This years BOO is expected to be

the most well-attended, due to the
venues convenient location in the
downtown core. Sir Robert Falconer, 5th president of the University
of Toronto, was extremely pleased
to hear that the event would be held
at Ryerson. Its just a quick subway ride from my haunting, said
Falconer, who has only ever won
a bronze in the brightest ethereal
After numerous student reports

boo world records

of weird sounds in the Quad, Ryerson officials announced the event in

a press conference after concerns for
safety. Theres nothing to be worried about, said Ryerson president
Mohamed Lachemi. Its just a couple
dozen ghosts whove all been dead
for some time and havent moved
onto their afterlife. No big deal.
Lachemi also announced he
would be attending many of the
events along with his good friend
Levy. I got matching shirts made
for Sheldon and I that say, G(h)
O(st) Ryerson!, said Lachemi.
I think the joke is a bit forced,
said Levy, but I appreciate the sentiment, and will be in attendance.
Events are taking place all day
and night in the Quad. All students
should have received an email to
their Ryerson account detailing the
events, as well as a voucher for half
off popcorn and refreshments.
Closing ceremonies will take
place in the Quad on Oct. 31 at
11 p.m., after which students are
welcome to join the ghosts for an
after party at Lachemis house. Its
BYOB, said Lachemi.

how to
trick-ortreat as an
By Skyler Ash
First things first: fuck whoever said
its not acceptable to trick-or-treat
past the age of 12. People older
than 12 have real problems, like
large workloads, insurmountable
debt and the existential crisis every
university student inevitably goes
This year, screw those pre-conceived societal norms and follow
these rules on how to legally gain
free candy from your neighbours
while disguising your identity.
1. Have a good costume.
Nobody wants to give candy
to a trick-or-treater in a bare
bones costume. If you want
free candy, you have to put in some
effort. And dont be a sexy anything, because thats actually the
worst. Its go big or go home, and
youre already standing outside of
somebodys home.
2. Be a nice person. Im
talking minimal obnoxious
knocking, only a single ring
of the doorbell and a polite

and volume-controlled trick or

treat! when the door is opened.
Dont be that person who pounds
their fists against the door and demands candy like a bank robber who
needs the money to pay for his kids
surgery while hes pulling as many
shifts at the diner as he can, but its
just not enough since his wife, Susan, left, and this is the last resort.
Dont be that person.
3. Dont take more than
your fair share. Some people like to hold the bowl out
for people to pick what they
like, and often dont specify the
amount. These are your options:
three small candies or two bags
of chips, or two small candies and
one bag of chips. If the candies are
regular-sized, the rules do not apply.
Grab the goods and run.
4. Stay out late. In this day
and age of helicopter parents, you as a free-wheelin,
fancy-free adult have the
upper hand: you can stay out as late
as you want. After about 7 p.m.,
most modern parents drag their
sad, oppressed children home to
throw their candy out in front of
them and force feed them organic
fruits and vegetables. Houses will
still be full of candy, so get ready
to reel it in.
Follow these rules and youll be
eating free candy for weeks! An
added bonus: youll have actually left
the house for something other than
school or work. Good job!

spooky colouring contest


Sid Drmay, former Ryerson jam taste-tester (died June 14, 1991)
On their technique: You have to have the right ratio of sadness to scream.
Theres a fine balance, but if you try hard enough, you can make it happen.
Alanna Rizza, former Ryerson skateboarder (died Dec. 12, 1971)
On her technique: My motto is be loud, be proud. Ghosts get a bad rep
for scaring kids, but its part of the job description. Im just playing to my
strengths, which are blood-curdling screams and scary hand gestures.
Thomas Skrlj, former Ryerson arts student (died Aug. 21, 2016)
On his technique: You have to both be there and not be there. Really sneak
up on people. You should be present but not noticed, thats the real key.
Justin Chandler, former Ryeson exotic dance prof. (died Sept. 30, 1986)
On his technique: Being an exotic dancer, you learn to manipulate the crowd
around you, and now I transfer that skill to object manipulation. Also, a lot
of hip gyrating. Yeah, youd be surprised how much the hips count.

Please colour in this spooky Halloween scene for your chance to win a $25 Cineplex
gift card! Drop off your masterpiece to the Eyeopener office (SCC 207) with your name,
contact info and best Halloween costume ever.


Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016



Shoppers Drug Mart

Watch It
Tim Hortons
Gadget City

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The Beer Store




Wine Rack

Blaze Pizza


California Thai

Wind Mobile

Caribbean Queen

Baskin Robbins



MII Sandwich

Yogurt Cafe

Curry & Co.

Opa! Souvlaki

Goodlife Fitness


Real Fruit
Bubble Tea

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