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Rye president still plans to make law school a reality

Mohamed Lachemi wrote a letter to the province asking to meet in hopes he can salvage Ryerson’s law school
for students,” Lachemi said. have already impacted the legal
Students enrolled in Ryerson’s landscape. Other law schools have
law school would take mandatory considered implementing business
business and technology courses, and technology into their curricu-
said Omar Ha-Redeye, a lawyer at lums, he said.
Fleet Street Law and an adjunct law “It’s easier to build a small school
professor at Ryerson. from scratch that’s going to focus on
“Ryerson’s law school is intended the contemporary and future issues
to train lawyers who could trans- that the legal profession is facing
form the industry,” Ha-Redeye said. than it is to try to revamp an exist-
“They would be net job creators be- ing law school,” he said.
cause they’ll be creating companies
and law firms and hiring the gradu- The vision taught in
ates from the other law schools.” existing law schools
With all the province’s talk about
the economy, Lachemi also said it’s is outdated
important they see the university as
a mechanism to generate jobs. Ryerson currently has a legal in-
Ryerson is “a generator of talent,” cubator called the Legal Innovation
ILLUSTRATION: PREMILA D’SA Lachemi said. “If they understand Zone—the first of its kind, according
By Sherina Harris ates seeking articling positions after why the program should be approved. that, I think they will see that this is to an email addressing the govern-
law school, a likelihood of higher “The government is always telling important for them, to support the ment’s decision sent to Ryerson stu-
Ryerson University isn’t giving up unemployment for lawyers and us, ‘This is the government for the university sector.” dents by administration last week.
on a law school, despite the Ontario salaries increasing at a slower pace people.’ They cannot leave people Ryerson was waiting for the min- The university also has a Law
government rejecting its program compared to other occupations. behind,” Lachemi said. istry to release a timeline for the law Practice Program that has a 100 per
proposal last week. Ryerson president Mohamed Ryerson’s law school would be school program’s approval, prior cent placement rate, according to
The university’s law school Lachemi said he was “very disap- different from others in that it to last week’s announcement. The the email.
planned to begin accepting applica- pointed” about the decision. would emphasize accessible legal university’s senate and board previ- “We should be celebrating the fact
tions in August 2019. It was slated services, entrepreneurship and eq- ously approved the program. that Ryerson is moving ahead with
to open in September 2020—after “We’re not giving up on uity and inclusion, according to the The school has also been ap- this law school because we are going
more than a decade of planning. the philosophy behind university’s website. Tuition was proved by three accreditation bod- to change the face of the legal indus-
Last week, the provincial govern- set to be $20,000 per year—at least ies: the Quality Assurance Council, try,” Ha-Redeye said.
ment said they wouldn’t approve the the law school” $8,000 cheaper than other GTA law the Federation of Law Societies of This isn’t the first time the Pro-
proposal. Merrilee Fullerton, On- schools. The school would accept Canada and the Law Society of On- gressive Conservative government
tario’s minister of training, colleges After hearing about the decision, 150 students. tario (LSO). The LSO passed a reso- has derailed Ryerson’s plans. Back in
and universities, told The Eye that Lachemi sent the minister a letter “We’re not giving up on the phi- lution to licence Ryerson graduates. October, the province pulled fund-
approving the proposal for the law requesting a meeting. He has yet to losophy behind the law school. Ha-Redeye said the vision of law ing for Ryerson’s campus in Bramp-
school “was not in the best interest receive a response. However, we have to continue to taught in existing Canadian law ton. Following that announcement,
of the people of Ontario.” He said he wants to meet with the work really hard to convince the schools is outdated. Lachemi said he wasn’t giving up on
Fullerton cited a surplus of gradu- government to help them understand government this is something good Ryerson’s plans for a law school Brampton yet either.

RSU staff required to sign into work using fingerprints

By Emma Sandri of a weak excuse,” Hudyma said. office and the Equity Service Cen- sess whether or not the benefit of im- will have “minimal” maintenance
and Maggie Macintosh Having worked as a security con- tres each have their own fingerprint plementing biometrics outweighs the fees, said Ganesh.
sultant for the federal government, scanners for employees. potential loss of employees’ privacy. Ryerson staff do not use finger-
Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) em- he said government employees “To me, it’s a really unnecessary “We’re going to wait [until] the print scanning machines, according
ployees are now signing in and out of sometimes have to use both their form of surveillance—especially in a end of the year to get feedback to president Mohamed Lachemi.
work with the touch of a finger. fingerprint and a passcode to access space like this. The way the equity from the supervisors as to how ef- “That’s not a practice that we have
Over the summer, three finger- laptops. Data centres also use bio- services operate, they’re not like a fective [or] ineffective this system at Ryerson and I hope we will not
print scanners were installed in the metrics, Hudyma added. business or anything, they’re a com- was,” wrote Ganesh. “Depending have it in the future,” said Lachemi.
Student Campus Centre (SCC) in or- munity service,” said Sheldomar El- on their feedback, we’re going to The scanners are part of Cerid-
der to keep track of employee hours. “Does the RSU have a liott, a coordinator at the Racialised make that decision on adding or re- ian Dayforce software. Cerid-
“We’ve put a lot of work into im- problem that warrants Students’ Collective. moving scanners.” ian did not respond to request for
plementing this as it is a big part of Although he understands that the Aside from installation and equip- comment in time for publication.
this technology?”
our mandate to digitize the RSU and RSU wants to track accountability ment costs, the fingerprint scanners With files from Sherina Harris.
reduce the amount of paper we use,” and improve efficiency, Elliott said
RSU president Ram Ganesh wrote the sign-in procedure no longer rests
in a statement. Biometrics—physical or behav- on a trusting relationship between
The RSU ordered the scanners ioural characteristics used to iden- staff and employees—a concept at the
more than two years ago—at a price tify an individual—such as fingerprint core of the Equity Service Centres.
tag of $2,500 per unit. They were in- scanners are increasingly common, “I’m just here to provide a safe
stalled during the first month of the according to the Information and Pri- space for folks. It’s not that serious.
current executive’s term, according vacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC). I’m not dealing with high-end tech
to Ganesh. The tech was then rolled “Fingerprints and facial images stuff,” he said. “I wish we could just
out to the rest of the RSU staff in are matched against databases to stick with the timesheets and make
multiple phases. identify persons of interest, and workers know that this is a trust-
“My question is, does the RSU used by individuals to authenticate based initiative.”
have a problem that warrants this their identities and to access com- Currently in Ontario, the Office
technology?” said Robert Hudyma, puting devices or physical spaces,” of the Privacy Commissioner rec-
an information security expert and IPC states on their website. ommends employers use a four-part
associate professor at the Ted Rog- The RSU previously used manual test to determine if biometrics are
ers School of Management. The RSU timesheets to keep track of hours. appropriate for their workplace.
wanting to digitize the space is, “kind CopyRITE, the RSU executive The test asks organizations to as- PHOTO: ALANNA RIZZA

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Dubé This editorial shall be so full of Katie “Frozen” Swyers Madi “Surgery” Wong
witty commentary on Ryerson life Pernia “Sven” Jamshed Giulia “On a” Fiaoni
and analysis on current student Editor-in-Chief Emma “Grape” Sandri
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Warm wishes
for a joyful
holiday season
However you spend the holiday season, I hope
it includes time to relax and recharge. The days on
campus can be full and demanding, so make sure
to take this opportunity to enjoy yourself and be
with those you care about.
From my family to yours, wishing you health
and happiness for 2019. I look forward to seeing
you in the new year.
Mohamed Lachemi
President and Vice-Chancellor
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Arts & Life editor Premila D’Sa wants to stop, have a drink
and think about it for a hot minute
I was supposed to be at Yale. ences over and over again. The Rye kids of the
It wasn’t just some phase, I really wanted ‘60s and ‘70s and ‘80s dealt with shitty faculty,
to go to Yale. I got myself tested for an aca- sketchy academics, bad politics, problems
demically-advanced program straight out of with buildings on campus and relationships.
middle school, without my parents. I went They just had worse haircuts.
around everywhere saying “I’m going to Yale, I wanted to know, why? Why did these ex-
I’m going to be a journalist, it has nothing to periences keep on recurring year after year in
do with Rory from Gilmore Girls.” some form or another?
I’m in my fourth-year at Ryerson. This place People will say that these things happen at
is definitely not Yale. Thank fucking god. every university, but they really don’t happen
For better or worse, I’ve really come to like over here the same way.
Rye High—maybe it’s the chill understanding A lot of this issue involves looking back
between students that we’re not the Universi- in time, and if you read it (please do­. If you
ty of Toronto and don’t need to try that hard, plan on just using it as wrapping paper, use
or maybe it’s the distinct but comforting smell it to protect something important, like a
of Gould Street. good butternut squash) you’ll realize that Ry-
People have been asking me over the past erson’s been a weird place since it came up.
few months what the “Life” issue even is. I don’t think we realize that until we bring
For a while I couldn’t give anyone an an- our friends over from other universities and
swer that wasn’t “It’s, like, about our lives.” they scream at our thick, vicious Ryerson rats
But this issue is about our lives. It’s about the (that’s the rational response).
stuff we go through on a daily basis at Ryerson. I hope years from now another student or
The things we don’t have time to stop and really disgruntled Eye editor looking for content
think about because we’re too busy studying for looks through the archives and comes across
midterms or looking at memes or whatever. this issue. The stories here should explain
This issue isn’t a love letter to Ryerson. our experiences, our lives, and why Ryerson
First of all, ugh, as if. There’s a lot about this doesn’t belong to one era or one type of per-
university experience that is pretty fucked up, son, because theses things—good or bad—will
and we’ve included that too. happen again. So I hope this issue helps with
I spent a lot of time in the archives with understanding why.
old Ryerson yearbooks or with our dusty old Anyways, I’m glad I didn’t go to Yale—
copies of The Eyeopener. Anyone who spends I’d take Ryerson skaters over those fucking
even a couple hours flipping through the yuppies anyday.
years would see it—we have the same experi- Also, OSAP doesn’t cover Yale. | ILLUSTRATION: CELINA GALLARDO


There are some things about Ryerson we all know are true (and some we wish weren’t)
Skyler Ash explains some of Ryerson’s little quirks.
Jacob Dubé That Smell on Gould Street Squirrels, pigeons and rats, oh my! you will be pointed at and whispered about in
You smell it the second you walk in from If you haven’t seen the infamous one-legged the streets.
MANAGING EDITOR Yonge and Dundas. Its exact scent is hard pigeon, the tailless squirrel who is just doing Kerr Hall is a maze
Premila D’Sa to place, but nonetheless it hits you like a his best or the gang of garbage rats, then do People who claim they know how to make
freight train and seeps into your clothes. you even go here? it through Kerr Hall without getting lost are
DESIGN The Slow-as-Death Elevators Fashion, baby lying. I am in my final year and got lost last
Skyler Ash This is perhaps most noticeable in the We go to school with fashion students. And week. If Ryerson is ever destroyed in some
SLC, but it’s true about all Rye elevators. we go to school in the middle of a city. This sort of disaster, I predict Kerr Hall will still
VISUALS Just take the stairs if you can, or else you isn’t Queen’s, you can’t wear sweatpants and stand, because whatever destroys the school
Alanna Rizza will die waiting. gross t-shirts to class. You either dress up or can’t figure out how to take it down.
Samantha Moya
Deanna Krueger
Elana Emer
Celina Gallardo
Valerie Dittrich
Raizel Harjosubroto
Rhea Singh
Linsey Raschkowan
Neha Chollangi
Emma Buchanan
Peter Ash
Kosalan Kathiramalanathan
Lidia Abraha
Skyler Ash


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Even with a name change and advanced academic programs, Ryerson can’t seem to
shake off its high school reputation. Does it want to? Words by Premila D’Sa
In his 2007 report tilted A Brief History of Ryerson, Ryerson prestige in its early years was when Howard Kerr, the then- Stagg said that the school was given five years by politi-
archivist Claude W. Doucet described the conception of the president (and yes, the same guy Kerr Hall is named after) cians to prove itself or they’d close it. Besides politicians, the
school as an “experiment in postsecondary education.” It was enacted a strict uniform policy. Men had to wear dress shirts school also faced pushback from others in the academic field
built in 1948 as a place that merged trade skills (Ryerson ap- and ties or they wouldn’t be allowed to enter class. It was Kerr’s who “saw no need” for Ryerson’s new postsecondary educa-
pealed to the post-war economy) with humanities. attempt at “boosting” the image of the school, said former tion system.
We hear some form of that description nowadays too— history professor Ronald Stagg, who wrote his own report “The process of responding to perceived needs of the society
“Ryerson offers hands-on programs”. But the university has on the school’s history in the mid ‘90s. Kerr’s strategy worked is not, however, a haphazard process, driven by momentary
changed drastically since its founding, dropping its old cur- with parents and employers, who Stagg said, “commented on fads,” said Stagg. He explained that Ryerson’s founders, espe-
riculum framing. Ryerson is now a proper academic institu- how much more professional Ryerson students appeared than cially its driving force Howard Kerr, saw a school that served
tion with a sprawling downtown campus, and hundreds of those at other institutions.” society’s need rather the pursuing the acclaims of academic
thousands of dollars of funding for its incubators and pro- But the uniforms are still reminiscent of high school envi- elitism. That’s kind of cool.
grams. Yet, all it takes is one disgruntled student yelling “Rye ronments, where authority figures can implement a student Ryerson students have the benefit of not dealing with the
High” or a walk down the high-school-looking hallways of dress code. Ryerson carried on the policy until the 1960s, pressure of their school’s reputation, the same way students at
Kerr Hall to be reminded that this place isn’t supposed to be when it was stopped by students who were increasingly be- the University of Toronto do.
an Ivy League institution. Perhaps the school is maintaining coming more rebellious with how they dressed. If Ryerson was an experiment, it’s been a pretty successful one.
that reputation on purpose. Rebellion seems to be engraved into the very conception of A proud legacy of being “a hybrid” between a high school and a
Doucet said in the report that Ryerson initially offered short the school. Looking through Ryerson’s history, one thing is college is still something that the school can advertise.
trade-oriented programs which they picked specifically based pretty clear—the school didn’t care about modelling itself after With Ryerson’s recent attempts to rebrand itself as a pow-
on what the job market needed. They were looking for stu- existing colleges and universities, even if others couldn’t see erhouse university getting axed (RIP Brampton campus), it’s
dents to come in, go out and get a job. what it was supposed to be. going to need some reputation to hold on to.
The closest Ryerson came to establishing “academic” And they couldn’t—in his account of Ryerson’s history, Rye High it is.


In this section, we decided to get the opinion of some of our crosstown rivals.
HERE’S Because in life, you’ll always care about what people think of you.
It’s true, and you know it. Words curated by Peter Ash.
“Elitist assholes will say RU “People who go to Ryerson ei- “Didn’t let my best friend in “People at Ryerson seem to be
THE is shit, but I think it’s a decent ther couldn’t get into UofT or even though it was their literal having a lot more fun than peo-
school if you wanna just get a job weren’t smart enough to be as- dream, so not a big fan…but my ple at UofT”

OTHERS and live a chill life.” sociated with UofT.” other friend goes, so also, kind of
a fan…but with a vendetta.”

THINK Ali Djebel Ameli, fourth-year Michael Wong, fourth-year Ki-

Management and Finance student nesiology and Health student at
Brooklyn Elizabeth Ingram, stu-
dent at Wilfrid Laurier
Lucas Miceli, fourth-year Politi-
cal Science student not having fun
at University of Toronto University of Toronto at University of Toronto
Page 8



Having security incident reports blow up your email is part of the daily routine for
Ryerson students. What does it really do to us? Words by Valerie Dittrich
First-year student Zainab Damji remembers her first few events that happened around campus don’t even bother her. it’s the first thing they point out.”
weeks on campus because she spent the weeks before being “I’ve had people who are very much not sober come up to Colin Ellard, a psychology professor at Waterloo who stud-
terrified to step foot on it. me and scream in my face [on campus],” she recalls. “But stuff ies the effects of urban design on human behaviour, said that
An international student hailing from Dubai, she wasn’t that happens now, it literally doesn’t even faze me anymore. constantly seeing the “raw” realities of social issues like drug
used to seeing homelessness or crime. In the summer before It’s just sort of part of the city and being in Toronto. I feel like use can definitely desensitize people to some extent.
flying to Toronto, she recalls her Ryerson email being bom- I’m just ready for something to happen.” “But I’m not really sure that this is any more of a problem
barded with security incident updates—ranging from on-cam- than our general tendency to become blasé about many other
pus assaults to robberies.
“I thought to myself, ‘what am I getting myself into?’” she When actual crazy stuff aspects of life, urban or otherwise over time,” said Ellard.
“Unfortunately, we can also, at least on the surface, become
said. “I remember telling my parents I was going to transfer
out and move back home in December because of how many
goes down, I just don’t complacent about traffic noise, crowding, air pollution and
many of the other less pleasant aspects of life in the city.”
bad experiences I had heard [about Ryerson] campus.” look at it. It’s just part of Rodriguez recognizes the benefits of being exposed to dif-

the experience
Before Damji secured a spot in Pitman Hall, she was com- ferent parts of life but sees the two sides of it; total apathy or
muting from a family member’s place for the first two months people who want to do something about it.
and she was always in a rush to get home because she didn’t “Apathy is a common thing and people who are change-
want to stay on campus after dark. makers, they aren’t as common,” he said.
Now at the end of her first semester, Damji barely notices Even with the constant influx of security incident emails, Damji herself may feel impacted by what happens on campus,
the things that first terrified her. Ali remains unbothered by what goes on in and around Ryer- but also knows a lot of students don’t think a lot of issues are
University life at Ryerson is without a doubt very different son. “When actual crazy stuff goes down, I just don’t look at it. a big deal because they’ve become such a common occurrence.
than other campuses across Canada. Located in the heart of It’s just part of the experience and I’m used to it.” “Some people maybe they’re just immune to seeing people
downtown Toronto, students at Ryerson can experience cam- Many studies conducted over the years have found that liv- ask for money now, or think less of homelessness in this area
pus life while still being integrated with the city. ing in large urban cities can increase stress and anxiety and has because it’s typically very high or because of seeing a lot of
Crime on campus wasn’t new. In 2016, The Eye found that a detrimental effect on one’s mental health. But what happens drug use,” she said.
the Increased Risk Management security team reports about when you stop caring, or lose the ability to? In Ali’s case, she thinks that witnessing Ryerson’s down-
40 incidents on campus every week, but the numbers may be Eduardo Rodriguez was used to downtown living. Having town environment allows students learn about things beyond
even higher than what is recorded. What’s more, Ryerson been raised around Queen West, by the time Rodriguez got to their own experience and privilege.
sends out security incident emails to inform students of crime Ryerson, he wasn’t affected by the instances that alarmed most “But it can also be detrimental,” she said. “It may be some-
that happens on campus and students are no strangers to their new students. thing that you haven’t seen before and maybe some people
inbox being flooded with notifications about assaults, robber- “If you hear from people who didn’t grow up downtown, might be more sensitive.”
ies and everything in between. they will always complain [about campus],” he said. He said Ryerson students are reminded of that every time they
Politics student Abida Ali remembers the “weird stuff” she he found that people who were from smaller towns would be bring in a friend from out of town. While some of us might
found strange in first year, like seeing a guy board the sub- more bothered by the overwhelming amount of homelessness not be bothered, the shocked “oh my gods” from our Western
way almost everyday in a costume. Now in her third year, the and drug use that occurs in the city and near Ryerson. “Usually buddies reminds us that we should care.

While it’s debatable how crime If there’s one animal on campus

smarter than the rats, its the
affects Ryerson’s student body,
everyone can agree on steering clear casually ate a rat on Gould Street.
of most campus wildlife

The rats are always on If you think you feel good about
campus because they’re If you throw anything in the yourself, remember that you’ll never
dedicated scholars. garbage, it belongs to these thrifty
thrash connoisseurs now. Horton’s-stealing pigeons.
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By Lidia Abraha
Our campus is made up of more than just the typical jocks,
hipsters, and nerds. Therefore we made a list of cocktails
for different types of Ryerson students. If you’re not on the
list, then your choice of poison is probably water. Good
for you, stay hydrated.
Business students that use the 100 emoji and are al-
ways on a “grind”
You’re not a real business student if you don’t order
a Manhattan at every function. This drink screams “I’m
gonna make a million bucks, bitch.” These enthusiastic
capitalist motherfuckers are always ready to network at a
party. So what’s a better way to show you’re taking care of
business than holding a Manhattan?
Ryerson baddies and bottle girls
When you go clubbing every weekend, you can’t really
afford much more than a Rum and Coke, and that’s ok.
You’re just young, living your life and finessing as many
drinks you can from those slimy promoters in your DMs.
The media hipsters at Rye
These kind of people are funky and artsy, so a gin and
tonic is the perfect drink for them. You’ll either find them
at the Imperial Pub, with a book in their hand debating
various socialist values or in an underground party with
inflated dinosaurs everywhere.
Ryerson jocks… a force to be reckoned with
Since they can’t do drugs, you’ll almost always see them
with a bottle of Hennessy every weekend. If you can only
|PHOTO: ALANNA RIZZA turn up one way, why not ball all the way out? Anyways,

what’s a $60 bottle gonna do to you when you’re on your
way to the pros?
Skaters on Gould and Victoria streets
You’re punk and daring with those hardcore flips, and
wearing a Thrasher/Supreme sweater. A craft beer would
be a perfect drink for you. It’s cheap and enough of it can
The Ram in the Rye staff see students at their best but get you hammered with a minimal hangover the next day.
We know you need four pitchers for you and your bud-
also their worst. A server spills on what goes on behind dies, just don’t drink and skate!

the bar. Words by Linsey Raschkowan

The contents of an Eyeopener writer’s stomach was not watch giant groups of students come in to experience their
the only thing lost on a Tuesday evening, last November. first nights out in Toronto.
I mopped up the vaguely orange-scented vomit (a product It’s hard to keep track of all the people that come and
of the Ram’s Flaming Engineer cocktail) with a coworker go, but some things stick out. My favourites are the young
and we said goodbye to our innocence. It was the first time cuties who sidle up to me, asking to pay for their friend’s
both of us had to clean up puke. We laughed a lot that night, meal in secret. Another is the mysterious man who comes
mainly because neither of us really knew how to go about it; into the bar every once in a while and subtly picks up ev-
do you use a broom? Or a mop? Or paper towel? eryone’s bar tab in what I can only imagine is an act of pure
We ended up needing all three. kindness and nostalgia.
I had been working at the Ram for around two and a half No one is wilder than engineers—I assume it has some-
years at that point, and sometimes the job gets a little more thing to do with “work hard, play harder.”
complicated than serving drinks and cleaning vomit.

I accept comforting as
First year, my floor manager found me crying in the stair-
well, strained under the pressure of my academic workload,
something I wasn’t familiar with at that point. It’s something
I’m not ashamed of now, especially having spoken to other a duty sometimes
students who tell me they’ve experienced the same stress.
When I returned to my work, I found he had taken over my
responsibilities. One year, a fashion student passed out at one of our tables |PHOTO: ALANNA RIZZA
He’s found many people crying, as it turns out. University during breakfast. His friends tried aimlessly to wake him.
is hard, things get rough sometimes. I am reminded of this They had apparently been up all night finishing assignments previously, students. It’s one of the reasons why I took a job
throughout my experience at the Ram. and had just returned from their first exam. One of his fellow there, other than the necessary paycheck.
I accept comforting as a duty, sometimes. A lot of students students told me it’s common in such a demanding program. The Ram has offered me a safe space throughout my years
come in who have taken on too much. We find many of them It’s easy to sympathize with the people who come in just to at Ryerson. Whether it’s been to vent, cry, stress out and rec-
crying in corners. Sometimes the comfort we give to fellow ease their minds off of the workloads they take on. When oncile with my academic career—it’s the kind of space made
students isn’t just serving them alcohol; sometimes it’s the ‘I I first started working at the Ram, another server told me for students. Everyone on staff knows the feeling of having
feel you’ comment when students stay for five hours to finish it was where she finally found her group of friends, and in too much to do and not enough resources to do it. But when
an assignment. many ways this has been true for me as well. There’s a feeling you need to decompress after getting through a long cram
In my fourth year, it makes me feel kind of old. I’ve lit- of solidarity between all of us—we understand the pressures sesh, the Ram will always be here. Just don’t have too many
erally been able to see the years passing by. It’s exciting to of school life. Many of the servers at the Ram are, or were Flaming Engineers.
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On a cold October night in 2018, Ryerson students gathered clubs, they didn’t have the same determination as Ryerson’s
at the BMO Field for a football game–but we didn’t even have administrators, who would engage in something called “in-
a team playing. stant tradition”—seizing any moment, whether it was making
The game was an attempt by the Ryerson Students’ Union up a chant at a football game or singing at a bar, and deeming
(RSU) to garner school spirit. It was an attempt some Ryerson it a tradition.

athletes felt was “frustrating,” especially since it wasn’t cele- Ryerson archivists mark the transfer from administration
brating the school’s actual varsity teams. to the union, which happened towards the end of the ‘80s, as a
Ryerson has always had a problem with school spirit. It’s definitive downturn in school spirit.
against the school’s very nature to be a place of spirit. Ryerson This partially has to do with the student union having a
was associated with the idea of being a place where students history of mismanaging events. In 1982, SURPI lost $2,000

learned and went home. after putting on a Spoons concert for the student body. The
In the ‘50s, there was a “decade of intense school spirit,” ac- union tried to pocket the profits from alchohol sales, with-
cording to Serving Society’s Needs, a biography of Ryerson by out having a liquor license for the concert venue, the Ryer-
history professor Ronald Stagg. It had a lot to do with the fact sonian reported.
that we still had a football team. The team served as the root Fast-forward to 2016, when the RSU mishandled funds
of other spirit-related activities: Ryerson’s old marching band after planning and rescheduling a major concert, 6Fest. An

would play at their games. There was a big annual “Blue & Eyeopener investigation found that nearly $80,000 in funds
Gold” dance to celebrate every year. were transferred into an student union executive’s personal
bank account. Harman Singh, the then-vice president of stu-
dent life and events, said he transferred the money into his
“There’s homecomings account to speed up the refunding process.

at other schools,
Two years later, the RSU gave up on the idea of raising spir-
From failed it around Ryerson teams. Instead they planned a homecoming

pageants in the my outlook is that it has at a Toronto Argonauts game.

“There’s homecomings at other schools, and my outlook on

‘50s, to staged to start somewhere” it is that it has to start somewhere,” said second-year sport me-
dia student Jamison Schulz-Franco at the event.
homecomings for The event wasn’t completey unrelated to Ryerson: Eggy the
Ram, the school’s beloved mascot and last champion of spirit,
the wrong team, In some of the earliest examples of Ryerson’s unfortunate
attempts at raising school spirit, the administration would or-
was there. Ryerson Master of Journalism alumni and CFL on
TSN reporter Matt Scianitti sported his signature Chuck Tay-
Ryerson’s always ganize a “Miss Ryerson” pageant—it only featured men in its lor shoes in blue and gold with an ‘I Am Ryerson’ hoodie.
intial years because the school didn’t have enough women. School spirit will continue to be a problem as Ryerson ages.
had a spirit problem But there was invisible force behind Ryerson’s strong but The the biggest factor hasn’t been other schools, or student apa-

Words by Kosalan shortlived period of spirit: the administration.

Administrators in the Ryerson’s early years realized school
thy or bad student executives mismanaging events—it is rush
hour. At the end of the day, Ryerson was built to be a commuter
Kathiramalanathan spirit was an important part of campus life, so they organized
events for the students.
school and the school can’t handle the very population it was
designed for: people who don’t live near campus. We’re a group
Ryerson’s spirit life now lies in the hands of the student that decides no event on campus, no matter how much spirit is
union. While the union, then called Students’ Union of Ry- involved, is worth being stuck on the TTC at 11 p.m.
erson Polytechnical Institute (SURPI), kept a lot of the earlier With files from Christian Ryan.
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Is love worth a 30 minute commute
to Mississauga? Rhea Singh writes
about the realities of dating at a
commuter school.
When retail management student Emily times just doesn’t work.
Slowey was in first year, she decided to focus “Even if we came to school together, I found
her romantic attention to people in her resi- myself rushing off to go to my class or do a
dence building. It was convenient, but the se- project, and he would just be waiting around.”
lection wasn’t cutting it. For students commuting into Toronto,
Soon Slowey realized that there were peo- having a singnificant other who lives in the
ple to meet outside her residence. Unfortu- city kills two birds with one stone.
nately the price of love included a Presto fare. Second-year performance acting student
“I’m seeing someone from Mississauga Mark Talman spends most of his time on
which is the opposite end of where I live,” said campus instead of his home in Mississauga.
Slowey, who moved out to the Beaches. “It He’s aiming for a relationship with someone
can be kind of difficult.” in the city since it would be “convenient”, he
Dating is hard enough, but on Ryerson’s said, especially if the person lived near the
predominantly commuter-based campus, area he commutes from. But with housing
where a majority of students transit in from prices on the rise in the city, fewer students
neighbourhoods around Toronto, the chanc- are choosing to move downtown.
es that you’ll actually, physically have to go the Fourth-year child and youth care stu-
distance for a relationship are pretty high. dent Ashaana Burgher has a whole differ-
Slowey’s adjusted her dating perimeters af- ent strategy–the key, for her, is not meeting
ter moving out of residence. downtown at all. She’s dating someone in
“I think as time went on, I kind of saw that it her hometown of Brampton, and instead of
was a hit or miss with people, and if someone making him come downtown, she tries to
who is worth it is out there I think it would be find ways to have fun in the GTA. But beat-
worth it to try,” said Slowey. ing rush hour can get hectic. “It’s hard to do
While some Ryerson students choose to when everyone’s on different schedules and
date exclusively within Toronto, or secretly trains get delayed,” she said.
base it on whether the person has an apart- Regardless of the length of the commute,
ment, the school’s commuter population has the location or the availibility of an apartment,
forced people to get creative. one sentiment came up over and over again
Emily Mitri, a fourth-year nursing student, amongst Ryerson daters: sometimes the right
will switch up her work schedule with a co- person is worth the TTC fare. So don’t give
worker to meet her boyfriend. Occasionally, up hope, Ryerson! Romance is possible on this
she’ll use a friend’s apartment downtown to dead, cold campus (or off it). You just got to be
hang out with him. Sometimes coordinating willing to tap your Presto for it. | PHOTO: SAMANTHA MOYA


Home to some of the best media programs in the country,
Ryerson’s got a lot of talent. Peter Ash takes a deep dive into music streaming platform
Soundcloud to find the best of the best.
Let’s be honest: almost every “Toronto man” at Ryerson has is a solid representation of his music as it sounds like he’s rap- lit, “Ary” is looking to create some buzz.
a SoundCloud account, and unfortunately, most of them are ping over an alien takeover instrumental. Nevertheless, he has Chhina
only known for saying “NYEAH EH” or “6ixbuzz”. While a sound that could grab the attention of most people. Whether All about the speed, “Chhina” usually spits fast, but not fast
SoundCloud rappers are notorious for not being taken seri- it’s for better or worse remains the question. enough to mumble in his rhymes. Clear and catchy, most of
ously, the platform is home to some legitimate up-and-comers 6ixsidelavish his songs are self-produced. He’s also added some music videos
in the Toronto rap scene. Known for his quick tempo and medium-toned voice, “6ix- as of late, with “Superbad Freestyle”, “Margiela Mad Max” and
SoundCloud rappers have a tendency of floating towards sidelavish” has been trying to get on the scene for some time “Fadeaway” each having their own visuals. A lot of his music
“mumble rap” style, which has hurt the reputation of most art- now. Although he doesn’t currently have a SoundCloud ac- has the feel of both the old and new school, figuring out a way
ists. However, we still have to remember not to judge and that count, his lone snippet on Instagram shows that he has an ag- to utilize a high-tempo style while balancing a strong delivery.
there’s a lot of hidden talent out there, especially on a local level. gressive style worthy of the streaming website. His first full And in case you forgot, he also performed in a music video in
So, to make sure that we don’t forget it, we decided to take project, that hasn’t been named yet, will be released next year. 2017 to promote a student union election slate.
a look at some of the low-key rappers who could be on the Ary Lofsky
come-up here at Ryerson “Ary” comes in as one of the more talented rappers on this Last, but not least, the man known as “Lofsky” comes in as
Yung JiZz list. Known for his mellow and cool style, the dark-themed the most notable rapper. Using his unique sound, Lofsky usually
Creating a reputation as a parody account, this artist tries artist brings a lot of bars in each of his songs. His debut album, never has the same flow. He also isn’t afraid to experiment with
to mimic some of the music he hears on a daily basis. With “Closure”, has multiple strong songs, including “No Escape” new beats, which makes him an even more interesting listen as
“Relax its just a meme” posted on his SoundCloud, his highest and his lead single, “Cartier Bezel”. Other songs that he con- you go through his music. Overall, his sound is new and creative,
played track, “Overdose” featuring an artist named “Lil Cuck”, siders to be bangers are “With it” and “I Do This”. Smooth but something that isn’t seen too much in the industry anymore.

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Student politics are messy and dramatic.

Emma Buchanan talks to former RSU executives who have felt the heat
Odelia Bay didn’t plan to get involved in student politics. the student union from the beginning. solidly on the ground” by engaging in class and with professors
“When I started, I pledged to myself that I would not get “There was a bit of change in the relationship when, you in a “normal” way. At the same time, Loreto said she recog-
involved and just focus on my degree,” Bay said with a laugh. know, if I said something to someone at a party and then all of nized the fact that she would have to get a lot of accommoda-
“That never happened. That rarely happens for me.” sudden it was on the front page of The Eyeopener, that became tions to finish coursework because of travelling and working.
Bay couldn’t stay away. She was the Ryerson Students’ annoying,” she said. So, what’s life like now?
Union (RSU) president in 2001 (back when it was still called Rebecca Rose was RSU president in 2006, in addition to After graduating, Loreto moved on to working at a bigger
RyeSAC), vice-president education the year before, and edu- being vice-president education in 2004-2005, then again in student union, the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS).
cational issues commissioner before that, in addition to vari- 2008-2009, and also acting as senate representative and work- Loreto said she felt her time on the RSU limited her job op-
ous other elected roles. ing for the student union. Altogether, she was on campus for portunities to an extent.
“There were issues that were just too important, and that’s seven years. “So, above average,” she said with a laugh. “I didn’t get a sweet job out of it...if anything it destroyed
why I ran initially and that’s why I stayed involved.” Bay said she never felt like a politician, despite her role be- some job opportunities,” said Loreto. “When you do work at
Whatever you think of student politics, RSU positions take ing political. the student union, you basically set on fire the opportunity for
up a lot of time. You’re working 60-hour weeks, running on you to go and...work anywhere within the university sector
four to five hours of sleep and trying to finish your degree. that’s not like a union.”
You’re in charge of a massive student body. You have student I ran away to The other executives left politics aside completely to recov-
newspapers watching your every move. Your mistakes in the San Francisco er from the RSU burnout.
job can’t and won’t stay small. “I would say the RSU and my subsequent involvement in
“[A] typical day for me was quite stressful...I’d be in the of- to un-burnout for a bit the student movement burned me out really hard,” Rose said,
fice when it opened, at 9:30, and then I’d be there until the adding that it was a combination of being singled out by her
sun set...often later than eight or nine at night,” said former executive, a 60-hour work week, infighting, late nights and
RSU president Nora Loreto. Loreto was president in 2007, on “I don’t know that’s there’s a dichotomy between student ver- early mornings, especially during election season when it was
the executive board for the RSU from 2006 to 2008 as vice- sus politician, and that activist doesn’t fall somewhere within important to be out and about campaigning.
president education, and on the board of governors and the that,” she said. “As much as I’m an activist, I know that students Rose, who also then worked at the CFS, quit around 2013 and
senate, among other roles. need more than just activism, they need services that are going “ran away to San Francisco to try to un-burnout for a bit.” She
“There was also a lot of committee work that you have to do to save them money, they need events where they can blow off said that while the burnout after her involvement in the student
within the institution, you have to prepare for a lot of meet- some steam. It needs to be well rounded,” said Bay. movement was “harsh,” she made connections that helped with
ings, and you have to deal with a lot of politics...dealing with But Rose did feel the pressures of political infighting, espe- writing opportunities and is still in touch with people.
people within your office, dealing with your staff.” cially as a journalism student. “[But it] took a pretty big toll on both my mental health
Loreto was a part-time journalism student for the first five Rose said once her fellow executives “walked away” from a and my physical health,” said Rose. “I was in my early 20s
years of her degree, but finished in public administration because motion once they started to face criticism, leaving her to face still, and I also am someone who deals with both anxiety
she couldn’t complete the degree with a part-time schedule questioning reporters by herself. and depression.”
“I was onstage when my class graduated because I was on “I was the one left dealing with folks, and I also was a journal- Bay, who was president of the student union when 9/11
the Board of Governors, so that was pretty bittersweet to the ism student. The people that I was dealing with were my peers, happened, said while she did feel a burnout, her work on
cohort of people that I started with...finishing their degrees people I had been in class with for two years,” Rose said. the student union opened up job prospects at every level of
while I was still not sure what it would take for me to be able Loreto said that while the role of RSU members is to rep- her career. She said her connections, political knowledge and
to finish my degree and get out of there,” Loreto said. resent students’ complaints, ideas and concerns, “only a hack advocacy worked to her advantage.
Loreto’s relationship with her peers was different, too. Al- loses themselves in that and becomes a ‘politician’.” “I’m back at school doing a PhD and so I get some of the
though there was no drastic change because she had made her “And of course, there are many hacks around.” leeway in being a student again,” she said.
intentions clear of being involved in the “political world” of Loreto said it was important to her “to keep a foot planted “And I’m not really doing any professional advocacy work.”


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School’s hard enough, but for
children of immigrants things can
feel a bit more intense.
Words by Raizel Harjosubroto
It comes in conversations about your career. What are you going to do after
graduation? Where are you going to do your internship? My middle-class
immigrant parents don’t express this in front of me, but I’ve always felt pres-
sure to do well in school. They came all the way to North America for a “bet-
ter life,” so how could I let them regret their decision?
The pressure doesn’t necessarily come from my parents. It comes from
me. It’s common for immigrant parents to dive right into work when they
arrive in their new home countries. In some cases, that could mean shelving | PHOTO: SAMANTHA MOYA
their legitimate credentials of a doctor or lawyer for who knows what. They
find jobs that fulfill their financial needs and in turn, believe they are creating Although the pressures of doing well in school go post-secondary education.
a better life for their children. unsaid by our immigrant parents, and in most cases “It’s kind of hard to go through university when
Being right in the middle of Toronto, Ryerson has a population of about they are supportive no matter what, the feeling creeps there’s not really anybody in your family that can relate
43,000 students, according to Ryerson Admissions. Of those 43,000, the up on us, anyway. Abdi feels it and so do I. to you,” Cassup said.
school’s website mentions that around 146 countries are represented with- The stress begins when we start applying too many Cassup’s mother, who is the daughter of immigrant
in the student population. As of 2016, Statistics Canada found that around expectations on ourselves to do well. “We can become parents, prioritized her children at the age of 20 instead
7.5 million folks came to Canada through an immigration process. That’s paralyzed,” Sydney Tran of Student Learning Support. of pursuing a post-secondary education. Cassup wants
almost one in every five persons. said. “Essentially, our bodies and minds become a rub- to make her mother proud, especially because she put
If a fraction of those 7.5 million people came here for a “better life,” how ber band pulled quite tightly; we’re afraid to move be- Cassup and her sister before herself.
many children actually fulfill their parents’ dreams? cause we know we’ll snap.” “It means a lot to me that my mom chose to be a
For anyone who has parents who moved to Canada for the sake of their mom instead of another option,” Cassup said. “[She]
children, they’ll know this feeling; a hovering pressure that follows us in ev- didn’t go to post-secondary even though she would
ery decision we make, an obligation that exists whether our parents express Our parents don’t have excelled at it.”
it or not. Fortunately for me, my parents have been supportive of my deci- Cassup’s father, on the other hand, does not invest
sion to pursue a degree in journalism, a career path that isn’t so common or particularly say it, himself in his daughter’s academic life. Instead, she

but it’s there

even looked up to in Indonesia. wants to make him proud through her athletics. As he
Though not all immigrant parents are like mine, many other students at received a track scholarship in Jamaica before moving to
Ryerson—and I’m sure in Canada—feel the same pressure. Canada, he became one of the main reasons she joined
“I still remember the look on my dad’s face when I refused to pursue a the track team at Ryerson this year.
medical career, rejected my University of Toronto offer and chose to come “When appropriately balanced, this pressure might Tran said unfortunately, there’s no way of getting rid
to Ryerson instead. I can’t describe it in words,” Amir Abdi said. double as ‘motivation,’ in which case we see positive of external pressures. “However, we can reconsider our
This first-year engineering student puts a hardship on himself the way consequences,” said the learning and transition facili- strategies for coping in an academic setting. Take con-
I do. Abdi’s father was a very well-respected engineer and successful busi- tator. “(The) drive to do well is what helps to keep stu- trol of those things that will influence your success: your
nessman in Iran, while his mom was a surgeon. His family decided to move dents interested and even acts as a source of personal time, efficiency in studying and personal care.”
to Canada from Iran when they realized that there seemed to always have encouragement when things get tough.” Our parents don’t say it, but it’s there. Knowing that
something to stress about, whether it be the falling of the currency rates or a This is seen in how a third-year media produc- they sacrificed their old lives so that you can have good
potential terrorist attack. tion student wants to make her parents proud. Phe- ones lingers over when deciding a degree or career path
“There is a pressure for me to do well, not just in school, but in life in gen- lisha Cassup puts the pressure on herself to do well in to follow. And even though they came to this new coun-
eral,” Abdi said. “But unlike common stereotypes…the pressure isn’t coming school. But not because she has her parents to com- try because of you, you end up wanting to make a better
from my parents. It’s more like I’m forcing my best to make them proud.” pare herself to—in fact, neither of her parents got a life with them.

Ryerson is comprised of students from all over the GTA. But one
THE EAST neighbourhood in particular, Scarborough, comes with a stronger
reputation than others. Words by Kosalan Kathiramalanathan
ENDERS with a variety of feelings attached to it. On one hand there’s place, it becomes a demeanour. You’re expected to behave
plenty of praise and comradery, and on the other hand, a ton a certain way, more so if you’re identified as being Black
of negative connotations. or a Person of Colour. Even with that reputation, people
First year in university is a special time in your life. The first The history of the “Scarborough Mans” is a long one. His- from Scarborough have found solace in having some sort of
few weeks usually end up determining who you’re going to torically, the place itself has a reputation of being desolated or shared identity.
be hanging out with for the rest of your time here. I remem- a den of crime, as the monikers “Scarlem” and “Scarberia” sug- “There’s definitely a change of how I interact with people
ber going through the process of finding my little clique, gest. But its images really didn’t pick up until recently when the minute I know where they’re from,” said Aidan Lising, the
getting to know them. Sitting with them in class everything Drake began to put the city on the map. It didn’t just stop same friend I had met back in first year who I found out also
was fine. there. Suddenly, the culture of Scarborough exploded onto the happened to be from Scarborough. “If someone were from
Then it happened. scene. Its diverse tastes, its music and the Patois-rooted slang Scarborough you’d be like ‘Yea, saying you’re from the ends?’”
It started out simply in an 8 a.m. class, back when I still suddenly became popular and a staple of the city. When faced with the jokes and the expectations from peo-
attended them. My new friend Aidan made some comment While all that may be true within the Scarborough com- ple on the outside, people from Scarborough have embraced it
that I agreed with and out of reflex I simply replied to him, munity, here at Ryerson it’s less so. Being a commuter school and it’s become a source of pride.
“Ahlie, fam.” in the heart of downtown, Ryerson draws from plenty of “You know all the tendencies, you know the stereotypes,
There was a look of shock and confusion on his face. “Why’d different neighbourhoods within the Greater Toronto Area you know the jokes of Scarborough. It’s all like an inside
you say that?” he asked. The phrase identified me, someone (GTA). Despite this, being from Scarborough specifically joke,” said Lising. “And the moment you figure out some-
who doesn’t seem like a typical “Scarborough” mans, as one of has come with a label that’s been the butt of many jokes. one is from Scarborough you’re like ‘Okay cool, you’re also
them. Since then the label of “Scarborough Mans” has come “Being from Scarborough” didn’t just mean you are from a a part of it’.”
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Ryerson used to meticulously record the day-to-day of student life.
Then suddenly, they stopped. What happened? Words by Neha Chollangi
Back in 1948, the Ryerson Institute of Technology, as it was (2) Cut them out. about education and the Vietnam War. Some pages are just
called, had something the school doesn’t have today­: yearbooks. (3) Save your pictures and burn the rest. It wouldn’t mean any- scans of negative print sheets and others of random animal
It was the year of the polytechnic institution’s inauguration, thing to you anyways. faces. The order they’re arranged in is loose with only little
with a little over 200 students enrolled in two-year programs, “It’s basically the tale of a yearbook editor who became dis- cohesion. Sadly, most of these pictures cannot be republished
all of whom graduated in 1950 with a hardcover souvenir of gruntled,” said Curtis Sassur, Ryerson’s archivist. The archives because of privacy laws around the former students.
their life at Ryerson. are a library of Ryerson’s memories, filled with odd relics like Come 1969, there would never be a yearbook again. The
The Ryersonia yearbooks were cheesy pools of graduation all the Ryersonias and other special collections. Sassur said Ryersonia ended with a bang. A strange, confusing bang. There
pictures, student groups and long paragraphs of farewells. there’s a lot of bitterness in the pages of the Ryersonia, along was an issue published in 1998, but as a special edition for the
They were perfectly bound collections of student life that read with a healthy dose of youthful rebellion. Ryerson’s 50-year anniversary. It has the same vibe as a high
like run-of-the-mill yearbooks. All but one. The 1969 Ryerso- The last Ryersonia is the epitome of everything ‘60s and school yearbook, similar to the clean and square style of all the
nia: A Visual Experience is a treasure and an avant-garde mir- angsty. Even for the ‘60s, it’s pretty out there. The book nine books before 1969.
acle. If I could pay the university hard cash to buy it, I would. itself is chaotic, perhaps reflecting the state of the univer- To see the history of Ryerson through these yearbooks
It’s also the last one to ever be published. sity or, at the very least, the yearbook staff. There’s no or- is a rare but riveting lens. As the pages turn, you can see
The epitaph, at the very start of the book, explains it all. der and very little writing. There’s no structured layout of the school transition from a glorified high school into an
“Ryersonia is dead. Nevermore to be resurrected,” it reads. graduating students, either. Even the pictures have no cap- institution much more aware of itself. But the student voice
“One of the reasons for the death is financial. To date, only 200 tions, context or photographer information, and it’s hard to in the 1969 Ryersonia is what struck me the most—Ryerson
of last year’s 5,700 students have bought copies of Ryersonia tell if most of them are even remotely related to Ryerson. students were unapologetic and defiant. It’s harder to con-
1969 at $5.00 per copy. The total revenue is only about $3,000. I’m truly surprised that it got approval to get published in ceptualize the spirit of the school when it isn’t archived.
This yearbook cost nearly $30,000 to produce.” the first place. It’s like one of those art books you find in What would a modern Ryerson yearbook look like any-
The publication’s editor of the book, Roder C.H. Carter, the giftshops of art galleries made by a drugged out, wacky way? A collection of zones?
wrote this obituary across two pages to explain that this will artist with no filters. Outsiders often poke fun at Ryerson for not being a “se-
be the last Ryersonia yearbook to be produced after nearly Some pages of the book are randomly blank for no reason. rious” or “real” university with a rich past. Compared to the
two decades of publication. Besides the financial woes, the Other pages read absurd inscriptions like: “This page is blank University of Toronto’s stone walls, draped with overgrown
yearbook staff was low as most of them had “disappeared because the entire yearbook staff is having an orgasm. In oth- ivy and a history that trails back to 1827, Ryerson is a baby,
somewhere in the morass called Ryerson,” writes Carter. er words, pure and simple, this is just another filler. Besides or more of an unruly teenager. But it does have a unique and
The year’s student affairs was in shambles. At the end, he it would be worse if we wasted our valuable space to write quirky past, one that seems to have an uncanny resemblance
says, “Remember, nobody should be blamed for this mess. something favourable about the administration.” to its “edgy” Ryerson students of today. Those old stories of
Too many people lost interest too quickly in this dying tradi- But the photography is a peculiar mixture, too. Some are student rebellion, endless creativity and the bitter Ryerson
tion.” Before signing his name off, Carter makes a few sug- gorgeous artistic portraits, a close up of a couple laughing, spirit are quietly contained in books on the fourth floor of the
gestions for readers: or an underwater shot of a swimmer with bubbles around library building. But those stories continue on today, whether
(1) Look for any pictures you like. his face. There’s also fantastic street photography of protests someone’s recording them or not.

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