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OKeefe showing signs of age

After numerous tweets about issues in OKeefe House, students speak out about ongoing problems in Ryersons oldest residence building. News Editor Rebecca Burton reports

New location for make up tests


The walls start to show signs of age in the OKeefe House basement.
Twitter was abuzz over the past week as students used the social media site to complain about housing problems on campus. For the 32 residents inside the aging OKeefe House residence, the problems ranged from garbage pickup to heating. The twitter handle @okeefebrewer, run by second-year journalism student Vibhu Gariola, who is now in his second year of living in OKeefe, started complaining about garbage piling up as far back as Sept. 26. Gariola says he thinks maintenance has missed their regular garbage pick-up at least one to two times per month. Chad Nuttall, manager of student housing services, says he thinks a problem like this is due to students dumping their garbage in the main common areas on a Friday night, as maintenance doesnt pick up on weekends. But Gariola added the whole building was lacking garbage cans, which forces students to dump everything into one communal bin. Even recycling has failed throughout the house this year, he said. The last major renovations to the building were done in 2004. First year OKeefe resident Dillon Li said this year they had talked about fixing the balcony. Since he started living there a month ago, the urinal has broken in the first floor washroom they barely use, causing a stink in the house, plus one room had a minor case of bed bugs. Li also complained that maintenance staff were rude and he was once walked in on three times during the same shower, Gariola said they have also experienced pest problems but he has noticed a bug zapper in the downstairs kitchen. A few floods have also occurred during his time there. With fees ranging from $4,416.34 for a double room or $4,254.34 for a triple room, the OKeefe House offers the lowest residence fees on campus and, for some students, was their only reasonable option. It was the only choice I had to live here. It was the cheapest, said Li. Nuttall said one of the major problems is that students dont speak up. I ask students did you put in a work order? Nine out of 10 times the answer is no, he said. Were only going to fix things were made aware of. Gariola, who has since filed work orders for some of the complaints


he made, agrees. You can choose to be chill about it or you say something about it, he said. T h e building itself was b u i l t around 1 8 7 5 making it one of the oldest buildings on campus. President Sheldon Levy said he would imagine it has some sort of heritage designation, so there has not yet been a question of changing the buildings usage. Whether or not we should [change it] might be a legitimate question, he said.

SLC to break ground in February


Renderings of the upcoming SLC.


The construction of the new Student Learning Centre (SLC) is set to break ground in February 2012. The $112 million project, to be built on the corner of Gould and Yonge streets, has managed to stay on point for scheduling and cost as originally planned. Weve hit all our scheduling milestones so far, said Julia Hanigsberg, vice president administration and finance. The original design plans changed to accommodate the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Associations (BIA) recommendations that the building didnt blend well with the rest of Yonge Street. A second entrance to the building was implemented on the Yonge Street side and the retail facade was

altered to make it more dynamic for pedestrians. The changes did not affect cost or scheduling. Ryerson has sent out a request for proposal (RFP) to hire a contract manager and construction company to oversee the project. The search is ongoing but details of who has applied cannot yet be released. The construction budget as identified in the RFP is $63 million, said Hanigsberg. The planning approvals phase will continue over the course of the fall. President Sheldon Levy said the university has been working nonstop on the Sam the Record Man site and currently have about four people in full-time negotiations with the city on the site. What people see is when the hole is dug and things start happening. But a huge amount happens in advance, he said.

President Sheldon Levy announced at the Ryerson Senate meeting on Oct. 4 that a make up test centre for students is set to open in January 2012. Make up tests have previously been written through the Access Centre or through the individual faculties themselves. I would imagine some of the individual faculty members found it difficult to be able to accommodate the students on an individual level and thought it better to have the option to do it centrally, said Levy. The Access Centre, responsible for providing disability accommodation services as well as support for academic success, also took on the responsibility of invigilating non-Access Centre tests in the basement of the Victoria building. The new location will provide a distinction between the services, open up more booking time and reduce the work for the employees of the Access Centre. It will make it clearer to students and faculty that theyre not an Access Centre student, said Heather Lane Veter, vice provost students. Veter and Chris Evans, vice provost academic, wrote a report to the Senate detailing why the relocation of the centre was a necessary move. The main reason we wrote this report was concern expressed to us by faculty who couldnt get the Access Centre to invigilate exams during a busy time of year because they were busy with Access Centre students, said Veter. There are blackout periods in which the centre is too busy with the Access students to run exams, during midterms (Oct. 7 - 28) and during finals (Nov. 28 - Dec. 17). Non-access students are also restricted to writing only on Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Friday from 12 to 4 p.m. The report also detailed a twenty per cent increase in tests written by non-Access students from the 2009-10 to the 2010-11 academic year. No budget has been set, but they are looking to hire a coordinating position that would work at both centres. Neither coordinating positions would be a full-time job, so the hiree will go back and forth as needed. The new test centre will likely be moved to a classroom-sized space, seating up to thirty students writing at one time. The location has not yet been confirmed, though a room in the Victoria building has been considered a possibilty for the new test centre.

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October 12, 2011

Master Plan: Barely there


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Its been over five-and-a-half years since Ryerson President Sheldon Levy first stood in front of the Canadian Club and revealed his Master Plan. Towering, modern glass buildings jutted from where Sam the Record Man, Kerr Hall and the Image Arts Building stood and the streets that run through our campus were lushly green and teeming with pedestrian comforts. It was the plan that would put Ryerson on the map as a legitimate post-secondary school (so long, Rye High) with the facilities and reputation to push us into the spotlight. Now that its 2011, reality has been less than impressive. The renovated Image Arts building that was supposed to open last fall has taken three-and-a-half years to get to this weeks barely-open state. Only certain parts of the Skittle building will be accessible to students, the other rooms covered in dust, building materials and broken promises. The faculty offices are of course ready to go. Priorities. Image Arts students who started at Ryerson three years ago will only get to use the new facilities for a semester and a half of their degree (and only part of the facilities). These are the students who have been paying full price to use makeshift darkrooms in Kerr Halls underbelly and cramped officesturned-studios in the Victoria building. Paying $6,335.09 for subpar facilities just isnt right. As for the rest of the Master Plan, lets take stock of the underwhelming accomplishments thus far. The Student Learning Centre, originally dreamed as a slick, glass

box rising above Yonge Street has turned into a bubbly monstrosity that appears to make no effort to fit into the Yonge Street landscape. And, if a certain angry letter is true, the SLC plans defy the desires of the local Business Improvement Area oraganization the people who have to operate their businesses next to our glorified library. Maple Leaf Gardens has been purchased in part with funds some of you never voted for and paid for by students who never had a choice. The completion date is supposed to be this spring. Were not holding our breaths on that one. As for pedestrianization, Gould Street has been decked out with shrubbery only to be invaded with machinery, dust and noise from the aforementioned somewhat-finished Image Arts building. What happened, Ryerson? The Master Plan was amibtious. It was everything it should have been and its still possible. There is time to make it right. Despite whats been a disappointing start, the phrase better late than never comes to mind. Weve done wonders to improve our reputation in academia and industry. This next hurdle will push as firmly out of our spot as Torontos other other university. As a past Eyeopener editor-inchief said when the Master Plan was first born: dont fuck this up. Ryersons students deserve nothing less.

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Layton books donated to Ryerson

One dead in York collapse


Jack Laytons collection of books has been donated to Ryerson University by the late federal NDP leaders family. The donation was announced by President Sheldon Levy at the Ryerson Senate meeting on Oct. 4. Regarding whether a lounge or library section is in the works to accommodate the new literary and academic additions in Laytons name, Levy said the University is still in the thinking stages as to what to do with the books. We can only move as fast as the family wishes, he said during the first Senate meeting of the 2011 school year. Renaming or appointing a Chair position to honour Layton was also being considered following his death on August 22, 2011. Layton had taught in the politics department at Ryerson for nearly eight years prior to his election into city council in 1982. The university has not moved ahead with the position proposal.


One person is dead and another five injured after a Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) construction crane collapsed at York University on Oct. 11. The crane, which was part of the TTC York-Spadina construction line, (TYSSE) fell at approximately 2:30 p.m. at a construction site located at York Boulevard near Keele Street. The nearby Schulich School of Business was evacuated after the collapse.

Six individuals were affected in total, according to Peter Macintyre, media personnel for Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS). He said one individual was pronounced dead at the scene, two had been transported to Sunnybrook Hospital and another two people with minor injuries were sent to York Finch hospital. Rescue crews were able to remove the final man trapped under the crane and rushed him to hospital. Surgical crews stood by the scene in case amputation of the mans leg would be neccesary to

remove him. According to CBC News, as of press time the man had been taken to Sunnybrook Hospital in serious but stable condition. Its [TYSSE]s responsibility, said Wallace Pidgeon of York Media. Pidgeon said the university is not involved in the accident. In an interview with CBC News York University confirmed that no students were injured. Students at York University are currently on their fall reading week. With files from The Excalibur

Briefs & Groaners

On Tuesday, Oct. 4, a student was assaulted on his way out of class. Rumour has it that he shushed another student while he was talking during class, and received a punch in the face as a thank you.

A man urinated in Lake Devo on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Were going to advise you to stop putting the tables in the water, because after the showering guy, and now this, its becoming more of a public washroom than a lake. On the same day, a man was found in a Jorgenson Hall bathroom, naked from the waist up. He appeared to

be acting as if he was in the shower, which he was not. Maybe he got lost on the way to Lake Devo? The custodial staff reported seeing a newspaper delivery van hit a hydrant on campus and leave the scene. Though weve threatened to create news before, weve escaped accusation by being too poor to own a van.

Finally, theres been six counts of people getting caught with pot on campus. These incidents have occurred all over, at all hours, with various amounts of people involved. They have been caught smoking, rolling, or even just appearing to have smoked. I guess all were trying to say is, cmon folks, be a little more discreet while having fun.

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October 12, 2011

Image Arts opens doors to students

After more than two years of anticipation, students are moving into the partially completed Image Arts building this week. But, amid the rush to open up and meet the Oct. 11 deadline, some are left wondering whether the move is really doing students good. News Editors Mariana Ionova and Rebecca Burton report
After a fourteen-month delay, the Image Arts building is finally open but the phased-in move is likely to leave students scattered until at least the beginning of next semester. Parts of the first and second floor of the newlyrenovated building opened Oct. 11 but only faculty and administrative staff have moved in at this point. The photo studio might come on line [this] week. Were hoping it will. And all the other classrooms of which there are a few mainly in the basement and on the third floor will come online in a staggered way as soon as we can, said Alex Anderson, interim chair of the School of Image Arts. But the actual heart of the building, the Cage, wont come on line till after this semester in January. The buildings Atrium and the student pods lining the north side of the building are also opening this week. The university has rented soft furnishings for the lounge areas until the sofas it ordered arrive in November. The rest of the production facilities, including the 11.3-foot photography studio, will be opening gradually over the next few weeks, according to Anderson. But, the partial move-in would mean that students would still have their facilities scattered on campus, which has been a headache for some students like first-year film student Justin Gray. My experience has been more of a nuisance, to be honest, said Gray. Were scuttling between the VIC cages and the library. Konstantino Kapetaneas, a third-year new media student, thinks the arrangement is sort of weird but he said he agrees its better to wait until January to move the equipment to the new building. It makes sense for the Cage not to move until next semester because we need the equipment now and theres quite a bit of stuff that they need to transfer from one building to the other building during the semester, said Kapetaneas. So it would be really bad for students to do it in the middle of the semester. Although the building is not quite ready to be open, Ryerson President Sheldon Levy said that, after so many delays, the universitys priority was just to start moving the school back in the building. Well, we were trying to open last October. It was just so over, Levy said. We were just pushing to because the students and the faculty deserved nothing less than us doing our best to be able to get it ready for them. The project was riddled with problems since it officially began in 2007, when Ryerson decided to undertake an $8.2 million renovation of the old building. In October of that year, the university found out the land surrounding the old building was owned by the city, which meant Ryerson had to negotiate a land swap before it could begin building. The university also had to seek permission from the city to cut all the trees around the old building in order to expand outward, which took months of negotiations. A huge amount of that stuff had to go on before you could even break ground, Levy said. All of that, which no one was seeing, took a year to do. Even more issues followed once construction began in May 2009. That year, 700 undergraduate students and 150 graduate students were moved to the Victoria building and the Rogers Communication Centre (RCC) and the renovation officially began. But, as the project advanced, problems with large amounts of asbestos in the walls emerged, which halted construction and forced the university to bring in a team to clear out the hazardous material. Last summer, just months before the building was set to reopen, it became apparent that the heating, cooling and ventilation systems were too old and had to be replaced, which pushed back the deadline more than 12 months. By that time, the project had grown from an $8.2 million upgrade to the old building to a full-blown redesign project with a $70.95 million budget. Julia Hanigsberg, vice-president finance and administration, said the complications and delays were mostly due to the fact that the old structural plans for the Image Arts building which dated back to when it was constructed as a brewery were inaccurate, which caused unexpected problems and slowed down construction. [There were] lots of unforeseen site conditions... around the construction site itself and the building itself that were not predicted in advance and couldnt have been predicted, Hanigsberg said. I mean, we had the old plans for it but they were obviously not that accurate, so we were faced with things we had to fix that we never predicted getting into. And each one of those things added time. Hanigsberg also said many of the challenges arose because the original building was old and not constructed for the purposes of a gallery, said Hanigsberg. Its been a really difficult project, Hanigsberg said. You know, we had a building that was an old building already, purpose-built as a brewery that weve been using as an academic building it had never been meant for that. We decided to renovate it to make it into a gallery and a modern academic building. And you know, its very, very tough. Hanigsberg said that, looking back, tearing down the building would have probably been easier and would have sped up construction. Demolition demolition, baby. I mean, Sheldon says it tongue-in-cheek-but-not-really, remind me never to make a brewery into a gallery again, she said. Both Levy and Hanigsberg said they were relieved to finally see the building open after the long wait. But Hanigsberg said she regrets that students who graduated last spring could not take advantage of the new facilities. [I]f you ask me honestly how I feel amazingly disappointed that students who should have been in here havent had a chance to enjoy this building, Hanigsberg said. So I think the question is, how do we make alumni feel really welcome, how do we allow the people who have been here during this time still feel really welcome.

The Eyeopener went on a tour of the Image Arts building with Ryerson P

Timeline of Image Arts

October 2006: Ryerson announces the university has received the prestigious Black Star photography collection and a $7 million donation to develop a gallery to house it. The university plans to create the Ryerson Photography Gallery and research centre in the existing Image Arts building at a cost of $8.2 million. February 2007: Sheldon Levy announces Diamond and Schmidtt Architects will undertake the three-level, 10,500 square foot gallery. Then-chair Don Snyder tolfd the Eyeopener the project would cause minimal interruption to the student body.

October 2007: Ryerson finds out it doesnt own the land around the building. Sheldon Levy admits that the $7 million donation is not sufficient to build a gallery of the standard that had been planned. Students complain that the ground-floor studio with nearly 25-foot ceiling would be converted to a gallery and they would be left with only the second-floor studio with ceilings half the height. January 2008: Student lockers and blackrooms are flooded. Hours earlier, a construction worker accidentally hits a pipe with a ladder.

March 2008: New redesign plan construction is set to begin that s ernors approves the Master Plan Arts redesign.

October 2008: Final design is re includes a full glass exterior, a fro Street, a ground floor gallery and metres of academic space. Cons begun.

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Word on the Street

What do you think of the new IMA building?

Lucas Cheong, fourth year Film Im in my last year so I guess it doesnt really matter. I never really thought about it until now but it would have been nice to use the building. I hope it creates a better atmosphere for these creative programs.

Ben Freedman, third year Photography Its about time. Im happy its done but Im waiting to actually have class in there. Its taken a really long time, at this point there has been so much talk Ive become so desentisized to it. I dont want to think about waiting anymore I just want to get in and shoot.


President Sheldon Levy, VP Finance and Administration Julia Hanigsberg and School of Image Arts interim chair Alex Anderson.

Laura Asselin, (Left) fourth-year Film, (with fellow student Rocco Barriuso) I definitely expected a lot. I think upgrades need to happen to the classroom facilities, upgrades to the editing suites, sound stages, audio recording facilities that we used to have in there. I expect all that to be upgraded. I really expect it to be completely spectacular because its taken them so long to do it. And Ive been in it recording and its not spectacular.

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May 2009: Construction begins and completion deadline is set for fall 2010. January 2010: Federal and provincial government announce plans to provide Ryerson with $32.5 million as part of the Knowledge and Infrastructure Program. The money is meant to be used to reconstruct the roof of Image Arts and reduce asbestos found inside the building. Spring 2010: Cracks were found in the two main water lines and the university admits project may be delayed.

Sept. 2010: Image Arts is set to re-open but cooling and heating system problems over the summer delay the project by one year. Oct. 11: Image Arts opens partially. The majority of student facilities will open throughout the term and Balzacs Cafe will open in January. The Gallery is not expected to be completed until next year.

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Love at first site

Meeting people online has become increasingly popular in recent years. But what happens when students turn to the online dating world as a result of hectic schedules? Victoria Stunt took the plunge

ee, were normal peoAfter sending a few messages ple, said the man sit- back and forth, he asked me if I ting across the round wanted to hang out with him, and table from me in the middle of the I agreed to meet him in a coffee mall. shop. The 21-year-olds dark hairline This was my first date with was receding. someone I met online, and I was a He sat back from across the table little hesitant to go alone so I asked and had one leg crossed over the my friend to tag along with me. other so that I could see his clunky He went to the coffee shop first black running shoes. His long and sat down at a table by himself. leather jacket hung off the back of I came in a little later (trying really the chair he was sitting on, much hard not to look at him and laugh) like how it hung off his own skinny frame. This almost-stranger who was sitting across from me was my date, and I had met him online. According to Match.com, one in five singles in Canada have dated someone that they have met online. Just over a week ago, I signed up for a whack of online dating sites. I didnt set out to meet a prospective partner like most people. Instead, I signed up as an experiment. I wanted to talk to people to find out why a community of university students are drawn to the online dating world. For starters, I began by creating a profile on a free dating site called OkCupid.com. The site has about 320 Ryerson students who are registered according to a simple search on the website. I uploaded a photo of myself but I didnt state my name. I then proceeded to write a vague and and recognized my date right away relatively generic description of based on his pictures I had become myself, acknowledging only that I acquainted with over the past few was a university student who loves days. music and travel. He stood up as I walked over to As generic as my profile was, I the table, and greeted me with a still had 159 prospective partners hug. visit it, and I had received 68 mesWe went to the counter where he sages my first eight days of having bought me a coffee then went to sit the profile. down at one of the tables. Excuse the hour of the message, So, do you go out a lot? I asked. I just returned home from an A-list Yeah, I go out a lot, he reparty, one message read. Another sponded. His eyes widened and he just said, You look like Lindsay started counting off his fingers.I Lohan. I had to laugh. go to class, I go to the library he Somewhere in my full inbox went on. was a prospective date. I scrolled And there it was. through the list, and went to the He didnt go out in a conventionfirst message I had received: a York al university student way; no bars, University student who claimed to no clubs, not even parties. Instead, study a lot. he said he went to the library, a Harmless, right? place where it is generally difficult

to pick up the ladies. For this guy, online dating was the most practical way to meet people, and you know, more power to him. With student schedules being hard enough to manage on their own, meeting new people outside of your group of friends, social groups, or different communities you encounter on a regular basis can be difficult. Kate Bilenski, the chief operating

ing site because theres so many people to meet on campus, said Matrix. Dimitry Kadunov, who is returning to Ryerson for his fourth year of computer science next September, has an account on OkCupid. I had to move to Markham for work, and a lot of my friends are downtown. I cant really hang out with my friends too often, so Im online dating to look for new friends in my area, he said.


officer of the popular dating site PlentyofFish.com, believes that its only natural for young people to use online dating services to find their soulmates. Historically, online dating was reserved for social outcasts, she said. But now, why not turn to online dating? Everything else is turning online. With that being said, Lexi Mckenne, a fourth-year fashion communications student at Ryerson, said she would not try online dating at this age. I wouldnt use it right now because I have a lot of opportunities to meet people when I go out or when Im at school, she said. I think that when youre in college or university, you dont have the same need to use an online dat-

He has had an account on OkCupid for about two months, and has been on three dates so far. Hes gone out with one other person who also goes to Ryerson. He said that they didnt work out romantically, but are remaining friends. I know a couple of other friends who are also dating online, but they dont really like to talk about it. Its a bit of a taboo, he said. Theres this notion that if you online date youre a loser. Its low stakes, and low risk. Its easier to explore potential relationships when you have a bit of anonymity online, said Sidneyeve Matrix, a professor of media and mass communications at Queens University. Online dating used to be frowned upon as an unsafe place to meet

people. But Matrix said that now each of us have an online presence, its easier to find out more information about the people weve met online. Were able to obtain crazy amounts of information on a specific person by simply searching each other on Facebook, following someone on Twitter, or even by doing a simple Google search. Our online presence matters. What Google says about you will make a big difference as to whether youre perceived as someone I want to date or not, said Matrix. To those who have reservations with online dating, Bilenski said there is nothing to loose and so much to gain. My date ended on a good note. We talked for almost two hours about travel, school, our families and our friends. It was the kind of conversation Id expect to have on a first date. He was a nice guy, but he wasnt my type. I figure there are lots of nice people on the site to go on a date with, but I chose the wrong one. Our personalities didnt click. Im quiet and he was kind of bossy. Im open-minded and I felt like he was a bit of a know-it-all. Even though a dating profile advertises your interests and how you like to spend your time, it cant give a true representation of what your personality is like. I guess you wont know until you to meet the person to find out if youre compatible. In this case, we werent. He walked me to the subway entrance in the mall, and hugged me goodbye. I guess the thing about online dating is that you both meet each other with little to no attachment to one another. You can choose how you want to leave, or if you even want to see the other person ever again. If you go into the situation with an open mind, then it could be for you. As for me though, I wont be visiting one again. Sayonara, online dating world.

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Monday. Oct . 17
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Tuesday, Oct. 18
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is important, but so is variety. The Review is also praised for its edginess. For the past two years, Fern G. Z. Carrs poems have been published in the journal. The Kelowna-based poet said her writing style is very eclectic and thinks the Review is more open to experimental poetry than most other publications. Both of her contributions to last years journal were visual poems. One poem took the shape of a tombstone. Another was designed as the two strands of DNA woven in a double helix. I like the fact the Review is willing to experiment with various styles, said Carr. But those who love the journal are still struggling to establish it as a well-known part of the wider Ryerson community. Henstra admits that basing the publication out of Ryersons tiny English department doesnt help. Those who pulled the first issue together in 1976 mostly came from either the English or journalism programs, and the majority of the current editors are English masters students and faculty. At a recent meeting of the Ryerson Literary Society, board members discussed raising the Reviews profile. In 2002, the Review became part of the citys annual Word on the Street literary festival and developed a contest where split-second pieces written at the festival would be entered in a draw, and the winner published in the next issue. Another solution in 2007 was to link the official fall launch party with an unofficial gathering of Ryersons arts community. Splash: A Night for the Arts at Ryerson has featured photography exhibits, theatre school productions and screenings by student filmmakers. Ryerson has no shortage of creative people, but Henstra said she thinks the schools setup doesnt support a campus-wide awareness of an arts community. Its a real blessing and curse at Ryerson. I do think that the doors of the programs are closed. The biography on the White Wall Reviews website quotes Walter Pitmans foreword to the 1977 issue, in which the former Ryerson president defends the existence of the Review at the always-practical Ryerson: We all agree that our programmes should be relevant to the world of work, but we continue to agonize over the nature of that relevance and the importance of liberal education. For Pitman, the journal did nothing less than distinguish for us the educated from the merely trained mind.

Behind the White Wall

Ryersons minute English department is home to a distinguished, internationally acclaimed literary journal. Every year, editors of the White Wall Review sift through binders fat with submissions from writers across North America, careful to only select the best for publication. Their long list of loyal subscribers have come to expect a certain calibre of writing from the journal. Putting the book together is a long process. Sarah Henstra, an assistant English professor who helped edit this years journal, said it takes about a month for editors to pick through the submissions. Once the selection is finalized, a rough draft of the issue is sent off to Coach House Books, a stalwart Toronto book printer that has also published work by Michael Ondaatje and bpNichol, who is a past contributor to the Review. But to most Ryerson students, the White Wall Review is nothing more than a pile of old books taking up shelf space at the Oakham Caf. Henstra thinks most students arent familiar with the Review because so many of Ryersons programs are very individualistic and closed, which isnt conducive to the development of an arts community. One of the drawbacks of Ryerson is that there are a number of

Renowned throughout the literary scene, but unrecognized on campus, The White Wall Review is the most distinguished campus publication youve never heard of. Emma Prestwich reports
very prestigious schools that are kind of in silos. The arts doesnt really work that way, she said. While one undergraduate students work made it into this years Review, most of the contributors are continuing education students at the G. Raymond Chang School, which offers several creative writing courses, or writers outside Ryerson. Chang School creative writing students also have a unique opportunity that other students are denied: theyre eligible to enter a writing contest for which the prize is publication in the journal and a two-year subscription. Though most of the works published in the Review are works of poetry and short fiction, it also accepts comics, photography, visual art and non-fiction. Literary quality

The Road to the Wall

The first issue, published in 1976, cost $1. It now costs $10. When it started, the Review was volunteer-run with no guaranteed funding. The journal was a hard sell to the administration at first, but the presidents office has since started contributing funds. Selection is blind: submissions cant include identifying information about the author. Since 2003, each issue has featured a piece written on-the-spot at the Word on the Street Festival.

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Young and hungry

With a fairly young yet talented squad, Charles Vanegas analyzes whether or not Ryersons volleyball team has a chance at making the playoffs
From the beginning of last season, the main question surrounding the mens volleyball team was whether or not they possessed the depth and consistency that is essential to beating good teams and making a legitimate playoff run. Although they arent lacking talent, in all but two matches, the Rams lost in either three or four sets last season, proving that they needed to improve the depth of their squad. I thought we were better than our record showed, said middleblocker Roman Kabanov of the teams 6-14 record. Despite a fresh beginning in 2011, those questions of depth and consistency wont be going away any time soon, as all but three of their players are in their first two seasons with the team. Last year we made too many unforced errors. As a team, we have better ball control and have been making a lot less [errors], says team captain and third-year player Robby Earl. The absence of veterans such as Chris McLaughlin, Brett Penrose and Greg McDonald means that the team is significantly shorter and has less spiking power than in past years. It also means that at least half of the teams starters will either be rookies or inexperienced secondyear players. With such a young team, the Rams will be lacking Ontario University Athletics (OUA) experience,

Fridays results
Womens Hockey: York 6 @ Ryerson 3

OUA East Standings - Mens Soccer Team Carleton Ryerson Toronto Queens Laurentian Trent Nipissing RMC Team Laurier Brock Guelph Queens Windsor Toronto York UOIT Western Waterloo W L T 9 2 0 7 2 2 7 2 1 5 4 1 4 4 2 4 5 1 1 8 1 0 10 0 W L OTL 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 1 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 0

Saturdays results
Mens Soccer: RMC 3 @ Ryerson 4 Womens Soccer: RMC 0 @ Ryerson 2 Men Hockey: RMC 3 @ Ryerson 4

OUA Womens Hockey

Sundays results

Mens Soccer: Queens 2 @ Ryerson 3 Womens Soccer: Queens 2 @ Ryerson 0 Womens Hockey: Ryerson 0 @ U of T 2


The Rams at the Ryerson Invitational Tournament in September.

which may take them longer to develop into a cohesive unit than it would a veteran squad. However, should be in prime shape when facing middle-of-the-road teams they struggled against last season Head coach Mirek Porosa, who is entering his 17th year as the teams head coach, and his young team will be challenged early on this season: three of their first five league games are against Guelph, McMaster and Western, who finished a combined 49-11 last season. Theyve been gelling faster than expected, said Porosa about his team. Even though we are young, we may surprise some [teams] this year.

OUA East Standings - Womens Soccer Team W L T Queens 10 2 1 Toronto 8 1 3 Ottawa 8 3 1 Carleton 6 4 2 Laurentian 6 4 2 Ryerson 5 5 1 RMC 2 9 1 Trent 1 9 2 Nipissing ad 242 4X7.5 sept 11 0 9 3 2 student news

CIS East Standings - Mens Hockey Team McGill Toronto Nipissing Ottawa Ryerson Queens UQTR Concordia Carleton RMC W L OTL 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 1 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 0

Even though we are young, we may surprise some [teams] this year Mirek Porosa, head coach

if the Rams can figure out their team chemistry during games that theyre supposed to lose, they

Volleyball players to watch

Milad Chitan, Outside Hitter Chitan personifies this team, as the second-year outside hitter has the uncanny ability to stay in the air for an extended period of time, in addition to being the best digger on the team. With that being said, it would just be nice to see Chitan play well on a regular basis, as hes proven to be wildly inconsistent. He also needs to work on his defensive game. Aleksa Miladinovic, Setter Miladinovic is the most experienced of the Rams sophomores, having started for much of last season as a rookie. He led the team and finished second in the OUA in set-assists, and was named to the conference allrookie team. With so many players gone, the Rams setter is going to have to step up his game, and emerge as the teams star player. Roman Kabanov, Middle Back The fifth-year player will be looked at to put points on the board. More importantly, he has been the teams best blocker for the past two years, and was fourth in the OUA in blocks last season. Luka Miloevi, Outside Hitter Miloevi is not only the best player on the mens volleyball team, but he may be the best athlete at Ryerson. The former OUA all-rookie is an excellent blocker, dominant scorer and one of the premier servers in the league. He makes diving plays that others cant, and to be quite honest, youre doing yourself a disservice by not watching this man play.

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Rams drop two in a row

Conversations with a Ram

Although he is not on a Ryerson team, Marissa Dederer sits down with Sam Roworth, a Rye student who is on Ontarios Flatwater Sprint Kayaking Team
Youre on Team Ontario, what does being on the team mean? Well I get funding and because Im on Quest for Gold, I get funding from the government that pays for my tuition and then I also get free physiotherapy and massage therapy. I get to see the sports doctors at the U of T whenever I need them. Have you ever been injured? I got elbow surgery in 2007 because I had a bone defect in my elbow. So it would keep trying to heal itself and the strain of training in my joint and wear down the cartilage and aggravate the tendons. That sounds really painful.

Forward Erin Brazeau chases down the puck.


Despite high spirits, Ryersons womens hockey team (0-2-0) the York Lions, a game which they ended up losing 6-3. The Rams then lost to the Varsity Blues 2-0 on Sunday despite goaltender Emma Crawleys 29 saves on 31 shots.

surgery it kind of cleared up a lot so it hasnt happened in a while. But and never really lost it. Ive always they always thought it was tendon- been improving and I havent really had that many setbacks. The MRI at the physiotherapist. made goals that keep me motivated So despite your two main injuries, and striving towards being on the youve kept paddling. Why this national team. sport? What does a typical day look like I grew up at the [Balmy Beach for you? Canoe Club]. When I was two or three, my sister started paddling. I get up at 5:45 a.m. and I make my food to make sure I last from weekend. I always wanted to get in when I walk out the door until dina boat and go on the water. I was ner time at seven when I get home. I always trying to talk everyone into go to practice for two hours, sometimes itll be three hours if we have them for the races. So I was just re- a double practice, and then Ill go to ally interested when I was young class for my lectures. As soon as my

class is over I get back on the TTC, head back to practice and then do another workout. And after that, Ill get to go home. Its a Friday night, what are you doing? Usually I get home at 6:30 p.m. and then I make food. If I go out, I wont drink anything because I know if I come to practice hungover the next morning, [my coach would] kill me and usually I have practice at 8:30 a.m. or 9 a.m. So I save up going out until Saturdays. Check out the rest of Marissas interview at theeyeopener.com

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