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Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Gould Street temporary close might stick, admin hints
BY NiCOLE SiENA
Tracy Scott (right) on her 19th birthday with best friend Lizzie Dokurno.
PHOtO COURtESY OF L. DOKURNO
Student dies in sleep
A 19-year-old student unexpectedly dies just weeks before the trip of a lifetime. News editor Mariana Ionova reports
In a few short weeks, 19-year-old Tracy Scott would have been boarding a plane to finally see Europe. Since last year, she had been eagerly counting the days until Sept. 18, when she would travel to Italy, Germany and Austria with about 30 other Ryerson geography students. But Scott’s countdown — with each day neatly crossed off on a calendar hanging on her bright pink bedroom wall — ended abruptly on Aug. 20 when she died in her sleep. That morning, Scott’s mother, Marilyn Scott, heard her daughter’s alarm clock blaring. When she went to check on her daughter, she found her dead. “Her lips were all blue and I knew something was wrong,” Marilyn said. Scott died from adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a type of lung failure that can occur unexpectedly in otherwise healthy adults. “The hardest part is knowing that she wanted to do so much and now she’ll never get to do any of it,” Marilyn said. Scott’s unexpected death came as she was about to begin her third year in the geographic analysis, where friends say peers recognized her ever-smiling face and infectious laughter. She put her outgoing personality to use by joining the Student Association of Geographic Analysis (SAGA), where she helped organize social events and weekly pub nights. “She loved Ryerson,” Marilyn said. “She around her. And for the past four summers, she worked as a camp councillor for the Town of Ajax, where she organized activities for kids between the ages of three and 12. At the viewing, the camp had to find replacements for all its councillors, who had taken the day off to attend. There, they were among 300 others who lined up to say goodbye to Scott. “She had this pleasantry about her,” said Brian Ceh, a professor of geography who taught Tracy in her first year at Ryerson. “When she walks in, she lights up the room.” Scott’s life revolved around living in the moment and having fun, according to Dokurno. She loved music, themed parties and joking around. Tracy’s motto was “Live, Love, Laugh,” which she tattooed on her right foot in swirling calligraphy last summer. “Tracy definitely lived her motto,” said Marilyn. “I never saw Tracy sad,” Dokurno said. “She definitely lived, loved and laughed. Now I just want to carry on her legacy.”
Walking to class down Gould Street used to be a task all on its own, between swerving through slow walkers on the sidewalk, trying to dodge moving vehicles, and waiting at cross walks. But as of Aug. 23, things got a little easier at Ryerson. After more than a decade of pressure from the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) and Toronto city counsellors, Gould Street is finally closed. From now on, cars are only permitted north on Bond Street and east on Gould Street. “The street has become one way,” said RSU president Toby Whitfield. “For the rest of the year we are going to push to demonstrate how much potential the street has, and in fact, we’re going to push to have the closure all the way down to Church Street.” A day after the street was closed furniture was placed on the road including traffic-blocking planters, tables, chairs and appropriately coloured blue and gold umbrellas. According to Elyse Parker, director of Public Realm Section for Toronto’s Transportation Services, “before [the furniture] was even properly placed, people were using them. It was an instant suc-
We’re going to push to have the closure all the way down to Church Street. — Toby Whitfield
cess.” The closure is part of a pilot project that will last until Sept. 30, 2011. After
the year is over, a decision will be made concerning the future of the street. Linda Grayson, Vice-President Administation and Finance, anticipates the closure will be very successful. Gould Street closing is a part of a collection of 52 actions to implement a 2009 Toronto walking strategy, designed to promote and support pedestrians. “We decided we would highlight six actions that we would treat as priorities, two of which were Ryerson’s closing of Gould Street, the other was the University of Toronto’s Wilcocks Street,” said Parker. “It’s important that you have a lot of pedestrian use,” said Parker. “You have to look for places that are extremely active — ones with a lot of people. It’s happening in two of the biggest universities in Toronto, where learning thrives and where everyone is thinking about new ideas.” The total cost of materials on both locations is less than $100,000, paid by the City of Toronto. Ryerson is paying for the plants that fill the urns, as well as the upkeep. During the first week of school, the space is going to be used almost every day. Events include a Gould Street party, a beer garden, a shisha lounge and live entertainment. “People know that the street closing will have a huge impact on our community, and people are looking forward to hosting events and having activities on the street,” Whitfield said. There are other big plans for the space, but,“you’re going to have to wait,” said Grayson. “There are some things that will just have to be a secret.”
When she walks in, she lights up the room.
— Brian Ceh, geography professor
was so glad to get to go there. She had so much fun and she was so proud to be a part of it.” Scott was always getting involved, recalled her best friend Elizabeth “Lizz” Dokurno. The two met at the beginning of their first year at Ryerson and quickly became inseparable. “We were always here, in the geography lounge, laughing,” said Dokurno. “And when Tracy laughed, she laughed so hard, she’d cry.” Marilyn said Scott’s laughter and positivity touched the lives of everybody
Ryerson hikes tuition once again
BY ALEXANDRA BOSANAC
Returning students may have noticed that their account balances are higher than last year. Some students will pay about $200 to $300 more. In April, the Board of Governors voted in favour of a 4.5 per cent fee increase for returning students and a five to eight per cent increase for new students. Returning international students can expect to see a five per cent increase, while, due to a lack of regulation in international student fees, new international students enrolled in MBA programs will pay 25 per cent more than last year. The fee increases — which outpace the rate of inflation while Ryerson’s enrollment and retention numbers remain
strong — are simply Ryerson’s reaction to government policy, said Janice Winton, Assistant Vice President of Financial Services via email. The province’s funding for post-secondary institutions has shrunk from $6.2
I don’t see a reduction in fees anytime soon.
— Constantin Angyridis, economics professor
billion to $310 million following last year’s expiration of the Reaching Higher framework. With the province intent on paying down its $25 billion deficit, another for-
mal funding commitment like Reach Higher may be slim. “Universities needs to find revenue to maintain existing infrastructure and fees are a major source of revenues,” said Constantin Angyridis, a Ryerson economics professor. “I don’t see a reduction in fees anytime soon.” According to NDP education critic Rosario Marchese, high tuition fees are creating a sociological crisis. “After graduation, students make a lot of decisions — where to move to? Can we afford to have a family? Where should we buy, or, in the case of Toronto, rent a house? Debt levels involve all those questions, these are tough questions no one [in parliament] is asking.”
Students enjoy a car-free Gould Street
PHOtO: LAUREN StRAPAGIEL
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
fuck shit up
BY SHANNON HIGGINS edItOr-IN-cHIef
Letter to the editor
How often does your day at Ryerson resemble this: class, illegally closing a street to cars, cramming for a mid-term? Certainly two of those things happen often, but closings a street to cars? Students at Ryerson University have grown up in a world where we were told to be afraid of the streets. Told that you need a car to have status, and where the design of our communities makes walking, cycling and taking public traffic challenging. Streets are wide. Streets are for cars. The sea of asphalt is with us forever. Gould Street wouldn’t have changed had it not been for a group of students, leadership from the Ryerson Students’ Union and support from Ryerson University. In 2008 and 2009, students realized that the status quo was not working: Gould Street had more potential for students than a short cut for cars and a place to illegally park and idle. It was a dangerous, ugly, useless space on our front door. The students took on the biggest design element that planners and traffic engineers had espoused for decades and did it in way that our generation doesn’t do often. Cars and their streets will always be with us, but surely
at our university there should be spaces to learn, grow, have fun and interact with people, not dodge traffic. Students closed Gould Street three times in 2008-2009 outside the annual RSU campus groups day. Two of these closures were illegal and designed to boldly raise awareness to the issue. The last illegal closure was the most stunning. The Ryerson Students’ Union brought in sod to cover Gould Street. It was a stunning display on the potential for this space. Students successfully lobbied for a closure Gould Street to by put in Ryerson’s Master Plan. Now that Gould is closed to cars as a pilot
project, it’s up to students to be creative and think of all the exciting, all-season things that can be done with the space whether it is outdoor patios and cafes, concerts, or road hockey. Closing Gould Street shows students that our actions can achieve results and that we shouldn’t settle for spaces that think exclusively of cars before people. Welcome to the new Gould! — Chris Drew, urban and regional planning graduate and member of the close Gould Street campaign. Drew is a former Ryerson Students’ Union VicePresident Finance and Services.
Okay, froshies. Listen up. In a fucked up way, now that you’re here at Ryerson, we’re sort of like family. And I’m the kinda gal who looks out for her own. So take a seat. I’m gonna tell you something I shared with my little sister last year when she started at Rye High. It seems to me that you have two options: 1) Go to class. Drag your ass home. Watch reruns of Jersey Shore. Play Starcraft II. Scratch your balls. Go to bed. Repeat. 2) Get involved. Make friends. Have super-awesome-fun times. Enjoy lifelong memories of being young, beautiful and living in Canada’s largest city. For now, Ryerson is a commuter school and it’s extremely easy to come and go without ever leaving a lasting impression on anyone. Thousands of students do it. They waste their time and money by leaving Ryerson with a degree, but no semblance of a university experience. And I get it. It’s hard to put yourself out there, especially right now with every-
thing so new and scary. But the Eyeopener is here to help. We want you to have the best fucking frosh year possible. Flip through the issue and read about the top ten things you must do while still a froshie. And whether you celebrate your newfound university freedom by staggering to Big Slice (385 Yonge St.) at 3 a.m., by joining the Rye Quiddtich team (tweet @ RUQuidditch), or by blowing chunks of cafeteria lasagna across your new Ikea bedspread, please, please, promise me you will make the most of your time here at Ryerson. The Eyeopener salutes you and all of the crazy shenanigans (we hope) you will get yourself into. Welcome to Ryerson. Now please, go fuck shit up. FROSH TOP TEN: 1) Get tons of free shit 2) Get a life 3) Get laid, not screwed 4) Get out and explore the city 5) Get smart and don’t get kicked out 6) Get wired 7) Get serviced 8) Get informed 9) Get active and don’t get fat 10) Get home in one piece.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Staff reshuffles over summer
BY Lee richardsoN News editor
Restaurant owner Ernest Liu at the Salad King location currently under renovation. PHOtO: marta iwanek
salad King survives
Thai restaurant set to re-open on Yonge Street this December
BY Brad whitehouse associate News editor
The collapse of the Empress Hotel building this April could have been the end of Salad King. But while plates of pad thai rotted away in the crumbled establishment, owner Ernest Liu cut a deal to reopen the Thai restaurant around the corner in a new location this December. Renovations are under way on the second floor of 340 Yonge Street, above the Footlocker and less than a stone’s throw away from the Gould Street location. “Before we signed the lease [in July] it seemed like the whole city knew we were coming here,” laughed Liu. Re-opening in the same location wasn’t an option. The Empress Hotel is in legal limbo right now as the owner,
Mumbai-based Lalani Group, wants to bring in the wrecking ball. But the city of Toronto claims the 122-year-old building is a heritage site. Ryerson has also expressed interest in purchasing the build-
I’ll be there when it reopens, even if it means trekking through the snow. — Lesia Polischuk, second-year food and nutrition student
ing, given its location on campus. “If the price were right we might be interested, but everything would be pending board approval,” said Janet Mowat, director of public affairs.
Liu estimates that he lost about $1 million in damage from the collapse. But despite the wreckage one thing remains intact: the menu. Liu says they will continue to dish out the same fare. And don’t expect a makeover of the restaurant either. He plans on keeping the same atmosphere and aesthetic, and is working with design firm Munge Leung, who designed the Gould Street location. Liu says he wanted to involve Ryerson interior design students in the renovation process. Like most Ryerson students, secondyear food and nutrition student Lesia Polischuk, will probably want to be involved at the end of the process, when it comes time to chow down on cheap Thai food once again. “I’ll be there when it reopens,” she says, “even if it means trekking through the snow.”
There have been plenty of changes at Ryerson over the summer, with many people being appointed to new positions while others step down. Linda Grayson, vice-president of administration and finance, is leaving after 17 years with the university. She led the development of the Master Plan, which provides ideas on how to make the most of Ryerson’s limited campus space while keeping things efficient and sustainable. To clarify, our favourite part of the Master Plan is the mention of the Spacebox — a stackable student housing unit which bring to mind shipping containers. After four years of being Ryerson’s first vice-president of research and innovation, Tas Venetsanopoulos is gone after stepping down back in July. Venetsanopoulos, who developed a postdoctoral fellowship program, and boosted administrative support for researchers, will be going on sabbatical before retuning to join the electrical engineering department. Taking his place will be Carla Cassidy — former dean of Faculty of Arts — who is holding the position until next June. With Mehmet Zeytinoglu stepping down as interim vice provost academic, Chris Evans has been appointed to the first five-year-term. The position, which was introduced last year, involves planning and putting forward academic initiatives while giving advice on academic issues. Chris has already been involved with academic planning, providing input to Ryerson’s current academic plan ‘Shaping Our Future,’ while authoring part of the previous plan. John Isbister, the new vice provost of faculty affairs, is arriving to Ryerson from Laurentian, where he was responsible for both the Humanities and Social Sciences departments. Before Laurentian, john worked in the economics department at the University of California in Santa Cruz, which – described as
an “experimental university that put a priority on the student experience” – sounds really interesting. Meanwhile, there are some new deans on board. Gerd Hauck has been appointed as dean of the Faculty of Communications and Design, while also gaining tenure as a theatre professor. With a PhD, three Masters degrees and three languages under his belt, Hauck’s history impressed us. Mohamed Lachemi has moved up the ranks from the department of Civil Engineering, which he joined in 1998, through as Interim to his new fullyfledged position as dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science. For those of you who are curious as to how Wal-Mart affects GTA neighbourhoods, you may want to talk to Brian Ceh — recently appointed as chair of the Department of Geography — who is researching just that. Specializing in urban and retail issues and business geography, he has worked with NASA and the U.S Department of Agriculture. He replaces Shuguang Wang, who steps down as chair of geography after 5 years. The School of Graphic Communications Management also has a new chair – Ian Baitz, who has been with Ryerson since 2001. Before that he worked in the aviation industry, and he still carries an airline transport pilot licence. Baitz also received a Canadian Forces Decoration for his work in the Canadian Forces, where he is still a reserve officer holding the rank of captain. It might be a good idea not to annoy him. After graduating from RTA in 1979, Charles Fazon returns to Ryerson as RTA dean, after working in television production.
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Briefs & Groaners
A tabout9a.m.onWednesdayAug. 18,a Ryerson student reported being grabbed by an unidentified young maleattheVictoriaStreetentranceto thecampus.Shewaswalkingalong Gerard when, as she reached Victoria Street, she encountered a group of4-6malessittingonplanters.One group member approached her, but shedidn’thearwhathesaidoverthe music on her headphones. He then stood in her way, and grabbed her shoulderasshetriedtowalkby.She lefttheareaunharmed,andreported the incident to Ryerson Security and EmergencyServices. S undayAugust15,a Ryerson student reported being kicked, punched, knocked to the groundandhavinghis cellphonetakenoutsideoftheTheatreSchool.Hewaswalkingfromthe Pitmanquadtotheapartmentbuildings at 40 Gerard Street at about 4 a.m. when he was followed and attackedbyagroupof4-6menintheir lateteens.
A froshie’s mom gets help from the men’s hockey team on residence move-in day.
PHOtO: marta iwanek
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010
The cheat sheet of eat
By RoB Moysey sPoRTs eDIToR
Suraj Singh goes for the one-handed, hand-behind-your-back catch in the quad. PHOTO: MARTA IWANEK
you don’t know RAC
Ryerson’s fitness centre: the best place on campus to stay active
By RoB Moysey sPoRTs eDIToR
During frosh week, the last thing you’ll be thinking about is hitting the gym. But after three weeks of boozin’ and snoozin’ you might be apt to change your mind. Don’t worry, Ryerson’s got you and your beer gut covered. Despite being in the middle of the city, there are plenty of places to go and things to do to keep fit. Your first destination should be the Recreation and Athletics Centre (RAC), which is located under the Quad in Kerr Hall. The RAC has two gyms, three studio rooms, four squash courts, a swimming pool, a classroom for workshops, and plenty of activities to keep you busy. Membership costs $44 for one semester, $77 for two and $116 for three. It’s probably a good idea to go for the single semester because the RAC is packed during peak times during the day, so if your class schedule doesn’t allow for morning or evening workouts, you might want to go elsewhere. Aside from varsity sports that are played in the gyms, the RAC offers competitive sports clubs like dragon boating, cheerleading, karate, water polo, bad-
minton, swimming and the dance pak for those who want a serious commitment. There are also intramural sports like ball hockey, basketball, 3-on-3 volleyball, dodgeball and ultimate frisbee. Even counting club fees with the RAC membership, this is a much cheaper alternative to playing in a rec league in the city. If you’re a little sheepish about getting in shape alone, there are also group exercise programs like step, zumba, and yoga, which cost $8 per session and are offered year-round. But the RAC isn’t just for sports — it also offers fitness programs for would-be gym rats. They all start with an hour-long fitness assessment, which will outline exactly how (un)fit you are for $45. You can follow that up with dietary consultations and training advice; a half-hour session will run you $30, while a four-session assessment and plan goes for $250. After you’ve been sized up, fitness fools and freaks alike can enroll in a fitness bootcamp that will test your athleticism with a series of fitness drills and exercises. For anyone seeking one-on-one attention, there are also several personal trainers available. You can completely customize what
areas of your body you want to work out and what type of conditioning you want: weight loss, muscle toning, flexibility, sport-specific training — you name it. Each one-hour session goes for $50, but if you commit to over 20 sessions, the price is bumped down to $40. The RAC also offers courses for getting your First Aid, Can-Fit-Pro personal trainer, and National Coaching certification. Even if you aren’t the gym-going type, there are still places to get active around campus. The quad provides enough space to play a small game of football, catch, or frisbee — provided nobody else is using the space. Admittedly, it can get cramped in the middle of the afternoon, so pick another time if possible. Outside of the quad, skateboarders can tear up Lake Devo outside of the Chang School. Because of ongoing construction, security might have something to say about it, but historically it has always been a place where skaters go to practise because of its low ledges and flat ground. Speaking of wheels, invest in a pair of rollerblades. With Gould Street closed for the year, you should be able to zip around the campus in no time and that’s something security can’t say anything about.
Going to Ryerson and living in Toronto can bring a whole city’s worth of culinary temptations to wide-eyed froshies. But if you aren’t careful, it can also make you wide-bellied too. While a frosh week full of burger bingeing and soft drink slurping won’t kill you, a semester’s worth just might. Here’s a few tips on how to ward off the dreaded freshman 15. 1. The Golden Rule: eat with your head, not with your heart. The reasons why that Big Mac is so delicious are the same reasons why you shouldn’t indulge too often. 2. Make your own meals. Sensible homemade meals will go a long way to keeping your body trim and your wallet fat. Stock up on foods you can keep in dry storage or freeze. 3. Eat moderate proportions. A hearty meal should satisfy you, not immobilize you. This is especially true of snacks, which should only take the edge off your hunger and last you until your next meal. An energy bar or a piece of fruit should suffice. 4. Stick to foods like chicken, turkey, spinach, broccoli, yogurt, and potatoes
that increase brain activity by forcing your body to break down complex carbohydrates. Fatty foods and artificial flavouring cause you to crash afterwards, making you sluggish and irritable. 5. Choose whole wheat pastas and grain breads any chance you get. They’re no Wonderbread, but it’s a small price to pay for the added nourishment. 6. When buying meats, choose cuts like tenderloin that are less fatty and cut off any excess fat you can. You won’t lose any flavour in the process. 7. When cooking foods, use the oven or the skillet over the deep fryer. This will cut down on unnecessary saturated fats. 8. Always remember that dark green vegetables are your best friends. They contain the most antioxidants and vitamins, so be sure to sauté a few to compliment your main dish. 9. Use spices like basil, rosemary, thyme, and even chili powder to add extra flavor without adding excess carbohydrates or salt. 10. In the battle of healthy diets, tomato sauce beats cream sauce every time. Tomato sauces are rich in vitamins and good for your heart. Cream sauces, not so much.
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Free printing You can print for free in either the journalism or Radio and Television lounge if you have a friend in any FCAD program log into their account for you. So make friends with j-skoolers. Free $300 The Ryerson Students’ Union has a basic health plan that every student automatically gets charged for, but you can opt out before Oct. 8 with proof of other coverage for a $300 refund. Free SPC Card Pick up a Student Price Card at the Student Campus Centre (SCC) to get discounts on anything from food to clothes to electronics. Cheap laughs Again, the SCC is your friend. You can get a pair of tickets for a date to any Yuk Yuk’s comedy club for $7.91. Free handouts Stand around looking pretty in Dundas Square and you’ll walk away with more free samples then you know what to do with. Cheap ride The SCC also sells discounted Student Metropasses for $99. Passes go on sale on the 25th of each month. Get yours early. Free muscle In case walking home at night gives you goosebumps, you can call for a Ryerson security guard to escort you home from any security station around campus. Free concerts Keep your eyes peeled for free shows advertised on streetposts around campus.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Surviving your first year
BY graHam slaugHter
RSU executives Toby Whitfield and Rodney Diverlus partying in ILLC last year.
PHOtO: kris di PietrO
in high school, maybe you were the student council president, captain of the football team or a wilting wallflower. That doesn’t matter anymore. Your first year at ryerson is all about learning how to tread water in what can sometimes feel like a typhoon of classes, friends, internships and extra-curriculars. Sometimes, you’ll call your mom crying about why you ever decided to come to this stupid university in the first place. have no fear — the eyeopener is here to help you. We’ve talked with some upper year students to compile a list of tips on surviving — and possibly even thriving— in your first year of university.
Make sure to take time to spot the stars at the Toronto international Film Festival (September 9th–19th), explore the art installations of Nuit Blanche (oct. 2) and keep tabs on Ticketmaster to see when your favourite bands are making their Toronto stops.
PRePaRe foR the woRSt
obvious fact-of-the-day: university is harder than high school. a lot harder. a dip in your grades isn’t just natural — it’s expected. if you fail your first essay, don’t hesitate to make an appointment at the Writing Centre (liB 272B). The folks there are super friendly and know way too much about Mla style, sizing margins and how to write a proper bibliography. The best part — it’s free!
Party on floor shitshow
Stained carpets, sloppy hookups and loud music. Welcome home Froshies
BY Sarah Del Giallo Getting blitzed. Getting hammered. Getting sloshed, smashed, stewed. all are expected to occur when you leave home for university. First year is known for stupid, drunken behaviour that will be remembered for years to come — if not forgotten entirely in the haziness of the morning after. Kristine Norris, a third-year dance student, lived in Pitman hall her first year. one night a floormate came stumbling into her suite, hammered, with a bottle of maple syrup in her hands. “She had just had sex with some guy on floor seven. She couldn’t remember his name, but she did tell us the details. Before it started she asked him, ‘i kind of want to get back to drinking so will this take long?’” Second-year journalism student Gin Sexsmith had her own drunken mishap while living at illC. “early off in September, there was a rez it was the Trinidadian rum,” said Sexsmith. “We’re friendly acquaintances now, but there were a few awkward elevator conversations at first.” The parties don’t end with frosh. Nick Saites, a second-year radio and Television arts student enjoyed one of his first nights back from Christmas break with friends. “i found everyone on my floor in my friend’s room having a huge beer pong tournament. We had so much fun that we kept having tournaments for the rest of the week,” Saites said. “i think we were drunk for 12 of the first 14 days we were back, which is a big accomplishment.” Saites managed to get as in most of his first-year classes and says the key to success is time management. “Make school work your first priority, then spend the rest of your time partying.”
Shake a few handS
Your wolf pack from home has likely been divvied up to a handful of colleges and universities across the country. if you focus too much on keeping these connections tight, you’ll never have time to make new ones. The best cure for homesickness is a night out with new friends. Try introducing yourself to the person beside you in class or in front of you in the oSaP line — you never know where another lone wolf could pop up.
Whether you’re a total juicehead or just a rookie, joining an intramural sport through the recreation and athletics Centre (raC) is the perfect way to make friends and shed the freshman 15. Your options include volleyball, basketball, dodgeball, ball hockey and even ultimate frisbee. Word of warning: watch out for Natural Selection. We’re pretty sure they eat dodgeballs for breakfast.
ryerson is swamped with all sorts of clubs that you never would’ve seen in high school, ranging from the ryerson adventure Society to the ryerson University equestrian Club. round up some friends from class and hit up the Campus Groups Day (Sept. 8) to scout out which student groups tickle your fancy.
PRofS aRe PeoPle too
in grade 12, your teachers probably told you that your professors won’t care about you as much as they do. That’s a total lie crafted to make them look better. You can get a few bad apples, but most professors are happy to stay after class and chat if you have questions about a lecture or if you just want to say hi. Make sure you take time to butter up your Ta too — they’re the ones who grade your papers.
I didn’t know how I got myself into that situation — actually I think it was the Trinidadian rum. — Gin Sexsmith, second-year journalism
party. i got way too wasted drinking Trinidadian rum, and me and one of my friends ended up going to another floor to find this guy,” she said. “i ended up making out with him, and it was so sloppy. i didn’t know how i got myself into that situation — actually, i think
PoP the RyeRSon bubble it’s true — life exists off Gould Street. Toronto is the one of the most diverse cities in the world, constantly hosting various festivals and events. on your day off, hop on the streetcar to Kensington Market or take the ferry over to Toronto island.
don’t eat like a Student
When you have a full night of studying ahead, you won’t be able to function on Kraft Dinner and coffee. Take an hour once a week to hit up St. lawrence Market and stock up on fresh, local produce.
EXPLORE NEW HORIZONS – RENEW YOUR SPIRIT
At RCCC’s (Ryerson Catholic Chaplaincy Centre) Annual Welcome Mass and BBQ
Thurs., Sept.16, 2010 – 5:30pm 200 Church St. – St. John’s Chapel Mass – followed by a BBQ ALL ARE WELCOME! RSVP at www.ryercath.ca
are you invited to the after, after party?
Rebecca Burton spoke to rez alumni and retells their frosh memories
It was the night of ‘Fiesta del Fuego’, a huge outdoor carnival for all first-years. It was the first year hosting the event so it was a huge undertaking. The night had everything from flamethrowers to high strikers and it was up to us, Residence Council, to host the entire night. We had done so much work for one event that we were happy just to pull it off. At the end of the night we were exhausted, but overjoyed. We didn’t get to enjoy our own event because we were working, so the clean up turned into our own party. As we were cleaning up, we turned our rental van into a boom box, blasting our favourite music. We made a lot of noise. There were 30 of us jumping up and down in a huddle, doing our residence council cheer. Then, all of the sudden “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas came blasting out of the stereo. We had a connection as a group so it was one of those things that just happened. We just exploded. It turned into a giant dance party in the quad at 2 a.m. and we just started cheering, “This is our song.” The song definitely became our theme song for the rest of the week. It was the most epic moment. — Alyssa Wiliams, third-year business management — Kelan Brown, second-year performance acting
My friends and I got all decked out, looking our best for the frosh week club night held at Cabana nightclub last year. We all gathered on the sidewalk to wait for the buses to take us to the club. The ratio of people to buses was severely lopsided so it was a long wait and most of residence was crammed together on the sidewalk. Suddenly, someone started shouting from the apartments across the road. Before we knew it eggs were crashing down on us, and people started madly running around and trying to dodge them. I heard a girl complaining because it had taken her hours to straighten her hair and now egg yolk was just dripping down her head. Some were too annoyed to even go to the club anymore. A few of us stuck it out and went anyway, managing to squeeze on the school bus full of drunken students. The night was hot and sweaty and you were lucky if you could get out of the massive swaying crowd on the dance floor to take a seat on the couches. At 3 a.m. we decided to walk and find our own way home. We drank enough so we were confident to take on the challenge. Luckily the city was well lit and we made it home safely. It turned out to be an egg-spectacular night! — Shelby Glimore, first-year theatre production
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Get Out of
Dominique Lamberton, Jackie Marchildon and Kim Hession reveal
As tempting as it is to confine yourself to the concrete landmine of glossy-eyed students and scattered construction sites that make up Gould Street, it’s important to realize there’s life beyond the sparkling perimeters of Ryerson’s campus. For some students,Toronto may seem intimidating, but if you’re brave enough to venture outside the Ryerson bubble, you’re sure to be delighted by the varying neighbourhoods and cultural tapestries this city encompasses. Don’t let the old people yelling profanities in the streets prevent you from exploring Toronto, for they too contribute to the city’s fierce personality. So put on your walking shoes, cut off the Rye campus umbilical chord and get the fuck out there.
L ittle Ita ly
Centred on College Street west is Little Italy, a lively community filled with shops, bars and most importantly, a plethora of Italian food. For about 12 blocks beginning at Bathurst Street and ending at Dufferin Street, Little Italy is alive — specifically at night — with patios, bustling espresso bars, trendy shops and pedestrians. For great, affordable Italian food, try Café Diplomatico (594 College St.), a Little Italy staple with an unbeatable patio. If you’re in the area but aren’t craving pizza or pasta, check out Utopia (586 College St.) for inexpensive yet delicious food ranging from gourmet poutine to burritos and burgers. For dessert, treat yourself to a cone at The Big Chill (367 Manning Ave.) where you can grab a spot to sit outdoors beneath a colourful mural, making your ice cream outing as special as it was when you were five. This Labour Day weekend, check out the Fiera Festival, a celebration of Italian cuisine, language, culture and music. College Street is closed to traffic during the festival, catering to the street vendors, pedestrians and musicians who flood the neighbourhood.
Ca bba getown
Just northeast of Ryerson, is Old Cabbagetown, one of the oldest communities in downtown Toronto. Along Parliament Street, you’ll find a few bars, notably the Grasshopper, known not so much for its class, but more for its cheap beer and karaoke. You will also find a No Frills, for those of you who are sick of the oh-so-convenient but expensive Metro, a beer store and some cheap housing. If you haven’t had much luck in the friends deparment, check out Riverdale Farm, 7.5 acres of land that is home to horses, cows, pigs, and donkeys you can hang out with. The farm is free to visit and open all year round.
With scenic picnic spots and cycling trails along the water, the island is both the perfect summer spot and a refreshing winter getaway. Despite ferry services to only Ward’s Island and Hanlan’s Point, there are still plenty of opportunities for staged photo opps and family bonding time. Hanlan’s Point is home to both the historic Gibraltar Lighthouse, and Ward’s Island offers food and warmth at both the Iroquois and Paradise Restaurants. If eternal salvation (or temporary warmth) is what you are looking for, then look no further than the Island’s very own Anglican Church. Ferry rides to the island leave from the harbourfront. Tickets are $6.50 for adults and $4 for students under 19.
A lla n G a rdens
Whether you’re looking for a game of chess or a place to hide from the chaos of Toronto chasing you down the streets, Allan Gardens, located just west of Jarvis Street and just north of Gerrard Street, is the place for you. When you can’t feel your fingers, let the warmth of the greenhouse take you in. The not-so frequented spot houses plants of all kinds, complete with water features and seating areas. Even if you’re not into cacti or spring bulbs, the greenhouse at Allan Gardens is one of the best kept secrets in the city, and it’s free.
Restaurants to Check Out
1. The Green Room — 296 Brunswick St. Tucked in an alleyway just south of Bloor, the Green Room offers a warm environment with cheap pub food, cheap beer, and good music. 2. Sadie’s Diner — Located at 504 Adelaide St. W., Sadie’s is an allday breakfast joint with a vegetarian and vegan menu. Be sure to check out their impressive Pez dispenser collection while enjoying delicious food in a comfortable, retro-style setting. 3. W Burger Bar — 10 College St. Just blocks away from Ryerson campus, W Burger Bar provides a modern environment with cheap drinks and a wide selection of delicious gourmet burgers. 4. 7 West Cafe — Known by citygoers for its romantic ambience and 24-hour service, 7 West, is the perfect date spot. Located at 7 Charles St. W., just east of Yonge, 7 West is approximately a 20 minute walk from campus. 5. Smokin’ Bones — 117 Dundas St. E. On the corner of Church and Dundas, Smokin’ Bones is a three minute walk from campus and offers a selection of delicious southern comfort food for reasonable prices. Drop by the Eye office where we have Smokin’ Bones coupons for all Rye students. 6. Mariko — If you’re into sushi, Mariko, located at 355 Yonge St., just north of Gould street, offers all-youcan-eat sushi for $15. Feast yourself until you can no longer stand straight. And don’t feel guilty, copious amounts of sushi is good for you. 7. The Dakota Tavern — Located at 249 Ossington Ave., just north of Dundas, is the Dakota Tavern. Every Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. the saloon-style bar hosts a blue-grass brunch. Although there are no menus, the servers constantly bring out platters of banana pancakes, fruit, bacon, homefries and eggs set to a fabulous live soundtrack of some of the city’s best blue grass performers. 8. Einstein’s — 229 College St. W. This place offers its guests cheap drinks, cheap food, and great live music. The three staples of student life.
H igh Par k
Walking tours, a petting zoo, train rides, an off-leash park, a museum and a pond all in downtown Toronto? All in High Park — 399 acres (that’s 350 football fields) of trees, grass, dirt and water at the corner of Bloor and Dundas Streets. This park has it all, even a bison at the zoo. This is no stopover, High Park is the event, and that event should be at least a full day. Spend the morning fishing in Grenadier Pond before checking out the Sculpture Symposium and heading for lunch at the in-park restaurant. In the afternoon, join an hourand-a-half walking tour through the trees and let loose like a non-violent maniac on the Jamie Bell adventure playground. High Park is the perfect place to study if you are tired of libraries, and bored of coffee shops. At High Park you’ll have trouble convincing yourself you’re less than an hour away from pamphlet-bearing homeless men on the concrete and chaos of Yonge and Dundas square.
Q ueen West
Queen West has become a trendy neighbourhood in Toronto for its growing collection of restaurants, bars, art galleries and vintage stores. Even with an empty wallet, it is an enticing place to go walking. Bring a frisby or a hot date and check out Trinity Bellwoods park, located just east of Ossington along Queen, where Torontonians gather to relax, play sports, play music and enjoy the city’s outdoors. When the weather is nice, the park hosts drum circles every Tuesday night which attact hundreds of people. If you are into vintage shopping, check out 69 Vintage (1100 Queen St. W). Walking west on Queen, not only will you find some great clothing, and great food, but you will always be entertained by either incoherent hollering, buskers (both talented or completely inept) or just by making eye contact with the plethora of attractive passersby’s.
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: MATTHEW BRAGA
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
some of the best ways to get away from Ryerson and explore Toronto
Former Rye froshies share their wisdom
Stay off facebook during class. I’ve learned you just can’t do two things at once. — Haley Pierce, second-year performance production
Never buy a fake ID on Yonge Street. It’s a waste of money. — Ashleigh Jack, third-year nursing Don’t drink. — Eggy, Ryerson’s mascot
I hated all the frosh week shit. If you’re not into school spirit don’t get discouraged by the organized activities. Get off campus and head west. Even if it’s to hang out in a bar by yourself, if you head west you’ll have fun. — Shauna Kewin, forth-year social work
L ittle India
Sandwiched between Greenwood and Coxwell Aves., lies Little India — a six block stretch of ethnic delicacies to explore. Little India started up in 1971 when the Naaz Theatre opened, which showed exclusively Bollywood films. Today Little India manages to fuse the spirit of South Asia, with a modern Toronto backdrop to provide its visitors with an enchanted experience. Upbeat Indian music spills onto the streets and store-front windows are plastered with an array of colourful textiles and fabrics. If you’re looking for cheap knick-knacks this is the place to check out. There are more than 200 shops and restaurants crammed into this small stretch of Little India, including record shops and Bollywood video stores. If you’re hungry, scrounge up some change and treat yourself to one of the all-you-can-eat buffets, like Skylark (1433 Gerrard St. E.), where an endless supply of fresh nan bread awaits your arrival. If you want to experience an authentic taste of India, this venture will provide you with one without having to fork over your entire savings account to buy a plane ticket. To get there, hop on the Carleton streetcar and head east until you hit Greenwood Ave.
University is overrated. In highschool people try and scare you for post-secondary, but it’s really not bad. At Ryerson there’s a very chill environment, so ask your professors questions if you need help. — Sarah Somwaru, second-year occupational and public health
It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of the city. Try and find a balance between school and your social life. Also, check out the distillery district. — Curtis Wise, Torontonian
K ensington M ar k et
Nestled cozily between College and Dundas Streets, lies Kensington Market — one of Toronto’s most diverse communities filled with a gamut of characters. Hippies, punks, immigrants and hipsters roam the streets, forming a vibrant and harmonious community that feels like a village. The main streets of the market — Augusta Avenue, Baldwin Street and Kensington Avenue — are packed with second-hand shops, cafes, bars and food stores. Fresh produce line the sidewalks and together with the bakeries, butcher shops, fish markets and cheese shops, Kensington is a one-stop shop for affordable, fresh groceries. An afternoon well spent begins with a cup of coffee and people watching at Luis Coffee Stop (235 Augusta Ave.) before heading to Big Fat Burrito (285 Augusta Ave.) for lunch. It is arguably the best burrito place in the city and will leave your stomach happy for hours. For a night out, The Supermarket (268 Augusta Ave.) and The Boat (158 Augusta Ave.) are great places for dancing and indulging in a few drinks. Make sure to visit Kensington Market on Sep. 26 and Oct. 31 for Pedestrian Sunday. On the last Sunday of each month from May to October, the market closes its streets to vehicle traffic and pedestrians are free to to dance, play music, eat and simply enjoy the day together. Kensington Market is a haven in the city, a retreat from the hustle and bustle and a place to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of fellow Torontonians.
Don’t blow all your money on street meat. — Lauren VanAggelen, fourth-year arts and contemporary studies
Get involved with the school community. Ryerson offers so many different clubs and programs, you just have to look for them. Check out the websites. —Kendra Welham, fourth-year radio and television
PHOTOS: MARTA IWANEK
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Free buttons in pretty colours are only a small part of what Ryerson’s five equity-service groups have to offer students. PHOTO: LAUREN STRAPAGIEL
Let Ryerson service you
Natalia D’Amico explains how you can take advantage of Ryerson’s equity-service groups
The Student Campus Centre is home to five equity-based groups that offer everything from free food and condoms to information and workshops for Ryerson students in need .
Students Against Racism
Students Against Racism’s mission is simple: to create and maintain an anti-racist climate on campus for all. It provides a safe space for students who have faced racial discrimination, and seeks to share their struggles with the community through campus-wide services, campaigns and events. It hosts a variety of panel discussions and an annual multicultural variety show. It is the newest equity service group on campus.
Community Food Room
The Community Food Room has been providing the Ryerson community with free, nonperishable food items for over 10 years. It was opened to ensure that no student would ever have sacrifice food for education. Aside from providing food for members of the community, the Community Food Room also offers nutritional information and cost-saving recipes, and allows students to purchase baskets of fresh fruit and vegetables at a reduced price. Though the service is open to all students in need (an honour system is in place), only 185 students use it. Be one of the few to take advantage of this service.
The Women’s Centre is the RSU’s oldest community service. Through workshops, movie screenings and other events, the group works to improve campus life for all women at Ryerson. Past campaigns include Real Women of Ryerson, which promoted realistic beauty standards, and a campaign to keep pad and tampon dispensers on campus full. Though the Women’s Centre’s doors are open to all, men must knock before entering.
RyeACCESS seeks to break down barriers facing students with disabilities, from inaccessible washrooms to negative stereotypes. RyeACCESS advocates a completely barrier-free campus. The group, whose members are of all abilities and skill-sets, hosts an annual barrier-labeling event to draw the public’s attention to accessibility issues. Last year, it hosted a series of educational events including the Week of Disability and a screening of “Shameless: the Art of Disability” a , documentary that explores disability in relation to the arts, entertainment, and society.
Since 1977, RyePride has worked with members of the LGBT community and their allies to make Ryerson an inclusive campus through its various campaigns and events. Last year, RyePRIDE hosted queer-rights activist Judy Sheppard’s first Canadian speaking event, and a party in honour of National Coming Out Day. RyePRIDE’s office also has a library and provides safe-sex information and condoms for all couples.
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The Eyeopener 11
Get laid, not screwed
Sex isn’t hard, but protection requires a little more thought
BY NATALIE AST
Frosh week is a week-long party where sex is always on the table. Abstinence is the only surefire way to avoid pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, but there are other ways to decrease your chances of waking up with more than you bargained for. Traditional condoms are the most obvious form of protection and birth control. If used correctly, a condom can be up to 98 per cent effective. Female condoms are more expensive, but they can be more effective than the traditional condom. “Condoms are for everyone,” says Dr. Su-Ting Teo, the director of the Ryerson Medical Clinic. “If there is a latex allergy, then you can get non-latex condoms.” Free condoms are available throughout the Student Campus Centre, at the Medical Centre and in every residence. Oral contraceptives are another way to prevent unwanted pregnancy. “Oral contraceptives are good for peo-
ple who only want to prevent pregnancy I.E. are in long-term relationships, and who are healthy [people who] don’t have diabetes, heart problems, history of blood clots, or smoke,” Teo says. Other hormonal contraceptives include the birth control patch and the NuvaRing. Karl Davidas, one of Ryerson orientation crew members, says it’s important to have fun, but encourages students to respect themselves in the process. “There were a lot of hookups , [but] people stop at third base, which is actually a good idea because going all the way the first time you meet someone isn’t recommended,” Davidas says of his experience as a froshie last September. Davidas also advises against hooking up with your frosh leader. “The frosh leader is there to be a mentor. It’s really keen that the frosh leader stays the role model for their froshie.” But if you do manage to contract something, the Ryerson Medical Clinic is there to give you a=the help and resources you need. Their wide range of services include STI testing and treatment, and the opportunity to see physicians for
information. It’s open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at W181 West Kerr Hall. Health Promotion’s Sex, Substance and Safety Team (S-Cubed) provides information about sexual heatlth, alcohol, and drug-related issues. They also host interactive workshops and provide free condoms. You can find them at the International Living & Learning Centre.
There were a lot of hookups, [but] people stop at third base. — Karl Davidas, ROC member
Frosh week is a great opportunity to meet people and get used to your new surroundings. Having sex is merely the cherry on top of it all. Staying safe and responsible will not only keep you healthy and childfree, but also prevent regretable desicisons. “Definitely have fun, but also have dignity, “ Davidas says. “As long as you’re open to it, everything is meant to be fun,”
Make it memorable for the right reasons. PHOTO: LAUREN STRAPAGIEL
Top 10 spots for hooking up at Ryerson
BY ALLYSSIA ALLEYNE COMMUNITY EdITOr
When it comes to hooking up, location is everything. To spice up frosh flings, check out some of these campus hot spots. The Quad: The quad’s many wooden benches are good for those seeking a little discretion, but couples looking for the ultimate thrill should feel free to make use of the lush hill. Best time: Avoid being there after 1 a.m., unless an audience of homeless people is a turn-on. The Library: Have a sexy librarian fantasy? This is the place to turn it into a reality. Take advantage of the library’s tall stacks, private study rooms, and lack of supervision. Best time: The library is typically a ghost town on Sundays, as long as exams are at least two weeks away.
The Journalism Lounge: Located in the Rogers Communication Centre, the lounge offers a taste of luxury. The couches provide necessary comfort, and the nearby microwave allows you to prepare energy-replenishing Pizza Pops between rounds. Best times: You might have to check in a few times before you find the lounge completely empty as it’s a popular spot for j-school students. The Podium Building: This spot is perfect for those who seek convenience. Its doors are open 24/7, which means that you’ll have a venue at your disposable whenever the urge strikes. Best time: Try to get there after midnight, when only commuters are still in the building. The Recreation and Athletics Centre locker rooms: Since you’re already pumping adrenaline and feeling great about yourself, there’s no better time for some action than right after an invigorating
workout. The locker rooms are not co-ed, so it’ll take some stealth and planning to sneak in opposite-sex partners. Best time: Holiday weekends are ideal, but if you can’t wait until the off-season, go early. Dorm Rooms: The small beds and the odours wafting in from the hall are a bit of a mood kill, but dorm room hook-ups are as much a part of the university experience as procrastination and allnighters. Best time: During the afternoon (when most students are in class) or early in the morning if your neighbours need an alarm clock. Oakham Cafe: This is definitely not the right place to have sex, but nowhere on campus has as romantic a vibe as the Oakham cafe. Footsie and subtle PDA are fine though. Best time: During breakfast hours, following an exhausting night. A Professor’s Office: If you’re lucky enough to meet a cute professor that will let you stand
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close to him or her, take advantage of their ample desk space or sturdy office door. Best time: Whenever teacher gives you permission. The AMC: As tempting as it might be to fool around during a three-hour lecture, have some respect for your classmates and your professor: save it for after class. Buy a matinee ticket and neck in the dark next to patrons that aren’t marking your final exam. You can get discount tickets for the AMC at the Student Campus Centre. The Roof of the Architecture Building: Cut through the building’s boiler room, and brave a steep set of stairs to get to one of the most secluded hook-up spots on campus. Bring a blanket because the roof is covered with pebbles. Best time: At night, when you can take in a dazzling view of the city from the top, and the stars from the bottom.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
STAY Off THe STreeTS
BY TaSHa zaNiN
STAY IN SCHOOL
BY Nicole SieNa
Take it outside
For many students life in residence means one year of no parents and no rules. But don’t get too excited. Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind to avoid being kicked out onto the streets in the middle of the year. Smoking cigarettes or any illegal drug is also prohibited in residence. Getting caught will cost you another three points. The transition into university is inevitably stressful. The last thing a student wants to hear halfway through a semester is that they are in jeopardy of getting kicked out of their program. Here are some tips on how to avoid hearing that message.
adequate advance study to master the important concepts and less cramming,” the website also notes. By passing all of your tests and assignments, you are almost guaranteeing yourself a passing GPA.
What are you doing with that couch?
Though you will want to spruce up your room and common areas, stealing couches from another floor is a onepoint offence. So is sleeping in common areas; that is what your rooms are for. Pornography is also best kept to your room, or three points will be issued.
Avoid burn out!
Early morning coffees, and late night study sessions aren’t exactly the best things for students. The best way to handle the situation is to get a hold of it before it becomes problematic. You should be getting enough sleep, exercising, eating three balanced meals a day, and even, for us coffee crazed students, switching to decaf to help improve your focus. We already have short enough attention spans, so make sure you aren’t running on empty.
Nine points and you’re out
Student Housing Services uses a point system to keep the rowdy first-years under control, outlined in the contract students sign upon acceptance. After the first three points, you’ll take a Residence Community Standards quiz. And if you want to keep signing your friends in, stay under six points, which is probation level. The highest level, nine points, will earn you an eviction notice.
Keep a clear academic standing
To be in clear academic standing you must maintain a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 (C grade).
Don’t make stupid mistakes Follow the rules
There are some exceptions within specific programs. Competitive programs often include variations such as passing a specific course, a regular evaluation or achieving a satisfactory grade ( ‘C’ or higher). Check out the 2010-2011 Ryerson Undergraduate Calendar for program-specific details. Plagiarizing, cheating, and other academic misconducts are taken seriously in educational institutions. According to Ryerson’s website for Academic Integrity, possible penalties include, a requirement to participate in the Academic Integrity Seminar, a grade of “F” in a course, expulsion, or even losing your degree. So don’t cheat, and make sure you use resources properly. That means not using the ‘copy’ or ‘paste’ buttons.
Sometimes you have to shut up
Those loud parties you’ve been looking forward to all summer could earn you anywhere between one and three points for excessive noise and out of control partying. And when the Residence Advisors come knocking after quiet hours (11 p.m. on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends) ignoring it is a two-point offence.
Themed parties are great but keep in mind that there are limitations. For example the restriction on water beds, small children’s pools, and hot tubs in residence will not only get you another two points but also sink your dreams of that wet n’ wild floor party. If you really want to have a good time, you can light your birthday candles. Just be sure they are monitored at all times, because no one appreciates a late night fire alarm in the middle of the winter.
Don’t get caught
Alcohol in the hallways is a one-point offence, so keep it in a bag. You’ll get three points for keeping a keg or Texas mickey, because excessive drinking is prohibited. Drinking games like beer pong and flip cup are out too; keep them hidden in your rooms and you can have your fun.
Get Over It!
Nerves are a common problem for many students. According to the website for Ryerson’s Centre for Student Development and Counselling (CSDS), “anxiety arises from not feeling in control.” Knowing your material helps, “this requires
For more information on being a good student check out: www.ryerson.ca/counselling
PhOTO: ChelSeA POTTAGe
Introducing The New
What you need to know:
• The Student Metropass is available to full-time and part-time students, enrolled in a degree or diploma program • Staff and continuing education/certiﬁcate students can purchase the Transferrable Metropass for $107, per usual. A savings of $14 over the regular priced TTC Metropass • The Student Metropass is only valid with a TTC STUDENT PHOTO ID CARD. You must always show this ID card when using the Student Metropass • The Student Metropass is only transferrable to students with a valid TTC STUDENT PHOTO ID CARD • All Metropasses are NON-REFUNDABLE and CANNOT BE EXCHANGED • One pass per person, cash or debit
The Student Metropass is only available with the card below
Purchase your pass at the Member Services Office, Student Centre Lobby
The RSU along with GTA students’ unions and the Canadian Federation of Students won this historic victory, after successfully lobbing the Toronto Transit Commission. This discount gives university & college students the same discount offered to high school students and can be purchased at the Member Services Ofﬁce.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
The Eyeopener 13
The Internet: not just for porn
As far as sprawling urban centres go, Toronto is likely one of the largest. And while you don’t need to travel far to find something good to do, the trick is knowing what’s worth your time. Business and Technology editor Matthew Braga sifts through the internet’s best websites and apps that no Ryerson student should be without
It won’t make RAMSS suck any less, but Ryerson’s mobile site is a useful way to look up key information on the go. Most decent mobile browsers should have little issue with the site (sorry BlackBerry), which can make first week class hunting a slightly less embarrassing experience.
Eaton Centre App
Even for seasoned veterans, Ontario’s largest mall is a maze of shops and stairs — unless you have the official iPhone app. The portable directory and mall-wide map may be enough to give you the advantage over your bargain-hunting comrades.
When does the LCBO close? Stop wondering. This handy map displays the locations and hours of nearby LCBOs, Beer Stores and Wine Racks. But the real magic happens when the sun goes down — you’ll only see stores that are currently open, making late night booze runs a relative no-brainer.
Too cool for Frosh? Why not learn something about the city’s past instead? Downloadable walking routes and audio tours will take you through some of Toronto’s oldest districts, giving you a different sort of education — one free of alcohol and morning-after vomit.
Combined, NOW Magazine and Eye Weekly will be your weekly bible for shows and concerts throughout the city. You can find physical copies littered around campus, but their online counterparts are not to be forgotten. Mobile optimized too!
Toronto’s public transit system can be a tad overwhelming for the infrequent traveller. Luckily, MyTTC spares you the confusion. Plug in a destination, and have the fastest route and transit stop mapped on-screen. Want a visual aid too? Google Streetview support makes it happen.
Take note, frugal shoppers — you won’t find a better resource for sales than this. Fliers and promotions, on everything from video games to varnish, are posted each day, with the best deals vetted by the site’s army of users. You’ll be amazed at what you can find. There’s an iPhone app too!
Two of the city’s oldest online sources for hyperlocal news. BlogTO is particularly useful for its comprehensive event listings, and best-of lists. Torontoist couples excellent features with some striking image galleries. Keep ‘em bookmarked.
Don’t even think about taking your date to the local greasy spoon. Instead, rely on Yelp’s crowd sourced databased of restaurant and bar reviews. And even if the food fails to impress, Yelp’s totally awesome mobile app — full of augmented reality goodness — won’t disappoint.
If you’re as serious about eating raw fish as we are, Toronto Sushi is indispensable. Not only a great resource for local Sushi shop reviews, the site hosts a regularly updated map, with the location of local restaurants the site has tested.
how to get your ass home
Commuting can be a pain, but don’t let that stop you from having fun. Here are some tips for getting home on time, and how to stay off the streets for the night if you can’t
BY MaTThew Braga BusIness & Tech edITor A commuter’s life is not easy. You’re awake at least an hour before anybody else. Public transit becomes your second bed. Don’t even try and count the number of hours you lose commuting each day. It will only depress you further. For a large number of Ryerson students, commuting is the norm and the only way with which to travel to school. But for all it’s shortcomings, there is one perk — you get to live at home and save a ridiculous amount of money doing it. That being said, there comes a point each day where, yes, you must go home. And that can be a challenge. Missed busses, delayed trains, and even simple forgetfulness can ruin that ritualistic commute home. But even when disaster strikes, we’ve got a few suggestions for keeping your cool and finding a way home. Know your transit schedule. This is important, especially if you’re drunk and out on the town. Subway service ends at 1:20 a.m. each morning, as do many other busses and streetcars in the city. 24-hour routes are the exception, with popular streets like Yonge, Bathurst, and Queen offering non-stop service. Just remember, wait times can be lengthy early morning, so try to plan departures in advance. GO Transit service out of the city follows a similar schedule. All trains and busses cease service shortly after 1 a.m., and sometimes earlier on weekends or holidays, depending on the route. Know where to sleep. There will be times when you miss your bus. There will be others when you pass out drunk and can’t make your way home. Having a friend who lives nearby — or better, in residence — is indispensable. Not only can a friend’s room be great in a pinch, but if you plan ahead, you might even have some decent sleeping arrangements. Know where to stay. Just because everyone’s gone home doesn’t mean the school closes too. There are more than enough places to take refuge across campus, assuming you have access. Many programs have lounges or buildings that can be accessed with your OneCard after hours, though we can’t guarantee sleeping arrangements will be ideal. Commuting can be tough. But it isn’t impossible. You can still be social and enjoy the university lifestyle while living from home — assuming you know how to get back there when the day is done. And if all else fails, you still have the quad.
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