Articles by: Bethany Van Lingen

Ryersonian Book Club: Graceling, by Kristin Cashore

Ryersonian Book Club: Graceling, by Kristin Cashore

Title: Graceling Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy Pages: 480 About the author: Kristin Cashore grew up in a rickety old house, inhabited by three sisters and a scattering of cats at the top of a hill in the countryside of northeastern Pennsylvania. During those years, she read while brushing her teeth and chopping parsley. Books were the first thing she grabbed […]

by Bethany Van Lingen· · Arts & Life, Literature
Shots were fired at Mutual and Gould streets early Friday morning. The victims fled and later crashed a bullet-ridden black Chevrolet Malibu into a pole at Parliament and Carlton Streets. (Leslie Walker / The Ryersonian)

Rye provides video footage in shooting investigation

Ryerson has provided the Toronto police with closed-circuit video from street cameras as the investigation continues into last Friday’s fatal shooting on campus. Tanya Fermin-Poppleton, manager of security and emergency services, confirmed the university’s aid in the investigation. Ryerson security did not rush to the scene itself at Mutual and Gould streets, Fermin-Poppleton said, because they lacked the training and […]

by Bethany Van Lingen· · News, On Campus
The Ryersonian Weekly Wrap: Episode 17

The Ryersonian Weekly Wrap: Episode 17

We bring you a weekly wrap-up of Canadian news produced by senior students in the School of Journalism in Toronto, Canada. It features weekly news from ryersonian.ca, and from the Canadian University Press. Here are the stories mentioned in this week’s podcast: Snarky mayoral debate at Ryerson Change coming for unpaid magazine internships RSU and university debate tuition hikes More […]

by Bethany Van Lingen· · Audio, Podcasts, Top stories
Faith and feminism: four resources

Faith and feminism: four resources

  I’m a feminist, and a Christian. To many, this sounds like an oxymoron. But in Bible study meetings on campus, in a welcome-back barbeque at church, in church council meetings, baking for a potluck and from the pulpit, it’s my scrappy, daily fight for justice. Click on the images below to see the resources that have helped me as […]

by Bethany Van Lingen· · Interactives, Opinion, Voices
(Russell Sabio/ Ryersonian staff)

Ryerson’s mayoral debate puts Ford in the hot seat

The second mayoral debate, hosted at Ryerson and moderated by a Ryerson professor, topped the first for snarkiness. Top mayoral candidates, minus Olivia Chow, faced each other in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre Thursday night.  Law and business professor Ralph Lean invited Rob Ford, John Tory, Karen Stintz and David Soknacki to his class for a panel debate. The […]

by Bethany Van Lingen· · News, Top stories
The Ryersonian Weekly Wrap: Episode 16

The Ryersonian Weekly Wrap: Episode 16

We bring you a weekly wrap-up of Canadian news produced by senior students in the School of Journalism in Toronto, Canada. It features weekly news from ryersonian.ca, and from the Canadian University Press. Here are the stories mentioned in this week’s podcast: Construction on track for the Student Learning Centre #RamsTalk trends in Canada raising mental health awareness Low turnout […]

by Bethany Van Lingen· · Audio, Podcasts, Top stories
Akemi Liyanage, 21, is a volunteer photographer for the Chow campaign. (Courtesy Akemi Liyanage)

2014 Mayoral election: Ryerson students get involved

A Ryerson student has a front-row seat to mayoral candidate Olivia Chow’s campaign.  Akemi Liyanage, 21, is a volunteer photographer for the Chow camp. It’s about more than just photos for the second-year journalism student. At Chow’s first rally, Liyanage found support from other students who care about the same issues. She went to cover the event alone, not knowing […]

by Bethany Van Lingen· · News, Off Campus, Top stories
#Modern: Meet the hitchhiking, art critic robot

#Modern: Meet the hitchhiking, art critic robot

Don’t understand art? Too scared to hitchhike? Ryerson has a robot for that. Frauke Zeller, an assistant professor at Ryerson, has built two robots with very different purposes: one tweets art criticism and the other will soon hitchhike across Canada. The art critic robot, called the kulturBOT 1.0, attends art exhibitions and tweets text-captioned photos of the artworks, visitors and […]

Kelly McDowell / Ryersonian Staff

Faith and feminism: not an oxymoron

I’m a feminist, and a Christian. To many, this sounds like an oxymoron. But in Bible study meetings on campus, in a welcome-back barbeque at church, in church council meetings, baking for a potluck and from the pulpit, it’s my scrappy, daily fight for justice. It started when I was seven. I was coming home from school after a lesson […]

by Bethany Van Lingen· · Opinion, Voices
The Ryersonian Weekly Wrap: Episode 15

The Ryersonian Weekly Wrap: Episode 15

We bring you a weekly wrap-up of Canadian news produced by senior students in the School of Journalism in Toronto, Canada. It features weekly news from ryersonian.ca, and from the Canadian University Press. Here are the stories mentioned in this week’s podcast: Sportsnet invests in broadcast studio at the MAC RSU executives caught campaigning at U of T New Ryerson […]

by Bethany Van Lingen· · Audio, Podcasts, Top stories
Infographic: Break down of mayoral candidates

Infographic: Break down of mayoral candidates

The field of major mayoral candidates is set, since Olivia Chow officially entered the mayoral race this week. Too busy studying to keep on the antics and announcements of top candidates Rob Ford, John Tory, Olivia Chow, David Soknacki and Karen Stintz? We have an interactive break down of this year’s mayoral candidates. With seven months to go to til the […]

by Bethany Van Lingen· · Interactives, News
There will be no financial penalty - $70 deferral fee - next year for students who choose not to pay full tuition at the beginning of the academic year. (Matt Oxman / Ryersonian Staff)

Ryerson scraps $70 tuition deferral fee

Ryerson’s students will no longer have to pay tuition deferral fees starting in the fall 2014 semester, an announcement that the Ryerson registrar hopes will increase student participation during winter course intentions. There will be no financial penalty next year for students who choose not to pay full tuition at the beginning of the academic year. In the past, students […]

by Bethany Van Lingen· · News, On Campus, Top stories
(Leslie Walker/ The Ryersonian)

Drop out like it’s hot

Dropping out of university may be the best thing you ever do. More students are enrolling in university than ever before. Often these students come straight from high school. Students are pressured by their parents and teachers to “get thee to a university.” In 1992, 57 per cent of university students were between ages 17 and 24; by 2007, 17 […]

by Bethany Van Lingen· · Editorial, Opinion
In this Jan. 30, 2014 file photo, Olivia Chow speaks at Ryerson University. (Cosette Schulz/Ryersonian Staff)

LIVE: Olivia Chow’s Rally for a Better City

Reporter Bethany Van Lingen squeezed into the crowd at Olivia Chow’s first campaign rally to get you the details about Chow’s campaign and her jibes at top competitors Rob Ford and John Tory. The Rally for a Better City, at The Westin Prince Toronto in North York, was held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 16. The previous […]

by Bethany Van Lingen· · Live Blog, News
(Photo Dan Moyle/ Flickr)

Gen Y and the housing market

High housing prices and mortgage rates are leaving millenials out in the cold. Young couples can combine incomes and make it work, but single grads face years of saving and rent before they’re able to get their own place. Statistics Canada released its Consumer Price Index at the end of February, showing that Canadian housing prices increased 1.5 per cent […]

by Bethany Van Lingen· · Business, News
Infographic: A brief history of LGBTQ representation in video games

Infographic: A brief history of LGBTQ representation in video games

This week, The Ryersonian explores  LGBTQ representation in video games, and how a new wave of LGBTQ gamers are finding new game characters to relate to. From lesbian character Ellie in The Last of Us, to Grand Theft Auto‘s homophobic slurs, we pinpoint the various approaches to the LGBTQ community and what it means for them as a whole. This […]

Q-and-A with recent Ryerson graduate and mayoral candidate Michael Tasevski

Q-and-A with recent Ryerson graduate and mayoral candidate Michael Tasevski

The Ryersonian’s Bethany Van Lingen sits down with Michael Tasevski. Tasevski, a recent Ryerson grad, is running for mayor at 23. He couldn’t get a job in his field after university, so he decided to run for mayor. The Ryerson politics and governance graduate made the decision to enter the upcoming elections after a hockey game with his high school […]

by Bethany Van Lingen· · News, Videos
Ryerson grad Michael Tasevski is running for mayor. He decided to run in January and officially announced his candidacy on Feb. 24.

Recent Ryerson grad runs for mayor

Mike Tasevski couldn’t get a job in his field after university, so he decided to run for mayor. The 23-year old Ryerson politics and governance graduate made the decision to enter the upcoming elections after a hockey game with his high school buddies. Tasevski, who graduated in 2013, decided to run in January and officially announced his candidacy on Feb. 24. When he […]

by Bethany Van Lingen· · News, Off Campus, students
Ellie, a lesbian game character, defeats zombies in The Last of Us (Courtesy of Sony)

Play again: a new wave of LGBT gamers power up

When Samson Romero – a queer gamer and fourth-year social work student – and his friends play against online opponents, they often play with the audio off. “I can’t tell you how many times my friends who play Call of Duty get called the f-word,” said Romero. “There are only two insults in the gaming world: either you’re gay or […]

The Ryersonian Weekly Wrap: Episode 14

The Ryersonian Weekly Wrap: Episode 14

We bring you a weekly wrap-up of Canadian news produced by senior students in the School of Journalism in Toronto, Canada. It features weekly news from ryersonian.ca, and from the Canadian University Press. Here are the stories mentioned in this week’s podcast: Shooting at York University Ryerson prof stops fundraising for Ford Trial resumes for murdered Ryerson student New law […]

by Bethany Van Lingen· · Audio, Podcasts

Leading Conservative fundraiser drops Ford support

It’s early in the game, but Toronto’s mayoral candidates are already vying for attention — and money — to fund their campaigns. Some of Ryerson’s professors are involved in this political game. Conservative lawyer and Ted Rogers business school professor Ralph Lean is known among the political community as the city’s top fundraiser for mayoral candidates. This week, however, the […]

by Bethany Van Lingen· · News, Off Campus, On Campus
Ukrainian Ryerson students brace for further political upheaval

Ukrainian Ryerson students brace for further political upheaval

The messages started with, “Hi from Canada” followed by “Hi from Ukraine.” Marta Masnyi began talking to a 20-year-old Ukrainian university student named Oleksandr in mid-February. They talked about the two days Oleksandr spent in jail for protesting at the barricades in Lviv located in western Ukraine, four hours away from his home in Zaporizhya. The last message he sent […]

by Bethany Van Lingen· · Features
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