Articles by: Michael Norton

Ryerson Rams vice Alex Champ (right) prepares to deliver a rock as second Henry Lin (left) and lead Jonathan U (middle) get ready to sweep at the Brock University Invitational Bonspiel on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

Rams curling teams have strong showing at Brock Invitational

It was a successful first Ontario University Athletics (OUA) tournament for both Ryerson Rams curling teams this weekend in St. Catharines.

by Michael Norton· · Curling, Sports
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Two timing: How the MAC pleases the public and students

Since opening in 2012, the Mattamy Athletic Centre has had to balance two roles. Owned by Ryerson and paid for in part with $20 million in student money, the building has a private obligation to the university and its members. But, also splitting the bill is the federal government, whose $20 million contribution means the MAC has a second duty […]

by Michael Norton· · Rams Athletics, Sports
(Courtesy Alex D'Addese)

Getting the shot: Rye student captures Rams history

Alex D’Addese has always tried to find ways of expressing himself artistically. D’Addese, a third-year sport media student, is the varsity sports photographer for the Ryerson Rams. His work, both in school and on the sidelines, has given him something he didn’t always have as a child: a focus and an outlet with which to apply his creative mind. “He […]

by Michael Norton· · News, Photography, Rams Athletics, Sports
Q-and-A: Alex D’Addese on cottages, catwalks, and his famous photo

Q-and-A: Alex D’Addese on cottages, catwalks, and his famous photo

Taking pictures has become a vocation for Alex D’Addese. Since the summer of 2014, D’Addese, a third-year sport media student at Ryerson, has been the varsity sports photographer for the Ryerson Rams. Last month, D’Addese shot his 250th Rams event, marking the halfway point to his goal of shooting 500 events. The Ryersonian sat down with D’Addese to talk about […]

by Michael Norton· · Photography, Rams Athletics, Sports
Students at Ryerson's study hall. (Michael Norton)

Athletes need to study: that’s the cold, hard truth

Devisha Binns isn’t the biggest fan of Ryerson Rams’ study hall. The first-year undeclared arts student would much prefer going home instead of logging more hours at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC), where she already spends her time practicing and playing as a member of Ryerson’s women’s basketball team. Binns admits, though, that the acquired additional time at the MAC […]

by Michael Norton· · Rams Athletics, Sports
Maggie Macintosh (middle) is back on Ryerson's women's curling team as team captain. (Courtesy Jacob Thielen)

Mac is back: Skip returns to women’s curling team

Ryerson’s women’s curling team has found a new captain – and they didn’t have to look far. Maggie Macintosh, who skipped the team in last year’s debut season, was originally planning to step away from the game to focus on her studies. But after being convinced to come back out for a practice run, the second-year journalism student has decided […]

by Michael Norton· · Curling, Sports
BLADE Skating Treadmill (Michael Hutchinson)

VIDEO: BLADE Skating Treadmill is cutting-edge

The Blade Skating Treadmill is not your average treadmill. Located on the fourth floor of the Mattamy Athletic Centre, the treadmill stretches 12 feet wide by six feet long and is made up of individual plastic segments, or slats, coated with a silicone lubricant to replicate actual ice. With a top speed of 20 m.p.h., it’s much louder and faster […]

by Michael Norton· · Hockey, Rams Athletics, Sports
Ryerson swimmers doing laps in the pool. (Michael Norton)

RAC pool falls short

Ecil Kang blares music over the speakers at the Recreation and Athletics Centre (RAC) pool, as she watches over a Thursday afternoon lane swim.  In addition to being a lifeguard at Ryerson, Kang, 23, works at two YMCA pools. She said the feel at the RAC is very different than other pools, a point that many Ryerson community members would […]

by Michael Norton· · Sports
Still from Forever Pure (Photo courtesy of TIFF)

TIFF Review: How discrimination kicked Israeli soccer team

TIFF REVIEW: Forever Pure DIRECTOR: Maya Zinshtein (Israel) GENRE: Documentary, 87 minutes, 14A RATING: 3.5/4 stars Director Maya Zinshtein’s documentary Forever Pure shows Israel’s soccer giant Beitar Jerusalem Football Club at war from within. Before watching this film, I did not know much about mideast conflicts. The film effectively tells the story of what happened when two Muslim players joined […]

by Michael Norton· · Arts & Life, Film & Television
Photo Courtesy of Ryerson Rams, Photo by Jacob Thielen

Rams hope new home, new league can lift curling program to OUA playoffs

After a strong debut last season from both men’s and women’s teams, Ryerson’s curling squads are switching home clubs in the hopes of elevating the program to be among the OUA’s elite. “Last year wasn’t a big enough challenge to push us where we need to be,” said Nicole Titkai, incumbent vice for Ryerson’s women’s team. Last year, the two teams played […]

by Michael Norton· · Curling, Sports