Articles by: Michael Norton

Ryerson Rams women's lead Teagan Walton (centre, low) delivers her rock as vice Nicole Titkai (left) and second Audrey Wallbank (right) prepare to sweep during the final of the 2017 OUA Curling Championship in Oshawa on Monday, February 20, 2017. The Rams were defeated in the final, losing 6-4 to the Laurentian Voyageurs.

Women’s curling team takes OUA silver after loss to Laurentian in final

To say that the Ryerson Rams women’s curling teams finished strong at the OUA Curling Championship would be a gross understatement. After starting the round robin 1-3, the women won their final three games to finish 4-3 and qualify for the playoffs as the fourth seed in Pool A. Combined with the men winning their final four round robin games […]

by Michael Norton· · Curling, Sports
Ryerson Rams women's skip Maggie Macintosh (centre, low) delivers a stone as lead Teagan Walton (left) and second Audrey Wallbank (right) prepare to sweep at the 2017 OUA Curling Championship in Oshawa on Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Ryerson women’s team off to provincial final with upset over Carleton

The Ryerson Rams curling teams entered the final days of the OUA curling championship needing to win all seven of their final round-robin games (three for the women’s team, four for the men’s team) to qualify for the playoffs. They called it the #WinOnlyWeekend, and nine games later, it is still intact. The women delivered a second straight playoff upset […]

by Michael Norton· · Curling, Sports
Ryerson Rams women's skip Maggie Macintosh (centre, low) delivers a rock as lead Teagan Walton (right) and second Audrey Wallbank (left) prepare to sweep during the Rams' quarterfinal game against the Brock Badgers at the 2017 OUA Curling Championship in Oshawa on Sunday, February 19, 2017. The Rams would upset the Badgers with a 6-5 win to advance to the semifinals.

Brock Rocked: Rams upset Badgers in OUA quarterfinals

  The Ryerson Rams’ women’s curling team already had enough of an argument to be deemed a “Cinderella story”. After falling to 1-3 to start the round robin at the 2017 OUA Curling Championship, the Rams won their final three games and managed to sneak into the fourth and final playoff spot in their pool. But if there were any […]

by Michael Norton· · Curling, Sports
Ryerson Rams men's skip Stuart Leslie (left) directs his sweepers, vice Alex Champ (left-centre) and lead Jonathan U (right-centre), during their game against the Brock Badgers at the 2017 OUA Curling Championship in Oshawa on Sunday, February 19, 2017. The Rams went on to defeat the Badgers 5-4.

Rams continue winning ways at OUAs, women make playoffs

Both Ryerson Rams curling teams needed wins on the final day of the round robin of the OUA Curling Championship to stay in the hunt for playoff berths. Continuing their fine form from day 3, both Rams teams went perfect for the second straight day. Although the men’s teams were unable to get the help they needed from results in […]

by Michael Norton· · Curling, Sports
Western Mustangs women's skip Carolyne Graham yells for her teammates to sweep her rock during their game against the Ryerson Rams at the 2017 OUA Curling Championship in Oshawa on Saturday, February 18, 2017. The Rams defeated the Mustangs 6-2.

Rams rebound remarkably on Day 3 of OUAs

The Ryerson Rams curling teams each had to bounce back after a winless second day at the OUA Championships, and did so brilliantly on Saturday. Both teams played twice on the third day of the round–robin, and each team emerged with two important wins. With their results, the men’s team kept their glimmer of hope alive but will still require […]

by Michael Norton· · Curling, Sports
Ryerson Rams lead Jonathan U (left) and second Henry Lin (right) sweep a rock as it approaches the far hog line at the 2017 OUA Curling Championship in Oshawa on Friday, February 17, 2017.

Rams curling teams suffer winless second day at OUAs

Seven games are all that are guaranteed for teams at the OUA Curling Championship. The teams that are allowed to play more – the ones that make the playoffs – are those with the smallest margins of error. Both Ryerson Rams teams went winless in the second day of the round robin, and their margin of error for the rest […]

by Michael Norton· · Curling, Sports
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.

Ryerson curlers come up light on Day 1 of OUAs

 “More wins than last season” has been the commonly-stated goal of both Ryerson Rams curling teams when discussing this year’s Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championship. After the first day of competition, however, it’s clear that this goal could be more of a challenge than expected. The women’s team won big and lost big to start the tournament at 1-1, while […]

by Michael Norton· · Curling, Sports
Ryerson Rams lead Teagan Walton (R) watches as skip Maggie Macintosh (L, royal blue) slides down the ice to deliver her stone at the McMaster University Invitational Bonspiel on Sat., Jan. 28, 2017. (Michael Norton/Ryersonian)

Rams curlers ride strong finish to respectable performance at McMaster Invitational

Both the women’s and men’s Ryerson curling teams rode strong second-day performances this weekend at the McMaster University Invitational Bonspiel to finish with respectable 2-2 records.

by Michael Norton· · Curling, Sports
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
Photo Courtesy of Ryerson Rams, Photo by Jacob Thielen

Ryerson curlers hit the ice in St. Catharines

After months of preparation, Ryerson’s curling teams officially kick off their seasons this weekend, as both the men and women travel to St. Catharines, Ont., for the Brock University Invitational Bonspiel.

by Michael Norton· · Curling, Rams Athletics, Sports
(Courtesy of Michael Norton)

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
Poll: Toronto undergrads plan to vote in federal election, but can’t name their current MP

Poll: Toronto undergrads plan to vote in federal election, but can’t name their current MP

The majority of undergraduate students in Toronto plan to vote in the next federal election. But these same students don’t know who currently represents them in the House of Commons. A recent poll jointly conducted by Ryerson University’s School of Journalism and department of politics and public administration indicates that three out of five undergraduate students in Toronto are either […]

by Michael Norton· · News