Articles by: Matthew Kennedy

Homophobia still trumps performance in professional sports

Homophobia still trumps performance in professional sports

The first openly gay player in the NBA, Jason Collins, played his first game for the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night, since coming out last summer. His performance was forgettable, but the implication behind his appearance was undeniable. It was a huge step for the sporting world’s LGBTQ community. However, despite homophobia in sports culture looking like it’s losing steam, […]

by Matthew Kennedy· · Editorial, Opinion
Security cameras were added to hallways in Kerr Hall after many locker thefts last year. (Rebecca Sedore / Ryersonian Staff)

More security cameras on campus and fewer locker thefts

Additional security cameras were installed in Kerr Hall in response to a rash of locker thefts in the winter 2013 semester, according to Ryerson security. Combination locks made by ABUS Security Tech Germany and sold by the campus store were found to be susceptible to aluminum shim tools. A Ryersonian investigation led to the locks being pulled from shelves. Ryerson […]

by Matthew Kennedy· · News, On Campus, Top stories
Shedding some light on the RSU debate

Shedding some light on the RSU debate

The RSU election debate took place last Wednesday in the Tecumseh Lounge in the back of the Student Services Centre. It’s a lovely facility. Not the best lighting, though. I was there on assignment with two other Ryersonian reporters, one live-blogging the event and the other running the cameras with me. The room was dark, so I asked a coordinator […]

by Matthew Kennedy· · Editorial, Opinion
The trial takes place at  361 University Ave. (Courtesy Creative Commons)

Alleged murderer of Ryerson student seemed “depressed” prior to girlfriend’s death

In the weeks leading up to the death of Ryerson student Carina Petrache, her boyfriend Farshad Badakhshan seemed “depressed and lonely,” a jury heard today. The second week of the first-degree murder trial of 31-year-old Badakhshan began today. He is accused of murdering Petrache, 23, in July 2010 at a housing complex in Toronto’s Annex district. Another tenant at 502 […]

by Matthew Kennedy· · Live Blog, News, Off Campus, Top stories
Former Ryerson student, Carina Petrache, was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend in 2010. (Courtesy Facebook)

Alleged murderer of Ryerson student sat calmly as his lower body burned: witness

Residents in an Annex housing complex found Farshad Badakhshan sitting calmly in a chair in the communal kitchen, even though the lower half of his body was on fire, a Toronto jury heard today. Badakhshan, 31, is accused of first-degree murder in the July 2010 death of Carina Petrache, a 23-year-old Ryerson criminology student. They both lived in a housing […]

by Matthew Kennedy· · News, Off Campus, Top stories
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