Articles by: Rachel Surman

Although trendy, there can be serious health risks with getting a stick 'n' poke tattoo

Stick ‘n’ poke tattoos becoming increasingly popular among students

Lauren Lowther got her first stick ‘n’ poke tattoo when she was 15 years old.  Seven years later, she boasts seven of them on various parts on her body. The 22-year-old film student, doesn’t regret a single one and loves how each tattoo has a specific – and often hilarious – story behind it. Stick ‘n’ poke tattoos, also known […]

by Rachel Surman· · Arts & Life, Health
Ilwad Hersi and Kevin Vianna at the Our Healthy Campus event (Rachel Surman / Ryersonian Staff)

Students want a place to nap on campus, Ryerson health promotions team finds

What do students at Ryerson’s bustling downtown campus want the most? According to those at a Ryerson health promotions event on March 24, it’s nap rooms. The event, called “Our Healthy Campus Community,” hosted about 15 students from different programs and years of study, as well as student group leaders, at the Podium. The student facilitators from the health promotions […]

by Rachel Surman· · News, Top stories
Ryerson's gyms will look to accessible gyms like Variety Village for guidance on how to improve access (Rachel Surman/ Ryersonian Staff

Ryerson’s gyms mum on policy meant to help students with disabilities

When Alicia Rowley wants to work out, she needs a friend’s help to lift her wheelchair down the three steps to the entrance of the track at the Ryerson Recreation and Athletics Centre (RAC). From there, the fourth-year Ryerson psychology student can wheel herself around the track with speed and ease. But Rowley, a 22-year-old paraplegic who was born with […]

by Rachel Surman· · News, Top stories

RAC considering circus arts fitness classes

Ryerson’s Recreation and Athletics Centre (RAC) may introduce a circus arts fitness class.If all goes well, students could join as early as this fall, says the RAC’s manager of recreation, Anthony Seymour. Seymour points out that he has had only a preliminary meeting with the Toronto School of Circus Arts (TSCA) but says he was “quite impressed” with what it […]

by Rachel Surman· · News, On Campus
Ryerson University campus. (Courtesy Amir Seyd)

Ryerson University to review sexual assault policies

Ryerson University will review its existing sexual assault policy in the wake of a Toronto Star probe that found most Canadian universities and colleges don’t have one single policy to deal with sexual assault. Ryerson, along with 44 other Ontario universities and colleges, announced Nov. 26 it will launch the review to determine if the  schools can adequately deal with […]

by Rachel Surman· · News, On Campus, students, Top stories
Ryerson student Jennifer Sousa exercises during women-only gym hours at one of Ryerson’s gyms.

No plans to roll out more women’s gym time: Recreation and Athletics Centre, university

Ryerson’s student union is looking to expand the university’s women-only gym time program. The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) passed a motion at its semi-annual general meeting Nov. 11 that it called for an expansion of the program after the pilot project was dubbed a success by the union and the Recreation and Athletics Centre (RAC). But a spokesperson for the […]

by Rachel Surman· · News, On Campus
A discount will be offered to further 'engage' Ryerson alumni, one spokesperson said.

Chang School offers $100 discount to Ryerson alumni

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is offering recent Ryerson alumni $100 off the cost of non-degree credit courses. The discount will apply to recent graduates who attended Ryerson any year from 2006 on. “This is something that we have been wanting to do for a while,” said Elaine Lam, the director of business development and strategic planning […]

by Rachel Surman· · News, On Campus
Live blog: Ryerson Student Union semi-annual general meeting

Live blog: Ryerson Student Union semi-annual general meeting

Rachel Surman is the news editor at The Ryersonian. (Photo by Dasha Zolota / Ryersonian Staff)

Live Blog: What is a basic bitch?

by Rachel Surman· · Live Blog, News, On Campus, Opinion
Q-And-A with Kristyn Wong-Tam

Q-And-A with Kristyn Wong-Tam

Kristyn Wong-Tam, city councillor for Toronto Centre-Rosedale, spoke with The Ryersonian about her re-election, plans for the university and the hate speech that worked its way into her successful campaign. This interview is condensed. The Ryersonian: Tell our readers about election night. What was it like to have that much support from the residents of your ward? KWT: I’m incredibly […]

by Rachel Surman· · education, jobs, News, On Campus, students
Rachel Surman is the news editor at The Ryersonian. (Photo by Dasha Zolota / Ryersonian Staff)

While I may be basic, I’m certainly not a bitch

My name is Rachel Surman. And according to society, I’m a basic bitch. It’s only recently that I’ve come to this startling conclusion. I’ve never considered dog photos, smiling selfies, skinny chai tea lattes, and appreciation of top 40 tunes as a pattern that could be equated to basic bitch status. But a few nights ago, over drinks with my […]

by Rachel Surman· · Guest Opinion, Opinion, Top stories