Articles by: Sameera Raja

The sign posted on SCC washrooms. The person who posted the signs is unknown. (Sameera Raja / Ryersonian Staff)

No washroom, no ablution for Ryerson’s Muslim students

This version of this article corrects errors in paragraphs 2 and 3. Muslim students at Ryerson are feeling displaced now that they have lost their dedicated space to perform ablutions. Ablution, a ritual cleansing, is a Muslim obligation. The process is known as Wudu, and is performed before each prayer. After a flood last June, renovations to the multifaith washrooms […]

by Sameera Raja· · News, On Campus, Top stories
Anesi Bra: Ryerson students help women through engineered comfort

Anesi Bra: Ryerson students help women through engineered comfort

A group of Ryerson University students have merged couture and engineering technology to create a brasserie that can shape itself to any woman’s breast size. Five fashion and engineering students worked together to build the Anesi Bra, which conforms to changing cup sizes and shapes by using a using a form of memory gel. It’s diverse enough to work for […]

by Sameera Raja· · Arts & Life, Fashion
In the first two weeks of classes, students overcrowded a physics class in the Cineplex theatre complex at Yonge and Dundas Streets, violating fire codes. This photo was taken Jan. 21, 2014. (Sameera Raja / Ryersonian Staff)

University in violation of fire code as students flock to physics prof Devika Chithrani’s section

The chair of Ryerson’s physics department threatened to cancel a required first-year engineering class in January as students piled into the preferred lecturer’s section. Chair Ana Pejovic-Milic had to send an email last month to all students enrolled in the course, PCS 125: Physics Waves and Fields, and said the overcrowding of the course section taught by professor Devika Chithrani […]

by Sameera Raja· · News, On Campus
Ryerson group dresses up for Bollywood film industry’s 100th anniversary

Ryerson group dresses up for Bollywood film industry’s 100th anniversary

Ryerson students dressed up in their favourite Bollywood-themed costumes to celebrate Hindi cinema last month. Ryeflix, a student group and movie club, was created in September by a third-year business technology management student, Zaeem Sarwar, and a fourth-year psychology student, Sarah Lane. The group includes nine executive members. Ryeflix’s Bollywood costume party was its latest event, and fifth of the […]

Burma’s media: state versus freedom of expression

Burma’s media: state versus freedom of expression

Although Burma has lifted its 50-year media censorship, government intervention still looms over freedom of expression and journalists. “Journalists still face problems in freedom of expression,” said surgeon and human rights activist Dr. Ma Thida at the International Issues Discussion (IID) series last Wednesday. Hosted by IID and PEN Canada, the event Behind the Veil of Democracy: Burma’s struggle for Freedom, […]

by Sameera Raja· · Editorial, Guest Opinion, Live Blog, News, Opinion
Smoke ban lets us breathe

Smoke ban lets us breathe

Anyone diagnosed with mild asthma is taught how to use inhalers: shake well, breathe out, press the top, and inhale. Asthmatics can suffer from repercussions like attacks due to second-hand smoke. This is just one aspect of how crucial it is to have a smoke-free environment. This, among other reasons, has prompted the Ministry of Health to take a stronger […]

by Sameera Raja· · Editorial, Editorial Cartoon, News, Opinion
B.C. case highlights health risk

B.C. case highlights health risk

Picture this: an HIV-positive nurse gives a shot to a six-year-old girl. The girl flinches and the needle goes through her skin, pricking the nurse as well. While extracting the syringe, both the nurse and girl’s blood exchange, causing a possibility of HIV transmission. This tragic accident happened last week to a girl in British Columbia. Some Canadians choose not […]

by Sameera Raja· · Editorial, Editorial Cartoon, Opinion
Dealing with homegrown terrorism

Dealing with homegrown terrorism

Canadian Muslims from the Ottawa al-Mahdi centre shared condolences at the National War Memorial last Saturday, where military reservist Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, was shot to death. The shooter, a recent Muslim convert, was named Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. This was the second deadly attack in the week involving a Muslim convert and Canadian soldiers. The term homegrown terrorism is fairly new to […]

by Sameera Raja· · Editorial, Editorial Cartoon, Opinion
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