Articles by: Samantha Lui

The week-long course, named The Jack Layton School for Social Activists, will honour the late NDP leader who taught at Ryerson in the ’70s and ’80s. (Ryerson file photo)

Layton summer course offers prep for activists

Jack Layton’s legacy continues to live at Ryerson. This summer, young activists will be able follow in his footsteps in a new course offered by the university. The week-long course, named The Jack Layton School for Social Activists, will honour the late NDP leader who taught at Ryerson in the ’70s and ’80s. Participants can expect to learn a variety […]

by Samantha Lui· · News, On Campus
(Russell Sabio/ Ryersonian staff)

This student vows to make Ryerson’s campus more positive

by Samantha Lui· · News, On Campus, Videos
Fridays Live: Virginia to Vegas and Plaid on Flannel

Fridays Live: Virginia to Vegas and Plaid on Flannel

Fridays Live is a an audio series showcasing Canadian talent. Each week, we’ll bring in two artists for an interview and live performance. Virginia to Vegas Alexa Huffman chatted with Virginia to Vegas, otherwise known as Derik John Baker. He grew up in a small town in Ontario and his debut single, “We Are Stars,” has currently moved up to number […]

Movie Minute: April 4, 2014

Movie Minute: April 4, 2014

Students attended the first of three town halls Tuesday night, to kick off the presidential search. (Samantha Lui / Ryersonian staff)

Gallery: Students search for new Levy

Ryerson students are looking for a new president who will support for student initiatives and provide more space on campus, according to the first presidential search meeting. The university’s presidential search committee hosted its first town hall late Tuesday afternoon in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre for students to discuss what kind of qualities they are looking for […]

by Samantha Lui· · News, On Campus, Top stories
Review: Festival of Dionysus

Review: Festival of Dionysus

Love turns sour between a star-crossed couple during a time of nationwide strife. A man has a relentless battle between the couch and his pyjamas. These are just some of the eclectic plays that were part of the Ryerson Community Theatre’s (RCT) opening night on March 28. The annual showcase featured six plays, performed during a two-hour show. The showcase, which […]

by Samantha Lui· · Arts & Life, Theatre
Storify: Ryan Gosling April Fools’ prank tricks Ryerson students

Storify: Ryan Gosling April Fools’ prank tricks Ryerson students

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by Samantha Lui· · News, On Campus, Top stories
(Ryersonian File Photo)

Racist and sexist remarks allegedly made at Enginooner event

Racist and sexist comments were allegedly made at a Ryerson engineering event Thursday and left some of those in attendance uncomfortable. Enginooner, which took place at the Ram in the Rye, was organized by the Ryerson Engineering Student Society (RESS). But the student group says the comments did not come from organizing members. Jonathan Forani, a master of journalism student […]

by Samantha Lui· · News, On Campus, students
Fridays Live: Lindy Vopnfjord and Xolisa talk about their musical roots

Fridays Live: Lindy Vopnfjord and Xolisa talk about their musical roots

Fridays Live is a an audio series showcasing Canadian talent. Each week, we’ll bring in two artists for an interview and live performance.  Lindy Vopnfjord Lindy Vopnfjord is a folk-rock singer originally from Manitoba. He now resides in Hamilton, Ont. Lindy stopped by the studio to chat with Alexa Huffman about his solo work, his band Major Maker, his Icelandic roots […]

by Samantha Lui· · Audio, Music, Top stories, Webcasts
Movie Minute: March 28

Movie Minute: March 28

Nicole Haynes works on homework during study hall at the Mattamy Athletic Centre on March 25, 2014. 
(Leslie Walker/The Ryersonian.

Athletes’ GPA on the rise with MAC study hall

When Björn Michaelsen came to Ryerson four years ago, he felt a bit lost. Moving to Toronto to study mechanical engineering, the Montreal native and Ryerson Rams basketball player admits that it was challenging for him to find a balance between sports and academics. “I know when I came in, there were not as many varsity athletes in engineering,”  he […]

by Samantha Lui· · Rams Athletics, Sports
Sinead Mulhern / Ryersonian Staff

New trend turns self(ie)-absorbed

Over the past week, a new social media trend swept the newsfeeds, with several women posting self-portraits wearing no makeup. By including the hashtag “#nomakeupselfie” along with nominating their friends to do the same, this was a supposed attempt to raise awareness for breast-cancer research. This trend is reported to have started shortly after American author Laura Lippman posted a […]

by Samantha Lui· · Editorial, Opinion
Movie Minute: March 21, 2014

Movie Minute: March 21, 2014

Students want more than who’s hot and who’s not

Students want more than who’s hot and who’s not

Picking courses has been a pain in my ass since I started attending Ryerson four years ago. When I’m not battling the mass of students just trying to get onto RAMSS, I’m fighting to get into a course I need. On countless occasions, I have been forced to take another class because the one I want fills too quickly. I’ve […]

by Samantha Lui· · Editorial, Opinion
Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Showgirls’: it’s deeper than you think, argues new book

Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Showgirls’: it’s deeper than you think, argues new book

Paul Verhoeven’s 1995 film Showgirls is widely regarded as a flop. It was panned by both audiences and critics, earning the ignominious award for Worst Picture at the Razzies that year. But now that nearly 19 years have passed, film critic Adam Nayman, who teaches a class on documentaries at Ryerson, explores why the movie is actually a cinematic gem in his new book It […]

by Samantha Lui· · Arts & Life, Film & Television
(Courtesy Storyline Entertainment)

Ryerson teacher’s war documentary wins Canadian Screen Award

You may be familiar with the critically-acclaimed film Inglorious Basterds.  The film, directed by Quentin Tarantino and loosely based on the events of World War II, follows a  group of Jewish-American soldiers who go on a dangerous mission to hunt Nazis behind enemy lines. But while there are elements of truth in that film, don’t expect The Real Inglorious Bastards to feature […]

by Samantha Lui· · Arts & Life, Film & Television
Opinion: Hollywood is becoming more diverse, but it’s still not enough

Opinion: Hollywood is becoming more diverse, but it’s still not enough

This year’s Academy Awards saw many firsts for the film industry. 12 Years a Slave’s won Best Picture on Mar. 2, making the film’s director, Steve McQueen, the first black man to ever win this award. Alfonso Cuarón became the first Mexican filmmaker to take home the award for best  director for the space thriller Gravity. Lupita Nyong’o won best supporting actress, […]

Fridays Live: JF Robitaille and Weaves stop by the studio

Fridays Live: JF Robitaille and Weaves stop by the studio

Fridays Live is a an audio series showcasing Canadian talent. Each week, we’ll bring in two artists for an interview and live performance. JF Robitaille JF Robitaille is a folk musician from Montreal. His sound has been compared to Bob Dylan, Nick Drake and Leonard Cohen. He was in Toronto this week to play a gig at The Free Times […]

by Samantha Lui· · Arts & Life, Audio, Music
Q-and-A with film director Min Sook Lee

Q-and-A with film director Min Sook Lee

The best of the 86th Academy Awards (Photo Adarsh Upadhyay/ Flickr)

The top 5 moments from the Oscars

If you missed Sunday’s telecast of the 86th Academy Awards, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the top moments of the night — from John Travolta fumbles to epic celebrity selfies. 5) John Travolta completely butchers Idina Menzel’s name:  While Frozen‘s “Let It Go” took home the Oscar for Best Original Song, things weren’t as good for John Travolta. He […]

Oscars for Dummies: Your guide to this year’s Best Picture nominees

Oscars for Dummies: Your guide to this year’s Best Picture nominees

Going to an Oscar party but you haven’t seen all of the nine films nominated for Best Picture? We’ve got you covered. We break down each movie’s chances to help you cheat your way through conversations (while pretending you actually know something about Hollywood’s biggest night). American Hustle What it’s about: Two con artists are forced to work with an FBI […]

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Ten essentials for rushing TIFF

She’s given us tips on how to survive a TIFF rush line. Our expert, Samantha Lui, also gives us a peek at what she carries with her while braving the wait. 1 | Water Always, ALWAYS bring water.  A bottle of water is crucial as it’s easy to get dehydrated waiting outside for a long period of time. 2 | Snacks If you’re someone […]

by Samantha Lui· · Arts & Life, Film & Television
The rush line for The F Word. (Samantha Lui / Ryersonian Staff)

TIFF rush lines: a guide to success

Frustrated with TIFF’s virtual waiting room? Determined to see Benedict Cumberbatch in the flesh? If you couldn’t score tickets to your must-see flick or just decided to join the festivities late in the game, have no fear, the Ryersonian’s rush line guide is here. As someone who’s waited in a rush line for eight hours to see Ryan Gosling’s latest […]

by Samantha Lui· · Arts & Life, Film & Television