Arts & Life

Matt King and Andrew Ferguson are childhood friends and started LaRue Entertainment together. (Photo courtesy of LaRue Entertainment)

Ryerson grads’ production company to première show about a crack-smoking mayor

LaRue Entertainment, a production company founded by two Ryerson alumni, will debut their new digital series on YouTube called Filth City on Nov. 5. The date also marks the four-year anniversary of Rob Ford’s admitting to smoking crack.

The show is about a fictional big-city mayor embroiled in a controversy surrounding his own crack video. Creating a comedy loosely based on the late Toronto mayor and the scandal he left behind led his brother Doug Ford to call the show “disgusting.”

by Aidan Macnab· · Arts & Life, Film & Television
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RTA students crowdfunded $5,000 for film about consent

A group of five Ryerson women are trying to encourage students to speak up and support each other about consent.

Glass Ceiling Productions, formed by the fourth-year RTA School of Media students, is currently working on a film about consent in young relationships. The movie, called The Remnants of Eden, tackles an important and sensitive issue.

by Christiane Beya· · Film & Television, News
MOVIE MONDAYS: The Florida Project

MOVIE MONDAYS: The Florida Project

The Florida Project, written and directed by Sean Baker, is a film that follows the lives of several motel guests throughout one summer in a dirt-poor part of Florida. It is not a film with an overly complex plot and it is not hard to follow at all. And yet, despite how simple the film can seem at times, it is also extremely thought-provoking and emotionally deep. It is, by leaps and bounds, one of the most beautiful and captivating films to come along in 2017.

Jessica Pryzdial, an executive for the Ryerson Public Health Outreach Group with the group’s poster. (Photo by Mah Noor Mubarik)

Public health outreach group comes to Ryerson

A new Ryerson group on campus is gearing up to raise awareness about public health issues.

The Ryerson Public Health Outreach Group aims to discuss topics including STI prevention, food safety, vaccination, diseases and more.

by Mah-Noor Mubarik· · Arts & Life, Health
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VIDEO: What I wish my professor knew

Today is World Mental Health Day.

According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, one in five people are living with mental health issues or illness. Students spend a significant amount of time in the classroom, a space that can either address these issues or significantly contribute to them. 

by Ryersonian Staff· · Health, Opinion
Ryerson President Mohamed Lachemi addresses the Canadian Economic Club, where he discussed Ryerson's International Hyperloop team and their work developing the hyperloop transportation system. (Photo by Aidan Macnab)

Lachemi praises Ryerson’s hyperloop team at economic club

Ryerson’s own International Hyperloop Team was the star of president Mohamed Lachemi’s address to the Canadian Economic Club Thursday. The hyperloop is a transportation system where a pod travels through a tube and can reach close to the speed of sound. It does not require fossil fuels to operate. It is essentially a train being sucked through a vacuum. Members […]

Peak rush hour outside of the Eaton Centre (Photo courtesy of the Ryersonian archives)

The Rye student guide to fall reading week

Tired of classes yet? Dreading midterms? Have you forgotten what the outside of a textbook looks like? Thanksgiving break and reading week are only a few short days away and Toronto has no shortage of events to keep you busy.

If you’re planning on staying on campus, Ryerson’s library and the Student Learning Centre will be closed Thanksgiving Monday but will operate at regular hours for the rest of reading week.

Apps every student should have

Apps every student should have

You spend most of your time on that little digital device that always seems to be no more than three inches away from you. Yes, your smart phone. You might be accustomed to using it for music, texting, random Google searches and of course, social media. But there are a few apps you may or may not have heard of that could make your life easier. The following list is broken down into four categories: food, transit, school and life.

Katherine Highgate poses for a Miss Universe Canada shoot. Photo credit: Miss Universe Canada

RTA grad competing in Miss Universe Canada pageant

A Ryerson graduate is on a mission to be named the second African-Canadian Miss Universe Canada.

There has only been one African-Canadian woman in the pageant’s history to win the title. Katherine Highgate’s goal is to become the second and promote diversity.

by Josie Mills· · Arts & Life
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Just a short distance from Yonge Street, one of Toronto’s most well-known streets, lies Ryerson’s main drag, Gould Street. Though it’s commonly used to shuttle between school buildings, Gould is more than just a thoroughfare — it’s a place where passersby pause.

Feel better with the mental health benefits of fitness

Feel better with the mental health benefits of fitness

Staying fit and keeping active isn’t just about keeping your body healthy. Regular physical activity is an integral part of a student’s well-being. Exercise is definitively linked to good mental health.

Some Ryerson students, however, are neglecting the mental health benefits of exercise when they need it most: exam season.

by Michael D'Alimonte· · Features, Health
(Photo by Simona Catalano)

Garbage, theft and loud music: Roommate horror stories

Frosh is over, school’s in full swing and by now you might be realizing that your new roommate isn’t exactly what you signed up for.

The idea of the made-for-TV roommate who becomes your best friend has been shattered, and maybe now you don’t even talk to yours.

by Josie Mills· · Arts & Life, students
"It’s a story by black people for everyone," comments Harris on her upcoming film challenging shadeism within people of color. (Photo by John Ker)

Ryerson film alumna explores shadeism within the black community

Toronto-based documentary filmmaker Sara Yacobi-Harris tackled the perspectives and narratives of multi-ethnic Jewish identity in her 2016 film Who Is a Jew?. However, her deep interest in unravelling identity hasn’t stopped growing just yet, as the filmmaker takes on a new film about shadeism, entitled Dancing Through Shades.

“The film tackles the taboo subject of Shadeism by exploring the experiences of light skin individuals versus dark-skinned individuals, but also breaking down the construction of beauty and privilege that is perpetuated through shadeism and colourism” Yacobi-Harris said.

by Abigail Murta· · Arts & Life, Film & Television
Movie Review: “American Made”

Movie Review: “American Made”

There are two types of famous actors.

There are those who slide from film to film in a chameleon-like manner, constantly changing colours and taking on roles that push them to be something completely different from what they were before. The late Philip Seymour Hoffman was a classic example.

Photo by Julie Germansky

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It’s officially fall, but Toronto is finally getting its summer weather. Amidst the concrete jungle, Ryerson’s Quad is nestled between the Kerr buildings. Whether it’s to get work done, take a nap or a pause between class, the Quad is a respite from the city’s bustle for the #HUMANSOFRYERSON

by Julie Germansky· · Arts & Life, Humans of Ryerson
Photo by Maggie Macintosh

Utilities, Wi-Fi and trauma: Rye students and grads open up about the health costs of living downtown

Cardboard cutouts plastered with packing tape line the apartment’s teal baseboard vents where they meet the dirty linoleum. While they appear to be holding something together, resident Clara Purdy said the cardboard is there to keep something out: unwanted houseguests.

“I don’t like hearing the mice run in the walls,” said the fourth-year Ryerson fashion communications student. “It still bugs me, even after four years.”

by Maggie Macintosh· · Features, Health
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‘Lucid’ state of mind: music and meditation

Seven years ago, Aaron Labbé was unable to go outside without being stricken with intense anxiety. He said he could not escape from an overwhelming sense of despair at how badly people treated each other. His condition led to a “major nervous breakdown resulting in heart arrhythmia,” he said. Now, along with other things he needs to do to maintain peace of mind, he meditates.

Labbé was living in Buffalo at the time he sought medical help. He had a long list of diagnoses, like borderline personality disorder, bipolar 1 disorder, panic anxiety disorder and substance abuse. He was prescribed 15 different medications until one was found to be effective.

by Aidan Macnab· · Features, Health
Ryerson’s best “lesser known” cheap eat spots

Ryerson’s best “lesser known” cheap eat spots

So you come to school every day and you eat the same food, huh? You spend money every week at McDonald’s, you say? Ha, that’s funny. Or Burrito Boyz? Delicious if you’re a burrito lover (side note — burritos are nasty). Panera Bread? C’mon guys, spruce it up. It’s about time that you start allowing your eating habits to feel love. Excite your taste buds.

Below, you will find spots to eat near campus that you may not have heard of. Most likely, you’ve never been to at least one or two of these restaurants, if not all of them.

by Evan Manning· · Arts & Life, Food, Off Campus
Michael Zoffranieri adjusts clothing on model. (Photo by Ash Jahromi)

Ryerson meets fashion: the Zoffranieri perspective

Ryerson University’s fashion students will be featuring their designs during this season of Toronto women’s fashion week. With opportunities from Canada Fashion Group (CFG), runway shows, and Toronto men’s and women’s fashion week talks, Toronto is a hub for fashion enthusiasts with the desire to start off their careers in the industry.

Former 2016 Ryerson graduate and ZOFF designer, Michael Zoffranieri, won the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) annual New Labels competition, and received the Suzanne Rogers Award for Most Promising New Label of 2017.

by Christiane Beya· · Arts & Life, Fashion
The wellness centre has been held up for a year but will be operational in the basement of the SCC in January, said RSU president Susanne Nyaga. (Photo by Aidan Macnab)

Wellness centre to open next semester

After a year-long delay, renovations that violated building codes and thousands of dollars paid by the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU), a mental health support centre will finally open next semester.

Former RSU president, Obaid Ullah, said that the current administration is accusing the previous one of fumbling with the renovations for political reasons. He said the code violations were due to the work not being completed, as he and former vice-president of student life, Harman Singh chose to pause the renovations in order to pay back students for the 6Fest debacle.

by Aidan Macnab· · Health, News, On Campus, students
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Stigma behind the afro is challenged in Ryerson alumnae film

With four films now under her belt, it’s just the beginning for Toronto-based director Alicia K. Harris. Her experimental short film Maybe If It Were a Nice Room, which explores her personal experience of rape, was featured at the Female Eye Film Festival in 2016 and won best production design at the North American Film Awards.

That same year, Harris tackled a new and profoundly sensitive topic in her upcoming short film Pick: the social stigma around the afro.

by Abigail Murta· · Arts & Life, Film & Television
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VOICES: Caring for someone with depression

Picture this: 11 weeks stuck in your bedroom after a complicated five-hour ankle surgery. Two metal rods and 20 screws later, you cannot walk. You just hop on your right foot to the bathroom, then back to bed. At the same time, the incessant banging of your major home renovation goes on all day long. Meals are brought to you in bed. You have to ask every time you want something, even just a glass of water.

How are you feeling? Trapped, secluded, isolated.  To sum it up in one word: depressed.

by Sophie Armstrong· · Health, Opinion, Voices
Urban geography specialist Florian Mayer comes to Toronto from Germany. Toronto’s car centric layout served as a good test bed for Mayer.

Former Ryerson intern dreams of a greener Toronto

Smaller streets, green spaces and more accessible public transit could give Toronto an environmental facelift. Florian Mayer, a former research intern at Ryerson this past summer, is going to present his recommendations to the 54th International Making Cities Livable Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Oct. 2.

He now lives in Denmark, but he came to Canada to research ways to improve city infrastructure, namely roads, with a public health angle in mind.

by Mansoor Tanweer· · Environment, News, Off Campus
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Sundown Music Festival TO

The RSU hosted the Sundown music festival last Friday, which featured acts like The Skins, Joey Bada$$ and Miguel. The crowd had a night filled with good food, good music and great vibes.

by Nadia Khamsi· · Arts & Life, In pictures, Music
#RUDaysof Seasons Gallery

#RUDaysof Seasons Gallery

The RU Student Life invite you to come celebrate the past year in pictures. The #RUDaysof Seasons Gallery is up in the SLC Amphitheater from Tuesday, Sept. 26 to Friday, Sept. 29 and everyone is invited!    

by Nadia Khamsi· · Arts & Life, Fashion
Farley Chatto showed his Czar Nicholas II collection at Fashion Week. (Emily Rivas / Ryersonian Staff)

Ryerson has a new fashionable partner

After many seasons of offering their expertise to Ryerson students, Canada Fashion Group (CFG) has officially partnered with Ryerson University for Toronto Fashion Week.

Movie Mondays: “Stronger”

Movie Mondays: “Stronger”

Every so often, there is a film that vocalizes the claustrophobia and hollowness of PTSD in just as an effective manner as any war movie ever could. Stronger, David Gordon Green’s biopic about the Boston Marathon bombings survivor Jeff Bauman, is the latest film to show just how overwhelming and depressive dealing with PTSD can be.

by Evan Manning· · Arts & Life, Film & Television, Opinion
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The RSU hosted the Sundown music festival yesterday, which featured acts like The Skins, Joey Bada$$ and Miguel.

The crowd had a night filled with good food, good music and great vibes. Here’s a recap:

by Shantia Cross· · Arts & Life, Music, News, Off Campus, On Campus
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UPDATED: Digital counselling for students approved during RSU meeting

Ryerson students may be getting more services in their health and dental plan, if a new digital counselling service, myWellness, is approved.

Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) vice-president operations Ali Yousaf put forward a motion at the Sept. 21 Board of Directors (BoD) meeting. The motion proposes for the RSU to provide a digital counselling platform through myWellness for students suffering from mental illnesses.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Health, News, On Campus
Ryerson’s RTA School of Media Wall of Fame along the halls of the Rogers Communication Centre features an extensive list of graduates that have gone on to become leaders in their industry. (Photo by Max Ciarmela)

Jay Onrait inspires Ryerson’s first sport media generation

By: Max Ciarmela and Luke Bellus  As Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole return to TSN to host their new show, SportsCentre with Jay and Dan, some of Ryerson’s first sport media graduating students credit Onrait for inspiring their generation. “The most frequent comment I get is, ‘I grew up with you guys,’” Onrait said. “On one hand it makes us […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Film & Television, Sports
VOICES: An open letter to Hollywood

VOICES: An open letter to Hollywood

Hi Hollywood, I wanted to introduce myself, in case you weren’t sure what a genuine Asian person looks like. Surprise! I’m a far cry from Scarlett Johansson.  But you knew that, didn’t you? You must have, since the Internet explodes every time you even consider casting a white actor as a character of colour. How else do you explain the […]

by Christine Chua· · Film & Television, Opinion
(Photo by Sally Goldberg Powell)

Movie Mondays: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Films directed by Martin McDonagh exist in a world of extravagant violence and interminable cursing. Hearing the words shit or fuck are as likely as hearing hello and punches are not shied away from in the slightest. No one outside of Quentin Tarantino intertwines the two with such seamless results. And although McDonagh relentlessly employs these devices, it is never […]

by Evan Manning· · Arts & Life, Film & Television, Opinion
Naloxone kits are available at pharmacies across Toronto to anyone with a valid Ontario health
card. (Kayla Douglas/Linsey Raschkowan/Ryersonian)

VIDEO: Accessing naloxone is simpler than you’d think

Video was made by Linsey Raschkowan and Kayla Douglas     Picking up the antidote to a life-threatening illegal narcotic might seem like an intimidating task, but in reality, it’s as easy as picking up any other prescription in Ontario pharmacies. Accessing naloxone, the antidote used in fentanyl and other opioid-related overdoses, is more important than ever on a university […]

by Aidan Macnab· · Health, How to, News, Off Campus, On Campus, Videos
From left to right: Yazan Zafar, Daniel Carey and Deva Veylan won first prize at the Greater Toronto Emerging Green Professional Hackathon: Zero Carbon Retrofits. They now get a chance to present their proposal to the Toronto Catholic School Board. (Photo by Mansoor Tanweer)

Ryerson students win chance to convert elementary school to green tech

A team consisting of two Ryerson students and one from Carleton University has won the opportunity to help a Toronto school take a big leap into the future. Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Scarborough is looking for ways to retrofit its building in order to become a net zero-energy school. To achieve this goal, the elementary school turned […]

by Mansoor Tanweer· · Environment, News, On Campus
Ryerson Image Centre: Photographs of Canada from The New York Times Photo Archive

Ryerson Image Centre: Photographs of Canada from The New York Times Photo Archive

                 

by Joti Grewal· · Arts & Life, Photography
Mexican journalists often encounter persecution, harassment and espionage, Navarro said. (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Targeted for reporting on the drug war: Mexican journalist speaks at Ryerson

By: Ricardo Serrano  Persecution, harassment and espionage. These are some of the things Mexican journalists encounter on the job.   Adela Navarro spoke at Ryerson University on Wednesday night and shared her experiences working as a journalist in Mexico, documented as one of the most dangerous places for the press. Just this year four journalists have died, according to Reporters […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Arts & Life, On Campus
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RE:UP gives second hand clothes a second chance

Caryl Santos doesn’t normally attend school events but while walking past the Student Learning Centre with her friend Rhea Salinas on Thursday, the two were lured to the Student Learning Centre’s amphitheatre when they caught sight of a flared white dress on a clothing rack. The dress was one of many outfits on display at RE:UP Clothing Swap, a collaboration […]

by Shantia Cross· · Arts & Life, Fashion
Views from the farm: Tour Ryerson’s rooftop garden

Views from the farm: Tour Ryerson’s rooftop garden

  Ryerson’s urban farm and environmental green roof is on a mission to grow food to feed the city. The Andrew and Valerie Pringle environmental green roof can be found on top of the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre. On any given day, you can find students and staff harvesting the garden while surrounded by the constant construction of […]

(Courtesy of the Ryerson Students' Association)

UPDATED: RSU announces new festival, says sorry

The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) has announced the first festival of the year and it comes with an apology. Miguel, DJ Infinity and Jayemkayem were announced Wednesday morning as performers for the festival, named Sundown. They round out Joey Bada$$, The Skins, Sean Leon and The Sorority, who were among the first acts released on Monday at sundown, 7:36 p.m. The […]

by Simona Catalano· · Arts & Life, Music, News, Off Campus, On Campus
How to be cheap in Toronto

How to be cheap in Toronto

  Whether you live on- or off-campus, every student should try to find ways to save money while going to school. If you live on-campus, chances are you can cut the cost of your living expenses with a meal plan, the nearby campus store and having roommates willing to split the costs of household items. If you live off-campus, things […]

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Monday movie reviews: “It”

Up until the age of maybe six or seven, I was afraid of the basement. I would stand at the top of the staircase in my old house, frozen in a state of fright as I gazed down into the shadowy abyss for minutes at a time. When the lights were off, I always thought there was something looming in […]

by Evan Manning· · Arts & Life, Film & Television, Media, Opinion
Pot to be sold online, in stores next July

Pot to be sold online, in stores next July

With legalization slated for July 2018, the Ontario government announced plans to sell cannabis online and in 40 stores. By 2020, there will be 150 stores across the province. The minimum age has been set at 19. “Our aim from the start has been to protect youth, promote health and road safety, focus on prevention and harm reduction, and eliminate […]

Aidan Shipley (front) and Grayson Moore (back) are Ryerson image arts alumni and the co-directors of Cardinals, a movie premiering this month at TIFF. (Photo courtesy of Aidan Shipley)

Ryerson alumni bring new feature film to the big screen at TIFF

As the excitement of the Toronto International Film Festival takes over the city, a group of Ryerson Image Arts alumni are getting ready to celebrate the world première of their new movie Cardinals. Cardinals is the directorial debut from film studies students Aidan Shipley and Grayson Moore. The pair previously worked together on Shipley’s fourth-year thesis film, the 2014 short […]

by Angela McLean· · Arts & Life, Film & Television, Theatre
Vantage Arts Festival

Vantage Arts Festival

In a showcase of Ryerson student artists, the Vantage Arts Festival brought together a variety of work with a focus on the interactive. The festival was a collaboration between the RSU and 10 Dundas East. The event, which took place on Thursday, featured art exhibits ranging from photography, documentary film and painting, to meditation, graffiti and live music. Audience involvement […]

Metro began selling beer on Sept. 4. 
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On-campus Metro now sells beer and cider

By: Maggie Macintosh and Victoria McMurchy Beer is a few steps closer to Pitman Hall. Metro now sells alcohol from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. “I think people will just get fucked up because it’s right beside us and Metro is open pretty late,” said bio-medical engineering student Binh […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Food, News, On Campus, students
Q&A with Taylor Patterson of NORTHOOD

Q&A with Taylor Patterson of NORTHOOD

By: Monique Jagpal Radio and television student Taylor Patterson was inspired by shows like Broad City and decided to begin his own series. We sat down with Patterson to discuss the webseries titled Northood.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Arts & Life, Videos
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Ryerson could one day see sustainable campus wear on its shelves

Senior-year Ryerson students say their proposal for sustainable campus T-shirts is a realistic possibility.

The controversial Niagara Falls student film

The controversial Niagara Falls student film

From our April 6 broadcast, Justin Bellmore reports on the controversy around the Ryerson student film, “As Niagara Falls.”

Ryerson students gather for impromptu hip-hop lessons

Ryerson students gather for impromptu hip-hop lessons

The Ryerson University Hip-Hop Union wants to grow its Ryerson presence.

THE FEMPIRE: Episode 6

THE FEMPIRE: Episode 6

By Brooklyn Neustaeter & Alexandria Pankratz THE FEMPIRE is a weekly podcast series airing every Fri-YAY morning at 10 a.m. EST from the mouths and minds of Brooklyn Neustaeter and Alexandria Pankratz. Inspired by weekend mimosa brunches, THE FEMPIRE is a candid, raw talk show covering topics pertaining to the lifestyle, business, arts and interests that surround the everyday, millennial […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Arts & Life, Audio, Podcasts
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