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Things to do this weekend (Dec. 2-4)

Things to do this weekend (Dec. 2-4)

It’s finally December! What better way to welcome the holiday season then by going out an exploring the wonderful events happening in the city. 1.Treasure Island Treasure Island opens tonight! You can still pick up your tickets at our box office at 345 Yonge St. or online at ryersontreasureisland.bpt.me . . . . #TreasureIsland #RUPerformance #Ryerson #Aaarryouready #RUTreasureIsland #RyersonPirates #Performance345 A photo […]

Tea party with the Beverage Enthusiast Society

Tea party with the Beverage Enthusiast Society

Just in time for the cold weather….there’s a new student group that wants to make you a nice cup of tea. It’s called the Beverage Enthusiasts’ Society! The president, Anoop Dhillon came to the newsroom this morning to do the same for us. He made a pot for our reporter Esther Lee.

Alyssa Bertram at her pop-up shop at Studio67. (Kelsey Adams)

Ryerson alumna sets out to make periods easy

Easy is not a word typically associated with menstruation. Ryerson alumni Alyssa Bertram is out to change that. Bertram, a  graduate of the psychology program launched her company easy. in June. It’s a subscription service that delivers organic feminine hygiene products and fair trade chocolate bars to clients every three months. Bertram hated the inconvenience of buying tampons at the […]

by Kelsey Adams· · Arts & Life, Health
(Ryersonian archive)

Movember: more than ‘staches

With the abundance of moustaches and beards around the city, surely people must know that Movember is upon us. Every year when November rolls around you see a lot of people having fun with the campaign, trying (and maybe failing) to grow handlebars or a Monopoly man ʼstache. But sometimes you can’t help but wonder if they have raised any […]

by Hailey Salvian· · Guest Opinion, Health, Opinion
#RUKind initiative wraps up 5 days of giveaways

#RUKind initiative wraps up 5 days of giveaways

In honour of World Kindness Day on Nov.13, Ryerson Student Life wrapped up their #RUKind campaign on Nov.18 which included 5 days of prize giveaways to students along with on campus activities to inspire kindness. The campaign began in 2014 through a social media campaign as a way to celebrate World Kindness day, where students were encouraged to share their stories of […]

Tibet weeks sand mandala: a closer look

Tibet weeks sand mandala: a closer look

Ryersonian’s Catherine Machado takes a closer look at the meaning behind the mandala. The sand mandala was featured in the SLC for Ryerson’s first Tibet Week created by Students for a Free Tibet.    For more on Ryerson’s first Tibet Week, take a look at Bringing Tibetan culture to Ryerson by Esther Lee.

Volunteers at the Ryerson Good Food Centre: Zennia Seneres, Renee Labrido and Evan Tang. (Samraweet Yohannes)

Students still struggling to fill their plates

Ryerson students are still stuck choosing between tuition and groceries, according to the Good Food Centre, which saw over 150 new members this year. On Thursday, the centre, which used to be known as the Community Food Room, released its annual hunger report for the 2014-15 school year. Increase in members and visits This year it found an increase in the number […]

Food insecurity on campus and mental health

Food insecurity on campus and mental health

Reporter Alex Tsui takes a look at food insecurity at post-secondary schools and its link to mental health. 

Testing for osteoperosis has just gotten easier... all you need is a nail clipping. (Courtesy iStock)

Rye prof nails new test kit for bone disease

A Ryerson professor has invented an at-home test kit that uses toe and fingernail clippings to assess the risk for osteoporosis. Mark Towler, a biomedical engineering professor who was recruited to Ryerson for his research, originally came up with the idea 10 years ago in the U.K., and on Oct. 9 the Osentia test kit went on sale in the […]

RTA grads take VIABLE to Orlando Film Festival

RTA grads take VIABLE to Orlando Film Festival

  What initially started as a course practicum has recently taken a team of RTA grads beyond the classroom and onto the big screen at the Orlando Film Festival. “This particular story was an important one to tell because it’s a personal story about multiple sclerosis,” says Mary Gyulay, director, co-writer, and inspiration behind the film VIABLE. “It meant a […]

by Selena Singh· · Arts & Life, Film & Television, Health
(Amira Zubairi)

From the stage to the camera

A Ryerson dance graduate is taking her first step back into the dance world after suffering from a brain injury. Only this time, instead of being up on stage, she’ll be behind a camera. Miranda Forbes, who graduated from Ryerson in 2009, has been dancing since she was a child. In 2012, Forbes suffered a brain injury after being hit […]

Press conference releasing the Ryerson-led study on the health impacts of precarious work on racialized immigrant women. (Isabelle Docto)

Ryerson study shows temporary work is a public health crisis

Racialized immigrant women working as temporary employees are facing a serious health crisis. This comes from findings of a Ryerson-led study released Monday to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The Ontario government is currently reviewing the Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act and researchers say that if nothing is done to reform precarious work conditions, […]

by David Greenberg· · Health, News
FCAD is pioneering a faculty specific mental health pilot program rolling out this year. (Kevin John Siazon)

FCAD mental health pilot program faces delay

A lack of staff is preventing one of the Faculty of Communication and Design’s (FCAD) mental health pilot programs from rolling out as scheduled. The programs, piloted by FCAD, were announced last spring. They are focused on professional support for faculty, directing students to available mental health supports on campus and creating connections between peers. The peer-connecting program, which pairs […]

by David Greenberg· · Health, News
Posters at the Ryerson counselling centre . (Jayna Rana / Ryersonian Staff)

Depression, anxiety and suicide on the rise at Canadian universities

Depression, anxiety and suicide attempts are increasing among students at Ontario colleges and universities. The rising demand for mental health services is making it hard for campuses to keep up. The new mental health statistics were released today, in a report by the Ontario University College Health Association (OUCHA). The report analyzed responses from 25,000 students gathered this spring.   […]

by David Greenberg· · Health, News, students
A student with 17 doctor notes and other medical-policy woes

A student with 17 doctor notes and other medical-policy woes

Medical notes dominated the discussion at the first of two town hall meetings on Monday evening, which focused on academic policies that will be revised by the Academic Policy Review Committee (APRC). According to the current policy on academic consideration and appeals, a student must get their physician to fill out the Ryerson student medical certificate if they fail to submit […]

by Anna-Kaye Evans· · education, Health, News, On Campus, students
Ryerson making strides toward inclusive food options

Ryerson making strides toward inclusive food options

It’s hard enough to maintain a healthy diet on campus, due to budget restraints and crowded schedules. But for students with religious dietary restrictions, the quest for proper nutrition is even more difficult. Although Ryerson has made efforts to accommodate students who only eat kosher or halal foods, they are still not meeting these students’ needs. “Typically, universities are secular […]

by Kayla Rosen· · Arts & Life, Food, Health
Medicinal pot is currently legal but the Liberal government says it introduce wider legality in the spring of 2017. (Courtesy of Creative Commons)

Ryerson students not particularly jonesing for pot legalization

If you suspect that university students are especially excited about pot legalization that theory’s up in smoke. Ryerson students’ views on the legalization of marijuana align with the broader Canadian population, a new poll suggests. The survey, which was conducted by first-year journalism students, found that 37.5 per cent, or nearly four out of 10 students think marijuana should be […]

Experiment Review: #TheSoylentProject

Experiment Review: #TheSoylentProject

It’s been almost 20 days since I ended #TheSoylentProject on Wednesday March 30, 2016. If you haven’t watched the final vlog wrap-up, I do have a spoiler alert to let you know that I ended the experiment early. Simply put, I ended up getting sick and am still (yes, 20 days later still) recovering. I personally think that my body […]

by Jasmin Husain· · Food, Health, Soylent
RTA doc focuses on developmental disabilities

RTA doc focuses on developmental disabilities

What was supposed to be a film that displayed the work of L’Arche, an international organization based in Toronto that works with people living with developmental disabilities, turned out to be a touching documentary about a boy. Jason Clinker, a 23-year-old who lives with a developmental disability, has become the shining star of the RTA school of media documentary, Unwritten. […]

by Michael Sist· · Arts & Life, Health
RyersonianTV: April 1, 2016 : OSAP Mishap Coverage, Ryersonian’s #thesoylentproject Updates, and Polar Vortex Coming Up

RyersonianTV: April 1, 2016 : OSAP Mishap Coverage, Ryersonian’s #thesoylentproject Updates, and Polar Vortex Coming Up

RyersonianTV is a newscast produced by the School of Journalism’s masthead class. Watch us live, Wednesday to Friday, at noon EST.

For many students, the idea of landing a job is just as stress inducing as not. This is what’s known as a career identity crisis.  (Courtesy of Wikicommons)

A nine-to-five day scares millennials away

Career anxiety among Ryerson students is a growing problem.

Nursing student Betty Wang says long, unpaid placements at hospitals take a toll on students' health.

Nursing students struggle to balance unpaid hospital placements with paid jobs

Fourth-year Ryerson nursing student Kinza Malik got a pretty good idea of what it’s like to be a nurse during her clinical placement at a Toronto hospital this year. She got to do nearly everything a registered nurse does, from monitoring patients after surgery to working their grueling 12-hour shifts. The only thing she didn’t get? Paid. Nursing students must […]

Ben Canning, a third-year business management student, co-founded a company  that builds green roofs on the top of of city buildings. (Lillian Greenblatt/Ryersonian Staff)

Ryerson student planting the seeds of tomorrow

By Richa Syal A Ryerson student is planting the seeds to make rural farming attainable in Toronto’s urban landscape. Ben Canning, a third-year business management student, co-founded Farmium, a company that builds green roofs on top of city buildings. Through the use of a vertical gardening system, he is able to grow plants upward in order to save space. Canning was […]

St. Michael’s Hospital is launching a study into prescription drug costs, a barrier, according to the Canadian Medical Association Journal, that keeps one in 10 Canadians from using medication as prescribed. (Peter Goffin/Ryersonian Staff)

St. Mike’s to study health and financial effects of free prescription drugs

A research team at the nearby St. Michael’s Hospital is launching a study into prescription drug costs, a barrier, according to the Canadian Medical Association Journal, that keeps one in 10 Canadians from using medication as prescribed. The “Carefully seLected and Easily Accessible at No charge Medications” (CLEAN) study will examine the health effects and institutional costs or benefits of […]

by Peter Goffin· · Arts & Life, Health, News, Off Campus
The eight students behind VIABLE. (Courtesy: Jacob Morris)

RTA thesis project to raise money and awareness for MS

Mark your calendars. VIABLE, a new non-profit film and campaign tackling multiple sclerosis awareness, has its exclusive screening on March 3.

Alcohol consumption on the rise for women, says chief public health officer

Alcohol consumption on the rise for women, says chief public health officer

The continuing research suggests our culture “romances the glass.”

by Maham Shakeel· · Arts & Life, Food, Health
Ryersonian's Mikaila Kukurudza gives you a five minute work out for when you need to squeeze in some fitness between studying.

Rye gets fit: cubicle core workout

Ryersonian’s Mikaila Kukurudza gives you a five minute workout for when you need to squeeze in some fitness between studying.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Arts & Life, Health
The Front Line

The Front Line

Universities are increasingly becoming front-line care for a generation more open about mental health than ever before. Now is the time to shift the conversation beyond just wait lists.

by Justine Ponomareff· · Features, Health
Ryerson, St. Mike’s come together to create new health technologies

Ryerson, St. Mike’s come together to create new health technologies

Ryerson joined a 20-year partnership with St. Michael’s Hospital to research and develop health-care solutions on Jan. 26, 2016 at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Fundraising underway for injured Ryerson dancer

Fundraising underway for injured Ryerson dancer

Fundraising has begun for dance student, Napu Boychuk’s medical expenses in Cuba after suffering a severe swimming accident.

by Emily Silva· · Health, News, Theatre, Travel
Kay and Bellows of Young Ones Group (Courtesy Mhairi Kay)

Ryerson grads and peer support program can relieve university’s counselling wait times

The Young Ones, a non-profit organization launched by a Ryerson grad, recently started an online support group to make it easier to communicate.

by Michael Chen· · Health, News
(Steven Goetz/Steven Goetz Storytelling)

Off-campus therapy alternatives

With prolonged counselling wait times at Ryerson, some students are opting to skip the queue and head to a local clinic for mental health services.

by Latifa Abdin· · Health, News, Off Campus
(Steven Goetz/Steven Goetz Storytelling)

Suicide prevention activist speaks out

“I went through a lot of pain,” said Shayan Yazdanpanah, aerospace engineering student and advocate for mental health.

by Angela Serednicki· · Health, News
(Jake Melara/ Unsplash)

This is why your mental health matters

Mental health needs to be discussed with the same compassion, empathy and openness as any other sickness or disease. But it’s not. And this shouldn’t be the case.

by Angela Serednicki· · Editorial, Health
Krista Robinson/ Ryersonian Staff

Volleyball player organizes stem cell drive

This past Thursday, working with Ryerson labour rights advocate Winnie Ng, volleyball player Erica Naccarato combined the traditional “What’s your type?” event, with OneMatch, the Canadian Blood Services’ stem cell registry.

by Krista Robinson· · Health, Sports, Volleyball
You are what you share…or are you?

You are what you share…or are you?

The way we decide what goes on our social media pages typically winds down to one consideration: what we want people to know about us.

by Ban Ibrahim· · Arts & Life, Fashion, Health, Media, Photography, Videos
Lee and his cousin Paula showed their support for the Toronto Blue Jays while Paula visited him in the hospital. Paula started Lee's GoFundMe page (courtesy of Paula)

Engineering student fights to walk again after falling 20 feet

Family of Lee Melymick put their faith in experimental stem-cell research following summer-job accident.

by Jessica Albotra· · Health
Controlled by anorexia, ‘I became obsessed with calorie restricting’

Controlled by anorexia, ‘I became obsessed with calorie restricting’

Every night was the same. I’d crack an egg, sneakily separate the yolk from the white and only poach the white before my parents or sister caught on to what I was doing.

by Jenna Miguel· · Health, Voices
Contraceptive Chaos

Contraceptive Chaos

Is your doctor telling you enough about your options?

A customer exhales shisha smoke in Toronto Nov. 4, 2015. (Charlotte Arnold/Ryersonian Staff)

Toronto shisha shops to go up in smoke by next April

On Wednesday, Toronto city council voted to ban shisha establishments by next April.

by Emerson Brito· · Health, News, Off Campus, Ward 27
A flu vaccine. (Courtesy Government of Alberta)

Ryerson: Students should get the flu shot, stay home if sick

With flu season approaching, Ryerson taking precautions to protect students and faculty

by Adetayo Bero· · Health, On Campus
Attendees at the first Canadian March Against Eating Disorders held on Oct. 27, 2015. (Jenna Miguel/Ryersonian Staff)

Mothers and daughters march to raise awareness about eating disorders in Canada

Moms, daughters and mental health advocates joined forces and marched against eating disorders Tuesday morning.

by Jenna Miguel· · Health, News, Off Campus
Growth of Good Food Centre leads to emphasis on nutrition and sustainability

Growth of Good Food Centre leads to emphasis on nutrition and sustainability

Ryerson’s Good Food Centre is seeing a rise in visits. How is Ryerson fighting to help hunger on campus?

Ryerson sets out goals for academic accommodation

Ryerson sets out goals for academic accommodation

Are professors doing enough to help students in need? We take a look at a panel about academic accommodations.

Alternative fitness options for those who hate the gym

Alternative fitness options for those who hate the gym

Going back to school can mean the abandonment of healthy choices for some Ryerson students who are overwhelmed by the daunting demands of academia. Dumbbells, rowing machines and treadmills are not for everyone, but alternative forms of fitness with reasonable pricing can be hard to find near campus. Here are four fitness studios within a 15-minute walk from campus with unique approaches to exercise.

by Caitlin Martin Newnham· · Arts & Life, Health, students
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
#14DaysDry tackles substance addiction

#14DaysDry tackles substance addiction

Twenty-year-old Lisa Coombs doesn’t remember much about her first drinking experience, except that it ended in a complete and total blackout. It was her first high school party and Coombs, 14 at the time, didn’t recognize a single person there. Feeling uncomfortable and wanting desperately to fit in, she instantly went for the hard stuff, downing countless shots of vodka. […]

by Alexis Goncalves· · Arts & Life, Health
#14DaysDry in Photos

#14DaysDry in Photos

From Feb. 22 to March 7, students and faculty at Ryerson ditched the drugs and alcohol to participate in #14DaysDry. The campaign aimed to raise awareness and support for those struggling with addiction by hosting several events and activities across campus.

by Alexis Goncalves· · Arts & Life, Health
Facebook rolls out new tool for helping at-risk users

Facebook rolls out new tool for helping at-risk users

Facebook is rolling out a new tool to help users at risk of suicide. Users of the social network will be able to report their friend’s posts if they contain worrying language or thoughts, and Facebook will give them an option to send a message of personal support. The new tool will only be available in the U.S., and Facebook […]

by Emily Joveski· · Health, Science & Technology
Express Yourself continues conversation on mental health through art

Express Yourself continues conversation on mental health through art

Ryerson University is offering an alternative way for students to express their thoughts and feelings towards mental health, a subject often tough for many to talk about. The university is hosting the second-annual Express Yourself art exhibit from March 2-6. The event is part of Ryerson’s Mental Health and Well-Being Week, which takes place every semester. This week’s theme is […]

by Samantha Crisp· · Arts & Life, Health