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Watch: Blind coffee taste test

Watch as Ryersonian TV’s Tagwa Moyo and Deni Verklan get fellow Ryersonian staff to do a blind coffee taste test. How did we do? Watch to find out.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Arts & Life, Food, students, Videos
20th Century Women, courtesy Annapurna Pictures.

Film Fridays: 20th Century Women

Films depicting the past are often steeped in nostalgia. However 20th Century Women, written and directed by Mike Mills, does not romanticize this coming-of-age story set in the late ‘70s. Rather, the film shows 1978 Santa Barbara in an immediate and believable way, as if it were a modern story.   Protagonist Jamie is a young teenage boy who has […]

by Jenna Campbell· · Arts & Life, Media, Opinion
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Cheap(ish) study week student trips

Escape your responsibilities with these winter getaways

by Sarah Cunningham-Scharf· · Arts & Life, students, Travel
Can Ryerson students identify fake news?

Can Ryerson students identify fake news?

Watch as Ryersonian TV’s Mahnoor Sheikh and Vanessa Nigro talk to students and read them a mix of real and fake headlines. Can they tell the difference?

by Ryersonian Staff· · Arts & Life, Media, students, Videos
Students to Watch: TRSM student is an up-and-coming singer

Students to Watch: TRSM student is an up-and-coming singer

Tiffany Williams’ music career has always been her number one priority, but for the next two years, school is her full-time job. “I thought I might broaden the spectrum and get a business degree as well,” said Williams. Williams has known she wanted a music career since she was 10 years old. “At first I was so lost. I was like where do I start?”

by Shawntae Harris· · Arts & Life, Music
Bob Hunter typing media release at the galley table as the Phyllis Cormack approaches San Francisco during the 1975 whale campaign. North Pacific, Coast of California. (Courtesy of ©Greenpeace)

Greenpeace activist rediscovered by Ryerson prof

A Ryerson professor says Greenpeace co-founder Bob Hunter wasn’t just an activist, but an unrecognized eco-philosopher

by Iva Celebic· · Arts & Life, Environment, Features
Official comic book cover illustrated by Katie Burns

Bringing a comic book to life

Yona Strauss and Izzy Ahrbeck explore the theory of dual personas through a comic book and web series.

by Andre Varty· · Arts & Life, Media
Business over beers

Business over beers

Watch as Ryersonian TV’s Laura Woodward breaks down the latest news in the world of business in the time it takes her to finish a beer. Freshii going public, Snapchat launching potentially the biggest tech IPO since Facebook and Fitbit’s struggles are all on tap for this week’s episode of business over beers.

People are buying music again — so why is HMV Canada closing?

People are buying music again — so why is HMV Canada closing?

Nick Williams, CEO of HMV Canada, blamed the store’s loss in revenue, which has largely decreased in the last two years, on young audiences not buying music. But is that really the case?

by Robyn Bell· · Arts & Life, Media, News, Off Campus
Ryersonians in New York: Christina Dun

Ryersonians in New York: Christina Dun

Living in New York is a dream for people all over the world, including Ryerson alumna Chirstina Dun. Through refining her education through journalism school and plenty of hard work, she turned her dreams into a reality and found herself living and working in the concrete jungle.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Arts & Life, Media
Students to Watch: Krizia Peluso

Students to Watch: Krizia Peluso

  Third-year fashion communication student Krizia Peluso is the producer of this year’s Mass Exodus, the student-run fashion show on April 8 at Daniels Spectrum. When Peluso was 12 years old, she knew she wanted to pursue fashion as a career. “Before I was like, ‘Should I become a dentist? Oh no, I hate teeth,’” she says. As the producer, […]

RADmag looks to put print back on the map

RADmag looks to put print back on the map

Printed magazines are having a renaissance according to Graeme Montgomery, editor-in-chief of Ryerson Art+Design Magazine (RADmag). “People really appreciate being able to hold something and flip through something and have something on their coffee table,” he says. The newest issue demonstrates a wide range of creative work from some of Ryerson University’s most talented students across the Faculty of Communication […]

by Andre Varty· · Arts & Life, Media
Film Fridays: Jackie

Film Fridays: Jackie

The film Jackie, directed by Pablo Larraín, takes the political spotlight off the president and focuses it instead on the first lady. This time John F. Kennedy is used as a plot device, most shots only showing the back of his head. The film explores what Jackie Kennedy must have felt before and after her husband’s assassination. Much of the […]

by Jenna Campbell· · Arts & Life, Media, Opinion
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Ryerson DJ tries to spin his way to the top

Watch as Ryersonian TV’s Shawntae Harris talks to Ryerson’s DJ Alit about his breakthrough and how he still has a long way to go.

by Shawntae Harris· · Arts & Life, Music, Videos
Third-year photography students exhibit photobooks at Ryerson Artspace

Third-year photography students exhibit photobooks at Ryerson Artspace

Cherileigh Co Lara Onayak   Third-year photography students showcased installations of their photo books at the Ryerson Artspace. The exhibit, running now until February 5th, features projects completed in their photo production and photographic book classes. For many students, this will be the first time their work is displayed to the public. Visitors can flip through all of the photo […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Arts & Life, Photography, students
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Musicians@Ryerson help local talent

The closing of historic Toronto venues is making it harder for local musicians to thrive. Hugh’s Room, The Hoxton and The Central are just a few of the venues that have closed in 2016 and 2017. But Musicians@Ryerson, a student-run group, is making efforts to keep local talent alive. “(Hugh’s Room) is home base for the folk community and amazing […]

by Madison Good· · Arts & Life, Music, Videos
The founders of Peoples Product, Eva Parrell and Chelsea Mazur, work in the Fashion Zone at Ryerson University on Jan 31, 2017. (Andrea Vacl/Ryersonian)

Ryerson’s latest sustainable clothing startup

Is the person who makes your clothes paid a living wage? Chances are you probably don’t know, but Ryerson fashion grads Eva Parrell and Chelsea Mazur are hoping to change that. Parrell and Mazur’s startup, Peoples Product, is making fair trade and sustainable clothes with modern designs and a reasonable price tag. Their use of fair trade producers and eco-friendly […]

by Andrea Vacl· · Arts & Life, Fashion
Ryerson Image Centre's exhibition, "Power to the People" features five installations on the fight for racial justice. Courtesy of James Morley

Black protest images showcased at Ryerson

The Ryerson Image Centre is showcasing photo exhibitions that explore historic and ongoing struggles for justice between people of colour and police forces.

(Tristan Simpson/Ryersonian Staff)

Are you going to pass, or artichoke? We test students on veggie knowledge

WATCH: Do students know their vegetables?

by Ryersonian Staff· · Arts & Life, Food, Videos
Frank Lin, a second-year architecture student (Cherileigh Co/Ryersonian)

Students to Watch: Architecture student rises in photography

Two years ago, Frank Lin deleted all of his personal Instagram posts and rebranded his account into @hoeshell, a visual outlet. Recently, he reached 1,000 followers.

by Cherileigh Co· · Arts & Life, Photography
Ryerson hosts fourth annual darkness concert

Ryerson hosts fourth annual darkness concert

Does losing one sense really heighten another? While losing vision may not turn anyone into a real-life Daredevil, Ryerson students found it gave them a new perspective while attending the fourth annual Darkness Concert at Oakham House.

by Robyn Bell· · Arts & Life, Music, Performance Arts
Ryersonian file photo.

R U satisfied with the food at Ryerson?

Ryerson University’s food master plan survey by Ryersonian TV’s Jaclyn Tansil and Madison Good.

DIY gift ideas for students

DIY gift ideas for students

Earlier this month, Ryerson Student Life brought back their #RUKind initiative in honour of World Kindness Day. The initiative included giving away prizes to students such as gift cards for groceries, electronics, transit and more. Ryerson Student Life Programs also set up activities on campus to interact with students, where they had a gratitude lounge with greeting cards to give […]

by Selena Singh· · Arts & Life, News
Interview: Anthony Morgan lights hands on fire

Interview: Anthony Morgan lights hands on fire

Anthony Morgan is one of the hosts for Daily Planet and the founder of Science Ninjas Inc. The Ryersonian’s Chayonika Chandra interviewed him to talk about his upcoming events and projects.  He also lights people’s hands on fire.

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Film Fridays: La La Land review

La La Land has it all: singing, dancing, comedy, drama and romance. Mia (Emma Stone) is a struggling actress. Her life consists of running from her part-time job to auditions. Life hasn’t worked out the way she wanted it to. She thought she would’ve made it in L.A. by now, but she hasn’t. Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) is a down-on-his-luck jazz musician. […]

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 […]

Students get into the holiday spirit at the SLC

Students get into the holiday spirit at the SLC

With winter break right around the corner, the holiday season has arrived at Ryerson’s Student Learning Centre.“Shop the SLC: A Holiday Market” is taking place for the second time after its success last year. This year’s three-day market featured a Santa photo booth on Tuesday. On Friday, there will be a performance by Ryerson’s a cappella group, followed by a World […]

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Actors get physical

If you’re longing for romance, treasure and adventure, you’re in luck.  For the holidays, Ryerson’s School of Performance actors will be bringing to life an adaptation of the swashbuckling coming of age tale, Treasure Island. For the last six weeks, the cast of 15 graduating fourth-year actors and the entire third-year class have been working together six days a week in […]

Joyce Carpenter, the mother of Patricia Carpenter, in her home during shooting for the documentary. (Courtesy Shades of Our Sisters)

RTA project honours missing and murdered indigenous women

For their final thesis project, eight media production students came together and created Shades of Our Sisters, an installation that celebrates the lives of missing and murdered indigenous women, trans and two-spirit individuals. The project focuses on the lives of Patricia Carpenter and Sonya Cywink, two of the more than 1200 missing and murdered indigenous women. The installation is a […]

by Kelsey Adams· · Arts & Life, Film & Television, Media, News
A lot of people believe that feminism is only for women, but it's also for men. (Ryersonian Archive)

What does feminism mean?

Feminism’s a word that a vast majority of people don’t fully understand. Until recently, I didn’t completely understand it either. This is partly because in the media, most movies and TV shows never give a definition. Equality shown in media In the TV shows and movies that I watched growing up, most of the characters I saw were shown in […]

A shot of the 2015 holiday market in the student learning centre. (Katie Raskina/Ryersonian Staff)

What to expect at this years SLC holiday market

Following the success of last year’s holiday market, Ryerson’s Student Learning Centre (SLC) is bringing back the holiday spirit this year. Starting Nov. 29, people will have a chance to buy from various items like jewelery and artwork from Ryerson vendors at Shop the SLC: A Holiday Market. “This event brings together not only students but alumni and community members that are […]

by Danielle Lee· · Arts & Life
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Ryerson fashion students explore real life and technology

Ryerson’s fashion promotion class held their annual mini fall show in the Ryerson Communications Centre and this year’s theme merged concepts like never before. The name of the show is SPLICE, the formation of a connection between two unrelated concepts. According to Krizia Peluso, this year, that concept is a bridge between real life and digital realities prevalent in today’s […]

by Megan Stephens· · Arts & Life, Fashion, Photography
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.

Santa Claus. (Courtesy Pixabay)

Get in the Christmas spirit with these Ryerson events

With the holidays just around the corner, why not take a break from studying for exams and working on final projects? Instead, get in the Christmas spirit on campus. From skating to shopping to taking photos with Santa, Ryerson’s got you and your friends covered.

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Film Fridays: Moana review

The thing that separates Moana from other Disney films is the culture it depicts. It’s rare for the Hawaiian culture to get a spotlight and Disney has now brought the land and culture to the big screen. When Moana is a young girl, the ocean calls to her and gives her a stone. She learns through oral stories that this […]

Laugh your bells off at Second City’s holiday improv show

Laugh your bells off at Second City’s holiday improv show

Second City’s new improv show Eat, Buy, Repeat: The Second City’s Guide to the Holidays kicked off Monday night at the Toronto MainStage, taking the audience on a raunchier, more realistic, behind-the-scenes look at the holiday season. The two hour show featured numerous mini skits and musical performances that poked fun at the traditions and festivities that society glorifies over […]

by Sydney Masonovich· · Arts & Life, Performance Arts
Second-year fashion communications student Danijela Keko models in a shoot for Kastor & Pollux. (Courtesy Bianca Scarlato)

Students to Watch: Fashion communication student masters the industry

Fashion communication student Dani Keko-Aranilla is a jack of all trades. The second-year student has dabbled in fashion journalism, modelling, styling, illustration and public relations. But rather than being a master of none, she’s conquering them all. She left the advertising program at OCAD and started studying in the fashion communication program at Ryerson in 2015. She grew up in […]

by Kelsey Adams· · Arts & Life, Fashion
(Courtesy Chayonika Chandra)

Things to do this weekend (Nov. 25-27)

The cold weather has finally come, but that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck indoors. Put on something to you keep you warm and go to some events happening this weekend in Toronto. 1. The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Follow +RT for a chance to win a pair of tickets to #JingleBallNorth Nov 25 (minors require parental consent) Rules: https://t.co/cFz61mPU15 […]

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
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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
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Feminism in theatre

There is now an all-womyn theatre company in Toronto. HERstory Counts is a theatre company that produces plays, which are written and performed by diverse female-identified womyn. Female-identified means any person who identifies themselves as a womyn. Why it’s important Jennifer Neales, the founder of HERstory Counts says, this company is not only important, it’s necessary. “HERstory Counts became the necessary […]

Students build eco-friendly condo, solarBLOCK

Students build eco-friendly condo, solarBLOCK

Students from Ryerson University, Seneca College and the University of Toronto have come together to build an environmentally sustainable condominium. The team is called ECOstudios. The condo is called the solarBLOCK and is designed for urban living. It works by drawing energy from the city’s energy grid but on a yearly basis it will give just as much energy back, […]

#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.

Billy Lynn (Joe Alywn) crying while hearing the national anthem. (Courtesy Sony Pictures)

Film Fridays: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk review

Ang Lee has created an honest film about what the realities of war are and what the media perceives them to be. Billy Lynn (Joe Alywn) and his fellow soldiers have come back home to America for a victory tour. This comes after Lynn’s team, Bravo, are caught on camera in a harrowing battle in Iraq. Yet, the young soldier […]

You could say For Jane is a Ryerson based band with members from RTA.

Looking for local bands? The Music Den’s got you covered

On Nov. 18, The Music Den is launching a free monthly concert series to connect Toronto music lovers to local artists. The initiative, based out of the TransMedia Zone, works to create more opportunities for local bands to play live shows. The Music Den hopes to attract Ryerson students to the shows by making live music more accessible and less […]

by Kelsey Adams· · Arts & Life, Music
(Courtesy Chayonika Chandra)

Things to do this weekend (Nov. 18-20)

It’s been a long week at school, so you should go out and enjoy yourself. It’s just over a month away from Christmas and that means this is the weekend the city kicks off some holiday events. 1. The Distillery Christmas Market Here are 5 reasons why you should visit the @TOXmasMkt this holiday season https://t.co/8VfV0khYeY pic.twitter.com/hwauCWvCDc — Live2UToronto (@live2utoronto) November […]

A Tibetan monk carefully places sand granules onto the mandala using a traditional tool called chak-pur. (Esther Lee)

Bringing Tibetan culture to Ryerson

Ryerson’s first ever Tibet Week is taking place on the ground floor of the Student Learning Centre until Friday, Nov. 18. The event is being held by Students for A Free Tibet Ryerson, a political student group that seeks to raise awareness about Tibetan culture, tradition and history, as well as about the current political situation in Tibet. “We’re trying […]

by Esther Lee· · In pictures, News, On Campus, Photography, students
Ryerson grad making her way in comedy

Ryerson grad making her way in comedy

A Ryerson University graduate will perform on Second City’s Mainstage as part of the new holiday improv show Eat, Buy, Repeat: The Second City’s Guide to the Holidays. Allana Reoch was hired to the cast of Second City Touring Company in June. The female comedian has made a name for herself in the industry with her two-time Canadian Comedy Award nominations […]

by Sydney Masonovich· · Arts & Life
Third-year, Sierra Richardson and fourth-year, Connor Mitton, rehearse before Ryerson Dances 2016 launches. (Courtesy Megan Stephens)

Ryerson Dances 2016

Juggling course work, electives and rehearsing for a major production may seem unmanageable to most. But it’s what Ryerson dance students have been doing for the last two months in preparation for their annual fall production. Ryerson Dances, the School of Performance’s showcase for third and fourth-year students, brings together 62 dancers to perform three brand new routines. The dancers […]