The irrational fear of Muslims, otherwise known as Islamophobia, might have a comedic cure. Becky Choma has spent years researching prejudice and discrimination. The Ryerson psychology professor recently turned her focus to the effects of fear on Islamophobia, given the rise of prejudice towards Muslims in the western world. Choma was awarded a grant for her latest project, which she […]
When Karina Kheshvajian, 22, finally arrived in Toronto, a year after leaving war-torn Syria, she had one goal: to go to Ryerson University. When her Syrian-Armenian family fled Syria in 2014, Kheshvajian was just a year away from graduating with an economics degree from the University of Aleppo. It was difficult for her to abandon her studies, so when her […]
As a Ryerson student, Bob Richards was obsessed with Carl Sagan, author and host of Cosmos. “I had Carl Sagan in my crosshairs.” Richards said. “I was so inspired by him that I really was on a mission to become his student. I started kind of stalking him at conferences and making myself familiar.” In 1980, Sagan wrote a novel […]
The student’s all-too-familiar morning routine: struggling with the snooze button and making sure to grab a coffee to sit through that 8 a.m. class. But for Alex, a fourth-year science student, there’s an extra step to the daily process, which is realized in the form of a preventive HIV pill coated baby blue. “I’ve been using (PrEP) every day for […]
Wrestling Sexism on Toronto Island These women chokeslam negative stereotypes in the world of professional wrestling. Posted by The Ryersonian on Dienstag, 13. September 2016 By Mike Hutchinson & Jacob Cohen Bright lights, rainbows, professional wrestling and dildos. Managers dressed as giant phalluses, announcers cracking jokes and a crowd whooping and cheering as if it was the holy grail of […]
Founded in 1948 as the Ryerson Institute of Technology, the university has grown within the ever-changing and ever-growing city of Toronto. Once used as a training space for the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War, Ryerson is now a modern institution known for innovations like its DMZ. From breweries to rooming houses, this photo essay focuses on […]
In Ojibwa, a tree is not called a tree, Kyle Edwards explains, because a tree is something that will eventually fall to the ground. In Ojibwa, words are rarely used to label, but rather to describe an object’s relationship with the world around it. Edwards is Anishinaabe from Lake Manitoba First Nation, a First Nations people who live on Dog […]
Jessica Crawford turns off the lights and settles into bed. With her heating pad soothing her sore shoulders, she turns on her Stop, Breathe & Think app. Listening to the voice streaming from her phone, she sinks further into relaxation. “I never make it to the end of the meditation, I always pass out,” she says. Going through her body […]
The Ryersonian takes a look a some of the highlights and lowlights from the Rams’ basketball program through the voices of coaches and their players.
Luke Galati wakes up at 8 a.m. He packs his things, grabs his red baseball hat and is ready to start shooting his documentary. “I wore this thing every single day,” Galati, a third-year Ryerson journalism student, says as he shows off the red hat. “It made me feel like a pro.” Galati is the director of the documentary Eastern. […]
Correction: The print version of this story incorrectly stated that Monica Jako is the director of strategic planning and partnerships in the DMZ. She is, in fact, the director of strategic planning and partnerships in the faculty of arts. The mistake has been corrected. If a fortune teller told Barbara Lukasz, a fourth-year English student, about the year-long transformation that […]
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 […]
For one Ontario team, racing around the continent is a family affair.
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.
Outgoing president Sheldon Levy has transformed Ryerson’s campus and built its reputation as an innovation powerhouse
“Imagine you don’t see your parents for more than one year, then you get a call saying your father just passed away.”
Is your doctor telling you enough about your options?
Signing up for an existentialism course last term was a bit like being told I have to spend another summer in the remote village where my dad was raised.
“I have watched (Justin) grow,” Peter Bregg said, reflecting on his iconic images of the Trudeau family during the 16 years they lived at 24 Sussex Drive while his father, Pierre, served as prime minister.
After months of election buzz taking over your social media feeds, from GIFs of Elizabeth May’s sassy peace sign, to too many voter status selfies to count, millions of Canadians await real change after electing Justin Trudeau as the new Prime Minister.
By Allison Ridgway Far from home and working at a residential treatment camp for youth with mental health issues, Leena Chudasama felt a sense of helplessness slowly creeping in. It was the Ryerson child and youth care student’s first program placement, now three years ago, and she enjoyed the work — it was what she was training to do. […]
Science has become a major election issue for students, researchers and scientists across Canada, with many criticizing the Conservative government for cuts to funding.
Portable vaporizers and e-cigarettes have grown increasingly popular, and more and more people are using them to inhale marijuana.
We’ve all seen the photos on our Facebook feed: bright-eyed, well-meaning friends post endless pictures of themselves laughing with African children, petting a lion or striking a quirky pose with a group of other young, mostly white people. These selfies act as advertisements for volunteer tourism companies, who charge participants a fee for the privilege of volunteering in an impoverished community.
On a cool Wednesday evening, in a small auditorium at the University of Toronto’s Multi-Faith Centre, a group of primarily 20-somethings quietly make their way inside. While people begin to fill the auditorium with chatter, Alicia Garza, one of the co-creators of the Black Lives Matter movement, walks to the front of the room along with Yusra Ali, Black Lives Matter Toronto […]
I’m staring at a white backdrop. My feet are exactly where they are supposed to be, with one foot on either side of the mark on the floor. My shirt is lifted above my chest, with my arms bent at the elbow and straight out so they won’t get in the shot. My back is to the photographer, Katie […]
Hands went flying when certified financial planner Shannon Lee Simmons, the guest speaker at the recent Managing Your Money workshop held at Ryerson, opened the floor to questions. Students and recent graduates asked about everything, from whether they should put money into a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) when they still have massive OSAP debt, to where they should go for […]
You’re sitting in class, and the teacher poses a question. You’ve done the readings and you know you have the correct answer. As you see some eager hands shoot up, you try to raise your hand too, yet something stops you. You hear students blurt out the right answers, you listen to them engage in a lively discussion, and while […]
With food prices rising at well over the rate of inflation, The Ryersonian asked students what they’re doing to stay nourished on a budget.
Magic: the gathering, a 90’s strategy game once popular on schoolyards, is still very much a thing. But amongst players in Toronto, women are a distinct minority.
Campaign season is upon us. Students living in the heart of downtown will cast votes in the Toronto Centre and University-Rosedale ridings on Oct. 19. The Ryersonian breaks down who’s who on your ballots. By Kiah Berkeley and Aengus Mulroney Toronto Centre There’s a battle brewing in the Toronto Centre riding, where the Liberal party could be unseated after more than 20 […]
The Ryersonian sent a team of reporters to conduct statistical analysis on dozens of the university’s 524 washrooms. The results revealed striking disparities between male and female vandals, as well as between the university’s departments.
By Monique Hutson and Marija Petrovic We call it the ‘trickle-ins.’ At the beginning of our game, it’s always quite empty and then, at the fourth quarter, people are getting ready for the boys’ game, and that’s when it starts to get packed.” Keneca Pingue-Giles is an impressive basketball player. While playing for the Ryerson Rams this year, she has […]
By Deborah Hernandez and Ramna Shahzad According to Oberlin College and Conservatory, “safe spaces can be defined as spaces that are created of, by and for members of marginalized or under-represented social groupings.” Safe spaces allow members of marginalized groups to exist outside of prejudice and oppression that is otherwise upheld as a social norm. The Ryersonian spoke with Ryerson […]
‘Why them and not us?’: Anthony Miller tackles a major challenge in Canada’s right-to-die legislation
How are you, Tony?” the general practitioner enthusiastically asked. His eyes were large and he spoke slowly in a tone higher than his conversational voice. “Would you like your mom and dad in the room today?” Anthony (Tony) Miller sat still. At 20 years old, Tony found his physician’s juvenile drawl both humiliating and annoying. “Why would I need […]
In sixth grade, Oluwatobi Taiwo was the fastest girl in her school. She had recently moved to Canada from Australia with her family. At her old school, she knew she was the fastest because she did track and field. She was ranked the fourth fastest girl in Australia in the 100-metre sprint. When she grew up, she wanted to be […]
In her final year of high school, Jamie Lee Morin went to the guidance counsellor’s office to decide what to do after graduation. With her grades in the low 80s, she was an ideal candidate for post-secondary schools like Ryerson University. She asked the counsellor for his advice. He looked at her, then looked at her grades. While discussing school […]
A woman rolled down the tinted window of her silver car, stuck her head out of the window and yelled a single word: “Nigger.” Joedian Roach had just bought lunch from the convenience store across from her Brampton high school when her best friend’s hand roughly slammed into her chest and violently heaved her back onto the sidewalk. She was about […]
Though it is still uncommon, interracial dating is on the rise. Sharnelle Kan and Debbie Hernandez share their stories. Sharnelle My boyfriend Anuk and I were running errands in downtown Chicago last October when I received a text from my brother back home in Toronto that made me freeze. I hadn’t had time to do the dishes the night before […]
For eight students in the RTA school of media, a fourth-year practicum assignment has turned into something more than they ever imagined. Sportsnet has partnered with the students to create a show, Varsity Life, that will air nationally. Alex Bloomfield, Toby Kerr and Adrianne German went to Sportsnet to pitch the idea to Greg Sansone, Sportsnet’s director of programming, and […]
Madelyn McColl always ordered the usual chicken Caesar wrap. As the lines snaked in the Pitman Hall cafeteria, students lined up with their stomachs growling and waited to order from Extreme Pita. For nearly two years, McColl listed off her desired ingredients to the cooks at her go-to fast-food joint without even glancing at the menu. One day, that all […]
After living near the intersection of Richmond and Sherbourne streets for most of last year, third-year chemical engineering student Richard Tek moved into the heart of St. James Town a little over a month ago. The easier commute and lower rent are two of the reasons why. “My commute is pretty convenient,” Tek says. “I live right beside Sherbourne station so […]
Zainab Attia is distracted. She sits in class twiddling her pen, unable to concentrate. She looks around and sees her classmates taking down notes. She wonders if they too are distracted. For her, school has become a puzzle she has yet to solve. She carries not only her backpack, but also her family’s burden on her back as […]
A group of students huddle around a single computer on a snowy November night as one man jabs at keys. He manoeuvres what resembles a cart filled with balls over a digital landscape on the screen as it tumbles about aimlessly. “We’re thinking of introducing the concept of ‘levelling up,’” Dante Camarena says in a room in the George Vari […]
Joseph Dale lived under the Bathurst bridge, until he had to move. He lived under the Spadina bridge, until he had to move. He lived in Grange Park, in alleys and doorways along Queen Street West, and a warehouse loading dock near Portland and King Streets.“Places are disappearing,” Dale tells me, tentatively. “Out of sight; out of mind,” is […]
When Gizelle Lao finished her TED Talk, she says she walked off the stage feeling a greater rush of emotions than she ever had in university. “Your subjective thinking sparks innovation,” she said to the crowd of hundreds. Lao was speaking at the fifth annual TEDxRyersonU conference. Her TED Talk was about taking down binaries that are part of our […]
In this week’s show we talk capitalism and Christmas; the Cavalcade of Lights; the Book of Mormon; Series–the podcast, not the breakfast food; and Peter Pan Live! Read the rest of Hana’s story here. Got a question? Comment? Topic idea? Hit us up by email. Alexis Allison: firstname.lastname@example.org Samantha Sobolewski: email@example.com By Alexis Allison and Samantha Sobolewski
Chants, boos and jeers erupted in the hallway; posters were torn apart, name-calling ensued and the original purpose of attending the meeting – to engage the board of governors about tuition hikes – was lost. Two rival student movements — Freeze the Fees and Rise for Ryerson — clashed in a heated confrontation outside the board of governors meeting last week. The […]
For Emilie Dolenc, travelling around the province with her boyfriend to find the perfect pieces for her new home was just a way of exploring her new-found hobby of interior decorating. The Ryerson fashion communications grad and her boyfriend, Matt Hodgins, visited vintage shops, fairs and estate sales to find unique items for her home. But earlier this year, the […]
In June 2013, Sam Rashid was presented with a degree from Ryerson University. But long before his hands held that rolled-up certificate, they held an electric guitar. “Since I was young, I wanted to be a rock star,” confesses Rashid. “But it seemed ridiculous to pursue music as a profession.” At least that’s what Rashid thought when he started applying […]