Features

Haleema Mustafa and (Courtesy Mazz Khan)

When fashion meets religion: The Yung Samosas

The Ryersonian’s Holly Walker reports on how Muslim women are challenging stereotypes surrounding the hijab.

Riley lifting weights in his room before heading to the gym for a full workout. (Julia Ho/Ryersonian Staff)

The journey to health, fitness and … the drug dealer

With social media at play, there has been an influx of health-inspired young adults ready to show off their toned abs and vegan lunch. It is many of these same individuals that are doing hard drugs recreationally. How did these two paths converge?

by Julia Ho· · Features, Health
Journalist Manisha Krishnan on her laptop working at the VICE Canada office in Toronto’s Liberty Village. (Luke Galati/Ryersonian Staff)

Finding the positive in the negative: Learning to cope with pessimism in today’s media

VICE’s senior writer, Manisha Krishnan, tells the Ryersonian’s Emily Srebotnjak how she deals with online hate.

Pizza with Players: Ryerson men’s volleyball players answer ridiculous questions

Pizza with Players: Ryerson men’s volleyball players answer ridiculous questions

Watch as three men’s volleyball starters answer ridiculous questions in the first episode of Pizza with Players.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Sports, students, Videos, Web Series
Chris Ablett at the workshop

Climbing the stairway to…Accessibility?

Most of us don’t give a second thought to accessibility in our daily spaces, when in fact, there are often a multitude of barriers for those living with a disability. Even in the arts, which is seemingly inclusive, lack of accessibility is a larger problem than we think.

by Julia Ho· · accessibility, Arts & Life, Features
Jaime Hills behind the mic on a local Ryerson Rams broadcast. (Courtesy Christian Ryan)

Ryerson basketball player becomes broadcaster: Inside Jaime Hills’ journey

How Jaime Hills went from playing in the big-game to covering nationals live on-air with Sportsnet in just one year.

by Luke Galati· · Basketball, Features, Sports
Ryerson fans look on as the Rams play the St. Mary's Huskies at the U Sports Final 8 in Halifax. Photo by Luke Galati/Ryersonian Staff

RamPack: Life on the road for the Ryerson fans in Halifax to support their team

The RamPack take their show on the road to the East Coast to cheer on the Rams in the Final 8.

Chris Blanchette/Ryersonian Staff

‘I’ll Have Some Fries With A Side Of Dat Ass’

Trying to pay your tuition? Thinking about working in a restaurant? Are you okay with being verbally and sexually harassed?Several female Ryerson students share their personal stories when it comes to working in the service industry.

by Alexandria Pankratz· · Features
Jaclyn Tansil/Ryersonian

Pride Toronto and Black Lives Matter Toronto find common ground

Multi-coloured smoke drifted lazily through the crowd until it reached the centre of the street where a small group of protesters sat, adorned with leather, glitter, jewels and rainbows. What happened next was a peaceful protest from Black Lives Matter Toronto, halting the Pride parade for 30 long minutes on July 3, 2016. They demanded reform, unity and equal rights.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Features
Ontario University Athletics Women's Basketball action between Ryerson Rams and Brock Badgers on campus.
(Courtesy of Alex D'Addese / Ryerson Athletics )

RamPack fills an empty MAC

Meet Ryerson’s most dedicated sports fans.

by Allan Perkins· · Features, Sports
Why students should kick back and enjoy nature

Why students should kick back and enjoy nature

Deena Shaffer talks about Mood Routes and why taking a break and getting closer to nature will improve your overall health. Ryersonian TV’s Iva Celebic and Madison Good have the story.

Sacred Valley Project planting organic seeds in Pisac, Peru.

Enactus Ryerson in Pisac, Peru

Church bells louder than a truck horn would strike every morning at 5 a.m. and continue every half hour until 7 a.m., making it impossible to stay asleep. The sun would shine through the small hostel room, filling it with light and heat. This meant everybody woke up at the same time and raced to get to the bathroom first. […]

by Mahnoor Sheikh· · Features
A march for all women?

A march for all women?

Jenna Campbell and Iva Celebic At the Toronto Women’s March on Jan.21, there was an abundance of “pussy” signs. While the march down Queen’s Park was a success – drawing in over 60,000 people to march for gender equality — the event has been criticized for its predominant female genitalia and white-centric signage. Many lauded the wit and creativity of the […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Features, News, On Campus
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
An eating disorder on camera

An eating disorder on camera

Justine Riches sits in her den-turned-bedroom in her downtown Toronto apartment, perched above a 7-Eleven. Defeated, she hits record, “It’s really frustrating watching myself fail,” she says to the camera. The video is time stamped Dec. 3, 2016, 10:40 p.m. Her unmade bed peaks out in the background. “I want to end the stigma behind it. But this just feels […]

by Vanessa Nigro· · Features, students
Jaclyn Tansil/Ryersonian

Black Lives Matter Toronto and Pride Toronto working toward a common goal

The Black Lives Matter Toronto movement and Pride Toronto inside and outside of Ryerson are working together. Find out how.

Suspect Video Closes, After 25 Years

Suspect Video Closes, After 25 Years

A quarter-century later, it’s January 2017, and Ceriz has announced on social media that fate is telling him to close already.

by Alexander Downham· · Features
The crowd marches down University Avenue. Andre Varty/Ryersonian

Toronto women’s march

It was 10 minutes before the “Women’s March on Washington in Toronto” began, the sun peeked through a screen of clouds as an estimated 60,000 people stood for a moment of silence in front of Queen’s Park. It was the last moment of silence before people became silent no more. Chants and drum circles were heard all across the city […]

by Andre Varty· · Features
Ryerson’s MLCRC celebrates 10 years of championing women’s history

Ryerson’s MLCRC celebrates 10 years of championing women’s history

Stepping into the office of  Irene Gammel must be what stepping into the past feels like. Her office is lined with bookshelves filled with publications old and new; reproductions of photographs of Harry Colebourn with the famous bear cub, Winnie the Pooh, on Salisbury Plain. A stylish red jacket hangs on the back of her door, reminiscent of the fashions […]

by Alexandra Chronopoulos· · Features, News
Rye’s big fat Greek secret

Rye’s big fat Greek secret

Jessie Saunders-Drutz began her first year at Ryerson having just graduated from an all-Jewish high school. No longer feeling like part of the majority, she had trouble making friends and looked for a place on campus she could meet people who shared her values. What she found was Delta Pi, and 40 new sisters. Saunders-Drutz is now a fourth-year RTA […]

by Jennie Pearson· · Features, News, On Campus
From Ryerson to Tanzania

From Ryerson to Tanzania

It was 4 a.m. when they landed. Their flight was an arduous 24 hours long, with layovers in Switzerland and Germany. When they finally stepped out of the airport into complete darkness, there was an air of uncertainty and unfamiliarity. The next seven days in Tanzania would prove to be nothing like they expected. The purpose of the trip was […]

by Richa Syal· · Features
(Catherine Machado)

Divest Ryerson: no more fracks to give

Before the protest at Parliament Hill, not much was being said about Divest Ryerson. The arrests of two core members, Ben Donato-Woodger and Emma Beattie, put Ryerson on the map in the fossil fuel divestment movement. While protesting against the Kinder Morgan Trans Canada pipeline expansion project, they were among 99 people arrested for climbing over a barricade. In the […]

by Catherine Machado· · Features
Weekly sports wrap-up

Weekly sports wrap-up

For everything sports you missed over the weekend our editor Hailey Salvian has all the info you need.

by Hailey Salvian· · Sports, Web Series
(Alex Chronopoulos)

Ryerson’s cyberwar rages on

Ryerson students are at war. In fact, any individual with a mobile and computing device is at war. While the battleground of this conflict does not exist, it has the potential to compromise everything from our Twitter passwords to our social insurance numbers to our very identities. Last week, Ryerson’s Computing and Communications Services (CCS) launched a new initiative to […]

Jessica Quan Ly, the founder of JQL Music & Arts in her studio

Music to her ears: turning passion into business

The melodic noise from her grand piano echoes through the studio as her fingers dance across the keyboard. She keeps her eyes focused, steady on the music. As she hits her final note, she looks up with a smile.  It’s the end of another tune for musical marvel, Jessica Ly. Ly, who is in her 20s, began practicing music as […]

by Kemeisha McDonald· · Features, News, Performance Arts
(Kevin John Siazon)

Can comedy crush Islamophobia?

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 […]

(Courtesy Karina Kheshvajian)

One student’s journey from Aleppo to Ryerson

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 […]

by Katerina Georgieva· · education, Features, students
Digital rendering of MX-1, Moon Express' lunar lander. (Courtesy Moon Express)

Ryerson grad racing to the moon

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 […]

by Robert Mackenzie· · Features, News, Science & Technology
(Courtesy felix.castor via Flickr Creative Commons)

If PrEP is the HIV miracle drug, why isn’t it working?

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 […]

by Chase Stark· · Features
Lady wrestlers at the Island Rumble on Sept. 9, 2016.

Wrestling Sexism on Toronto Island

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 […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Features
A photographic blast from the past

A photographic blast from the past

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 […]

(Courtesy Alina Bykova)

Breathing life into language

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 […]

by Courtney Miceli· · Features
(Kayleigh Robinson/Ryersonian Staff)

Plugging in for mental well-being

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 Rams solved a 10-year losing streak against the University of Toronto under coach Terry Haggerty.

UPDATED: Rams’ basketball history in a 5-min read

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.

by Bryan Meler· · Features, Sports
(Vanessa Francone/Ryersonian archives)

Journalism student makes a slam dunk

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. […]

Reaching beyond your zone

Reaching beyond your zone

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 […]

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 […]

(Photo Courtesy Jaxson Jacobs)

Catch them if you can…

For one Ontario team, racing around the continent is a family affair.

by Joshua Beneteau· · Features, Sports
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
Sheldon Levy era comes to an end

Sheldon Levy era comes to an end

Outgoing president Sheldon Levy has transformed Ryerson’s campus and built its reputation as an innovation powerhouse

Left in Limbo: the stories of Yemen’s international students who can’t go home

Left in Limbo: the stories of Yemen’s international students who can’t go home

“Imagine you don’t see your parents for more than one year, then you get a call saying your father just passed away.”

by Krista Hessey· · education, Features, Politics
Contraceptive Chaos

Contraceptive Chaos

Is your doctor telling you enough about your options?

Bad religion: talking about God in university

Bad religion: talking about God in university

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.

by Vjosa Isai· · Features, students
Peter Bregg and Justin Trudeau at a museum in Old Montreal shooting Justin's Maclean's cover.

Award-winning photojournalist and Ryerson instructor captured young Trudeau’s life

“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.

by Ban Ibrahim· · Features
(Courtesy of Facebook)

Trudeau’s ‘change’: How students can hold him to it

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 Angela Serednicki· · Features, Politics
Faculty of community services students susceptible to compassion fatigue

Faculty of community services students susceptible to compassion fatigue

  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. […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Features, News
The future of Canadian science: Scientists and students speak out to make science an election issue

The future of Canadian science: Scientists and students speak out to make science an election issue

Science has become a major election issue for students, researchers and scientists across Canada, with many criticizing the Conservative government for cuts to funding.

Aengus Mulroney / Ryersonian Staff

Vaping marijuana grows in popularity, but the effects on health are unclear

Portable vaporizers and e-cigarettes have grown increasingly popular, and more and more people are using them to inhale marijuana.

by Aengus Mulroney· · Features, News
Working with children is the most popular voluntourism activity — and the most questionable. (Courtesy  Promise Tangeman)

Voluntourism: Lavish charity trips abroad could be causing more harm than good

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.

by Kiah Berkeley· · Features
Yusra Ali (left),co-creator of Black Lives Matter TO, Kimalee Phillips (middle), Network for the Elimination of Police Violence, Alicia Garza (right), Co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter

Activism burnout and self-care in Toronto’s Black Lives Matter movement

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 […]

by Yasmine Mathurin· · Features