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
Ryerson student Katie Budd has seen a lot of butts lately, including mine

Ryerson student Katie Budd has seen a lot of butts lately, including mine

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 […]

by Leah Lalich· · Features, Photography
Students anxious to invest their money can find refuge in financial  learning resources

Students anxious to invest their money can find refuge in financial learning resources

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 […]

by Alicja Grzadkowska· · Business, Features
A silent battle: Participating in class is a struggle for students with social anxiety

A silent battle: Participating in class is a struggle for students with social anxiety

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 […]

by Nicole Abi-Najem· · Features
Rising food costs weigh heavily on students’ grocery budgets

Rising food costs weigh heavily on students’ grocery budgets

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.

by Alicja Grzadkowska· · Arts & Life, Features, Food
No one has had the opportunity to play with the new cards before the pre-release, so the game is equally difficult for both the newest and most experienced players. (Cait Martin Newnham / Ryersonian Staff)

Trading card game Magic: The Gathering lacks female players

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.

by Caitlin Martin Newnham· · Arts & Life, Features
Election 101: Breaking Down the Ryerson Area’s Ridings

Election 101: Breaking Down the Ryerson Area’s Ridings

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 […]

by Aengus Mulroney· · Features, News
A sketch in a men's washroom in Kerr Hall

Female vandals more polite than men: bathroom graffiti at Ryerson

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.

The Trickle-Ins

The Trickle-Ins

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 Ryersonian Staff· · Features
A Space of Their Own

A Space of Their Own

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 […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Features, Top stories
‘Why them and not us?’: Anthony Miller tackles a major challenge in Canada’s right-to-die legislation

‘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 […]

by Daksha Srirangan· · Features
Chasing the Dream

Chasing the Dream

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 […]

by Emily Joveski· · Features
Illustration by Susana Gómez Báez / Ryersonian Staff

Not Aboriginal enough

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 […]

by Lauren Harris· · Features
Illustration by Susana Gómez Báez

N****s at play: stories of the N-word and racism

  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 […]

by Ashani Jodha· · Features, Top stories
Illustration by Susana Gómez Báez

Loving across racial divides: stories of interracial romance

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 […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Features
Crew and cast members of Varsity Life going over the show's script. (Melissa Wronzberg/Ryersonian Staff)

RTA teams up with Sportsnet to create a national television show

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 […]

by Melissa Wronzberg· · Features, Sports
A chef at work in the newly renovated Hub cafeteria. Photo by Sean Wetselaar/Rersonian Staff

Hunger pains: a look at changes to Ryerson’s food services, so far

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 […]

by Melissa Wronzberg· · Features
VIDEO: The Commuter Complex – Episode One: St. James Town

VIDEO: The Commuter Complex – Episode One: St. James Town

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 […]

by Aaron Navarro· · Top stories, Videos, Web Series
Zainab Attia seen over an illustration of an anti-miltary coup protest at Rab'a Square in Cairo, Egypt. (Photos: Amal Ahmed Albaz, Illustration: Susanna Gómez Báez/Ryersonian Staff)

A tale of two turmoils: Egyptian students recount struggles with tension abroad

    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 […]

by Amal Ahmed· · Features
The art of levelling up: student club fills the void of a game development program

The art of levelling up: student club fills the void of a game development program

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 […]

by Prajakta Dhopade· · Features
By Lindsay Fitzgerald/ Ryersonian Staff

PROFILE: ‘Ninety per cent of people would say they never wanted this’

  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 […]

Rye student tries to change the way we think about going to university

Rye student tries to change the way we think about going to university

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 […]

This week's Friday Five talks Chris Hemsworth, Interpol trapped on a bus and American remakes of British shows. (Alexis Allison/The Ryersonian)

Friday Five Audio Series – November 28, 2014

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: alexis.allison@ryerson.ca Samantha Sobolewski: samantha.sobolewski@ryerson.ca By Alexis Allison and Samantha Sobolewski

The members of tent city may have packed up their tents but they're not giving up (Dillon Li / Ryersonian Staff)

Tents taken down, but fight for tuition freeze continues: RSU

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 […]

by Dillon Li· · Features, News, On Campus
Fashion graduate collects worldly treasures for store, GoodFolk

Fashion graduate collects worldly treasures for store, GoodFolk

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 […]

Journalism graduate uses degree to help him become a rock star

Journalism graduate uses degree to help him become a rock star

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 […]

Showing off his Movember 'stache: Hamid Shihabdeen – second-year business technology management student (Alexis Goncalves / Ryersonian Staff)


It’s that time of year again. Thousands of moustache-growing “Mo Bros” from across the world unite and ditch the razor for 30 days in what has become widely embraced as Movember. The intention is to help “change the face of men’s health” by signing up with the Movember Foundation and using their fuzzy upper lips to raise awareness and funds […]

by Alexis Goncalves· · Features
Ryerson photography student shares her inspiration behind AGO exhibit

Ryerson photography student shares her inspiration behind AGO exhibit

By Natalie Marynowski and Pema Tsering Paige Lindsay studied science at the University of Victoria for a year, but she quickly found out science wasn’t her real love. She took two years off school and traveled overseas. It was then she discovered her love for photography with a point-and-shoot camera. Lindsay traveled to Tunisia to visit her mother. “While I […]

Film slates from Stanley Kubrick's films throughout his career. (Samantha Sobolewski/The Ryersonian)

Interactive: Tour TIFF’s Stanley Kubrick exhibit

Writer-director Stanley Kubrick’s work is being celebrated over the next month with the biggest exhibition to date the TIFF Bell Lightbox has ever hosted. Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition, which runs now until Jan. 25, features nearly 1,000 pieces of film memrobilia, handwritten correspondances, scripts and props from throughout Kubrick’s career, pulled together in partnership with Kubrick’s estate and Frankfurt’s Deutsches […]

Early childhood education student runs online store, The Gift of Glamour

Early childhood education student runs online store, The Gift of Glamour

Sofia Beg is a 21-year-old student in Ryerson’s early childhood education program. While her friends have midterms on their minds, she’s thinking about how she can make her customers happy. Whenever Beg gets a break in the middle of class, she frantically refreshes her email to check the Instagram page of her business for updates. When she has a couple […]

Fifty Shades of Abuse

Fifty Shades of Abuse

On New Year’s Eve 2009, Emma Tofi met the man who would come to remind her of Christian Grey, the beloved yet tormented love interest from the immensely popular erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. The man’s emotionally manipulative behaviour began soon after. He would control Tofi using emotional blackmail, make her believe he couldn’t help the way he acted […]

by Lauren Harris· · Features

Taking back the tech

Bitch. Whore. Slut. If you’re a woman on the Internet, you’ll probably receive one of those insults at least once in your life. Chances are, you’ve already heard some of them. The reality is, social media is often an unsafe space for women. Outspoken women online brace themselves for misogynistic backlash that they feel is, unfortunately, inevitable. When sexism is […]

by Hana Shafi· · Features
This week's Friday Five talks Chris Hemsworth, Interpol trapped on a bus and American remakes of British shows. (Alexis Allison/The Ryersonian)

Friday Five Audio Series – November 14, 2014

In this week’s show, we look at State of Affairs and the trend of women in political roles on TV; Winnie the Pooh at Ryerson; terrible movie sequels; Wahlburgers in Toronto; and Spotify.   Got a question? Comment? Topic idea? Hit us up by email. Alexis Allison: alexis.allison@ryerson.ca Samantha Sobolewski: samantha.sobolewski@ryerson.ca By Alexis Allison and Samantha Sobolewski

Fourth-year student Daniel hosts a stress management workshop (Fatima Syed / Ryersonian Staff)

Ryerson sociology student hosts workshop to keep stress at bay

Anxiety and tensions run high among many university students during this stressful time of year. Similar thoughts are silently shared: “I can’t do this. I’m not good enough. My classmates are all smarter than me.” It’s something fourth-year Ryerson student Daniel Fernandez-Palmieri is all too familiar with and it’s what inspired him to organize the Surviving to Thriving workshop for […]

by Fatima Syed· · Features
Ryerson students reveal their online aliases

Ryerson students reveal their online aliases

Sylvia Ta Part-time business administration and marketing Alias: Sylvia Beautycakez on YouTube For Sylvia Ta, being a YouTube personality was not part of her plan when she uploaded her first hair tutorial in high school. “It was actually kind of a fluke,” said Ta. Ta created the video for a friend living afar who had asked her how she had […]

Students walking through the chemical engineering hallway Above right - A shot of the skyline in Dubai (Jenn Yoo / Ryersonian Staff)

Jobs not co-operating for co-op students

Over 40 applications and four job interviews later, third-year chemical engineering student, Aleks Krunic is still at risk of falling behind another year. Enrolled in one of Ryerson’s oldest co-operative education programs, Krunic thought going into chemical engineering would give him a head start in the “real-world” after graduation. But what he didn’t expect was the stiff job market even […]

by Hye-Jee Yoo· · Features, News
A TTC map, outlining the progression of Presto installations from 2009 to the projected installations in 2014.

TTC: Slaves to the politicians – not the people

  Subways, folks. Subways, subways, subways. The last four years, Mayor Rob Ford has had a clear goal – the expansion of the TTC network by bringing subways to Scarborough and beyond. Many say it’s been a disaster. “Why was it a disaster? Because we do not have sufficient operational autonomy on part of TTC. If they were autonomous to a […]

Friday Five Logo (Alexis Allison, The Ryersonian)

Friday Five Audio Series – November 7, 2014

This week our hosts talk Interstellar and Christopher Nolan with Ryerson radio and television arts professor Micheal Coutanche; look back on 45 years of Sesame Street as the long-running children’s program celebrates a birthday; discuss the upcoming movie Merry Friggin’ Christmas starring Robin Williams and what it means to re-cut movies featuring actors after they’ve passed; our wildly uneducated guesses for […]

Rebecka Calderwood and her Oma Elizabeth (Rebecka Calderwood / Ryersonian Staff)

Digging up their roots

Rebecka: Latvia On April 7, 1915, my Oma Elizabeth was born in Latvia. During the Second World War, she fled to Canada with her husband, Mikelis, to start a new life. With only one grandparent left, I want to preserve my heritage. I decided to dig up my roots in Latvia. When I landed in Latvia’s capital, Riga, I found […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Features
Sean has only positive things to say about his co-op experience (Courtesy of Sean Zia)

TRSM expands co-op programs across business faculty

At the Hospital for Sick Children, fourth-year commerce student Sean Zia watched as a software business pitched their product to the hospital. “I was learning the things I should be doing, and the things I shouldn’t be doing if I were pitching (an idea) to a company,” he says. And during his time at TD Canada Trust, Zia discovered one […]

by Jessica Lepore· · Features
IRM says Ryerson students are responsible for their safety by reading the Yellow Book

Security’s ‘Yellow Book’ unveiled

Deep within the internal organs of Ryerson’s Integrated Risk Management (IRM) website lies a 13-page PDF called the “Yellow Book,” which holds the answers to surviving campus crises. Whether it’s a rogue gunman, natural disaster, or bomb threat, the Yellow Book is the vital rubric to security incidents at Ryerson. And you are responsible for knowing this, apparently. “Have you […]

Mariam waits for the subway wearing her hijab

‘The only home I’ve ever known’

Seated on the subway with headphones on, Mariam Nouser rides the rocket toward Ryerson. “Why are you wearing that? You’re in Canada,” she hears a voice say. It doesn’t register at first that the middle-aged Caucasian woman is actually talking to her. “Why don’t you go home? That’s where you belong.” “Well, I’m from here,” she replies honestly. “No you’re not; you’re […]

by Lauren Harris· · Features
Designer Willis Chan with his recent fashion line WILLISCHAN. (Courtesy Yvonne Sung)

Design challenge contestant creates fashion line

By  Natalie Marynowski and Pema Tsering As he approaches the design studio at 1266 Queen Street W., Willis Chan swiftly gets off his bike and heads to the building tucked inside of Parkdale. Chan is dressed head-to-toe in black, making the white Nike symbol on his shirt dramatically stand out. His hair is neatly pulled back. He makes his way into the […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Arts & Life, career, Fashion, Features
Friday Five with Alexis Allison and Samantha Sobolewski (Alexis Allison/ryersonian)

Friday Five Audio Series – October 31, 2014

This week our hosts speak with Ryerson professor and Cinemascope film critic Adam Nayman about horror movies; discuss this week’s special SNL host Chris Rock and musical guest Prince; debate whether it’s too early to be airing Christmas movies and look ahead at the local music scene. Got a question? Comment? Topic idea? Hit us up by email Samantha Sobolewski: […]

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‘What keeps me up at night is that I … published too little’

“Don’t go to journalism school,” Glenn Greenwald said in an interview after his discussion with Globe and Mail editor-in-chief David Walmsley on Tuesday at CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio. “And if you do, don’t let people tell you what journalism should or should not be.” Since being chosen by whistleblower Edward Snowden to report the controversial mass spying practices of the […]

by Lindsay Fitzgerald· · Features, News
Go ENG Girl Comes to Ryerson

Go ENG Girl Comes to Ryerson

On the concrete floor of an empty lecture hall, young girls work in groups, equipped with only toothpicks, duct tape and pipe insulators to build a complex structure of loops, ridges and steep slopes.With the simplest of building materials, their challenge is to safely transport a marble through an intricate roller-coaster without it falling out. It’s the first activity of […]

by Beza Getachew· · Features
Jenesis working on one of her art murals. (Courtesy Alexander Boretski)

Fashion design student creates psychedelic art

Pinks, oranges and yellows explode from the wooden panel it’s painted on. The linework looks endlessly intricate. Jenesis’ love of ’60s culture is especially prominent in this piece, where the warm colour scheme have flower child written all over them. Go Ask Alice, is the piece’s title. Jenesis is an artistic alias that encompasses much more than a 21-year-old fashion […]

Arlene Throness is the coordinator of Rye's HomeGrown, a group that maintains the gardens at Ryerson University. (Tristan Simpson/Ryersonian Staff)

RHG: Growing from the ground up

Scroll over the map to find gardens on campus.   As Arlene Throness heads to work, she weaves her way through the crowd of students in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, eager to get to the stairwell to escape the chaos that surrounds her. She unlocks the door at the top of the stairs and enters her paradise: […]

by Tristan Simpson· · Business, Features, Food, Health, students
Your ward, your choice

Your ward, your choice

On Oct. 27, Toronto will elect a new municipal government. As voting day approaches, The Ryersonian asked the councillor candidates of Ward 27 (Toronto Centre-Rosedale) to share their visions for the community’s future. Although we requested interviews with all 10 of the Ward 27 candidates, Kamal Ahmed, David Byford, Susan Humfryes and Robin Lawrance did not respond by deadline.   Kristyn Wong-Tam Background: First […]

by Jeanie Tran· · Features