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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
On Oct. 27, eligible students can vote at polling stations across the city. (Deanne Bender/Ryersonian)

How to vote: A 2014 election guide for students

On Monday Oct. 27, Toronto residents will head to the polls to elect a new municipal government. If you’re a Ryerson student aged 18 or older, you live in Toronto and you’re a Canadian citizen, you are eligible to vote in the election. All students are allowed to vote in the municipality where they live while in school, as well as […]

by Michelle LePage· · Features, News
Gould Street is a little more colourful this month, now that the trees have begun to turn gold. (Laura Lehman/Ryersonian Staff)

Fall colours arrive on Ryerson’s campus

It’s Thanksgiving weekend and the fall season is officially here. Around Ryerson, the leaves are beginning to change and the weather is getting chilly. As we head into reading week, The Ryersonian offers a glimpse of autumn on campus.              

by Laura Lehman· · Features
Smart applications for the Internet’s next wave

Smart applications for the Internet’s next wave

Refrigerators that tell you when you’re low on milk. Coffee makers that sync with your alarm. Umbrellas that beep when it’s about to rain. It might sound like something straight from a 1980s sci-fi movie, but in the not-so-distant future, it could be our reality. During the Internet’s first coming in the 1990s, we could only access the network on […]

Operation: Utopia

Operation: Utopia

A world on the brink of global crisis. War, disease, pollution and poverty run rampant. The grave, handsome, fearless president steps up to the podium and delivers a stern, impassioned call to arms against tyranny, terror and chaos. On Sept. 24, United States President Barack Obama made his address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, laying […]

by Michael Lyons· · Features, Top stories
Campus Clubs: chess club makes moves

Campus Clubs: chess club makes moves

  Backed with $800 from the Ryerson Students’ Union and the Office of the President, six members of the Ryerson Chess Club rented a van and drove to Ottawa this past January. They were on their way to the Canadian University Chess Championship. The four-hour drive was filled with motivational trash talk, despite the fact that the club had never […]

by Michelle LePage· · Features, Web Series
Campus Clubs: Dance Pak’s decade of success

Campus Clubs: Dance Pak’s decade of success

Once a dancer, always a dancer — anyone who’s spent long hours rehearsing in the studio or performing on stage can relate. But when young dancers graduate from high school or move away from home to pursue new dreams, opportunities to keep practising and performing at a competitive level are often limited. That isn’t the case at Ryerson. Dance Pak, the […]

by Taylor Poelman· · Features, Web Series
Carl Meschino performs during a Ryerson Trampoline Club show. (Courtesy Lori Ryerson/ Focalocity)

Campus Clubs: trampoline club reaches new heights

On Monday and Wednesday evenings, the Kerr Hall Gymnasium transforms into what looks like the training grounds for circus performers. Three competition-size trampolines set up side-by-side occupy one half of the gym. Backpacks, shoes and a couple of students practising handstands fill the other half. Here at the Ryerson Trampoline Club, a new generation of students are learning the art […]

by Michelle LePage· · Features, Web Series
‘A’ is for alternative

‘A’ is for alternative

Elissa Matthews has come to expect an incredulous response when she tells people her radio station is gunning for a spot on the AM dial. As program manager of Ryerson’s student-run campus station The Scope, Matthews knows a thing or two about AM radio. Along with the rest of The Scope’s staff and volunteer team, she has spent the past year spearheading […]

by Deanne Bender· · Features, Top stories
Then and now: Radio at Ryerson

Then and now: Radio at Ryerson

Community radio at Ryerson has been through many incarnations over the years. Click the links below to compare today’s programming at The Scope to the sound of Ryerson Community Radio (RCR), the school’s first independent student-run campus radio station. Founded by RTA students in 1970, RCR eventually grew to become CKLN, which folded in 2011. The Scope at Ryerson was founded in April […]

by Deanne Bender· · Features, Top stories
Ryerson's Barrel of Monkeys Improv Team at practice in the Student Centre. Michelle LePage/Ryersonian Staff

Campus Clubs: Inside a barrel of monkeys

It calls itself the “Barrel of Monkeys Improv Team,” and it’s easy to see why. Like the line of toy primates that took its name from the idiom, “More fun than a barrel of monkeys,” the improvisational comedy team creates a good time from almost nothing. They start with suggestions from the audience: a place, a person or an occupation. Within […]

by Michelle LePage· · Features, Top stories, Web Series
Ryerson-D-Boat practices on-water at the Toronto Outer Harbour Dragon Boat Club. (Courtesy Ryerson Dragon Boat)

Campus Clubs: Dragon boat, a club that keeps Rams alumni around

If you’re looking for something to do outside of class, hitting the Mattamy Athletic Centre or going for drinks at the Ram in the Rye may seem like the only options. But that’s simply not so! Ryerson is home to many athletic, artistic and quirky clubs where lasting friendships flourish. From the well-established dragon boat club to the recently revamped […]

by Taylor Poelman· · Features, Sports, Top stories, Web Series
Students discussed lowering tuition fees in Oakham House on Nov. 26, 2015. (Ryersonian file photo)

What’s in a name?

Ever wondered how the buildings at Ryerson got their names? The Ryersonian did some digging to find out more about the people behind them. Eric Palin Hall Eric Palin was an English-born educator who helped renovate the building that now carries his name. Palin worked as a Canadian National Railways apprentice electrician for 21 years, and later trained radar technicians […]

by Dilys Chan· · Features
The not-so-normal school

The not-so-normal school

With a name that could be straight out of a Harry Potter book, Adolphus Egerton Ryerson doesn’t sound like a prime candidate for the founding of a “normal” school. But believe it or not, that’s exactly how Ryerson University got its start. In 1852, our school’s namesake opened the first “Normal School of Upper Canada” on a rural patch of […]

by Michael Lyons· · Features, Top stories
Got a problem? Ryerson support staff likely have the solution

Got a problem? Ryerson support staff likely have the solution

With a portion of your tuition fees going towards student support services on campus, you have every reason to take advantage of what they have to offer. There are thousands of people at Ryerson committed to helping students in many areas — from career tips to math help. The Ryersonian spoke with a few of these unseen heroes and problem-solvers […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Features, News, Top stories
Brews all around: Toronto Beer Week takes over the city

Brews all around: Toronto Beer Week takes over the city

Just inside the thick wooden doors of the Beer Academy, a large chalkboard is decked out for the launch of Toronto Beer Week. The place is one of 70 bars and restaurants and 35 breweries participating in the city-wide event, which runs until Saturday. At least four of them — including the Beer Academy at 75 Victoria St. — are close […]

by Leah Jensen· · Features, News
Yana Kachaluba is a Ukrainian student at Ryerson.

Surviving a faraway war

  A Ukrainian-born Ryerson student is struggling to maintain normalcy in the face of conflict in her home country, where her relatives still live. Yana Kachaluba says she has grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins living in Ukraine, where war looms after after a week of the worst violence since a promising ceasefire between the government and pro-Russian rebels in early September quickly apart. Despite parliament voting […]

by Gina Wicentowich· · Features, News, On Campus, Top stories
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When Frosh Week Ends: balancing school, social activities and mental health

A few steps from the entrance of his residence building, Ryan Gaynor sits surrounded by a group of friends. Three weeks ago, the first-year media production student and his parents made the two-and-a-half-hour drive from Walkerton, Ont., to move his belongings into a single dorm room on campus. The days that followed were a blur of new faces, dorm parties […]

by Halla Imam· · Arts & Life, Features, Health, Top stories
In her shoes: Ryersonian journalist walks the runway

In her shoes: Ryersonian journalist walks the runway

The audience is cloaked in darkness, but I know that every seat is filled – the show is sold out. As I reach the end of the runway, I pause and camera flashes flood my vision. I’m on the catwalk at Mass Exodus, the largest student-run fashion event in the world. It’s also by far the largest annual event for Ryerson’s […]

by Leslie Walker· · Features
Kadeem Green took his talents to Ryerson after playing in the U.S.
(Ryersonian file photo)

CIS trying to keep its athletes in Canada

By Sinead Mulhern and Alex Chippin Julie-Anne Staehli runs with the top pack. The small group in the lead closes in on the finish of the 3,000-metre race. With 300 metres left, Staehli starts to break away. With 200 metres left, she starts to kick. For most, the final strides would be painful and exhausting, but months of training at […]

‘Tell your parents you’re at the library’: A brief history of Ryerson’s Imperial Pub

‘Tell your parents you’re at the library’: A brief history of Ryerson’s Imperial Pub

Step into the Imperial Pub, walk up the brick-walled stairs, smell the faint scent of spilled pints from years ago, and enter into the diffused light of the Library Lounge bar. Frank Sinatra is likely playing on the ancient jukebox, groups of friends and work colleagues are scattered around the square open room, some  at tables and others nestled into […]

by Rebecca Ananda· · Features
Track me if you can

Track me if you can

I sit with a young entrepreneur in the workspace of several startup businesses, my eyes fixated on a laptop screen. A large bar graph occupies most of the monitor. On the right, a headline reads “reports” highlighting the busiest day and the busiest hour.  Just above the reports is an ever-fluctuating number. First 70, then it bounces to 76 and […]

by jsmohame· · Features
In pictures: Jomar Cruz and his journey to victory

In pictures: Jomar Cruz and his journey to victory

Q-and-A with Nathaniel Bagnell and Aaron Libfeld

Q-and-A with Nathaniel Bagnell and Aaron Libfeld

by Christina Dun· · Features, Top stories, Videos
Going East: Teaching English in Asia

Going East: Teaching English in Asia

For Scarlett Losch, an average day at work involves teaching four groups of children between the ages of three and six. The older students learn basic sentence structure while the younger ones play games to remember English vocabulary for food and  parts of the body. She has her own classroom and her own office, and educates about 100 children each […]

by David Owen· · Features
Roar, Roar, Roar Your Boat

Roar, Roar, Roar Your Boat

By: Bruce Laregina and Hailey Chan Green, red and yellow-headed dragon boats dart across the water as 20 racers manning each vessel paddle furiously in a 200-metre sprint to the finish line. Arm muscles flex, plunging wooden paddles into the waters of Lake Ontario. The boats pull forward, moving swiftly. The racers navigate the long, graceful vessels with guided precision. […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Features
Easy, eh? Tales of cheating on campus

Easy, eh? Tales of cheating on campus

  David Graham* was pulling all-nighters for his entrepreneurship class at Ryerson University. He was exhaustively working on group projects, so when a paper worth 5 per cent was assigned, he decided to copy information off a company website. “I was scared about handing it in. I had never plagiarized before,” he says. “I didn’t know what the chances of […]

by Alexa Huffman· · Features
Ukrainian Ryerson students brace for further political upheaval

Ukrainian Ryerson students brace for further political upheaval

The messages started with, “Hi from Canada” followed by “Hi from Ukraine.” Marta Masnyi began talking to a 20-year-old Ukrainian university student named Oleksandr in mid-February. They talked about the two days Oleksandr spent in jail for protesting at the barricades in Lviv located in western Ukraine, four hours away from his home in Zaporizhya. The last message he sent […]

by Bethany Van Lingen· · Features
Violent protests rage in Venezuela

Violent protests rage in Venezuela

  Feb. 20, 8 a.m. Oscar Navas is starting his morning as an intern at the Luis Razetti hospital in Venezuela. Students are on the streets protesting and setting up barricades in coastal city Lecheria. Two male protesters, aged 17 and 19, are brought into the emergency room under police custody. They’re suffering from wounds caused by plastic bullets shot […]

by Rebecca Ananda· · Features
Photo via Twitter, @TheEllenShow

DeGeneres’s selfie cracked Twitter but not the millennial market

Ellen DeGeneres’s face gleamed when she announced something unusual at the Oscars Sunday night. “I just got an email, and we crashed Twitter.” The culprit was a group selfie that DeGeneres tweeted during the show, in which the emcee posed with 11 other A-listers including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts and Bradley Cooper. As soon as the photo hit […]

Ryerson student documents experiences of the transgender community

Ryerson student documents experiences of the transgender community

Markus Harwood-Jones, 22, proudly wears his heart on his sleeve. He emanates confidence donning a sweater with words from anti-apartheid social activist Desmond Tutu: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” The quote is fitting for the Ryerson University sociology major who is creating a documentary about transgender experiences in Canada […]

by Christina Ciddio· · Features, Uncategorized
Oakham House societies on shaky foundation

Oakham House societies on shaky foundation

Ryerson’s Oakham House Choir has not received as much funding as it needs this year. The choir, an Oakham House society, gets its funding from the Palin Foundation, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1976 to manage Oakham House and now the Student Campus Centre. The organization maintains the physical building and provides space and funding for student groups. Caryl Arundel, […]

by Peter Lozinski· · Features, Top stories
Ryerson grad Debora Rubin shows off Ping Pong Story at her company's Ryerson DMZ headquarters. (Emma Childs/Ryersonian staff)

Ryerson DMZ: Ping Pong Story

On a planet far away, cavemen wander through Egyptian pyramids. Astronauts explore the Sahara desert and princesses fly through space. All this and more is possible in the world of Ping Pong Story, a website created to develop the imaginations of children while promoting literacy at an early age. Ryerson graduate, Debora Rubin is the founder of this online portal. […]

by Emma Childs· · Features, Top stories
Horseback riding across continents: Filipe Masetti Leite

Horseback riding across continents: Filipe Masetti Leite

When 27-year-old Filipe Masetti Leite decided to leave Canada and go home to his family in Espirito Santo do Pinhal, Brazil, he chose to ride horseback. He left the grounds of the Calgary Stampede on July 8, 2012 to trek 16,000 kilometres, across 12 countries. His daily routine consists of waking up at 5 a.m. to prepare his American quarter-horses, Bruiser and […]

by Christina Ciddio· · Features
Emilie Cushman, co-founder of Kira Talent, at her company's Digital Media Zone headquarters. (Emma Childs/Ryersonian Staff)

Ryerson DMZ: Changing the future of job interviews

Sitting behind her desk in Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone, Emilie Cushman exudes confidence. The 23-year-old entrepreneur speaks with passion, conviction and enthusiasm. It’s easy to capture her personality within seconds, and this is exactly what her software, Kira Talent, intends to do. Using their video-interviewing  software, Kira Talent, Cushman and business partner Konrad Listwan-Ciesielski plan to revolutionize the interview process […]

by Emma Childs· · Features, Top stories
The race for RSU president

The race for RSU president

By: Liam Scott, Emma Childs Students will be heading to the ballot boxes next week to elect their representatives for the 2014-15 academic year. The upcoming Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) elections take place on Feb. 3, 4 and 5. Ryerson’s website says that the RSU’s mandate is to lobby on behalf of students, save money for its members through “cost […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Features, Top stories
Toronto street food vendors want to keep on trucking

Toronto street food vendors want to keep on trucking

The City of Toronto is cooking up new bylaws that may loosen food vending restrictions. This could mean that more food trucks will make appearances throughout downtown as early as this summer. And supporters of Toronto’s food truck community say it’s about time. “Toronto is a vibrant, multicultural city with a very strong and creative food scene,” says Tim Shore, […]

by Chelsea Shim· · Features
Ryerson DMZ: Drones for everyday use

Ryerson DMZ: Drones for everyday use

By: Liam Scott, Emma Childs Klever Freire and Damon Yu envision a world where flying robots have a positive impact in our everyday lives. They are the co-founders of DreamQii, a five-person team of engineers who work out of the DMZ. The company is designing innovations to existing unmanned aerial vehicles, otherwise known as drones. Freire says he’s excited about […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Features, Top stories
Listening for the sound of cancer

Listening for the sound of cancer

In December, Ryerson biomedical physics student Eric Strohm became the first PhD graduate to emerge from the faculty of science. In doing so, he presented a thesis that established the foundation for a new form of cancer research, garnering overnight success. His lab is hidden away in Kerr Hall East, just down the hall from Tim Hortons. Inside, the room […]

by Emma Childs· · Features, In pictures, Top stories

Interactive: Tech monitors driving habits, may save students on insurance

Car insurance companies are starting to offer new technology that could mean big savings for university-aged drivers. The technology, known as telematics, (information technology enabling the long distance transmission of data) is part of new usage-based auto insurance being offered for drivers in Ontario. “Innovative programs like this is something insurers are looking at to attract business,” said Pete Karageorgos, […]

Interactive: Tales of internships past

Interactive: Tales of internships past

Long gone are the days of direct employment after school. An unpredictable and competitive job market has left students scrambling for any kind of employment in their fields after wrapping up their post-secondary education. For many, internships – both paid and unpaid – seem to have become the norm. Positions that demand full-time work for no pay have become a […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Features, Interactives, Top stories
Plagiarism: Failure isn’t the only option

Plagiarism: Failure isn’t the only option

Moving to a new country and starting a university education in a foreign language is hard enough. But imagine the trauma from getting a notice that you’re suspected of plagiarism. It’s an accusation that could lead you to fail your course or be expelled. “I’ve had a lot of CESAR members come into our office and some just immigrated to […]

by Maham Abedi· · Features
All it takes to get fired is a single tweet

All it takes to get fired is a single tweet

“Rick Nash is getting married at the resort and apparently it’s a big deal.” That was the relatively harmless tweet made by Syra Dhaliwal back in July about Canadian hockey player Rick Nash. The tweet ultimately led to her termination at the Rousseau, a JW Marriott Resort & Spa in Muskoka. The former Wilfrid Laurier political science student’s shift began […]

by Sarah Warne· · Features, Interactives, Top stories
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