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The Ryersonian Weekly Wrap: Episode 5

The Ryersonian Weekly Wrap: Episode 5

We bring you a weekly wrap-up of Canadian campus news produced by senior students in the School of Journalism in Toronto, Canada. It features weekly news from ryersonian.ca, and from the Canadian University Press.

Provost invites student feedback at next Academic Plan town hall

Provost invites student feedback at next Academic Plan town hall

Ryerson is reaching out to students through a town hall meeting Monday evening seeking input for the university’s 2014 to 2019 Academic Plan. Provost and vice-president academic Mohamed Lachemi will lead the event and looks to have an open discussion about students’ priorities. “It’s not necessarily a question and answer. I’m there to listen to them,” says Lachemi. “The most […]

by Jean Ko Din· · News, On Campus
The newly renovated journalism lounge, now called the venn at the Rogers Communications Centre in Toronto, ON on Oct. 25. Photo by Hayley Brauer/Ryerson University

‘The Venn’ wins as the new name for RCC103

“The Venn” was announced as the winner of the “Name This Space” contest, organized by journalism school chair Ivor Shapiro and news media technical coordinator Lesley Salvadori, Friday morning. The space, connecting the Ryersonian newsroom, the Ryerson Review of Journalism, and the journalism Ideas Lab, was renovated this past summer. Journalism students submitted ideas, which were narrowed down to three. Harlan […]

by Sydney Poulos· · Arts & Life, News, On Campus
CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais speaks at Ryereson University for the launch of Let's Talk TV: A conversation with Canadians on October 24, 2013. Peter Lozinski / Ryersonian Staff

Ryerson hosts launch of CRTC discussion on the future of Canadian broadcasting

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is asking people to join a discussion about the future of television in the country. CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais was at Ryerson Thursday to launch the first session of Let’s Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians. The discussion is aimed at creating a framework “that in its essence will have to be dynamic, flexible [and] […]

by Peter Lozinski· · Media, News, On Campus
Ryerson Nursing Professor Sepali Guruge is the head researcher of the mental illness stigma project that recieved a $3 million grant from the Movember Foundation.

Mo’ money: Ryerson nets $3-million Movember Foundation grant

The month of the moustache is days away,  but Ryerson is already reaping the benefits of the fundraising that goes along with it. The Movember Foundation awarded Ryerson a $3-million grant  on Wednesday that will help fund research that aims to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness in the Asian community. “This is one of the largest research grants Ryerson […]

by Hayley Brauer· · News, On Campus

Students seeking study space can look to Vic

By Daniel Melfi After last year’s successful pilot, Ryerson’s Pop-Up Study Space program is up and running again. Until Dec. 2, students can use empty classrooms in the Victoria Building for personal or group study when the rooms are not being used. Holding between 17 and 35 people, students are able to use the majority of rooms on weekdays between […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, On Campus
Scholarship win fuels first-year’s dreams

Scholarship win fuels first-year’s dreams

Azra Jessa got a call this summer that many university students can only dream about: she had won the President’s National Entrance Scholarship, a $40,000 prize. She wasn’t sure it was real at first. “It took a while for the news to really sink in … I was elated. I couldn’t believe I’d actually won,” said the first-year computer science […]

by Shazah Ayub· · News, On Campus
Graduates not falling for fall convocation

Graduates not falling for fall convocation

Thousands of Ryerson students graduated last week, but just more than half attended convocation. Just over 2,000 students were eligible to graduate last Thursday and Friday, but only 55 per cent RSVP’d to the four fall ceremonies, spanning two days. Last year, 62 per cent said they would attend. “It didn’t appeal to me too much,” said James Vukasinovic, a […]

by Katrina Sieniuc· · News, On Campus

Coming soon: Ryerson security services at your fingertips

By Nicole Skripkariuk Students will soon be able to access Ryerson’s security services from anywhere with the touch of their smartphone or tablet. The university’s security and emergency services team is in the midst of launching a social media platform and mobile safety app they hope will be ready by the end of the semester. “We hope to expand the knowledge […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, On Campus

Library struggling to keep up with demand for laptop use

By Jessica Vitullo and Calvin Dao Loaned-out laptops are in high demand among Ryerson students who take advantage of the school’s mobile learning tools, results from a recent online survey suggest. More than 87 per cent of the survey’s respondents said laptops are the tool they most need for their academic endeavours. According to Weina Wang, Ryerson’s borrowing and lending services […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, On Campus

More Ryerson mental health initiatives approved

By Emily Westover A second round of project approvals has been announced for the $27 million in funding for campus mental health services that was given by the province last March, and two of the new projects revolve around Ryerson. One of the Ryerson projects, University Virtual Ward, will help ease suicidal and hospitalized students’ transition from hospital to school. […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, On Campus
Class schedules now on Google Calendar

Class schedules now on Google Calendar

Ryerson students can navigate their way to classes with ease now that their course timetables show up on the Google Calendar app. The Google timetable, courtesy of Ryerson’s Computing and Communications Services (CCS), conveniently displays the lectures, labs and tutorials associated with every student’s course-load, including the course code, section, instructor and room number for each class or event. “We […]

by Katrina Sieniuc· · News, On Campus
Behold: adorable pooches bring Zen to Rye

Behold: adorable pooches bring Zen to Rye

Ryerson students who have been camped out in the library or preparing for midterms got a break on Tuesday when a few furry friends visited campus. Students lined up through the halls and stairways of the Victoria Building to pet an English setter named Kate and six other dogs. The therapy dogs were on hand to help students take their […]

by Tara Deschamps· · News, On Campus
Ryerson graduate Christopher Skinner, right. (File photo)

New details in Skinner murder

Toronto police released new details Friday about the death of a Ryerson graduate who was beaten, run over and left to die in 2009. Four years to the day after Christopher Skinner was killed, Det. Sgt. Stacy Gallant told reporters at a televised press conference that police are making “significant progress” in their investigation. Skinner, an openly gay student, studied […]

by Tara Deschamps· · News, Off Campus, On Campus
From rooftop to table, Ryerson grows a local food system on campus

From rooftop to table, Ryerson grows a local food system on campus

Right now it’s a field of weeds in the sky, but the wild side of the engineering building’s rooftop will be growing artichoke and zucchini next season. As politicians at Queen’s Park consider a local food act to support Ontario-grown food, Ryerson is going through a hyper local food movement of its own. Creating a “Grow to Throw” food cycle on campus is the […]

by Lee Marshall· · Food, News, On Campus
UPDATE: Road river is a campus map

UPDATE: Road river is a campus map

Students will soon be able to follow the yellow and blue road if they’re lost. In addition to painting a river on Gould and Victoria Streets, the master design also calls for the names of campus buildings and spaces to be incorporated onto the road. Workers on site have begun spray-painting names on top of the smaller streams that diverge […]

by Kim Brown· · News, On Campus

Six students win President’s National Entrance Scholarship

First-year computer science student, Azra Jessa feels that receiving the President’s National Entrance Scholarship has been one of her greatest life achievements. Jessa is one of the six recipients of this award along with Alessandro Profenna, Bailey Bradshaw, Gelila Ephrem, Michaela St. Pierre and Reva Arieli. Every year Ryerson awards the President’s National Entrance Scholarship to secondary school graduates who […]

by Shazah Ayub· · News, On Campus
VIDEO: Designing solitude at TRSM

VIDEO: Designing solitude at TRSM

Finding a quiet study space in the Ted Rogers school of management (TRSM) is about to get much easier. The Ryersonian has the full story. Host: Arti Panday Producers: Josh McLean, Rebecca Mildon

TRSM conference picks legacy theme

TRSM conference picks legacy theme

Preparations for the annual Ted Rogers Management Conference kicked off yesterday with a party to announce its theme: legacy. The conference is a three-day, student-run business event. It began as a memorial for Ted Rogers but has evolved to promote the exploration of its namesake’s business style and work ethic. Now in its fifth year, the conference is a place for […]

by Arti Panday· · News, On Campus
Protest-turned-party celebrates social justice

Protest-turned-party celebrates social justice

Text and reporting: Samantha Fernandes Camera: Chantale Dahmer It’s not often that a protest turns into a party, but that’s what happened when Ryerson’s third annual Social Justice Week kicked-off on Monday. A rally to protest for the release of Toronto filmmaker John Greyson and emergency ward doctor Tarek Loubani transformed into a victory rally after the Canadians were released […]

by Samantha Fernandes· · News, Off Campus, On Campus
Profs defend, relish bird course status

Profs defend, relish bird course status

“Yay, I made it,” said Gillian Turnbull, laughing when The Ryersonian told her two of her classes made the list of Ryerson’s bird courses, according to birdcourses.com. Turnbull teaches Music and Pop Culture and Music in the City, just two of the 81 courses deemed bird courses by the website. That puts Ryerson in seventh place out of the 37 […]

by Jordan White· · News, On Campus
Silent study rooms coming to TRSM

Silent study rooms coming to TRSM

Finding a quiet study space on Ryerson’s campus can be tough, but finding a quiet study space in the Ted Rogers school of management (TRSM) building can be next to impossible. With 8,000 to 10,000 people in and out of TRSM daily, free seats are hard to come by, which is why fourth-year business management student Genele Rose is starting […]

by Arti Panday· · News, On Campus

Ryerson-York Exchange program starts small

Fewer than 30 students have taken advantage so far, but that hasn’t dissuaded officials from believing in the possibilities of the new Ryerson-York Exchange program. The program is meant to expand course selection for students by allowing them to take classes at another university, while cutting down the paperwork that usually amounts while trying to take classes at another institution. […]

by Kim Magi· · News, On Campus
Travel Cuts cut from Ryerson campus

Travel Cuts cut from Ryerson campus

By Shazah Ayub As reading week approaches, some students may not be far from the sunny beaches of Mexico — but they are far from student discounts on travel since Travel Cuts shut down its Ryerson location. After eight years, the discount travel agency has moved out of the Student Campus Centre (SCC) basement and merged operations with the University […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, On Campus

Ryerson’s fall exam schedule still not available until November, for now

Ryerson students hoping to plan ahead for the holidays will have to wait a little longer for the fall exam schedule. While many other universities have already released their schedules, Ryerson will keep its under wraps until around Nov. 1, as in previous years. Robert Rocca, manager of university scheduling at Ryerson, said part of the problem is a lack […]

by May Warren· · News, On Campus
Sarah Chang's Sam Edelman contest submission.

Winner secretly crowned in cancelled shoe contest

A secret winner. A cancelled appearance by an acclaimed shoe designer. And a group of disappointed students. These are the elements that capped off three weeks of anticipation for students who entered a design contest, but who walked away with questions unanswered. Fashion students were excited for a chance to win a two-day trip to New York City and visit […]

by Stephanie Chan· · Arts & Life, Fashion, News, On Campus
Ryerson says the updated policy will cut down on paperwork for students seeking accommodation.

New rules for religious accommodation on campus

Students seeking time off for religious holidays must submit requests within two weeks of class starting, according to a new Ryerson policy. But some students say that could be a problem, since the exact dates of some religious holidays aren’t known until days before the event. “We don’t know the timing of when some holidays will fall,” said Komal Kamran, […]

by Jessica Vitullo· · News, On Campus
This isn't Dexter's kill room, it's Krista Brown's fashion week internship. (Courtesy Krista Brown)

Fixing bad internships with a new committee

By Julia Mohamed After 11 internships and one gig cleaning up a bloody sheep’s brain and pig’s heart with her bare hands, Krista Brown got fed up with bad unpaid internships. Brown found herself elbow deep in barnyard animal bits, incongruously, while interning for a jewelry show that was part of New York City Fashion Week. She left the internship […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, On Campus
VIDEO: Social Justice Week comes to Ryerson

VIDEO: Social Justice Week comes to Ryerson

Host: Jordan White Producers: Joshua McLean and Amanda Kline

Ryerson looking to smarten up its image

When students think of Ryerson, they think of a technology-rich environment, focus on entrepreneurship and convenient downtown location. At least, this is the kind of feedback Ryerson is hoping for, as the university seeks comments from students as part of a new branding initiative aimed at better recruitment of prospective students, donors and volunteers. “We’re proud of what we’re doing […]

by Katrina Sieniuc· · News, On Campus
Brad Duguid, minister of training, college and universities, announces the new helpline last week.

Helpline for students now available

Video by Amir P. Tabrizian-pour By Emily Westover Ryersonian Staff Students can access immediate mental health support by calling a new 24-hour helpline funded by the province, bypassing longer-than-usual wait times for counselling services at Ryerson. “This year we’ve seen increase in students asking for counselling appointments,” said Dr. Su-Ting Teo, director of health and wellness at Ryerson. “It’s normal […]

CESAR wants union employees to revise pay expectations

The Continuing Education Student Association at Ryerson locked out its two full-time unionized employees last Monday–and they are not willing to negotiate with the union until they revise their pay expectations. One unionized employee says her wages have been frozen since the collective agreement between CESAR and her union (CUPE 1281) expired in 2011. But CESAR says the union is demanding that the […]

by Amanda Kline· · News, On Campus
The Ryersonian Weekly Wrap: Episode 4

The Ryersonian Weekly Wrap: Episode 4

We bring you a weekly wrap-up of Canadian campus news produced by senior students in the School of Journalism in Toronto, Canada. It features weekly news from ryersonian.ca, and from the Canadian University Press.   News round-up: “Men’s Issues” group is attempts to gain official group status Ryerson’s student union ranking is in CESAR locks out 2 full time employees […]

Courtesy Heritage Toronto

MAC nominated for heritage award

Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre has been nominated for an award from Heritage Toronto for its recent renovation. It’s one of four finalists for the 39th Annual Heritage Toronto award in the William Greer Architectural Conservation and Craftmanship category. The category is designed to honour buildings which have re-used city space while incorporating elements of their past, said Heritage Toronto Marketing […]

by May Warren· · News, On Campus
Ryerson delivers on pledge to eliminate water bottles

Ryerson delivers on pledge to eliminate water bottles

Students will never see a plastic water bottle for sale at Ryerson’s cafeterias, Tim Hortons or vending machines from now on. Ryerson has met its goal to go bottled-water free by September 2013 after signing a pledge early in 2010. Ryerson was the first Ontario university to call for a ban on “water that is bottled and filled privately”, explains […]

by Anam Latif· · News, On Campus
Sam the Record Man closed in 2007 and the sign is now in storage.

Rocker Ronnie Hawkins speaks up for Sam the Record Man

Rock legend Ronnie Hawkins says there is no doubt in his mind that the Record Man sign should hang on Yonge Street. Though it’s been over 50 years since he debuted on the stage, Hawkins still remembers the rock-frenzy sweeping Toronto, the late night shows and, of course, the girls from Ryerson College “who got me into trouble.” Hawkins says […]

by Emma Jarratt· · Arts & Life, Music, News, Off Campus, On Campus
Sarah Chang's Sam Edelman contest submission.

UPDATE: Students frustrated with cancelled Sam Edelman shoe contest

                            Fashion students are frustrated and upset at the last-minute cancellation of a highly anticipated shoe design contest the night before the winners were supposed to be announced. Fashion design students had been invited to enter an original shoe design in a bid to win a two-day […]

by Stephanie Chan· · Arts & Life, Fashion, News, On Campus
Following in Jack Layton’s footsteps

Following in Jack Layton’s footsteps

Ryerson University is looking to pay tribute to the late Jack Layton by inspiring youth to follow in his footsteps. According to politics professor and Jack Layton chair, Myer Siemiatycki, the school will launch a new young activism program this summer aimed at encouraging youth to take on leadership roles in politics and their community. Layton, a former NDP leader, […]

by Tara Deschamps· · News, On Campus
One of the emails sent on Monday night.

‘Easy’ email hack spams thousands of Ryerson engineering students

A Ryerson email list has been disabled after a bogus email account infiltrated students’ inboxes with a slew of spam messages Monday night. An unknown person or group used a website called deadfake.com to create a fake, anonymous email address that sent out spam emails to an engineering email listserv run by Ryerson’s Computing and Communications Services (CCS). “The fake […]

by Katrina Sieniuc· · News, On Campus

FCAD moving closer to having own society

By Maham Abedi Ryersonian Staff Students in Ryerson’s Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) are one step closer to forming their own society after getting the green light from the board of governors to hold a referendum. “I’m very happy, very relieved,” said Cormac McGee, a third-year journalism student who presented the proposal to the board of governors Monday night. […]

by Maham Abedi· · News, On Campus

Yes, the A/C is still running in Kerr Hall

Ryerson students feeling the chill outside — and inside — campus buildings won’t be relieved for another couple of weeks, as the school says it won’t be turning the air conditioning off until mid-October. “I feel like I need to go (to Kerr Hall) in a small T-shirt, as well as bring my parka, at all times,” said Samuel Giguere, […]

by Katrina Sieniuc· · News, On Campus

CESAR lockout makes staff feel ‘undervalued’

The Continuing Education Student Association of Ryerson (CESAR) locked out its two unionized employees Monday after collective bargaining negotiations fell apart. “I received an email Sunday morning saying I was going to be locked out as of midnight,” said Estefania Toledo, one of the two workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1281. Toledo has worked […]

by Amanda Kline· · News, On Campus
VIDEO: What’s in the paper tomorrow?

VIDEO: What’s in the paper tomorrow?

Hosts: Rebecca Mildon and Tara Deschamps Producers: Joshua McLean and Nick Carafa

Miles Groth, editor of New Male Studies, speaks Friday at U of T in support of campus men’s centres.

Men’s group going ahead on campus

A men’s issues group will form at Ryerson University this semester with the help of the Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE) — but without approval of the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU). The RSU unanimously denied the group from forming in March with then-president Rodney Diverlus saying there are links between some men’s groups and misogny and hate speech. Another reason […]

by Jackie Hunter· · News, On Campus
Ryerson fails in positive free speech

Ryerson fails in positive free speech

By Abigale Subdhan Ryersonian Staff The Ryerson Students’ Union has been rated the second-worst student union in the country when it comes to honouring freedom of expression rights, according to a recent report. The 2013 Campus Freedom Index, which measures the state of free speech in Canadian universities, gave the RSU a D and an F for failing to implement […]

by Abigale Subdhan· · News, On Campus
Repainting campus roads began this week to the tune of $170,000.

UPDATED: Goodbye, yellow brick road

Ryerson is investing more green into that yellow road–a lot more green. $170,000 to be exact. This summer, the university spent $25,000 to coat Gould and Victoria Streets in blue and yellow. But the streets, already chipped and faded, were professionally cleaned last Friday in preparation for a the new paint job that began today. The original paint job was done […]

by Kim Brown· · News, On Campus
Sam the Record Man closed in 2007 and the sign is now in storage.

City Hall sounds off on Sam the Record Man

Mayor Rob Ford chaired a Sam the Record Man sign committee meeting yesterday, marking the latest effort to solve the saga that has cast an unfavourable light on Ryerson University. On Tuesday, Toronto councillors, music lovers and Ryerson officials came together in the hopes of finding a viable solution. No consensus was reached, but many councillors and citizens spoke up […]

by Emma Jarratt· · Music, News, Off Campus, On Campus, Videos
The Ryersonian Weekly Wrap: Episode 3

The Ryersonian Weekly Wrap: Episode 3

We bring you a weekly wrap-up of Canadian campus news produced by senior students in the School of Journalism in Toronto, Canada. It features weekly news from ryersonian.ca, and from the Canadian University Press. News round-up: Ryerson prof has a new tech invention B.C. introduces free online text books Ryerson food bank New education minister in N.B. Motorcycle parking Men […]

Bala Venkatesh is the academic director of the Centre for Urban Energy at Ryerson.  (Courtesy Bala Venkatesh)

Ryerson’s smart grid a step towards better energy policy

Ryerson is building the first smart grid laboratory at a Canadian university with funds from the Ministry of Energy’s new Smart Grid Fund program. A smart grid is an intelligent electricity distribution system that uses two-way communication between consumers and the grid so it can better control the supply and demand of energy. Academic director of the Centre for Urban Energy, Bala Venkatesh, […]

by Anam Latif· · News, On Campus
VIDEO: Robots to the rescue!

VIDEO: Robots to the rescue!

  See our previous coverage: Rye professor, dog, and robot team up for rescue missions   Host: Kim Brown Producer: Josh McLean

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