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Jen Gonzales, director of RU Student Life, said she sees awareness as a crucial first step for increasing student engagement. (Photo by Angela McLean)

Campus events failed to involve almost half of surveyed first-years in 2016

Almost one-half of first-year students who were surveyed in 2016 said they were uninvolved in campus social activities, according to a survey published by Ryerson’s Board of Governors in June.

The poll, which surveyed 205 students, found 45 per cent of them said their actual experiences of getting involved in campus activities fell short of their expectations, with about 13 per cent saying they were engaged “much less than expected.”

by Kayla Douglas· · News, On Campus
Street view of the Bond building located on Ryerson campus on Sept. 26, 2017. 
(Photo by Julia Lloyd)

Ryerson building to be demolished

Ryerson’s campus is about to lose a building.  

Ryerson’s Capital Projects and Real Estate building at 111 Bond St. will be demolished as part of a new campus development.

A pedestrian link to the Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex will replace the Bond Street building and serve as a connection from Church Street to Bond Street.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, On Campus
Journalism innovation hub coming to Ryerson

Journalism innovation hub coming to Ryerson

Ryerson’s school of journalism and the Digital Media Zone (DMZ) are teaming up with Facebook to create a digital news incubator, the first of its kind in Canada.

The announcement is part of the Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s planned restructuring of Canada’s cultural policy, which she calls Creative Canada.

by Mansoor Tanweer· · News, On Campus
courtesy of The Hummussiah via Facebook

New restaurant comes to campus

A restaurant new to Ryerson’s campus is every chickpea lover’s dream.

Located at 113 Bond St., The Hummussiah is one of the only restaurants in Toronto to specialize in warm hummus.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News
Inside of Hard Feelings you can find books that are located on the shelf and
in other areas of the building. Photo taken on Sept. 26, 2017. (By: Julia Lloyd)

The wait for Rye’s ongoing counselling services is over, for now

For the first time in at least four years, there was no wait for ongoing counselling at the Centre for Student Development and Counselling (CSDC) on Monday.

This time last year, on top of waiting up to two weeks for an assessment appointment with a Ryerson counsellor, students had to wait four to five weeks to access ongoing counselling services.

by Maggie Macintosh· · News, On Campus
RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 28, 2017

RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 28, 2017

Ryersonian TV: Morning Update can be seen live on Facebook, weekdays at 10.a.m. This newscast is produced by final year students at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Newscasts, RyersonianTV, Videos
Michal Nowaczek-Said, accused murderer of Ryerson Student Julia Sokolov. (Photo courtesy Toronto Police Services)

Accused makes first court appearance in Ryerson student murder case

Michal Nowaczek-Said made his first court appearance today after being charged with the murder of Ryerson student Julia Sokolov.

The 24-year-old died in hospital nine days after being found with life-threatening stab wounds in a Scarborough apartment building on Sept. 10.

by Kayla McLaughlin· · News, Off Campus
Ryerson’s best “lesser known” cheap eat spots

Ryerson’s best “lesser known” cheap eat spots

So you come to school every day and you eat the same food, huh? You spend money every week at McDonald’s, you say? Ha, that’s funny. Or Burrito Boyz? Delicious if you’re a burrito lover (side note — burritos are nasty). Panera Bread? C’mon guys, spruce it up. It’s about time that you start allowing your eating habits to feel love. Excite your taste buds.

Below, you will find spots to eat near campus that you may not have heard of. Most likely, you’ve never been to at least one or two of these restaurants, if not all of them.

by Evan Manning· · Arts & Life, Food, Off Campus
The wellness centre has been held up for a year but will be operational in the basement of the SCC in January, said RSU president Susanne Nyaga. (Photo by Aidan Macnab)

Wellness centre to open next semester

After a year-long delay, renovations that violated building codes and thousands of dollars paid by the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU), a mental health support centre will finally open next semester.

Former RSU president, Obaid Ullah, said that the current administration is accusing the previous one of fumbling with the renovations for political reasons. He said the code violations were due to the work not being completed, as he and former vice-president of student life, Harman Singh chose to pause the renovations in order to pay back students for the 6Fest debacle.

by Aidan Macnab· · Health, News, On Campus, students
Home Sweet Home for Ryerson’s Real Institute

Home Sweet Home for Ryerson’s Real Institute

The elevator opens up into a collaborative workspace, designed in a “town-hall” setting. Each classroom is equipped with a 90-inch screen, a projection system and a high-quality sound system.
This is the newly designed, innovative headquarters of the Ryerson English as an Additional Language (REAL) Institute.

The new 30,000 square-foot space, located in the College Park building on Yonge Street, was completed for the start of this school year and allows students and faculty to coexist in one place.

by Joti Grewal· · News, On Campus
Victor Findlay stands in front of the Mattamy Athletic Centre, home of the Ryerson Rams men's hockey team. (Photo by Steven Ellis)

RTA’s Victor Findlay on the way up

When Ryerson introduced the sport media program to the school of radio and television arts in 2014, there was a bit of mystery to the program. But in March of 2014, Sportsnet gifted Ryerson with close to $750,000 to build upon the program. It truly was the future of the industry.

Enter Victor Findlay, a fourth-year Ryerson sport media student who has become the exact student the school was hoping to create.

by Steven Ellis· · Off Campus, On Campus, Sports
RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 27, 2017

RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 27, 2017

Ryersonian TV: Morning Update can be seen live on Facebook, weekdays at 10.a.m. This newscast is produced by final year students at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Newscasts, RyersonianTV, Videos
Urban geography specialist Florian Mayer comes to Toronto from Germany. Toronto’s car centric layout served as a good test bed for Mayer.

Former Ryerson intern dreams of a greener Toronto

Smaller streets, green spaces and more accessible public transit could give Toronto an environmental facelift. Florian Mayer, a former research intern at Ryerson this past summer, is going to present his recommendations to the 54th International Making Cities Livable Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Oct. 2.

He now lives in Denmark, but he came to Canada to research ways to improve city infrastructure, namely roads, with a public health angle in mind.

by Mansoor Tanweer· · Environment, News, Off Campus
Celine Liu is the founder of Listeners and the Chinese translation of The Varsity is one of the organization's many projects. (Photo by Iris Robin)

The Varsity’s website translation bridges the gap for Chinese international students

Students at the University of Toronto can now read their campus news in simplified Chinese. The Varsity recently announced the publication of its Chinese website, which contains translations of content originally published in English and is updated weekly.

The aim of the website is to increase engagement among international students from China. There were 17,452 international students enrolled at U of T in 2016–2017, of which 9,187 were from China. That’s 11 per cent of the university’s population, which The Varsity is striving to reach.

by Iris Robin· · News, Off Campus
Aidan Dolan (courtesy of Alex D'Addese/Ryerson Rams Athletics)

First year spells change for Ryerson baseball player

If you take a look at the Ryerson baseball team roster, you’ll notice many of the players are from Ontario – Toronto, Markham or Scarborough, for example – but this year, the team has a new player who’s neither from Ontario, nor from Canada.

Aidan Dolan made the trek over the southern border from the U.S. to start his first year at Ryerson this fall. Dolan hails from Buffalo Grove, Ill., a town just north of Chicago.

by Bryce Turner· · Baseball, On Campus, Sports
RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 26, 2017

RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 26, 2017

Ryersonian TV: Morning Update can be seen live on Facebook, weekdays at 10.a.m. This newscast is produced by final year students at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Newscasts, RyersonianTV, Videos
Farley Chatto showed his Czar Nicholas II collection at Fashion Week. (Emily Rivas / Ryersonian Staff)

Ryerson has a new fashionable partner

After many seasons of offering their expertise to Ryerson students, Canada Fashion Group (CFG) has officially partnered with Ryerson University for Toronto Fashion Week.

RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 25, 2017

RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 25, 2017

Ryersonian TV: Morning Update can be seen live on Facebook, weekdays at 10.a.m. This newscast is produced by final year students at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Newscasts, RyersonianTV, Videos
(Courtesy of the Ryerson Students' Association)

Sundown Music Festival TO

The RSU hosted the Sundown music festival yesterday, which featured acts like The Skins, Joey Bada$$ and Miguel.

The crowd had a night filled with good food, good music and great vibes. Here’s a recap:

by Shantia Cross· · Arts & Life, Music, News, Off Campus, On Campus
Erick DeLaurentis waved the flag high and proud to kick off the Invictus Games taking place in Toronto. Ryerson was the last stop on the tour before the flag was raised at city hall on Sept. 22. (Photo by Julie Faye Germansky)

PHOTO GALLERY: Invictus flag tour comes to the MAC

The Invictus Games first took place in London, England in 2014 as a demonstration of the strength of soldiers and veterans. Three years later, it’s Toronto’s turn to host the games. Over 500 competitors from 17 countries will compete between September 23-30.

by Julie Germansky· · News, On Campus, Sports, students
Ryersonian This Week Podcast Episode 2

Ryersonian This Week Podcast Episode 2

Ryersonian This Week is a news audio series produced by senior students in the School of Journalism in Toronto. It features weekly news from ryersonian.ca and from the Canadian University Press.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Audio, News, Podcasts
RyersonianTV: This Week for September 22, 2017

RyersonianTV: This Week for September 22, 2017

Ryersonian TV: This Week can be seen live on Facebook, Fridays at 2 p.m. This newscast is produced by final year students at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Newscasts, RyersonianTV, Videos
Science Literacy Week ends Sept. 23. 
(Photo by Sophie Armstrong)

Students experiment during Science Literacy Week

Robotics, gene testing, DNA extraction, ice cream prepared instantly with liquid nitrogen – those are a few of the interactive activities Ryerson offered during the countrywide event known as Science Literacy Week.

Science Literacy Week kicked off Tuesday at the Student Learning Centre and has showcased experiments and hands-on science activities from different fields of scientists.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, On Campus, Science & Technology
(Ryersonian file photo)

UPDATED: Digital counselling for students approved during RSU meeting

Ryerson students may be getting more services in their health and dental plan, if a new digital counselling service, myWellness, is approved.

Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) vice-president operations Ali Yousaf put forward a motion at the Sept. 21 Board of Directors (BoD) meeting. The motion proposes for the RSU to provide a digital counselling platform through myWellness for students suffering from mental illnesses.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Health, News, On Campus
RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 22, 2017

RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 22, 2017

Ryersonian TV: Morning Update can be seen live on Facebook, weekdays at 10.a.m. This newscast is produced by final year students at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Newscasts, RyersonianTV, Videos
Some of the food available for students at Ryerson’s Good Food Centre. 
(Photo by Emma King)

Post-secondary grads increasingly dependent on food banks: Daily Bread

Compared to recent years, more people with post-secondary degrees are using food banks.

The Daily Bread Food Bank released their annual “Who’s Hungry” report Monday indicating a 15.8 per cent increase in food bank visits since last year among people aged 18-30. The report also shows that 35 per cent of people who use the food bank have a post-secondary education. 

by Ryersonian Staff· · Food & Health, News, Off Campus
Ryerson men’s soccer team forfeits six games

Ryerson men’s soccer team forfeits six games

The Ryerson Rams men’s soccer team is forfeiting the first six games of the season after it was revealed that a player has been deemed ineligible to play.

A member of the team failed to meet the academic requirements to be considered an active member. The identity of the player is being withheld from the Ryersonian for privacy reasons.

by Kayla McLaughlin· · News, On Campus, Soccer, Sports
City of Toronto employees prepare to evict homeless people situated on the sidewalk outside of Tim Hortons on Victoria St. (Photo by Julie Faye Germansky)

Homeless evicted outside of Tim Hortons

Several homeless people who had settled at the entrance of Victoria Street’s Tim Hortons were evicted Wednesday morning by the City of Toronto.

Homeless people have been congregating on the edge of the sidewalk in front of the Tim Hortons for years, said a longtime member of the Ryerson Security team. Recently, a tent was put up there, as well as a makeshift milk-crate platform bed.

by Julie Germansky· · News, On Campus
New TTC initiative to combat harassment

New TTC initiative to combat harassment

A new app and ad campaign from the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) aims to deter harassment and offer increased support to victims.

SafeTTC, launched earlier this month, allows transit riders to report an incident to transit control, or call 911 if it’s an emergency. Users can send texts, photos or videos. The seriousness of the issue will be assessed and transit enforcement officers or police officers will be dispatched as needed.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Off Campus
RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 21, 2017

RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 21, 2017

Ryersonian TV: Morning Update can be seen live on Facebook, weekdays at 10.a.m. This newscast is produced by final year students at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Newscasts, RyersonianTV, Videos
Group of Canadian Olympians perform stunts in the Cadillac Fairview Toronto Eaton Centre to announce CF as the new home of Team Canada. (Photo by Kayla McLaughlin)

Eaton Centre to be new home of Team Canada

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and property developer Cadillac Fairview announced an 11-year partnership Sept. 20. Under the deal, the COC will move its Toronto headquarters to the office tower at Eaton Centre, which is a Cadillac Fairview property. The deal was announced at the Eaton Centre and featured a roster of Canadian Olympic athletes. In addition to the announcement, […]

by Kayla McLaughlin· · News, Sports
(Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Go Global Expo fits the world into Kerr Hall

The Go Global Expo will bring a world of opportunities to Ryerson students at Kerr Hall West. Created by Verge Magazine, a publication that features and promotes various ways to study and work abroad, the expo brings in exhibitors from global volunteering and international exchange programs to speak and network with students. Now in its eighth year, the event aims […]

by Christine Chua· · News, On Campus
Leslie Melo was able to speak to her family in Mexico for a few minutes before phone service was cut off due to the earthquake. (Photo by Sophie Armstrong)

Mexico earthquake hits close to home at Ryerson

The impact of the deadly earthquake that struck Mexico City on Sept. 19 is being felt on Ryerson’s campus Leslie Melo, who works at Pancho’s Bakery churro stand at the intersection of Yonge and Gould streets, has family in Mexico City who have been impacted by the earthquake. Thankfully Melo’s family is safe, but after speaking with them for only […]

by Sophie Armstrong· · News, Off Campus, On Campus
A Ryerson student uses one of the re-usable bottles that were given away by the RSU. (taken by Ricardo Serrano)

DisOrientation week begins at Ryerson

DisOrientation, an initiative that promotes campus student groups that work on social and environmental issues, kicked off on Tuesday with a street fair. The week-long event is organized by the Ryerson Students’ Union’s equity and social justice committee. It will run until Sept. 21. An art workshop, activist panel discussion and comedy show are some of the activities that DisOrientation […]

by Ricardo Serrano· · News, On Campus
Beverly Petrovic says all proceeds from her fundraiser will go to the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health, where her son is being treated. (Photo by Evan Manning)

Ryerson student affairs co-ordinator throwing fundraiser for mental health awareness

After watching her son deal with mental health issues over the past year, Beverly Petrovic, student affairs co-ordinator for Ryerson’s school of journalism (RSJ), is hosting a fundraiser for those facing the same battle. The event called “A Night To Shed Light” will take place Oct. 14 at the Holiday Inn Downtown Toronto Centre, located at 30 Carlton St. The night will mark […]

by Evan Manning· · News, Off Campus
RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 20, 2017

RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 20, 2017

Ryersonian TV: Morning Update can be seen live on Facebook, weekdays at 10.a.m. This newscast is produced by final year students at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Newscasts, RyersonianTV, Videos
Co-founder of the Muslim Faculty and Staff Community Network, Sarah Bukhari,  (Photo by Ricardo Serrano)

New Ryerson Muslim faculty group hosts Eid event as kickoff

Ryerson’s first-ever Muslim faculty group held their inaugural event on campus last week. The Muslim Faculty and Staff Community Network was formed by Sakeena Mihar and Sarah Bukhari. They said they wanted to support and bring together fellow Muslim members of Ryerson’s faculty and staff. “Being a Muslim is a challenge,” said Mihar, who works as a web content strategist […]

by Devika Desai· · News, On Campus
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RSU trains staff to use naloxone after university decides not to

The RSU has equipped its equity service staff with naloxone kits after the Ryerson administration’s decision not to provide them to campus security personnel. Some equity staff have already been trained at the Sherbourne Health Centre to use the antidote for opiate overdoses. Others will undergo training soon, according to Camryn Harlick, the RSU’s vice-president of equity. “Ideally, we’re looking […]

by Aidan Macnab· · News, On Campus, students
RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 19, 2017

RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 19, 2017

Ryersonian TV: Morning Update can be seen live on Facebook, weekdays at 10.a.m. This newscast is produced by final year students at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Newscasts, RyersonianTV, Videos
Evening rates for the Dundas Square Green P parking garage will go from eight dollars to nine dollars, said the Toronto Parking Authority. (Photo by Jessica Cheung)

Green P parking to raise hourly rates

By: Jessica Cheung  Parking at the popular Dundas Square Green P parking facility will cost you an extra loonie per hour following the adoption of a proposal by the Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) Monday morning. The rate hike will go into effect in October. The proposal came early last week with a pitch to implement rate hikes on off-street parking […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Off Campus, On Campus
(Ryersonian Archives)

Amazon bid could mean big things for Ryerson

Toronto is in the running to become the site for a second Amazon headquarters, and if the city wins the bid, it’ll mean big things for Ryerson University students. Amazon promises a US$5 billion construction investment to the winning city and as “many as 50,000 high-paying jobs,” the company said in a press release. 50,000 jobs and +$5B in investment – […]

Ryersonian This Week Podcast Episode 1

Ryersonian This Week Podcast Episode 1

Ryersonian This Week is a news audio series produced by senior students in the School of Journalism in Toronto. It features weekly news from ryersonian.ca and from the Canadian University Press.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Audio, News, Podcasts
RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 18, 2017

RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 18, 2017

Ryersonian TV: Morning Update can be seen live on Facebook, weekdays at 10.a.m. This newscast is produced by final year students at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Newscasts, RyersonianTV, Videos
Naloxone kits are available at pharmacies across Toronto to anyone with a valid Ontario health
card. (Kayla Douglas/Linsey Raschkowan/Ryersonian)

VIDEO: Accessing naloxone is simpler than you’d think

Video was made by Linsey Raschkowan and Kayla Douglas     Picking up the antidote to a life-threatening illegal narcotic might seem like an intimidating task, but in reality, it’s as easy as picking up any other prescription in Ontario pharmacies. Accessing naloxone, the antidote used in fentanyl and other opioid-related overdoses, is more important than ever on a university […]

by Aidan Macnab· · Health, How to, News, Off Campus, On Campus, Videos
From left to right: Yazan Zafar, Daniel Carey and Deva Veylan won first prize at the Greater Toronto Emerging Green Professional Hackathon: Zero Carbon Retrofits. They now get a chance to present their proposal to the Toronto Catholic School Board. (Photo by Mansoor Tanweer)

Ryerson students win chance to convert elementary school to green tech

A team consisting of two Ryerson students and one from Carleton University has won the opportunity to help a Toronto school take a big leap into the future. Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Scarborough is looking for ways to retrofit its building in order to become a net zero-energy school. To achieve this goal, the elementary school turned […]

by Mansoor Tanweer· · Environment, News, On Campus
Mexican journalists often encounter persecution, harassment and espionage, Navarro said. (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Targeted for reporting on the drug war: Mexican journalist speaks at Ryerson

By: Ricardo Serrano  Persecution, harassment and espionage. These are some of the things Mexican journalists encounter on the job.   Adela Navarro spoke at Ryerson University on Wednesday night and shared her experiences working as a journalist in Mexico, documented as one of the most dangerous places for the press. Just this year four journalists have died, according to Reporters […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Arts & Life, On Campus
RyersonianTV: This Week for September 15, 2017

RyersonianTV: This Week for September 15, 2017

Ryersonian TV: This Week can be seen live on Facebook, Fridays at 2 p.m. This newscast is produced by final year students at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

by Lindsay Smith· · News, Newscasts, RyersonianTV, Videos
Dean of FCAD Charles Falzon, Author Margaret Atwood, and founder and CEO of Audible Don Katz at the launch of Audible in Toronto. (Photo by Brendan Dellandrea)

Audiobook producer Audible partners with FCAD

Ryerson University’s Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) has teamed up with Audible to create more opportunities for students. Audible announced its official launch in Canada and its partnership with Ryerson on Wednesday morning. “We’ve earmarked $12 million over the next three years to invest in Canadian writers and Canadian voices,” said Don Katz, founder and CEO of Audible. According […]

by Joti Grewal· · News, On Campus
RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 15, 2017

RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 15, 2017

Ryersonian TV: Morning Update can be seen live on Facebook, weekdays at 10.a.m. This newscast is produced by final year students at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

by Lindsay Smith· · News, Newscasts, RyersonianTV, Videos
Ryerson introduces new platform to bolster your resumé  

Ryerson introduces new platform to bolster your resumé  

Third-year Ryerson student Musa Raveendran didn’t realize being an uncle would add value to his resumé. But with the help of Student Life’s new program “Level Up,” Raveendran said the program helped him recognize the valuable transferable skills, such as organization, time management and innovation, he’s developed through being an uncle. “Using these various forms of documentation, I was able […]

by Julie Germansky· · career, education, News, On Campus, students
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