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Ryerson is well-positioned to weather government funding changes: Levy

A new policy from the provincial government could force universities to cut some programs, but Ryerson president Sheldon Levy isn’t worried. A confidential draft of the policy sent to post-secondary institutions leaked last week, and the so-called ‘differentiation’ policy will require universities and colleges to focus on strengths, though possibly at the expense of weaker programs. Post-secondary education funding in […]

by Stephanie Chan· · News

Report: Tuition still on the rise

In less than the time it takes to finish a four-year degree, tuition will increase by 13 per cent, according to a recent study released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Rising tuition is nothing new, but the steep increase means annual average fees will move from $6,610 to an estimated $7,437 by fall 2016. “As funding for post-secondary […]

by Kim Brown· · News, On Campus

Ryerson’s food bank sees “huge jump” in use

Reporting and editing by Lee Marshall Camerawork by Marie Alcober and Amir P. Tabrizian-pour Food bank use in Toronto’s city core has decreased to pre-recession levels, according to a report released Tuesday by Daily Bread Food Bank. But more people are using Ryerson’s student-run food bank, the Community Food Room. Drew Silverthorn, Community Food Room assistant, says the “huge jump” in […]

by Lee Marshall· · News, On Campus

High Hoops: Rams men’s basketball team preparing for the new season

by Kim Brown· · Basketball, News, Sports
Skating into a dilemma at the MAC

Skating into a dilemma at the MAC

Andrew Castaneda often finds himself running to the rink at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) to play shinny on Tuesdays for an hour. Because once the one-hour window is up, the rink is closed to students to allow the Ryerson Rams’ hockey teams to practise, giving little time for non-Rams students like Castaneda to use the facilities. “If the general […]

by Jessica Vitullo· · News, On Campus, Sports

VIDEO: Paying for motorcycle parking

Reporter: Amanda Kline Camera: Samantha Fernandes Ryerson student Jonathan Oliveira rides his motorcycle to avoid congestion when travelling to and from school. Until now, he’s been able to park for free next to the school of image arts. But after eight years, the city is considering putting the brakes on free parking for motorcycles. A new report suggests designated motorcycle […]

by Amanda Kline· · News, On Campus, RyersonianTV, Videos
Ryerson’s broadcast team taking charge

Ryerson’s broadcast team taking charge

At Ryerson University, it couldn’t be easier to root for the home team. The ultra-accessible Ryerson Rams’ live broadcasts are quickly expanding to become one of the leading student-produced broadcasts in Canada. Not only have the number of viewers increased, but the first broadcast of the new school year had the most online viewers for a Rams game to date. […]

by Shannon Cuciz· · News, On Campus, Sports
Dare, the black lab, models the robot rescue gear developed by computer science professor Alex Ferworn (far right).

Rye professor, dog, and robot team up for rescue missions

Text by May Warren Camera by Anam Latif Dare, a 14-year-old black lab, dashes around a Ryerson classroom. Despite his age, he deftly dodges desks and chairs. He’s focused on his goal: finding a person hidden somewhere behind an overturned table. There hasn’t been an earthquake or a building-collapse, but if there were, Dare could save lives with the help […]

by May Warren· · News, On Campus
Members of Enactus Ryerson took a trip to Dago, Kenya in March of last year to teach financial literacy.

Ryerson business club to compete in Cancun

A Ryerson team believes bees and better financial literacy can help change the world, and they’ll test their theories at the Enactus World Cup in Cancun next week. Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together students and businesses to improve quality of life through entrepreneurship. Its board of directors boasts bosses from big name companies including Walmart, Unilever, […]

by Brian Boudreau· · Business, News, On Campus
Sam the Record Man closed in 2007 and the sign is now in storage.

Searching for Sam’s sign

After lighting up Yonge Street for nearly 50 years, the Sam The Record Man sign is now collecting dust, dismantled and stored in crates in a quiet Vaughan warehouse. The location and condition of the sign have been kept secret by Ryerson, but the sign has now been traced and its whereabouts confirmed by Gregory Signs and Engraving. David Grose, […]

by Emma Jarratt· · News, On Campus
One-third of students still waiting for OSAP

One-third of students still waiting for OSAP

By Amal Ahmed Albaz It’s hard to believe September is almost over. But it’s especially hard for the approximately 30 per cent of students still waiting for their OSAP payments. “I have to pay for rent and, since I’m unable to, I’m borrowing money from my aunt until I get the money,” said third-year political science student, Alana Alonzo. As […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, On Campus
Triwizard time: Ryerson enters ‘magical’ tourney

Triwizard time: Ryerson enters ‘magical’ tourney

University sports just got a little more magical. Ryerson announced it will participate in York University’s first triwizard tournament, an event inspired by the magical contest that took place in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Broomsticks and wands aside, competitors will use their brawn and knowledge of wizardry and magic in order to rise above their adversaries. Ryerson, […]

by Kim Brown· · On Campus, Sports
Wi-Fi will find a way outside

Wi-Fi will find a way outside

By Daniel Melfi Wi-Fi fills the halls of campus buildings, but students hoping to Google on Gould Street have to shell out for data plans. That could change as early as spring, as Ryerson looks to expand campus Wi-Fi to outdoor spaces. “Everyone thinks it’s a good idea,” said Brian Lesser, director of Ryerson’s computing and communications services (CCS). Lesser […]

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

Councillor Josh Matlow still waiting for access to Sam sign

Toronto Councillor Josh Matlow wants access to the Sam the Record Man sign, but Ryerson’s president Sheldon Levy has answered Matlow’s request with silence. In a Sept. 17 letter addressed to Levy’s office, Matlow cites his constituent’s growing worry that “the sign has been damaged beyond repair or even destroyed” and requests a chance to visit the neon records as […]

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

VIDEO: What’s in the paper tomorrow?

Hosts: Rebecca Mildon and Sarah-Joyce Battersby Producer: Joshua McLean

Q&A: Writer Graeme Smith

Afghanistan has a hold on Graeme Smith. The former Globe and Mail war reporter and Ryerson journalism alumnus lived in the country from 2006 to 2009, and returned again years later, driven by what he describes as a curiosity to see how the country would fare after NATO troops withdrew. His new book, The Dogs Are Eating Them Now, nominated for the […]

by Kelsey Rolfe· · Arts & Life, Literature, Off Campus
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Hacking a “real threat” at Ryerson, say security officers

Ryerson University fends off thousands of cyber attacks a day, says Ryerson computer expert Brian Lesser. “If you look at the firewall logs, it’s just constant. I couldn’t believe all the attacks when I first saw,” says Lesser, Ryerson’s director of computing and communications services. Ryerson is not the only with cyber attack issues. A recent Toronto Star story reported […]

by Emma Jarratt· · News, On Campus, Science & Technology
Mysterious Church Street structure explained

Mysterious Church Street structure explained

Text by Anam Latif Camera and editing by Nicole Servinis and Amir P. Tabrizian-pour The Student Life Centre mock-up on Church Street is going to stay put for at least another year instead of being torn down in November as originally planned. The mock-up, which looks like an art installation, is a smaller version of the curtain wall that will […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, On Campus, Visual Arts & Design
Ryerson’s dancers took the stage at We Day last Friday in front of a crowd of 20,000 children.

Ryerson celebrates We Day

Growing up in a Kenyan village with no running water or electricity, Teriano Lesancha never imagined she would receive an education, let alone take the stage at the Air Canada Centre to share her story with a crowd of 20,000 children. But that’s exactly where the Ryerson social work graduate was last Friday, joining president Sheldon Levy at Free the […]

by Tara Deschamps· · News, Off Campus

Ryerson newspapers stay with Canadian University Press

Ryerson’s student newspapers are sticking with the Canadian University Press (CUP). CUP is a non-profit co-operated organization that is owned and run by more than 80 university newspapers across Canada. J-Source reported last week that seven of CUP’s past members have started an alternative newswire service to CUPwire. The newly launched National Wire Service includes the University of Toronto’s The Varsity, Western’s The Gazette, the Dalhousie […]

by Katrina Sieniuc· · News, On Campus

Around campus this week: What to do September 23-29

Need a study break? The Ryersonian brings you a roundup of campus events this week. For the politically charged: The second annual Jack Layton lecture will feature speaker, advocate and political icon Ed Broadbent as he discusses the philosophical and historical successes of social democracy. If you’re in the mood for social change, head over to the free lecture after […]

The Ryersonian Weekly Wrap: Episode 2

The Ryersonian Weekly Wrap: Episode 2

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: Justin Trudeau visits Ryerson The Leafs’ Cody Franson practicing at Ryerson Bus crash kills two Carleton students Student costs rising faster than inflation Ryerson […]

VIDEO: SheEO preps female entrepreneurs to take on the business world

VIDEO: SheEO preps female entrepreneurs to take on the business world

Host: Lauren Murphy Producers: Joshua McLean and Stephanie Chan

Ryerson at We Day Toronto 2013

The Ryersonian was at We Day Toronto to capture Ryerson dance students perform. President Sheldon Levy was also there with Ryerson social work graduate Teriano Lesancha, the first woman in her village to pursue higher education abroad.

by Natalie Chu· · News, Off Campus, Videos
Jordan White / Ryersonian Staff

Easing the lines at the RCC equipment cage

Long lines at the equipment cage in the Rogers Communications Centre should be getting shorter soon, as 20 new staffers started work Sept. 19. According to Lesley Salvadori, Ryerson’s news media technical coordinator, the new staff, who were hired as work-study students, will be starting this week. Extra staff should ease wait times at the new Andy Kufluk Equipment Distribution […]

by Jordan White· · News, On Campus
Leafs player Cody Franson on the ice at MAC

Leafs player Cody Franson on the ice at MAC

No longer skating under the radar, Toronto Maple Leafs player Cody Franson has been training with the Ryerson Rams over at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. The defenceman will be on the ice with the Rams until his contract is figured out. Franson has been with the Leafs since 2011. He scored two goals for the Leafs in Game 7 of […]

by Hayley Morrison· · Hockey, News, On Campus, Sports

Rock-Fit with Nic

by Hayley Morrison· · Interactives, News, On Campus, Sports, Videos
Russ Heinl / University of British Columbia media release

UBC issues penalties for frosh chants

By Nicole Skripkariuk The University of British Columbia announced strict penalties Wednesday for student leaders involved in the infamous frosh week rape chant. The chant referencing underage non-consensual sex was used in frosh week activities at UBC’s Sauder School of Business. Eighty-one frosh leaders will participate in community service along with the frosh executive committee, Commerce Undergraduate Society (CUS) board […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Off Campus
VIDEO: Rams centre back talks yesterday’s victory over Trent

VIDEO: Rams centre back talks yesterday’s victory over Trent

Host: Nick Carafa Producer: Joshua McLean

FCAD looking to create society

By Maham Abedi If all goes according to plan, Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) students may have their own student society by January. The initiative, launched by 11 students, proposes a brand new student society called the Ryerson Communication and Design Society (RCDS) that would enable full-time students from FCAD’s nine programs to collaborate on projects and mingle at social events. “We […]

by Maham Abedi· · News, On Campus
IN SPORTS THIS WEEK

IN SPORTS THIS WEEK

Baseball (M) Sat. Sept. 21, Rams vs. Queen’s, Megaffin Park (Kingston), 1 p,m.and 4 p.m. Hockey (M) Sat. Sept. 21, Rams vs. UOIT at Campus Ice Centre, 7:30 p.m. Hockey (W) Fri. Sept. 20, Rams vs. Uni of Massachusetts, MAC, 7:30 p.m. Sat. Sept. 21, Rams vs. NAIT, MAC, 2:30 p.m. Sun. Sept. 22, Rams vs. Carleton, MAC, 2:30 p.m. […]

Ryerson provost stands by decision to renew U of T library agreement

The provost and vice president of Ryerson is standing by the university’s decision to renew the library-borrowing agreement with U of T, which allows undergraduate and graduate students to take out books from their library. But Jane Schmidt, the head of collections at the Ryerson Library, told The Ryersonian last week that she thinks the money spent on the U of […]

by Katrina Sieniuc· · News, On Campus
VIDEO: Justin Trudeau visits Ryerson to meet young voters

VIDEO: Justin Trudeau visits Ryerson to meet young voters

Liberal party leader Justin Trudeau visited the Ryerson campus on Tuesday to speak to young voters about issues on and off campus.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Off Campus, On Campus

Ready, set, volley! Talking with the volleyball team

Sam the Record Man closed in 2007 and the sign is now in storage.

Ford creates Sam sign committee, Levy plans to attend

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has created a committee to tackle the fate of the Sam the Record Man sign. Ford said he “wants the top guy here” to discuss the issue, and Levy is interested in attending. “I don’t know what the mayor is planning but I would be delighted to be part of a committee and the discussion,” Levy […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, On Campus

RSU fights new DMZ optimization

Students looking to impress a dragon in the Dragons’ Den can now perfect their proposal, pitch and prototype in the newly approved optional specialization program, now being offered in conjunction with Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ). Aspiring entrepreneurs will soon be able to apply to an optional specialization for credit by presenting a well-developed business plan. If accepted, they will […]

by Meaghan Yuen· · News, On Campus
PR pros offer Levy advice in the wake of Sam Sign debacle

PR pros offer Levy advice in the wake of Sam Sign debacle

Critics are thrashing Ryerson since it balked on hanging the iconic Sam the Record Man sign on Yonge Street. Instead, the school announced a new plan Aug. 29 to place smaller replica signs along the Yonge St. sidewalk in front of the store’s old location. The response from Torontonians has been clear: they want the real thing. Ryerson and its […]

by Bruce Laregina· · News, On Campus
Josh Kolm / Ryersonian Staff

Swapping pages for pixels to save on textbooks

Ryerson University student Jeremey Ponrajah proves he’s both book and street smart by finding a way around spending his cash on expensive textbooks: he finds course materials online. It’s a much more affordable avenue considering the costs of textbooks which, according to Common University Data Ontario, can cost an undergraduate student in an arts or science program anywhere from $700 […]

by Kim Brown· · News, On Campus
Universities and colleges told to abandon weaker programs

Universities and colleges told to abandon weaker programs

Universities and colleges across Ontario will need to specialize or risk losing funding under a new draft policy proposed by the Ontario government. The Globe and Mail obtained a copy of confidential files sent to higher-education leaders that revealed plans to compel schools to focus on stronger programs and abandon weaker ones. Though the policy’s stated aim is to drive […]

by Stephanie Chan· · News, On Campus
Ryerson’s Athletic Council ready for action

Ryerson’s Athletic Council ready for action

The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) has stepped up its efforts to gather support for the university’s sports teams by forming a council dedicated to athletics. The newly created Athletics Council, formed this summer, has aims of planning new sporting programs and initiatives to support the Ryerson Rams. “We decided that to actually get work done … we would need a […]

by Hayley Morrison· · News, On Campus, Sports
Ryerson ranked last among the 26 Canadian schools that appeared on the list.

QS World University Rankings don’t rankle Levy

Until last week, Sheldon Levy had never heard of the QS World University Rankings, or the fact that Ryerson placed 701 in the report ranking the world’s top 800 universities. But he said he’s not concerned. “The only thing we can do is not make it a bigger deal than it is,” he said. “You just suffer when people do […]

by Hailey Chan· · News, On Campus

Ryerson officially a Changemaker

Ryerson became the first Canadian university to be named an Ashoka Changemaker U today. The designation recognizes 24 institutions globally as leaders in social innovation. To earn the designation, Ryerson paid a fee and completed an application process that involved individual interviews and travel to Arlington, Va. Thirty students worked on the application committee alongside faculty and staff. Wendy Cukier, […]

by Lee Marshall· · News, On Campus
Overcrowded lecture halls are a common sight at the start of semester. (Ryersonian file photo)

Class add-drop stress not limited to students

Adding, dropping and swapping courses hasn’t just relieved and frustrated students — professors are also feeling the strain. Ryerson’s enrolment policy allows students to switch around their schedule during the first two weeks of the term without academic penalty or fee. Many students use the add-drop buffer as an opportunity to try and cop a spot in a full course. […]

by Katrina Sieniuc· · News, On Campus
Ryerson students Karl Sarkis (sitting left), Elijah Sabadlan (standing left), and Mitchell May (standing, behind with grey sweater) with mentors from E.R.A. Architects earlier this summer.

Architecture students get real-life experience on Canada’s East Coast

First-hand experience is often the best kind. Ryerson student Elijah Sabadlan travelled to Newfoundland this summer to put his architectural science degree to use, but his lessons weren’t all technical. “Before we actually started working on the project, we spent time in the community getting to know the people and the history of the town, so it was more meaningful,” […]

by Nicole Servinis· · News, Off Campus
Librarian: Money should go to Rye’s collection

Librarian: Money should go to Rye’s collection

Outside library borrowing deals are delaying conversations between students and librarians about Ryerson’s own library collection, says Jane Schmidt, Ryerson’s head of collections librarian. Ryerson renewed an agreement with the University of Toronto at the beginning of the month that pays for graduate students and faculty to borrow U of T materials that are not found in Ryerson’s library. Schmidt […]

by Katrina Sieniuc· · News, On Campus
This site at 300 Church St. will be the new home to the nursing, nutrition, occupational and public health and midwifery programs, as well as a student residence.

New building architect named

Ryerson University has hired Perkins+Will to design the building that will replace the parking lot at 300 Church St. at a price tag of $84-million. Julia Hanigsberg, vice-president of administration and finance at Ryerson, said contributing to the revitalization and design process of the Church Street development is an important job for the school. “Ten years from now, Church Street […]

by Katrina Sieniuc· · News, On Campus
Sharing sounds on smartphones

Sharing sounds on smartphones

It wasn’t really an “aha!” moment. Rather, the idea for enRUe, the equivalent of Google Docs for audio files, evolved slowly out of an incessant need to share real-time audio files between several users as efficiently as possible. Although the smartphone app is the culmination of six years of hard work for Jacky Tuinstra Harrison, she doesn’t plan on cashing […]

by Robby Frankel· · Music, News, On Campus
VIDEO: What’s in the paper tomorrow?

VIDEO: What’s in the paper tomorrow?

Hosts: Joshua McLean and Kim Magi

by Joshua McLean· · News, RyersonianTV, Videos, Webcasts
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau speaks at Ryerson in 2013 (Ryersonian file photo).

VIDEO: Trudeau wants to legalize pot

Reporter: Amanda Kline Camera: Chantale Dahmer  

by Joshua McLean· · News, On Campus, Videos

Students seek part-time jobs to pay for school and socializing

The Career Development and Employment Centre hosted a part-time job fair on campus Tuesday. Our reporter Kim Brown visited the fair to ask students their reasons for seeking part-time work. Reporter: Kim Brown Shooter: Anam Latif

by Kim Brown· · News, On Campus, Videos