The Ryerson Theatre School will soon be moving from its current 44 Gerrard St. location. (Aengus Mulroney / Ryersonian Staff)

Community should be top priority for universities

The Ryerson Theatre School building has performed its final act. As of last week, 44 Gerrard St. is no longer the place for students to study theatre, dance and production. Instead, it is getting transformed into the Centre for Urban Innovation, which will house various research groups, such as Ryerson Urban Water, the Centre for Urban Energy, the Data Science […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
Everyone deserves to be called what they want to be called. (Susana Gómez Baez)

Gender identity is a matter of basic respect

During the 57-minute rant, the professor, Jordan Peterson, repeatedly starts his sentences with “I’m scared.” On this point alone, we agree. Even at Ryerson, we are scared, too. As students, we’re scared that a professor could be so ill-informed about the extensive literature that explores gender identity and expression. We’re scared that the same professor teaches an undergraduate course in […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial
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Jewish students need kosher food options

Since 2014, Ryerson has offered halal lunch and dinner options daily at two campus locations: the International Living/Learning Centre and the Pitman Dining Hall. Halal options first became available on campus in 2013 and Ryerson Eats has consulted closely with the Muslim Students’ Association to improve the halal food options available to Ryerson community members. Together they have made great […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, News, Opinion
Materials from a recent workshop promoting consent culture. (Nicole Abi-Najem / Ryersonian Staff)

Ryerson students need to help shape sexual assault policy

On Sept. 26, Ryerson students have the chance to provide feedback on the university’s Sexual Violence Policy, a little more than a year after its implementation. The open meeting is one of two, two-hour sessions being hosted by Heather Lane Vetere, vice-provost of students, and Farrah Khan, co-ordinator of the Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education (OSVSE). The second […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
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Ryerson needs to stick to its promises when it comes to mental health

A study released last week found that one-fifth of Canadian teenagers have seriously considered suicide in the last year. It was a grim reminder of the depth of mental health concerns affecting young people, particularly as thousands of new undergraduate students stepped foot onto Ryerson’s campus. The university’s inability to provide adequate mental health support to all the students in […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
Robert Cribb, the Toronto Star's lead investigator for the Panama Papers series and Ryerson journalism instructor, stopped in to the Ryersonian newsroom to explain what has happened in the investigation so far. (Dylan Bell/Ryersonian Staff)

Panama Papers shows the value of newsrooms

Four hundred journalists from 109 media organizations in more than 80 countries working together in 25 different languages to crack open the biggest data leak in history. Now say again that journalism’s a dying industry? The leak of about 11.5 million documents from a Panamanian law firm specializing in anonymous offshore companies shook the world with its big reveals of […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
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Navigating a non-diverse industry

Growing up, I was always that one “whitewashed” Asian girl. In school, I was never great at math or the sciences and I was always the first one to volunteer to read aloud in English class. Other Korean kids didn’t really want to talk to me because I was “too loud” or “too assertive,” so instead, I surrounded myself with […]

by Eunice Kim· · Editorial, Opinion
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OPINION: Marie Henein is not setting women back

By Jacqueline Tucci and Arianna Ongaro With a polished designer blazer and the click of her red-bottom stilettos, she commands the courtroom without even saying a word. Her sharp instincts and brazen cross-examination techniques have made her an influential figure in the Canadian legal community. She built one of Toronto’s top law firms. She does this all while balancing a life […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
(Julianne San Antonio/Ryersonian Staff)

OSAP overpayments induce anxiety

Last week, the Toronto Star reported the results of its investigation that showed the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) has overpaid students by more than $700 million. I am one of the students who received more money than I should have. My heart sank last summer when I received my overpayment letter and its order that I repay funds — […]

by Ophelie Zalcmanis-Lai· · Editorial, Opinion
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Free expression not a free-for-all

This past year has been a busy one in the debate over free speech on campus. Between the denial of club status for controversial student groups such as men’s issues and anti-abortion, and the #IStandWithGilary (ISWG) posters that were torn down by current and incoming Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) executives, free speech — or rather, who’s allowed to have it […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
What I Learned At Ryerson: First Impressions Really Are A Big Deal

What I Learned At Ryerson: First Impressions Really Are A Big Deal

The age-old saying “first impressions are everything” may not be true, but it definitely does have some merit to it. Throughout my four years at Ryerson, I’ve had to make numerous first impressions with new friends and professors and during job interviews. The most important first impression I had at Ryerson wasn’t actually one that I made, but rather the first […]

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Life Without Instagram: My Journey Through a Six-Day Cleanse

By MacKenzie Patterson Just six years after its inception in 2010, Instagram has blown up to epic proportions. It boasts 400 million monthly users, and most companies actively promote their products and services on the app. Teenagers and adults under the age of 35 are especially active on the social networking platform. It’s rare to hear someone in their teens […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Arts & Life, Editorial, Opinion
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What I learned at Ryerson: Friends come and go

Over the years, I’ve had many friends come and go in my life. Whether it was from moving or changes in school, we’ve somehow always managed to lose touch. There have also been some friendships that have ended because they proved they weren’t good influences or true friends. One thing that was hard about coming to Ryerson was having to […]

by Kelsey Rambaran· · Editorial, Opinion
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Opinion: Campus radio uplifts our community

Campus radio is more than just a group of students chilling in a studio and listening to cool music. Although that’s what the stereotype may be (thanks to pop culture and cheesy teen movies of the ’90s and early 2000s) there’s more to campus radio than you may think. Ryerson has a campus radio station called The Scope. It’s been […]

by Alexia Kapralos· · Editorial, Opinion
Explore more of Toronto this weekend by checking out these events. (Ryersonian Staff)

What I learned at Ryerson: Work to your maximum capability

Before starting university, I heard that it would be harder to maintain the same grades I received in high school.

by Kelsey Rambaran· · Editorial, News, Opinion
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Stop sheltering kids from media

Keeping kids in the dark when it comes to media is like creating a world where nothing “bad” exists.

by Jessica Albotra· · Editorial, Opinion
New grads are worth the investment

New grads are worth the investment

For graduating or recently graduated students, having the money talk is hard.

RSU president Andrea Bartlett responds to the controversy surrounding a decision to fire two RSU employees including a new mother on parental leave. (RyersonianTV)

Opinionated women in the digital age

While Ryerson prides itself on being diverse and enlightened in matters of social justice, further progress is necessary.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
Editorial Cartoon: Happy International Women’s Day!

Editorial Cartoon: Happy International Women’s Day!

(Kayleigh Robinson/Ryersonian Staff)

Opinion: To Tidal or not to Tidal?

I decided to make a definitive ranking of the holy trinity of streaming services: Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal.

by Kayleigh Robinson· · Editorial, Opinion
Opinion: The shortened RSU election leads to apathetic, uneducated voters.

Opinion: The shortened RSU election leads to apathetic, uneducated voters.

An uneducated electorate leads to a poor election outcome, because students are either going to vote blindly, or simply not at all.

by Rebecca Goss· · Editorial, Opinion
Olivia McLeod / Ryersonian Staff

TV reboots – a ’90s kid’s dream come true?

Is the feeling of nostalgia worth bringing back our favourite ’90s TV shows?

SLC still doesn’t solve study space issues

SLC still doesn’t solve study space issues

It’s been a year since the Student Learning Centre opened its doors, but the building still has some issues to resolve.

by Eunice Kim· · Editorial
A new study says 40 per cent of millennials said that cereal was an inconvenient breakfast choice because they had to clean up afterwards. 
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Opinion: Are millennials too lazy to eat cereal for breakfast?

  By Dylan Bell and Jasmin Husain It was quite the week for millennials when it came to entertainment news. Leo might finally win an Oscar this weekend Netflix’s bingeworthy Full House sequel, Fuller House, just came out Kanye West, in typical Kanye West performative fashion, has spent the week continually out–Kanye Westing himself Cult sensations Broad City and Girls […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Food, Opinion, Videos
Opinion: Budget town hall not very inclusive

Opinion: Budget town hall not very inclusive

Students are frustrated with Ryerson’s budget proccess.

(Katie Raskina/Ryersonian Staff)

Opinion: RSU’s fight against internships, not a practical solution

“Stop Paying to Work” campaign not feasible for today’s market forces.

by Aidan Cox· · Editorial
(Jenn McNaughon/Ryersonian Staff)

O Canada should be more inclusive

The lyrics of the Canadian anthem exclude women and non-Christian citizens.

by Greg Hanna· · Editorial, Opinion, Politics
The Shops at Aura cafeteria could make for a prime study spot. (Lee North/Ryersonian Staff)

The Shops at Aura could be Ryerson’s student study oasis

There’s an underground mall close to Ryerson’s campus that appears to be empty. Why not utilize the space?

by Lee North· · Editorial, education, Food, Opinion
Ethical veganism now protected by Ontario Human Rights Commission

Ethical veganism now protected by Ontario Human Rights Commission

Last month, The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) announced it would be expanding its definition of creed to include veganism as an ideology with similar discrimination protection rights as other belief systems.

by Jennifer McNaughton· · Editorial, Opinion
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This is why your mental health matters

Mental health needs to be discussed with the same compassion, empathy and openness as any other sickness or disease. But it’s not. And this shouldn’t be the case.

by Angela Serednicki· · Editorial, Health
CIS basketball needs Toronto for it to grow. (Iram Partap/Ryersonian Staff)

Women like sports, too

We seem to have difficulty comprehending that some ladies at the game aren’t merely hitching a ride on the bandwagon. Sexist notions about women not enjoying sports make publicly identifying as a fan an often-uncomfortable space for women to navigate.

by Alannah Kavanagh· · Editorial, Opinion
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How to report the facts when sources ask for privacy?

For an industry that serves as an influential channel of information, journalism still needs to tighten its laces and make vigorous strides when it comes to stories that focus on marginalized groups.

by Alannah Kavanagh· · Editorial
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Your Facebook flag filter doesn’t solve anything

Would introducing flag filters for every country that experiences tragedy really make a difference?

by Krista Robinson· · Editorial
Ryerson campus (Taylor Stinson / Ryersonian Staff)

Why university rankings don’t matter (so much)

Recently, Maclean’s and The Globe and Mail released their individual guides listing the best ranking universities across Canada.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial
Remembrance Day, holiday or not, a time to pay tribute

Remembrance Day, holiday or not, a time to pay tribute

People remain divided on whether Remembrance Day should be a federal national holiday.

by Angela Serednicki· · Editorial, Opinion
Explore more of Toronto this weekend by checking out these events. (Ryersonian Staff)

We can help keep our campus clean

Last week at The Ryersonian, we were forced to pause midway through a meeting to swat away a swarm of pesky fruit flies that decided to colonize our office.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
Reporting the unspeakable

Reporting the unspeakable

Last week The Ryersonian published an article about some explicit hate speech that had been written in a bathroom stall on campus. We were tipped off about the incident after a contact sent me a link to the Facebook page for Students Supporting Israel at Ryerson, who had posted a photo of the graffiti.

by Lana Hall· · Editorial
Alannah Kavanagh (Credit: Katie Raskina)

Memo to first-years: please get off campus

As a 17-year-old living on Ryerson’s downtown campus, I thought I was living large. Everything I could possibly desire was merely steps away. Carb load at Big Slice anyone?

by Alannah Kavanagh· · Editorial
Justin Trudeau poses with students at a Ryerson meet-and-greet event for Chrystia Freeland, the Liberal Party's Toronto-Centre byelection candidate. (Mohamed Omar / Ryersonian Staff)

Why the election is far from won

So that’s it. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau was not only handed a majority win Monday night, but was handed a majority win in an election with the highest voter turnout since 1993. The progressive voters’ drive for “Anyone but Harper” succeeded. But that doesn’t mean Canadians can relax now. The electorate has written Trudeau a giant novelty cheque, but he […]

by Peter Goffin· · Editorial, News, Opinion
My personal condo crisis: how losing out on an offer helped me find a home

My personal condo crisis: how losing out on an offer helped me find a home

Everything we own is packed in an overwhelming sea of cardboard boxes that is taking over our apartment. We have yet to disassemble our Ikea bed. The clothes I left out to wear during moving week are scattered in piles on the floor. In spite of the disastrous state of the apartment and the slowly worsening pinched nerve in my […]

by Caitlin Martin Newnham· · Editorial, Opinion, Voices
Editorial cartoon: September 30, 2015

Editorial cartoon: September 30, 2015

Are students uninterested or uninformed?

Are students uninterested or uninformed?

Ryerson students are politically uninformed, at least according to a Rebel Media video. Founded last February by conservative pundit and former Sun News host Ezra Levant, Rebel is an online news outlet. They sent two correspondents to campus last week. They pulled students aside on Gould Street and asked them various questions related to Canadian politics and history. The result […]

by Alison Shouldice· · Editorial, Opinion, students
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How higher education doesn’t always mean higher learning

A lot of misogynistic, discriminatory and downright threatening things have been happening on campus these past few weeks. Our editorial takes a look at what it might mean, and what we should do about it.

by Peter Goffin· · Editorial, Opinion
What Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj taught us about whitesplaining

What Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj taught us about whitesplaining

It’s a very rare occurrence that someone can say Miley Cyrus taught them something useful. Especially about race. Last month, the annual MTV Video Music Awards revealed a hostile moment between Cyrus and Nicki Minaj that no one really understood. It all started after Cyrus weighed in on Minaj’s comments on Twitter about the lack of black female nominees for […]

by Leah Lalich· · Editorial, Opinion
Best step forward: The complexities of covering race-based issues in the media

Best step forward: The complexities of covering race-based issues in the media

Race-based issues are evolving and, unfortunately, the media’s coverage of them isn’t. Gone are the days where acts of discrimination are solely blatant and intentional. Today, they’re often packaged in a confusing, discrete, unintentional, and often misunderstood delivery called a microaggression — unintentional acts of prejudice or discrimination. Microagressesions are accidental, rooted in societal perceptions from centuries ago. It’s one […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial

No comment: Dealing with Internet trolls as a female writer

Most people know trolls as cute fuzzy-haired dolls. But in the age of online journalism, trolls have a more sinister connotation — and their toxicity is shaming young female writers from pursuing their careers. Female-identifying writers face relentless gender-based attacks from misogynistic internet trolls. These attacks often include online comments about their work based on appearance, intelligence, race and sexual […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial
Your barista may just have the answers for the most pressing issues facing the world today. (Courtesy of Creative Commons)

The hidden advantage of post-secondary education: society has better baristas than ever

They say that our generation, often dubbed the millenials, is the most educated in history. This is especially true in our society, where the merits of a long and successful education are practically jammed down our throats since birth. And there are definitely advantages to an outrageously over-educated generation. It’s common knowledge that all the 20-somethings wandering around out there […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial
Dating app Hinge has just been recently released in Canada after seeing success in the U.S. (Courtesy of Hinge)

The problems with online dating

Across the globe, you see “Internet daters,” with their eyes glued to a screen, scrolling through a seemingly endless number of photos and one-line bios for a date. Oh, the possibilities… First, someone who enjoys long walks on the beach, hand-in-hand, while watching the sunset. Swipe right. Ah, an aspiring actor, who is also a vegan chef, yoga instructor and […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial
In this March 2015 file photo, Ryerson Students' Union vice-president of education Jesse Root talks at a meeting in the student centre. (Courtesy of Ryersonian Staff)

Ryerson needs to be more transparent about their budget

Ryerson university says it is currently looking in detail at the conclusions and recommendations of the Ryerson Students’ Union’s (RSU) alternative budget. But judging from Sheldon Levy’s reaction and the university’s released statement, it should be pretty clear how unlikely it is that the RSU will win over the finance committee. The RSU says there is an annual $14-million surplus […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Top stories
On Sunday Mar. 15, Sheldon Levy, on the right, attended the CIS Final 8 championship game.  (Courtesy of Marija Petrovic/Ryersonian Staff)

What does Ryerson need from its next president?

The Presidential Selection Committee at Ryerson failed to find a new president and many are wondering if it has to do with the large shoes the next president will have to fill. Not only did Levy bring a vision to Ryerson University, he brought results. Since taking on the role of president 10 years ago, Levy has redefined the Ryerson […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion