Opinion

Ryerson merits an A+ in equity

Ryerson merits an A+ in equity

Ryerson closed its Black History Month celebrations with an event that represented the university’s commitment to representing its diverse student body. The fourth annual Queering Black History Month event filled Room 115 of the Student Campus Centre with campus and community activists, where discussions were raised about the intersection of race and sexuality. The students who belong to and lead […]

by David Owen· · Editorial, Opinion
Kelly McDowell is in her fourth year of Journalism at Ryerson University.

Last fee is the last straw for graduates

Here I am, halfway through my last semester of university. I need to apply for graduation and I think, “Well that must mean they actually expect me to make it to convocation, that’s a good sign.” I log onto RAMSS, something I do only when necessary, and click on ‘My Academics.’ I’m buzzing with excitement. I’m so close. No more […]

by Kelly McDowell· · Editorial, Opinion, Voices
Homophobia still trumps performance in professional sports

Homophobia still trumps performance in professional sports

The first openly gay player in the NBA, Jason Collins, played his first game for the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night, since coming out last summer. His performance was forgettable, but the implication behind his appearance was undeniable. It was a huge step for the sporting world’s LGBTQ community. However, despite homophobia in sports culture looking like it’s losing steam, […]

by Matthew Kennedy· · Editorial, Opinion
Editorial Cartoon: February 26, 2014

Editorial Cartoon: February 26, 2014

by Hillary MacDonald· · Editorial Cartoon, Opinion
Olympic pride hits close to Ryerson

Olympic pride hits close to Ryerson

The Canadian men’s hockey game may have grabbed national attention on Sunday morning, but the real thriller took place three days earlier. The Canadian women’s team beat the U.S., its bitter rival in a historically two-horse tournament, to win gold. While it was a game to make all Canadians proud, that pride is felt strongly here at Ryerson. At head […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
Playing with dolls instead of  joining sports teams like his cousins was helpful to Bryan's development.  Courtesy Bryan Sparrow

Choosing Barbie over Hot Wheels

Growing up on the Musqueam Indian Reserve in Vancouver, I was surrounded by my dad’s huge extended family: nine aunts and uncles and 21 first cousins. Out of the latter, I spent nearly every day with Josh, Malcolm and Clarke. Born within a year of one another, we were best friends before we could even walk or talk. While being […]

by Bryan Sparrow· · Opinion, Voices
Split vote likely in upcoming mayoral election

Split vote likely in upcoming mayoral election

John Tory, the former leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party, officially registered as a Toronto mayoral candidate Monday morning. Ninety minutes later, former TTC chair Karen Stintz did the same. Both right-leaning, Stintz and Tory have launched mayoral bids with platforms that seem to mirror each other. Both campaigns will focus on keeping taxes low and developing additional north-south […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
Graduation: no room for family, lots of room for improvement

Graduation: no room for family, lots of room for improvement

I didn’t take my high school graduation as seriously as my classmates did. It didn’t feel like “the end of an era,” and I didn’t cry when I received my diploma. It was just a day like any other, except I had to wear a particularly ugly hat. But as I prepare to graduate from Ryerson, the feeling is entirely […]

by Kelsey Rolfe· · Editorial, Opinion
University is not the place to learn a new language

University is not the place to learn a new language

If you want to learn French, university is not the place to do it. At least not here at Ryerson. Canadian job seekers with an ability to speak French and English are evidently at an advantage. The problem is that Ryerson doesn’t have a language program equipped to underscore the value of being bilingual. Each year, the introductory French course […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
Hillary MacDonald / Ryersonian Staff

Editorial Cartoon: February 12, 2014

This cartoon was first published in The Ryersonian, a weekly newspaper produced by the Ryerson School of Journalism, on February 12, 2014.

by Hillary MacDonald· · Editorial Cartoon, Opinion
Chris Babic / Ryersonian Staff

Editorial Cartoon, February 5, 2014

This cartoon was first published in The Ryersonian, a weekly newspaper produced by the Ryerson School of Journalism, on February 5, 2014.

by Chris Babic· · Editorial Cartoon, Opinion
Zip lining in Punta Cana last May

Bitten by the travel bug

  The best moments of my life have happened while travelling around the world. There’s something about being surrounded by clear blue waters, tall palm trees, soft white sand and foreign foods that is so tranquil. It’s an atmosphere I’ll never tire of. As my university career comes to an end this April, I often wonder about the future. I’ve […]

by Amanda Soufi· · Opinion, Voices
Protesters at a men's issues event at U of T least year. Photo by Samuel Greenfield / Ryersonian staff

“Feminism” is not a dirty word

This week’s story about a controversial event hosted by the Ryerson-based Men’s Issues Awareness Society highlights the simmering tension between gender-based organizations both on and off campus. The event is set to be hosted by controversial anti-feminist blogger Karen Straughan, best known for her Youtube Channel GirlWritesWhat. The group’s status on campus hinges on whether or not they are deemed […]

by Liam Scott· · Editorial, Opinion, Voices
Shedding some light on the RSU debate

Shedding some light on the RSU debate

The RSU election debate took place last Wednesday in the Tecumseh Lounge in the back of the Student Services Centre. It’s a lovely facility. Not the best lighting, though. I was there on assignment with two other Ryersonian reporters, one live-blogging the event and the other running the cameras with me. The room was dark, so I asked a coordinator […]

by Matthew Kennedy· · Editorial, Opinion
Epilepsy awareness project is ineffective

Epilepsy awareness project is ineffective

It’s been almost two years since my last seizure. Doctors talk a lot about “auras,” warning signs or premonitions of an impending episode, but the experience is a lot more nuanced and frightening than any pamphlet about epilepsy can tell you. There are six different types of seizures, ranging in severity from muscle stiffness and rigidity—tonic—to a grand mal, or […]

by Victoria Kuglin· · Editorial, Opinion, Voices
Minimum wage still not enough for many workers

Minimum wage still not enough for many workers

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced a 75-cent increase to Ontario’s minimum wage last week. It will take effect later this year. But it’s not enough for the province’s minimum wage workers to live on. The most recent data from Poverty Free Ontario says the poverty line is just under $20,000, after taxes. The current minimum wage is $10.25. An adult […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
RSU presidential candidates John Scott, Roble Mohamed, and Rajean Hoilett at the debate Jan. 30. Courtesy Samuel Greenfield / Ryersonian Staff

RSU election debate lacks inspiration

If you are one of the 99.8 per cent at Ryerson you’ll want to read further. With this number I don’t mean the occupy movement. This is the percentage of the RSU’s 30,000 membership that was not present at the election debate on Wednesday – if you could even call it a debate. Four of the five RSU executive positions are […]

by Samuel Greenfield· · Editorial, Opinion, Voices
Hillary MacDonald / Ryersonian Staff

Editorial Cartoon: January 29, 2014

by Hillary MacDonald· · Editorial Cartoon, Opinion
RSU: Ryerson’s Shady Union

RSU: Ryerson’s Shady Union

“What have you done for me?” It’s the first question that comes to mind when the RSU comes up. In the past four years at Ryerson, the students’ union has acted less like an open and accountable student government and more like a bureaucratic collective that is notorious for dodging questions and restricting interviews with the student press. An upcoming […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
A sports journalist and his ethical lapse

A sports journalist and his ethical lapse

In order to be a good journalist, you must be a good person. Throughout my time in journalism school, that phrase has been frequently repeated and I couldn’t agree more. It was recently brought to my attention that Grantland, a website for sports journalism, published an article exposing the creator of a revolutionary golf putter as transgender against her wishes. […]

by Arti Panday· · Editorial, Opinion
Celebrating after hiking to the top of First, a summit in the Swiss Alps.

How I planned my dream student exchange

My worst day of university was when I found out I couldn’t afford to go on an international exchange. I still remember the sick feeling in my stomach when my academic co-ordinator told me I needed $15,000 to make my dream happen. Tears welled up in my eyes. Since high school, I worked two jobs at a time to save […]

by Shannon Cuciz· · Opinion, Voices
Editorial Cartoon: January 22, 2014

Editorial Cartoon: January 22, 2014

by Emily Westover· · Editorial Cartoon, Opinion

Pan Am Games missing the mark with OSAP offer

The organizers of the Pan Am Games are so desperate for volunteers they’ve resorted to exploiting student debt to recruit for unpaid help. As the cost of the games continues to rise, the committee has decided to fork out  $1.9-million for their volunteer program. Who knew it would cost so much for free help? Speaking of free help, here’s something […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
Ryerson’s missed assignment policy is doing more harm than good

Ryerson’s missed assignment policy is doing more harm than good

The guilty-until-proven-innocent policy Ryerson has in place for a missed assignment is failing students with mental health concerns. A missed exam or assignment due to illness must be accounted for with a Ryerson Medical Certificate with proper letterhead, filled out by the student’s doctor within three days of the due date. A common cold is rarely an acceptable excuse. This […]

by Emily Westover· · Editorial, Opinion
Healing with the force of nature

Healing with the force of nature

There is nothing more terrifying than losing control of your own body. I would know. In second year, on a crisp fall morning, I was making my way to class. As I began to approach Ryerson, the right side of my body went numb. I lost all sensation in my limbs. With my mobility resting on one leg, I managed […]

by Angela Hoyos· · Opinion, Voices
Are electives necessary?

Are electives necessary?

By Maria Assaf Ryersonian Staff A professor I know once recalled an incident in which a journalism student complained about having to take a philosophy course. The student questioned the importance of taking electives that were completely irrelevant to her core courses. Many Ryerson students, even friends of mine, often complain about having to take elective courses that take away […]

by Maria Assaf· · Editorial, Opinion
Interactive: Lottery can disappoint but Toronto Fringe Festival charms

Interactive: Lottery can disappoint but Toronto Fringe Festival charms

By Jacob Horowitz Ryersonian Staff It’s been said that winning isn’t everything, but at the Toronto Fringe Festival lottery on Monday night, it sure seemed like it would have been a lot of fun. For the unaware, the Fringe Festival is an annual Toronto event that gives anyone with a story to be told a chance to tell it. Now […]

Editorial Cartoon: November 27, 2013

Editorial Cartoon: November 27, 2013

This cartoon was first published in The Ryersonian, a weekly newspaper produced by the Ryerson School of Journalism, on November 27, 2013.

Reporting on the Ryerson Students’ Union

Reporting on the Ryerson Students’ Union

At the end of my university career, I expected to write a lengthy coming-of-age piece on how I’ve grown intellectually, how I’ve evolved emotionally and how I’ve matured as a person throughout my years of higher education. I assumed I would be writing the epilogue to the story of my journey from Dubai to Calgary to Toronto, and how it […]

by Mohamed Omar· · Editorial, Opinion, Voices
TTC: Why are we paying more for less?

TTC: Why are we paying more for less?

By Victor Ferreira Ryersonian Staff The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) approved a five-cent fare hike on Nov. 20, the third increase since Karen Stintz was named TTC chair in 2010. With decreased service, riders waiting hours for buses and daily subway delays caused by signal loss, where is all the money going? Stintz and CEO Andy Byford were appointed in […]

by Victor Ferreira· · Editorial, Opinion
A temporary study space on campus isn’t enough

A temporary study space on campus isn’t enough

With exams approaching, finding a quiet study space on the Ryerson University campus is rarer than a large turnout at an RSU event. Having a school located in downtown Toronto is a curse when it comes to providing spacious study areas for students. Lack of space has been a constant struggle for Ryerson and its student population. This is a […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
Editorial Cartoon: November 20, 2013

Editorial Cartoon: November 20, 2013

  This cartoon was first published in The Ryersonian, a weekly newspaper produced by the Ryerson School of Journalism, on November 20, 2013.    

by Dillon Rahkola· · Editorial, Editorial Cartoon, Opinion
Discovering choices in a new world

Discovering choices in a new world

As I prepare to say goodbye to what could be the last stretch of my formal education, all I can think about is how my future seems to get foggier with every passing day. While I am spending a great deal of my time trying to figure out which path is right for me, I can’t help but turn to […]

by Maria Siassina· · Editorial, Opinion, Voices
Bullying in the locker-room is a real problem in the NFL

Bullying in the locker-room is a real problem in the NFL

By Nicole Skripkariuk Ryersonian Staff Admittedly, I don’t follow sports. But there is one story that recently demanded my attention: the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal. Racial slurs. Homophobic rants. Death threats. These are just some of the examples of harassment 24-year-old Dolphins left tackle Jonathan Martin allegedly endured from teammate Richie Incognito. Three weeks ago, Martin briefly checked himself into […]

by Nicole Skripkariuk· · Editorial, Opinion, Sports
Byelection hopefuls forgetting students

Byelection hopefuls forgetting students

In the past few weeks, many of us have been watching helplessly as the integrity of Toronto politics crumbles before our eyes. The surreal drama surrounding Mayor Rob Ford has conquered our newsprint and our airwaves, going viral on social media feeds during a crucial time for candidates of the Toronto Centre byelection, slated for Nov. 25. The headline-grabbing chaos […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
A packed house at the BMO Centre in Fredericton, N.B. was on hand to take in Ryerson's match vs. U. of Saskatchewan.

A new addition to the Ram-ily

By Bronté James Brunswickan Sports Editor I have been covering the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds men’s soccer team for three years and have come to know the team, form bonds and learn the intricate details that come along with covering the sport. The only downside is I’ve only been exposed to the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) setting and […]

There has sure been a lot of coverage around mayor Rob Ford.

Thank you, Mayor Ford

By Dillon Rahkola Ryersonian Staff Ever since Toronto police recovered a digital video file that allegedly shows Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine, the city has been in the international media’s spotlight. All eyes were on our dear leader last week when he made front-page news, surprising everyone by admitting, for the first time, that he has smoked crack […]

by Dillon Rahkola· · Editorial, Opinion
Editorial Cartoon: November 13, 2013

Editorial Cartoon: November 13, 2013

This editorial cartoon was first published in The Ryersonian, a weekly newspaper produced by the Ryerson School of Journalism, on November 13, 2013.

Remembering the veteran in my life

Remembering the veteran in my life

Every year Canadians go through the motions of Remembrance Day — wear the poppy, stand for two minutes of silence, and for some, attend ceremonies, reciting a rendition of In Flanders Fields in their heads. More important than the ceremonies are the people they are about and the sacrifices they made for our freedom. I think we know this. But […]

by Carly Thomas· · Opinion, Uncategorized, Voices
Is Ryerson’s student-athlete code of conduct too strict?

Is Ryerson’s student-athlete code of conduct too strict?

Last week, The Ryersonian broke the news that the Ryerson men’s hockey team was dealt a one week suspension. Why the harsh suspension? The team was penalized for doing something that many other Ryerson students did that weekend: drink. On the weekend of Oct. 18 during a pre-season trip to New Jersey to play the Princeton Tigers, team members admitted […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion, Uncategorized
Editorial Cartoon: November 6, 2013

Editorial Cartoon: November 6, 2013

Ryerson should give interns a break

Ryerson should give interns a break

By Sarah Warne Ryersonian Staff Internships are dangerously popular. Employers are always willing to accept students, teach us the ropes, pat us on the back and move on to the next batch. After all, we work for free — what company wouldn’t want to take advantage of this? As a journalism student, I am grateful Ryerson has connections with some […]

by Sarah Warne· · Editorial, Opinion
The RSU is ineffective

The RSU is ineffective

The executive members of the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) are out of touch with the students they purport to represent — and the union hasn’t noticed, refuses to admit it or doesn’t care. Last Thursday’s failed rally in protest of the high cost of tuition proves it. On Oct. 31, the RSU pitched a red tent outside of the Student […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
Following in my father’s footsteps

Following in my father’s footsteps

By Allan Perkins Ryersonian Staff In the late 1980s, the Blue Jays were supposed to play an exhibition game in San Juan, Puerto Rico to honor the late Hall-of-Famer Roberto Clemente. Dave Perkins – my dad and a Ryerson alumnus – was travelling with the team to cover the game. He worked as a sportswriter for the Globe and Mail […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Opinion, Voices
Opinion: FCAD needs the RCDS

Opinion: FCAD needs the RCDS

The Ryerson Communication and Design Society (RCDS) isn’t just a good idea. It’s a flat out no-brainer. The proposed RCDS will be a collaborative student government body that will unite and support the nine schools within the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD). Its structure will be similar to the highly successful Ryerson Commerce Society, which represents about 8,000 students […]

by Bruce Laregina· · Opinion
Depression can affect anyone, and it can be incredibly hard to shake. Peter Lozinski / Ryersonian Staff

The never-ending battle against depression

In 2009 I was diagnosed with depression. It was around then that I realized the way I was feeling was in no way normal. Apparently, it isn’t normal to be convinced everyone hates you. Apparently, it isn’t normal to outwardly loathe yourself. Apparently, it isn’t normal to wish yourself out of existence. They said it would get better. It did. […]

by Peter Lozinski· · Opinion, Voices
Editorial Cartoon: October 30, 2013

Editorial Cartoon: October 30, 2013

By Maria Assaf

by Maria Assaf· · Editorial Cartoon, Opinion
Students should be outraged by the current Senate scandal

Students should be outraged by the current Senate scandal

Something smells in Ottawa. The litter box that is the Canadian Senate, which has changed far too infrequently since 1867, finally overpowered the halls of Parliament and its odious scent is too strong to ignore. There is a scandal taking shape on Parliament Hill that threatens the fate of our chamber of “sober second thought.” The controversy surrounds a handful […]

by David Rockne Corrigan· · Opinion
Ryerson’s identity crisis is taking over the streets

Ryerson’s identity crisis is taking over the streets

Ryerson can’t seem to catch a break this semester when it comes to making improvements and honouring heritage on campus — and it’s the school’s own doing. Our campus is having an identity crisis: Do we embrace the history of downtown Toronto when planning for Ryerson’s future, or disregard the past to start the next chapter in the history books? […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
Next week: Why students across the country should be outraged by the Senate fiasco

Next week: Why students across the country should be outraged by the Senate fiasco

Stay tuned for David Rockne Corrigan’s column in the Oct. 30 issue of the Ryersonian.    

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