Opinion

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.    

Miles from home, don’t sweat the small stuff

Miles from home, don’t sweat the small stuff

I like to think of myself as an adaptable, easy-going person.  A person who is not stressed out by everyday things like changes in plans. A person who can roll with it. But during December 2010 I found myself in a situation that tested my last nerve. I was stuck the week before Christmas, along with 100,000 other people, at […]

by May Warren· · Opinion, Voices

Quebec charter threatens us all

By: Maham Abedi When I first started wearing a hijab almost two years ago, I had one reservation. It wasn’t about the outfits in my closet I’d never get to wear again. It wasn’t about bearing the summer heat. It wasn’t even about never feeling the wind in my hair again. It was about the fear of discrimination. I was […]

by Maham Abedi· · Editorial, Opinion

Does reading week help or hurt students?

If you ask five Ryerson students how they spent their reading week, you’ll likely get the same five answers: sleeping. If you ask those same five Ryersonians how they’re feeling today, you’ll likely get a different answer: tired. At Ryerson, we get double the number of study breaks as most Canadian schools. So why aren’t we all feeling relaxed and […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion

Kids should learn to cope with bullies

Kids can be mean. In fact, they can be vicious. They scare their peers, their siblings, and we have even seen them terrify adults. National calls for bullying awareness and school initiatives are not working. If they were, Saskatchewan teen Todd Loik’s epitaph wouldn’t read: bullied to death. Loik is the latest casualty in the war against bullies. His name […]

by Emma Jarratt· · Opinion
The new CS100, which Porter hopes to fly from the island airport. Courtesy Bombardier.

Porter can have its jets and fly them, too

Hopping on a streetcar, walking into a bright new terminal downtown and flying to Vancouver would be nothing short of a dream for Toronto-based students, travellers and commuters. But it’s a dream that the city has been doing its best to step on for years. Porter Airlines is in hot water again. Having once survived the wrath of Toronto’s previous […]

by Mitchell Cohen· · Opinion
Editorial Cartoon: October 9, 2013

Editorial Cartoon: October 9, 2013

By Mitchell Cohen and Josh Kolm

by Mitchell Cohen· · Editorial Cartoon, Opinion

Hey Ryerson: where’s our OSAP funding?

For the second consecutive year, four words have been sending Ryerson students into anxious fits. “School must confirm enrolment.” Those are the words that appear on one’s personal Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) homepage when they have filed all their required paperwork, but still require confirmation from a post-secondary school that they are, in fact, a student. And for the […]

by Josh Kolm· · Editorial, Opinion
VIDEO: What’s in the paper tomorrow?

VIDEO: What’s in the paper tomorrow?

Hosts: Josh McLean and Robby Frankel Producer: Amanda Kline

Angry Man On Campus: OSAP funding delay

by Josh Kolm· · Opinion
BlackBerry and the Innovator’s Dilemma

BlackBerry and the Innovator’s Dilemma

Only a couple years ago it would have been unthinkable for Canada’s largest telecom company not to collaborate with the biggest name in Canadian mobile tech on the release of a flagship product. But that happened yesterday when Rogers announced that it will not stock BlackBerry’s newest phone, the Z30. Even in hindsight, it can be difficult to understand how […]

by Mitchell Cohen· · Editorial Cartoon, Opinion
A Filipino boat (bangka). This tourist bangka is bigger and more luxurious than the one Marie Alcober escaped on.

Facing my past in the Philippines

When I was 12, I survived a terrorist attack off the coast of Corregidor Island in the northern Philippines. At the time, I didn’t know it was a terrorist attack. I only knew three things for sure: it was the dead of night, the boat I was on was on fire, and I thought I was going to die. I […]

by Marie Alcober· · Opinion, Voices

We (don’t) need a sign

Everyone who’s read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (or seen the 2013 film) will remember the scene where the title character stares out longingly across the water at a distant green light shimmering in the darkness. Jay Gatsby has it all — money, real estate, a fan club — but what he doesn’t have is the heart of his […]

by Mitchell Cohen· · Editorial, Opinion

Kathleen Wynne is teaching the wrong lesson

I’ve never been thrown out of a classroom before, so when it happened for the first time last week I was in utter shock, especially because it was at the hands of the former minister of education. It all began with a media advisory sent to The Ryersonian on Sept. 10 notifying us that the premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, […]

by Tara Deschamps· · Opinion

Angry Man On Campus: Polaris Music Prize 2013

  This year, the Polaris Prize went to Montreal post-rock legends Godspeed You! Black Emperor for their album “Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!” The band didn’t actually attend the awards gala, so what really made headlines is a statement they released the next day that thanked the grand jury for selecting their album, while at the same time deriding the Polaris […]

by Josh Kolm· · Opinion
The unbearable lightness of Grand Theft Auto

The unbearable lightness of Grand Theft Auto

Franklin Clinton is a gangster. A real two-bit thug. And as he stood there in his baggy pants and hoodie, in the dusk, in a rain-slicked, graffiti-strewn driveway in a simulated parody of L.A. County’s Compton, all Franklin wanted to do was play with his dog. “Go get it, Chop,” he called out through the speakers of my TV. A […]

by Mitchell Cohen· · Opinion, Voices
Driving to school is driving me broke

Driving to school is driving me broke

By Amir-Pashah Tabrizian-Pour Recently, we learned that some Ryerson graduates have developed a “downtown parking finder” application for Android phones. It’s a great source of pride that some of our very own graduates made this happen. Perhaps it was somewhere on our campus or during a lecture that the initial idea came up. In that case, kudos to our university […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Opinion
One wedding in two worlds

One wedding in two worlds

As a Pakistani girl, daydreams about my wedding were different from other girls. I knew my wedding wouldn’t be just one day, but several days of celebration. I wouldn’t be wearing a white dress, but a heavily sequined one in traditional colours like yellow, red and green. I knew what my wedding would look like but my daydreams certainly did […]

by Anam Latif· · Opinion, Voices
Editorial Cartoon: September 25, 2013

Editorial Cartoon: September 25, 2013

By Mitchell Cohen and Josh Kolm

by Mitchell Cohen· · Editorial Cartoon, Opinion

A brain drain? Not at the DMZ

When the American futurist writer Juan Enriquez came to Toronto last spring to speak at a health symposium, he presented the audience — a group of high-powered scientists, bio-tech researchers, and entrepreneurs — with a question. “What do the smartest people in Canada do? Where do they go?” The implied answer was along the lines of: “They go to the […]

by Mitchell Cohen· · Editorial, Opinion
Angry Man On Campus presents: Grand Theft Auto V

Angry Man On Campus presents: Grand Theft Auto V

You’ve watched all the trailers and seen all the ads. You’ve read all the reviews. You might have even have had a chance to play the game, which came out last Tuesday to resounding commercial and critical success. Yes, we’re talking about GTA V, the latest entry in the Grand Theft Auto series. And it’s kind of a big deal: […]

by Mitchell Cohen· · Opinion, Videos
Editorial Cartoon: September 18, 2013

Editorial Cartoon: September 18, 2013

By Mitchell Cohen and Josh Kolm  

by Mitchell Cohen· · Editorial Cartoon, Opinion
The RAC will no longer be offering towel service to members. (Ryersonian Archive)

What I think when I think about running

As I peered down at my feet, a sudden wave of panic came over me. I sat, lacing up a pair of runners I bought the summer before. They were shiny and stiff, indicating how my previous aspirations had fallen short. For some reason, my lack of conditioning escaped me at the moment, I agreed to go for an “easy […]

by Natalie Chu· · Opinion, Voices
Stop rape culture before it starts

Stop rape culture before it starts

  By Nicole Skripkariuk It was the chant that echoed across Canada: “SMU boys, we like them young. Y is for your sister. O is for oh so tight. U is for underage. N is for no consent. G is for grab that ass.” Coined the “rape chant” for its glorification of sexual assault, the cheer showed up during frosh […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Opinion

Singing the last-place blues

Ryerson has certainly hogged its share of the public spotlight this month. It’s only the third week of the term and we’ve already weathered a whirlwind of big-ticket press councils, celebrity-studded film festivals, and homeless neon signs. As the TIFF lineups empty and the books slam shut on the Sam The Record Man debacle, it’s as good a time as […]

by Mitchell Cohen· · Editorial, Opinion
Editorial Cartoon: September 11, 2013

Editorial Cartoon: September 11, 2013

  By Mitchell Cohen and Josh Kolm

by Mitchell Cohen· · Editorial Cartoon, Opinion

Speak up about sexual violence

This September marks the one-year anniversary of Ryerson’s Security Watch initiative, which informs all students, staff and recent graduates by email whenever a violent incident is reported on campus. Having our inboxes filled with reports of assaults, robberies and sexual harassment doesn’t exactly bolster our back-to-school spirits. But the actions of a group of Canadian students last week remind us […]

by Mitchell Cohen· · Editorial, Opinion
Marriage isn’t just a numbers game

Marriage isn’t just a numbers game

A diamond ring, a white dress and a graduate degree are all at the top of my wish list—but not in that order. Like many young Canadian women, I’ve decided to get an education before I get hitched, and according to economist Marina Adshade, my dreams are ruining the marriage prospects of women who don’t go to university. Last week, […]

by Lee Marshall· · Opinion
How to get rich at unpaid internships

How to get rich at unpaid internships

Internships vary, but the first rule of any internship — and especially of unpaid internships — is always the same: don’t end up making coffee. Interns know it; we want to show our supervisors what we’re capable of, so we work like dogs in the hope they’ll throw us a bone once our six weeks are up. Managers know it; […]

by Mitchell Cohen· · Opinion, Voices
Dangers in searching for perfect beach bod

Dangers in searching for perfect beach bod

It’s that time of the year again. Bikini season is looming, and I panic as I look at myself in the mirror. Every summer I dread the thought of putting on a string bikini, so all of my flesh can be fully exposed for everyone to see. Every inch, every unflattering curve will be out, bare and waiting to be […]

by Jennifer Koziel· · Opinion, Voices

Letter from the editor: public sex always news

There are a number of hot-button subjects in the world that will provoke an adamant and immediate emotional reaction no matter how they are covered. Last week, The Ryersonian witnessed this first-hand by publishing an article that revealed a gay website promoting campus washrooms as places to meet up for public sex. Titled “Ryerson bathrooms are gay sex hot spots,” […]

by Sean Tepper· · Guest Opinion, Opinion, Uncategorized

Pulling the plug on print a personal stab

If a tree falls and no one’s around to hear it, does it make a sound? The same can be said for the state of print journalism in the age of a digital revolution. If nobody’s reading the paper, are the stories still news? The University of Windsor’s 85-year-old student newspaper, The Lance, has been ordered to immediately cease print […]

Caryn Ceolin appears as a contestant on the dating show Text or Next.
Photo courtesy of MuchMusic

Absurd anecdotes from an intern

I’m walking through the corridors of a major market news station in the heart of downtown Toronto. It’s 2010 and the mayoral election is on the horizon. As a second-year broadcast student, wrangling candidates through busy halls that are lined with producers furiously preparing for live television builds my excitement. Currently, candidate hopefuls are in their green rooms, getting groomed […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Opinion, Voices
Melissa Myers has a lot to look forward to on her way to class in the Rogers Communications Centre.
Photo by Nicole Witkowski

Rye student comes to terms with brain injury

Six friends and I piled into a van as we left a house party in Apsley, Ont. The driver had been drinking and refused to hand over his keys. On our travel home we smashed into rock, which lined a sharp turn in the road. This caused our van to flip several times. The driver died instantly on impact. He […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Opinion, Voices