Voices

(Courtesy Chayonika Chandra)

Journalism needs diversity

I began my studies at Ryerson’s School of Journalism in 2013, the same year that Mayor Rob Ford made international headlines for allegedly smoking crack. In my first-year reporting class we followed Ford’s appearance in the news very closely. We took a class trip to city hall one day to see Ford speak to the press, where I stood in […]

by Ebyan Abdigir· · education, jobs, Opinion, students, Voices
(Courtesy Samraweet Yohannes)

How accessible is Ryerson?

When it comes to building new spaces on campus, accessibility always seems to be an afterthought. Ryerson has been taking steps to make the campus more accessible for people with disabilities, but exactly how accessible is our campus for those with mobility impairments? I requested an access tour to find out for myself. I met Heather Willis, the accessibility co-ordinator […]

by Richa Syal· · Opinion, students, Voices
(Courtesy Amira Zubairi)

Trump affects Canada, too

On Nov. 9, Donald Trump was elected as the 45th president of the United States. I watched the election unfold as I sat inside the Ryersonian newsroom with my friends and colleagues. Our conversations moved from “Hillary Clinton will win with a landslide,” to “Is this really happening?” Throughout the evening, our feelings had shifted from being hopeful that Clinton […]

by Amira Zubairi· · Opinion, Voices
(Courtesy Amanda Gilmore)

How my study abroad brought me loneliness and love

When I found out that I was going to London for my study abroad, I felt a mix of excitement and anxiety. London was a place I wanted to visit for as long as I could remember. It wasn’t because of the pub life or accents, but because my family is from the United Kingdom. I was thrilled that I […]

by Amanda Gilmore· · Off Campus, Opinion, students, Travel, Voices
Lillian Greenblatt  (Ryersonian Archive)

Ending my silence on mental health

Depression is hard to talk about, especially if you have it. Just thinking about the possibility of other people knowing about your weaknesses and your fears induces anxiety. I grew up in India where the education system is fast-paced and competitive. Before I immigrated to Canada in 2004, I was enrolled in the school my mother taught at, so she […]

by Chayonika Chandra· · Food & Health, Opinion, Voices
Members of Ryerson Theatre School's class of 2011. (Courtesy Jessica Way)

Dear RTS building: a love letter

To my dear theatre school building, For four years, 44 Gerrard St. was my sanctuary. Looking back now, it was the place where I grew into myself, where I fell in love with people and ideas, where barriers were torn down, bonds were built and pains led to rewards. Now that the time has come for the program to move […]

David Greenberg hopes that JSwipe will help him find his perfect Jewish match. (Chase Stark)

It’s a match: Mazel Tov!

Mazel Tov! Those words flashed across the screen as silhouette figures were tossed in the air on their white chairs. But I’m not describing a typical Jewish wedding. There’s no rabbi, no blushing bride and definitely no broken glass on the floor. Instead, I’m looking at these famous two words and the animation light up the screen of my iPhone […]

by David Greenberg· · Opinion, Relationships, Voices
(Kevin John Siazon)

How I met my dad at 18 and found my modern family

For most people, turning 18 means a year of “firsts.” These “firsts” might be starting university, or moving away from home or maybe beginning that first real relationship. For me, the year I turned 18 was the year that I had one of my most significant “firsts” — it was the year I met my biological father and found my […]

by Brittany Spencer· · Opinion, Voices
Kieran Delamont

Don’t do what I did: My journey through Toronto’s housing market

By Kieran Delamont The problem with the rental market, and what makes young people vulnerable to poor conditions, overpayment and scams, is that it runs on risk-taking and sacrifice as a form of currency. It shouldn’t be virtually necessary to give up basic privacy to live affordably. It shouldn’t be virtually necessary to view living in the city, and being […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Opinion, Voices
Neha Karamchandani traveled to Mumbai in search of stardom. (Courtesy of Neha Karamchandani)

Toronto to Mumbai: Ryerson student searches for stardom

Being surrounded by the glamour of TIFF for the past week reminded me of my time before Ryerson, when I travelled to Mumbai in search of stardom. Yet, what I found was nothing close to what I expected. Some of these memories I choose to cherish and others, not so much. Mumbai’s glitzy Bollywood world is filled to the brim […]

by Neha Karamchandani· · Opinion, Voices
Kayla Rosen (Chase Stark)

Detained by the Israeli police

When I made the decision to fly across the world to intern at The Jerusalem Post this past summer, there were many things that I anticipated beforehand. I anticipated that the scorching desert sun would be tough on my pasty complexion. I anticipated that working as a reporter would bring many obstacles (I know a grand total of five Hebrew […]

by Kayla Rosen· · Opinion, Voices
(Katie Coombes/Ryersonian Staff)

Popping the homesickness bubble

I’ll never forget my first day alone in the city. My parents and sisters had dropped me off at residence the day before and as soon as they left I had a bizarre feeling in my stomach, something I had never experienced before. Homesickness. The next day I woke up in my residence room in the International Living Learning Centre […]

by Kaitlyn Coombes· · Opinion, Voices
(Michael Sist/Ryersonian Staff)

Fighting cancer as a family

If you don’t personally know me, you may know someone like me. That someone might have been introduced as the funny one, the one with the incredible jokes or the loud one that you can hear from the opposite side of the room. Or maybe the one that is friends with everyone and can make someone smile with a simple […]

by Michael Sist· · Opinion, Voices
(Rebecca Goss/Ryersonian Staff)

You can call me Paprika: Working at a summer camp has made me realize there is so much more to life than just the daily grind

Every summer since I was 16 years old I’ve worked at an outdoor education centre and summer camp just outside my hometown, Edmonton. From April to August every year, I go by the name Paprika. Paprika is my camp name – my alter ego. Paprika is a motivator at the zip line, an expert on nature facts and the world’s […]

by Rebecca Goss· · Opinion, Voices
(M. Forbes/Ryersonian Staff)

Love in transition

Too few people truly understand what it means to be transgender. The trans community is severely misunderstood and people aren’t trying hard enough to educate themselves on the issues. I can say that I didn’t know what being trans meant, or that it even existed, until I started meeting people who are transgender. While my knowledge of the trans world […]

by Kelsey Rambaran· · Opinion, Voices
Twenty-on-year-old Lindsay  Sganga on vacation in Maui in 2015. (Lindsay Sganga/Ryersonian Staff)

More than just a #TransformationTuesday

It was an ongoing battle, from crying in dressing rooms in the mall because I didn’t fit into that pair of jeans to endless nights spent wishing I were born in a different body.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Opinion, Voices
A brief glimpse into Morocco

A brief glimpse into Morocco

Somewhere between bartering for fake wedding rings and riding camels into the Sahara Desert, I fell in love with an entirely misunderstood country.

Lillian Greenblatt / Ryersonian Staff

Confessions of a crazy cat lady

Kara Anderson is a mother of two.

by Kara Anderson· · News, Opinion, Voices
Being a black Caribbean woman in Canada

Being a black Caribbean woman in Canada

Kiera Spronk explains what it means to be black Caribbean, just in time for black history month.

by Kiera Spronk· · News, Opinion, Voices
Opinion: American stereotypes are incorrect

Opinion: American stereotypes are incorrect

Lillian Greenblatt says American stereotypes are cruel and incorrect.

‘In early January I was paid to have sex with someone’

‘In early January I was paid to have sex with someone’

A fourth-year student finds her first sugar daddy through SeekingArrangement.com

by Ryersonian Staff· · Opinion, Voices
Richard Campos (left) and Jasmine (right) at their wedding. Photo courtesy Stephanie Bridge.

What’s the right age to marry?

Kiera Spronk writes about attending her young friends’ wedding.

by Kiera Spronk· · Opinion, Voices
(Dyaa Eldin/ Unsplash)

Lucid dreaming: ‘I can control my dreams while I’m sleeping’

In my dreams, I’ve learned to fly. I’ve competed in professional sports. I’ve learned to neutralize nightmares by confronting them head-on.

by Daniel Morand· · Voices
Jordyn Gibson, an arts and life editor at The Ryersonian, loved her experience at the seventh annual UBSR conference.   (Angela Serednicki/Ryersonian staff)

I finally found my safe space at school

Our arts and life editor Jordyn Gibson attended the UBSR conference this weekend. “Being there was so necessary, and for three years I ignored it. I had been on underwater cruise control and didn’t realize I was drowning.”

by Jordyn Gibson· · Voices
Ban Ibrahim (Steven Goetz/Ryersonian staff)

My life behind standardized testing: LSAT

Ban Ibrahim shares her trials and triumphs with LSAT prep

by Ban Ibrahim· · Opinion, Voices
Controlled by anorexia, ‘I became obsessed with calorie restricting’

Controlled by anorexia, ‘I became obsessed with calorie restricting’

Every night was the same. I’d crack an egg, sneakily separate the yolk from the white and only poach the white before my parents or sister caught on to what I was doing.

by Jenna Miguel· · Health, Voices
‘At 15, I was diagnosed with an incurable disease’

‘At 15, I was diagnosed with an incurable disease’

In honour of November being Crohn’s and colitis Awareness month, The Ryersonian’s photo editor Brittany Ferreira shares her story of living with Crohn’s disease.

by Brittany Ferreira· · News, Opinion, Voices
Alannah Kavanagh in Switzerland.

What I learned from backpacking through Europe

Last April, on the day following my official release from the shackles of Ryerson’s exam season, I boarded a transatlantic flight, by myself, with only a hulking purple backpack and an unwavering sense of assurance in tow.  After a particularly hectic year of attempting to maintain the ever elusive work, school, and social life balance, I wanted nothing more than […]

by Alannah Kavanagh· · Opinion, Voices
I finally saw myself in a syllabus

I finally saw myself in a syllabus

For our voices section, reporter Angelyn Francis shares her experience taking ENG 108 with a professor who made it a point to teach work that was by and about racialized people.

by Angelyn Francis· · Opinion, Voices
House from hell: I lived with fleas, mice, and other questionable critters

House from hell: I lived with fleas, mice, and other questionable critters

wo years ago I was living in a student house that was a five-minute walk from campus. It was the top half of a duplex that had five bedrooms, a rooftop deck and hardwood floors. Everything looked perfect on paper, but it wasn’t until I moved in that the problems started to pile up: raccoons, fleas, squirrels.

by Bianca Guzzo· · Opinion, Voices
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
It happened to me: Acne meds turned my face and self-esteem into a ravaged war zone for four months

It happened to me: Acne meds turned my face and self-esteem into a ravaged war zone for four months

Aggressive acne medications like Epuris are still on the market, despite serious side-effects. Robyn Sheremeta tells how using the drug led her into a battle with severe depression.

by Robyn Sheremeta· · Opinion, Voices
What outgrowing black girlhood looks like to me

What outgrowing black girlhood looks like to me

When I ask my 58-year-old manmie (mom) about the last time she felt beautiful, happy and feminine at the same time, she pauses and tells me she was 31. She tells me it was after giving birth to her first children. She doesn’t tell me about a time between then and now. And I am left to imagine what it was like […]

by Yasmine Mathurin· · Opinion, Voices
In this file photo, Tara's daughter is at Point Pleasant Park in Nova Scotia. (Courtesy of Tara Lindemann/Ryersonian Staff)

Caught in the undertow

I watch my daughter drown. Every day. I watch her claw her way to breach the surface throughout the day, every day. I watch her clutch tightly to an interim sedative and slip into a fractured sleep, only to awaken under water. Again. I wonder how long it was there, that silent, unremitting undertow waiting to clasp her ankles to […]

by Tara Lindemann· · Opinion, Voices
Natasha Gan at her home in Indonesia. (Courtesy of Natasha Gan/Ryersonian Staff)

Life as an international student in Toronto at Ryerson University

I was born and raised in Indonesia but in the fall of 2011, I moved to Toronto to become a Ryerson student. I had just turned 17 and it hadn’t sunk in how big of a deal the move was and how important it was to be mentally prepared. I’ve been speaking English since I could speak my own mother […]

by Natasha Gan· · Voices
(Mei/Special to The Ryersonian)

The challenges of telling your story

I was met with silence when I finally found the guts to open up to my significant other about the painful experiences I had growing up with racism. The moments crawled by as he sat there, still with seemingly nothing to say until I couldn’t take it anymore and blurted out in an obviously shaky voice: “Forget I said anything. […]

by Deborah Hernandez· · Voices
Trigger warnings are often referred to as "#tw" on blogs

Gatekeeping the trigger

In October 2014, I kept a close watch on the story that seemed to have the attention of most Canadians. But at some point, I stopped reading. I no longer saw Jian Ghomeshi while I was reading about his alleged abuse — I saw someone who changed my life forever. I could have possibly gone a day without being reminded […]

by Nadya Domingo· · Opinion, Voices
Alfaro says it's safe to say most of us are addicted to our phones. (Courtesy of Nadya Domingo/Ryersonian Staff)

How I survived five days without my phone

Losing my phone has always been one of my greatest fears and two weeks ago it became a reality. Granted, I was lucky because I left it at my girlfriend’s house in Montreal and not in some taxi after a night of partying. But not having it made me come to terms with the fact that my phone was a […]

by Kevin Alfaro· · Opinion, Voices
Monique Phillips stands in front of Ryerson University's Digital Media Zone. (Courtesy of Monique Phillips/Ryersonian Staff)

The ‘black sheep’ of the newsroom

By Monique Phillips The first time I was introduced to the idea of the lack of diversity in the newsroom, I was interviewing a black journalist (who doesn’t want to be named) for a class assignment. I had always thought the newsroom was a place where public opinion was formed, so it must be full of informed, knowledgeable individuals. But […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Opinion, Voices
A family photo before the separation

I’m a child of divorce — and happy about it

I have one distinct memory of my dad before the separation. It was the middle of the night and the lights were on downstairs. This could only mean one thing: my dad was up. It was during the week, so any sighting of my father was rare. My dad was getting a glass of water. I did the same, just […]

Sean Wetselaar poses with his dad and sister, Danielle, at her high school graduation in 2014. (Courtesy Peter Wetselaar)

When the music disappeared

The Elora quarry became a hotspot for anyone looking for a rush and a quick jump after water filled it, turning it into a pristine blue lake. With sheer walls extending down to the bottom of the pit, the abandoned cliffs were about as safe for jumping off of as one could get. It would have been some time in […]

by Sean Wetselaar· · Voices
How media whitewashing affected me

How media whitewashing affected me

After the nominations for this year’s Oscars were announced, my best friend asked me my opinion about them. I first noticed that all 20 of the acting nominees were white, then that the only non-white directing nomination was for Birdman, a movie with no people of colour in its leading roles. This illustrates a systematic lack of representation in the media, […]

by Calvin Dao· · Opinion, Top stories, Voices
Getting an A in sexuality

Getting an A in sexuality

Sex is the most uninteresting activity in the world. For me, sex is an annoyance. A mix of awkward moaning, gross bodily fluids and a lot of time I could be spending doing something more productive. In short, I’d just rather not. Asexuality was not something I even knew about in high school. For me the word “asexual” began and […]

by Erin Petrow· · Voices
From Alaska to cancer; the next adventure

From Alaska to cancer; the next adventure

Alaska: a place known for gold rushes, bald eagles and dogsledding. With its nearly 55,000 km of tidal shoreline and 42,000 square km of land encased in glacial ice, Alaska is a place for adventures. Two summers ago, I went on that adventure — with my 85-year-old grandmother. Alaska was the first place to visit on my bucket list. Having […]

by Shannon Baldwin· · Opinion, Voices
The Viva bus — Richmond Hill's somewhat efficient bus system. (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

A compilation of everything that has gone wrong while riding the TTC

When you commute in this city, almost every day presents a fresh version of hell. Trekking from home to school and back again means having to navigate pretty much every obstacle the public transit experience can throw at you. The best part is it’s never —EVER — anything you can really prepare for. So you just go along with it, giving […]

by Brittany Goldfield Rodrigues· · Opinion, Voices
(Erin Petrow/The Ryersonian)

Living in a healthy and balanced way

It’s the end of the month, which means that gym rats everywhere are beginning to see the light at the end of the long January tunnel. The resolutioners are on their way out. After a long bitter month of awkward stretches, disorganized weight racks and packed classes, the Ryerson gyms should go back to normal next month. It’s the same […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Opinion, Voices
Graphic shows comments that were written on the Dalhousie “Class of DDS 2015 Gentlemen” Facebook page. (Courtesy of Susana Gomez-Baez/The Ryersonian)

Dalhousie dental school’s ‘gentlemen’ misogynists

In the past month since the Dalhousie University incident in the dentistry program was reported, a nationwide collective anger has spread. The school has been met with demands by people from across Canada for the members of the Facebook group “Class of DDS 2015 Gentlemen” to be expelled and their names released. Doing so would make becoming licensed dentists difficult. […]

by Edward Wilson· · Opinion, Voices
A letter from winter: Let it Go

A letter from winter: Let it Go

Being the most hated season is rough. Summer is praised like a god. Spring plays hard to get. Autumn is the most gorgeous of all. What do I get? Complaints and more complaints. I have a few faithful lovers that always come back – but mostly because I’m the only one that can bring the extreme temperatures to build ice […]

by Rebecka Calderwood· · Opinion, Voices
I was bullied by a Ryerson student group

I was bullied by a Ryerson student group

In my second year at Ryerson, I joined a student group that’s supported and funded by the Ryerson Students’ Union. Feeling acclimatized and accustomed to the commute and the campus, I felt it was time for me to get involved in a student club and make new friends. Well, that backfired. Instead of gaining new Twitter followers and invitations to […]

by Alisha Sawhney· · On Campus, Opinion, Voices
Remembrance Day through the eyes of a Tibetan

Remembrance Day through the eyes of a Tibetan

The feeling I have on Remembrance Day can only be described as a form of identity crisis. Who do I have to remember? A crowd of nameless bodies dressed in uniform and covered in dried mud that I respect but with whom I have no personal connection. Though I was born here and hold a Canadian passport, on Remembrance Day […]

by Pema Tsering· · Guest Opinion, Opinion, Voices