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Robyn Buttigieg, one of the leaders of Ryerson’s climbing club, places her feet on a difficult climbing route. (Photo by Sal Farooqui)

Ryerson sports go vertical with new rock climbing club

Cameron Lawrence clings onto a wall by the tips of his fingers, nearly upside down. He crouches down and prepares to use his legs to explode upwards to grab a finger hold about a metre above his head.

With a grunt, he leaps into the air and slaps the handhold above him, but he is not quite able to grab onto it, and he crashes down on the padded floor. Standing up, he covers his hands in a helping of chalk to dry up the sweat on his fingers and tries again. Then, hits the ground again. And over and over again, more than a dozen times.

by Ryersonian Staff· · On Campus, Sports
TORONTO, ON - Aug 29, 2015 : Ontario University Athletics Soccer Game Action between Ryerson Rams and University of Toronto Varsity Blues. Praveen Ahilan #1 of Ryerson Rams leaps high and pushes the ball over the ball out of play. (Courtesy Alex D'Addese/Ryerson Rams Athletics)

Rye bolsters eligibility checks for athletics

Ryerson Athletics is reviewing its grade monitoring process among student athletes after the men’s soccer team was penalized for academic ineligibility by the Ontario University Athletics and U Sports.

An unnamed player failed to meet academic requirements back in September, forcing the team to forfeit its first six games. Had the wins stood, the team would have been in fourth place overall in the country.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, On Campus, Sports
The Ryerson Fastpitch team, along with family and coaches, following the provincial championships on October 15th. (Bryce Turner/Ryersonian)

Rams fastpitch scores game win in inaugural playoff run

The second season of fastpitch at Ryerson was a year of many firsts.

Last weekend the team made the trip west to Kitchener for their first ever appearance in the provincial championships and won their first ever playoff game in the process, following 10 wins in the regular season.

by Bryce Turner· · On Campus, Sports
Ryerson Rams Senior Men's Basketball Player Ammanuel Diressa. (Photo by Hung Le)

Rams basketball’s Ammanuel Diressa prepares for final season

The Ryerson men’s basketball team has created many stars over the past few years. Ammanuel Diressa is one of their best.

Diressa is a 6’5” point guard, heading into what will be his final season with the team. He was named an OUA First-Team All-Star last season. After spending a couple of years at Tennessee Tech University, Diressa returned home and transferred to Ryerson to play for the Rams. This will be his third and final season playing for the team.

by Kayla McLaughlin· · Basketball, Sports
Ryerson curler Audrey Wallbank making a shot during tryouts in North York. (Bryce Turner/Ryersonian)

Rock solid: Women’s curling back in action

When you think of women’s curling, Ryerson may not be the first university that comes to mind.

But last year, playing in just its second season, the team surprised the competition by winning the silver medal in the OUA provincial championships.

by Bryce Turner· · Curling, Sports
Ryerson Formula Racing car gets one more ride

Ryerson Formula Racing car gets one more ride

The smell of gasoline lingers in the fall air while half a dozen engineers lean against the wire fence separating them from the track. They watch Ariel Gil dodge pylons as he drives the Ryerson race car around the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park karting track. Revs become faint as he finishes the first hairpin turn in the distance. Then, a thump.

by Maggie Macintosh· · Sports
Mark Corbett (above) played four years with the Ryerson Rams men's hockey team before accepting a tryout with the SOuthern Hockey
(Photo courtesy of the Ryersonian archives)

Former Ryerson Ram makes his mark in France

Every kid who hits the ice at a young age wants to make the National Hockey League (NHL).

Last year, 888 skaters played in the NHL for at least one game. With well over one million registered hockey players in North America alone, the odds of getting to the top level is unquestionably low. That doesn’t stop players from chasing their dreams at the professional level.

by Steven Ellis· · Hockey, Off Campus, Sports
Ali Musavi, Ryerson formula racing team member, sits in the team's 2016-17 student-built race car on Sept. 28. (Photo by Maggie Macintosh)

Ryerson 2016-17 race car team to compete one last time

Ryerson’s formula racing team is driving their 2016-17 student-built race car for the last time on Saturday in a competition against other Canadian universities.

Ryerson’s chapter of Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), a student race car design and building competition, builds a new race car from scratch every year.

by Maggie Macintosh· · News, Off Campus, Sports
Victor Findlay stands in front of the Mattamy Athletic Centre, home of the Ryerson Rams men's hockey team. (Photo by Steven Ellis)

RTA’s Victor Findlay on the way up

When Ryerson introduced the sport media program to the school of radio and television arts in 2014, there was a bit of mystery to the program. But in March of 2014, Sportsnet gifted Ryerson with close to $750,000 to build upon the program. It truly was the future of the industry.

Enter Victor Findlay, a fourth-year Ryerson sport media student who has become the exact student the school was hoping to create.

by Steven Ellis· · Off Campus, On Campus, Sports
Aidan Dolan (courtesy of Alex D'Addese/Ryerson Rams Athletics)

First year spells change for Ryerson baseball player

If you take a look at the Ryerson baseball team roster, you’ll notice many of the players are from Ontario – Toronto, Markham or Scarborough, for example – but this year, the team has a new player who’s neither from Ontario, nor from Canada.

Aidan Dolan made the trek over the southern border from the U.S. to start his first year at Ryerson this fall. Dolan hails from Buffalo Grove, Ill., a town just north of Chicago.

by Bryce Turner· · Baseball, On Campus, Sports
(Photo by Michael Mayers)

Rams narrowly beat Reds in pre-season game

The Ryerson Rams men’s hockey team overcame a roller-coaster pre-season game against the McGill Varsity Reds on Saturday, taking the 4-3 win at the Mastercard Centre.

The first period started slowly as both teams took about eight minutes to get their feet underneath them, but all that changed after an offsetting pair of roughing penalties were called following a post-whistle skirmish. The rough-and-tumble first period ended scoreless, with McGill on their second power play to start the second frame.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Hockey, Sports
Erick DeLaurentis waved the flag high and proud to kick off the Invictus Games taking place in Toronto. Ryerson was the last stop on the tour before the flag was raised at city hall on Sept. 22. (Photo by Julie Faye Germansky)

PHOTO GALLERY: Invictus flag tour comes to the MAC

The Invictus Games first took place in London, England in 2014 as a demonstration of the strength of soldiers and veterans. Three years later, it’s Toronto’s turn to host the games. Over 500 competitors from 17 countries will compete between September 23-30.

by Julie Germansky· · News, On Campus, Sports, students
Ryerson men’s soccer team forfeits six games

Ryerson men’s soccer team forfeits six games

The Ryerson Rams men’s soccer team is forfeiting the first six games of the season after it was revealed that a player has been deemed ineligible to play.

A member of the team failed to meet the academic requirements to be considered an active member. The identity of the player is being withheld from the Ryersonian for privacy reasons.

by Kayla McLaughlin· · News, On Campus, Soccer, Sports
Group of Canadian Olympians perform stunts in the Cadillac Fairview Toronto Eaton Centre to announce CF as the new home of Team Canada. (Photo by Kayla McLaughlin)

Eaton Centre to be new home of Team Canada

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and property developer Cadillac Fairview announced an 11-year partnership Sept. 20. Under the deal, the COC will move its Toronto headquarters to the office tower at Eaton Centre, which is a Cadillac Fairview property. The deal was announced at the Eaton Centre and featured a roster of Canadian Olympic athletes. In addition to the announcement, […]

by Kayla McLaughlin· · News, Sports
Ryerson’s RTA School of Media Wall of Fame along the halls of the Rogers Communication Centre features an extensive list of graduates that have gone on to become leaders in their industry. (Photo by Max Ciarmela)

Jay Onrait inspires Ryerson’s first sport media generation

By: Max Ciarmela and Luke Bellus  As Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole return to TSN to host their new show, SportsCentre with Jay and Dan, some of Ryerson’s first sport media graduating students credit Onrait for inspiring their generation. “The most frequent comment I get is, ‘I grew up with you guys,’” Onrait said. “On one hand it makes us […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Film & Television, Sports
Canada West TV, the home for university sports out west, will charge viewers about $5 per game. (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

OPINION: Students won’t pay for Canada West TV’s streaming service

On the bus? Stream the Jays game. In a boring class? Stream the Leafs game. On the toilet? Texans vs. Bengals should keep you occupied for the entirety of your stay. Earlier this summer, Canada West TV, the home for university sports out west, unveiled a fresh new look to go with their brand new, pay-per-view online video streaming system […]

by Daniel Marino· · Opinion, Sports
Ryerson Rams logo on the boards of the Mattamy Athletic Centre. (Photo by Steven Ellis)

Rams men’s hockey team ready to regroup

Best two out of three. That’s all it takes to advance in the playoffs. But that’s all it takes to be eliminated too. After disappointment in February, the Ryerson men’s hockey team is ready to hit the ice with the playoffs already in mind. The men’s hockey team will lace their skates for the first time this school year, Friday […]

by Bryce Turner· · Hockey, Rams Athletics, Sports
WWE took over Ryerson as NXT Live: Toronto took place at the Mattamy Athletic Center on Saturday, September 9th, 2017.
(Photo by Daniel Marino)

Future wrestling star Bobby Roode says goodbye to WWE NXT at Ryerson

On Saturday, Toronto native Bobby Roode competed in his last match under the World Wrestling Entertainment NXT banner, with Ryerson as the host. NXT Live: Toronto entertained WWE fans for three hours in the Mattamy Athletic Centre. The house show saw the Babyfaces (the good guys) sweep the Heels (the bad guys) in all eight matches. Two different championship titles […]

by Daniel Marino· · Sports
RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 11, 2017

RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 11, 2017

Ryersonian TV: Morning Update can be seen live on Facebook, weekdays at 10.a.m. This newscast is produced by final year students at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

Ryerson Rams' fastpitch team in action. Photo from Hung Le/Ryerson Rams Athletics

Ryerson fastpitch team aiming high in sophomore season

The Toronto Blue Jays have had a nightmare of a season. That’s not news. But if you’re looking for a fun sport to follow during the year, Toronto may have a championship contender in the fastpitch scene. The Ryerson Rams fastpitch team is scheduled to start the regular season Friday night, with a pair of games against York University. The […]

by Bryce Turner· · Rams Athletics, Sports
RyersonianTV: Ryerson’s Image Centre gets a makeover, the university plays host to a curling championship, and more

RyersonianTV: Ryerson’s Image Centre gets a makeover, the university plays host to a curling championship, and more

This week, Ryerson begins its redecoration of the Image Centre, curling’s finest participated in the WestJet Players’ Championship hosted at the MAC, and so much more.

(Luke Galati/Ryersonian)

Intense and introverted: A Carly Clarke profile

A look at Ryerson’s women’s basketball head coach and her rise in the coaching ranks.

by Brianne Spiker· · Basketball, Sports
RyersonianTV: Niagara Falls mayor comments on controversial student video, number of U.S. applicants on the rise, and more

RyersonianTV: Niagara Falls mayor comments on controversial student video, number of U.S. applicants on the rise, and more

This week, the Ryersonian speaks with Niagara Falls mayor Jim Diodati about a controversial documentary produced by students, the number of U.S. applicants to the university is up 60 per cent, and so much more.

Growing pains for Ryerson’s women’s fastpitch

Growing pains for Ryerson’s women’s fastpitch

Ryerson’s women’s fastpitch saw it all in their inaugural season.

by Brianne Spiker· · Rams Athletics, Sports
RyersonianTV: BoG meeting highlights, plans to begin collecting race-based data on campus, and more

RyersonianTV: BoG meeting highlights, plans to begin collecting race-based data on campus, and more

This week, the Board of Governors meeting took place, Ryerson announced plans to introduce a survey to collect race-based data on students, and so much more.

Brianne Spiker in Ryerson's Recreation and Athletics Centre. (Luke Galati/Ryersonian Staff)

Ice-cream sandwiches and gains

‘Three years ago, the RAC took a chance on a shy kid for the front desk.’

by Brianne Spiker· · jobs, Opinion, Sports, students, Voices
One of the players at the Canadian Blind Hockey Tournament, which took place at the Mattamy Athletic Centre on March 25, 2017. (Luke Galati/Ryersonian Staff)

The sound of hockey

Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre hosts annual blind hockey tournament.

by William Brown· · Hockey, News, Off Campus, On Campus, Sports
RyersonianTV: Ezra Levant speaks at Ryerson, four mumps cases confirmed, and more

RyersonianTV: Ezra Levant speaks at Ryerson, four mumps cases confirmed, and more

This week, Ezra Levant spoke at an event hosted by the Ryerson Campus Conservatives, a total of four mumps cases have been confirmed on campus, and so much more.

Ryerson men's volleyball player, Uchenna Ofoha, gets his sprained ankle worked on at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. (Courtesy Luke Galati)

Repairing Ryerson’s athletes

With injuries inevitable, Ryerson’s athletic therapy department has the task of getting the Rams ready for game time.

by Brianne Spiker· · Rams Athletics, Sports
Ryerson Rams capture first silver medal at national championships

Ryerson Rams capture first silver medal at national championships

The Ryerson Rams men’s basketball team finished second place at the national championships this past weekend. But taking home silver is still seen as disappointing for the players and coaches. William Brown reports.

RyersonianTV: Ryerson considers expanding, urban planning school cancels U.S. trips, and more

RyersonianTV: Ryerson considers expanding, urban planning school cancels U.S. trips, and more

This week, Ryerson is one step closer to expanding to Brampton, the school of urban planning cancels trips to the U.S. due to Trump’s travel ban, and so much more.

Pizza with Players: Ryerson men’s volleyball players answer ridiculous questions

Pizza with Players: Ryerson men’s volleyball players answer ridiculous questions

Watch as three men’s volleyball starters answer ridiculous questions in the first episode of Pizza with Players.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Sports, students, Videos, Web Series
Ryerson's Women's volleyball team will face the University of Western Ontario, the OUA western division’s regular season champions, Mar. 4 at the University of Toronto in a semifinal game. (Nicholas Raponi/Ryersonian Staff)

U SPORTS women’s volleyball preview

With Ryerson hosting the national women’s volleyball championship, the Rams get a shot at redemption after a disappointing OUA Final Four.

by Brianne Spiker· · Sports, Volleyball
Juwon Grannum and Adika Peter-McNeilly both played their final games in Rams uniforms. They won the program's first ever silver medal. (Luke Galati/The Ryersonian)

WATCH: Rams fall in national finals to Carleton, win first silver in program history

Watch Rams Head Coach Roy Rana and Guard Myles Charvis discuss their loss in the U Sports championship final

by Ryersonian Staff· · Basketball, CIS Final 8, Sports
Juwon Grannum and Roy Rana hug as Grannum comes out of the game for the final time as a Ram. (Luke Galati/The Ryersonian)

Rams fall in national finals to Carleton, win first silver in program history

HALIFAX — It’s heartbreak for the Rams. The Carleton Ravens defeated the Ryerson Rams 78-69 in the men’s basketball championship game. Ryerson still takes home a silver medal, but silver’s not the colour they wanted. For the Ravens, it’s their seventh consecutive championship, a marvel in the highly competitive world of university sports in Canada. Plain and simple, Carleton was the better […]

by William Brown· · Basketball, CIS Final 8, News, Sports
Jaime Hills behind the mic on a local Ryerson Rams broadcast. (Courtesy Christian Ryan)

Ryerson basketball player becomes broadcaster: Inside Jaime Hills’ journey

How Jaime Hills went from playing in the big-game to covering nationals live on-air with Sportsnet in just one year.

by Luke Galati· · Basketball, Features, Sports
Ryerson guard Ammanuel Diressa takes a jump shot against Dalhousie in Saturday night's win in Halifax. Photo by Luke Galati/Ryersonian Staff

Rams look to make history in gold medal game

HALIFAX – Nine seconds left. The Ryerson Rams are up 59-58, but Dalhousie has possession. An inbound pass gets the ball to Kashrell Lawrence, a 5th-year forward who has been mancing teams all weekend. He pivots, takes the ball inside. Three seconds left. He’s surrounded by Rams. Time is almost out. He fires. A jump shot from just inside the […]

by William Brown· · Basketball, CIS Final 8, News, Sports
Filip Vujadinovic scores one of his game high 16 points as the Rams advance to the national finals in Halifax. (Luke Galati/Ryersonian Staff)

Ryerson advances to national basketball final in thrilling 59-58 win

The Rams will finally have a chance to play for the trophy. And they’ll do it against their OUA rivals, the Carleton Ravens.

by William Brown· · Basketball, News, Sports
Ryerson fans look on as the Rams play the St. Mary's Huskies at the U Sports Final 8 in Halifax. Photo by Luke Galati/Ryersonian Staff

RamPack: Life on the road for the Ryerson fans in Halifax to support their team

The RamPack take their show on the road to the East Coast to cheer on the Rams in the Final 8.

Ryerson's Chase Vassell, Thedrose Demeke, Keevon Small and Adika Peter-McNeilly pose at today's shootaround. Photo by Luke Galati/The Ryersonian

Rams look ahead to semifinal showdown versus Dalhousie

  HALIFAX — On their only off day this weekend, the Ryerson Rams prepare in an empty arena. Only media and staff are inside the shell of an arena in the heart of Nova Scotia’s capital. But it won’t stay that way for long. A loud, boisterous crowd is expected to greet the Rams in their semifinal game tomorrow versus the Dalhousie […]

by William Brown· · Basketball, CIS Final 8, Sports
Chris Blanchette

The Final Four: Ryerson’s volleyball teams

The squads are off to Hamilton for the OUA.

by Christopher Blanchette· · Sports, Volleyball
(Alex D'addesse)

Ryerson Rams win big with U SPORTS, OUA honours

Rams athletes honoured across Canada and Ontario in basketball, volleyball and hockey.

by Brianne Spiker· · News, On Campus, Sports
RyersonianTV: Rams OUA champions, lecturer under fire for Facebook comments, and more

RyersonianTV: Rams OUA champions, lecturer under fire for Facebook comments, and more

In this week’s news, the Rams’ men’s basketball team celebrated their victory in the OUA championship for the second year in a row, Ryerson engineering lecturer Brian Petz is under fire for controversial Facebook comments, and so much more.

Veronica Livingston reminisces on her time with Rams volleyball as her career draws to a finish

Veronica Livingston reminisces on her time with Rams volleyball as her career draws to a finish

As women’s volleyball heads into the finals, Livingston wants to make sure she’s leaving it all on the court.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Sports, Videos, Volleyball
Adika Peter-McNeilly celebrates after scoring a three in the fourth-quarter of the 2017 men’s national championship quarterfinal. Peter-McNeilly scored 17 points in the game. Ryerson plays next on Saturday in the semifinals. Photo by Luke Galati/ The Ryersonian

Rams squeeze out tight victory in opening Final 8 game

The Rams advance to the semifinal on Saturday with their opponent to be determined.

by William Brown· · Basketball, News, Sports
Rams begin national championship bid in Halifax

Rams begin national championship bid in Halifax

By: William Brown & Luke Galati HALIFAX — It’s all set. The U Sports men’s basketball tournament Final 8 is already underway, as the Carleton Ravens and Calgary Dinos finish up the first of four games today. Ryerson fans travelling to Halifax arrived this morning by plane and took the bus downtown to support their team. They now wait patiently […]

The Ryerson Rams men's basketball team with the OUA championship trophy. (Andrea Vacl/Ryersonian Staff)

Championship state of mind

Ryerson moves into nationals as the No. 1 seed.

by Luke Galati· · Basketball, Sports
Ryerson Rams star player steps his way into the U Sports Championship game

Ryerson Rams star player steps his way into the U Sports Championship game

Ryerson Rams basketball player, Adika Peter-McNielly, shares his monumental footwear that led to his personal record-breaking 1000 points this season.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Basketball, Sports
The Ryerson Rams men's basketball team with the OUA championship trophy. (Andrea Vacl/Ryersonian Staff)

U Sports men’s basketball Final 8 preview

Ryerson sits at the top going into nationals for the second year in a row.

by Brianne Spiker· · Basketball, Sports
Olivia Nashmi, left, and Erin Evite, right, at a campus pool during a training session. Courtesy Karen Chan

From blue and gold to red and white

Two Ryerson students are training to join the national dragon boat team.

by Karen Chan· · Dragon Boat, Sports
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