Ryerson President Sheldon Levy’s final term is coming to an end. The search for his replacement continues. There has been no news on potential candidates for Levy’s replacement. The search committee of 13 members, including students, staff and faculty, will announce their selection this spring. The new president will take office as early as July of this year.
Student Learning Centre
The long-awaited Student Learning Centre is scheduled to open within the next six weeks. The opening date has been delayed since the project began in 2013. The Yonge Street building will have eight floors with most of them for desperately needed study space for students. There are two ground-floor retail spaces but no word on who’ll be occupying those yet.
2015 Men’s Basketball Champions
For the first time ever, Ryerson will be hosting the Canadian Interuniversity Sports Final 8 event. This is the Rams’ first shot at winning a national championship on home court. The Rams currently sit third in the Ontario University Athletics with their top challengers being the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.
Sustainable and healthy eating on campus
The Hub Café underwent an $840,000 renovation last semester as part of a larger initiative by new campus organization, Ryerson Eats. Ryerson Eats has taken on the challenge of promoting healthier, local and more sustainable food choices on campus. The makeover has been referred to as “a new era of food at Ryerson” by Julia Hanigsberg, Ryerson’s vice president.
Winter 2015 will likely be the last semester that Ryerson uses Blackboard, the academic management system. The university is in the contracting stages with Desire2Learn, makers of the learning platform Brightspace. Mobile compatibility was a leading factor in the decision-making process. If negotiations are successful, Brightspace will be implemented fall 2015.
Ryerson Theatre School
Ryerson’s theatre school will move out of its home at 44 Gerrard St. While initial plans had scheduled relocation by the end of the year, the search for a new residence is months behind. According to more than 100-year-old building, which used to be a pharmacy college, is run-down and prone to leaking, flooding and inconsistent temperatures.
Re-evaluation of Sexual Harassment Policies
Last year, a Toronto Star investigation revealed that many Canadian universities do not have policies implemented that handle sexual harassments. Only nine of the 78 Ontario universities surveyed had policies in place and Ryerson was among the schools that didn’t. Members of the Canadian Federation of Students met with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne last week to push for a standardized sexual assault policy.