@RyersonProblem prepares to pass torch

Calistus Alexander is the current brain behind @RyersonProblem. (Kayleigh Robinson/Ryersonian Staff)

Calistus Alexander is currently the brains behind @RyersonProblem. (Kayleigh Robinson/Ryersonian Staff)

The @RyersonProblem Twitter page needs someone new to run the account.

Calistus Alexander, a fourth-year business student, now posts from the Twitter handle. But after running the account for two years, he is about to graduate, so he will soon have to pass the torch.

The page is a space for students to voice complaints about Ryerson, anything from commuter problems, 8 a.m. classes and people getting lost in Kerr Hall, to the often bizarre security incident reports everyone receives in their email inboxes.

@RyersonProblem is an aggregation of retweets that include memes, reaction GIFs and, of course, just straight-up problems, all of which are reported by Ryerson students. At time of publication, the @RyersonProblem account has 5,847 followers. It has been active since November 2011.

The account has always been run anonymously by a student. Since Alexander is graduating this year, he’s ready to pass the torch. He says he has someone in mind to monitor the Twitter page, but students will have to wait another few years to find out who his replacement is.

It was passed down to Alexander by the account’s creator, Olivia Baratta.

When Baratta graduated, she asked Alexander to run the account. He was actively engaged on Twitter and accepted almost immediately.

“I would send a bunch of tweets to the account and I loved the idea of @RyersonProblem. The account put light onto students’ concerns and issues which normally would not have been brought forth,” Alexander said.

The popular account has been helpful in drawing attention to building issues, TTC shutdowns, RAMSS outages and more.

It’s not all complaining though. It also promotes campus events including flu shots, bake sales, concerts, games and even celebrity spottings.

“Students look at the account not to vent their problems, but to know more about what’s going on around campus,” Alexander said.

So even after Alexander is finished, he said that @RyersonProblem will still be there for students to vent their #ryersonproblems.

Here’s what Ryerson students had to say about their biggest Ryerson Problem.


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