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  • 8/19/2019 The Eyeopener, March 23, 2016


    Volume 49 - Issue 21 March 23, 2016 @theeyeopener

    Since 1967




    NOW WHAT? Making ends

    meet in a creative industry is tough.

    How some students make it work


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    2   NEWS Wednesday, March 23, 2016

    By Alanna Rizza

    On average, 40 incidents — rang-

    ng from sexual assaults to verbal

    outbursts — are recorded by Ry- rson’s Integrated Risk Manage-

    ment (IRM) security every week.

    But students only receive an aver-

    age of 1.6 of those reports in inci-

    dent emails.

    First-year history student Con-

    nor McKenzie woke up in To-

    onto Western Hospital on Oct.

    24 after being assaulted on Gould

    treet. He said he had no recollec-

    ion of the night before and all of

    his belongings were missing.

    Three days later, he spoke to

    ampus security. Security received

    a call on the night of the assault

    and then contacted the ambu- ance. He said they told him the

    aftermath of the incident was

    aught on camera, but the assault

    occurred in a “blind spot” so the

    uspect could not be identified.

    McKenzie said witnesses, who

    he met on the street days later, told

    him he was hit and robbed. A pub-

    ic security report was not issued.

    McKenzie said he was

    “shocked” to find out there was

    no public report. “That’s informa-

    ion we should know, I don’t see

    why they should hide that from

    us,” he said.

    Ryerson began issuing incident

    mails at the beginning of the 2012 school year to increase trans-

    parency and safety awareness. Ju-

    ia Lewis, director of Ryerson’s

    RM, said they determine which

    ncidents are sent to students and

    faculty using “risk-based criteria.”

    “Some of the reports we receive

    aren’t substantiated,” said Lewis.

    “That’s part of the risk assess-

    ment, is to really have a filter to ensure we meet the goal of having

    an informed sense of security.”

    The criteria IRM uses is based

    on whether the incident is consid-

    ered an ongoing threat, accord-

    ing to Daniel Paquette, account

    director of IRM. If a suspect has

    not been identified, it’s considered

    to be ongoing. The exception, Pa-

    quette said, is if an incident is con-

    sidered “extremely” serious.

    Tanya Poppleton, manager of

    security and emergency services at

    Ryerson, said that ongoing risks

    do play a role in the assessment,

    but whether or not the incident is “a risk to public safety” is the

    biggest factor. Serious incidents,

    Poppleton said via email, are “cer-

    tain assaults” — including sexual

    assault, robbery, hate promotion

    and some serial connected crimes.

    Poppleton added not all inci-

    dents are made public because people would “be bombarded

    with emails and then no one is go-

    ing to read the ones that pertain to


    The Eyeopener has weekly

    meetings with security where in-

    cidents are discussed. Poppleton

    said that providing campus papers

    with the briefs that aren’t emailed

    is an initiative for having a more

    informed community.

    The week of Nov. 23, there was

    a report of a fight involving four

    individuals at Church and Gould

    streets. Two people were taken to

    the hospital and one arrest was made. No public report was is-


    The week of March 14, security

    was called about a male trying to

    escort a drunk female into a taxi.

    Police were called due to concerns

    about the female’s safety. No pub-

    lic report was issued. IRM has records of all reported

    incidents, but they do not release

    statistics. York University posts

    quarterly reports online, along

    with five-year category compari-


    “Statistical reports and edu-

    cation initiatives are important

    means of informing and engaging

    with students on community safe-

    ty issues,” Janice Walls, interim

    chief spokesperson and director of

    media relations at York, said in an

    email. “It provides a transparent

    means for the community to com-

    pare trends.” The University of Toronto also

    posts weekly and annual reports.

    A log of all emailed incidents

    can be found on Ryerson’s web-

    site, but those only make up a

    fraction of the cumulative total.

    York, which has approximately

    20,000 more students than Ry- erson, posted 830 public reports

    from May to October 2015. Ryer-

    son has 26 posted online from the

    same time period.

    Poppleton said anyone can

    count how many specific types of

    incidents occurred if they go on-

    line, and that a stat report isn’t

    necessary. “If you put out a num-

    ber that doesn’t help anybody,”

    she said.

    Alyson Rogers, co-organizer of

    the Ryerson Feminist Collective,

    said that security transparency

    is important, especially when it

    comes to social activism on cam- pus. She added that she thinks

    some institutions don’t share this

    data to cover up a bigger problem.

    “It’s easier to say, ‘Oh there’s no

    problem here, because we can’t see

    it,’ and I think that might be what

    security is doing,” she said. “They

    can address it as singular crimes,

    as opposed to a systemic issue.”

    Lewis said that IRM uses the

    numbers to advance crime preven-

    tion work on campus, and that’s

    where the value to the public is.

    “We do collect numbers, of course

    we track everything, so that in-

    forms our priorities and the need

    to have crime prevention within the community,” she said. “The

    value to the community is crime

    prevention work, and it has to be

    informed prevention work.”

    With files by Nicole Schmidt Ryerson security reports are selectively released in accordance with risk-based criteria. PHOTO: CHARLES VANEGAS

    How much is Ryerson security telling you? Approximately four per cent of Ryerson campus security incidents are made public, an Eyeopener  investigation finds

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    Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate

    in this discussion about Ryerson’s culture.

    Wednesday, March 30, 2016

    Noon to 1 p.m. | Podium (POD) Room 250

    Faculty and staff experiences: Ways to improve the climate

    @RyersonEDI #RyersonEDI

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    4   EDITORIAL Wednesday, March 23, 2016

    Our cover model and online editor Tagwa Moyo knows all about the hustle. PHOTOS: JAKE SCOTT

    t’s getting to be the end of the

    emester. And for some students

    hat also means the end of their

    cademic career. For fourth-year

    tudents, April looms with not

    ust the classic crunch that comes

    with papers and final exams —

    t comes with the pressures of the

    apidly advancing real world.

    Perhaps the scariest version

    of this apprehension comes for hose who are not planning to go

    on to another degree, or any oth-

    r kind of school. Knowing that

    you are a month away from the

    eal world, a month away from

    dult responsibilities with no stu-

    Time to look forward The real world might seem like a scary place. But our challenges can also be

    our opportunities — make the gig economy work for you dent status to use as an excuse,

    can be a terrifying moment.

    In our arts section this

    week, you’ll read about the strug-

    gle that photography students

    in particular face breaking into

    a shrinking industry. And that

    narrative has often been true for

    many students that choose to

    study fine arts — fine arts pro-

    grams boast some of the lowest

    employment rates among gradu-

    ating students. But especially for

    our generation, graduating into

    a difficult economy still large-

    ly occupied by baby boomers with 30 or 40 years of seniority

    on us, it can be scary no matter

    what you’ve studied.

    That’s the bad news. If you’re

    a young person in university,

    you’ve probably heard some ver-

    sion of that a thousand times. But

    you can relax, because I’m not

    here to beat you to death with

    another version of it. I’m here to

    shine at least a little optimism on

    your futures, no matter how com-

    plicated your respective indus-

    tries may be.

    You all have the pieces that

    you need to make your degree

    work for you, and to grab that

    job that you’ve been dreaming

    about. You’ve heard people talk