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volume 44 / issue 24 Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Ryersons Independent Paper Since 1967






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Wednesday, March 30, 2011




WEDnESDAy, APRiL 6The Student Learning Centre will be an outstanding resource for Ryerson students, faculty and staff, and an iconic landmark that will be the face of the university on Yonge Street.

2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.Announcement by President Levy Presentation by co-architects Craig Dykers of Snhetta and Tarek El-Khatib of Zeidler Partnership Architects ENG-103, George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre 245 Church Street, 1st Floor

3 p.m. to 4 p.m.Ryerson Community Celebration for Students, Faculty and Staff The Atrium, George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre 3rd Floor

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011


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Ram loses $4,700 in stolen alcoholREBECCA BURTON ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

Campus pub Ram in the Rye reported 33 bottles of alcohol stolen on March 28. Eric Newstadt, general manager of the Student Campus Centre, confirmed the theft. Newstadt said the incident is currently under investigation. Imre Juurlink, security services, said they are unsure when the break-in occurred but Ram staff reported the incident on the morning of

33 bottles of alcohol stolen, according to inventory Imre Juurlink, security servicesMarch 28. According to inventory, the 33 bottles taken accounted for approximately $4,700. The liquor cabinet is permanently locked and only staff members have key access to the area. Staff say security asked those working on March 28 who exactly had key access to the building. Ryerson security called police to report to the scene. Police will continue the investigation. No suspects have been brought forward yet.

Dr. Ivan Joseph, director of athletics, says George Brown was responsible for uncovering the refund. FILE PHOTO

RAC to refund nine years of membershipsRAC sorts through 24,000 membership forms to refund students in the joint George Brown Ryerson Early Childhood Education program who double paid for membershipsBY SAMANTHA SIM Nine years worth of RAC gym memberships are being refunded to early childhood education students in the Ryerson-George Brown joint program. Students in that program already pay for a RAC membership as part of their tuition costs. Both the number of students affected, from 2002-2011, and the amount of money to be refunded is still unknown. Dr. Ivan Joseph, director of athletics, said the refund wont affect the RACs budget, as the money will come from Ryerson administration. He said the RAC was not involved in this separate agreement between administration at George Brown and Ryerson. Joseph said RAC employees have started sorting through 24,000 forms from the past three years because memberships were not kept in an electronic database. According to Cindy Brownlee, vice-president of Ryerson services for the George Brown student association, the refund process started after she brought the issue to the attention of George Brown administration, who then notified Ryerson. After going through the meeting minutes [from a 2009 meeting] I found out that joint program students were allowed to use the gym free, she says. The refund came from George Browns digging. Joseph doesnt deny there was a mix up, but he believes it was just a situation of something being lost in translation. I didnt know about [the arrangement] and my boss didnt were going to fix it. know [about the arrangeHowever, Brownlee isnt breathing a sigh of relief just yet. She says that it might take a while for any refund to come to The refund came from fruition. George Browns In my past experiences with digging university and college adminCindy Brown, istrations, I find that refunds VP Ryerson & finance dont come too easily, she says. Joseph assures students that services, George Brown the RAC is taking the proper steps to ensure they can, at ment], says Joseph. [The least, account for the past three RAC] looked into it and George years of memberships bought Brown was right. Of course by the joint program students.

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Security cracks down on drug possession in Rye-O-MatAs many as 30 students caught dealing dope or smoking weed in the engineering dungeon; students report feeling harassedBY MATTHEW PRESCOTT OXMAN The Rye-O-Mat area in the basement of North Kerr Hall, also known as the dungeon, has been the target of increased security in the past month due to a number of student complaints about drug sales and use in the area. Students also report that they have been harassed by security when in or around the dungeon. Security have received approximately seven to eight complaints from students this past week alone, says supervisor Imre Juurlink. A lot of students have reported they feel quite unsafe in the area, she says. We have had some concerns raised about drug-dealing in the bathrooms there, and people feeling very unsafe in the Staas Toronov says he has been washrooms with that activity. approached by security so many times he has lost count. Toronov says he has never been doing anything wrong, when security has asked him A lot of students have for his student ID. reported they feel He says security has been quite unsafe in the disrespectful and unprofesarea. sional when approaching him, Imre Juurlink, which is why he often refuses security supervisor to show them his ID. Thats why Im not interThere have been between ested in talking to them, says 20 and 30 instances of secu- Toronov. rity catching students dealing We havent received any or using marijuana in the past complaints about that, says few weeks in the dungeon Juurlink of students being haarea, says Juurlink. rassed by security personnel. According to security they She encourages all students have increased patrols in the who feel they have been aparea. proached inappropriately to Third year science student report it. Regardless of securitys approach, Juurlink says students must always produce ID when requested by Ryerson staff. This obligation is based on the student code of non-academic conduct, as well as the Ontario Trespass to Property Act, which allows Ryerson to implement its own rules for behaviour on campus. If someone does not produce their identification, generally speaking, we would ask that person to leave campus until they have some form of ID to produce, says Juurlink, adding that security services has guidelines and standards for when it is appropriate for staff to approach students and ask to see their ID. According to Mickey Cirak, student conduct officer, they will assess any complaints given to their office and investigate the allegation before deciding what to do. agement student Jonathan Filippone says he was once approached by police, not security, while sitting on a bench outside the dungeon. I was just relaxing, says Filippone, but the stranger next to him was smoking a joint. Filippone says police asked him for his Ryerson ID, and if he was associated with the person on the next bench. They werent being assholes, he says. Toronov, however, says he thinks security is making a big deal out of nothing. They act like smoking weed is the biggest crime in the world. Ryerson security report that so far no arrests have been made.

They act like smoking weed is the biggest crime in the world Jonathan Filippone, studentSecurity says there are cameras in the area of the dungeon. One student was caught putting tape over the camera. Security said it appeared to be more of a prank and the student profusely apologized. Second-year business man-


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Our nod for Ryersonian of the Year: Quidditch Captain Suraj SinghBY ALLYSSIA ALLEYNE COMMUNITY EDITOR

A while ago the Eyeopener invited the community to suggest who we should choose as our nominee for Ryersonian of the Year. We received several ideas, including faculty, students, a