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    Wednesday Oct. 24 2012 3NEWS

    To meet the growing demand for

    n-campus living space, the con-

    truction of Ryerson Universitys

    ew student residence at 186 Jarvis

    t. has been nalized and will begin

    n September 2014.

    Last month, Ryerson formally

    ubmitted their request to the City

    f Toronto for rezoning and site

    lanning.

    The building will stretch 27 sto-

    eys high, a ve-storey extension

    f the previous proposal made inebruary.

    The MPI group, our developer,

    s responsible for how much height

    o go for, said Julia Hanigsberg,

    ice president of administration and

    nance at Ryerson.

    They will look at how much

    ensity the city is approving on oth-

    r sites near ours to determine how

    igh it is appropriate to go for the

    Ryerson residence.

    The construction of the tower will

    ry to meet the growing demand for

    tudent living spaces on campus.

    Students can learn so much by

    iving in residence, not only to-

    wards their schooling but, for their

    ersonal lives as well, says Laura

    Darcy, a fourth-year photogra-

    hy student and current Residence

    Advisor in OKeefe House.

    Residence is an amazing re-

    source for universities, said Darcy.

    The new will include the rst

    500 of 2,000 beds being added to

    campus.

    Ryerson President Sheldon Levy

    has said that though the tower is a

    great development, it is only a start-

    ing point.

    Were trying to deliberately in-

    crease the residence rooms that we

    have on campus, said Levy.

    With the recent unveiling of Ryer-

    sons new Mattamy Athletic Centre

    at Maple Leaf Gardens, Levy has

    said that he would like to keep ex-panding into that area.

    My priority is somewhere on

    Church between Gerrard and Car-

    leton. I would love to see a resi-

    dence there so it better connects the

    Gardens to the campus, said Levy.

    With the approved proposal for

    2000 new beds by the Board of

    Governors, Ryerson is looking to

    provide opportunity to students un-

    able to live on campus because of

    space restrictions.

    With the majority of the student

    population being commuters, its a

    hassle getting to school. I think they

    want to live downtown, but there is

    such a limited space, said Ashley

    Paton, a rst-year urban and re-

    gional planning student.

    Ultimately, it eliminates the has-

    sle of commuting; they could be us-

    ing that time to study or in another

    meaningful way.

    Though the residence is not di-

    rectly on campus, it is within a ve

    minute walking distance.

    The development, design and

    By Ramisha Farooq

    building of the tower will be han-

    dled by MPI group in a partnership

    with Ryerson.

    We have a lot of condence in

    MPI and their ability to deliver the

    project, says Hanigsberg.

    A rendering of Ryersons newest residence, slated to be built by 2016 FILE PHOTO

    New residence plans fnalizedRyersons new residence will have more fve storeys to accommodate more students, update reveals

    Ryersonnumber onein research

    Ryerson had the largest increase in

    research funding of any Ontario

    university in 2011, according to

    statistics by a research consulting

    rm.

    Research Infosource Inc., a divi-

    sion of The Impact Group, released

    its Canadas Top 50 Research Uni-

    versities List, a report examining

    research income of the countrys

    post-secondary institutions.

    Despite only a 2.2 per cent in-

    crease in total funding for research

    universities in Canada and thefact that most research funds go to

    universities with medical programs

    Ryersons research funding in

    2011 increased to $29,518,000

    from $22,524,000 in 2010 a

    jump of 31.1 per cent and the high-

    est in Ontario.

    The list also named three Re-

    search Universities o the Year in

    three different categories.

    Ryerson placed second in the un-

    dergraduate category with a score

    of 77.8 points. The University of

    Lethbridge got rst place with 78.1

    points.

    Before Research Infosource Inc.

    gives each university a score outof 100, a number of factors are

    considered.

    The list looks at how much

    money is going into a university,

    research output, how many ar-

    ticles and journals each institution

    got published in peer-reviewed

    journals, and each universitys

    success in being cited in academic

    literature.

    It also looks into how success-

    ful each school was at attracting

    funding.

    Wendy Cukier, vice president re-

    search and innovation at Ryerson,

    said the schools success in researchis a result of many years of hard

    work.

    Its an acknowledgement of

    the trajectory weve been on in the

    last few years as we have become a

    comprehensive university, Cukier

    said. I really think were starting

    to reap the rewards of many years

    of hard work by many people.

    Cukier noted the university has

    been shifting towards hiring more

    professors with PhDs and a track

    record in research.

    She said the next twenty years

    will hold challenges for the school.

    Its clear its a more competitive

    environment, she said.

    Its clear the traditional sources

    of funding for research are dry-

    ing up and we have to be more

    creative.

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    ByMohamed

    Omar

    CUPE addresses credit card misuse

    A member of Ryersons staff and

    aculty union who used a group

    redit card for personal expenses isno longer employed by the union,

    ccording to a letter obtained by

    The Eyeopener.

    In a letter addressed to members

    of the union, Donald Elder, the Pres-

    dent of Canadian Union of Public

    Employees (CUPE) Local 3904, ac-

    knowledged that there had been

    nappropriate use of a credit card

    and that the money owing has

    since been repaid and the individual

    is no longer an employee of Local

    3904.

    There was a mistake made, it

    was corrected and policies are now

    in place to ensure it will not happen

    again, Elder said in his letter.

    Elders letter comes as a direct re-sponse to a letter sent out to union

    members by Jacquie Chic, the lo-

    cals vice-president of campaigns.

    In her email, Chic reveals that Elder

    and treasurer Rob Coelho informed

    union executives of the credit card

    misuse in March, but that they alleg-

    edly had known about it since 2009.

    Chic also notes that both Elder

    and Coelho allegedly made clear

    their intention not to tell members

    of the credit card misuse after she

    urged and later begged the presi-

    dent and treasurer to do so.

    They explained that they had

    asked the individual to stop and dis-

    cussed repayment, she said in the

    letter. Some repayment was madealong the way but the card contin-

    ued to be used improperly. They did

    not take steps to stop the practice.

    The money was ultimately returned

    in June of this year.

    While Elders letter acknowledged

    the improper use of the group credit

    card it did not disclose the name

    of the former union member, the

    amount that was charged to the card

    or when Elder rst found out about

    the misuse.

    Additionally, it did not touch

    upon allegations that the union

    did not have trustees overseeing

    their nances for two of those three

    years or that nancial irregulari-

    ties were not reported in statementsfrom 2009 onwards, which both go

    against union by-laws.

    Elder said that these issues would

    be discussed at the locals annual

    membership meeting which takes

    place on Oct. 24.

    Both Elder and Chic were un-

    available to comment on the issue.

    With fles rom the Toronto Star

    BySeanTepper

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    Earlier this week was International

    Caps Lock Day, or, to put it cor-

    rectly, INTERNATIONAL CAPS

    LOCK DAY. While not apparent

    how this holiday could translate

    nto lie away rom a keyboard

    creaming yoursel hoarse, I expect

    it apparently celebrates the art

    o typing emotionally.

    Speaking o emotions, they are

    surely fowing reely in Ottawa this

    week. The Canadian Federation o

    Students (CFS) is in the capital or

    a ew days to lobby the govern-

    ment to help students. Amongst

    their wishes is the ormation o a

    national educational act, similar

    to the ederal healthcare act we all

    rely on. Also, somewhat predict-

    ably, the old chestnut o student

    angst that is debt caused by rising

    tuition ees is being raised, as part

    o what the CFS is calling a lobby

    week.

    With International Caps Lock

    day