A scene from the Yonge and Gould Street fire last year. EYEOPENER FILE PHOTO

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Prince Charles visits the DMZ As part of the royal visit in May

Prince Charles attended a tour of Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ), hosted by Premier Dalton McGuinty and Ryerson President Sheldon Levy. The tour was part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, celebrating her 60 years on the throne.

Alan Shepard leaves Rye After five years at Ryerson as provost and vice-president academic

Alan Shepard was announced as the next president of Concordia University last May. Effective as of Aug. 1, the change came after an extensive search by the Montreal university’s Presidential Search Committee. Shepard’s work at Ryerson included an extensive restructuring of the school’s strategic planning in relation to its academics.

Ryerson unveils MAC

It took nearly eight years, $60 million and countless delays, but Ryerson finally unveiled it’s new state-of-the-art athletic facility to the public earlier this month. After openning remarks by Ryerson President Sheldon Levy, Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke about the significance of the famed landmark. The Eyeopener is also pleased to announce that we are official sponsors of the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

CLASSE comes to Campus In July

Ryerson hosted the Quebec-Ontario Student Solidarity Tour a province-wide speaking tour which urged Ontario students to support and potentially join in the longest student protest in Canadian history. The RSU-backed event brought in about 200 Ryerson students and discussed both the reasons for the protests and ways in which Ontario students could adapt the Quebec model to fit their own situation.

Yonge Street arsonist caught

Police arrested a man in July in connection to a number of fires throughout the city, including last year’s 6-alarm blaze that destroyed the former Empress Hotel at the corner of Yonge and Gould Streets. Charges facing 53-year-old Stewart Poirier would eventually grow to include over 30 criminal counts, including arson, endangering human life and attempted murder.

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