The Eyeopener is Toronto Metropolitan (formerly Ryerson) University’s (TMU) independent student newspaper, and has been since 1967. It is owned and operated by Rye Eye Publishing Inc., a non-profit corporation owned by the students of TMU.
Fifty years ago, an RTA student named Tom Thorne decided that Ryerson’s campus needed a voice for the students, from the students. Soon after, The Eyeopener was born. Our first office was a broom-closet office in Oakham House, then we upgraded to a small basement office in Jorgenson Hall. Now, you can find us on the second floor of the Student Campus Centre. We’ve grown a lot since our early years, but we’ve always upheld the voice of students on this campus—and plan to do so for decades to come.
Most TMU students pay a levy to sustain our operations and costs. We have a constitution and a board. Our masthead gets paid, and so do our staff members. We belong to the Canadian University Press, to which we pay a membership fee.
We invite you to help keep us accountable. If you want to be involved with our board, have any questions about our constitution, about our budget, or have any concerns or inquires about our publication, or if you just want to come hang out with us, find our contact page to get in touch.
Congratulations on your exposure of the questionable expenses by the student’s union. When I was editor of the Eyeopener 40 years ago, we were owned and controlled by the student’s union and it would have been nearly impossible to print such a story and keep our jobs. A couple of years earlier the SU had fired an editor when they didn’t like what he was writing. I led a movement to have the university collect Eyeopener funding separately from the students union, which was approved in an eventual student election and led to the formation of Rye Eye Publishing Ink the year after I left (whatever happened to the “k” in the last word?). Good on all of you.
Regards, Kerry Knoll