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Contributors and letter from the editor


Photographer, Image Arts ’11
The Creative Minds Behind Mass Exodus (p. 20)
Arthur Mola has been photographing Mass Exodus since 2009, when he was a second-year Ryerson Photography student. Cultivating a fly-on-the-wall style, he’s always looking for unusual moments, like a model asleep on a stairwell. “When it comes to photography, I live for the unexpected,” says Mola. “I love letting things unfold as they normally would and simply being observant and in the moment.” He enjoys photographing the Cannes Film Festival and city streets, and you can also find him behind his drum kit or training mixed martial arts.


Writer, Journalism ’89
Periods Made Easy (p. 36)
A journalist with more than 20 years of experience writing about business issues and trends, Mary Teresa Bitti runs MTB Writing & Editing Services Inc., where she helps corporate, institutional and not-for-profits share their stories. In this issue, she turned the spotlight on Alyssa Bertram and her company, Easy Period. “I always enjoy learning about what the university and fellow alumni are doing,” says Bitti.


Writer, Journalism ’08
A Meal to Remember (p. 32)
As food writer for the Toronto Star, Karon Liu’s office is a literal kitchen just outside the newsroom, where he tests every recipe before it gets published. “I like writing about food because everyone obviously has an interest in it, but nowadays so many people are so removed from it with delivery apps, pre-packaged everything, and an emphasis on cheap and quick,” he says.



I am delighted to introduce the new look of Ryerson University Magazine, a redesign to set the university apart. We teamed up with design gurus Vanessa Wyse and Nicola Hamilton of Studio Wyse to bring you a super stylish, contemporary feel that reflects Ryerson today. The magazine continues to feature our alumni writers and photographers. For example, the cover photography is by Daniel Ehrenworth, Image Arts ’03, who is contributing to the magazine for the first time. Enjoy! —Colleen Mellor, Journalism ’86



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Volume 21, Issue 2, Summer 2017

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