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round, the event itself was a great success. Ryersonians and visitors filled the stands with one fan commenting, “I have been coming to these events for the past 10 years and this is by far the best one I have ever attended. Your volunteers were so welcoming, your organizing team was incredible…I came to the facility expecting to see a game in the gym and I was treated to a spectacular event in a world-class facility. I can only say wow!”

Ivan Joseph, director of athletics, agrees. “I thought it was a tremendous success. We continue to do what our mission is, which is engaging students, getting them out there to cheer on our Rams and continuing to raise the reputation and profile of Ryerson University as a place where excellence and innovation happen. Mission accomplished!”

2016-17 has been a record-making season for Rams athletics.

Men’s soccer went on a winning streak, recording only one loss in the regular season before having their national championship hopes dashed in the playoffs.

Following suit was the men’s hockey team and their fruitful, historic season. They finished the regular season first in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) West division with a record of 24-4-2, setting new team records for wins (22), points (46) and goals scored (136) in a season.

“Just when you think we can’t do any better, we continue to set new bars,” Joseph said.

A new milestone was set in March when the men’s basketball team claimed their first silver medal at the U Sports National Championships in Halifax, N.S. This came after beating the Carleton Ravens for the second year in a row to capture the OUA Wilson Cup in Ottawa, Ont. The back-toback champs have remained strong all season, entering the national competition ranked first, above historical powerhouse Carleton Ravens.

“I believe there’s a snowball effect in sports,” Joseph said. “If one team does well, others believe it’s achievable. When greatness is accomplished, people can envision and pursue it.”

This August, Ryerson will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Mattamy Athletic Centre and while festivities are still being organized, Joseph wants fans to know that, “we’re not done yet. The best is yet to come.”—Antoinette Mercurio


The power of virtual reality

First-year architectural science students in Professor Vincent Hui’s class are using virtual reality (VR) technology to become better architects. NOW Magazine caught a glimpse of what students were doing in class, using Homido VR glasses to visualize buildings and structures. “When you’re seeing things in VR, you’re more sensitive to how the building is put together and what views you’re trying to set up, things you don’t always pick up just from looking at floor plans,” Hui explains. “The accessibility helps students develop their ideas.” Tasked with having to build an information kiosk at Ryerson, one student in Hui’s class said, “VR lets me see mistakes because I’m actually inside the building,” she says. “You can’t see those details normally, but you can experience them fully in VR.”—Antoinette Mercurio


Artist’s rendering of the Centre for Urban Innovation (CUI), a research, incubation and commercialization hub focused on urban infrastructure to be built on Gerrard Street. The building, set to open in September 2018, will provide 40,000 square feet of research and fabrication space for faculty and students.


From refugee camp to university

In 2012, at the age of 18, Hani Al Moulia fled his home country of Syria for a Lebanese refugee camp, where he would spend the next


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