Volume 94, Issue 39

Wednesday, November 8, 2000


Students grill Ward 2 candidates

City hopefuls address housing

Ontario put 60,00 students to work

Ryerson getting Star on campus

US elections affect Canada

Board of Control candidates square off on student issues

Planet Me

Ryerson getting Star on campus

By Wes Brown
Gazette Staff

Despite outcries from its student newspaper and students' council, administration at Ryerson Polytechnic University has decided to go ahead with a plan to allow free distribution of The Toronto Star on its campus.

John Corallo, director of ancillary services at Ryerson, said the university has been consulting with different student groups and has also conducted a survey as to whether The Star should be offered on their campus.

"Over 1,000 students were surveyed with more then half returning their responses. Overall, [students] responded very well to the idea," Corallo said, of the deal.

He added the only groups opposed to the offer are the student newspapers found on campus. He said their concerns dealing with unfair competition and decreasing readership levels are not true.

"The Toronto Star is after a completely different market than the one targeted by student newspapers," he said, adding administration will be finalizing talks with The Toronto Star to bring the paper to their campus as soon as possible.

Editor-in-chief of the Ryerson undergraduate paper The Eyeopener, Lori Fazari, said they have been fighting for 14 months to keep The Star off their campus and are not pleased with administration's decision.

"We're battling for readers time and we're lucky that we have them now," she said, adding The Star is currently being distributed at six Ontario post-secondary institutes in an effort to boost student readership.

"It's only human nature that [students] are going to pick-up The Star. We've seen what's been going on at other universities where this has happened."

Fazari said Ryerson's administration told her at a Nov. 2 meeting that they were ready to negotiate a deal with The Star despite 300 letters protesting the move. "The students' council has also passed a motion to support our fight," she said.

Bill Whitefield, circulation and project manager for The Star, said has been in discussion with Ryerson for some time now. He said the paper does not anticipate negative issues arising out of this. "In a deal like this, the value is going entirely to the students."

Whitefield said the focus of their campus readership project was not to put student papers out of business. "There will always be a need for the student press."

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