Home to 40,000 commuting downtown students, presently surrounded by serious construction and demolition, non-stop traffic, a scarce tree canopy, noise of every description – it’s a challenge alright living in the centre of a rapidly growing metropolis, and that’s where Ryerson students find themselves today.GABRIELLE OLANO reports on a recent study done by the Department of Chemistry and Biology “Living in the area where Ryerson is located in the Church-Yonge corridor . . . is equivalent to smoking between 624 and 1,033 cigarettes per year,” she says.<PHOTO ABOVE – campus reconstruction on Gould Street>Chemistry & Biology assistant professor Stephanie Melles: “a downtown campus has inherent higher air pollutants, and that’s the same for other universities downtown. Especially if you’re going to be living downtown. It’s something to think about”.In the same issue, another grabber of a headline (students are good at this): “Ryerson is killing us. Who knew?”

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