U-Pass to switch to new “smart cards”

Carleton students’ U-Passes will be changing over to smart cards, after the cards were tested in a pilot program by the University of Ottawa (U of O), Saint Paul University (SPU), and Algonquin College last summer. The change of U-Passes to smart cards, subject to begin this summer, overlaps with the new fare gate infrastructure being built along the O-Train Trillium and Confederation lines, which will be operational later this year. According to Pat Scrimgeour, director of transit customer systems and planning at OC Transpo, there will be almost no difference between the old and new U-Passes. “There is absolutely no difference, except the smart card will have embedded technology inside that will allow it to be tapped at a […]

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CUSA council discusses election feedback

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) council met on March 1 to discuss feedback on last month’s general election. Frano Cavar, the chief electoral officer (CEO) for this year’s CUSA elections, issued an official announcement on the election results before answering questions and listening to feedback from council members regarding the election. Yannick Brisebois, faculty of engineering and design councillor, likened the executive debate to a pep rally, and suggested future debates should be held in closed spaces with mandatory seating, such as the Kailash Mital Theatre, to stop them from becoming too rowdy. The process surrounding the electoral violations reporting process was also a major theme of the discussion period. “There is a fine line between transparency and impartiality,” […]

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Questions arise on so-called “CUSA dynasty”

One Carleton’s full-slate win in this year’s Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) election marks the victory of similar platforms and policies the student body has seen over the past four years, and has some students questioning whether this represents a so-called “dynasty” in the CUSA offices. Starting with Alexander Golovko’s 2012 victory under the A Better Carleton slate, subsequent slates Your Carleton and One Carleton included previous executive members, with similar promises. More funding for clubs and societies, increased financial transparency, and updates to the health and dental plan are some of the platform points that have been pushed since A Better Carleton won in the 2013 elections.  In March 2015, during Folarin Odunayo’s term as president of A Better […]

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Canadian universities respond to American travel ban

Following the U.S. executive order passed on Jan. 27 that banned immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days, several Canadian universities responded with generosity. Universities such as Brock University, Memorial University, and the University of Calgary issued statements offering financial help to potential students from the affected areas, waiving application fees for international students. Brock University also offered a $1,000 “transition award” to help students move to the university’s main campus. The University of Ottawa went a step further in their statement and offered to waive international tuition for some students. Law schools at McGill University and the University of Toronto have reopened their application windows for prospective students from the countries targeted by the ban. Carleton offered support […]

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Carleton hosts sexual assault awareness week

This year’s Carleton’s Sexual Assault Awareness Week was hosted from Feb. 6-10 by service centres across campus including Equity Services, the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), and the Womyn’s Centre. The week aims to promote consent culture through the lens of intersectionality with various events and workshops, said Sydney Jacklin, a GSA sexual assault outreach co-ordinator “[We are] talking about the intersections involved in sexual violence including race and gender and sexuality, but also looking outside that and talking about self-care and bystander awareness, and finding different avenues to talk about sexual violence that really haven’t come up,” Jacklin. According to Sydney Schneider, programming co-ordinator at the Womyn’s Centre, another area of focus for the week was prevention. “We really want to […]

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