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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CUSA candidates’ past social media posts create campus controversy

Recently a series of posts came to light on social media during the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) elections exposing controversial statements allegedly made by executive candidates from various slates a number of years ago. The statements contained content of homophobic, misogynistic, and ableist nature, which sparked student backlash on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit. In a Facebook post, Caitlin Salvino, a fourth-year human rights and law student, said the behaviour shown by the candidates’ prior posts exemplifies the rape culture that exists at Carleton, and questioned the credibility of their stances to reform the current sexual violence policy. “The purpose of this post is more to have individuals who are engaged in this behaviour and […]

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CUSA candidates face off in heated executive debate

Executive candidates in the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) election faced off in a wide-ranging debate on Jan. 30 in the University Centre Atrium. Topics of the debate included reforming CUSA service centres, the association’s relationship with the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), and addressing rising tuition costs. Vice-president (student life) The first question asked the candidates for vice-president (student life), Abdullah Jaber (One Carleton) and Donna Al Sououb (Change), to name two events they each wanted to bring to campus. Jaber promised to bring an “A-List” artist to campus for a performance and to create a new CUSA spring break over the winter reading week in 2018. Al Sououb took issue with Jaber’s promise to bring an “A-List” performer […]

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