Student activism in the Trump era

Donald Trump took his seat as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20. Less than two months later, global citizens have been banding together and protesting in response to his leadership. The Women’s March in Washington, D.C. and around the world, and the demonstrations across the globe against Trump’s travel ban, are just a few examples of solidarity. And students are no stranger to this type of activism. Students have a long history of social activism, and the number of student activists is on the rise. According to the American Freshman National Survey from 2014 to 2015, there was a 2.9 per cent increase in those who said there was a “very good chance” of them participating […]

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CUAG showcases Iranian gender and sexuality

The Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) opened its doors to its latest themed exhibitions, called Open Space Labs. According to CUAG’s website, the Open Space Labs involve pushing the conventional barriers of art exhibitions by producing and reproducing art in different forms, allowing for a flow of creative artistry. The first exhibition, Grounding I: States of Gender by artist Gita Hashemi, is a durational performance that began on Jan. 31 and will run until Feb. 11. Hashemi’s exhibition portrays the life story of an Iranian woman, Zahra, and her struggles experiencing womanhood and imprisonment in a gendered and sexualized body. CUAG held artist talks with Hashemi and Anna Khimasia, the curator of the exhibition, on Feb. 7. They discussed Hashemi’s […]

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Film fest dedicates a day to refugees

The weekend of Sept. 29 to Oct. 2 marked the 27th annual One World Film Festival (OWFF). The program included Canadian and international documentary films and an opportunity to engage with the material through panel discussions and question and answer sessions with filmmakers. Since its 1989 launch, the annual film festival, presented by One World Arts, has become Ottawa’s longest-running documentary film festival on social justice and social change. Library and Archives Canada hosted an almost full house of participants for the OWFF event Stories from The Syrian Refugee Crisis, on Sept. 29. The night featured Another Kind of Girl: 7 Short Films by Syrian Refugees and the Canadian premiere of After Spring, directed by Ellen Martinez and Steph Ching, […]

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CUDC host annual showcase

The Carleton University Dance Crew (CUDC) hosted their second annual showcase on March 12 at Southam Hall. The amateur dance crew said they strive to plan and perfect their routines for the annual event throughout the school year leading up to it. “When the new executive team meets up for the first time, we talk [about the] showcase. Everything that we do is about this one show that we have going on,” Shianne Bailey, CUDC president, said. The show consisted of three hours of dance numbers, spanning a variety of styles and musical genres. The show’s theme—time—tied together all the performances. Their representations of the different eras of dance started out with the 1950s and visited different innovations and fads […]

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SHElarious shines spotlight on local female comedians: Commentary

The Experimental Farm Theatre hosted their second annual fundraiser on March 6. SHElarious is a comic event, all proceeds of which go to Cornerstone Housing for Women. Coinciding with International Women’s Day, it was a night celebrating women in comedy at Pressed. The show involved a variety of comic forms, including stand-up and sketch comedy and improvisation. The artists largely touched upon themes and issues within society from female perspectives. These involved issues revolving around feminism, marriage, and fear of commitment, among others. The few highlights included new stand-up talent from Nyota Nakihimba and Dianne Skoll, and a solo sketch by Deborah Ring entitled ‘The F-Word.” The musical performances were courtesy of Tina Wallace, who played the guitar and sang two originals […]

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