Letter: Carleton’s political spectrum is warped

I first heard about the political spectrum during grade 10 Civics class. We learned that the Conservative party was on the right, the Liberals on the left, and the NDP even further to the left. The teacher explained the various policies that members of the right and left believed in, with no right or wrong side to be on. Carleton students would do well to remember this in 2017. Being a conservative doesn’t make you wrong, or a terrible person. I’m a small “l” liberal. I’m well left of centre on social policies, but in certain economic situations I’m closer to centre. Yet if you put me on the political spectrum of Carleton, I’d likely be considered a conservative. A […]

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Opinion: We must hold Wynne accountable

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States, the outrage among Carleton students was palpable. When information emerged in the auditor general’s report that there was blatant corruption in the Ontario Liberal government, the reaction was far more muted, exposing a classic Canadian flaw. The result of the presidential election is not what I, or any intelligent individual wanted. Trump should not be the president-elect of the US. But he isn’t president yet. Like him or not, the chance remains that his impact on the world and by extension Canada will be positive. Many—myself included—believe those chances are slim, but the reaction to Trump’s election was that the world is over, and apocalypse is certain. […]

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Letter: Hard copies of assignments should be eradicated

It’s always devastating to hear the words, “No, you can’t have an extension” from your professor. This hurts even more when it’s followed by, “You need to hand in a hard copy.” We live in an era of education dominated by technology. Web platforms, such as CULearn, are fully integrated into the university experience. So requiring students to hand their work in on paper is ridiculous. Every student knows the pain of finishing up an assignment, then realizing you have to go all the way to school just to put it in the department drop box, when that convenient little “add submission” button on CULearn is just waiting to be clicked. I understand for some professors, marking a couple hundred […]

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Letter: Combine Thanksgiving and reading week for a longer summer

How is Carleton University different from all but two other Ontario universities? The answer is that Carleton, along with McMaster and Ryerson, are the only Ontario universities with classes that start before Labour Day, which really doesn’t make any sense. Classes at Carleton start for the fall semester on Sept. 2, 2015. According to an email from the university, this in an effort to “ensure the Senate guidelines are adhered to allowing at least 62 teaching days; incorporating fall break the last week in October and scheduling 13 days of final examinations ending by Dec. 22.” Why is it then, that Wilfred Laurier University, which also has a fall reading week, starts class on September 10? Why does Brock University, […]

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Opinion: Ravens have the talent to be a March Madness Cinderella story

Thanks to their 2015 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Final 8 Tournament victory earlier in March, the Carleton Ravens men’s basketball team has won five national championships in a row and 11 of the last 13. The NCAA March Madness national basketball championship tournament wrapped up on April 5 with the Duke Blue Devils narrowly beating the Wisconsin Badgers. Watching this tournament, I wondered whether Carleton could compete with the best American university teams. The answer based on Carleton’s performance in pre-season competition against NCAA Division I schools and an analysis of their statistics is “yes.” Early in the 2014-15 pre-season, Carleton went 3-1 in four games against schools from the NCAA’s top division, beating Memphis, Vermont, and the University of […]

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