Opinion: Term limits will refresh student government

A new group of students will come in and fill Carleton’s student unions with fresh faces, fresh ideas, and new personalities. However, that’s not exactly what has happened. All three of Carleton’s student government bodies, the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA), the Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA), and the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), have at least one of this previous year’s executives coming back for round two. CUSA is led by Zameer Masjedee, last year’s vice-president (student life), RRRA’s president is Hyder Naqvi, just like last year, the GSA’s president, Eric Hitsman, is the former vice-president (operations), and there are other vice-presidents who decided to stay on for a second term. There’s a precedent for this, too. Past CUSA presidents […]

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Former Carleton professor Hassan Diab to remain jailed in France

Hassan Diab, a former Carleton contract professor, will remain in French jail to be investigated for terrorism after a judge’s order for his release was overturned for the sixth time. On April 24, one of the French judges investigating the case recommended Diab be released from prison on the grounds there is not enough evidence against him. Despite this, on May 2 it was announced that for the sixth time in two and a half years, the prosecutor had successfully argued against him being released. Diab, who was also a professor at the University of Ottawa, was arrested in Canada in 2008 in connection with a 1980 Paris synagogue bombing. He was extradited to France in 2014 but has not […]

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RRRA to hold new executive elections April 18 and 19

The Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) will be holding re-elections for executive positions later this month, on April 18 and 19. The decision came after Carleton ombudsperson Jim Kennelly was asked by council in March to review the result of the February election. The Fresh RRRA slate came in first place despite being disqualified the day before voting started after accumulating three electoral violations. The Next Step, led by incumbent president Hyder Naqvi, came in second but was named the winner because of the disqualification. At the last meeting council voted to accept the recommendations of Kennelly as a third party. “My solution is the students should decide on who represents them next year,” Kennelly said. He added that holding […]

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University reacts to news of Runte’s resignation

Carleton President Roseann Runte has been appointed president and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, after announcing last week that she will be leaving the university on July 31. Chris Carruthers, chair of the university’s Board of Governors (BoG), said he was surprised when it was announced on March 24 that she would be leaving, but is happy she is moving on to something else. “She’s found a great opportunity,” he said. “She’s made a huge contribution to Carleton from academics, research, expanded building, athletics program, so yes . . . we will miss her.” “I was surprised, yes, but happy because she has found something new to use her skill set in a new initiative,” he said. Runte, […]

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Fresh RRRA appeal decision delayed

The Carleton University ombudsperson will review the disqualification of the Fresh RRRA slate from last month’s Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) election, after the association’s council voted to have a third party review it. Fresh RRRA was disqualified from the Feb. 15 election by the association’s chief electoral officer, Jessica Beaudoin-Walker, after incurring three violations. Violations included a volunteer not wearing a badge while campaigning, a volunteer campaigning outside of a campaign zone, and a Fresh RRRA executive candidate allegedly bribing another slate to drop out of the election. A recording of the alleged bribery was played at the council meeting. Fresh RRRA vice-president (administration) candidate Connor Thibodeau can be heard offering The A Team presidential candidate Ghassan Jabasini a […]

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