Crowdfunding campaign helps formerly homeless student attend Carleton

Ben Williamson, a formerly homeless 18-year-old, has fulfilled his dream of studying at Carleton after a professor started a crowdfunding campaign on his behalf. Williamson said he battled homelessness for months after leaving his home in February due to issues at home. The teen has cerebral palsy and said Carleton was an accessible choice. “Well, I had to choose Carleton. They had a unique support program that wasn’t available at any other university,” Williamson said. “This is my dream school.” Although Williamson was accepted into the Enriched Support Program (ESP)—an initiative that offers high school, college, or mature students with grades too low to meet Carleton’s admission averages a chance to prove themselves—and awarded $3,000 in scholarships, he was still […]

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Disqualified slate abandons legal action

The original winning slate in the 2017 Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) election that was disqualified due to electoral violations has decided to stop pursuing legal action against the association. Fresh RRRA’s three candidates—presidential candidate Nayla Al-Ajami, vice-president (programming) candidate Anthony Hajji and vice-president (administration) candidate Connor Thibodeau—expressed their intent to take legal action after the decision to hold another election was nullified by Patrick Watson, RRRA’s executive director. In an Aug. 15 Facebook post, Al-Ajami announced the decision to not pursue legal action, thanking the slate’s supporters and volunteers while vowing to “never forget the 50 votes we won by.” According to Al-Ajami, her slate decided to stop legal action because a lawsuit would be too expensive. “The cost […]

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BOG approves $470 million budget at latest meeting

A $470 million budget for the 2017-18 year was approved at Carleton’s Board of Governors (BoG) meeting on April 24. The university’s new budget will see a three to eight per cent increase in tuition fees for domestic and international students. According to the meeting agenda, this revenue will fund about 58 per cent of the budget, at $274 million. The new Health Sciences Building—set to be completed in August—is among the most expensive projects in the budget, costing $52 million. With a budget of $29.5 million, the BoG estimates the university’s new Advanced Research and Innovation in Smart Environments (ARISE) building will come in second. Also set out in the budget is $20.5 million towards retrofitting the new building […]

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