Million-dollar LED light installation project nears completion

A project to replace all exterior and tunnel lighting on campus with new, energy-efficient LED lights is nearly complete. According to Trevor Stewart, the director of Capital Renewal and Construction at Carleton, the project was launched in September 2017, following a proposal in the spring to start several green projects on campus. “We put a proposal to obtain funds to support energy enhancements on campus. This is part of that, and we’ve received full funding to invest in energy saving,” he said. He explained that KE Electrical Services was contracted by the university to install a total of 1,200 LED light fixtures within the specified designations—a task which Stewart said is now about 80 per cent complete. The project, financed […]

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GSA Midterm Review

Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) Promise: Enhance student involvement by promoting safe spaces and creating opportunities for representation amongst marginalized students. Yes: According to GSA president Eric Hitsman, engagement among graduate students has been boosted, thanks to the creation of an outreach co-ordinator position. “The outreach co-ordinator’s job is to go around and try and mobilize students so they’re in charge of social media type things and planning events and getting the different committees that we have started together,” Hitsman said. He also added that the GSA has created both a committee for racialized students, which has been extremely active in meeting and planning events, as well as an international student committee. He stated by advocating for these committees, the GSA’s […]

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Q+A: Summerlee reflects on first semester

In August, Alastair Summerlee stepped into the role of Carleton’s interim president and vice-chancellor for the 2017-18 academic year. From the get-go, Summerlee pledged to prioritize openness and transparency, and to bridge the gap between the university administration and the Carleton community. In an interview with The Charlatan, Summerlee spoke about his progress in meeting these objectives, what’s in store for the remainder of his term, and why he refuses to wear shoes in the office. The Charlatan (TC): How have your first few months gone? Alastair Summerlee (AS): It’s amazing. I don’t know what it is. It’s something about the place, it’s about the people, it’s being back doing this, being busy . . . I landed in Toronto and I […]

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Farrah Khan talks pleasure, consent, and sexual violence awareness

Carleton students gathered in Fenn Lounge on Sept. 20 to listen to and engage in discussion with Farrah Khan, a sexual violence awareness and prevention advocate. Khan’s keynote discussion was part of the Carleton University Students’ Association’s (CUSA) BeFOREPLAYask, its sexual assault awareness week, which ran from Sept.12-16. In addition to working as a sexual violence support and education co-ordinator at Ryerson University, Khan is an award-winning public speaker. Her lectures are aimed at educating listeners on issues surrounding sexual violence. Entitled Pleasure Principles at Carleton, Khan’s talk addressed topics such as practicing consent, establishing boundaries, providing support to those who experience sexual trauma, and strategies to prevent sexual violence. Khan engaged audience members by asking them to speak out […]

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Petition calls to revoke Aung San Suu Kyi’s citizenship

A former Carleton student has started a petition to revoke the honourary Canadian citizenship awarded to Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar, after accusations that she failed to speak out about military violence against minority groups in her home country. Fareed Khan, who was a public policy graduate student at Carleton, has launched an online petition addressed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, asking him to rescind Suu Kyi’s honourary Canadian citizenship. Since its release on Sept. 4, the petition has received more than 13,000 signatures of its 15,000 goal. Though Suu Kyi was previously regarded as a symbol of peace and democracy, her failure to condemn the ongoing violence committed against the Rohingya Muslim minority of […]

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