Carleton community celebrates 75th birthday

Carleton students, faculty and alumni celebrated Carleton’s 75th anniversary at the Fairmont Château Laurier on June 18, the same place and date where the university was founded in 1942. Mayor Jim Watson—who is a Carleton alumnus himself—presented the university with the City of Ottawa’s highest civic honour, the Key to the City. Watson discussed the university’s origins as Carleton College, an institution aimed at educating veterans returning from the Second World War. “[Carleton University] was founded for very noble reasons, and we need to remind ourselves of its history every once in a while so that the next generation understands how special this place is,” he said. Alicia Hutton, a recent Carleton graduate, thanked Roseann Runte, the university’s president, for […]

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GSA open letter warns BoG against censure

The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) has released an open letter urging select members of Carleton’s administration to carefully consider a threat to sanction the university. The Canadian Association of Undergraduate Teachers (CAUT), a governing body made up of 70,000 academic professionals from 122 different Canadian universities, is threatening to censure Carleton amid transparency concerns within the university’s governance. In January 2016, Carleton’s Board of Governors (BoG) amended its Code of Conduct to restrict members from sharing information discussed in board meetings with the Carleton community. According to Valerie Dufour, a CAUT spokesperson, the ruling violates the CAUT’S Openness and Transparency in Post-Secondary Education policy and led to the censure motion. Dufour equated potential censure to a boycott, where the CAUT […]

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Questions answered: What to know about the new Health Science Building

Unless you’re a long-distance student, or have an extremely poor attendance record, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the hulking mass of construction which has loomed over the Steacie Building for the past year and a half. If either of the aforementioned categories do apply to you: meet the Health Science Building. The Charlatan reviewed university documents about the building and talked to Darryl Boyce, Carleton vice-president (facilities management and planning), to answer some questions about the new building. Here are seven things to know about what’s happened so far, what has yet to be done, and what Carleton has planned for the new building going forward. What’s it for, and what will go into it when it’s done? The building is intended […]

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Research Blog: Carleton prof examines link between BPA exposure and obesity

A recently published study by a Carleton professor aims to shed light on the impact of Bisphenol-A on human health. Bisphenol-A, more commonly known as BPA, is a chemical compound that is found in a number of substances, including receipt paper and can linings. It is what gives plastic materials their strength and durability. Given its common presence, exposure to BPA is unavoidable, yet there is debate regarding the effects of BPA on our health. In a recently-published study, steps toward answering this question were taken by Carleton neuroscience professor Alfonso Abizaid, along with former Carleton Ph.D. student Harry Mackay.  In their experiment, which was run between 2009 and 2015, Abizaid and Mackay mixed BPA into the food of pregnant mice. […]

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Candidates go head-to-head in RRRA executive debate

Executive candidates for the Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) debated on Feb.13, with the five slates facing off to discuss a variety of issues, including the need for increased financial transparency, and improving accessibility on campus. Teams in the running for RRRA elections this year are AAA for RRRA, Fresh RRRA, Think Forward, Next Step, and The A Team. Fresh RRRA has been disqualified, according to the RRRA elections office, as of Feb. 14. Vice-president (programming) debate Vice-president (programming) candidates were the first to debate. They voiced common concern for the need to promote cohesiveness and inclusivity within the student body. Vinisha Lalchand, candidate for Think Forward, said residence is a very diverse place for students. “It is very multicultural,” […]

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