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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Carleton surprised by Heritage Register listing

Carleton has been blindsided by the City of Ottawa’s announcement that Dunton Tower, Paterson Hall and the Architecture Building might be added to Ottawa’s Heritage Register at an upcoming council meeting. According to the City’s website, the register is part of the Ontario Heritage Act, which aims to identify buildings in Ontario which are of historical and cultural significance. The website says Ottawa holds approximately 3,500 designated heritage properties on the Act’s list. The tallest building on campus, Dunton Tower honours the memory of Carleton’s longest serving president, A. Davidson Dunton, who presided over the university from 1958 to 1972, Carleton’s website states. An Ottawa Citizen article says the tower was built around 1970 and is a “landmark building” for […]

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Carleton observes increase in American student enrolment

Many Canadian universities have experienced a surge in enrolment from American students, which some have attributed to Donald Trump’s presidential election. In a recent Metro News article, Carleton media relations officer Steven Reid said the university’s American enrolment rate was not expected to change due to the U.S. political climate. “Traditionally, international students comprise 13 per cent of the campus population with representation from over 150 countries. It is anticipated that this percentage of international students will remain stable,” Reid said. According to the Metro article, American students became more interested in studying at Canadian post-secondary institutions after Trump’s election, a phenomenon referred to as the “Trump-bump.” Carleton isn’t the only Canadian university experiencing an increase in American  student interest. […]

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Q+A: New president Alastair Summerlee commits to transparency

Alastair Summerlee has officially taken office as Carleton’s interim president and vice-chancellor for the 2017-18 academic year, replacing Roseann Runte. Summerlee holds a PhD in medical sciences from the University of Bristol in England. He joined the University of Guelph’s (U of G) faculty in 1988 as a professor of biomedical sciences and advanced to different positions, including dean of the Ontario Veterinary College, until he was appointed as the U of G’s seventh president and vice-chancellor in 2003. The Charlatan spoke with Summerlee, Carleton’s 14th president, about his first experiences on campus and his goals for the year. The Charlatan (TC): You served two terms as president of the U of G, from 2003 until 2014. What did you […]

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Fulbright Canada sets partnership record at Carleton

A new collaboration between Carleton and Fulbright Canada has set a new record for the most Fulbright research chairs established at a single Canadian university. According to Fulbright’s website, it is a not-for-profit organization that works to foster strong relationships between Canadian and American universities through international student exchange programs. Scheduled to start in 2018 and last for 25 years, the creation of four new visiting chair positions will include chairs in entrepreneurship, environmental science, public affairs, and arts and social sciences. The program is estimated to cost $16 million and will be budgeted equally between Carleton and Fulbright Canada, according to Ryan Davies, the director of advancement communications at Carleton. According to a Carleton press release, the commitment marks […]

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