Islam Awareness Week aims to embrace diversity

This year’s Islam Awareness Week aims to create awareness of the Islamic religion and culture. The event, which is being held from March 20-24, is run by volunteers with a number of exhibits demonstrating various aspects of Islamic culture. Biftu Helo, one of the co-ordinators, said the week is focused on the important theme of diversity. “What we want people to take away is that Islam is a religion that accepts people from all different ethnicities and backgrounds–there is not one image of a Muslim. Muslims can come from anywhere and be anyone,” Helo said. She added the event’s message of diversity is combined with an effort to try and create awareness and understanding of Islam. “I find a lot […]

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Jurassic park not the solution, says Carleton professor

Save what we have and don’t try and bring back the dead. That’s the message in a new paper by Joseph Bennett, a professor of environmental science at Carleton, that will be published in the journal of Conservation Nature Ecology & Evolution. In the paper, Bennett argues the “de-extinction” approach to conservation, which involves producing either a clone or a hybrid of an extinct species, actually harms biodiversity as opposed to aiding it. “Say we do successfully bring back a species that was extinct, our biodiversity would go up by one,” Bennett said. “But the limited resources we have could be used much more effectively in other ways to save more species, our numbers suggest you could save three times, eight times, maybe a dozen more species than if you used the […]

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Student housing in Ottawa: problems and solutions

For university students, there comes a time every year when they stop and think: where am I going to live next year? Some will decide to remain on campus, and some will stay with parents. But for many at Carleton, this time of year means looking for housing in the Ottawa area. Finding affordable housing Many students try to look for the cheapest option possible. Laura Storey, the director of Housing and Residence Life at Carleton, said this may be getting harder. “I’ve noticed that prices increase by inflation or slightly more each year in Ottawa,” Storey said. This is a problem some students have faced, including Steven Marchand, a first-year journalism student. “I had some help from my parents. […]

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Profile: Ottawa startup GenM

With costs for post-secondary education continuing to rise and job markets becoming increasingly competitive, landing a job can be difficult for students.  GenM, a new Ottawa-based company, seeks to provide a solution by offering free online marketing training to students and millennials and help find them marketing placements with small businesses, according to their website. But some have been critical of the new company.  Carleton University journalism student Hilary Laffrenier, an intern for GenM, said the company was launched last year. GenM recently partnered with Shopify to offer additional training for students, according to Laffrenier. Moe Abbas, founder of GenM, said the company’s online platform helps spread the idea of free education throughout the world. “Our mission is to accelerate the […]

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Women’s basketball clinches trip to OUA Final Four

The Carleton Ravens women’s basketball team sealed their place in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Final Four with a 68-51 win over the Laurier Golden Hawks on Feb. 25. The Ravens will now hit the road to Kingston and take on the McMaster Marauders on Mar. 3 in hopes of clinching a spot in the OUA Gold Medal game the following night. Heading into the game, the Ravens had wrapped up a 18-1 regular season, and hadn’t lost since opening night against the Algoma Thunderbirds. However, Carleton found themselves knotted at 11-11 in the first quarter, and Ravens head coach Taffe Charles said he was frustrated by the performance. “I don’t think we played particularly well in the first quarter, […]

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