Cell Phone Stress: How Social Media is Controlling Our Lives

Turn to your left. Turn to your right. Both of the people next to you were probably looking at their phones. Perhaps you’re even reading this on your phone right now. Digital technology has become such an integral part of our lives that people are actually becoming addicted to their cell phones. This is especially feared for the millennial generation, who are some of the most active mobile users. Who suffers from cell phone addiction the most? Anne Bowker, a professor of psychology at Carleton, said there are a myriad of causes for mental health problems related to cell phone overuse. “There is research that suggests a strong link between lack of sleep and heightened feelings of anxiety and stress,” […]

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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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