Cape Breton University offers free online courses

Last fall, Cape Breton University (CBU) introduced free online courses, and the response has been better than expected, according to the Cape Breton Post. The program’s director, Laura Baker, in an interview with the Cape Breton Post, said they were expecting few registrants, but soon had more than a thousand students enrolled. Students can register in the courses for three purposes: to receive a certificate of participation, a credit, or simply out of curiosity. The credit option is exclusive to Cape Breton students, where the courses can count as credits toward their degrees. For $75, students can receive a certificate of participation stating they have completed the course, while those looking to simply learn something new can take part for free at any time. The courses […]

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Ravens rugby player and coach represent Canada in Can-Am Series

Carleton was well-represented on the international stage this summer by two members of the Ravens rugby team as Team Canada played two friendlies against the United States. Ravens rugby player and third-year journalism student Ellen Spannagel lined up for the Canada under-20 (U20) women’s rugby team this August. She was one of 24 players picked as part of the national squad and played the wing position. Upon hearing the news that she had been picked for the team, Spannagel said she found it hard to take in at first. “I didn’t check my email till after 10 at night, when I got home from work, but it all happened so quickly,” Spannagel said. “As soon as I got the letter, I had […]

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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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