Students express faith through music

Residence students walking past Oasis in Residence Commons on a Friday night may encounter a crowd of people singing together. These events are led by House of Worship Ottawa (HOWO), a team of Christian musicians who hold musical gatherings every two weeks, either at Carleton at the University Centre at the University of Ottawa (U of O).   Joanna Abalos, the founder of HOWO, said the vision of the team was “to see lives changed through Jesus as we share our joy in God’s truth and love and worship.” Abalos added that the idea for HOWO originated from practicing Christian worship music around campus. “Almost every single time that we were worshipping,, someone would approach us and ask us what […]

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U of W professor publishes guide for teachers, refugee students

A professor at the University of Winnipeg (U of W) has co-authored and published a guide for teachers to help refugee and newcomer students excel in the Canadian school system. Bridging Two Worlds: Supporting Newcomer and Refugee Youth informs educators on the various struggles refugee and immigrant children might face whilst adjusting to their new environment. The guide includes practical ways to deal with challenges such as trauma. According to the Government of Canada’s website, 40,081 refugees have entered Canada since November 2015. Jan Stewart, a professor in the faculty of education at the U of W, said that she started developing the guide three years ago as a result of teachers and settlement workers requesting training on how to support […]

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Rupi Kaur reads from new poetry book

On the evening of Nov. 12, hundreds of eager fans lined up at the Canadian Museum of History for a chance to hear Rupi Kaur present her new book, The Sun and Her Flowers. Ottawa was the last stop on her tour. For the first time, she was doing a Q&A session, which was hosted by Komal Minhas, a film producer, media entrepreneur, and Carleton grad. “This event, for me, is about showcasing what we can do as young women of colour,” Minhas said. “That’s why I think it’s so impactful, because the experiences she describes, discusses, and talks about, and how she shares it—it hits you in the soul.”  Kaur started off by reading a selection of poems from the […]

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Sock ‘n’ Buskin takes on fairy tales

As summer draws to a close and fall begins, Carleton’s very own student-run theatre company—otherwise known as Sock ‘n’ Buskin—is busy prepping for their fall line-up of performances. Sock ‘n’ Buskin is starting off this year with a performance of The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, a play where a group of fairy-tale characters attempt to combine and adapt 209 of the original Brothers Grimm fairy tales into a whirlwind of dark comedy. Meg Sutton, the play’s director, said the show bridges the gap between the light and fun happily-ever-after aspect of Disney and the darkness of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales. “We’re going back to when Cinderella did have evil step-sisters, but they were beautiful, and did end up cutting […]

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