Opinion: First-generation students can succeed

I was always a good student, but also struggled. Cloaked under good grades that assured my distant parents that all was well were feelings of alienation, helplessness and even shame. My first year was the hardest. In high school, I spoke up in class, but in a university lecture hall or discussion group, I was mum. I soon fell into common routines–residence, class, cafeteria. University’s supposed to be about broadening your horizons, right? It often felt like an overwhelming power was pressed on me. It was the institution and the privilege it symbolized. It was the school’s unfamiliarity. It was other students who did worse in school but seemed to belong here more than I did. It was felt in […]

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Opinion: Runte’s influence is undeniable – for better or worse

Carleton University president Roseann Runte has overseen the school during an interesting time in its history, a period in which the school has institutionally matured within an increasingly hyper-technological and market-driven society with shifting attitudes. She was the first female president of Carleton—a tenure lasting nine years of its 75-year history. On March 23, she told the school’s board of governors she’d be resigning effective July 31, pursuing a role as president and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation In her role as president, Runte was tasked with defining the university’s vision and overseeing its running, forging relations with the community, industry and the government, and presiding over major school events. The president’s influence can trickle down to the […]

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Mixed reactions by CFS for new federal budget

The federal government is bringing welcome change for Indigenous, part-time and adult students but lacks bold vision for post-secondary education, the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) said, in reaction to the 2017 budget. Among the budget changes the CFS supports is the investment of $90 million into the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) for Indigenous students, and expanding eligibility for the federal grants for part-time students and adult learners with dependent children. “It falls short of what exactly we wanted but we are seeing incremental changes that are proving politicians have to talk about what our priorities are,” said Bilan Arte, CFS’ national chairperson. Funding for the PSSSP was capped in the 1990s despite growth in the number of Indigenous […]

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Funding boost for youth jobs and Indigenous students detailed in budget

The federal Liberal government will boost funding for youth jobs, and add grants for part-time, adult and Indigenous students. But it fell short of meeting several promises from the 2015 federal election. Unlike last year, when the federal government raised the maximum Canada Student Grant for low-income students to $3,000, there was no additional spending pledges or actions regarding low- or middle-income students. The Liberals also left the threshold that any graduate will not have to repay the federal portion of their student loans until they are earning an annual income of at least $25,000 untouched. The budget for the 2017-18 year was announced by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on March 22. Part-time students eligible for more grants The federal government […]

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Opinion: CUSA dynasty triumphs again

It shouldn’t objectively shock anyone that the rebranded One Carleton slate swept the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) executive elections by large vote totals. Regardless of whether its supporters sport purple or forest green t-shirts, the A Better Carleton/Your Carleton/One Carleton dynasty has, time and again, successfully secured the necessary bloc of voters to eke out narrow victories in past years, and landslides in this year’s case. In this election, it was the same strategy: secure the support of their regular base of voters—which is often done through ensuring close relationships with certain campus groups, and to have a visible campaign so these voters remember you and cast their ballot. That’s done by handing out leaflets and talking to people […]

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