CUSA seeks to pop mental health stigma

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is trying to increase mental health awareness on campus with Pop the Stigma, its third-annual mental health awareness week held from Oct. 16-20. The week includes more activities than in previous years, according to Alexandra Noguera, CUSA vice-president (student issues). She said key topics include resilience, mental health resources, and well-being. Activities include ‘End the Stigma’ balloons on which students can write messages related to the stigma around mental health, spin-the-wheel-trivia, therapy animals, and yoga. Noguera said having numerous events helps more students. “There’s different things that get to different people so that’s why you have to have a variety during the campaign,” Noguera explained. “We want to reach to literally every single person, especially […]

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Team Brazil students win ISC World Cup

The first-ever Carleton University International Students’ Centre (ISC) World Cup took place on Oct. 6, with team Brazil coming out on top. The soccer tournament, hosted by the ISC, included eight teams: Brazil, Nigeria, Palestine, Nepal, Peru, Ghana, Canada and the USA. There were two four-team groups, semi-finals, as well as bronze and gold medal games. The teams from Canada and the USA were made up of a mix of students, while the other teams represented cultural clubs on campus. Brazil won the gold champions trophy and $300, with $200 going to second place Palestine, and $100 to third place Nepal. Lily Akagbosu, ISC administrative and program co-ordinator, said the event provided a good social experience for students. “It just […]

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Carleton duo wins international debate competition

Carleton students Matthew Gallagher and Connor Ahluwalia took home the North American Debate Championships (NAUDC) on Oct. 1.   According to a press release, the NAUDC, held in Geneva, N.Y., featured 124 teams with Carleton being the only Canadian school in the elimination rounds. Gallagher and Ahluwalia, who are both members of the Carleton University Debate Society (CUDS), bested Ivy League schools to win the competition, beating out the Harvard University, Yale University, and Stanford University teams. The release states that the debates were in “British Parliamentary” format, with four teams in each round—two defending and opposing a motion. There was a “broad range” of topics including universal basic income, religious teachings, housing developments and others, according to Ahluwalia, a […]

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Women’s basketball struggles against Cougars

The Carleton Ravens women’s basketball team dropped their first pre-season game to the visiting University of Regina Cougars 80-65 on Oct. 1. Ravens centre Heather Lindsay led the team with 19 points and eight rebounds while Nicole Gilmore and Elizabeth Leblanc also contributed 12 points and three rebounds each. Carleton raced off to an early advantage as Ravens guard Jenjen Abella drilled a three-pointer. Lindsay then rebounded a missed shot from Gilmore and Cynthia Dupont hit two free throws to extend the lead to 14-2. However, Regina bounced back with a offensive streak of their own, capped off as the Cougars’ Kyanna Giles stole the ball off Gilmore and found an open Lauryn Prokop to tie the game at 16. […]

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Prof and students study experimental farm

Paul Villeneuve, a Carleton health sciences professor, and four graduate students, have researched the benefits of urban green space, notably the Central Experimental Farm. The project, which received $12,000 in funding from Carleton, involved measuring environmental data at the farm for two weeks in the fall of 2016, and in the winter and summer of 2017 respectively. “The project was motivated by an interest in looking at what sort of benefits the experimental farm might have in terms of some of these environmental exposures like air pollution [and] temperature,” Villeneuve said. The results concluded that the farm helps reduce temperatures and results in better air quality and less noise close to the farm itself, according to Villeneuve. He said student […]

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