Esports team looking to grow at Carleton

Tespa Carleton, the Carleton University esports club, has grown since it started in August 2016 and now has an eye towards becoming an official Carleton Athletics club, according to Robert Oles, its founder and president. “We started as an esports organization that was looking to kind of connect gamers on campus,” Oles, a third-year public affairs and policy management student, said. Like other universities esports clubs, it partnered with Tespa, a North American collegiate esports organization. Esports are organized, multi-player video game competitions where players take part in a variety of first-person shooter, battle arenas, strategy, or fighting video games. When the Carleton club started, there were 40 members, which grew to 70 by December 2016 and then to 270 […]

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Carleton’s Giving Tuesday smashes goal

Carleton’s fifth-annual Giving Tuesday campaign significantly surpassed its goal on Nov. 28. The objective heading into the day was to raise $250,000 for Carleton projects, but donors raised just over $386,000 this year. Giving Tuesday is an annual global event for people to donate to charities, clubs, and projects. It normally takes place the week after Black Friday, following American Thanksgiving. For Carleton, it involved over 1,000 projects and causes this year, which included a wide range of topics, from science and engineering projects to sports teams. According to Ryan Davies, Carleton’s director of advancement communications, Carleton got involved in the first Giving Tuesday in Canada in 2013. He said the university raised $33,000 then, $76,000 in 2014, $122,000 in 2015 […]

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Men’s basketball wins two over weekend

The Carleton Ravens men’s basketball team continued their undefeated regular season run with victories over the Windsor Lancers and Western Mustangs on Nov. 17 and 18. The team started off their weekend against the Lancers, handing them a 97-83 loss, but according to the players, the Ravens struggled defensively throughout. Windsor started off shooting hot, with Lucas Orlita hitting two catch-and-shoot threes to give the visitors an early 6-0 lead. The Ravens bounced back as Eddie Ekiyor scored off a drive to the rim and Marcus Anderson knocked down a three-pointer to give the Ravens their first lead of the game at 10-9 halfway through the first quarter. Ekiyor led the Ravens with a double-double, 25 points and 13 rebounds, […]

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Back-to-work legislation ends college faculty strike

The Ontario government passed back-to-work legislation on Nov. 19, ending the five-week college strike. Faculty returned to work on Nov. 20, and classes started again the following day. The legislation was passed after the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), with a 95 per cent turnout, rejected the College Employer Council’s new contract offer by 86 per cent. Ontario’s Premier Kathleen Wynne introduced the back-to-work legislation on Nov. 16 but it was voted down by the New Democratic Party. The legislature tabled the bill again on the weekend and the vote passed on Nov. 19. “It was incredibly heavy handed on the part of the government and incredibly late for an intervention on their part,” said JP Hornick, chair of […]

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Lakehead University tackles food insecurity among students

Lakehead University is partnering with Ryerson University and Meal Exchange on a three-year pilot project focusing on solutions to food insecurity. Lakehead was chosen to be part of the project after a 2016 survey by Meal Exchange found it had the most food insecurity among universities surveyed. Meal Exchange is a national non-profit organization that works with universities, food banks, and campus kitchens to address student hunger and food insecurity. The project has not started yet but it will look at the causes of food insecurity and solutions at Lakehead, according to Charles Levkoe, the Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the school. He has worked with food systems, food sovereignty, and food security work for over 15 years. […]

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