REC Hall, Womyn’s Centre, and GSRC host Black History Month

Carleton’s Black History Month events are in full swing this February, with multiple events aimed at celebrating black culture and encouraging open discussions of race, gender, and equality. The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) Race, Ethnicity, and Culture (REC) Hall in collaboration with the Womyn’s Centre and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre (GSRC) are behind the events this year. REC Hall volunteer coordinator Kareen Onyeaju said the theme of this month’s events is “It’s lit,” which emphasizes the nature of the month as a celebration. “We’re live, it’s a celebration,” Onyeaju said. “Blackness is here to stay, and we have every right to celebrate it on campus and internationally.” She added the theme encompasses what Black History Month should […]

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Mount Allison gender studies program facing drastic cuts

The Women and Gender Studies (WGST) department at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B. may be scaled back as a result of significant funding cuts. The program, which has been at the university for 17 years, is facing cuts due to a recent budget revision made by the university, according to an email sent to students from WGST acting director Lisa Dawn. Dawn told CBC News on Feb. 8 that $12,000 has been committed to the program. Mount Allison vice-president Gloria Jollymore said the budget has not been finalized yet, and at least two of the four WGST core courses will be offered in the next academic year. “We have no intention of cutting or eliminating the Women’s and Gender […]

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Aboriginal education gap target of new principles

Universities Canada, a national organization representing 97 universities, has adopted 13 principles intended to close the education gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Canada. Announced June 29, it comes less than a month after the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report on the residential school system. “Canadian universities have been working on these principles for a number of years,” said Universities Canada communications officer Nadine Robitaille in an email. The principles include promoting dialogue and intercultural engagement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, recognizing the importance of providing more academic programs, services, support mechanisms and spaces dedicated to Indigenous students. Recognizing the importance of Indigenous-focused curriculum and greater exposure and knowledge for non-Indigenous students on the realities, histories, […]

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OPIRG avoids eviction, signs new lease with CUSA

The Carleton branch of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) evaded their impending eviction from 326UC, as the group signed a new lease with the Carleton University Student’s Association (CUSA) July 29. OPIRG and CUSA released a joint statement confirming the two groups have reached a new agreement: a seven-month lease, which will become a month-to-month lease when it expires. “OPIRG-Carleton and its membership expressed concerns that the new office would hinder its ability to continue the organization’s work on campus. Taking this into consideration CUSA began looking for a solutions that would be mutually beneficial to both organizations,” the statement reads. CUSA President Fahd Alhattab said he thinks the new agreement with OPIRG is something to celebrate. “Our […]

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GSA enters into discussions with Carleton over referendum

Carleton’s Board of Governors (BoG) approved the student fees for the 2015-16 school year during the last meeting of the academic year on April 28. All three student associations passed referendum questions this year. The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) increased their levy by $1 to be used toward their student bursary fund, the Rideau River Residence Association increased their levy by $5 per semester, and graduate students voted to cancel the $25 unicentre levy and increase the Graduate Students’ Association’s (GSA) operational budget by the same amount. The board approved all three referenda. However, Carleton’s administration is set to enter into discussions with the GSA over the unicentre levy referendum due to an agreement signed by the two parties […]

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