Peer support line sees more interest, recruitment

A Carleton student-run sexual violence peer support hotline is recruiting volunteers from more faculties than ever before after demand for its services increased exponentially last year. Volunteers at the Carleton Sexual Assault Peer Support Line offer anonymous callers a listening ear and direct them to local resources to deal with their trauma if they need further support, Emily Minor, the executive officer of the line, said. According to her, the hotline is a Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) club that was created in 2010 after Carleton’s response to the 2007 “Jane Doe” sexual assault case was criticized and resulted in a negligence lawsuit from the complainant. Minor said she sent out a mass email to all Carleton faculties a few […]

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Anti-immigration posters removed from campus

Carleton has removed posters from the Canadian chapter of an international anti-immigration group after they were spotted on campus on Sept. 11. The posters were part of a recruiting effort by Generation Identity. The group defines itself as an “Ethno-Nationalist and Identitarian youth movement” that aims to “re-instill traditional western values” in Canada by advocating against immigration from non-European countries, according to its website. Carleton students shared photos of the posters on Twitter and alerted the university. “Thanks for letting us know. We’ve spotted the posters and are removing them. Carleton has zero tolerance for posters like these,” the Carleton Newsroom account tweeted. The university released a joint statement with the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) and Carleton Undergraduate Students’ Association […]

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CUSA explores ranked voting systems ahead of 2018 election

Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) executives and council members examined different methods of online ranked voting in preparation for the 2018 CUSA election at a council meeting on July 19. Tyler Hall, the programmer in charge of CUSA’s online ballot system, said he generated two different types of online ranked ballot for testing—what he called the matrix and manual entry systems. The matrix lays candidates out in a table with the potential rankings on the opposite axis for voters to select. The manual entry system lists candidates’ names with a space to enter a number ranking next to each name. CUSA council had previously passed a motion to implement a ranked voting system following a council meeting in 2016. But, […]

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Alastair Summerlee named Carleton’s interim president

Carleton’s Board of Governors (BoG) has announced the appointment of Alastair Summerlee as Carleton’s interim president and vice-chancellor. Summerlee will take over from current Carleton president and vice-chancellor Roseann Runte to become the university’s 14th president. Summerlee served two terms as president and vice-chancellor at the University of Guelph (U of G), Chris Carruthers, chair of the BoG, stated in a press release. “As president, he championed the importance of the student experience and teaching and learning, while also continuing to teach, supervise graduate students and conduct his own research,” Carruthers said. “His leadership experience, combined with his commitment to social justice and international development, will bring great value to the Carleton community.” According to the press release, Summerlee began his […]

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University of Calgary to send phishing emails to staff and faculty

Faculty and staff at the University of Calgary (U of C) are about to put their online vigilance to the test. The university is planning to send out a series of fake phishing emails to educate employees about the convincing appearance and dangers of online scams. Linda Dalgetty, the university’s vice-president of finance and services, said the school has been openly discussing phishing since 2010 and wanted to add a practical component. “Phishing is becoming so prevalent and so regular at the university that we just felt this was a logical next step,” Dalgetty said. Last year, the U of C was victimized by a ransomware attack that resulted in the university paying $20,000 to a hacker to regain access to computer files. According to Dalgetty, the new phishing education program aims to protect the university and its employees’ […]

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