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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Two slates run for CASG executive

The Carleton Academic Student Government (CASG) is hosting elections for executive positions, and two slates are competing for the positions. Investing in Students First and United for CASG are the two slates running in the election. According to CASG’s website, the organization acts as an intermediary between undergraduate students, faculty and administration, dealing with issues around student academics on the university Senate. Only CASG council members—about 80 representatives for Carleton’s academic departments—are eligible to vote in the election, according to Chloe Miller, the president of CASG. The Charlatan sat down with each slate’s presidential candidate to learn about their platforms and plans for the association. INVESTING IN STUDENTS FIRST, EMILY GRANT, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Emily Grant, a second-year global and international […]

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U of O students reversed a decision to raise SFUO executive salaries

Students at the University of Ottawa (U of O) recently reversed the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa’s (SFUO) decision to raise each of its incoming executives’ salaries by $6,200 for the 2017-18 academic year. A March 14 SFUO General Assembly (GA) meeting saw more than 280 students attend, resulting in a successful vote to cancel the executives’ salary increases, The Fulcrum reported. The meeting marked the first time enough students attended the GA to meet the minimum requirement—0.75 per cent of the student body—to hold a meeting since the assembly’s creation in 2014. Jordan Kent, a first-year political science student at the U of O who attended the meeting, said the turnout was a “true testament” to the work the SFUO has to do to restore students’ trust. “It’s really a test of democracy and showing […]

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