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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CUSA service centres to reduce summer hours

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is reducing hours at its service centres over the summer to save money, according to the association’s president, Fahd Alhattab. Alhattab said the cuts are intended to save about $25,000 paid in co-ordinators’ salaries—money that would then be funnelled back into service centres’ operations in the fall. “All the money is going back into the service centres so they have more to play with, more to do. They could have a bigger impact because of that,” Alhattab said. He said the centres’ co-ordinators would see their hours reduced by about half. According to him, centres with one co-ordinator—the Mawandoseg Centre and the Health and Wellness Resource Centre—would be open for 10 hours per week, […]

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Equity Services hosts Emma Sulkowicz

Carleton University’s Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) is hailing art as a form of healing and understanding. The school’s Equity Services brought Emma Sulkowicz, an award-winning artist and activist, to campus as the final part of Carleton’s International Womyn’s Week on March 10. Nearly 100 people braved the cold on Friday night to listen to Sulkowicz, a Columbia University visual arts graduate best known for her senior thesis, Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight). Sulkowicz began carrying her dorm mattress everywhere she went at Columbia in September 2014, intending to stop only if her alleged rapist was expelled or left the university. She carried the mattress for nine months until their joint graduation in May 2015. “When it comes to sexual […]

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Relay for Life beats fundraising goal by $3,000

Carleton is celebrating its most successful Relay for Life fundraiser yet after raising more than $128,000, surpassing the goal of $125,000. The all-nighter to fight cancer, held from March 3 to 4, marked Carleton’s eighth-annual Relay for Life. The fundraiser aims to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) Students continued a streak of raising more money than the previous year since the school’s first Relay event in 2010, said Andrew Croll, a youth program specialist at the CCS. Carleton has been a leader among university Relay fundraising, Croll said. This year is the fifth-straight year that the university has been the top post-secondary fundraiser in Canada. In 2014, Carleton became the first post-secondary school to ever raise more than […]

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New Brunswick adds tuition relief for middle-class

The New Brunswick provincial government is following in other provinces’ footsteps by increasing tuition relief for middle-class students for the 2017-18 school year. The new Tuition Relief for the Middle Class (TRMC) program, available to New Brunswick full-time students enrolled in a university or college on or after Aug. 1, will further subsidize the cost of higher education in middle-class families. The TRMC surpasses the coverage provided by the Tuition Access Bursary (TAB)—a similar tuition relief initiative for the 2016-17 school year—that offered financial assistance to college and university students whose families earned $60,000 or less per year. The New Brunswick government confirmed the TAB fell short of its target to help approximately 7,100 students—23 per cent of the student […]

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