Health and Fitness blog: Hot child in the tunnels

In today’s blog – the latest in my series of melodramatic, bellyaching articles on low-level campus problems – I’m turning up the heat on a new, but nonetheless bone-chilling issue. I like Carleton, I really do (you can thank Margaret Wente for that line). But there’s one thing I can’t stand about this place. Carleton either has no chill, or it has way too much of it. You know what I’m talking about. You get to class, take off your jacket, and open your laptop. But by the time your prof gets their PowerPoint going, you feel cryogenically frozen. You couldn’t be colder if your tongue was stuck to a goalpost at MNP Park. Even in rooms that don’t have […]

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Food and Drink Blog: There’s no microwave in Richcraft Hall

This letter was penned mere moments before this CUSA instagram post appeared. The author stands by their words until a microwave indeed appears in River Building [Richcraft Hall], at which time, a follow-up letter will be released. Like 95 per cent of students who voted for their CUSA journalism rep last spring, I was a one-issue voter. All that mattered to me in the election was getting a microwave in River Building. Both candidates, in direct appeals to my classmates and I, committed to putting a food computer in the journalism building. Without even blinking. I am stunned appalled at their deceit. Just looking at a microwave – sometimes even a toaster oven – now sends me into a complete […]

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How to have a Hull of a good time

You’ve made it. Peace, mom. Hello freedom, amirite? Not quite, 18 year olds. Alcohol is not yet yours. For that, Hull beckons. And TABARNAK! Soon your time will come to cross the bridge to the dark side. To Hull, Quebec’s fountain of youths. Oasis of Ottawa first years, hunting ground of Gatineau’s horny middle-aged. Each Hull experience will be . . . something special. It could be making out with a 30-odd-year-old who might as well be Hodor from Games of Thrones until 3 a.m., not finding a cab home, walking barefoot across the bridge and peeing yourself halfway back to campus. It could be spending the night at Le (insert bar name ici) constantly unsticking your feet from the […]

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Letter: Consider government transparency at the polls

Information control defines Stephen Harper’s government and its notoriously micro-managing, fingers-in-everyone’s-pies Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Theirs is a spin-to-win game that has proven incredibly effective at keeping Harper in office. The problem is, it’s proven disastrous to governing transparently. Therefore, this fall’s election should be about Canadians’ right to public information: how and when we get it, how and when we don’t, and who’s to blame when we’re being kept in the dark. Again and again, Harper’s staff has finessed press conferences through pre-determined question counts and question-askers. Hundreds of government scientists have been prevented from sharing their work with the public and asked to alter their findings for non-scientific reasons. Details of the over two dozen secret orders-in-council adopted […]

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Glass studio open house blows visitors away

Melody Jewitt wipes her brow. It’s only 1 C outside, but inside her Gladstone Avenue workshop, things are hot. Jewitt, who operates Flo Glassblowing, Ottawa’s only glassblowing studio, pulls a fiery ball of liquid glass out of a furnace heated to 2000 F. Meanwhile, Jacob Guillemette, her 13-year-old assistant on this project, is sitting patiently nearby as one of about a dozen people crowded around the workshop for Flo’s fourth-anniversary open house, held April 5. On Jewitt’s go, Guillemette blows into the hollow rod holding the red-hot liquid blob. The ball grows and grows. Soon, after a delicate process of shaping, re-heating, and shaping again, they’ve turned what used to be a wonky orange globe into a plate. “That was […]

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