Letter: Reduced course loads should mean lower tuition

Everyone knows tuition fees are expensive and everyone complains, but this isn’t your typical ‘tuition fees are too high’ argument. Students who opt to take four credits each year actually end up paying even more to complete their degree. If you break it down, a typical undergraduate degree has students fulfill 20 credits, and to graduate in four years—a pressure most students are faced with—they must take at least five credits each year of study. But what if you can’t handle the stress of a full course load? Or you have a demanding part-time job? Or you have some sort of disability that prevents you from successfully completing a five-credit course load? Well, surprise! You’ll be paying more in tuition […]

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Students rank Ottawa as best city to study in the world

Students at Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, and Algonquin College are in luck—they are studying in the best student city in the world, according to students. QS World University Rankings released its annual list of “Best Student Cities,” which placed Montreal at the top of the list as the best city to study in the world, based on categories including desirability and livability, affordability, and proportion of students. But a new “student view” category allowed students to rank the top 10 cities to study in the world, with Ottawa coming in first place. More than 18,000 students and graduates ranked their cities based on a variety of categories, including nightlife, tolerance and inclusion, and employment opportunities. In the QS […]

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Health and fitness: Get back to the track

After a month and a half of regular exercise—swimming, going to the gym, and the occasional run—I was hit in the leg with not one, not two, but three on-and-off injuries. All that training came to a crashing halt, along with my plans to compete in my first triathlon this June. I’ll spare you the (painful) details for now, but basically I have knee pain—colloquially referred to as “runner’s knee” —shin splints, and occasional pain through my heel and achilles tendon. The knee pain is something I’ve been dealing with on-and-off since April, so it’s not really a surprise it reappeared. The other injuries, however, are brand new and typically caused by overuse. I was finally feeling back on track […]

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Ravens skiers earn medals at OUA Championships

Despite the rainy race conditions, the Carleton Ravens varsity Nordic Skiing team managed to come out as the top team after three days of competition at the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Championships in Midland, Ont. on Feb. 24-26. The Ravens both earned both the men’s and women’s OUA Championship banners—the second time Carleton has in the history of the nordic skiing program, and the first time in 13 years. “It’s been a team goal for a number of years to have . . . both our men’s team and our women’s team come out with an OUA Championship,” said Zoë Williams, a skier on the team. “Last year, the girls got the banner, the year before, the guys got the […]

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Ravens swimmers compete at OUA Championships

The Carleton Ravens varsity swim team competed at the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Championships on Feb. 9-11 in Toronto, Ont., with the largest team in over a decade. Although none of the 23 swimmers met the qualifying time standards necessary to compete at the U SPORTS Championships on Feb. 24-26 in Sherbrooke, Que., Ravens coach Brian Hill said the team performed well overall. “Close to 90 per cent of our performances were lifetime bests,” Hill said via email. “I’m really proud of the work they did and such great results.” Several swimmers dropped significant times to improve their personal bests, both in individual events and in the team relays. Moustafa Kamel had the best performance of the male swimmers on […]

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