Eritrean-Canadian youth awarded $3,000 in scholarships

Six Eritrean-Canadian high school students have earned $3,000 worth of scholarships after a Carleton student-founded organization held its first fundraiser gala to promote the merits of post-secondary education. The Eritrean Youth Initiative (EYI), a non-profit organization that works to empower and support Eritrean-Canadian high school students who want to pursue higher education, hosted accomplished university graduates and guests at the Centurion Conference and Event Centre on June 24. The scholarship recipients, selected by three people from Ottawa’s Eritrean community, are Nabayit Solomon, Eden Yohannes, Abel Mengistab, Rim Atsmegergish, Rim Zeghai and Melenna Awaju. The event, sponsored by the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) and Carleton’s Eritrean Students’ Association (CESA), saw over 300 people attend, including students and staff from different […]

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Library therapy dog soothes students

Carleton’s MacOdrum Library has introduced its own therapy dog to promote positive mental health and to help students manage their stress. Uncle Steven, a basset hound named after his first foster caretaker’s uncle, visits the library once a week on Thursdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and was around twice a week during exam season. Since mid-April, Uncle Steven has received visits from students and university staff alike and visitors can get a fridge magnet with the hound’s face at the session. The dog currently lives with his handler John Vendel and Vendel’s wife, Erica. Vendel said he adopted the 11-year-old hound from his first foster home since his initial owner could not take care of two babies and two […]

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The Next Step slate aims to focus on long-term plans for RRRA

After winning the 2017-18 Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) elections following the disqualification of Fresh RRRA slate, members of The Next Step slate said they feel confident and still deserving of the win. Hyder Naqvi, the incumbent RRRA president, said all students are at Carleton to learn from their mistakes.   “[A] part of learning is making mistakes and we must be respectful to the people that make them,” he said. The Next Step’s win will see Naqvi return for a second term as RRRA president, while Jacob Howell will serve as the vice-president (administration) and Brittany Galler as vice-president (programming). Fresh RRRA received the most votes in the election, 405 votes, but was disqualified the day before voting after […]

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