Slates vs independent candidates in CUSA elections: What’s the difference?

Walking through the tunnels on a cold winter’s day may seem like a blissful escape from the latest installment of Ottawa’s winter, but at the end of January, it’s near impossible to avoid the flurry of flyers and faces of fellow students as Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) election candidates vie for potential votes. While some students go out of their way to avoid eye contact or wear headphones in a silent plea to be left alone, few can escape being handed a flyer and getting asked to cast their ballots a certain way. But how do CUSA elections really work on campus? We attempt to break it down: The slate-independent rivalry in recent years Under names that suggest unity, […]

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Doping in sports: Why football players are common offenders

The life of a U SPORTS football player is a busy one, filled with practices, the desire to win for their school, the possibility of being drafted by a Canadian Football League (CFL) team—all on top of the responsibilities of being a university student. Throw in an injury and things get even more stressful—and stress can make one do drastic things, like taking a banned substance to improve athletic performance. Performance-Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) are a way to improve one’s athletic ability and recover from an injury, but can damage one’s reputation if caught. PEDs, or doping, have been a controversial subject in sports leagues for years, and U SPORTS is no exception. The subject was recently brought to light at […]

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Setting a goal and sticking to it: Starting off the semester with more than just a New Year’s resolution

The beginning of a new calendar year is always an event to celebrate. Whether you spent the evening watching festivities on TV, or you went out to a party with friends, New Year’s celebrations acknowledge the passing of time. As that time passes, many individuals create New Year’s resolutions in hopes of changing their habits and bettering themselves with the promise of a fresh start. For university students, the new year also means the beginning of a new semester, where students have the opportunity to refresh their study habits from the fall semester. But even with all the right intentions to follow through with these resolutions, 73 per cent of Canadians who make New Year’s resolutions will eventually break them, […]

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Filling up our landfills: The facts on food waste and composting at Carleton

It’s lunchtime on a Wednesday afternoon at Carleton University. The Fresh Food Company (FFC)—the university’s only buffet-style dining hall—is flurried with activity. There is barely an empty table in sight as hundreds of hungry students take time away from their books to enjoy a meal. A constant stream of people move through the waste area, where one by one plates are scraped into bins and the contents of half-empty glasses are poured down the sink. All this unfinished food contributes to the rising food waste epidemic across the globe. FOOD WASTE IN CANADA Canadians love to eat, but in recent years their food consumption habits have resulted in exponential levels of waste. In fact, food waste in this country is on the rise, according to a 2014 study conducted by Value Chain Management […]

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Femme fitness: Exploring the debate over women’s-only gym hours at Carleton and beyond

Whether it’s in the comments of the Spotted at Carleton Facebook page, or in the editorial section of the Ottawa Citizen, the idea of a women’s-only gym hour continues to be debated at Carleton University. The “Where’s Our Women’s Only Gym Hour?” campaign was launched by the Womyn’s Centre, the Carleton University Muslim Students’ Association, the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), and the Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) in partnership with the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) earlier this fall. The campaign is currently surveying students on campus to gauge their opinion about the hour. Reports of posters being torn off campus walls in late November show that some object strongly to the idea. But Carleton already has women’s-only pool hours, […]

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