GSA open letter warns BoG against censure

The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) has released an open letter urging select members of Carleton’s administration to carefully consider a threat to sanction the university. The Canadian Association of Undergraduate Teachers (CAUT), a governing body made up of 70,000 academic professionals from 122 different Canadian universities, is threatening to censure Carleton amid transparency concerns within the university’s governance. In January 2016, Carleton’s Board of Governors (BoG) amended its Code of Conduct to restrict members from sharing information discussed in board meetings with the Carleton community. According to Valerie Dufour, a CAUT spokesperson, the ruling violates the CAUT’S Openness and Transparency in Post-Secondary Education policy and led to the censure motion. Dufour equated potential censure to a boycott, where the CAUT […]

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Senate reports gender gap in faculty hiring

Data presented to Carleton’s Senate has revealed a gendered divide in the number of male and female faculty at the university. In a presentation on March 21, Peter Ricketts, the school’s provost and vice-president (academic), discussed the percentage of female faculty and contract instructors in each department during the 2016-17 academic year. Overall, Carleton had 190 male full professors—tenure track professors—compared to 59 female full professors during the 2016-17 academic year. During the same time period, there were 55 female contract instructors compared to 36 males. Root Gorelick, a senator for the Faculty of Science, said he was disappointed by the current statistics. “It’s horrible. I think there are twice as many female contract instructors as male, and it’s almost […]

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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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Year-end review: Following up on CUSA’s election promises

With the current Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) executive having completed their term, The Charlatan interviewed former CUSA President Fahd Alhattab to see which promises were kept, and which were broken. Promise: Increased coverage for mental health services. Kept: CUSA has expanded its health and dental plan, which now includes mental health counselling. According to Alhattab, the new plan has increased coverage to $35 per session, up to a maximum of $300. Alhattab said CUSA is working with the Health & Wellness Resource Centre co-ordinator on training for peer-to-peer mental health services, which he said is likely to be implemented this year. He said CUSA has also increased funding for Mental Health Awareness Week, to ensure that students know which […]

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Alastair Summerlee named Carleton’s interim president

Carleton’s Board of Governors (BoG) has announced the appointment of Alastair Summerlee as Carleton’s interim president and vice-chancellor. Summerlee will take over from current Carleton president and vice-chancellor Roseann Runte to become the university’s 14th president. Summerlee served two terms as president and vice-chancellor at the University of Guelph (U of G), Chris Carruthers, chair of the BoG, stated in a press release. “As president, he championed the importance of the student experience and teaching and learning, while also continuing to teach, supervise graduate students and conduct his own research,” Carruthers said. “His leadership experience, combined with his commitment to social justice and international development, will bring great value to the Carleton community.” According to the press release, Summerlee began his […]

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