Mawandoseg Centre to relocate to Scholarship Coordinator office

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) and the Mawandoseg Centre staff have decided to relocate the centre to the current Scholarship Co-ordinator office, located on the third floor of the University Centre. For Summer-Harmony Twenish, the Mawandoseg Centre co-ordinator, the relocation started off “a little rocky.” CUSA faced backlash after removing the centre’s office space and proposing that Twenish move to the administration-run Ojigkwanong Centre in Paterson Hall. While she is reasonably satisfied with the end result, Twenish said she wishes more people were aware of the needs of Indigenous students. “I think as Indigenous students on campus, we often have to not only play the role of a student, but also the role of an educator,” she said. “That […]

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Carleton hosts conference on Rwanda

A conference delving into how the media covers human rights abuses took place in Richcraft Hall on Dec. 1. The event was put on by Carleton University’s school of Journalism and Communications in partnership with the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights. The weekend hosted over 30 international experts and analysts on the Rwandan genocide that occurred in 1994. The event consisted of Carleton journalism faculty members Allan Thompson and Susan Harada, as well as other prominent journalists who reported in Rwanda during the genocide, and many others who analyze the causes and aftermath. The genocide in Rwanda saw over 800,000 citizens—primarily from the Tutsi ethnic group—killed by the Hutu majority in […]

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Carleton to move forward on Dominion-Chalmers acquisition

Carleton’s Board of Governors (BoG) approved a motion on Dec. 5, to begin negotiations for the purchase of the Dominion-Chalmers United Church. The site, which takes up 37,000 square feet at the corner of Cooper Street and O’Connor Street, would be used as a performance and rehearsal space for music students, and to expand program options within the faculty of arts and social sciences. There has also been interest from architecture and drama students, as well as the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG), Alastair Summerlee, Carleton’s interim president said. The space will also be used to address growing concerns for the lack of program facilities for students in these programs. The project would not only provide new spaces for students, […]

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Q+A: Summerlee reflects on first semester

In August, Alastair Summerlee stepped into the role of Carleton’s interim president and vice-chancellor for the 2017-18 academic year. From the get-go, Summerlee pledged to prioritize openness and transparency, and to bridge the gap between the university administration and the Carleton community. In an interview with The Charlatan, Summerlee spoke about his progress in meeting these objectives, what’s in store for the remainder of his term, and why he refuses to wear shoes in the office. The Charlatan (TC): How have your first few months gone? Alastair Summerlee (AS): It’s amazing. I don’t know what it is. It’s something about the place, it’s about the people, it’s being back doing this, being busy . . . I landed in Toronto and I […]

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Navigating university life while deaf

Everyone knows how it feels to start at the bottom of a new institution, especially in university. You’re often far away from home, feeling homesick in a new surrounding. That is until you finally meet someone who you share things in common with. Josh Gomes, a first-year sustainable and renewable energy engineering student, said he learned he wasn’t alone when he first met two other deaf students at Carleton in September. Before coming to Carleton, Gomes lived in Cambridge, Ont., where he said he pushed himself to break the stigmas attached to deafness. “I always try to prove people that [deaf and dumb] is not true,” he said. Gomes has worn hearing aids in both ears since he was diagnosed […]

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