Carleton community celebrates 75th birthday

Carleton students, faculty and alumni celebrated Carleton’s 75th anniversary at the Fairmont Château Laurier on June 18, the same place and date where the university was founded in 1942. Mayor Jim Watson—who is a Carleton alumnus himself—presented the university with the City of Ottawa’s highest civic honour, the Key to the City. Watson discussed the university’s origins as Carleton College, an institution aimed at educating veterans returning from the Second World War. “[Carleton University] was founded for very noble reasons, and we need to remind ourselves of its history every once in a while so that the next generation understands how special this place is,” he said. Alicia Hutton, a recent Carleton graduate, thanked Roseann Runte, the university’s president, for […]

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RRRA’s Abstentions closed for the summer

The Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) has opted to close its convenience store in Residence Commons for the summer. “Tomorrow is the LAST DAY! That abstenstions [sic] will be open until September! Come get what is left before it is all gone!” read an April 21 post on RRRA’s Facebook page. According to Hyder Naqvi, RRRA’s president, Abstentions is closed for an upgrade to its accounting system. “This will allow Abstentions to increase profits, reduce expenses, and create a better system to serve students,” Naqvi said via Facebook. Despite the store’s popularity with summer residence guests, Naqvi said Abstentions’ decreased summer activity compared to the fall and winter terms means the closure will not lead to a loss in profit. […]

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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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