Top news stories of the 2016-17 year

As the 2016-17 school year comes to a close, The Charlatan looks back on some of the top stories of this year. These are the stories that have generated the most campus conversation and controversy, the ones with the most frequent coverage—as well as a few fun ones to remember. Student Union Building Referendum The student union building was a campus project that began with last year’s promise by Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) slate Your Carleton to bring forward a new student union building for Carleton students if elected. When Your Carleton was elected, consultations to put together a plan for the building were carried out, and controversy over the issue ignited from there—the survey for consultations had not […]

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Carleton students aim to end workplace “hanger”

A company created by two Carleton students is trying to end “hanger,” the feeling of being angry or irritable due to hunger. Fourth-year computer science student Emil Aite and fourth-year commerce student Eric Kys founded their company, Desk Nibbles, through Carleton’s Lead to Win program, a startup service for students interested in starting their own businesses. Aite said he began working in office jobs while in university and always forgot to pack a lunch, which caused poor work productivity and low mood. He added he was inspired to create Desk Nibbles after working as an intern at local e-commerce company Shopify, a place known to offer employees food. “Last summer I started working at Shopify, there they shower the employees […]

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USB hacking devices found on Carleton computers

Carleton University is increasing its digital security after finding six USB keystroke-loggers in Carleton classroom computers. Changes include daily and more frequent checks of school computers for keystroke loggers in the future. According to Geoff Leboldus, the information security manager with Information Technology Services at Carleton, USB keyloggers can capture anything typed on a computer. “Everything you type on a machine with a keyboard logger is no longer private,” Leboldus said. Leboldus said a key logger contains a transcription of everything typed, including usernames and passwords for Carleton’s website and other accounts. In an email, Allan Burns, the director of the Department of University Safety, said they passed the issue onto the Ottawa Police, who are currently investigating who’s responsible […]

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Carleton sign lights up blue for Autism Speaks

The Carleton sign on Bronson Avenue was lit up with blue lights in honour of National Autism Awareness Day on April 2, an annual event that is meant to bring awareness of those who have autism. The project to light up the sign was spearheaded by the Carleton chapter of Autism Speaks, the first chapter of Autism Speaks in Canada. Before lighting up the sign, the group organized a walk around Carleton while holding a banner. Circling back around to the Bronson entrance sign, Reuben Matthews, the president of the Carleton chapter gave a speech about the importance of autism awareness around the world. “I don’t think autism specifically has been represented at Carleton. Students need to be more aware […]

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RRRA to hold new executive elections April 18 and 19

The Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) will be holding re-elections for executive positions later this month, on April 18 and 19. The decision came after Carleton ombudsperson Jim Kennelly was asked by council in March to review the result of the February election. The Fresh RRRA slate came in first place despite being disqualified the day before voting started after accumulating three electoral violations. The Next Step, led by incumbent president Hyder Naqvi, came in second but was named the winner because of the disqualification. At the last meeting council voted to accept the recommendations of Kennelly as a third party. “My solution is the students should decide on who represents them next year,” Kennelly said. He added that holding […]

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