U-Pass to switch to new “smart cards”

Carleton students’ U-Passes will be changing over to smart cards, after the cards were tested in a pilot program by the University of Ottawa (U of O), Saint Paul University (SPU), and Algonquin College last summer. The change of U-Passes to smart cards, subject to begin this summer, overlaps with the new fare gate infrastructure being built along the O-Train Trillium and Confederation lines, which will be operational later this year. According to Pat Scrimgeour, director of transit customer systems and planning at OC Transpo, there will be almost no difference between the old and new U-Passes. “There is absolutely no difference, except the smart card will have embedded technology inside that will allow it to be tapped at a […]

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Scales added to Carleton change rooms after backlash

Weight scales have been put in the men’s and women’s changerooms at Carleton’s Athletics Centre after backlash from the removal of the scale earlier this month, according to Beth Gorham, manager of public affairs at Carleton.  Gorham said in a statement that the scale was originally removed because it was not working properly, but it had been part of a plan to push other health metrics than just weight, even before the scale’s malfunction. “People in Athletics think that it is a very important message to send that health overall has to do with more than just weight,” Gorham said. The original scale story gained a considerable amount of attention from North American news organizations over the past few weeks, […]

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GSA candidates campaign for a second mandate

Four out of five of this year’s candidates in the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) election are running for re-election, and all are uncontested. Eric Hitsman, Jenna Amirault, Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah, Jay Ramasubramanyam, and Taylor Howarth make up this year’s single slate: Grads United. Eric Hitsman, running for the role of GSA president, is the current vice-president (operations). He said he feels his current role has prepared him to take on more responsibility.    “This role is not necessarily to take over . . . it’s about working with your team, your people,” he said. This year, Hitsman said he wants to focus on keeping students involved, promoting safe spaces for students and creating opportunities for Indigenous representation. He added he hopes […]

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BoG student governor election results

Results for the Board of Governors’ (BoG) student governor positions were published online on March 15. Undergraduate representative Liam Harrington received the most votes with 1,063, and will be joined on the board by Efrem Berhe, who received 762 votes. Out of a possible 24,841 undergraduate students, 3,215 submitted a ballot in the election, for a turnout of 12.9 per cent. A total of 761 students chose to abstain. The election for the two graduate student governor positions was won by Natalie Prowse with 238 votes, while Rebecca Stiles came in second with 180 votes. Voter turnout for graduate students was 16 per cent, with 598 ballots being cast out of a possible 3,729 voters. A total of 107 voters chose […]

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Jurassic park not the solution, says Carleton professor

Save what we have and don’t try and bring back the dead. That’s the message in a new paper by Joseph Bennett, a professor of environmental science at Carleton, that will be published in the journal of Conservation Nature Ecology & Evolution. In the paper, Bennett argues the “de-extinction” approach to conservation, which involves producing either a clone or a hybrid of an extinct species, actually harms biodiversity as opposed to aiding it. “Say we do successfully bring back a species that was extinct, our biodiversity would go up by one,” Bennett said. “But the limited resources we have could be used much more effectively in other ways to save more species, our numbers suggest you could save three times, eight times, maybe a dozen more species than if you used the […]

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