Editorial: School sports are important to cultivating student life

At Quest University (Quest U) in B.C., the school recently made the decision to completely stop its varsity athletics program. This news came as a shock to the students and athletes who had no idea that the school would shut down the program. Quest U’s administration decided to end the varsity program due to financial constraints, and is instead looking to invest the money into student wellness. Varsity athletics are an important part to student life on campus, as it helps build school spirit and provides entertainment for the student body. Having a sports team to cheer for creates a sense of attachment between students and the school. Taking the varsity program away diminishes school spirit in the student body, […]

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Editorial: CUSA transparency is needed

The 2018 Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) elections saw an unprecedented result: the ‘no confidence’ option won three out of the six executive positions—including that of CUSA president. This was only the second year the ‘no confidence’ option was included on the ballot, leaving one to wonder what election results could have been, had the option been included on the ballot in previous years. The voter results show that students at Carleton are not only discontent with the choice of candidates, but with their students’ association as a whole. This isn’t to say that the candidates weren’t qualified. It just means that students don’t know if they are or not, and therefore aren’t willing to vote on it. Some argue […]

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Letter: Lack of CUSA candidates shows lack of democracy

I voted ‘no confidence.’ And before the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) officials and One Carleton supporters start telling me it is not their fault more candidates did not come forward to run in the election, let me say that I blame both CUSA and the One Carleton candidates for the lack of variety in candidates. Every year, Carleton students are faced with a flurry of candidates in the tunnels during January. Some students might be interested in what these candidates might have to offer. Others may be trying their best to avoid talking to them by putting on their headphones, avoiding eye contact or by simply being honest that they are not interested in talking. This year, there was […]

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Letter: Do research on CUSA elections before complaining

This past week, the hallways on campus and social media were flooded with information about the executive and councillor elections for the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA). It was a battle between the One Carleton slate, and the ‘no confidence’ campaign.    With the results in, a great divide was revealed across campus. Half of the One Carleton slate was voted in, while the rest of the positions were overtaken by votes of  ‘no confidence.’ These results cannot be blamed on a lack of credible candidates nor a failure in upholding the principles of democracy. The fault lies with the student body for failing to do their research and think for themselves. As an example, what stood out the most […]

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Opinion: Change the CUSA electoral process

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is broken. CUSA is corrupt. CUSA is not working for students. I have heard these sentiments spoken by my peers over the past few weeks. Sometimes, it seems the most basic operation of our students’ association elicits a range of responses: ambivalence, incredulousness, anger, indifference, frustration—the list could go on. This undercurrent of dissatisfaction is quiet for most of the year, until it bubbles to the surface during election season. We would do well to listen when it does appear. It is easy to dismiss these voices as unduly negative. We can tell ourselves that they are the rumblings of an unengaged student body. Agitators who will never be satisfied. Complainers, not doers. This […]

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