Editorial: Roommate conflicts can be amplified by social media

With lack of communication being so core to many conflicts, including roommate conflicts, the increased presence of social media in university students’ lives is not helping at all. Perhaps being so used to communicating our thoughts and feelings virtually has caused the deterioration of many students’ ability to communicate face-to-face. Social media has made conflict resolution much more difficult, especially when conflicts can become more magnified by passive aggression expressed through the different channels of Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter. When talking things over in person takes a backseat to sub-Tweeting your roommate drama online, students’ conflict resolution skills suffer as a result. Disagreements over how clean your shared living space needs to be, or over how loud your music […]

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Editorial: More CU staff training on sexual violence is essential

Over the past year, Carleton staff and students have been debating the changes to the university’s Sexual Violence Policy, but recent events have proven that the policy might only look good on paper.  Staff on campus must be sensitive to the issue of sexual violence as it is happening all across Ontario, including on our very own campus, with a Carleton student recently having gone public after allegedly being sexually assaulted in her dorm room over the summer.  Despite having a medical note, the student said she was unable to receive accommodation for her summer school courses. Faculty members at Carleton need to understand the importance and severity of a medical note, despite the fact that they do not have—and […]

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Letter: Rape culture language is unacceptable

I’m walking across campus to my first class of the year, looking forward to the new term and to meeting my new students. I’m a little nervous, mostly excited. But my focus is interrupted by a group of four students, all guys, walking behind me. They’re using deeply misogynist, toxic, sexually objectifying language to describe a female acquaintance of theirs and laughing about it. My stomach flips, my heart starts racing, I shrink into myself. They are speaking at a volume that makes it impossible not to hear them, and I couldn’t have been the only one who did. Do I turn around and confront them? Do I say nothing, keep going, and hope none of them turn out to […]

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Letter: Reduced course loads should mean lower tuition

Everyone knows tuition fees are expensive and everyone complains, but this isn’t your typical ‘tuition fees are too high’ argument. Students who opt to take four credits each year actually end up paying even more to complete their degree. If you break it down, a typical undergraduate degree has students fulfill 20 credits, and to graduate in four years—a pressure most students are faced with—they must take at least five credits each year of study. But what if you can’t handle the stress of a full course load? Or you have a demanding part-time job? Or you have some sort of disability that prevents you from successfully completing a five-credit course load? Well, surprise! You’ll be paying more in tuition […]

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Opinion: Ontario pot plans are problematic

As Canada moves closer and closer to fully legalizing marijuana, it’s inevitable that the provinces will roll out their plans for their own personalized legalization processes. The Ontario provincial government has decided on the interesting choice to make its process of legalization bad and counter-productive. Ontario’s recent announcement to sell marijuana through LCBO-run shops is a bad idea for practical, consumer, and ethical reasons. Ontario plans to open 80 dispensaries run by the LCBO by 2019, which is not inherently a bad idea. What is a bad idea is the province’s plan to crack down on existing private marijuana dispensaries. I will say it outright: there is no logical reason to shut down existing dispensaries. Private dispensaries provide a pre-existing […]

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