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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Editorial: Universities need to inform students about tuition hikes

Post-secondary tuition is expensive, and students are often on the hook for most or all of it. A Statistics Canada report has revealed post-secondary schools across Canada have increased tuition by an average of 3.1 per cent for this school year. While it’s debatable how much students should be paying for their education or how much outside financial support is feasible, there should be no debate when it comes to helping students understand what this extra money is getting them. Under the current financial system, these hikes seem inevitable. But as tuition fees continues to rise, students are left behind when it comes to knowing what they are paying for. Universities and colleges should take more responsibility in educating students […]

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Editorial: Frosh concerts should support CU musicians

Editor’s note: Following publication of this editorial, The Charlatan was informed that two members of Almost Kennedy, who opened for Marianas Trench at Carleton’s frosh week, are Carleton students. This editorial has been updated to reflect that fact. The Charlatan regrets the error.  In a world where musicians are constantly struggling to release their music to the public, there should be more venues on campus for Carleton musicians who are looking for opportunities to perform. There are various ways Carleton can give musicians, both in and out of the music program, chances to attract listeners, with a particularly prominent opportunity being the annual concert at Fall Orientation. Like any university, Carleton has students who are deeply passionate about the arts, and […]

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Editorial: Universities must educate about phishing scams

When living in a world with sophisticated technology and intricate software, online scams have become more sophisticated and difficult to recognize. It can be hard  to discern if the email or phone call from your bank or the Canadian Revenue Agency are real or fake. However, it is also important to educate people on how to detect when they are being scammed. Recently, MacEwan University in Edmonton fell victim to a phishing scam amounting to $11.8 million. While universities are filled with smart and educated people, phishing and scamming have proven to become highly calculated and designed to slip the minds of smart individuals like students and university employees. It  is important to raise awareness about the frequency of scams […]

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