Editorial: GSA election needs more candidates

The Carleton Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) will be holding their annual general election at the end of March. For the fourth straight year, the elections are uncontested. The Grads United slate, which includes four of the five current GSA executives, is the only slate in the election. Grads United is led by Eric Hitsman running for president, the current GSA vice-president (operations). Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah, the current president, is running for vice-president (operations). Taylor Howarth, the current vice-president (finance), is running for re-election and previously served as vice-president (external) in the 2015-16 year. Jenna Amirault, current vice-president (external), is also running for re-election. The only new candidate, Jay Ramasubramanyam, is running for vice-president (academic). The fact that four out of five […]

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Editorial: Replacing Mac Daddy’s is unlikely

As part of their 2016-17 campaign promises, the Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) executive told students they would replace the Mac Daddy’s franchise in Oasis with a Burrito Shack. Now, with a new RRRA executive set to take over in the summer, led by incumbent president Hyder Naqvi, there have been no changes made to the food options in Oasis. Nonetheless, Naqvi’s new Next Step slate still promised students during the February 2017 election that they would replace the Mac Daddy’s—although it is now unclear what other option they would bring in. Replacing the Mac Daddy’s is not as simple as it sounds, as the decision to replace a franchise is not up to RRRA. Carleton’s food services are tied […]

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Editorial: Women’s basketball is a team to watch

After being seeded as the top team of the tournament heading into the U SPORTS women’s basketball Final 8, it seemed as if the Carleton Ravens women’s basketball team was ready to step out of the men’s basketball team’s shadow. Although they fell short in pursuit of their first national title, they still won a bronze medal, which marked the best finish in program history. It’s not often that a team is one of the best in Canada, and isn’t led by a fifth-year player—but that’s the case for the Ravens, as their entire line-up and new recruits will accomplish that. They already have three players that are among the best in the Ontario University Athletics with Heather Lindsay, Elizabeth […]

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Editorial: Cuts to service centre hours hurt students

Students working as service centre co-ordinators for the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) will see their hours cut in half over the summer, from 20 hours a week to 10 per co-ordinator. Cutting these hours is a bad idea, as it reduces the amount of time service centre co-ordinators have over the summer to familiarize themselves with the position. Although demand for service centres is certainly lower in the summer, as there are fewer students on campus, reducing their opening hours will be detrimental to those students who do still need access to these centres. Having a service centre open for just 20 hours a week greatly limits when students will be able to access services. If the hours are […]

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Editorial: Collective agreement needs long-term solutions

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4600, the union that represents contract instructors and teaching assistants at Carleton Univeresity, went on strike early March 6 before quickly reaching a truce with administration on a new collective agreement. The union and administration have been negotiating for weeks over the amount employees are paid, the ratio of students to instructors in classes, and job security. The last time the collective agreement came up for negotiation in 2014, the talks continued into the early a.m. of the day the union could legally strike. Hopefully the new collective agreement will be a long-term solution, and the same problems will not come up when the agreement is next up for negotiation. The union made […]

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