Editorial: The BoG should take the GSA’s open letter seriously

Carleton’s Board of Governors’ (BoG) decisions to prevent board members from speaking publicly about board meeting decisions has attracted the attention of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), which is threatening to impose sanctions on the university. In an open letter to Carleton released earlier this month, the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) urged the university to carefully consider the impact censure would have on both students and faculty alike. The GSA’s strong stance on potential censure, not to mention previous student protests at BoG meetings, shows that many students do not support the board’s gag order on members and want more transparency from the university’s governing bodies. If Carleton is sanctioned by a large and powerful organization like the […]

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Editorial: Contrary to student budgets, arts degrees have value

If you’re majoring in the arts, you’ve probably heard the word “unemployment” before. Despite what people might assume about BA undergrads, you’ll find them in every company, big and small. Although the unemployment rate for arts majors is slightly higher than those in the sciences, arts degrees are far from useless, and universities should stop labelling them as such. Arts majors rule the industries of social science, education, and government service, constituting a huge portion of the job force. Arts degrees provide invaluable research, writing, and persuasion skills that are vital for all careers, whether it comes to writing a lab report, or a press release. Increased budget cuts for undergraduates in the arts will only perpetuate the stigma that […]

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Editorial: Carleton now a top football school

If a record-setting season that saw the Carleton Ravens football team win a home playoff game for the first time in 30 years wasn’t enough to sway skeptical fans, then the results at the 2017 CFL combine should be enough evidence to show that Carleton is quickly becoming one of the top football schools in the country. Since returning to the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) in 2012 following a lengthy absence, Ravens head coach Steve Sumarah has built the roster into a Yates Cup contender. Along with potential first-round draft pick Nate Behar, the roster boasts elite talent such as wide receiver Malcolm Carter, offensive lineman Kwabena Asare, and defensive backs Nathaniel Hamlin and Tunde Adeleke Although Behar previously told […]

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Editorial: RRRA re-election is the best choice

At the Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) meeting on April 1, Carleton Ombudsperson Jim Kennelly delivered his report on the Fresh RRRA slate being disqualified from the February election. Fresh RRRA accumulated three electoral violations and was disqualified the day before voting began. Despite this, they remained on the ballot and came in first place with the most votes. Fresh RRRA appealed the decision after Next Step came in second, and was named the winner because of the disqualification. Kennelly told council that a new election should be held in late April to decide the winner, rather than him ruling one way or the other about Fresh RRRA. While nobody wants a long, drawn-out process that stresses students unnecessarily, the […]

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Editorial: One UMSU copied One Carleton’s campaign

The One Carleton slate swept this year’s Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) election, winning all executive positions for the 2017-18 year in an election that saw the highest voter turnout in CUSA history. The University of Manitoba Students’ Union election also just held their election earlier this month, and oddly enough, the similarly-named “One UMSU” slate swept all executive positions in an election that saw the “largest voter turnout in recent memory,” according to the school’s student newspaper, The Manitoban. The similarly-named campaigns are apparently no coincidence, as members of One UMSU reached out to One Carleton to ask them permission to use some of their ideas, according to current CUSA president Fahd Alhattab. It’s odd that university student union […]

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