Editorial: Greek organizations should be allowed to table

Some sororities and fraternities at Carleton University were told last week that they were not allowed to have a table in the University Centre Atrium or in Residence Commons, or congregate in groups on campus, as Greek societies are defined as discriminatory, because they are not open to the entire student body. Carleton has a long-standing rule against allowing discriminatory groups on campus. This decision from the university came abruptly, with no proper communication to the student body. Last year, both fraternities and sororities were allowed to have tables and fundraise as they wished. Greek societies might have a bad reputation for hazing and drunken parties, but they also do philanthropic work and support local charities. These include Relay for Life, […]

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Editorial: Carleton needs to promote its science faculty

On Sept. 9, it was announced that Carleton University would be one of seven universities involved in creating the Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre. This is a huge step for Carleton’s physics department, and another accomplishment in a long list of scientific achievements for the Faculty of Science that students remain largely unaware of. Carleton science has a lot to celebrate, however science is not a program that comes to mind when you think of Carleton. In 2012, four Carleton graduate students were involved in the discovery of the Higgs boson particle at the world-renowned European Organization for Nuclear Research. Current faculty members hold Canada Research Chair positions and in 2016, Carleton scientists worked at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO), […]

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Editorial: Fitness must be accessible

According to Carleton University’s website, the school is committed to having “barrier free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are studying, visiting and working at Carleton.” But accessibility is more than just having an accessible building and the ability to access services on campus. It also includes creating accessible opportunities for students with disabilities to participate in all aspects of student life, including fitness and sport. Though the campus gym offers some accessible fitness equipment, these are not enough to give all students equal fitness training opportunities. More accessible gym equipment in the fitness centre could make Carleton a training hub for para-athletes in the Ottawa region. Perhaps Carleton does not have enough para-student-athletes currently to create competitive para-sport teams, […]

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Editorial: Recognize students’ experience of rape culture

Part-time Carleton University professor Robert Sibley shared his opinions on Carleton’s new sexual assault policy in a letter to the Ottawa Citizen. According to Sibley, rape culture does not exist on our campus, and the assumption it does is due to “propaganda” rather than fact. The denial of the existence of rape culture, as well as the normalization of blame put on those who have experienced sexual assault or sexual harrassment on campus, disrespects and belittles their accounts. Carleton does not exist in a vacuum that is different from the rest of society—according to statistics from the YWCA, there are 460,000 sexual assaults in all of Canada every year. Belittling the accounts of those who have experienced a sexual assault […]

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Editorial: City shouldn’t ban hookah on patios

On Aug. 31, Ottawa City Council voted to ban people from smoking water pipes, also known as hookahs, on outdoor restaurant and bar patios. The new ban is both unfounded and will do little to stop young people from smoking. The city stated in a press release that it wants to de-normalize smoking for youth and young adults. A 2013 report from the University of Waterloo states that smoking rates in Canadian youth is already low. The same study found that only around three per cent of people aged 15 to 24 reported smoking a water pipe in the last 30 days. This means that it is by no means a normalized behaviour for the overwhelming majority of young people. […]

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