Editorial: CUSA should not eliminate seats

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) council will hear a motion on Jan. 16 that seeks to reform the way council seats are allocated. Currently, council is formed of 34 seats, including 26 elected councillors. Each councillor represents a constituency, or one of 10 specified schools or faculties at Carleton. According to the bylaws, every degree program with over 250 members is considered to be a constituency. Under CUSA’s bylaws, seats should be allocated “ . . . in as close a proportion as possible to the contribution of member fees by members of each constituency.” The lack of enforcement of their own bylaws has led to a situation where some schools such as journalism, and public affairs and policy […]

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Editorial: Schools shouldn’t pay hackers

Carleton University’s IT network was hacked on Nov. 29 using ransomware. Ransomware holds files hostage, threatening to corrupt them if a ransom is not paid. Carleton said they did not pay the ransom, unlike the University of Calgary (U of C), who paid $20,000 to hackers in June so that no one would lose access to research. Ransomware attacks, and paying these ransoms, are becoming more common worldwide, according to a press release from U of C. But paying hackers encourages other hackers to try to get money from universities by holding their information hostage. This trend is dangerous, because if hackers believe they will be paid to release information, hackers may try to gain access to larger institutions like […]

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Editorial: BoG needs to respect student voices

At its Dec. 1 meeting, the Board of Governors (BoG) voted to approve the current version of Carleton’s sexual violence policy. This was despite opposition from three student representatives on the Board—Greg Owens, Fahd Alhattab, and Michael Bueckert. The policy passed, with all non-student members of the Board voting to approve it. This gulf between student representatives and the rest of the Board shows the disconnect between Carleton’s BoG and the larger student body, and a desire to rush the implementation of a sexual violence policy to meet the government’s requirements. The process of getting to this point has been long, and many students have been very engaged with giving feedback on the policy. Students have let their voices be […]

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Editorial: Student Union Building is poorly thought out

On Dec. 6-7, the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is asking students to vote in a referendum on its proposed new Student Union Building. The referendum asks for $80 annually per student, tied to inflation. CUSA has thrown itself fully behind marketing this new building to students, particularly emphasizing the fact that no students will pay for the building until it is completed. However, there seems to be a lack of consideration given to the realities of what building this new space entails. It will subject students to years of construction, and asks current students to increase the tuition of future students who have no say. CUSA also has little information in its campaign on the fact that future students […]

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Editorial: Carleton should not evict neuroscience students

Carleton University has informed the neuroscience department that they must evacuate the Life Sciences Research Building due to renovations. Their eviction is set for March 2017, before the new Health Sciences Building will be completed in September, and the department has currently no definitive word on where they will be relocated. This eviction is highly problematic and disruptive for students in the neuroscience department, and it highlights a disconnect between the university and the faculty and the students it serves. According to CUSA president Fahd Alhattab, the renovations cannot be delayed because it must be completed by April 2018 in order to satisfy the requirement for the government funding that will be used for the project. Neuroscience students are expected […]

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