Editorial: Community Art Exhibition should be annual

The Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) is currently hosting their fourth Carleton Community Art Exhibition. The last time this event was hosted was in 2014. This year’s exhibition was timed to kick off with the 75th anniversary celebrations at Carleton. Gallery director Sandra Dyck has said the reason the community art exhibition isn’t annual has nothing to do with funding, and more to do with the gallery’s exhibition schedule and the fact that they already have many exhibitions lined up for the future. But Carleton students and their greater community do not necessarily have many chances to showcase their artwork. Carleton is not an art school, and unlike the University of Ottawa—which has more arts programs and thus more showcase […]

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Editorial: “Sugar baby”-ing should not be the solution

Seeking Arrangement, an organization that allows people to sign up as “sugar babies,” says the cost of tuition and the impact of student debt is driving more Canadian students to sign up for its services. If students are turning to this organization with the sole purpose of paying off their debt, this is a problem. A sugar baby is defined by Seeking Arrangment as someone seeking financial support in exchange for dating another person. The company says a large portion of its user base consists of post-secondary students with the goal of graduating debt-free. Seeking Arrangement’s founder, Brandon Wade, has publicly said students are “taking matters into their own hands” by signing up for the service, which pays $2,750 on […]

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Editorial: Carleton needs more green bins

Forty-seven per cent of Canada’s food waste is caused by individuals rather than restaurants and other food service providers, according to a report from Value Chain Management International. While it would be difficult to encourage reducing the amount of wasted food, a more sustainable solution to this rising issue is composting. Households across Canada have the option to reduce their landfill contribution by disposing any food waste, paper towels, and other biodegradable products in green bins that are collected by the city and used for composting. But at Carleton, students have limited options to sustainably discard their food waste. While the University of Ottawa has green bins, recycling, and liquid disposal sections near most garbage cans, Carleton does not give […]

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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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