Editorial: The Colonel By Classic deserves more attention

Despite having been in the top 10 nationwide for U Sports hockey earlier this season, the Ravens men’s hockey gets little love from its own campus. The Colonel By Classic, the annual rivalry game between Carleton and University of Ottawa (U of O), was held in the TD Place arena, a rink with 10,000 seats. But, only 2,268 people attended the game. The Colonel By Classic should be planned in such a way that it generates the same amount of excitement as the Panda Game and Capital Hoops. It was a disservice to the team and to students to schedule the game around midterm season, when students are too busy with their studies to even consider attending the game. Rather, […]

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Editorial: Improve housing resources for students with disabilities

Carleton University has a reputation for being a world leader in accessibility on campus, but the new funding campaign for off-campus accessible housing being piloted by the Carleton University Students’ Association is a long overdue effort to help students with disabilities find off-campus housing. Tuition and residence fees are already steep for students, and off-campus housing is a cheaper alternative. But students with disabilities are often excluded from this option, as they face particular challenges in looking for off-campus housing, as accessible housing is not common, in particular, housing within a reasonable distance of campus. While this collaborative funding initiative is a good first step towards alleviating this issue, the initiative to eliminate barriers towards off-campus housing shouldn’t piloted by […]

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Editorial: Consult Indigenous students about Mawandoseg

Last week, The Charlatan reported that the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) has decided to cut the office space for the Mawandoseg Centre—its Indigenous service centre. The association is working to move Mawandoseg’s co-ordinator to the administration-run Ojigkwanong Centre to save on room rental costs. Considering the colonial history of Carleton, which is built on unceded Algonquin territory, Indigenous students have every right to meet in different places on campus that are specific to them. While both Mawandoseg and Ojigkwanong offer Indigenous students a place to visit and practice their culture, there’s a disconnect in their mandates that is important to understand. Mawandoseg is run by students, for students, so it allows student leaders and visitors to meet on an […]

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Editorial: Divisive issues distract in student government

A student at McGill University is alleging that he was removed from the university’s student government Board of Directors based on his religious background and his opposition to the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The BDS movement is a global campaign that calls for economic and political pressure on Israel. The student, Noah Lew, alleged that he had been singled out in protest materials written by a student organization in support of the BDS movement against Israel, which claim his support for anti-BDS efforts made him unfit to serve on the board. When his ratification for a term as director was put to a vote, he lost. Lew’s story is a reminder that when a student leader’s political opinions […]

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Editorial: Clothing retailers need to represent body diversity

Even though we’re living in an era of contemporary feminism and body diversity, the fashion industry is unrelenting in spreading negative body image in the media. Stores like Brandy Melville that advertise “one size fits most” are spreading the message that anybody who is too small or too big to fit their sizes are unattractive. These kinds of messages are especially toxic to women and girls who may base most of their self-image on the representation of themselves and their body type that is shown in fashion and the media. When someone’s body type is under represented or misrepresented, this often makes women feel less valuable than others who fit the fashion industry standard. If we are going to live […]

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