Editorial: Universities must educate about phishing scams

When living in a world with sophisticated technology and intricate software, online scams have become more sophisticated and difficult to recognize. It can be hard  to discern if the email or phone call from your bank or the Canadian Revenue Agency are real or fake. However, it is also important to educate people on how to detect when they are being scammed. Recently, MacEwan University in Edmonton fell victim to a phishing scam amounting to $11.8 million. While universities are filled with smart and educated people, phishing and scamming have proven to become highly calculated and designed to slip the minds of smart individuals like students and university employees. It  is important to raise awareness about the frequency of scams […]

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Editorial: Frosh needs to better address mental health

This week, students from across the country—and in some cases, across the world—will descend on Carleton’s campus to begin their university careers. For many of these students, this will be the first time they’re living on their own—a huge transition in itself, never mind the huge shift in workload compared to high school. Fall Orientation activities are designed to make incoming students feel welcome, and get them acclimated to the campus. While frosh events mostly succeed in doing this, they’re missing one key element: mental health. Most students who come to campus in the fall are not completely prepared for the massive adjustment, nor are they prepared for the feelings of overwhelming sadness or anxiety they might experience as a […]

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Editorial: Movies, T.V. should better reflect multiculturalism

Despite the ever-increasing multicultural nature of our world, it is yet to be accurately reflected in the media we consume. Hollywood and various content creators have come under scrutiny in recent years for lacking representation and for white-washing pieces that belong to other cultures. While adaptations of movies and shows facilitate the exchange of cultures and culture sharing, it’s important not to lose the nuances of the culture in the process. Recently, Netflix’s adaptation of the Japanese manga Death Note came under fire for white-washing and failing to have a cast that accurately represents the original characters. Similarly, a live-action remake of Aladdin was also criticized when actress Naomi Scott was officially cast as Princess Jasmine, as she did not […]

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Editorial: Free online classes will make education more accessible

In a world where university degrees are often used to measure a person’s intellect or ability to perform a job, knowledge seems to be the key to success. But as we all know, it’s not accessible to everyone. Online and in-class university courses can cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars, making them nearly impossible for people hovering under the poverty line to afford. To address this problem, universities like Harvard, Stanford, and Cambridge all offer free online courses for people who are unable to afford expensive tuition fees. Unfortunately, Canadians don’t have the same advantages as our American counterparts. Only a handful of universities in Canada offer free online courses, with the University of Toronto and the Cape […]

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Editorial: Career Services should do more to promote part-time jobs

Carleton’s Career Services has been an important resource for students on campus whether it is reviewing résumés and cover letters, or providing job postings. However, there’s always room for improvement. It seems that the efforts of the centre are focused on landing students co-op placements and there isn’t enough support for students looking for part-time jobs. The centre should do more to give equal support to those students. It’s undeniable that landing a co-op position provides students with skills that make them more successful in their field, but part-time jobs can also yield the same results in terms of skill and experience. Since co-op students pay a fee to the co-op program, it seems understandable that the centre prioritizes them […]

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