Editorial: Mental health is an ongoing commitment

Mental illness often has side effects that are undetectable. It’s important for students to be aware of the well-being of those around them and themselves. But while students are taking the initiative to help those around them, university officials have yet to start their own student awareness week. Each year, the various student associations on campus come together to host a mental health awareness week—why hasn’t the university come out with anything similar? It is essential for Carleton to recognize and educate students on this topic, but more importantly, to show that they are here to support us. A lot is being demanded from students today. School can be a trigger for many students with the workload, homework, and class […]

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Editorial: The art scene needs more minority artists

While the general idea surrounding art is that it is something visually appealing, it usually goes beyond that and is more than skin-deep for minority artists. At an Oct. 5 event, Kosisochukwu Nnebe and Pansee Atta, two minority artists, shared their experiences on navigating the art scene. And while art might seem as simple as putting paint on a canvas, it’s not that easy for minority artists. For example, a minority artists whose art is ‘political’ might have to think carefully about what they present. Other minority artists might question if their art must be political or revolutionary to have merit. Nnebe discussed this at the event and about the freedom of a Black artist wanting to create art that […]

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Editorial: Accessible religious spaces on campus are key

Renovations to the ablutions room—a space used by students to wash themselves before prayer—on the second floor of the University Centre began over a year ago in order to upgrade both the men’s and women’s facilities and to make them more accessible. With many students from various religions, it’s important that spaces available on Carleton’s campus for prayer are accessible and clean. But, despite plans to include four accessible foot baths in the men’s ablution room, none were planned to be installed in the women’s ablution room (which is actually located inside a washroom on the second floor). Back in March, then-Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) president Fahd Alhattab told The Charlatan that the changes would  make “the men and […]

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Editorial: Get educated on controversial symbols

Recently, students at the University of Calgary were greeted with paintings of the Confederate flag on the boulders outside their student center, causing outrage. While the flag was flown by Confederate battle units during the United States Civil War, today it’s a symbol that, for some, carries racist connotations and is a shameful reminder of America’s past. For others, it’s a symbol of heritage, history, and Southern pride. Because of the Confederate flag’s history, it is a polarizing and divisive symbol, one that invokes intense reactions from all kinds of different people. Thus, people must educate themselves on the meaning and history of the flag before using it and engaging with it. The university defended the students’ rights, citing freedom […]

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Editorial: Respect goes hand-in-hand with Panda Game rivalry

School spirit brings students together, supports student athletes and builds a sense of pride in the school itself. However, you should not let your school spirit get in the way of being respectful. At Panda Game this year, there were many great moments, but these will be tainted by the disrespectful events that followed. Before the game started, there was a ceremony held in remembrance of University of Ottawa (U of O) defensive lineman Loic Kayembe, with the Carleton Ravens Twitter account tweeting numerous reminders at fans to respect the moment of silence. And yet, during the moment of silence, “Fuck You, Ottawa U” chants could be clearly heard. When players were on the ground injured, both sides yelled at […]

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