Editorial: Students need to be better notified about paying tuition

After the fall semester, some Carleton students received an unpleasant surprise when they tried to check their grades but were unable to because of a financial hold placed on their account due to a systems glitch. The glitch resulted in scholarships not being included in fee payments before financial holds were placed. Carleton puts fees, interest charges and financial holds (which prevents students from accessing academic records) on student accounts when payments are received after the posted deadlines. Given the typically tight financial situations of most students, Carleton could have done better to notify students about the glitch, so as to not cause unnecessary stress or panic seeing an unforeseen unpaid amount on their account. Carleton should do more to […]

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Editorial: Universities should not censor educational films

Recently, Ottawa’s Saint Paul University came under fire for cancelling a screening of Vessel, a pro-abortion documentary film, set to be shown at a film festival aimed at sparking discussion about birth. This incident comes in the midst of a freshly roused debate about free speech in universities from the Lindsay Shepherd case at Wilfrid Laurier University.  Saint Paul is a Roman Catholic university, and the Roman Catholic Church is widely known for its pro-life stance on abortion. But, while the university may have been called to cancel the screening to follow the stance of the Church, cancelling a film with an opposing viewpoint undermines its status as a university. Religious or otherwise, universities are meant to be a place […]

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Editorial: Media plays an important role in mass atrocities

This past weekend, Carleton University hosted a conference called “Media and Mass Atrocities: the Rwanda Genocide and Beyond,” which sought to discuss how reporting on mass atrocities like the Rwandan genocide could bring about change. Extensive coverage of the genocide inspired the public to demand action from their governments to intervene. The event served as a reminder about the role media plays in covering such heinous crimes against humanity. Paul Watson, a journalist who covered the genocide, spoke about how reporting can garner the public’s attention to atrocities happening in other parts of the world. For example, the image of  Syrian toddler, Alan Kurdi, washed up on a Turkish beach made everyone’s head turn towards the Syrian civil war and […]

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Editorial: Take a preventative approach to student housing issues

As the City of Ottawa grapples with a housing crisis, it is often forgotten that students and youth are highly susceptible to becoming homeless as well. That is not to say that many students are homeless, but housing costs on and off-campus are so high, that it may lead to them experiencing homelessness in the future. According to the Carleton University website, a traditional residence room costs approximately $11,000, while living off-campus costs about $8,000. While students may manage to cover those costs through student loans and part-time jobs, it still leaves them with huge debt. Then, as they try to pay off the loans they used to pay for their rent or residence plans, it leaves them with little […]

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Opinion: Strike issues were not resolved

The back-to-work legislation that forces college teachers back into the classroom might end the five-week long college strike, but it does not solve any of the issues the teachers were striking for in the first place. The issues teachers were striking for included better job security as part-time instructors, and for raises to match rising living costs. They also petitioned for more full-time positions for teachers, and more say in decision-making with the administration. Carleton University came close to striking in March 2017. Contract instructors and teaching assistants that were part of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4600 were looking to have their collective agreement renewed with better wages for the work they were doing. The picket […]

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