Letter: Being part of the CFS is crucial to fighting tuition increases

Since being elected into office last May, the current Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) executives have begun working towards defederating from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). According to the executives of One Carleton, CUSA’s current incumbent slate, CUSA can provide better services and better combat rising tuition fees with the money that would otherwise go to the allegedly inefficient and morally corrupt CFS. The logic put forth by the current executives would be compelling if it was not for how vital the CFS has been in lobbying with university administrations to lower tuition fees in Ontario and elsewhere. The CFS is the only student movement that has been successful in helping reduce the debt burden that so many students […]

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Opinion: Peer pressure doesn’t stop in university

As campus becomes a newfound discovery among first-years, many do not notice how quickly it will change into a breeding ground of chaos and stress.  The first week of school is filled with the excitement of meeting new students, making connections, and feeling the need to impress those who people make connections with. Peer pressure is hard to avoid whether people like it or not, but when it comes down to it, how students handle these situations is of great importance. As time passes, and connections grow stronger, those new to the campus scene will get invites to outings and parties where they may begin to feel pressured by certain people or to live up to the expectation of being […]

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Editorial: Universities need to inform students about tuition hikes

Post-secondary tuition is expensive, and students are often on the hook for most or all of it. A Statistics Canada report has revealed post-secondary schools across Canada have increased tuition by an average of 3.1 per cent for this school year. While it’s debatable how much students should be paying for their education or how much outside financial support is feasible, there should be no debate when it comes to helping students understand what this extra money is getting them. Under the current financial system, these hikes seem inevitable. But as tuition fees continues to rise, students are left behind when it comes to knowing what they are paying for. Universities and colleges should take more responsibility in educating students […]

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Letter: GSRC needs to encourage conversation, not censorship

There are many common reasons why prospective students choose Carleton University as their academic home for four to five years of their lives. For some, that reason could be the various varsity sports teams, academic program quality or the plethora of academic and non-academic resources that are offered to students of all backgrounds. This includes of course, the resources offered by the Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre (GSRC), specifically to students who identify as LGBTQ+ here on campus. According to the GSRC website, resources offered include peer mentorship, referrals, safe sex supplies, drop-in programs and plenty of social events. With that being said, recent actions have made me question whether the GSRC has forgotten its roots as it increasingly leans […]

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Letter: Students must take part in president selection process

The resignation of former president Roseann Runte leaves Carleton University with big shoes to fill. In order to find a successor, the Advisory Committee on the Appointment of the President and Vice-Chancellor (ACAP) will be tasked with finding an ideal replacement. The committee, which will be active throughout the 2017-18 year, will meet regularly to develop a selection process and vet potential candidates. The committee’s mandate is “to consult widely with the University community.” It is important that undergraduates be given an opportunity to contribute during the stakeholder engagement phase. Furthermore, it is vital that students participate actively in the consultation process. These consultations will not directly discuss who we want as the next university president. Rather, they will focus […]

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