Editorial: One UMSU copied One Carleton’s campaign

The One Carleton slate swept this year’s Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) election, winning all executive positions for the 2017-18 year in an election that saw the highest voter turnout in CUSA history. The University of Manitoba Students’ Union election also just held their election earlier this month, and oddly enough, the similarly-named “One UMSU” slate swept all executive positions in an election that saw the “largest voter turnout in recent memory,” according to the school’s student newspaper, The Manitoban. The similarly-named campaigns are apparently no coincidence, as members of One UMSU reached out to One Carleton to ask them permission to use some of their ideas, according to current CUSA president Fahd Alhattab. It’s odd that university student union […]

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Editorial: Runte resignation signals fresh start

Carleton President Roseann Runte announced on March 24 that she would be resigning her post, effective July 31. Runte has been the head of the university for nine years, taking on the job in 2008 and seeking a second term in 2012. This change in leadership represents an opportunity for a fresh start for Carleton, and especially for the university’s Board of Governors (BoG). A number of contentious issues on campus, including the passing of the Sexual Violence Policy, rising tuition fees, and changes limiting the ability of BoG members to express their dissent on actions or decisions taken by the Board, have created a disconnect between students and the university. For nearly a decade, Runte has played a key […]

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Opinion: University degrees are just the first step in finding a job

A recent article published by the CBC explores the idea that post-secondary graduates are no longer guaranteed stable employment with their education. According to the article, more than a quarter of Canadians between the ages of 15 and 24 are underemployed, meaning they have degrees but the positions they are employed in don’t require them. Of course, it is information like this that scares many of us so close to graduation. While I don’t think a university degree is completely useless, I strongly believe it is not an absolute guarantee for employment—nor should we expect it to be. The article quotes Kimberly Ellis-Hale, an instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University, who states, “With a good education, you will have a good […]

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Editorial: GSA election needs more candidates

The Carleton Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) will be holding their annual general election at the end of March. For the fourth straight year, the elections are uncontested. The Grads United slate, which includes four of the five current GSA executives, is the only slate in the election. Grads United is led by Eric Hitsman running for president, the current GSA vice-president (operations). Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah, the current president, is running for vice-president (operations). Taylor Howarth, the current vice-president (finance), is running for re-election and previously served as vice-president (external) in the 2015-16 year. Jenna Amirault, current vice-president (external), is also running for re-election. The only new candidate, Jay Ramasubramanyam, is running for vice-president (academic). The fact that four out of five […]

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Editorial: Replacing Mac Daddy’s is unlikely

As part of their 2016-17 campaign promises, the Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) executive told students they would replace the Mac Daddy’s franchise in Oasis with a Burrito Shack. Now, with a new RRRA executive set to take over in the summer, led by incumbent president Hyder Naqvi, there have been no changes made to the food options in Oasis. Nonetheless, Naqvi’s new Next Step slate still promised students during the February 2017 election that they would replace the Mac Daddy’s—although it is now unclear what other option they would bring in. Replacing the Mac Daddy’s is not as simple as it sounds, as the decision to replace a franchise is not up to RRRA. Carleton’s food services are tied […]

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