Letter: Head coverings have a place in high fashion

Being a non-believer, I tend to tread lightly when discussing religious garments, in worries of offending anyone due to my lack of knowledge on the topic. However, it saddens me that nowadays, wearing garments and clothing that clearly identify one’s religion attracts a disproportionate backlash. Out of the variety of religious garments that adorn the bodies of men and women, hijabs, burkas, and abayas often seem to be of most controversy. This type of apparel is usually not what comes to mind when western high fashion is of interest, despite their popularity. Western designers who create the most luxurious and elegant collections should cater to those from opposite ends of the world. Not only would this diversify the fashion industry, […]

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Editorial: Cuts to service centre hours hurt students

Students working as service centre co-ordinators for the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) will see their hours cut in half over the summer, from 20 hours a week to 10 per co-ordinator. Cutting these hours is a bad idea, as it reduces the amount of time service centre co-ordinators have over the summer to familiarize themselves with the position. Although demand for service centres is certainly lower in the summer, as there are fewer students on campus, reducing their opening hours will be detrimental to those students who do still need access to these centres. Having a service centre open for just 20 hours a week greatly limits when students will be able to access services. If the hours are […]

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Editorial: Collective agreement needs long-term solutions

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4600, the union that represents contract instructors and teaching assistants at Carleton Univeresity, went on strike early March 6 before quickly reaching a truce with administration on a new collective agreement. The union and administration have been negotiating for weeks over the amount employees are paid, the ratio of students to instructors in classes, and job security. The last time the collective agreement came up for negotiation in 2014, the talks continued into the early a.m. of the day the union could legally strike. Hopefully the new collective agreement will be a long-term solution, and the same problems will not come up when the agreement is next up for negotiation. The union made […]

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Letter: SAIA exercised democratic freedoms

In late January, Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) put up some posters on campus which accurately conveyed the racist and violent attitudes held towards Palestinians by certain Israeli political leaders. Yet, employing a hitherto unknown form of reasoning, Israel Awareness Committee (IAC) vice-president Michael Aarenau concluded that the placing of these posters “can only be described as a hateful smear campaign against any student who believes in a Jewish State.” Furthermore, he insisted that SAIA “seeks to quash all meaningful dialogue by launching hateful campaigns that push peace farther away and seek to delegitimize the State of Israel’s right to exist.” Mr. Aarenau’s invocation of “peace” and “dialogue” is entirely cynical. The kind of peace which he and the IAC […]

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Letter: Journalism internships are not a co-op

Anna Sophia Vollmerhausen raised some interesting issues in a recent issue of the Charlatan in relation to the School of Journalism and Communication’s apprenticeships program. While we are always grateful for students’ input, some of her points beg a response. The program is designed to provide our students (undergraduate and graduate) the opportunity to enhance and hone the practical skills learned in the classroom, assemble portfolios, gain practical experience and insight into career options while developing professional contacts. It is not, however, a co-op program. We work diligently with employers and the university to offer pre-graduation opportunities that fit within the confines of our current degree structures, workplace labour restrictions, and government regulations. We feel our apprenticeships program largely achieves […]

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