Executive candidates square off in debate

Executive candidates running in the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) elections faced off against each other in a debate on Feb. 6. Several major topics were brought up including mental health, the Sexual Violence Policy, inclusivity, diversity, and transparency. Four out of six available executive positions are running uncontested—president, vice-president (internal), vice-president (student services), and vice-president (finance)—leading to a shorter, quieter debate compared to previous years. Vice-president (student life) Current CUSA vice-president (student life) Abdullah Jaber from the One Carleton slate debated against independent candidate Nadeem Fayed. Jaber promised a Panda Week, as opposed to the three-day Panda Game celebration he introduced in his last term as vice-president. He also promised to host a “kick-off” party. Fayed discussed issues of […]

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CUSA holds first council meeting of school year

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) held their first council meeting of the 2017-18 school year on Sept. 27. The meeting began with executive members updating council on what initiatives they’re working on and what’s planned for the coming months. Currently in the works is a continued effort to defederate from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). According to CUSA president Zameer Masjedee, CUSA plans to begin tabling for signatures in October, although the petition is already accessible at the CUSA office. They also plan to host a town hall next month and have an open discussion with students about the process. “Imagine it kind of like a debate, but more so an opportunity to come and ask us anything […]

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CUSA candidates face off in heated executive debate

Executive candidates in the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) election faced off in a wide-ranging debate on Jan. 30 in the University Centre Atrium. Topics of the debate included reforming CUSA service centres, the association’s relationship with the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), and addressing rising tuition costs. Vice-president (student life) The first question asked the candidates for vice-president (student life), Abdullah Jaber (One Carleton) and Donna Al Sououb (Change), to name two events they each wanted to bring to campus. Jaber promised to bring an “A-List” artist to campus for a performance and to create a new CUSA spring break over the winter reading week in 2018. Al Sououb took issue with Jaber’s promise to bring an “A-List” performer […]

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CUSA elections draw increased abstaining vote

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) elections drew in a 30.1 per cent voter turn out, but with a higher number of abstentions than in previous years. Incumbent CUSA presidential Fahd Alhattab will be serving a second year as CUSA president with 2,650 votes, as he was elected to the position for a second year on Jan. 27 and 28. Change candidate Abdullah Jaber placed second with 2,512 votes, and Real Leadership candidate Arpita Dar garnered 2,251 votes. The number of voters abstaining is 1,197, a significant increase from last year’s 318 abstentions. Alhattab called his win “thrilling.” “This was, in all my years here at CUSA, and all my years here at Carleton, the toughest election I have ever […]

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CUSA electoral office rules disqualification against Change slate

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) elections office has ruled a disqualification of the Change slate on Jan. 29, after receiving complaints regarding a possible impersonation of a professor to gain votes. Chief electoral officer (CEO) Matt Swain posted a notice of the ruling Friday, Jan. 29, which reports an incident that occurred in an ECOR 1606 lab with the Change slate’s assistant manager Ahmad Gitteh, allegedly on Thursday, Jan. 28. According to the notice, Gitteh entered the lab and was asked if he was the professor by a teaching assistant (TA) who was present. The TA likely has not seen the professor, the notice said, as the session was going to be taught by a new contract instructor. The […]

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