Celebrating Black History Month at Carleton

Black History Month (BHM) is underway around the world, and Carleton is hosting its own month of programming dedicated to recognition and remembrance. Officially recognized in Canada in 1995, the month of February is celebrated as Black History Month internationally. BHM: BLACK, Reborn is a month of events being held by the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) and three of its service centres: the Race, Ethnicity and Culture (REC) Hall, the Womyn’s Centre, and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre. Alexis Oundo, CUSA’s vice-president (student services) said BHM is important for students. “BHM is always great for students both racialized and marginalized to celebrate their individuality. This is also a valuable opportunity for students at large to get involved and learn […]

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CUSA breaks down future of service centres

Following the Carleton University Students’ Association’s (CUSA) decision to cut the designated office space for its Indigenous service centre in order to redirect the centre’s rent expenses to programming, The Charlatan looked into the future of CUSA’s other 10 service centres. The centres serve various groups of students on campus by providing programming and support. Centres include the Womyn’s Centre, the Food Centre, and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre. But, CUSA president Zameer Masjedee said that one of the problems with service centres is the lack of student awareness. “There’s not one solution that’s going to fix this for us,” Masjedee said. Kamil Bhatty is the administrative co-ordinator at CUSA’s Food Centre, an on-campus food bank and resource centre […]

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Mawandoseg space cuts provoke backlash

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is rethinking its decision to remove office space for its Indigenous service centre, the Mawandoseg Centre, after backlash from Indigenous students culminated in a meeting on Nov. 14. A previous article in The Charlatan reported that CUSA had removed Mawandoseg’s office space and was proposing to move the centre’s co-ordinator into the university-run Ojigkwanong Centre. CUSA president Zameer Masjedee explained that the move would allow the association to reinvest room rental costs into increased programming for Indigenous students. Members from the campus Indigenous community and their allies streamed into the Bill Ellis Co-Working Space (BECS) in the University Centre. CUSA vice-presidents Alexis Oundo (student services), Gavin Resch (finance), and Abdullah Jaber (student life) joined […]

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Renovations aim to update CDAC space

The Carleton Disability Awareness Centre (CDAC) has breathed new life into its space to provide a more welcoming atmosphere for visitors. A photo of the centre shared on the CDAC’s Facebook page at the end of June announced that updates to the centre were in progress. According to Céline Brown MacDonald, CDAC’s administrative co-ordinator, renovations began in May and included de-cluttering the centre, repainting the walls, and adding a chalkboard wall. Brown MacDonald said in an email that the goal of the renovations is to provide a more accessible space for students with disabilities. “By creating a more open concept, students who use mobile devices (devices that help with mobility) will be able to move around more freely. Adding height […]

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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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