Carleton to move forward on Dominion-Chalmers acquisition

Carleton’s Board of Governors (BoG) approved a motion on Dec. 5, to begin negotiations for the purchase of the Dominion-Chalmers United Church. The site, which takes up 37,000 square feet at the corner of Cooper Street and O’Connor Street, would be used as a performance and rehearsal space for music students, and to expand program options within the faculty of arts and social sciences. There has also been interest from architecture and drama students, as well as the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG), Alastair Summerlee, Carleton’s interim president said. The space will also be used to address growing concerns for the lack of program facilities for students in these programs. The project would not only provide new spaces for students, […]

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Editorial: Our Turn shows students’ dissatisfaction with SVP

While Carleton’s sexual violence policy may have been passed by the Board of Governors (BoG) in December 2016, the controversy and debate it has created have far from subsided. Our Turn Carleton, a student-led taskforce seeking to implement programs to address sexual violence at Carleton, has worked to develop what they see as a more suitable solution by creating their own sexual violence prevention and support programs. While former Carleton president Roseann Runte said the sexual violence policy passed by the BoG “received strong student support,” Our Turn Carleton organizer Caitlin Salvino said her group continues to speak out against the policy because its creation and implementation “was primarily led by members of the university administration.” The fact that students […]

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Alastair Summerlee named Carleton’s interim president

Carleton’s Board of Governors (BoG) has announced the appointment of Alastair Summerlee as Carleton’s interim president and vice-chancellor. Summerlee will take over from current Carleton president and vice-chancellor Roseann Runte to become the university’s 14th president. Summerlee served two terms as president and vice-chancellor at the University of Guelph (U of G), Chris Carruthers, chair of the BoG, stated in a press release. “As president, he championed the importance of the student experience and teaching and learning, while also continuing to teach, supervise graduate students and conduct his own research,” Carruthers said. “His leadership experience, combined with his commitment to social justice and international development, will bring great value to the Carleton community.” According to the press release, Summerlee began his […]

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BOG approves $470 million budget at latest meeting

A $470 million budget for the 2017-18 year was approved at Carleton’s Board of Governors (BoG) meeting on April 24. The university’s new budget will see a three to eight per cent increase in tuition fees for domestic and international students. According to the meeting agenda, this revenue will fund about 58 per cent of the budget, at $274 million. The new Health Sciences Building—set to be completed in August—is among the most expensive projects in the budget, costing $52 million. With a budget of $29.5 million, the BoG estimates the university’s new Advanced Research and Innovation in Smart Environments (ARISE) building will come in second. Also set out in the budget is $20.5 million towards retrofitting the new building […]

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Top news stories of the 2016-17 year

As the 2016-17 school year comes to a close, The Charlatan looks back on some of the top stories of this year. These are the stories that have generated the most campus conversation and controversy, the ones with the most frequent coverage—as well as a few fun ones to remember. Student Union Building Referendum The student union building was a campus project that began with last year’s promise by Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) slate Your Carleton to bring forward a new student union building for Carleton students if elected. When Your Carleton was elected, consultations to put together a plan for the building were carried out, and controversy over the issue ignited from there—the survey for consultations had not […]

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