Letter: A scale is a useful fitness tool

The weight scale was removed from Carleton’s gym this past week. This was a bad solution for the very real problem of body image disorders. As a fitness professional in the industry for many years, I want to help take apart and examine the issues for you. Body image issues and the associated disorders are a real source of mental and physical health problems for millions of Canadians, and many of our fellow Carleton students. It is an issue that requires immense sensitivity and care, and health and fitness professionals, including the ones at Carleton Athletics, need to be able to address it properly. Body dysmorphic disorders can come with a range of behavioural issues, including: over-eating or under-eating, obsessive […]

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Electoral Board member draws controversy

The Carleton University Students’ Association’s (CUSA) electoral board ruled this week that one of its members, Brandon Wallingford, does not have a conflict of interest after two candidates in the ongoing election said he was biased. Greg Owens, Change vice-president (finance) candidate, and Ruth Lau-MacDonald, an independent vice-president (internal) candidate, brought forward two Facebook posts from 2013 from Wallingford’s profile that stated his support for A Better Carleton (ABC). Although ABC was disbanded two years ago, its candidates formed another slate the following year under the name Your Carleton, the team that won five of the six executive positions in the 2016 election. Two members of the Your Carleton executive are now running under the slate One Carleton in the […]

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Clubs and Societies comissioner resigns and calls for change

Brandon Wallingford has resigned as the Carleton University Students’ Association’s administrative commissioner of clubs and societies. Wallingford said he was presented with “more opportunities with my other job. I didn’t have the time necessary to commit to continuing to be in the clubs and societies office.” In his resignation letter, Wallingford suggested changes that should be made to the office, including hiring a full-time staff member. He also noted constant pressure to “bend the rules and allow friends and political allies of the establishment special treatment.” “When you’re dealing with the amount of money that the commissioners deal with, pressure from the individuals who are vying for the money, as in ‘hey, make sure that this club gets the funding, […]

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Clubs commissioner posts “F@#% Safe Space!” on free speech event

Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) clubs and societies administrative commissioner Brandon Wallingford posted the comment “F@#% Safe Space!” on a campus free speech Facebook event page Sept. 16. The event was presented by the Ottawa Liberty Society, the Carleton Students for Liberty, and the University of Ottawa English Debate Society. The event, held on Sept. 29, was organized by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms as a launch event for their annual Campus Freedom Rankings. Wallingford, a history and political science student in his eighth year at Carleton, said the university safe space policy “goes too far.” “Speech policing and thought policing isn’t . . . healthy in a university environment,” he said. Wallingford said the term safe space doesn’t just apply […]

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Undergraduate students to vote on levy increases

Carleton has announced three questions undergraduate students will vote on concerning increases in student fees in an upcoming referendum April 2-3. The first question asks students if they are in favour of paying a fee of $22.50 per term to increase wireless performance and extend coverage to the entire campus. The fee would also permit students to access software available in public student labs from their own computer. The second asks if students support an increase of the Carleton University Health Service Fee by $5.00 a term. This increase would allow for Health and Counselling Services to add two additional permanent counselling positions to respond to “growing demand,” the question states. “When we look at counselling visits so far this […]

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