CUSA moves to defederate from the CFS

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is ramping up efforts to defederate from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) through a new campaign called “CU Later CFS,” which launched on the first day of frosh week. Masjedee said the campaign is ensuring first-year students are aware of what the campaign is by explaining the petition is simply “a precursor to the vote.” CUSA is a member of both the CFS National organization as well as its provincial chapter, and will have to run a referendum to defederate from both. In order to decertify from the CFS National, Masjedee said CUSA is required to collect signatures from 15 per cent of the undergraduate student body at Carleton before holding a referendum […]

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Errors found in CUSA agendas

Carleton students have been finding that several months in the 2015-16 Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) agenda are wrong. The agenda has missing and repeated days in January, February, April, and August in the semester view. Both January and April are missing the 19th of the month, and the 20th is repeated in both in the months of February and August. The agenda was printed by yearbook company Friesens. CUSA switched to using Friesens’ agendas three years ago, and just renewed their contract, according to CUSA president Fahd Alhattab. Alhattab said CUSA used to publish their agendas with the Canadian Federation of Students, but switched to Friesens because the cost was cheaper. According to Friesens customer service representative Rod Dueck, […]

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CUSA debates Fair Elections Act at latest meeting

A motion on the controversial Fair Elections Act was debated at the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) meeting on Aug. 24. Humanities councillor Sean Illman-White introduced a motion that would have compelled CUSA to publicly condemn the elections bill, also known as Bill C-23, no less than 30 days before the Oct. 19 election. After debate, the motion was amended to have CUSA educate students about the bill, rather than oppose it. Illman-White said his main issue with the legislation is how much more difficult it makes voting for certain groups, notably students, because of more restrictive voter ID and registration rules. “The Fair Elections Act is known by many groups across Canada as a piece of legislation that suppresses […]

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Editorial: CUSA needs to make CFS stance clear

On June 16, Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) vice-president (finance) Craig Handy announced to council that all debts to the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) have been paid off. The announcement comes after CUSA withheld CFS fees from the 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15 school years. Approximately $14 is collected from students for the CFS, totalling to about $300,000 in fees per year. According to Handy, CUSA paid back above $1 million in fees to the CFS. However, both Handy and CUSA president Fahd Alhattab said the union will continue to use their own campaign material in service centres, as opposed to the CFS’s. Alhattab also said defederation is not on the agenda for this year’s CUSA council, despite the fact they […]

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Opinion: Students need an alternative to textbooks

Required readings are a thorn in the side of every post-secondary student. It isn’t uncommon for university professors to begin the semester’s first lecture by explaining to their class they will be expected to read several chapters every week from one or more textbooks—which are, more often than not, astronomically expensive. In many cases, these readings are lengthy academic discussions of concepts relevant to the focus of a particular course. While understanding the theories, models, and ideas central to an area of study is an extremely important part of post-secondary education, I don’t believe required readings are helping students accomplish this, at least not in their current form. As a Carleton student with a double major in journalism and global […]

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