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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Editorial: Women’s basketball is a team to watch

After being seeded as the top team of the tournament heading into the U SPORTS women’s basketball Final 8, it seemed as if the Carleton Ravens women’s basketball team was ready to step out of the men’s basketball team’s shadow. Although they fell short in pursuit of their first national title, they still won a bronze medal, which marked the best finish in program history. It’s not often that a team is one of the best in Canada, and isn’t led by a fifth-year player—but that’s the case for the Ravens, as their entire line-up and new recruits will accomplish that. They already have three players that are among the best in the Ontario University Athletics with Heather Lindsay, Elizabeth […]

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Athletics removes weight scale from Carleton gym

Carleton Athletics has decided to remove the scale from the gym. A sign where the scale used to be stated it was removed to encourage people to focus on other ways of measuring their health beyond just their weight. The sign stated the decision to remove the scale is “in keeping with current fitness and social trends.” Bruce Marshall, manager of health and wellness at Athletics, said focusing only on weight can have a negative impact. “We don’t believe being fixated on weight has any positive effect on your health and well-being,” Marshall said in an email. “The body is an amazing machine and even when we are dieting and training it will often find a homeostasis at a certain […]

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Fieldhouse closed over reading week after disruptions

Carleton Athletics posted a notice over reading week that the Fieldhouse would be closed until Feb. 27, citing unauthorized access and vandalism of the facility as the reason. Brian Billings, the assistant director of the Department of University Safety, said Athletics closed the Fieldhouse after students were let in during an open recreation time. “[Students had] let other students in via the doors instead of them checking in through the Welcome Centre, and then became disruptive and when asked by Athletics staff, the students refused [to leave] and Safety was called,” Billings said. “We did eventually succeed in getting the individuals to leave, and following that time, Athletics decided they were going to close the facility.” But Billings said no […]

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