Free speech on campus: an in-depth look

The topic of free speech on university campuses continues to provoke debate and criticism in the wake of recent on-campus incidents.  One incident saw Carleton University President Roseann Runte coming under scrutiny in January, after an email titled “A Reflection for 2017” was sent out to students to promote the principle of free speech. The email was sent following various protests on campus in the fall semester. The email appeared to call campus protesters “noisy persons” who “fail to recognize [that] by preventing their duly-elected representatives to carry out their mandate, they themselves are contravening the basic principle of a civil society.” Samiha Rayeda, the volunteer, outreach, and programming coordinator for Carleton’s Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), said the term […]

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EDITORIAL: Term limits needed in CUSA

In the recent elections for both the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) and the Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) current executives have run for a new position on the executive or as incumbents. Zameer Masjedee and Alexandra Noguera, both current CUSA executives, were re-elected to the 2017/18 executive, and Hyder Naqvi, current RRRA president, is running for re-election. While neither organization has term limits in their constitutions, there should be a one-year limit on executive members. The values and ideas students care about, and the population of students who make up the membership of the student body, are always changing—for this reason, so should the executives. When student association executives—also students—run for re-election, they stop new ideas from coming into […]

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Student Union Building referendum committees meet

Members of the newly formed ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ committees for the  Student Union Building referendum met on Nov. 21 to discuss questions such as budgets and other technicalities for their respective campaigns. The ‘Yes’ committee met first and was attended by three people, all of who were associated with the Carleton University Students’ Association’s (CUSA). David Andrews, vice-president (finance); Lauren Konarowski, vice-president (internal) and Abel Hazon; CUSA office administrator, attended the ‘Yes’ committee meeting.  Jim Kennelly, Carleton’s ombudsperson, was present to greet both committees.  The ‘No’ committee met an hour later, and was attended by two students. As the appointed Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) for the referendum, Kennelly highlighted the procedures and regulations. Each committee will be granted a budget […]

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Letter: Carleton’s support for assault victims sets an example

Jian Ghomeshi is a famous radio host who may have once celebrated booking a high-profile celebrity on his show. Last week, he had his aquittal to celebrate, where he was found not guilty on four counts of sexual assault and one count of choking. The acquittal, according to defence lawyer Marie Heinen, was on the grounds there were discrepancies in the complainants’ testimonies. After allegations of the assault were publicized, many of Ghomeshi’s colleagues came forward to express their lack of surprise. And yet, it was the victims’ credibility that was doubted in court. Assault trials often involve the victims’ pasts being brought forward to discredit their accusations. Rape victims must fit a certain image in order for people to […]

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Editorial: Black history needs more attention

This month saw the annual celebration of Black History Month (BHM). Despite the importance of such a month, the publicity surrounding events being hosted by groups at Carleton didn’t match that of many other awareness campaigns. Carleton’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre, the Institute of African Studies Student Association, the Carleton University Students’ Association’s (CUSA) Race, Ethnicity and Cultural (REC) Hall, and CUSA’s Womyn’s Centre partnered to host seven events celebrating queer black students at Carleton. The REC Hall put on two more events to celebrate the month. The departments of history and African studies also hosted events. But none of these were very widely publicized by the university or CUSA—only one of them was retweeted on CUSA’s Twitter page. […]

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