Letter: Being part of the CFS is crucial to fighting tuition increases

Since being elected into office last May, the current Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) executives have begun working towards defederating from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). According to the executives of One Carleton, CUSA’s current incumbent slate, CUSA can provide better services and better combat rising tuition fees with the money that would otherwise go to the allegedly inefficient and morally corrupt CFS. The logic put forth by the current executives would be compelling if it was not for how vital the CFS has been in lobbying with university administrations to lower tuition fees in Ontario and elsewhere. The CFS is the only student movement that has been successful in helping reduce the debt burden that so many students […]

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CUSA accused of conflict of interest

A former Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) president has levelled allegations of conflict of interest towards former Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) president Fahd Alhattab, regarding the hiring of a consulting company led by Alhattab’s former CUSA council campaign manager. In March 2016, CUSA hired the Sarkany Group to analyze their businesses and service centres, and to make recommendations to increase profits and student satisfaction. CUSA paid approximately $20,000 for six months of full-time work from two consultants, Alhattab said. According to Alhattab, “. . . the deal that we got, for two consultants who have award recognition and have done other clients and have brought real good quality expertise from the field into our businesses, we got a really good […]

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Former U of Windsor president takes student association to court

The past two years have seen two Ontario university students take their student associations to court, one being the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA), and more recently, the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance (UWSA).    UWSA president Larissa Howlett was removed from her position in May, after allegedly breaching the student alliance’s bylaws and policies by firing its general manager, Nicole Morell, and hiring an interim manager. According to a public statement by the UWSA, Howlett did not have the proper authority to fire Morell. The UWSA’s Board of Directors unanimously passed a motion to remove Howlett after an eight-hour meeting, citing a lack of transparency on her part and committing multiple violations of their bylaws and policies.  Howlett disputed […]

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Eritrean-Canadian youth awarded $3,000 in scholarships

Six Eritrean-Canadian high school students have earned $3,000 worth of scholarships after a Carleton student-founded organization held its first fundraiser gala to promote the merits of post-secondary education. The Eritrean Youth Initiative (EYI), a non-profit organization that works to empower and support Eritrean-Canadian high school students who want to pursue higher education, hosted accomplished university graduates and guests at the Centurion Conference and Event Centre on June 24. The scholarship recipients, selected by three people from Ottawa’s Eritrean community, are Nabayit Solomon, Eden Yohannes, Abel Mengistab, Rim Atsmegergish, Rim Zeghai and Melenna Awaju. The event, sponsored by the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) and Carleton’s Eritrean Students’ Association (CESA), saw over 300 people attend, including students and staff from different […]

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Students propose bringing a general assembly to Carleton

The Carleton Revolutionary Student Movement (RSM) held a meeting on March 23 with the goal of establishing a general assembly as the highest decision-making body within the university’s undergraduate student union. Currently, the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) executives hold the highest decision-making power in CUSA. The proposed model would “give students direct control of the politics of the student union,” said Christian Splinter, RSM member and chair of the meeting. “This way CUSA can be truly held accountable by the student body.” He said the general assembly would be open to all full-time undergraduate students and would meet at least once per semester. At the meeting, any student could propose a motion, which would then be voted on by […]

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