Editorial: CUSA transparency is needed

The 2018 Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) elections saw an unprecedented result: the ‘no confidence’ option won three out of the six executive positions—including that of CUSA president. This was only the second year the ‘no confidence’ option was included on the ballot, leaving one to wonder what election results could have been, had the option been included on the ballot in previous years. The voter results show that students at Carleton are not only discontent with the choice of candidates, but with their students’ association as a whole. This isn’t to say that the candidates weren’t qualified. It just means that students don’t know if they are or not, and therefore aren’t willing to vote on it. Some argue […]

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Letter: Lack of CUSA candidates shows lack of democracy

I voted ‘no confidence.’ And before the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) officials and One Carleton supporters start telling me it is not their fault more candidates did not come forward to run in the election, let me say that I blame both CUSA and the One Carleton candidates for the lack of variety in candidates. Every year, Carleton students are faced with a flurry of candidates in the tunnels during January. Some students might be interested in what these candidates might have to offer. Others may be trying their best to avoid talking to them by putting on their headphones, avoiding eye contact or by simply being honest that they are not interested in talking. This year, there was […]

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Letter: Do research on CUSA elections before complaining

This past week, the hallways on campus and social media were flooded with information about the executive and councillor elections for the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA). It was a battle between the One Carleton slate, and the ‘no confidence’ campaign.    With the results in, a great divide was revealed across campus. Half of the One Carleton slate was voted in, while the rest of the positions were overtaken by votes of  ‘no confidence.’ These results cannot be blamed on a lack of credible candidates nor a failure in upholding the principles of democracy. The fault lies with the student body for failing to do their research and think for themselves. As an example, what stood out the most […]

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Opinion: Change the CUSA electoral process

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is broken. CUSA is corrupt. CUSA is not working for students. I have heard these sentiments spoken by my peers over the past few weeks. Sometimes, it seems the most basic operation of our students’ association elicits a range of responses: ambivalence, incredulousness, anger, indifference, frustration—the list could go on. This undercurrent of dissatisfaction is quiet for most of the year, until it bubbles to the surface during election season. We would do well to listen when it does appear. It is easy to dismiss these voices as unduly negative. We can tell ourselves that they are the rumblings of an unengaged student body. Agitators who will never be satisfied. Complainers, not doers. This […]

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Letter: CFS services unnecessary due to those offered by CUSA

It’s always nice when someone who has routinely been a disappointment finally decides to take interest in you. I am, of course, referring to the representatives from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) who were kind enough to stop by the University Centre to provide pizza, hats—and reminders of why the decertification process must continue. What I found most interesting about seeing the CFS in action is that it was the first time I had actually seen the organization playing an active role in the affairs of Carleton students. With the mandatory annual $16 fee that we—a population of little less than 25,000 students—all pay to the CFS, totalling approximately $389,000 per year, there should be no need for the […]

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