No conflict of interest for current CUSA executives to act as campaign managers in election

The 2018 Carleton University Students’ Association’s (CUSA) elections concluded last week. Three of the positions received a majority vote of ‘no confidence,’ while the remaining three seats were filled by candidates of the One Carleton slate. During the elections, the current executive team (who all ran under the One Carleton slate in the 2017 elections) acted as campaign managers for the One Carleton candidates. Several students, on social media platforms such as Reddit, voiced opinions that by acting as advisors to the One Carleton candidates, the CUSA executives granted them an unfair advantage. Independent candidate for CUSA vice-president (student issues), Danny Ford, who lost the election to One Carleton’s Lily Akagbosu, said he shares this opinion. “If the information regarding […]

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CUPE 2424 nears possible strike action

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2424, the union representing all administrative, technical, and library staff at Carleton, is heading toward potential strike action. According to a “frequently asked questions in the event of a strike” document shared on the union’s website, Feb. 12 marked CUPE 2424’s 18th day of bargaining with the university since July. “We reached an impasse and notified the Conciliator [from the Ministry of Labour] of our request to file a No Board Report, a formal procedural step that opens a 17-day window for possible strike action,” the document reads. CUPE 2424 president Jerrett Clark said filing the report does not necessarily mean a strike will occur. According to him, the Ministry of Labour […]

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The Glory Days: Life after high school sports

Joel Hannan still remembers sitting in the locker room after the final hockey game of his high school career. His equipment soaked from helmet to toe, ice melting off his skates, wondering if he would ever take the ice again after he graduated. It’s been nearly four and a half years since Hannan chose to hang up his skates. That time, it was for good. He is one of the many examples of how many former high school athletes struggle to adapt to life after sports. “I think for a lot of athletes, there’s the competitive element of being involved in sport,” said University of Alberta professor Billie Strean. “But then there’s all the other things that go with sports. […]

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GSA petitions for better mental health care

The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) has launched a petition demanding improved mental health services for graduate students. According to Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah, the GSA’s vice-president (operations), the petition arose from discussions between executives and the GSA’s Political Action Committee. Owusu-Akyeeah said these improvements are something the GSA has been working on for years. She said the GSA decided to launch a petition with five demands to address a “mental health crisis” at Carleton, and show that graduate students especially need adequate services to address the issues they’re going through. The petition’s demands are: hiring a counsellor specifically for graduate students, providing a waiting room and counselling space that graduate students can access that is separate from the undergraduate space, funding a peer […]

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Students express faith through music

Residence students walking past Oasis in Residence Commons on a Friday night may encounter a crowd of people singing together. These events are led by House of Worship Ottawa (HOWO), a team of Christian musicians who hold musical gatherings every two weeks, either at Carleton at the University Centre at the University of Ottawa (U of O).   Joanna Abalos, the founder of HOWO, said the vision of the team was “to see lives changed through Jesus as we share our joy in God’s truth and love and worship.” Abalos added that the idea for HOWO originated from practicing Christian worship music around campus. “Almost every single time that we were worshipping,, someone would approach us and ask us what […]

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