Indigenous students host RISE month

This January marked the third annual Revitalizing Indigenous Strength and Education (RISE) month at Carleton. “The goal [of the events] is basically to celebrate Indigenous culture, both traditional and contemporary,” Summer-Harmony Twenish, the Mawandoseg Centre co-ordinator and primary RISE organizer, said about the initiative.   RISE 2018 saw various events over the second half of January occur across campus. There were a variety of events shedding light on Indigenous culture and challenges different communities face. They included game nights, art exercises, and movie nights, the latter of which was a tongue-in-cheek reference called ‘Nativeflix ’N’ Chill.’ Twenish said RISE has held these types of events since it was initially started by previous Mawandoseg co-ordinators three years ago. She said that despite time-constraints preventing […]

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Carleton students doing ‘Tide Pod challenge’

The infamous ‘Tide Pod challenge’ has made its way to Carleton. The challenge was first spurred by a 2015 article from The Onion—a satirical news website—which published a story about a child who wanted to eat the colourful detergent pods. Then, in late 2017, memes replacing food with the bright orange-white-and-blue Tide Pods took over social media leading youth to challenge each other to film themselves biting into the toxic detergent pods. Subsequently, the challenge went viral, causing Tide to tweet a warning from its official Twitter account on Jan. 12. “What should Tide PODs be used for? DOING LAUNDRY. Nothing else,” the tweet reads. Niko F., who declined to provide his last name, is a first-year software engineering student who […]

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Bargaining continues between CUPE 2424, university

CUPE 2424, the union representing all administrative, technical, and library staff at Carleton, is continuing bargaining negotiations with the university. In an email statement provided to The Charlatan, CUPE 2424 president Jerrett Clark explained what the union would like from the university. “We’ve asked for small improvements in typical bargaining items like benefits and leave, but our major issues are the University’s proposed concessions to our pension language and bargaining rights around internal equity and job evaluation,” he said. “The biggest thing is protecting what we already have.” According to Clark, although bargaining has taken place over 16 days since July, progress has not been made on the “most significant issues.” “I think we’ve demonstrated a real commitment to reaching a negotiated […]

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Carleton creates research chair for magic

Carleton University is one program closer to becoming Hogwarts, thanks to funding for a new research position for the study of magic. The school has recently established the Allan Slaight Chair for the Study of the Conjuring Arts, thanks to a $2 million donation from the Slaight Foundation. A search committee, composed of faculty members from various departments under Carleton’s faculty of arts and social sciences, is in the process of finding someone to take on the role. The research chair will primarily be in charge of expanding Carleton’s archive collection of literature and artifacts related to the conjuring arts. Other responsibilities of the job include developing undergraduate courses in the conjuring arts, perception and deception, and creating a research […]

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