Student campaigns for mental health, accessibility

Falum Gibson is a former political science student who left Carleton in January due to mental health issues. However, after leaving the university, Gibson was unable to find accessible housing to meet her needs, resulting in “Falum’s Fight for Fair Mental Health Care”—Gibson’s online campaign calling for better mental health care and more accessible housing.  On Jan. 15, Gibson published a blog post on the initiative’s website, calling for readers to join the “#FalumsFight” movement. In the post, she explained that she suffers from borderline personality disorder, a severe mental illness that causes emotional instability. “Throughout the school year, I have struggled with intense suicidal ideation,” Gibson wrote. “Over the past few months, I have been in and out of the hospital trying […]

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Q+A: Chris Hadfield on reaching for the stars

Retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is set to speak at Carleton’s 2018 SOAR Student Leadership Conference on Jan. 27. Hadfield is the first Canadian to walk in space and to command the International Space Station, where a video of him singing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” was widely viewed. He has worked in many other jobs, including working as a musician, an engineer, and as an air pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force. The Charlatan had the chance to speak with Hadfield about his career, life lessons, and passions. The Charlatan (TC): What is your most memorable moment from space? Chris Hadfield (CH): If you were going to space and you had an hour to do something, I would recommend going outside. […]

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Editorial: Gender neutral bathrooms are a good step forward

For people who identify as non-binary, trans, or genderqueer, worrying about which public bathroom to use can be a big challenge. Being forced to use a washroom that doesn’t correctly represent your gender is not only embarrassing, but also potentially dangerous. Many trans and genderqueer people have reported experiencing verbal and even physical threats for simply using the bathroom. By providing gender-neutral washrooms on campus, Carleton is taking a positive step in fighting transphobia and inequality on campus . This past year, Carleton started implementing gender neutral washrooms around campus to help members of the LGBTQ+ community feel more welcome within its walls. Although there have been many non-binary bathroom additions on campus, the university still has a long way […]

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Winter weather hinders accessibility on campus

Snowy weather this winter season may be a chilly inconvenience for some students, but for others, it’s a challenge to get around. Brett Babcock, a Carleton student who identifies as physically disabled, said that winter becomes incredibly difficult for those with disabilities. “It is difficult being trapped inside, not being able to go outside and getting fresh air,” he said. “I’m a competitive track and field racer, so I’m used to training all spring, summer and fall, so being cooped up inside takes a toll on your mentality and your well-being.” He added that snow makes public transit inaccessible, both on and off-campus. “There is a space between the sidewalk and bus that’s not always plowed, so sometimes the bus […]

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