Opinion: First-generation students can succeed

I was always a good student, but also struggled. Cloaked under good grades that assured my distant parents that all was well were feelings of alienation, helplessness and even shame. My first year was the hardest. In high school, I spoke up in class, but in a university lecture hall or discussion group, I was mum. I soon fell into common routines–residence, class, cafeteria. University’s supposed to be about broadening your horizons, right? It often felt like an overwhelming power was pressed on me. It was the institution and the privilege it symbolized. It was the school’s unfamiliarity. It was other students who did worse in school but seemed to belong here more than I did. It was felt in […]

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Carleton teams up with other universities for concussion research study

Carleton professors are involved in a new three-year research project on the effects of concussions and head injuries on the brain. The researchers will examine animal cadavers for the effects of cranial impact on the brain to improve helmet designs, before progressing to human cadavers next year. The goal is that the research will help lead to a decrease in the chance of athletes sustaining head/brain injuries. Carleton’s Impact Dynamics Research Group and the University of Ottawa’s (U of O) Neurotrauma Impact Science Laboratory came together for this new collaborative project, which includes professors and graduate students from both universities, as well as from the University of Waterloo (U of W). The Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Natural Sciences […]

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New architecture project is the bee’s knees

Canada’s temporary Senate building is gearing up to become a hive of activity, thanks in part to Carleton architecture students. Senators moving into the Government Conference Centre during renovations to the Centre Block on Parliament Hill will be sharing the space with a colony of honeybees. The initiative to install urban beehives on the roof is a partnership between Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), Fairmont Château Laurier, and Carleton. Although the project is in its early stages, the intention is to use urban beehive designs from students at Carleton’s Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism. In November 2016, Senator Terry Mercer, deputy chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, submitted letters to the Speakers of the House […]

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Q+A: New president Alastair Summerlee commits to transparency

Alastair Summerlee has officially taken office as Carleton’s interim president and vice-chancellor for the 2017-18 academic year, replacing Roseann Runte. Summerlee holds a PhD in medical sciences from the University of Bristol in England. He joined the University of Guelph’s (U of G) faculty in 1988 as a professor of biomedical sciences and advanced to different positions, including dean of the Ontario Veterinary College, until he was appointed as the U of G’s seventh president and vice-chancellor in 2003. The Charlatan spoke with Summerlee, Carleton’s 14th president, about his first experiences on campus and his goals for the year. The Charlatan (TC): You served two terms as president of the U of G, from 2003 until 2014. What did you […]

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Summer landscaping budget on track despite record rainfall

Carleton’s summer landscaping work remains on budget despite suffering delays due to Ottawa’s record rainfall this summer. According to Kevin Gallinger, Carleton’s director of maintenance services, the $40,000 annual landscaping budget covers buying flowers, trees, shrubs, tools, fertilizers and other items. However, he said the budget does not include labour costs. Gallinger said Carleton switched landscaping contractors to Cedar Springs Limited in November 2016 after its previous contract with Greenbelt ended. Cedar Springs is responsible for half the landscaping work on campus, while Carleton students contribute approximately $66,000 in labour, Gallinger said. “Our purchasing policy at Carleton requires us to go back out to the public,” Gallinger said of the switch in contractors. According to Gallinger, this summer’s landscaping projects […]

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