‘Freshman 15’ is actually undergrad 11.7 lbs, study says

College freshmen are unlikely to gain 15 lbs, contrary to popular stereotypes, but on average experience significant weight gain throughout their four years of studies, according to an Auburn University study released Sept. 17. The study looked into changes in body weight, body mass index (BMI), body composition, and shape in a sample of 131 male and female students over a four-year period, starting from their freshman year. By the end of their four years, researchers found about 70 per cent of participants had gained weight, averaging an approximate 5.3 kg or about an 11.7  lb increase. While about 18 per cent of the research subjects were considered overweight at the start of the study according to their BMIs, this […]

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Editorial: Intercultural report not fully inclusive

The university’s recent report on relations between diverse groups on campus is a commendable first step towards addressing a very important issue at Carleton. The Commission on Inter-Cultural, Inter-Religious and Inter-Racial Relations on campus was announced two years ago, and its report has been eagerly awaited by the campus community. The report, however, falls short in several ways. The two-year-long commission has released a paltry 11-page report. The report touches upon only two specific groups on campus: aboriginal and Jewish students. For a commission with dozens of members and years of time, a much more wide-ranging report should have been produced. There are many religious, ethnic, racial and cultural groups on campus, and this commission was created for all of […]

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Letter: CUSA disingenuous about dealings with CFS

RE: “CUSA decision to reject No Means No ‘not politically motivated,’ ” Oct. 4-10, 2012 In last week’s edition of the Charlatan, Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) vice-president (student services) Fatima Hassan decided to submit a letter to the editor that is, at best, disingenuous, and at worst, insulting to the intelligence of her constituents.  While her description of the process to defederate from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) was correct, and her complementary description of the Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSE) as being “arguably the most effective student organization in Quebec” was absolutely welcome, there was a fastness and looseness with facts in her letter that is entirely characteristic of this executive. It begins with the […]

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Opinion: CU should put quality of education first

After multiple words exchanged with an assortment of my peers, faculty, teaching assistants and colleagues across campus, here I find myself venting. I have a bone to pick with Carleton University for its current policies and financial priorities. Now, many of us as undergrads are aware of corporate powers that be. We exist in a globalized world with a highly competitive market sphere — something that I believe can make for an exciting and wonderful social climate. It helps create coalitions, peace-building, and cross-cultural education. It is also the reason why many of us at Carleton have so many incredibly ambitious plans to make the world a better place when we graduate! What I believe is unacceptable however, is the […]

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Opinion: Orientation week a ‘watered-down pseudo-summer camp’

I couldn’t tell exactly what it was, but something about the Hungry Games orientation week festivities felt off, like a pebble in my shoe that I could feel but never actually find when I got home, exhausted from volunteering. All the usual elements were there, the jerseys, the low-budget pageantry, hoarse voices, and all the usual tralala we’ve come to expect, but this year lacked something crucial. I came to Carleton a bright-eyed and boozy-tailed first-year and I’ve been involved in some capacity every orientation week since. It’s hard to explain, but the spirit wasn’t there this year, it felt more like a parade of fake smiles backed by unreasonable expectations to create a world that for the first time didn’t feel real. “I used to tell […]

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