Equity Services hosts Emma Sulkowicz

Carleton University’s Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) is hailing art as a form of healing and understanding. The school’s Equity Services brought Emma Sulkowicz, an award-winning artist and activist, to campus as the final part of Carleton’s International Womyn’s Week on March 10. Nearly 100 people braved the cold on Friday night to listen to Sulkowicz, a Columbia University visual arts graduate best known for her senior thesis, Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight). Sulkowicz began carrying her dorm mattress everywhere she went at Columbia in September 2014, intending to stop only if her alleged rapist was expelled or left the university. She carried the mattress for nine months until their joint graduation in May 2015. “When it comes to sexual […]

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Experts study effect of ibuprofen on heartbreak

The psychological pain of heartbreak can be treated just like physical pain, according to a study done by Walter Mischel, a professor of psychology at Columbia University in New York City. Test subjects given ibuprofen dealt with rejection better than subjects given a placebo, according to the study. In other words, it suggested that if you have been dumped by your partner, taking a pain killer could make you feel better. Stephen Cudmore, a family doctor, agreed taking a pill will help in theory, but added feelings are multifaceted. He explained there is a concrete connection between pain and mood, that ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory drug, and that inflammation is a cause of pain. “Mood modulates pain and pain modulates […]

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Combating sexual assault at Carleton

Sexual assault on campuses is a pressing issue that universities struggle to deal with day in and day out. Carleton is no exception. A man was charged with assault of three female staff members at the university this September added visibility to the ongoing battle against sexual assault and rape culture. The first six weeks of school are increasingly referred to as the “red zone,” as most sexual assaults on campuses happen between orientation week and thanksgiving weekend. Carrolyn Johnston, co-ordinator of Carleton’s Sexual Assault Support Services, said although she is not familiar with the term the red zone, statistically it is correct. “Anecdotally, we do see more people seeking support and information at the beginning of the fall semester,” […]

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Columbia University denies spending 5K per week on Nutella

Columbia University is denying news reports that students are eating $5,000 worth of Nutella a week. Student newspaper The Columbia Spectator originally reported that students were consuming a massive 100 pounds of Nutella per day. The numbers were provided to the Spectator by the school’s student council, who said they heard the numbers from director of dining services Vicki Dunn. At the time, the university’s dining services refused to comment on the numbers, according to the Spectator. However, due to media attention, the university’s administration has now responded in a press release denying the cost.  According to the release, titled “NUTELLA-GATE EXPOSED: It’s a Smear! Says Columbia,” the initial start-up cost for the Nutella was actually only $2,500 and afterwards only costs $500 a week. […]

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