CUSA accused of conflict of interest

A former Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) president has levelled allegations of conflict of interest towards former Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) president Fahd Alhattab, regarding the hiring of a consulting company led by Alhattab’s former CUSA council campaign manager. In March 2016, CUSA hired the Sarkany Group to analyze their businesses and service centres, and to make recommendations to increase profits and student satisfaction. CUSA paid approximately $20,000 for six months of full-time work from two consultants, Alhattab said. According to Alhattab, “. . . the deal that we got, for two consultants who have award recognition and have done other clients and have brought real good quality expertise from the field into our businesses, we got a really good […]

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Editorial: CUSA must address student concerns

In the past week, the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) has come under criticism for a series of events, including president Fahd Alhattab opting out of voting for or against increasing tuition. There was also the final call from the constitutional board, among allegations of conflict of interest, to disqualify the Change slate (and by extension, the elected vice-president (student services) Ashley Courchene). The disqualification of Courchene means Your Carleton’s candidate, Frena Hailekiros, will be the vice-president (student services.) Your Carleton will constitute the entire CUSA executive council with no internal opposition. This has brought forward strong voices, sparked a website in protest, and a motion has been filed to disqualify Alhattab and Hailekiros. Until releasing a statement this week, […]

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