CUSA explores ranked voting systems ahead of 2018 election

Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) executives and council members examined different methods of online ranked voting in preparation for the 2018 CUSA election at a council meeting on July 19. Tyler Hall, the programmer in charge of CUSA’s online ballot system, said he generated two different types of online ranked ballot for testing—what he called the matrix and manual entry systems. The matrix lays candidates out in a table with the potential rankings on the opposite axis for voters to select. The manual entry system lists candidates’ names with a space to enter a number ranking next to each name. CUSA council had previously passed a motion to implement a ranked voting system following a council meeting in 2016. But, […]

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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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Clubs’ funding tied to sexual violence prevention

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) council unanimously passed a motion proposed by Our Turn, a sexual violence task force spearheaded by the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) and CUSA, to link sexual violence prevention to clubs and societies’ summer funding during a June 19 meeting. Kelsey Gilchrist, vice-chair of the sexual violence framework committee, tabled the motion to make clubs and societies’ summer funding dependent on members attending a sexual violence prevention training session. “The general gist of this is that we want to implement training to help students be able to prevent sexual violence on campus and support survivors of sexual violence on campus,” Gilchrist said. “We’re hoping to get as many members of clubs and societies as possible […]

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CUSA council discusses defederation

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) held their second-last council meeting on March 29, and discussed a motion related to a possible defederation campaign from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). The motion would see the vice-president (finance) outline the amount owed by CUSA to the CFS, and to project the cost of defederation. CUSA president-elect Zameer Masjedee, who is also the current vice-president (student life), said during this year’s CUSA elections that one of his campaign promises was to run a campaign to defederate from the CFS. Alhattab raised concerns over projecting numbers. “[The CFS] never gives you a number and they never say ‘this is what you owe,’ ” he said. “This makes for a very difficult way […]

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Lower enrolment could mean smaller CUSA budget

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) could have its budget reduced in the future if the number of students enrolling at Carleton drops, according to a report at the university’s Senate meeting. CUSA president Fahd Alhattab presented the Senate’s findings to CUSA council at its Feb. 29 meeting. “The presentation by Duncan Watt, vice-president (finance) for the university, regarding the financial situation of the university is quite interesting and quite concerning for the health of the student union in the future,” he told other councillors. He said Carleton will see a downward trend of student recruitment in line with population changes in Ontario. “There are just less 18-year-olds in Ontario. Less 18-year-olds means less students at Carleton, less students at […]

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