CUSA councillor debate lacks candidates, attendees

Candidates from a variety of faculties gathered in the University Centre Atrium on Feb. 6 to face off in a councillor debate ahead of the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) election. Topics in the debate included transparency, lowering tuition costs, and “swag,” but what stayed constant was seemingly a lack of enthusiasm from attendees, and an absence of debate. While the crowd was large and energetic during the executive debate, which preceded the councillor debate, it thinned out to reveal many empty chairs when the councillor candidates took the stage. Some councillor candidates were present through the executive debate, but none of the current CUSA executives or executive candidates appeared to stay for the councillor debate. Faculty of Public Affairs […]

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CUSA elections, ranked voting will proceed after emergency council meeting

The 2018 Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) elections will not be postponed and the decision to introduce ranked voting will stand after an emergency CUSA council meeting was held on Feb. 5. Emma Maddock, an engineering and design councillor, put forward a motion to push the dates of candidate “nomination, validation, blackout and voting periods” back to give more candidates an opportunity to run for a position and implement ranked voting as planned if more candidates were running. Maddock said she has been asking students how they think the elections are going and the negative feedback pushed her to bring forward the motion. “They don’t think that it’s fair that there’s multiple uncontested positions. They feel that the nomination period […]

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CUSA ranked voting system up in the air

With the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) election just days away, the elections office has yet to determine whether ranked voting will be implemented for the election process this season. At a council meeting on Jan. 23, CUSA voted unanimously to drop the writ of election, including the implementation of ranked voting for all the executive positions. Meanwhile, councillor positions will still have first-past-the-post ballots—where the candidate with the most number of votes is elected. In contrast, a ranked voting ballot allows voters to list candidates in order of preference. Then in each round of analysis, the candidate with the least number of votes is eliminated and those who voted for that candidate have their vote redistributed to the candidate […]

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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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