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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Presidential Profile: Arpita Dar, Real Leadership

Third-year law student Arpita Dar said she believes her previous experience in a leadership position on campus will benefit her as she runs for president of CUSA. Dar, the current vice-president (programming) with the Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA), is campaigning under the slate Real Leadership. Dar said she was inspired to run in the CUSA election after seeing the difference she and her team were able to make during her two years as a RRRA vice-president. “I saw the change that we caused there and we made a real difference in residence students’ lives,” she said. “One of the biggest things [being vice-president (programming)] taught me was teamwork,” she added, “Even though you have your challenges at times, I saw […]

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CUSA releases elections dates

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) voted 25 in favour at a council meeting on Jan. 11 to pass the CUSA General Elections 2016 Writ of Election amid discussions about overspending in the clubs and societies referendum. Chief electoral officer (CEO) Matthew Swain issued the writ, which included an amendment to the expense limits section. The section amendment proposed placing a limit on campaign expenses rather than on campaign budgets, and also included a link back to the electoral code. The amendment was passed with 29 votes in favour. “One big distinction for me with this amendment is changing the word ‘budgets’ to ‘expenses,’ because there is a pretty big difference between those two things,” Swain said. “You can obviously […]

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