New graffiti mural painted in Rooster’s

A new mural has recently appeared on what used to be a stark white wall in Rooster’s Coffeehouse, on the 4th floor of Carleton’s University Centre. Ron Barrette, the manager at Rooster’s, said the idea of livening up the coffeehouse with art has been thrown around since the café’s big remodel back in 2013. “The colours are just the white and grey. It’s very sterile and I felt with the way Rooster’s has always been we needed to add more colour to it,” Barrette said. Originally reaching out to the student body on social media to find a student artist, Barrette said he received little to no response in almost two years’ worth of searching, and eventually decided to reach […]

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U-Pass to switch to new “smart cards”

Carleton students’ U-Passes will be changing over to smart cards, after the cards were tested in a pilot program by the University of Ottawa (U of O), Saint Paul University (SPU), and Algonquin College last summer. The change of U-Passes to smart cards, subject to begin this summer, overlaps with the new fare gate infrastructure being built along the O-Train Trillium and Confederation lines, which will be operational later this year. According to Pat Scrimgeour, director of transit customer systems and planning at OC Transpo, there will be almost no difference between the old and new U-Passes. “There is absolutely no difference, except the smart card will have embedded technology inside that will allow it to be tapped at a […]

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Free speech on campus: an in-depth look

The topic of free speech on university campuses continues to provoke debate and criticism in the wake of recent on-campus incidents.  One incident saw Carleton University President Roseann Runte coming under scrutiny in January, after an email titled “A Reflection for 2017” was sent out to students to promote the principle of free speech. The email was sent following various protests on campus in the fall semester. The email appeared to call campus protesters “noisy persons” who “fail to recognize [that] by preventing their duly-elected representatives to carry out their mandate, they themselves are contravening the basic principle of a civil society.” Samiha Rayeda, the volunteer, outreach, and programming coordinator for Carleton’s Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), said the term […]

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CUSA cancels Ravens Gala due to poor sales, alleged mismanagement

Due to low ticket sales and poor turnout last year, the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is cancelling this year’s Ravens Gala, a year-end formal event. The ticket sales were lower than expected and CUSA took a loss in 2016, according to Zameer Masjedee, CUSA vice-president (student life). This is after the galas held from 2013 to 2015 sold out and broke even. “When we came into this year, we wanted to make sure that we had a successful event, but it wasn’t an event that put us in the hole,” he said of the decision to cancel. According to CUSA president Fahd Alhattab, about 150 to 200 people attended last year’s gala, while 300 students attended in 2015. The 2016 gala was held at the Canadian Museum […]

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CUSA service centres to reduce summer hours

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is reducing hours at its service centres over the summer to save money, according to the association’s president, Fahd Alhattab. Alhattab said the cuts are intended to save about $25,000 paid in co-ordinators’ salaries—money that would then be funnelled back into service centres’ operations in the fall. “All the money is going back into the service centres so they have more to play with, more to do. They could have a bigger impact because of that,” Alhattab said. He said the centres’ co-ordinators would see their hours reduced by about half. According to him, centres with one co-ordinator—the Mawandoseg Centre and the Health and Wellness Resource Centre—would be open for 10 hours per week, […]

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