Carleton observes increase in American student enrolment

Many Canadian universities have experienced a surge in enrolment from American students, which some have attributed to Donald Trump’s presidential election. In a recent Metro News article, Carleton media relations officer Steven Reid said the university’s American enrolment rate was not expected to change due to the U.S. political climate. “Traditionally, international students comprise 13 per cent of the campus population with representation from over 150 countries. It is anticipated that this percentage of international students will remain stable,” Reid said. According to the Metro article, American students became more interested in studying at Canadian post-secondary institutions after Trump’s election, a phenomenon referred to as the “Trump-bump.” Carleton isn’t the only Canadian university experiencing an increase in American  student interest. […]

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Q+A: New president Alastair Summerlee commits to transparency

Alastair Summerlee has officially taken office as Carleton’s interim president and vice-chancellor for the 2017-18 academic year, replacing Roseann Runte. Summerlee holds a PhD in medical sciences from the University of Bristol in England. He joined the University of Guelph’s (U of G) faculty in 1988 as a professor of biomedical sciences and advanced to different positions, including dean of the Ontario Veterinary College, until he was appointed as the U of G’s seventh president and vice-chancellor in 2003. The Charlatan spoke with Summerlee, Carleton’s 14th president, about his first experiences on campus and his goals for the year. The Charlatan (TC): You served two terms as president of the U of G, from 2003 until 2014. What did you […]

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Questions answered: What to know about the new Health Science Building

Unless you’re a long-distance student, or have an extremely poor attendance record, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the hulking mass of construction which has loomed over the Steacie Building for the past year and a half. If either of the aforementioned categories do apply to you: meet the Health Science Building. The Charlatan reviewed university documents about the building and talked to Darryl Boyce, Carleton vice-president (facilities management and planning), to answer some questions about the new building. Here are seven things to know about what’s happened so far, what has yet to be done, and what Carleton has planned for the new building going forward. What’s it for, and what will go into it when it’s done? The building is intended […]

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GSA implements new grant for students with children

The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) has launched a $4,000 grant designed to assist student-parents pursuing graduate studies at Carleton. The grant, created in January, aims to supplement graduate students’ costs for childcare so that they can attend academic events outside of regular school or childcare hours, such as during weekends and evenings. Eligible students can apply for several grants, to a maximum of $250 per student, per fiscal year, according to the GSA website. The grant is the brainchild of Victoria Simmons, a sociology and anthropology PhD student. Simmons, who has been a parent for the entirety of her graduate studies, said the responsibility of finding childcare presents an “economic barrier that we [fellow student-parents] face that perhaps other students […]

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