Top news stories of the 2016-17 year

As the 2016-17 school year comes to a close, The Charlatan looks back on some of the top stories of this year. These are the stories that have generated the most campus conversation and controversy, the ones with the most frequent coverage—as well as a few fun ones to remember. Student Union Building Referendum The student union building was a campus project that began with last year’s promise by Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) slate Your Carleton to bring forward a new student union building for Carleton students if elected. When Your Carleton was elected, consultations to put together a plan for the building were carried out, and controversy over the issue ignited from there—the survey for consultations had not […]

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Waterloo student paper braces for eviction

The undergraduate student union at the University of Waterloo is receiving criticism from the school’s largest student newspaper over plans to evict the newspaper from its current office. The Imprint’s office has been at its current location in Waterloo’s Student Learning Centre (SLC), the university’s primary student building, for more than 30 years. They rent the space directly from the Federation of Students (Feds). The Imprint’s executive editor, Alliya Kanani, said she feels the eviction could be politically motivated, partially resulting from negative news coverage on the student union. “It is our impression that personal feelings could have been involved,” she said. “We had a couple of stories towards the end of last term where Feds didn’t hide their negative […]

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OPIRG avoids eviction, signs new lease with CUSA

The Carleton branch of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) evaded their impending eviction from 326UC, as the group signed a new lease with the Carleton University Student’s Association (CUSA) July 29. OPIRG and CUSA released a joint statement confirming the two groups have reached a new agreement: a seven-month lease, which will become a month-to-month lease when it expires. “OPIRG-Carleton and its membership expressed concerns that the new office would hinder its ability to continue the organization’s work on campus. Taking this into consideration CUSA began looking for a solutions that would be mutually beneficial to both organizations,” the statement reads. CUSA President Fahd Alhattab said he thinks the new agreement with OPIRG is something to celebrate. “Our […]

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