Frank. phone Indiegogo campaign suspended

The crowd-funding site Indiegogo has suspended former Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) President Fahd Alhattab’s kick-starter campaign for his Frank. cell phone company. A Sept. 20 post to Frank.’s Facebook page explained the suspension as an accident. Alhattab said issues arose because the company replicated the model of the phone, meaning they used a pre-existing design and model rather than an original design. “Let’s be frank: our team made a mistake in our choice of language and design presentation, leading to misconceptions and serious consequences that we tried to rectify by cleaning up our campaign and in interviews with the media,” the post stated. In a previous interview with The Charlatan, Alhattab said he collaborated with quality assurance engineers and […]

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Former CUSA president starts smartphone company

After a year of planning and development, former president of the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) Fahd Alhattab is launching a Kickstarter on Sept. 5 to raise money for his latest project, a smartphone called “frank.” Plans for frank. began when Mohammed Omer, co-founder and chief technology officer of frank. technologies, was in Grade 9 and started drawing up ideas for an inexpensive smartphone that “not only worked well, but looked and felt more expensive than it actually was,” Omer said. “I’m a huge tech geek and I’m a huge design nerd, so I always found that in Androids there were options that were somewhat similar, in the sense that you could find phones that were cheap that weren’t bad. 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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Eritrean-Canadian youth awarded $3,000 in scholarships

Six Eritrean-Canadian high school students have earned $3,000 worth of scholarships after a Carleton student-founded organization held its first fundraiser gala to promote the merits of post-secondary education. The Eritrean Youth Initiative (EYI), a non-profit organization that works to empower and support Eritrean-Canadian high school students who want to pursue higher education, hosted accomplished university graduates and guests at the Centurion Conference and Event Centre on June 24. The scholarship recipients, selected by three people from Ottawa’s Eritrean community, are Nabayit Solomon, Eden Yohannes, Abel Mengistab, Rim Atsmegergish, Rim Zeghai and Melenna Awaju. The event, sponsored by the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) and Carleton’s Eritrean Students’ Association (CESA), saw over 300 people attend, including students and staff from different […]

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Year-end review: Following up on CUSA’s election promises

With the current Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) executive having completed their term, The Charlatan interviewed former CUSA President Fahd Alhattab to see which promises were kept, and which were broken. Promise: Increased coverage for mental health services. Kept: CUSA has expanded its health and dental plan, which now includes mental health counselling. According to Alhattab, the new plan has increased coverage to $35 per session, up to a maximum of $300. Alhattab said CUSA is working with the Health & Wellness Resource Centre co-ordinator on training for peer-to-peer mental health services, which he said is likely to be implemented this year. He said CUSA has also increased funding for Mental Health Awareness Week, to ensure that students know which […]

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