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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Abstentions latest to offer a vegan option on campus

With the recent addition of vegan ice cream at Abstentions, the convenience store joined the likes of Mike’s Place and Rooster’s as restaurants that offer vegan food at Carleton. Not to be left out, Carleton University Dining Services, the organization in charge of the cafeteria in Residence Commons among other on-campus locations, has offered vegan options for a while now. Jane Skapinker, a registered dietitian for Dining Services, said they are always trying to offer more vegan options. “While we may not have used the term ‘vegan,’ we have always made an effort to incorporate a variety of foods, including plant based foods,” Skapinker said, “and as the demand has grown for vegan foods, so have our options.” Indeed, the […]

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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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What it takes to defederate from the CFS

The incoming Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) executive has promised students they will pursue a defederation campaign from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) in the upcoming school year. The CFS is a national organization made up of undergraduate and graduate student associations from across the country who pay membership fees. CUSA was one of the founding members of the CFS in 1981. The Charlatan spoke to members of CUSA and the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) to find out more about defederation, and where CUSA currently stands in the process. What steps are needed to defederate? Student associations who are part of the CFS belong to both the national organization as well as their respective provincial organization. In order to […]

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Students propose bringing a general assembly to Carleton

The Carleton Revolutionary Student Movement (RSM) held a meeting on March 23 with the goal of establishing a general assembly as the highest decision-making body within the university’s undergraduate student union. Currently, the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) executives hold the highest decision-making power in CUSA. The proposed model would “give students direct control of the politics of the student union,” said Christian Splinter, RSM member and chair of the meeting. “This way CUSA can be truly held accountable by the student body.” He said the general assembly would be open to all full-time undergraduate students and would meet at least once per semester. At the meeting, any student could propose a motion, which would then be voted on by […]

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