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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Unofficial GSA election results released

The unofficial results for the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) election were released online on March 23. The Grads United slate, which ran unopposed, won all five executive positions. Current GSA president Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah was elected as vice-president (operations) with a total of 215 yes votes, the most of any executive candidate. Eric Hitsman, the current vice-president (operations) received 195 yes votes, and will take the helm of the association as president in the 2017-18 school year. Current vice-president (finance) Taylor Howarth will retain her position in the upcoming year, receiving 199 yes votes. Jenna Amirault, the current vice-president (external) will also keep her position, having received 209 yes votes. Jay Ramasubramanyam, the only candidate not part of the current executive, received 202 […]

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BLK SZN highlights importance of celebrating Blackness year round

Carleton’s Black History Month celebration, BLK SZN is about highlighting that blackness is always in season, according to Selali Ayitey Wallace, the volunteer co-ordinator. Ayitey Wallace said Black people often get to celebrate their blackness only in February, but added that it is something that should rather be celebrated all the time. “You shouldn’t only be celebrating the diversity in blackness in February,” she said.   BLK SZN, pronounced “black season,” is organized by the Carleton University Students’ Association’s (CUSA) Race, Ethnicity and Culture (REC) Hall, in collaboration with the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), The Womyn’s Centre, and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre. GSA president Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah said it’s important to celebrate Black History Month on campus. She said […]

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Student activism in the Trump era

Donald Trump took his seat as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20. Less than two months later, global citizens have been banding together and protesting in response to his leadership. The Women’s March in Washington, D.C. and around the world, and the demonstrations across the globe against Trump’s travel ban, are just a few examples of solidarity. And students are no stranger to this type of activism. Students have a long history of social activism, and the number of student activists is on the rise. According to the American Freshman National Survey from 2014 to 2015, there was a 2.9 per cent increase in those who said there was a “very good chance” of them participating […]

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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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