Scales added to Carleton change rooms after backlash

Weight scales have been put in the men’s and women’s changerooms at Carleton’s Athletics Centre after backlash from the removal of the scale earlier this month, according to Beth Gorham, manager of public affairs at Carleton.  Gorham said in a statement that the scale was originally removed because it was not working properly, but it had been part of a plan to push other health metrics than just weight, even before the scale’s malfunction. “People in Athletics think that it is a very important message to send that health overall has to do with more than just weight,” Gorham said. The original scale story gained a considerable amount of attention from North American news organizations over the past few weeks, […]

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Letter: A scale can be a trigger

Recently, Carleton University’s fitness centre removed the scale from their gym. The result has been an overwhelming amount of backlash from the online community. I understand where they are coming from, as a scale is a beneficial tool for many in their workout routine. That being said, I have a problem with how a lot of people have expressed their disagreement. Looking at the comments on the articles from The Charlatan, the Ottawa Citizen and other outlets, you will see the mention of a snowflake generation, hurt feelings and jokes about what a trigger is. What people are failing to realize is triggering someone isn’t the same thing as hurting their feelings. In many cases it can be life-threatening. For […]

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Carleton students campaign for women’s-only gym hours

A group of students at Carleton launched a campaign this week to implement women’s-only gym hours at the university fitness centre. The hours would consist of a set amount of time per week where only women can access the athletics facilities on campus. The campaign is a collaborative effort between Carleton’s Womyn’s Centre, the Carleton University Muslim Students’ Association (CUMSA), the Rideau River Residence Association, the Graduate Students’ Association and the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA). The group is currently using an online survey to determine students’ interest in the gym hours, according to Ashley Courchene, CUSA vice-president (student services). He said that 200 students have responded to the survey so far, with most supporting the idea. A group of […]

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Athletics removes alarms from lockers

Posters have been placed in the men’s gym change rooms warning users of an increase in thefts after eight were reported during the month of October, according to Allan Burns, director of the Department of University Safety. The thefts are being investigated by Ottawa police, Burns said. In a previous effort by the department of recreation and athletics to deter theft, alarms were placed in certain men’s lockers, along with posters warning users of the update. Burns said via email that the alarms were part of a ‘Bait Locker’ crime prevention program. Fran Craig, administrator of the Athletics’ Welcome Centre, said the project was an attempt to stop thefts from the men’s locker room. “A few years ago we experienced […]

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Letter: Gym time shouldn’t dictate confidence

RE: The “dadbod” should not be glorified, May 28 – June 24. In the May 28-June 24 issue, Andrew Price wrote a letter arguing why the “dadbod” phenomenon should not be celebrated by twenty-something men. I think that not celebrating anyone’s body image, male or female, sets a dangerous trend. While Price does explicitly stress the importance of respecting everyone’s bodies, his letter’s conclusion would suggest otherwise. The letter says, “Maybe it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if we all strove to better ourselves rather than falling back on something like the dadbod.” “Falling back” and “bettering ourselves” would imply an Animal Farm-like assumption. Perhaps all bodies are equal, but some bodies are more equal than others? […]

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