RRRA postpones budget over discrepancies

The Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) was forced to delay tabling its budget due to discrepancies over executive tuition costs at its Nov. 27 council meeting. In the proposed 2017-18 budget, RRRA allocated $4,000 for executives’ summer tuition fees and $43,509 for their yearly academic tuition. According to the RRRA bylaws, “All executive members will be compensated for 1.5 course credits for their term as executive members.” However, Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) president Zameer Masjedee said the number was about $40,000 more than it should have been. “I’m just wondering what the justification is for that discrepancy,” Majsedee asked executive members at the meeting. He said the cost for 1.5 credits—or three courses—of the most expensive undergraduate degree at […]

Read more

Disqualified slate abandons legal action

The original winning slate in the 2017 Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) election that was disqualified due to electoral violations has decided to stop pursuing legal action against the association. Fresh RRRA’s three candidates—presidential candidate Nayla Al-Ajami, vice-president (programming) candidate Anthony Hajji and vice-president (administration) candidate Connor Thibodeau—expressed their intent to take legal action after the decision to hold another election was nullified by Patrick Watson, RRRA’s executive director. In an Aug. 15 Facebook post, Al-Ajami announced the decision to not pursue legal action, thanking the slate’s supporters and volunteers while vowing to “never forget the 50 votes we won by.” According to Al-Ajami, her slate decided to stop legal action because a lawsuit would be too expensive. “The cost […]

Read more

RRRA’s Abstentions closed for the summer

The Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) has opted to close its convenience store in Residence Commons for the summer. “Tomorrow is the LAST DAY! That abstenstions [sic] will be open until September! Come get what is left before it is all gone!” read an April 21 post on RRRA’s Facebook page. According to Hyder Naqvi, RRRA’s president, Abstentions is closed for an upgrade to its accounting system. “This will allow Abstentions to increase profits, reduce expenses, and create a better system to serve students,” Naqvi said via Facebook. Despite the store’s popularity with summer residence guests, Naqvi said Abstentions’ decreased summer activity compared to the fall and winter terms means the closure will not lead to a loss in profit. […]

Read more

Letter: RRRA electoral process needs change

The Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) continues to fail the electorate, and embarrass the Carleton community as a whole. Over the course of three months, students have been able to witness the shady underbelly of the organization firsthand, and they have expressed the need for change. Just after 11 p.m. on Feb. 14, the RRRA electoral office, consisting of Jessica Beaudoin-Walker and Zachary Meier, disqualified the Fresh RRRA slate. This was after the team was given a mere three hours to provide an appeal, a direct contravention of standard appeals procedure. The Constitutional Board, which is chaired by Zophia Brobio, then-vice-president (programming), ruled in favour of the electoral office. With a final appeal available to them through the RRRA council, […]

Read more

RRRA to hold new executive elections April 18 and 19

The Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) will be holding re-elections for executive positions later this month, on April 18 and 19. The decision came after Carleton ombudsperson Jim Kennelly was asked by council in March to review the result of the February election. The Fresh RRRA slate came in first place despite being disqualified the day before voting started after accumulating three electoral violations. The Next Step, led by incumbent president Hyder Naqvi, came in second but was named the winner because of the disqualification. At the last meeting council voted to accept the recommendations of Kennelly as a third party. “My solution is the students should decide on who represents them next year,” Kennelly said. He added that holding […]

Read more
1 2 3 4