Students create Bluetooth hub

Greg Zakharov, a fourth-year accounting student at Carleton, has developed an accessory that enables users to connect mobile devices to multiple Bluetooth speakers at once to improve surround sound quality. Along with his associate, Thomas Keating, a fourth-year information systems student who Zakharov met in class, the pair has started Vostok-Air, a company that produces and sells the “Hu.B” device. After receiving a second Bluetooth speaker from his brother for Christmas three years ago, Zakharov said he had an idea: why not place both speakers on either side of the room and enjoy a surround sound experience? “Couldn’t do it. Bluetooth doesn’t allow you to do that,” he said. Forgetting about the issue for a couple of years before starting […]

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Disqualified Change slate candidate Ashley Courchene takes CUSA to court

Disqualified Change slate and elected vice-president (student services) candidate Ashley Courchene is continuing his campaign to challenge his dismissal from the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA). Courchene and his former campaign manager Adam Carroll launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $10,000 in April, the legal fees associated with pursuing a court injunction to prevent incumbent vice-president (student services) Frena Hailekiros from assuming the position. This leaves the position empty until either further legal action is taken or be reinstated in the job. Courchene was then disqualified by the CUSA electoral board, along with the entire Change slate, over allegations of impersonating a professor and campaigning on voting days. The electoral board later repealed the disqualification after appeals from the Change […]

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Disqualified Change slate members start online fundraiser for legal fees

Disqualified Change slate candidate Ashley Courchene and his former campaign manager Adam Carroll have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the legal fees associated with pursuing a court injunction. The online fundraiser comes after Change slate’s unsuccessful appeal to the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA)’s constitutional board, which ruled to disqualify the slate and remove Courchene from his elected seat as vice-president (student services) over allegations of impersonating a professor and campaigning on voting days. The online campaign’s description explains that an injunction would serve to keep the position of vice-president (student services) vacant until further legal action could be undertaken. This would mean that neither Courchene, originally elected for the position, nor his opponent, incumbent vice-president (student […]

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Opinion: City priorities wrong to cut drop-in centre funding

We might toss a coin into someone’s cup downtown, but that doesn’t mean we have profoundly acknowledged the homeless. The Odawa Native Friendship Centre, which serves the Aboriginal homeless, is being forced to close its drop-in centre after having its funding cut by the City of Ottawa. It is patently unacceptable that on unceded Algonquin territory, we do not recognize the need for Aboriginal leadership within programming for the homeless. It is estimated First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people make up more than 20 per cent of the homeless population in Ottawa, despite accounting for only 1.1 per cent of the overall community. In an attempt to save the centre which serves between 60-100 people each day, an Indiegogo crowdfunding […]

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Carleton alums appear on Dragon’s Den

Carleton alumni Jeff Davis and Jonah Brotman made their pitch on Dragon’s Den on Feb. 3, walking away with $50,000 and the support of Canada’s wealthiest barber. Davis and Brotman met at Carleton during their undergraduate studies and have since co-founded the StashBelt, a belt with a built in zipper that travellers can use to safely carry money or documents. The products are handmade in Kenya, and were inspired by Davis’s experience working as a journalist in Nairobi. While reporting on post-election violence in 2007, Davis was arrested and accused of being an American spy. “He didn’t have his passport on him,” Brotman said. “But he did have a little money belt that his dad had actually hand sewn for […]

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