Frank. phone Indiegogo campaign suspended

The crowd-funding site Indiegogo has suspended former Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) President Fahd Alhattab’s kick-starter campaign for his Frank. cell phone company. A Sept. 20 post to Frank.’s Facebook page explained the suspension as an accident. Alhattab said issues arose because the company replicated the model of the phone, meaning they used a pre-existing design and model rather than an original design. “Let’s be frank: our team made a mistake in our choice of language and design presentation, leading to misconceptions and serious consequences that we tried to rectify by cleaning up our campaign and in interviews with the media,” the post stated. In a previous interview with The Charlatan, Alhattab said he collaborated with quality assurance engineers and […]

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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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