Grads United run uncontested for GSA executive

Four out of five of this year’s candidates in the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) election are running for re-election, and all are uncontested. Eric Hitsman, Jenna Amirault, Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah, Jay Ramasubramanyam, and Taylor Howarth make up this year’s single slate: Grads United.  Eric Hitsman, the current vice-president (operations) is running for president, while current president Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah is campaigning for Hitsman’s vice-president job. Hitsman said he wants to focus on keeping students involved, promote safe spaces for students and create opportunities for Indigenous representation. He added he also hopes to find solutions to the challenges brought by rising tuition fees, and to lobby for the establishment of a committee in Parliament to represent post-secondary students. David Thibodeau, the chief electoral […]

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GSA candidates campaign for a second mandate

Four out of five of this year’s candidates in the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) election are running for re-election, and all are uncontested. Eric Hitsman, Jenna Amirault, Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah, Jay Ramasubramanyam, and Taylor Howarth make up this year’s single slate: Grads United. Eric Hitsman, running for the role of GSA president, is the current vice-president (operations). He said he feels his current role has prepared him to take on more responsibility.    “This role is not necessarily to take over . . . it’s about working with your team, your people,” he said. This year, Hitsman said he wants to focus on keeping students involved, promoting safe spaces for students and creating opportunities for Indigenous representation. He added he hopes […]

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CUSA votes to increase financial transparency

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) council meeting on Oct. 20 amended a bylaw that states the regularity by which David Andrews, vice-president (finance), must present bi-monthly financial statements to council. The bylaw currently states that the vice-president (finance) is required to provide council with regular updates about financial affairs, as well as upon request. The argument presented during the meeting was that this bylaw is unspecific, as it does not mention how often these presentations should be made. The proposal was brought forth at a previous council meeting by arts and social sciences councillor Ruth Lau-MacDonald. Prior to this meeting, the Constitution and Policy Review Committee had voted unanimously that this amendment would specify the time as every two months. […]

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Carleton student reinvents the fire extinguisher

Rob Shudra, a third-year industrial design student at Carleton, was recently named the national runner-up for the James Dyson Award after inventing an easier-to-use fire extinguisher. Twist, a more ergonomic fire extinguisher, can be used more easily by both left- and right-handed people than a regular one, Shudra said over email. He said he got the idea by looking into existing fire extinguishers, and noticing that they were dated and had significant problems.   “The current design, while effective at actually extinguishing fires, lacks in other regards, such as usability and ergonomics,” he said. Shudra’s redesign consists of a large circular barrel with a thicker handle and flexible hose, and works by rotating a ring 90 degrees so that it […]

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The freshman 15: Is it a myth?

Every student has heard the expression, the Freshman 15—the 15 pounds a typical student gains in their first year of university. A quick Google search of “freshman 15” brings up countless articles on how to avoid putting on this freshman fat, including ones that tell students to cut out sugary foods and stop stress eating. Even though research is plentiful, the results inconsistently determine the amount of weight a first-year student can expect to gain in university. So, do students actually gain 15 pounds, or is the Freshman 15 just a myth? Only a few pounds A study for the National Institute of Health (NIH) by Nicole L. Mihalopoulos, Peggy Auinger, and Jonathan D. Klein discovered that first-year students do gain a […]

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