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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Letter: CFS debate must be based on facts

As one of two Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) member locals at Carleton University, we feel it important to respond to The Charlatan’s article: “U of T students’ union, CUSA support leaving CFS” to address a number of factual errors. If a debate on membership is going to be had on campus, let it be a real debate that is not obscured by the Carleton University Students Association (CUSA)’s “alternative facts.” The Graduate Students’ Association is Local 78 and a proud member of the CFS. We believe the Federation is the only national student movement dedicated to maintaining a public, affordable system of high-quality post-secondary education. It is also an important voice for students, and serves as a national progressive […]

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Carleton votes on tuition increase while students protest outside

The Carleton Board of Governors (BoG) voted on Feb. 2 to raise the cost of tuition at the university by the maximum allowable amount for the next two academic years. The three per cent average annual increase means the tuition cost of some programs will go up less, but others will go up more. Under the plan approved by the BoG, domestic annual tuition rates will increase by three per cent in the 2017-18 year and the 2018-19 school year, respectively. Fees for international students will increase three to eight per cent in each school year. Fahd Alhattab and Greg Owens, the two undergraduate student representatives, along with Michael Bueckert, the graduate student representative, were the only members on the BoG […]

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Campus Safety director pushes protestors, video shows

A video showing the director of the Department of University Safety, Allan Burns, forcefully pushing student protestors out of the entrance of Richcraft Hall circulated online on Dec. 1, following a Board of Governors (BoG) meeting held the same day. The meeting saw the approval of the highly-debated sexual violence policy. Students were outside Richcraft Hall to protest the policy during the BoG meeting. The video was posted online by Jenna Amirault, the vice-president (external) of the GSA, and has since been taken down. Steven Reid, Carleton’s media relations officer, said in an email that student protestors were dangerously attempting to climb the overhang of the building, and Campus Safety officers were required to take action. “As a result, Carleton […]

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