Mindfulness meditation and you: An alternative way to cope with stress and anxiety

As exam season quickly approaches and the semester comes to an end, stress is in the air. Mindfulness meditation is an increasingly popular tool recommended by healthcare professionals to help individuals relax the body and the mind, and cope with stress, anxiety, and depression. So what is the truth about mindfulness meditation, and could it actually be beneficial to you? Defining mindfulness Mindfulness can be practiced at any time, anywhere—or all the time and everywhere, as Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh explained in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Mindfulness is a unique and personalized experience for those who try it, according to Heather MacLean, a neurology professor at the University of Ottawa (U of O). In a November 2016 lecture, […]

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CASG proposes course outline policy change

Carleton’s Academic Student Government (CASG) is putting forth a proposal to Carleton’s Senate that would require professors to post course outlines a week before classes begin. The current policy allows professors to distribute the syllabi the day before the class begins. Justin Bergamini, CASG’s vice-president (operations), said he wants to ensure that students are not overwhelmed at the beginning of a semester. “Getting these course outlines available a week in advance would allow students to prepare themselves more for their year . . . a little bit of preparation at the beginning of the year can go a long way,” he said. Bergamini added students could explore more cost-friendly textbook options and better prepare for the semester ahead if the […]

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Science student societies evicted from office space

Five of Carleton’s science societies have been evicted from their offices in the Herzberg Laboratories to make room for neuroscience faculty members. This decision comes as a direct result of the current renovations to the Life Sciences Research Building—the building that serves as the neuroscience department’s research and office space. The evicted societies are the Carleton Student Science Society, the Physics Society, the Math Society, the Earth Science Society, and the Neuroscience Society. “These societies are vital to the experiences of the students they represent, and the loss of their office space will significantly impact their ability to plan and carry out their programming,” said Justin Bergamini, vice-president (operations) of the Carleton Academic Student Government (CASG), in an official statement. […]

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Justin Bergamini, public affairs

My name is Justin Bergamini, and I am currently in my third year of communications studies with a minor in economics. Throughout my time at Carleton I have had the opportunity of getting involved on campus in a variety of ways, including participating in frosh week as a facilitator, being in the FPA Ambassador program, and serving as a member of the executive team of the Communication Undergraduate Student Society. Getting involved with the communications society has been one of the best decisions of my university career. Not only have I been able to help fellow communications students with our events and programming, but I have made a bunch of great friends along the way. I truly believe mental health […]

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Public affairs candidates for CUSA 2014-15

Name: Fahd Alhattab Program: Political Science and Economics Position running for: Public affairs councillor 1) Why are you running for CUSA? I’m running for CUSA because I feel like I can bring a great deal of experience to the table and really improve our students’ association for the best interest of all students. I’m very passionate about community development and we need to continue in strengthening our CUSA student community. 2) What do you think makes you a good candidate? My experience in non-profit and charity organization across Canada. I have diverse roles that I play in the community from from being Youth Ottawa’s Board chair, to leading fundraiser with Childrens’ Wish Foundation and on the ground volunteer with the […]

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