Maclean’s ranks universities by marijuana use

As the government is in the midst of legalizing marijuana, Maclean’s magazine has released a survey revealing how many students per university smoke cannabis in Canada. The self-reported study shows that students at Bishop’s University have the highest marijuana usage with 60 per cent of students reporting that they smoke. Maclean’s also categorized the survey by program of study which found that students in philosophy smoke the most. Fifty-seven per cent of philosophy students said they use cannabis occasionally to everyday. However, out of all the students that reported their use of marijuana, 63 per cent said they never smoke, while only two per cent revealed that they smoke daily. Carleton University ranked 11th out of 49 universities. Forty-three per […]

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OPINION: Let your boy love butterflies

“Not the pink giraffe,” a father will often say with a note of fear in his voice, steering his chubby-cheeked little boy away from the stuffed animal he was trying to hug. “Look at this yellow one, over here!” Comments like this are ones I hear everyday at my summer employment. Although there is no correlation between your genitalia and what you’re supposed to like, I hear people relating those factors all the time. This has big implications when you realize these moulds affect people for the rest of their lives, especially in post-secondary education. There are more males in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields and more females in the arts. This is a true fact in Canada […]

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Letter: Carleton’s safety approach to St. Patrick’s Day makes sense

St. Patrick’s Day is near and with it the inevitable green-themed, alcohol-brimming celebrations. Students have been known to congregate in large numbers for the festivities, bringing with them a trend of binge drinking. This can be a concern for the safety of local students and neighbourhoods, and with other universities, such as Wilfrid Laurier, clamping down, Carleton’s more moderate approach that emphasizes safety rather than banning the celebrations altogether is more sensible. Riots at Laurier have been particularly disconcerting. Past celebrations have featured thousands of intoxicated students and airborne beer bottles, causing school administration and police to crack down on celebrations. This year, Laurier is refusing to sell St. Patrick’s Day merchandise. According to Leanne Holland Brown, dean of students, […]

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Carleton hosts panel on social media and the federal election

Political junkies from all parties gathered to for a panel co-sponsored by Carleton’s Bell Chair and the Make an Electoral Democracy Research Program on Nov. 2. The panel, which was about the role of social media in the 2015 federal election, featured Rosemary Barton, the interim host of Power & Politics; Susan Delacourt, a political commentator who writes for the Toronto Star; and Paul Wells, political editor at Maclean’s magazine. Wells spoke about tactics used on social media, such as the hashtag #SawAnAd, which let voters keep tabs on each parties’ movements. Wells said he believed social media was successful in engaging voters. Barton also said she thought the parties used social media strategically. “No party was immune to the […]

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Petition asks Maclean’s to rank schools on ethical investments

Three recent Canadian university graduates, Kyuwon Kim, Yasmin Parodi, and Elysia Petrone, have launched a petition on change.org advocating that Maclean’s magazine add an “ethical investment” category to their annual university rankings issue. Almost 10,000 people have signed the petition since it was first posted last month. Universities are often criticised for investing in fossil fuel, tobacco, and weapons companies. “Students are attending universities to be future human-rights activists, environmentalists, economists, said Kim, who has a degree in natural resources conservation. “It is backwards that the institution that we attended, where we learned to better the world, is investing in activities that are contributing to problems that we are trying to solve.” Debate surrounds what exactly the phrase “ethical investment” […]

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