CUSA accused of conflict of interest

A former Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) president has levelled allegations of conflict of interest towards former Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) president Fahd Alhattab, regarding the hiring of a consulting company led by Alhattab’s former CUSA council campaign manager. In March 2016, CUSA hired the Sarkany Group to analyze their businesses and service centres, and to make recommendations to increase profits and student satisfaction. CUSA paid approximately $20,000 for six months of full-time work from two consultants, Alhattab said. According to Alhattab, “. . . the deal that we got, for two consultants who have award recognition and have done other clients and have brought real good quality expertise from the field into our businesses, we got a really good […]

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Editorial: BoG needs to respect student voices

At its Dec. 1 meeting, the Board of Governors (BoG) voted to approve the current version of Carleton’s sexual violence policy. This was despite opposition from three student representatives on the Board—Greg Owens, Fahd Alhattab, and Michael Bueckert. The policy passed, with all non-student members of the Board voting to approve it. This gulf between student representatives and the rest of the Board shows the disconnect between Carleton’s BoG and the larger student body, and a desire to rush the implementation of a sexual violence policy to meet the government’s requirements. The process of getting to this point has been long, and many students have been very engaged with giving feedback on the policy. Students have let their voices be […]

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BoG discusses sexual violence policy, neuroscience eviction at latest meeting

UPDATE: The Student Union Building referendum failed to pass on Dec. 8.  Carleton’s new Sexual Violence Policy (SVP) was approved at Carleton’s Board of Governors (BoG) meeting on Dec 1. Three of the four student representatives on the board voted against the policy. The countdown to the meeting was one that had been running for months: it was the day the board would finally vote on Carleton’s draft sexual violence policy, amongst other motions. Protestors gathered outside Richcraft Hall with signs half an hour before the meeting, armed with chants such as “Hey hey, ho ho, this draft has got to go,” and stayed for the first part of the meeting. The meeting began with a moment of silence for […]

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BoG discusses Michael Wernick apology, sexual assault policy

Members of Carleton’s Board of Governor’s (BoG) ultimately voted to defeat a motion on Sept. 27 calling for vice-chair Michael Wernick to publicly apologize for comments he made in April 2015 comparing student protestors to “brownshirts and Maoists.” Greg Owens, undergraduate student governor, said he was “seeking to address an issue that seems to have gone through the cracks,” by putting the motion forward. “I draw our attention to this piece of history not to dig out skeletons from the closet, but to find closure to a rift between this board and one of its key stakeholders, the students,” Owens said. “We can disagree on tactics and we can disagree on decisions, but this does not give permission to any governor […]

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New health care plan passes at emergency CUSA council meeting

A new health care plan brought before the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) by the Health and Dental Plan Review Committee passed overwhelmingly with 17 votes in favour, six in abstention, and two against in an emergency council meeting April 6. The association saw over $1,690,000 in claims in the last year with more than 16,000 students enrolled in the program, according to Del Pereira, Studentcare account manager for CUSA. The fee for each member of the undergraduate student body was $158 for all semesters. The new package will see an increase of $34.77 to a total cost of $192.77. Currently, the health and dental plan is provided by Studentcare for all full-time students and members of CUSA, though it is […]

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