International students flock to Canadian universities

With the end of 2017 near, Maclean’s has published their annual review of Canadian universities, showcasing where out-of-province and international students are flocking. From the foreign student category, the University of British Columbia (UBC), McGill University, and Bishop’s University took gold, silver, and bronze on their number of enrolled international students. However, Carleton was ranked 18th on this list, with 12.5 per cent of the first-year undergraduate population travelling from foreign countries to enroll. From the out-of-province category, Mount Allison University took first with 51.2 per cent of its first-year student population coming from different provinces. From this section, Carleton stands at 26th place, with only 8.8 per cent of the undergraduate student body coming from out-of-province. What are universities […]

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Mount Allison gender studies program facing drastic cuts

The Women and Gender Studies (WGST) department at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B. may be scaled back as a result of significant funding cuts. The program, which has been at the university for 17 years, is facing cuts due to a recent budget revision made by the university, according to an email sent to students from WGST acting director Lisa Dawn. Dawn told CBC News on Feb. 8 that $12,000 has been committed to the program. Mount Allison vice-president Gloria Jollymore said the budget has not been finalized yet, and at least two of the four WGST core courses will be offered in the next academic year. “We have no intention of cutting or eliminating the Women’s and Gender […]

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Ravens victorious in CIS East-West bowl

Two members of the Ravens football team represented Carleton at this year’s East-West Bowl on May 9 in Montreal. This was the 13th year of the event. Ravens offensive lineman Bobby Thomson and defensive lineman Stefan Carty both saw plenty of field time under coach Danny Maciocia’s victorious Team East. Drew Burko (University of Saskatchewan) and Brandon Leyh (Mount Allison University) combined for 333 passing yards and three touchdowns for the East, which took the East-West Bowl by a score of 29-21. “The whole week was a really great experience,” said Thomson, an offensive lineman who spent his rookie season in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) at the University of Manitoba before coming to Carleton. “We were there with all […]

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A look back at previous Canadian university strikes

Carleton University avoided a potential strike March 10 when teaching assistants and contract instructors represented by CUPE 4600 reached a tentative settlement at about 1:30 a.m. Some students at other Canadian universities have not been as lucky in recent years. York University CUPE Local 3903, the union representing approximately 950 contract faculty, 1,850 teaching assistants, and 550 graduate assistants went on strike at York University in November 2008, according to York spokesperson Janice Walls. The union and the university had been involved in unsuccessful negotiations for several months over issues such as wages, benefits, and job security, Walls said. She called the situation “distressing” for students, particularly those in their final year of study. The strike lasted for 12 weeks […]

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Mount Allison strike continues

Mount Allison University administration and faculty returned to the bargaining table Feb. 5 amid an ongoing strike. The strike by the Mount Allison Faculty Association (MAFA) began Jan. 27 after 86 per cent of its members voted for it. The strike vote was instigated by six months of contract negotiations where the association claimed university administration “rejected . . . most of MAFA’s proposals,” according to the MAFA collective bargaining website. A conciliation process from August to December 2013 was unsuccessful. A provincially-appointed mediator has been working with both parties since Jan. 5. The association said its proposals provide “greater support to the academic mission of the university” and improve working conditions for its members. University provost and vice-president (academic […]

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