CUSA service centres to reduce summer hours

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is reducing hours at its service centres over the summer to save money, according to the association’s president, Fahd Alhattab. Alhattab said the cuts are intended to save about $25,000 paid in co-ordinators’ salaries—money that would then be funnelled back into service centres’ operations in the fall. “All the money is going back into the service centres so they have more to play with, more to do. They could have a bigger impact because of that,” Alhattab said. He said the centres’ co-ordinators would see their hours reduced by about half. According to him, centres with one co-ordinator—the Mawandoseg Centre and the Health and Wellness Resource Centre—would be open for 10 hours per week, […]

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Equity Services hosts Emma Sulkowicz

Carleton University’s Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) is hailing art as a form of healing and understanding. The school’s Equity Services brought Emma Sulkowicz, an award-winning artist and activist, to campus as the final part of Carleton’s International Womyn’s Week on March 10. Nearly 100 people braved the cold on Friday night to listen to Sulkowicz, a Columbia University visual arts graduate best known for her senior thesis, Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight). Sulkowicz began carrying her dorm mattress everywhere she went at Columbia in September 2014, intending to stop only if her alleged rapist was expelled or left the university. She carried the mattress for nine months until their joint graduation in May 2015. “When it comes to sexual […]

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New Brunswick adds tuition relief for middle-class

The New Brunswick provincial government is following in other provinces’ footsteps by increasing tuition relief for middle-class students for the 2017-18 school year. The new Tuition Relief for the Middle Class (TRMC) program, available to New Brunswick full-time students enrolled in a university or college on or after Aug. 1, will further subsidize the cost of higher education in middle-class families. The TRMC surpasses the coverage provided by the Tuition Access Bursary (TAB)—a similar tuition relief initiative for the 2016-17 school year—that offered financial assistance to college and university students whose families earned $60,000 or less per year. The New Brunswick government confirmed the TAB fell short of its target to help approximately 7,100 students—23 per cent of the student […]

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Women’s-only gym hour campaign changes goals

The campaign for a women’s-only gym hour at Carleton had changed its goals in response to student feedback collected last semester.   The revamped campaign is now championing women’s fitness programs that don’t restrict operations at Carleton’s gym, as opposed to a women’s-only gym hour, according to Sydney Schneider, the programming co-ordinator at the Womyn’s Centre. Other goals include seeking improved sensitivity training, hiring more gender-diverse employees, and increasing promotion of women’s varsity sports in the Athletics facilities, Schneider said. “These are concrete changes that will change the atmosphere at Athletics [and] will help with the male-dominated space and sexual violence in the facilities,” Schneider said. Ashley Courchene, the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) vice-president (student services), said he agreed […]

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Midterm reviews: checking in with the GSA on their election promises

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With the current Graduate Students’Association (GSA) executive halfway through their term, The Charlatan interviewed GSA president Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah on the progress that has been made so far on their campaign promises. Promise: Introduce an ongoing graduate student survey to provide feedback on the GSA’s services. Ongoing: GSA president Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah said the GSA has decided to release the survey at the end of this academic year. According to Owusu-Akyeeah, offering an end of year survey would present students with an opportunity for deeper reflection because they would have a full year of experience using the GSA’s services. Owusu-Akyeeah said questions would focus on topics such as support for student parents and student engagement through Carleton’s political processes. She added that the […]

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