Letter: News needs to be consumed more critically on social media

Most of you reading this probably get your news from social media first. You might see something on Facebook/Twitter/Reddit/Snapchat and then go to a news site like Metro, the Globe and Mail, or the Charlatan, but how many of you turn on the T.V. at a set time every day and watch your news? And how many of you even have a T.V. with cable if you’re a university student living away from your parents? Getting news from social media isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but social media algorithms definitely show you news catered to what you’ve searched before. Facebook tracks your click history (and even allows you to hide content from any source you wish), making the news we […]

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Top news stories of the 2016-17 year

As the 2016-17 school year comes to a close, The Charlatan looks back on some of the top stories of this year. These are the stories that have generated the most campus conversation and controversy, the ones with the most frequent coverage—as well as a few fun ones to remember. Student Union Building Referendum The student union building was a campus project that began with last year’s promise by Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) slate Your Carleton to bring forward a new student union building for Carleton students if elected. When Your Carleton was elected, consultations to put together a plan for the building were carried out, and controversy over the issue ignited from there—the survey for consultations had not […]

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CUPE 4600 reaches tentative agreement with university

The union representing teaching assistants and contract instructors at Carleton have reached a tentative agreement with the university. After bargaining between both sides continued over the weekend, Canadian Union for Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4600 members began picketing shortly after 6 a.m. on March 6, the first day a strike would have been legally possible. The picket lines were up for about an hour, before CUPE 4600 posted a tweet at 7:21 a.m. that stated they had reached a tentative deal with the university. Rob Thomas, the assistant vice-president (human resources) at Carleton, said in a statement posted on the university’s website that “the university is operating as usual.” According to the statement, details of the tentative agreement will be released […]

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Two Carleton PhD students awarded Vanier scholarships

Two Carleton PhD students were awarded with the prestigious Vanier Scholarship, which will supply them each with $50,000 per year, for up to three years. Rawan Alkurd and Joanne Farrall are both in the second year of their PhD, but their areas of research are different. The Vanier Scholarship judges applicants based on leadership, research potential, and academic excellence, according to the scholarship website. The applicants are given a score in each area and the score is then totalled to determine a winner. Alkurd is currently pursuing her PhD in computer engineering. According to her research supervisor, Halim Yanikomeroglu, her field of research is on wireless technologies, specifically the fifth generation, which he believes will be available to the public […]

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Research Blog: Carleton prof finds solution for devastating budworm

Over the past 25 years, Carleton professor David Miller has worked to discover a type of fungus, also known as an endophyte, that provides an environmentally friendly solution for a major pest in Canada’s forestry industry. Miller discovered a fungus that occurs naturally in the needles of coniferous trees, and is toxic to the eastern spruce budworm, an insect that is responsible for the destruction of millions of acres of forests across Canada. His efforts were recognized this past February, when he received the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Synergy Award. The spruce budworm is an epidemic that threatens the health of Canada’s forests as well as the jobs and economic benefits of the forestry industry, Miller said. According […]

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