Editorial: CUSA transparency is needed

The 2018 Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) elections saw an unprecedented result: the ‘no confidence’ option won three out of the six executive positions—including that of CUSA president. This was only the second year the ‘no confidence’ option was included on the ballot, leaving one to wonder what election results could have been, had the option been included on the ballot in previous years. The voter results show that students at Carleton are not only discontent with the choice of candidates, but with their students’ association as a whole. This isn’t to say that the candidates weren’t qualified. It just means that students don’t know if they are or not, and therefore aren’t willing to vote on it. Some argue […]

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Letter: Lack of CUSA candidates shows lack of democracy

I voted ‘no confidence.’ And before the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) officials and One Carleton supporters start telling me it is not their fault more candidates did not come forward to run in the election, let me say that I blame both CUSA and the One Carleton candidates for the lack of variety in candidates. Every year, Carleton students are faced with a flurry of candidates in the tunnels during January. Some students might be interested in what these candidates might have to offer. Others may be trying their best to avoid talking to them by putting on their headphones, avoiding eye contact or by simply being honest that they are not interested in talking. This year, there was […]

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Students call for better election advertising

Many students are blaming the lack of candidates in the 2018 Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) election on a failure to sufficiently advertise the election. Chief electoral officer (CEO), Nada Ibrahim, said it’s CUSA’s job to advertise elections. Because the members of the Elections Office weren’t hired until January this year, she said it wasn’t possible to advertise the elections far in advance. She also said her previous years working at the Elections Office began in November, which made it easier to advertise elections. CUSA president Zameer Masjedee said the elections were advertised through posters around campus, a Facebook page, and Facebook advertisements. He said advertising is “primarily” the job of the Elections Office. “It is [the Elections Office’s] job—you […]

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Opinion: Change the CUSA electoral process

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is broken. CUSA is corrupt. CUSA is not working for students. I have heard these sentiments spoken by my peers over the past few weeks. Sometimes, it seems the most basic operation of our students’ association elicits a range of responses: ambivalence, incredulousness, anger, indifference, frustration—the list could go on. This undercurrent of dissatisfaction is quiet for most of the year, until it bubbles to the surface during election season. We would do well to listen when it does appear. It is easy to dismiss these voices as unduly negative. We can tell ourselves that they are the rumblings of an unengaged student body. Agitators who will never be satisfied. Complainers, not doers. This […]

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‘No confidence’ win leads to byelection

Three executive positions for the 2018-19 academic year are still up for grabs in the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) after a large number of ‘no confidence’ votes. A total of 9,564 votes were cast—34.9 per cent of the undergraduate student body—a small decrease from the 2017 elections, which saw a 37.2 per cent voter turnout. Chief electoral officer Nada Ibrahim said the byelection will likely be in March, but the Elections Office has yet to determine the exact dates. According to Ibrahim, it will cost $4,500 to run a byelection. Three uncontested One Carleton candidates—David Oladejo (president), Natalie York (vice-president (internal), and Cassandra Ambar (vice-president (student services)—were not elected, with the majority of the vote going to no confidence. The […]

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