Students express faith through music

Residence students walking past Oasis in Residence Commons on a Friday night may encounter a crowd of people singing together. These events are led by House of Worship Ottawa (HOWO), a team of Christian musicians who hold musical gatherings every two weeks, either at Carleton at the University Centre at the University of Ottawa (U of O).   Joanna Abalos, the founder of HOWO, said the vision of the team was “to see lives changed through Jesus as we share our joy in God’s truth and love and worship.” Abalos added that the idea for HOWO originated from practicing Christian worship music around campus. “Almost every single time that we were worshipping,, someone would approach us and ask us what […]

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RRRA Midterm Review

Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) Promise: Put a greater focus on mental health. Yes: RRRA president Hyder Naqvi said via email that they have reached out to existing resources that are on campus and applied the focus to students living on residence and that they have “supportive events for exam season.” Promise: Bring back intramural sports in the Residence House Cup. Yes: RRRA partnered with Carleton Athletics and had a soccer tournament, where the second floor of Lanark was declared the winner, Naqvi said. He also said they’re looking forward to events in the winter, where they can incorporate the canal and celebrate RRRA’s fiftieth anniversary. Promise: Provide free feminine hygiene products. Yes: Naqvi stressed how this was a big […]

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RRRA’s promise to replace Mac Daddy’s “unlikely”

The Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) executive promised during their past two elections to replace the Mac Daddy’s in Oasis, but increased sales may make it less likely. Current RRRA President Hyder Naqvi said his team wanted to replace the Mac Daddy’s last year, and the promise was again part of his re-election campaign this year. “I would love to find a replacement for Mac Daddy’s, so right now we are in talks [with the university] regarding this change,” Naqvi said. Naqvi said RRRA is in the early stages of the process, and that he is meeting with the university on March 23, which “will determine how we are moving forward with this.” Aramark, a food services company, runs Carleton’s […]

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Editorial: Replacing Mac Daddy’s is unlikely

As part of their 2016-17 campaign promises, the Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) executive told students they would replace the Mac Daddy’s franchise in Oasis with a Burrito Shack. Now, with a new RRRA executive set to take over in the summer, led by incumbent president Hyder Naqvi, there have been no changes made to the food options in Oasis. Nonetheless, Naqvi’s new Next Step slate still promised students during the February 2017 election that they would replace the Mac Daddy’s—although it is now unclear what other option they would bring in. Replacing the Mac Daddy’s is not as simple as it sounds, as the decision to replace a franchise is not up to RRRA. Carleton’s food services are tied […]

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Letter: RRRA has failed residence students

Over the past six months, I have had the pleasure of being on the Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) student council as a floor representative, where I have been a member of multiple committees. When I ran for floor representative, I was feeling optimistic that this organization would make a profound impact on living in residence, and had faith with the leadership of the RRRA executives. That couldn’t be any further from the truth. The reality of RRRA is that it’s horrendous. From my own experience, RRRA has failed residence students. Programming has been boring, and the initiatives created for students have vastly been exclusive and limited. RRRA executives are responsible for encouraging council members and the residence community to […]

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