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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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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Editorial: In campus elections, focus on issues, not individuals

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) elections are about what candidates hope to bring to campus, whether that be planning fun activities or addressing students’ needs. At least, that’s what they’re supposed to be about. In previous years and especially in 2017, the debates became more about attacking individual candidates, rather than their platforms. This year, the elections office banned negative candidate-on-candidate campaigning. However, it’s also important for students at large to remember what elections are about—addressing the needs of students on campus. Students are quick to criticize old posts made by a candidate, but rarely do they spend the same amount of time considering platform points or campaign promises, which should be what election discussions are about. Negative campaigning […]

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CUSA elections see decrease in candidates

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) elections saw a significant decrease in candidates for the 2018 elections. A total of eight candidates—two independents and six from the One Carleton slate—were in the running on the first day of voting (Feb. 7), leaving four positions uncontested. Only the vice-president (student issues) and vice-president (student life) positions held two candidates as the independent candidate for vice-president (finance) dropped out of the race on Feb. 5. CUSA president Zameer Masjedee said he thinks the lack of candidates is partly due to the voter gap between the One Carleton slate and the Change slate in the 2017 elections. A previous article from the Charlatan reported that 3,957 students voted for Masjedee, the One Carleton […]

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