Free speech on campus: an in-depth look

The topic of free speech on university campuses continues to provoke debate and criticism in the wake of recent on-campus incidents.  One incident saw Carleton University President Roseann Runte coming under scrutiny in January, after an email titled “A Reflection for 2017” was sent out to students to promote the principle of free speech. The email was sent following various protests on campus in the fall semester. The email appeared to call campus protesters “noisy persons” who “fail to recognize [that] by preventing their duly-elected representatives to carry out their mandate, they themselves are contravening the basic principle of a civil society.” Samiha Rayeda, the volunteer, outreach, and programming coordinator for Carleton’s Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), said the term […]

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SAIA hosts Israeli Apartheid Week

Carleton’s chapter of Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) is hosting Israeli Apartheid Week at Carleton from March 13 to 18.  Samiha Rayeda, the volunteer, outreach and programming co-ordinator at the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), one of the sponsors of the week, said the goal of the week is mainly education and to “encourage students at Carleton and students all over the world to participate and support Palestinian solidarity.” She said she hopes the week will open discussions around the issue of Palestinian human rights and added the response to the week is “generally very positive.” According to the event’s Facebook page, Israeli Apartheid Week seeks to raise awareness about Israel’s policies towards Palestinian people and to build support […]

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CUSA’s The Spot closes down

The Spot, Carleton University Students’ Association’s (CUSA) student life centre, is closing down after opening its doors just last year. The Spot, which provided students with a hangout space to watch TV, charge phones, and attend Student Academic Success Centre (SASC) workshops, opened on Oct. 1, 2014 in the University Centre (UC). CUSA president Fahd Alhattab said The Spot was closed to make room for a new co-working space for clubs and societies. “We did a review of all the business models of all our centres, and we realized we were missing something with The Spot,” he said. Alhattab said students would ask him what the purpose of The Spot was. “I could say, ‘it was a student life centre.’ […]

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OPIRG-Carleton hosts RadFrosh event

OPIRG’s (Ontario Public Interest Research Group) Carleton chapter is hosting their annual alternative frosh event Sept. 14-23. The “Radical Frosh,” or RadFrosh, aims to give individuals the opportunity to attend events specifically for those interested in social justice, according to OPIRG-Carleton staff member Angela Mooney. The events are being held throughout various places on campus and the city of Ottawa. They are open to anyone and all events are free of charge. Student Experience Officer manager Jeremy Brzozowski said first-year students who participated in Carleton’s general frosh program were made aware of OPIRG’s RadFrosh. “All students who participated in the general frosh program were provided literature about RadFrosh in their orientation kits,” Brzozowski said. “There are several workshops, activities and […]

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CUSA continues withholding Food Collective and OPIRG fees

The Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Carleton and the Carleton Food Collective have so far failed to reach a deal with the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) to receive their levies. The two student-funded organizations were asked to provide financial information to CUSA before they could receive their levies. OPIRG-Carleton’s levy is $6.89 per undergraduate student and the Food Collective’s levy is $2.18. Yafa Jarrar, OPIRG-Carleton’s outreach and programming co-ordinator, said OPIRG is waiting for their financial statements to be processed. Once they have the final copy, the statements will be available to the public, she said. OPIRG board member Sam Heaton said CUSA executives can see the 2012-13 financial documents like any other member, once they become available. […]

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