Q+A: Drew Dudley on success and leadership

Drew Dudley, an acclaimed TED talk speaker, returned to Carleton to speak at Fall Orientation. Dudley spoke to first-year students on Sept. 5 about what he wished he knew when heading into university. The Charlatan sat down with him after the lecture to discuss success and leadership. The Charlatan (TC): You talked a lot about individual perceptions of success. How can we make sure our goals are actually our own? Drew Dudley (DD): I think the problem with goals is that they can become really restrictive. One of the things that I started to realize in my life is that you’re far better off giving up on five-year goals and instead embracing [a] five-year memento. What that means is that […]

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Shinerama donations fall by $10K

Carleton students raised $50,000 for Shinerama this year, less than the $60,000 Carleton raised for the charity last year. Both the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) and the Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) contributed to Shinerama’s fundraising efforts this year. Teams of Fall Orientation volunteers also raised funds throughout the summer and during Carleton’s Frosh week. This year, the goal was to raise $70,000, according to Carleton Shinerama’s website. Despite raising less money than last year, this year’s campaign was still a success, said Grace Valentine, the Shinerama program advisor at Carleton. “The amount raised this year ranks in our top five this past decade,” Valentine said in an email. “So it was a pretty great year.” Shinerama is an […]

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Frosh week: how it has changed, why it’s good, and what its problems are

If you rolled up to Queen’s University on move-in day five years ago, your car would be greeted by purple-skinned engineering students surrounding your car and slamming their leather jackets to the ground. A 2014 article in the National Post said this tradition, dubbed “jacket slamming,” was intimidating for some incoming first-year students. Lizzie Williams, a third-year mechanical engineering student, said the tradition is much calmer now. Groups of engineering students now beat their jackets on the ground in celebration of the end of exams or during a designated frosh week event. “I did the jacket slam first year and it was amazing,” Williams said. “With everyone slamming together, the ground was shaking and sounded almost like thunder.” It’s strange, […]

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St. Mary’s creates new frosh program

A year after Saint Mary’s University began investigation into a frosh week chant promoting sexual violence, university officials have kept their promise to reevaluate orientation week rituals. The chant, which referenced non-consensual sex with underage girls, resulted in demands from students and the public for changes to school policies regarding frosh week, sexual assault, and alcohol use. A panel was held at Saint Mary’s in 2013 to discuss the modifications that needed to be made to orientation. As a result of the panel, frosh leaders are now required to participate in a two-day course on sexual consent, alcohol use, leadership, mental health, and diversity. Frosh week has now been renamed “Welcome Week.” The panel, chaired by Dalhousie University professor Wayne […]

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Western University paper pulled from stands

The student newspaper at Western University was pulled from the stands a few days after publication of its annual frosh issue. Western is preparing for the first week of the new academic term and for the influx of freshmen that will soon be flooding their campus. To usher in the newcomers, the Gazette has traditionally released a frosh-specific issue to give freshmen an idea of what to expect during the upcoming year. This year’s issue caused controversy and was pulled after only a few days. The issue’s stories included an article entitled, “So, you want to date a teaching assistant?” advising students to Facebook stalk their teaching assistants as well as to “be liberal with those top buttons on your […]

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