Carleton surprised by Heritage Register listing

Carleton has been blindsided by the City of Ottawa’s announcement that Dunton Tower, Paterson Hall and the Architecture Building might be added to Ottawa’s Heritage Register at an upcoming council meeting. According to the City’s website, the register is part of the Ontario Heritage Act, which aims to identify buildings in Ontario which are of historical and cultural significance. The website says Ottawa holds approximately 3,500 designated heritage properties on the Act’s list. The tallest building on campus, Dunton Tower honours the memory of Carleton’s longest serving president, A. Davidson Dunton, who presided over the university from 1958 to 1972, Carleton’s website states. An Ottawa Citizen article says the tower was built around 1970 and is a “landmark building” for […]

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Commentary: North hosts poetry night on campus

Spoken word events are scary. The spoken word event on the night of Jan. 22, however, was significantly less scary because it took place within our own Paterson Hall, and it was free. A YouTube video of George Carlin, projected at the front of the room, welcomed various poets and poetry lovers to their seats. A tasteful tapestry adorned the podium, and “NO H8 SPEECH” was one of the rules outlined on the classroom whiteboard. The people sitting in the chairs of the regal 303 Paterson Hall were mostly humanities students. The unending stream of clever jokes and references exchanged all night made two things very evident: One, the students of the humanities department are undeniably intelligent. Two, these people love each […]

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Where the wild turkeys are, and other critters on campus

Easter weekend on campus this year looked a lot more like Thanksgiving when a wild turkey wandered onto campus and kept students company all week. The turkey has been seen on the upper region of campus, close to Colonel By Drive, parking lot one, and Paterson Hall. Students who’ve seen the turkey have been keeping a “turkey watch” on social media and calling the university to report its location, according to Campus Safety community liaison officer Mark Hargreaves. My sister took this photo of a turkey on Carleton campus yesterday. It was trying to get into the Loeb Building. pic.twitter.com/z6uU6RxkTC — Kaleigh S. Bradley (@histkaleigh) April 3, 2015 The turkey may have been attracted to Carleton’s campus because of the […]

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Letter: Carleton should urbanize its campus

In 2010, Carleton’s Master Plan  was unveiled to the Board of Governors (BoG), intending to set the direction for the physical development of the campus. It was an ambitious vision. Students and faculty would be able to walk on garden rooftops, a tree-lined corridor would lead from the quad to the Ottawa River, and new sections of campus would sprout up on its north and east sides. Five years have passed, and Carleton will have to review the plan in accordance to a BoG policy. Since 2010, Carleton hasn’t seemed to make an effort in moving forward with the most impactful recommendations from the Master Plan. Paterson Hall is one of Carleton’s oldest buildings, and one targeted in the Master […]

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Commentary: Where to play as a student musician

Let’s set the record straight: calling Ottawa’s music scene boring is a dashingly inept way of assessing the capital city’s culture. If you’re a student musician looking for the best spots to play in Ottawa, then you’ll be relieved to know that my experiences have been universally positive. I’ve played a good handful of Ottawa’s musical haunts, both solo and with a band. I’ve played half-hour sets for a rowdy room, and three-hour sets for just the sound guy. I’ve clambered onto Zaphods’ stage, huddled in the corner at Quinn’s Ale House, and crammed with five other bandmates onto the stage at Mavericks. But I’m in no position to rank and critique each Ottawa music venue on its various merits […]

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