UPEI to have a smoke free campus

The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) has announced that its campus will be completely smoke-free starting Sept 1.  According to a press release on the UPEI website, this decision comes after a review that took place from May 2015 to May 2016, where a working group that consisted of students, staff, faculty, and community partners conducted research that included a campus-wide survey followed by public consultations.  The updated policy bans tobacco in all its forms on campus including cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, water pipes, and any other form of tobacco. Additionally, the policy also prohibits the advertisement as well as sale, promotion, and distribution of tobacco on campus, although exceptions will be made for Indigenous cultural ceremonies. Hammad Ahmed, president […]

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Letter: Trump’s victory represents a divided America

As I watched the early stages of the American election on Nov. 8, I felt a bit uneasy with the fact that Hillary Clinton was winning. Although she is not saddled with the same type of controversy around sexism and racism that Trump is, I could not turn a blind eye to the fact that she does not have a blank slate. Despite (or perhaps because of) her years of experience in office, Clinton is riddled with questionable controversies. From Benghazi, to the disturbing mishandling of top-secret emails, to the Clinton Foundation and her husband Bill Clinton’s sexual assault scandals, this woman was far from fit to be the president of the United States of America. With both candidates covered in controversy, […]

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Students respond to draft sexual violence policy

Carleton has received feedback from various campus stakeholders on the first draft of its standalone sexual violence policy, which was released to the public on Oct. 6. A student-written open letter that outlines five key recommendations for changes to the draft has been signed by individual members of the Carleton community and several student organizations, including the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA), the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), and student representatives on the Board of Governors (BoG). As of Nov. 1, the letter has been signed by 45 student groups and 278 individuals. The letter recommends the draft be reviewed to clarify, expand, remove, and strengthen various parts of the policy. Specifically, the letter calls for the establishment of a review […]

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New policy limits cost of extra technology

Carleton is implementing a policy limiting how much third party technology professors can require their students to use in each class, effective January 2016. Third party learning resources, such as online simulations and software-based classroom response systems, can be used to evaluate up to 25 per cent of an overall course grade. Their cost to students can’t exceed $60 per half-credit course, or $120 for a full-credit course. Material resources, such as clickers and e-versions of textbooks, will not be covered under the new policy, according to the policy released from the vice presidents’ academic and research committee. To address concerns surrounding affordability, instructors are “encouraged” by the policy to consider providing students with alternative methods of assessment to technology […]

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CityFolk Blog: Steve Poltz and Will Butler

Steve Poltz is just a fun dude to hang out with. I showed up late to his CityFolk set, but I was there just in time to hear him explain how an unfortunate childhood misunderstanding about the word wind (think about how wind as in air currents looks like wind as in winding a watch) resulted in a bloody collision with a truck. “That’s why I started writing songs!” he said. “Because a truck antennae attached itself to my retainer!” Poltz talks almost as much as he actually plays music. This could get annoying, but for the time I was pretty content to listen to him describe baseball games and quote his favorite parts of The Big Lebowski. I don’t […]

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