Abstentions latest to offer a vegan option on campus

With the recent addition of vegan ice cream at Abstentions, the convenience store joined the likes of Mike’s Place and Rooster’s as restaurants that offer vegan food at Carleton. Not to be left out, Carleton University Dining Services, the organization in charge of the cafeteria in Residence Commons among other on-campus locations, has offered vegan options for a while now. Jane Skapinker, a registered dietitian for Dining Services, said they are always trying to offer more vegan options. “While we may not have used the term ‘vegan,’ we have always made an effort to incorporate a variety of foods, including plant based foods,” Skapinker said, “and as the demand has grown for vegan foods, so have our options.” Indeed, the […]

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Students call for more kosher and halal options on campus

Carleton Dining Services announced late July on their Facebook page that they would be adding labels to foods for those with dietary restrictions, including one for halal food.  Since then, they have added daily menus for students observing a halal diet, with a range of choices available at either the Fresh Food Co. or the Food Court. However, some students said these measures have yet to overcome their inherent suspicion. “When I was growing up, even though I was raised here my parents always taught me that if something is halal just don’t eat it, because they were very suspicious,” said Zaynab Al-hemed, a first-year social work student. Al-hemed added that she will usually order a vegetarian or vegan option […]

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Food and drink blog: A comprehensive review of all the places to eat on campus

One of the biggest adjustments first-year students will have to make while transitioning from high school to university is the hours spent at school. While spending long days on campus, it’s important to keep food and nutrition in mind. There are many options to eat on campus, but there are also many factors to consider, and three of the most important food factors as a student are how long it will take to order and eat there, how much it will cost to eat there, and where it is on campus.  Rooster’s Location: Fourth floor University Centre Wait time: less than 10 minutes Average cost: Less than $7 A great place to go, this Carleton University Students’ Association business is a […]

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Oliver’s runs almost $120,000 deficit

Oliver’s Pub & Patio will be making changes to its menu for the upcoming year after the business reported a net loss of almost $120,000 for the past academic year. According to Blake Brooks, the manager of Oliver’s, a lot of time was spent this summer with the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) executives to find ways to make the pub more profitable. He said they have come up with ways of restructuring their food menu to increase profits. “We are not immune to the price increases you see in your day to day purchases of food and alcohol,” Brooks said in an email. “We are impacted the same way general consumers are.” Brooks said it is not just Oliver’s […]

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CUSA council approves 2016-17 operating budget

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) council passed its budget unanimously on July 25, approving spending for the 2016-17 fiscal year. The approved budget will see major changes to student services, including the introduction of a service centre manager and the transition of the Bill Ellis Centre for Mature and Part-Time Students (BECAMPS) office space into a new multipurpose room on campus. The operating budget this year is over $2.2 million, which is $200,000 more than CUSA’s gross revenue for the last fiscal year. According to David Andrews, CUSA’s vice-president (finance), changes such as rolling out a new communications strategy across CUSA businesses and adding more custom food options like green smoothies and samosas at Rooster’s is what led to the […]

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