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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Student groups celebrate International Womyn’s week

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) Womyn’s Centre, along with the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) are hosting events on campus to celebrate International Womyn’s Week on March 6-10.  According to the event’s Facebook page, the events will focus on demonstrating the experiences and resistance of women from all over the world. International Womyn’s Week has been happening at Carleton for over four years, said Sydney Schneider, the programming co-ordinator at CUSA’s Womyn’s Centre. “This week encompasses a lot of voices,” Schneider said, “It’s really important that we look at the issues we’re facing here in Canada, but what we’ve tried to do at the Womyn’s Centre this year is broaden that—really focus on the international piece.” Schneider said […]

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Student activism in the Trump era

Donald Trump took his seat as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20. Less than two months later, global citizens have been banding together and protesting in response to his leadership. The Women’s March in Washington, D.C. and around the world, and the demonstrations across the globe against Trump’s travel ban, are just a few examples of solidarity. And students are no stranger to this type of activism. Students have a long history of social activism, and the number of student activists is on the rise. According to the American Freshman National Survey from 2014 to 2015, there was a 2.9 per cent increase in those who said there was a “very good chance” of them participating […]

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Approval of sexual violence policy spurs reaction

Students have reacted strongly to Carleton’s Sexual Violence Policy (SVP), which was approved by the Board of Governors (BoG) on Dec. 1. Michael Bueckert, a graduate student representative on the BoG who voted against the policy, said it did not have student support. “I was very disappointed that the Board was not interested in listening to stakeholders and community groups who had been working on this issue and had expertise in this issue,” Bueckert said. “There are a number of ways in which these voices had been [unnecessarily] excluded from the meeting.” Carleton increased security outside Richcraft Hall, where the BoG meeting was held, due to a student-led protest outside the meeting. Samiha Rayeda, one of the protestors, said although […]

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