Equity Services hosts Emma Sulkowicz

Carleton University’s Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) is hailing art as a form of healing and understanding. The school’s Equity Services brought Emma Sulkowicz, an award-winning artist and activist, to campus as the final part of Carleton’s International Womyn’s Week on March 10. Nearly 100 people braved the cold on Friday night to listen to Sulkowicz, a Columbia University visual arts graduate best known for her senior thesis, Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight). Sulkowicz began carrying her dorm mattress everywhere she went at Columbia in September 2014, intending to stop only if her alleged rapist was expelled or left the university. She carried the mattress for nine months until their joint graduation in May 2015. “When it comes to sexual […]

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Today’s cup of tea: Sexual consent

From a young age, children are taught to understand that “no means no” – no to that chocolate bar they desperately want, no to jumping on the couch, no to staying up late past their bedtimes. But what happens when someone doesn’t say no or is incapable of saying no? Does that mean yes? It is essential to understand how “no means no” applies when it comes to sex, to know when you have obtained consent, and most importantly, when you have not obtained consent.   When someone says no, it means that he or she is not consenting. But what if the person consented and then lost consciousness? Or what if the person initially said yes but then changed […]

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University opens Sexual Assault Support Centre

After six years of back-and-forth between student groups and university administration, Carleton’s Sexual Assault Support Centre opened in late April, said Carrolyn Johnston, Carleton’s co-ordinator of sexual assault services. The centre is located in 503 Robertson Hall as a part of Equity Services. It is currently open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, though Johnston said this may change as more volunteers become available. The space includes a small library and a quiet room for reflection and counselling, she said. There will be an official launch and open house in September when more students are on campus, Johnston said. She said individual counselling is currently available, and in September a peer support program will begin. The centre will […]

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What’s in store for Carleton in 2013

With the start of a new year, the university is working on several large projects for 2013. “The new year will see the university community completing a new strategic plan which will incorporate academic, research and financial plans all in one,” Carleton president Roseann Runte said. This year is supposed to see the completion of  library renovations this summer, the return of Ravens football and a homecoming, and a new sexual assault support centre is supposed to be constructed by March. Other changes will include beginning work on the Herzberg building, renovating more labs in the Steacie building and a plan for a new parking facility, Runte said.   Library: Library renovations officially began Sept. 2011, with hammers actually hitting […]

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Editorial: Sexual assault support centre delays are ‘unacceptable’

After a number of sexual assaults at Carleton in 2011, the university announced they would open an administration-run sexual assault support centre in the fall of 2012. Now, months after the centre was supposed to open, we are told that construction for the centre will be open at the end of March 2013. The university has not given a reason for the delays. This is simply unacceptable. Although the university has created a series of public service announcements since the announcement of the centre, they have not done enough to ensure the sexual assault support centre opens in a timely manner. After gauging the need of Carleton students, the student-based Coalition for a Carleton Sexual Assault Support Centre mobilized quickly […]

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