Top news stories of the 2016-17 year

As the 2016-17 school year comes to a close, The Charlatan looks back on some of the top stories of this year. These are the stories that have generated the most campus conversation and controversy, the ones with the most frequent coverage—as well as a few fun ones to remember. Student Union Building Referendum The student union building was a campus project that began with last year’s promise by Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) slate Your Carleton to bring forward a new student union building for Carleton students if elected. When Your Carleton was elected, consultations to put together a plan for the building were carried out, and controversy over the issue ignited from there—the survey for consultations had not […]

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Editorial: Runte resignation signals fresh start

Carleton President Roseann Runte announced on March 24 that she would be resigning her post, effective July 31. Runte has been the head of the university for nine years, taking on the job in 2008 and seeking a second term in 2012. This change in leadership represents an opportunity for a fresh start for Carleton, and especially for the university’s Board of Governors (BoG). A number of contentious issues on campus, including the passing of the Sexual Violence Policy, rising tuition fees, and changes limiting the ability of BoG members to express their dissent on actions or decisions taken by the Board, have created a disconnect between students and the university. For nearly a decade, Runte has played a key […]

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Not Our Policy demonstrators host rally on campus

Not Our Policy demonstrators held a rally March 2 and hung a banner in front of the Carleton University sign on Bronson Avenue, in spite of a confrontation with Campus Safety two weeks prior. Three students attempting to put a banner up in the same spot were approached and told they were violating mischief and vandalism laws by Campus Safety officers on Feb. 16. They were also told they could be charged criminally for their actions. The March 2 rally was held to express solidarity with the campaigners who were approached on Feb. 16, and to demonstrate that Not Our Policy will press on with their campaign, according to organizer Caitlin Salvino. Not Our Policy is a campaign which supports […]

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CUSA forms sexual violence support committee

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) has announced they will be creating a Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Framework Committee to deal with gaps they feel exist in the university’s sexual violence policy. Caitlin Salvino, chair of the committee, said the focus will be to change the culture on campus regarding how people understand sexual violence. CUSA president Fahd Alhattab said the committee was created to respond to student reaction to the sexual violence policy. “Obviously, we know many students were not happy with the final draft . . . Many students wanted some changes,” he said. In an email to students, CUSA said, “We are disappointed by the administration’s unwillingness to reform the university’s Sexual Violence Policy to be […]

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Campus Safety confronts Not Our Policy campaigners

Demonstrators involved with the Not Our Policy campaign were confronted on Feb. 16 by campus safety officers while attempting to put a banner over the Carleton University sign on Bronson Avenue. One of the students involved with the campaign, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the three students were approached by two campus safety special constables while hanging the sign. “They basically came and they asked for our info, they said they needed to identify the people doing it, they took down our names, numbers, addresses and student numbers,” the student said. According to the campaigner, the special constables said they were violating mischief and vandalism laws and could be charged criminally. Not Our Policy is a campaign to reform […]

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