CUSA councillor debate lacks candidates, attendees

Candidates from a variety of faculties gathered in the University Centre Atrium on Feb. 6 to face off in a councillor debate ahead of the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) election. Topics in the debate included transparency, lowering tuition costs, and “swag,” but what stayed constant was seemingly a lack of enthusiasm from attendees, and an absence of debate. While the crowd was large and energetic during the executive debate, which preceded the councillor debate, it thinned out to reveal many empty chairs when the councillor candidates took the stage. Some councillor candidates were present through the executive debate, but none of the current CUSA executives or executive candidates appeared to stay for the councillor debate. Faculty of Public Affairs […]

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Executive candidates square off in debate

Executive candidates running in the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) elections faced off against each other in a debate on Feb. 6. Several major topics were brought up including mental health, the Sexual Violence Policy, inclusivity, diversity, and transparency. Four out of six available executive positions are running uncontested—president, vice-president (internal), vice-president (student services), and vice-president (finance)—leading to a shorter, quieter debate compared to previous years. Vice-president (student life) Current CUSA vice-president (student life) Abdullah Jaber from the One Carleton slate debated against independent candidate Nadeem Fayed. Jaber promised a Panda Week, as opposed to the three-day Panda Game celebration he introduced in his last term as vice-president. He also promised to host a “kick-off” party. Fayed discussed issues of […]

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Presidential candidate profile: David Oladejo

David Oladejo is a fourth-year engineering student running as a presidential candidate in the 2018 Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) executive elections. Oladejo is campaigning as part of the One Carleton slate, and is running uncontested. He has been involved with the Student Experience Office, Fall Orientation, the Campus Activity Board, Red Zone (a group dedicated to cheering on varsity sports teams at Carleton), and Hatch, CUSA’s entrepreneurship centre. “I was really looking for a way to stay involved with the Carleton community while still being able to have an impact on students,” Oladejo said. He said the lack of competition for executive positions—four of which are uncontested—bothers him. He said discussion and competition is “super healthy” for student government, […]

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CUSA elections, ranked voting will proceed after emergency council meeting

The 2018 Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) elections will not be postponed and the decision to introduce ranked voting will stand after an emergency CUSA council meeting was held on Feb. 5. Emma Maddock, an engineering and design councillor, put forward a motion to push the dates of candidate “nomination, validation, blackout and voting periods” back to give more candidates an opportunity to run for a position and implement ranked voting as planned if more candidates were running. Maddock said she has been asking students how they think the elections are going and the negative feedback pushed her to bring forward the motion. “They don’t think that it’s fair that there’s multiple uncontested positions. They feel that the nomination period […]

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Opinion: Feminism should be more inclusive

During the opening ceremonies of this year’s Women’s March, women delivered empowering messages. There were messages directed towards the #MeToo movement, against violence, and for solidarity. As the march began, organizers asked Indigenous drummers, members of the LGBTQ+ community, other minorities, and then the rest to proceed, in that order. At that point, my first thought was that it’s great that marginalized groups were selected to lead the march; they deserve recognition. But it wasn’t until I talked with Holly, a trans woman who attended the march, that I realized not one person from the LGBTQ+ community spoke prior to the march itself. That is when I realized, my privilege is showing. Being white, it’s easy to forget about the […]

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