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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Letter: Referendum process was followed correctly

Editor’s note: An edited version of this opinion piece was published on Jan. 19. The piece was revised per our style-guide. We have since retracted the edited version upon request of the writer. A response to our edits, as well as the original version, can be found below:  Edits response:  I was shocked to see that the wording in my Letter to the Editor was changed in a way that I believe softened my rebuttal to [Salojin’s] opinion article on the recent referendum. Letters are meant to be the readers’ words regarding Charlatan articles—not your staff-edited words. In your re-worded copy it appears I refer to myself in the third party and then I call myself the Ombudsman. The title […]

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Opinion: Referendums need more structure

With the recent Student Union Building referendum, questions arose regarding the overall integrity of the referendum process. Since the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is a democratically-elected body, it is reasonable for students to expect the process of referendums to follow established procedures of a democracy. But the lack of a formal procedure for referendums creates loopholes, and provides the representatives of CUSA with potentially limitless power. Referendums in a representative democracy are traditionally only held on elections, not matters of policy. CUSA’s established procedures may be examined using the CUSA constitution, policies, and bylaws. Reviewing these documents, it becomes clear that referendums are a rather hazy concept, open to loose interpretation that could lead to a kind of soft […]

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Letter: Do away with CUSA slates

Have you ever been to a Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) election debate? Given student voter-turnout percentages, probably not. But if you have, you’ll know that there’s not much debating that goes on there. It’s more like a pep rally: loud, punctuated with chanting and cheers. I think this style describes most of the current election process at Carleton. Candidates for CUSA run in slates, with slogans, logos, colour-coordinated posters, and matching election promises. They run as a team, promising their visions only if students will vote for them across the board, not as individual candidates. What many students don’t realize is that they don’t have to vote across the board. They can vote for each position separately, based on […]

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Letter: Student Union Building is a no-brainer

Let’s talk about the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA)’s upcoming referendum for a new Student Union Building on campus. I feel that there is a great deal of confusion and negativity surrounding the idea, and I don’t have a single clue as to why. To me, it seems like a no-brainer. We are one of the few universities in Canada of our size and population without a building dedicated to students. This is a student building by and for the students. A number of consultations have been conducted to prioritize student needs, and CUSA said they will continue to occur in the next few years if the building has the go-ahead to start. The Student Union Building (SUB) will be […]

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