Attempting to lift the animal trophy ban in the U.S. will have consequences

Throughout Donald Trump’s administration, he and the Republicans have been reversing many of the policies put in place by previous presidents. However, the most atrocious attempt was trying to lift the ban on importing animal hunting trophies. But, after receiving backlash, Trump decided to delay the policy reversal and look at the “conservation facts,” and claimed he didn’t know his administration was trying to lift the ban. The current ban was put in place in 2014 by the U.S. Fishing and Wildlife Service, under former president Barack Obama. According to a National Geographic article, the ban was put in place due to “the service finding that the hunts didn’t contribute to the survival of the species.” Currently, this ban affects […]

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Editorial: Get educated on controversial symbols

Recently, students at the University of Calgary were greeted with paintings of the Confederate flag on the boulders outside their student center, causing outrage. While the flag was flown by Confederate battle units during the United States Civil War, today it’s a symbol that, for some, carries racist connotations and is a shameful reminder of America’s past. For others, it’s a symbol of heritage, history, and Southern pride. Because of the Confederate flag’s history, it is a polarizing and divisive symbol, one that invokes intense reactions from all kinds of different people. Thus, people must educate themselves on the meaning and history of the flag before using it and engaging with it. The university defended the students’ rights, citing freedom […]

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Ravens baseball team hits the road for U.S. trip

The Carleton Ravens baseball team embarked on their first-ever United States weekend road trip this May. This Ravens team has rarely played this time of year, as their regular season usually ends around October. The trip began with a double-header hosted by the SUNY Canton University Kangaroos, a New York junior varsity team. The first day of the road trip was hampered by cold and stormy New York weather. Michael Bannon, starting pitcher for the Ravens, said the weather can have an impact on the game. “It’s tough to find your arm in this type of weather, the rain makes the ball a little more slippery and the mound has more give, therefore our cleats can’t dig in,” Bannon said. […]

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Versefest event brings poetry to Carleton

Versefest, an annual Ottawa poetry festival, held a reading March 22 at Carleton University. Featuring poets Kayla Czaga and Paisley Rekdal, the reading was organized by the festival in collaboration with Carleton’s Department of English. Czaga, a British Columbia native, has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award for her book For Your Safety Please Hold On. She read works from that book as well as from a manuscript currently in the works. Her poetry featured plenty of B.C. imagery, as well as tributes to her father and elementary school math exercises. Rekdal’s poetry covered topics including the loss of her grandmother, as well as the early Hollywood star Mae West. She read a series of sonnets about West, complete […]

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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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