Carleton hosts The Evidence Room

The Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism is currently showcasing The Evidence Room, an exhibit containing over 20 of the documents used to prove Auschwitz was a death camp.   The all-white exhibition presents casts of drawings, photos, and correspondences that have been covered in plaster to replicate the real pieces. The death camp was, and is coined as the “The greatest crime ever committed by architects.” The exhibit was created by Robert Jan van Pelt, Anne Bordeleau, Sascha Hastings, and Donald McKay. The documents featured in the exhibit served as part of a key testimony used in a 2000 libel suit that used architectural findings to prove that people were put to death at the Auschwitz concentration camp. David […]

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Universities should collect race data

Fikir Worku, a student at the University of Waterloo was recently told that if she wanted to develop service centres for visible minorities on campus, she would have to collect the data on racial demographics herself. Most universities in Canada do not collect race data because race should not affect student admission into the university, but colourblindness in regards to race is an issue that is brought up in many communities of colour. A person or institution that claims they ‘don’t see colour’ ignores the marginalization caused to non-white communities. Colourblindness plays up the idea that everyone is equal, and does not acknowledge the inequalities between white and non-white people. Affirmative action in post-secondary admissions and job postings use race […]

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Letter: Campus suicide prevention needs to improve

Since 2010, the suicide rate among young adults has been steadily increasing; however, nobody can accurately say how many of those recorded are student suicides. This year has seen several student suicides across Ontario campuses, including at the University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph, but despite a  plea from medical professionals, neither universities nor local coroners are keeping track of how many campus suicides happen per year. According to Statistics Canada, which only keeps track of suicide rates by sex and age group, approximately 438 individuals between the ages of 15 and 24 died by suicide in 2013, and this number is continuing to increase. Many universities are attempting to focus on mental health awareness, and providing better […]

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Carleton teams up with other universities for concussion research study

Carleton professors are involved in a new three-year research project on the effects of concussions and head injuries on the brain. The researchers will examine animal cadavers for the effects of cranial impact on the brain to improve helmet designs, before progressing to human cadavers next year. The goal is that the research will help lead to a decrease in the chance of athletes sustaining head/brain injuries. Carleton’s Impact Dynamics Research Group and the University of Ottawa’s (U of O) Neurotrauma Impact Science Laboratory came together for this new collaborative project, which includes professors and graduate students from both universities, as well as from the University of Waterloo (U of W). The Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Natural Sciences […]

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UWaterloo creates advisory committee on mental health in wake of student suicides

The University of Waterloo (U of W) is establishing an advisory committee on mental health, according to a Mar. 27 press release from Feridun Hamdullahpur, president of U of W. The creation of the committee came as a response to a widespread call for improvement to U of W’s mental health services after a student died by suicide on Mar. 20, and an earlier suicide in January. The committee will be responsible for “guiding a listening process that will seek to gain further input from our local community, other institutions and external experts,” the release said. Matthew Grant, director of media relations at U of W, said the committee will “allow people to bring forward ideas, comments and concerns that […]

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