Editorial: Contrary to student budgets, arts degrees have value

If you’re majoring in the arts, you’ve probably heard the word “unemployment” before. Despite what people might assume about BA undergrads, you’ll find them in every company, big and small. Although the unemployment rate for arts majors is slightly higher than those in the sciences, arts degrees are far from useless, and universities should stop labelling them as such. Arts majors rule the industries of social science, education, and government service, constituting a huge portion of the job force. Arts degrees provide invaluable research, writing, and persuasion skills that are vital for all careers, whether it comes to writing a lab report, or a press release. Increased budget cuts for undergraduates in the arts will only perpetuate the stigma that […]

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Alastair Summerlee named Carleton’s interim president

Carleton’s Board of Governors (BoG) has announced the appointment of Alastair Summerlee as Carleton’s interim president and vice-chancellor. Summerlee will take over from current Carleton president and vice-chancellor Roseann Runte to become the university’s 14th president. Summerlee served two terms as president and vice-chancellor at the University of Guelph (U of G), Chris Carruthers, chair of the BoG, stated in a press release. “As president, he championed the importance of the student experience and teaching and learning, while also continuing to teach, supervise graduate students and conduct his own research,” Carruthers said. “His leadership experience, combined with his commitment to social justice and international development, will bring great value to the Carleton community.” According to the press release, Summerlee began his […]

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Letter: No reason to stress over your undergraduate degree

Finals week brings with it the taste of blood in the air: hundreds of students pushing themselves to insane physical and mental limits to try to improve or maintain their averages, and stay in their program. Popular remedies include ingesting coffee and energy drinks, and spending entire days at a time pouring over every bit of information from the whole semester. This is an insane amount of effort and stress put into something that in the long run is as inconsequential to you, the individual reader, as your favourite subject was in high school. The reason most people put so much effort into their studies at the undergrad level is to either buff up their hiring prospects or get into […]

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Letter: Contract instructing hurts students and professors alike

With so many contract instructors teaching our classes, students are being taught by working professionals, rather than by professors whose full-time job is to focus on students. This is having a negative effect on both the quality of the education we receive, and the perception of the value that our degrees hold. Students are paying for a high-quality education, but instead they are receiving lectures that are read out of a textbook by contract instructors, who generally don’t get much training or practical experience in even the most basic aspects of teaching—such as creating questions. This is an issue for a few reasons, but mainly because it is changing the way universities are perceived and contributes to students having to […]

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Editorial: University rankings can’t be taken seriously

Ottawa was voted in by students as the best city to study, in a new ranking category as part of QS World University Rankings’ annual list of the top 10 cities to study in the world. It’s important to remember rankings like this aren’t necessarily reflective of what most students think. Around 18,000 students took part in the voting process, ranking the top cities based on factors such as affordability, employment opportunities, diversity, tolerance and inclusion, and ease of getting around. While Ottawa was apparently the clear winner, beating out cities such as Montreal, Boston, and Shanghai, a number of students will probably disagree with Ottawa’s place on the list due to their experience living in the city for many […]

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