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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Carleton hosts budget town hall

Carleton hosted a budget town hall meeting on Jan. 16 to outline the challenges faced with the changing framework of Ontario funding for post-secondary institutions. Changes in demographics are also posing some challenges, according to Michel Piché, Carleton’s vice-president (finance and administration). Piché presented the information on Carleton’s financial situation at the public meeting. “We’re having to deal with an interesting situation of significant changes in government policies that will impact not just one area, but many different areas, and will have an effect on how we budget for next year and also the coming years,” he said. Piché said demographic shifts mean there will be fewer 18-year-olds in Ontario (the age of most first-year students), which could mean lower […]

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Letter: CUSA centres should have sexual assault support training

Carleton University just finished seeking feedback from the broader university community on its draft Sexual Violence Policy. Community feedback will be considered in advance of submitting the policy to the Board of Governors for review and approval in November. As written, the draft Sexual Violence Policy does not make specific commitments to services for survivors of sexual violence, but mentions in Section 2.1 that the purpose of the policy is to ensure that university community members who experience sexual violence receive support and appropriate accommodation. The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) has a unique opportunity to play a critical role in preventing sexual violence on-campus and supporting survivors of sexual violence, by implementing mandatory peer-based support training for those operating […]

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