CUSA axes The Raven yearbook

On Aug. 31, the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) approved its operating budget for the 2017-18 year, which included a decision to cut funding to the yearbook completely. The Raven was a project resumed last school year after a 36-year hiatus. The decision to cut the funding was made due to the yearbook being “not the most popular item,” according to Gavin Resch, CUSA’s vice-president (finance). In the 2015-16 year, CUSA made $16,180 off yearbook sales after budgeting for $25,000 in revenue. In the 2016-17 year, which also falls on Carleton’s 75th anniversary, CUSA projected revenue to be $35,000 for the yearbook, but fell short of its prediction and made $18,225 in sales. Zameer Masjedee, CUSA’s president, said the yearbook […]

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CUSA budget affects changes to Oliver’s, Haven Books

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) council passed its operating budget for the year, with major financial changes to businesses such as Oliver’s Pub & Patio and Haven Books. This year’s budget features $2.4 million in funding, roughly $200,000 more than what was approved last year. The largest area of change is directed towards Oliver’s. Whereas last year’s overhead costs for paper supplies and other disposable cutlery came to just over $23,000, the decision to switch to reusable dishes and cutlery have lowered its budget slot to only $8,000, resulting in $10,000 in savings even after purchasing the new tableware. According to Gavin Resch, CUSA’s vice-president (finance), one of the main issues in previous years was the food quality at […]

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Anti-immigration posters removed from campus

Carleton has removed posters from the Canadian chapter of an international anti-immigration group after they were spotted on campus on Sept. 11. The posters were part of a recruiting effort by Generation Identity. The group defines itself as an “Ethno-Nationalist and Identitarian youth movement” that aims to “re-instill traditional western values” in Canada by advocating against immigration from non-European countries, according to its website. Carleton students shared photos of the posters on Twitter and alerted the university. “Thanks for letting us know. We’ve spotted the posters and are removing them. Carleton has zero tolerance for posters like these,” the Carleton Newsroom account tweeted. The university released a joint statement with the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) and Carleton Undergraduate Students’ Association […]

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CUSA moves to defederate from the CFS

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is ramping up efforts to defederate from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) through a new campaign called “CU Later CFS,” which launched on the first day of frosh week. Masjedee said the campaign is ensuring first-year students are aware of what the campaign is by explaining the petition is simply “a precursor to the vote.” CUSA is a member of both the CFS National organization as well as its provincial chapter, and will have to run a referendum to defederate from both. In order to decertify from the CFS National, Masjedee said CUSA is required to collect signatures from 15 per cent of the undergraduate student body at Carleton before holding a referendum […]

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CUSA explores ranked voting systems ahead of 2018 election

Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) executives and council members examined different methods of online ranked voting in preparation for the 2018 CUSA election at a council meeting on July 19. Tyler Hall, the programmer in charge of CUSA’s online ballot system, said he generated two different types of online ranked ballot for testing—what he called the matrix and manual entry systems. The matrix lays candidates out in a table with the potential rankings on the opposite axis for voters to select. The manual entry system lists candidates’ names with a space to enter a number ranking next to each name. CUSA council had previously passed a motion to implement a ranked voting system following a council meeting in 2016. But, […]

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