CUSA to crowdfund for accessible housing

For most Carleton students, moving off campus boils down to finding a place to live that is well-priced and within a reasonable distance from the university. But for students with disabilities, this process can be much more difficult, if not impossible. That’s why the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is planning to start a crowdfunding campaign to support students with disabilities who face elevated living expenses. CUSA president Zameer Masjedee said limitations on accessible housing are so severe that many students with disabilities have no choice but to live on campus. “Because there just isn’t accessible housing in the community . . . once students are accepted to Carleton residence in an accessible room with attendant services and everything, they’re […]

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Mawandoseg space cuts provoke backlash

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is rethinking its decision to remove office space for its Indigenous service centre, the Mawandoseg Centre, after backlash from Indigenous students culminated in a meeting on Nov. 14. A previous article in The Charlatan reported that CUSA had removed Mawandoseg’s office space and was proposing to move the centre’s co-ordinator into the university-run Ojigkwanong Centre. CUSA president Zameer Masjedee explained that the move would allow the association to reinvest room rental costs into increased programming for Indigenous students. Members from the campus Indigenous community and their allies streamed into the Bill Ellis Co-Working Space (BECS) in the University Centre. CUSA vice-presidents Alexis Oundo (student services), Gavin Resch (finance), and Abdullah Jaber (student life) joined […]

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CUSA debates cutting Indigenous centre space

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is considering removing its designated Indigenous service centre space, the Mawandoseg Centre, and moving the centre’s co-ordinator to the university-run Ojigkwanong Centre. CUSA president Zameer Masjedee said the proposal would save the association rental costs for the centre, which would be reinvested into programming. According to him, it doesn’t make sense for Indigenous services to be split between two different student centres. “Ultimately, we thought that this way, it would be better serving all students for the services that they’re looking to get out of each of these centres,” Masjedee said. According to CUSA’s website, Mawandoseg is the “leading point of contact for non-Indigenous students looking to connect and learn more about Indigenous cultures and […]

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CUSA talks compensation, ranked voting committees

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) held their monthly council meeting on Oct. 30. The council began to fill the Executive Compensation Review Committee and voted in three council members to sit on the committee. However, at the recommendation of some members, council agreed to postpone the students-at-large portion of the committee until there had been more time to advertise the opportunity to students. CUSA president Zameer Masjedee explained the purpose of the committee, saying “three students-at-large and three councillors will take a look at the overall compensation that CUSA executives receive and then they’ll compare that to other students’ unions.” He added that the committee will then make a recommendation to council on whether salaries and overall compensation should […]

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CUSA talks CFS defederation at first town hall

Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) executives gathered in the University Centre Atrium to answer students’ questions on potential decertification from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) on Oct. 19. Students milled in and out of the Atrium to hear from the executives. According to CUSA president Zameer Masjedee, the town hall was the first of many to be held throughout the academic year, with CUSA planning to hold one per month, each focusing on a different student issue. The event focused around raising awareness for the CFS decertification process, as well as the advantages and potential drawbacks related to the process. The executive team cited the fees paid to the CFS as being one of the main reasons for considering […]

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