OTTAWA, Aug. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Representatives of the Carleton University
Students' Association were told today that the Carleton administration would
be taking back control of two-thirds of the only space left for clubs and
societies on campus. "It is incredibly disappointing to see the Carleton
Administration take yet another step back in providing space for students.
This space was used for fundraising, bake sales and to promote social justice
initiatives on campus," said Erik Halliwell, President of the Carleton
University Students' Association.
The Galleria, located in the Unicentre Building, is the only space on the
entire campus where the 200 plus clubs and societies on campus can set up
tables or hold events for free on campus. All other public spaces on campus
must be rented at great expense to students.
When the Galleria was created just a few years ago, it was meant to be a
space for students, clubs and societies to congregate and do outreach. In the
last year, the space was used for outreach for the Food Centre, the safe walk
program, to raise awareness of conflict situations around the world,
fundraising for Breast Cancer Research, and many other worthy causes.
"Just last year, the Administration set up a Starbucks in the middle of
that space, and now they are removing even more student controlled space for
clubs and societies. All that remains for 25,000 students on campus are eight
tables available to clubs and societies." added Halliwell. "This is a major
loss for students across campus, and it was done at a time when students are
not on campus and the Administration hopes to minimize awareness of this
"I urge all current and former Carleton students to contact the
University President and express their concern over the University's treatment
of students." concluded Halliwell.
For further information:
For further information: Erik Halliwell, President of the Carleton
University Students' Association, Office: (613) 520-2600 Ext 1603, Cell: (613)