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Rick Ross, scam in Calgary & big news in Ontario

What students are talking about today (March 28th)


Too hot for Carleton students? (Rick Ross/Flickr)

1. Activists want Carleton University’s student union to pull funding out of an April 9th show by hip-hop artist Rick Ross. It’s partly because of a song with lyrics that suggest men should put drugs in women’s drinks. Kira-Lynn Ferderber, a Carleton Women’s Studies and Human Rights graduate, started a Facebook page to denounce the show. Ferderber told the Ottawa Citizen that, although she’s a hip-hop fan, she’s also a feminist and, “the song itself is such a blatant celebration of rape.” The Student Federation at the University of Ottawa has already pulled out of the show. A Facebook page arguing students should attend has also popped up. It has 80 ‘likes’ so far.

2. The Brandon University Students’ Union will offer interest-free emergency loans in amounts of up to $500 for students facing a “sudden condition of financial distress that hinders academic success,” BUSU’s Raymond Thomson told The Quill student newspaper. The idea is to help out students who can’t get emergency loans from the university itself, which seems rather redundant. Recipients will have to make a re-payment plan and their names will be confidential. Okay then.

3. Students at the University of Calgary say they’ve been scammed by a group claiming to sell spa treatments for charity. First-year student Anyssa McKee said a woman approached her on campus and said she was a marketing student selling tickets to Club Ronaldo. “They put together this package, it was $60 for four spa treatments and all the money went straight to breast cancer research,” McKee told The Gauntlet. When she called to book her appointment at Club Ronaldo, she was told it was a scam. Calgary Police then told her many other students were also defrauded.

4. Ontario’s LCBO liquor stores are run by unionized government employees and those workers are threatening to strike. Western University’s The Gazette calls a potential strike “tantamount in horror to a student apocalypse.” The Ontario Public Services Employees Union is upset about a four-year wage freeze (or wage cut, depending on how you look at it) and the fact that part-time positions are growing at the expense of full-time jobs. OPSEU points out that the LCBO is profitable. That’s true, but as the LCBO points out, the government has a $12-billion deficit. Every dollar counts.

5. Speaking of that $12-billion deficit, it didn’t stop Ontario’s government from releasing a new tuition framework that will cap annual increases at an average of three per cent. That’s after seven years of increases capped at five per cent. Reaction has been mixed. “Students are disappointed that the government has not frozen tuition for a year, nor limited all future increases to no more than the rate of inflation,” said Alysha Li, president of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance. “Although we recognize that the new framework is better than the 5 percent annual increases we’ve experienced since 2006, at 3 percent, it is still above Ontario’s rate of inflation.” Ontario has the highest tuition in Canada, averaging $7,180, but many students get a 30 per cent tuition credit.


Rick Ross, scam in Calgary & big news in Ontario

  1. Hi! Rick Ross’s rape lyric is not “Too hot for Carleton students”!
    Gross word choice.

    • I agree! But I guess that when there is little to be said in defense of something so offensive, some will resort to trite quips.
      Thank you, Kira, for speaking out on behalf of many.

  2. I find it grossly disrespectful that Macleans classifies glorifying rape as “too hot” for students.
    I am a Carleton student and I think rape is awful, I think being drugged is awful and I think that songs and artists that talk about rapping unconscious girls are awful.
    We live in a rape culture and this article does nothing to dispel that but actually promotes it.

  3. Why isn’t the group against Kira’s group getting any publicity? You’d see both side of an argument but any posts that go against Kira and her peers’ view get deleted.

  4. Just kidding, didn’t read far enough. Thanks for the recognition. :)

  5. Yeah, the problem with Carleton students have with Rick Ross’s lyrics is an, at best, indifference to non-consensual sex, but it seems Josh Dehaas “don’t even know it”.

  6. “It’s partly because” of a song with lyrics that suggest men should put drugs in women’s drinks. Kira-Lynn Ferderber, a Carleton Women’s Studies and Human Rights graduate, started a Facebook page to denounce the show.

    …? I would like it is some good journalism was at least attempted and the other “part” of the reason was presented.

  7. Also, for the record, my group isn’t saying you should go if you want to go. I’m not saying you have to go.

    • is saying, not isn’t saying*

  8. Seriously,
    “Put molly all in her champagne/ She ain’t even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that/ She ain’t even know it”

    That’s what you consider “too hot”. I don’t know how that could be considered hot in general unless you’re a date rapist.