Introducing the CUSA free printing program

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is pleased to be introducing a free printing program for undergraduate students. Beginning on September 22, students will be able to submit assignments to CUSA to be printed for no cost.

Every undergraduate student is entitled to 100 black and white, single-sided pages of printing per year through the new program. Print jobs should be emailed to Any documents submitted before 5pm will be available in the CUSA main office at 9am on the next business day.

CUSA recognizes that printing assignments can be a significant expense and hassle for many students. The new free printing program is meant to relieve some stress surrounding printing and save students money.

The program fulfills one of the current executive’s most popular campaign promises.

For more information or media inquiries contact:

Gavin Resch
Vice President Finance
613-520-2600 x1604

Kelsey Gilchrist
Public Relations Coordinator
613-520-2600 x6687

Midterm Report Now Available

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA)  is proud to release its 2016-17 midterm report. The report shows that we’ve completed 71% of the goals we set at the beginning of the 2016-17 term, and highlights some of the our biggest projects. From a new Foot Patrol program to improve student safety, to more funding for clubs and societies, we’ve focused on projects that improve your student experience.

Students can also view the expanded report here.

We welcome your questions and feedback. Email President Fahd Alhattab at to find out more about our progress.

Your Events, Now with Pancakes



CUSA is pleased to announce a new partnership with Flapjack’s Pancake Shack! The all day breakfast shack – co-founded by Carleton alumni – will be working with CUSA to provide exciting new opportunities to Carleton students and CUSA clubs and societies.

Starting March 7th all Carleton students will receive a 15% discount off at all Flapjack’s locations, as well as Flapjack’s new Night Owl delivery service. That means discounted brunch and late night snacks for Carleton students – simply by showing their student ID!

The Flapjack’s Preston street location – just one O-train stop from campus – will also be available for evening event bookings – free of charge – for all CUSA clubs and societies! Bookings include access to a PA system, a projector and a stage at no additional cost. In addition, the Flapjack’s kitchen and bar will remain open until 2:00 am for catering and service needs. To book the Preston Flapjack’s location please fill out the booking form here.

CUSA is continually working to provide new opportunities for sponsorship and bookable spaces for students and student groups.

For more information:


CUSA businesses offering new vegetarian and halal options

CUSA is proud to be bringing exciting new vegetarian and halal options to the menus at Rooster’s Coffeehouse and Oliver’s Pub and Patio this year.

At Rooster’s, students can now opt to have their meals cooked on one of the new dedicated cooking spaces. There are two new spaces, one for halal meat, and one for vegetarian meals.

Over at Oliver’s, there’s some delicious new options on the menu. Students can now order each Ollie’s classic burger as a veggie or halal burger. There’s new wrap options, too. Each wrap can now be ordered with halal chicken.

At CUSA we’re working hard to address the needs of our diverse student population in all our businesses. It’s all part of our commitment to improving student services for everyone.

Contact our businesses to find out more:

Rooster’s Coffeehouse


Oliver’s Pub and Patio


CUSA Operating Budget 2015-2016 RE: Executive Compensation

Dear Ravens,

There has been some confusion in recent days about the line in the 2015-2016 CUSA Operating Budget regarding executive compensation. We’ve included some supplementary documents on our website to clarify any questions or concerns you may have.

Note 1 of the document clarifies an error in accounting in the 2014-2015 Operating Budget in the assignment of vacation pay to government benefits and taxes. Vacation pay, as stipulated by the Ministry of Labour for the province of Ontario must be at least four percent (4%) of gross income for a 12 month period.[1]

Note 2 highlights the self-imposed cut of executive cell phone benefits for the 2015-2016 Operating Budget. Executives previous were allotted one hundred dollars ($100.00) each, per month to offset cell phone expenses. This year’s executive opted to decrease this amount by six thousand-six hundred dollars ($6600.00) to reinvest those funds into programming, service centres and clubs and societies.

Note 3 simply reflects the increase in government taxes and benefits by 1.37% from the 2014-2015 academic year to the 2015-2016 academic year. It is important to note that the benefits as prescribed by this section are not exclusive to CUSA executive but rather, standard full time employment contributions such as employment tax, CPP (Canada Pension Plan), employment insurance, health tax and workers compensation.

Note 4 reflects the adjustment of executive wages by CPI (Consumer Price Index) from 2014-2015 to 2015-2016, a total of 0.6%. Each year the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) stipulates the annual Consumer Price Index and employers are recommended to adjust the wages of their employees in accordance to the prescribed rate. It is important to note that this practice is reflected in the wages of all regular CUSA staff – including service centres, businesses and administration. The 1281 Collective Agreement and the 3011 Collective Agreement stipulate an increase in wages for their staff of CPI or 2% whichever is greater, and CPI or 2.5% whichever is greater, respectively. For context, this has resulted in an increase of $0.26 per hour for a number of CUSA’s Service Centre Coordinators.

Note 5 reflects the cumulative effect of these adjustments to CUSA Executive pay for 2015-2016. Executive will be paid $5,410.70 less than 2014-2015.

Note 6 further breaks the decrease in executive pay down to yearly ($901.78 decrease), bi-weekly ($34.68 decrease) and hourly ($0.43 decrease) changes.

The second supplementary document refers to some of the questions regarding executive transition pay. Executive transition pay is made to outgoing CUSA executive to facilitate the training and integration of incoming CUSA executive, to ensure the seamless continuation of the association’s operations. As we have begun our annual audit for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, it has been brought to our attention that the 2014-2015 executive transition pay was allocated to the wrong budget line.

The attached budget working sheet under Vice-President Finance, shows the actual amounts spend for executive honoraria and transition pay of 2014-2015.

We hope this information will provide clarity regarding the decrease in executive pay for the 2015-2016 Operating Budget. CUSA is and has always been dedicated to responsible, transparent and efficient management of your finances. If you have any additional questions please feel free to direct them to Vice-President Finance Craig Handy at


Executive Pay Breakdown

VPF Working Sheet


Fahd Alhattab 

President & CEO,

Carleton University Students’ Association, Inc.

613 520 6688 x 1603 | |

CUSA Operating Budget 2015/2016

On July 27th, 2015 CUSA Council passed the 2015/2016 Operating Budget prepared by Vice-President Finance Craig Handy.

This budget will be a strong tool to usher in a year of responsibility, transparency, and efficiency. Please see the link below for the complete operating budget.

Students are encouraged to review the budget and direct any questions they may have to VP Finance Craig Handy either via email to or by setting an appointment via the CUSA Main Office (401 University Centre).

2015/2016 CUSA Operating Budget

RE: Executive Pay

VP Finance Working Sheet

Executive Pay Breakdown

A statement RE: University Centre Fee

The University Centre Fee is a fee used to administer some of the amazing services offered on our campus. These include all 12 Service Centers, our Clubs and Societies office and the University Centre Galleria. All of these services contribute to the fantastic culture on our campus and CUSA is proud to be able to support students with this service.

Over the last two years, CUSA and the Graduate Students’ Association have been engaged in a dispute over the graduate portion of the University Centre Fee. In the past, the fee was transferred to CUSA as payment for graduate students using the services listed above. The Graduate Students’ Association has suggested, with no concrete evidence, that graduate students have been disallowed access to Service Centers and Clubs funding. This is completely false. CUSA is completely committed to serving all students within the Carleton community.

Last month, CUSA once again put forward an offer to the GSA to enter into binding arbitration to resolve the issue and avoid a lengthy and costly court dispute. At this time, the GSA has not responded to CUSA’s offer.

CUSA is committed to continue providing service to any graduate student that visits our Service Centre, registers a club or society, participates in one of our awareness campaigns or comes out to one of our concerts or events. CUSA recognizes the importance of building communities and this is why we have continued to serve graduate students despite the growing cost to undergraduates.

It is the sincere hope of CUSA that the GSA responds to the request and comes to the table to discuss and ultimately resolve this important issue.

For more information:

Carleton University Students’ Association

(613) 520-2600 ext. 1859

The Bagelwich is back! Rooster’s Coffeehouse Opens After Renovations

RoostersrReopening_photoThe Bagelwich is back! Carleton University Students’ Association’s (CUSA) Rooster’s Coffeehouse officially reopened this past weekend after months of renovations. The Rooster’s redesign was one of many campaign promises brought to fruition by the current CUSA Executive team.

The new and improved Rooster’s maintained it’s classic menu with fan favourites like the Rooster’s Pita, Soup of the Day and of course the Bagelwich. The vibe of the venue however, has changed drastically!

“Space was key in the renovation plans” said Folarin Odunayo, President of CUSA.

The large couches and massive booths that always seemed to fit less people than they were intended to, have been traded in for a more modern coffee house look; with single person chairs and staggered coffee tables.

Vice-President Student Services, Adil Tahseen said, “The design of the seating area has made Rooster’s significantly more accessible. That’s something I got a lot of feedback from as CDAC (Carleton Disability Awareness Centre) coordinator last year. It’s great to see the difference such a small change can make.”

Additional accessibility features at Roosters include, three fully accessible cashes and consistent flooring to aid with mobility.

The coffeehouse now also features a rectangular bar enclosure where patrons can grab milk, cream and sugar for their coffee, or sit down for a quick bite.

Beyond the layout, Rooster’s has also made changes to the lighting, update the kitchen and added an electric fireplace.

“It took a bit longer than we expected but I’m happy we were able to deliver on our promise to give students a more accessible and modern looking Rooster’s” said Reda Zarrug, VP Finance.

Despite being open for business Rod Castro, CUSA’s Business Operations Manager said there is more coming. “We’ll be adding TVs and a projector. Rooster’s is a popular spot for movie nights, we wanted to make sure we facilitate that.”

Students seem receptive of the new Rooster’s, on Monday the spot served upwards of 700 people.

“A lot of work went into this project, a huge shout out goes to our Business Operations Manager Rod and the Rooster’s managers Justin and Ron. They worked tirelessly on this project and it’s great to see it come to life” said Odunayo.

Rooster’s is one of four businesses operated by your students’ association, including Haven’s Book Store, Henry’s Convenience store and the campus pub Oliver’s. CUSA Businesses employ over 100 undergraduate students.

 For more information:

Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA)

(613) 520-2600 ext. 1859