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McMaster professor ousted from course following student petition Three months into the semester, two new instructors were appointed to teach the commerce 2FA3 class
Nov15

McMaster professor ousted from course following student petition Three months into the semester, two new instructors were appointed to teach the commerce 2FA3 class

Photo from Silhouette Photo Archives Hundreds of students in McMaster’s introductory finance course commerce 2FA3 received a failing grade on their first midterm, with the class average sitting at 50.6 per cent, barely scraping past the passing threshold. “The main issue began with many students complaining that prof. Trevor Chamberlain, who was teaching all four cores at the time, was not a very good instructor,” said Sara*, a...

A call for McMaster to move towards greater transparency The university needs to ensure BoG and senate meeting agendas and minutes are accessible amid the Brighter World campaign

Back in September, a Silhouette contributor signed up to write a story about a piece of information that was stuffed into an old board of governors meeting agenda. While the contributor was working on the story, the agenda curiously vanished from the McMaster website. The agenda has since returned, being scrapped initially as a byproduct of the Brighter World redesign. However, the university must maintain a higher standard of...

McMaster to keep plastic straws, for now The university is seeking to consult the MSU and EIO about a potential campus plastic straw ban
Sep20

McMaster to keep plastic straws, for now The university is seeking to consult the MSU and EIO about a potential campus plastic straw ban

Photos by Kyle West Over the last few months, there has been a push by organizations, countries, cities and companies globally to crack down on plastic straws, products that studies show are contributing to the nearly nine million tons of plastic that infect the oceans annually. With anti-straw advocacy afoot, Canadian restaurants including Harvey’s and Swiss Chalet have announced plans to axe or restrict single-use plastic straws....

Mac Saudi students to leave by Sept. 22 The university remains unclear and pessimistic about its ability to help keep students in Canada
Sep07

Mac Saudi students to leave by Sept. 22 The university remains unclear and pessimistic about its ability to help keep students in Canada

Photo from Silhouette Photo Archives In the wake of a diplomatic dispute that broke out between Canada and Saudi Arabia last month, the Saudi government cut funding from students at Canadian post-secondary institutions, including McMaster University. While the university has offered to support affected students, it is unclear what this assistance entails and how much it is actually alleviating the situation. McMaster has just under...

What’s up with LRT? LRT debates resurface as Hamilton election looms
Sep07

What’s up with LRT? LRT debates resurface as Hamilton election looms

Over the last few months, planning for the development of the Hamilton light rail transit has been underway, with construction expected to kick off next year and wrap up in 2024. However, Doug Ford’s promise to abandon his predecessor’s funding plan may put the project in jeopardy. The 1.3 billion dollar LRT, which was introduced by former premier Kathleen Wynne in 2015, is expected to span 14 kilometers, running from McMaster...