A new lease on renting in Ontario The Ontario government and MSU are taking steps to help tenants understand their rights
Feb15

A new lease on renting in Ontario The Ontario government and MSU are taking steps to help tenants understand their rights

When he was in his third year at McMaster, Brad Tyler was living in the basement of a house in the McMaster community. In 2016, cockroaches began to infest the place. “The landlord was told several times that the bug problem was escalating and he didn’t consider the severity of the situation nor seem to act urgently,” said Tyler. It was not until the spring of 2017 when Tyler decided to cancel on his rent cheque until the landlord...

SRA meeting rundown: Feb 4 The SRA discusses the new Student Activity Building and administrative motions
Feb12

SRA meeting rundown: Feb 4 The SRA discusses the new Student Activity Building and administrative motions

On Feb. 4, the McMaster Students Union Student Representative Assembly gathered in room 111 of Gilmour Hall for the first SRA meeting of the month. Meeting highlights included a delegation by MSU President Chukky Ibe, a report period and a few administrative motions. In a referendum last March, 59 per cent of McMaster students voted in favour of the expansion of Pulse and the creation of a new Student Activity Building. Ibe’s...

McMaster to lower PhD tuition for international students The university’s efforts will come in the wake of changes in Ontario government fund
Feb12

McMaster to lower PhD tuition for international students The university’s efforts will come in the wake of changes in Ontario government fund

In the wake of increased provincial government funding aimed at attracting international PhD students, Ontario universities including the University of Toronto and Brock University have lowered tuition prices for graduate students from abroad. In Jan. 2018, the University of Toronto announced that, come Sept., international students will pay the same prices as domestic students. A month later, Brock University scrapped international...

Mac’s most recent IT student forum Mosaic and Avenue feedback session sparks a discussion about improving McMaster technology
Feb12

Mac’s most recent IT student forum Mosaic and Avenue feedback session sparks a discussion about improving McMaster technology

On Feb. 5, the McMaster Students Union, IT governance and IT review organized an event aimed at collecting feedback from students about their experiences with Mosaic and Avenue to Learn. The event was facilitated by Susan Mitchell, director of administration at the DeGroote School of Business, Marzena Kielar, manager IT reporting and data warehouse, Amanda Lee Baldwin, senior manager IT review implementation and Michelle Zheng,...

Deconstructing MSU voter turnout We can’t solve the voter turnout problem until we understand what’s causing it
Feb08

Deconstructing MSU voter turnout We can’t solve the voter turnout problem until we understand what’s causing it

Voter turnout for this year’s McMaster Students Union sat at 28 per cent, reflecting the first time in five years that less than 40 per cent of the undergraduate student population voted in an MSU presidential election. While this year’s low voter turnout rate is a problem, it is unclear why this problem emerged in the first place. As highlighted in a news article from the Silhouette’s Feb. 1 issue, the last time the MSU saw a similar...