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The darker side of Welcome Week Keggers are not the right choice for Shinerama fundraising
Jul10

The darker side of Welcome Week Keggers are not the right choice for Shinerama fundraising

wMany Welcome Week representatives will do anything for a donation in their faculty’s name towards Shinerama. Typical activities include selling popsicles in the sweltering heat, a song or dance to entertain a Hamiltonian doing their groceries or even a back massage to a tired fellow-rep. Shinerama is the annual campaign many Canadian universities fundraise for during their Welcome Weeks, with the money ultimately going to Cystic...

Who should elect our MSU VPs? A committee has formed to discuss whether or not students should be able to vote for their MSU VPs. Members weigh in on how they think next year’s election should go down.
Jun08

Who should elect our MSU VPs? A committee has formed to discuss whether or not students should be able to vote for their MSU VPs. Members weigh in on how they think next year’s election should go down.

It took 22 hours for the Student Representative Assembly to elect this year’s MSU vice-presidents– a meeting that might not happen next year if some students have their way. Though there is almost unanimous consensus that the VP electoral system is flawed, exactly how the system should be reformed is a divisive topic that led to the creation of a VP Electoral Reform Ad Hoc committee. “The way VPs are elected at the moment needs to...

Time to re-evaluate Research shows a systemic bias in course evaluations. Are we doing enough to address this?
Apr02

Time to re-evaluate Research shows a systemic bias in course evaluations. Are we doing enough to address this?

It’s the time of year when the tables are turned and students are asked to evaluate professors. But what many students don’t know is just how important course evaluations are at McMaster. The Silhouette investigated the complex world of course evaluations, including the research showing systemic gender bias by students in general and some of the big changes coming including the publication of course evaluations results on the student...

Report card revisited A look at the what Board of Directors accomplished in second term
Apr02

Report card revisited A look at the what Board of Directors accomplished in second term

Teddy Saull MSU President Teddy Saull has had a rollercoaster of a year. Of Saull’s 14 projects, among the most awaited is the Peer Tutoring Network, which will be ready for a soft launch in May. Off-campus safety was a platform point that Saull campaigned on in the 2013 election. In an attempt to improve the security of the areas around McMaster, Saull conducted a safety audit and is working with the City of Hamilton to make student...

Re-evaluating MSU services Due to redundancy in service provision, the MSU might be wasting resources
Apr02

Re-evaluating MSU services Due to redundancy in service provision, the MSU might be wasting resources

It’s never popular to suggest cutting services that anyone is invested in. So it’s unsurprising that the McMaster Student Union tends to add services rather than reduce them. However, although we have a growing student body with diverse needs, because of politics, we also have a redundant service situation. The distinction between which issues receive an entire service and which ones are bunched together is haphazard. Why are...