#thetimeisnow
OPINION: When failing isn’t an option A lack of support, a harsh OSAP system and a necessity to work creates insurmountable hurdles
Jan23

OPINION: When failing isn’t an option A lack of support, a harsh OSAP system and a necessity to work creates insurmountable hurdles

By Esra Rakab, Contributor “University is a learning experience, it’s okay to fail.” These words that are intended to comfort me echo through my mind at every instance of academic hardship. University is often advertised as a place for learning and self-discovery, but this narrative often only applies to privileged, higher-income students. As an immigrant student from a low-income background and challenges with mental health, I’ve...

OPINION: Slacktivism ain’t it You shared that post. Yes, you feel good — but did it help?
Jan16

OPINION: Slacktivism ain’t it You shared that post. Yes, you feel good — but did it help?

Photo C/O Anders Nord By Adeola Egbeyemi and Caroline Bredin, Contributors One like helps clean one beach. Repost on your story to plant 100 trees. Share to save the bees! Slacktivism is a new and trendy form of online activism that, according to the United Nations, involves “people who support a cause by performing simple measures [but] are not truly engaged or devoted to making a change.” Slacktivism looks like reposts, retweets and...

OPINION: Exam culture puts students at risk Promoting all-nighters through memes normalizes unhealthy behaviour
Jan09

OPINION: Exam culture puts students at risk Promoting all-nighters through memes normalizes unhealthy behaviour

By Kayla Freeman, Contributor Each year of university can feel like a new beginning, culminating in a gruelling session of final exams. Final exams are customarily used to test students’ comprehension of course material over the course of the semester. However, many students study for exams by cramming as much information as they can the week, or sometimes even the night before the final. This trend has birthed what is commonly dubbed...

OPINION: The privilege of forgetting Understanding the burdens of others is difficult if you don’t acknowledge them first
Jan09

OPINION: The privilege of forgetting Understanding the burdens of others is difficult if you don’t acknowledge them first

Photo by Cindy Cui / Photo Editor cw: misogyny By Roba Dekamo, Contributor Most people experience some level of privilege based on a combination of characteristics society considers integral to who you are. Some factors that influence privilege include your race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity. Based on these characteristics, your life will be harder or easier, and unfortunately you don’t get a say in the...

OPINION: Chinese students aren’t brainwashed Chinese students at McMaster deserve to have their opinions heard — they do their research and you should too
Jan09

OPINION: Chinese students aren’t brainwashed Chinese students at McMaster deserve to have their opinions heard — they do their research and you should too

Photo by Cindy Cui / Photo Editor By Anonymous, Contributor This article has been edited as of Jan. 19, 2020 A previously published version of this article stated, “Contrary to what many people in the West may believe, state-run news stories about China, although heavily censored, are in fact quite accurate when they do get published.” This has been corrected to, “Contrary to what many people in the West may believe,...