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Ontario government releases Student Choice Initiative guidelines Next year, students will be able to opt-out of paying for MSU clubs and services
Apr04

Ontario government releases Student Choice Initiative guidelines Next year, students will be able to opt-out of paying for MSU clubs and services

Photo by Kyle West On March 29, the Ontario government unveiled guidelines for universities to follow in order to comply with the “Student Choice Initiative” policy, which allows students to opt out of paying ancillary fees. According to the document, students will be allowed to opt out of fees that are allocated towards clubs, student organizations and programs that do not fall into the government’s criteria for essential fees....

McMaster and MSU respond to sexual violence survey results Both the McMaster Students Union and the university have committed to reviewing their policies regarding sexual violence and harassment on campus
Apr04

McMaster and MSU respond to sexual violence survey results Both the McMaster Students Union and the university have committed to reviewing their policies regarding sexual violence and harassment on campus

Photo by Kyle West The McMaster Students Union and McMaster University are preparing to re-examine their policies and protocols on sexual violence in light of the recent Student Voices on Sexual Violence report released by the provincial government earlier this month. The Student Voices on Sexual Violence survey was sent out last year and involved 160,000 students from over 40 Ontario post-secondary institutions outlining their...

Students hold vigil to mourn Christchurch victims Fifteen speakers addressed the large crowd, remembering the victims and calling for a united response against white supremacy and Islamophobia
Mar28

Students hold vigil to mourn Christchurch victims Fifteen speakers addressed the large crowd, remembering the victims and calling for a united response against white supremacy and Islamophobia

Photo by Kyle West CW: Islamophobia, violence   On March 19, hundreds of students, faculty and staff filled the McMaster University Student Centre courtyard to mourn the victims of the Christchurch massacre. The terrorist attack was committed on March 15 by a white supremacist who opened fire in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing a total of 50 people and injuring 50 others. The attack was considered the worst mass...

New low for General Assembly attendance The four members of the board of directors made up half the total attendance at this year’s general assembly
Mar28

New low for General Assembly attendance The four members of the board of directors made up half the total attendance at this year’s general assembly

Photos C/O Ryan Tse Attendance at the annual McMaster Students Union General Assembly hit a new low this year, with a total of eight members showing up. Eight students represent 0.0293 per cent of the MSU’s student membership. The number of students needed to reach quorum this year was 724. MSU president Ikram Farah delivered an address at the start of the assembly, speaking about the recent Ontario government cuts to the Ontario...

Hamilton startup helps customers redeem unused gift cards Kaya Harrod and McMaster alumnus Colin Moffat have transformed GiftCash from a two-person operation into a thriving company with seven Mac employees
Mar21

Hamilton startup helps customers redeem unused gift cards Kaya Harrod and McMaster alumnus Colin Moffat have transformed GiftCash from a two-person operation into a thriving company with seven Mac employees

Photo by Kyle West Four McMaster students are helping a local gift-card cash-exchange company grow unexpectedly quickly in a relatively untapped Canadian market. GiftCash is an online service startup based in Dundas that buys unredeemed or partially redeemed gift cards from customers in exchange for a percentage of the remaining value. The company was co-founded in 2017 by Colin Moffat, a McMaster actuarial mathematics graduate, and...