Why we’re moving away from the report card Evaluating the board of directors is impossible with the resources available to the Silhouette
Nov23

Why we’re moving away from the report card Evaluating the board of directors is impossible with the resources available to the Silhouette

As the News Editor, I have made the executive decision to cut the McMaster Students Union board of directors report card we typically print in the last issue of the Silhouette before the exam break. Instead, we will print a check-in where we consider how far the board has come with their year plans. In previous years, the Silhouette published report cards where the staff evaluated the work the board has done so far in their term. As a...

Sharing skills and communities As local LGBTQ+ spaces morph, Speqtrum Hamilton hopes to teach skills and bridge the gap between LGBTQ+ youth
Nov16

Sharing skills and communities As local LGBTQ+ spaces morph, Speqtrum Hamilton hopes to teach skills and bridge the gap between LGBTQ+ youth

Last names have been omitted to protect identities. In an office within the YWCA’s Hamilton headquarters on MacNab Street lays the home base for Hamilton’s latest initiative to connect LGBTQ+ youth. Speqtrum Hamilton, a non-profit organization housed under the YWCA, hosts monthly events and workshops for LGBTQ+ youth aged 17-29, and focuses on creating connections and teaching youth new skills. Founded by three McMaster alumni,...

Failing to discipline welcome week representatives One science rep shares their experience as they attempt to call out racism within their rep team

*name has been changed to protect identity Jamie*, a science student and former faculty rep, was not expecting they would have to file a human rights complaint against three fellow science representatives. But due to a lack of clear disciplinary action, they have had to go the McMaster Equity and Inclusion Office to report three students who repeatedly used the n-word on social media. On Mar. 31, the day before the first day of...

Recreating yourself after losing your  loved ones Losing a piece of yourself when your loved ones die
Nov09

Recreating yourself after losing your loved ones Losing a piece of yourself when your loved ones die

Halloween is a hard holiday for me. As the festivities come and go, I’m ultimately reminded of the death of my grandma, who passed away a few years ago following a series of health complications in the early morning of Halloween. Along with my mom and my dad, she was a constant presence in my household and her passing not only spurned a blanket of grief, but marked a new batch of cultural anxieties. My earliest memory is of my grandma...

Moving up hiring without due process Without informing students in due time, hiring the new cohort of PTMs will leave out qualified candidates
Nov09

Moving up hiring without due process Without informing students in due time, hiring the new cohort of PTMs will leave out qualified candidates

On Nov. 1, 11 part-time manager positions were posted on the McMaster Students Union employment page and will be up for two weeks until Nov. 15. Most of the jobs are usually put up later in the year, which calls into question whether the hiring board has considered the challenges this date change creates. For those unfamiliar, a PTM is the coordinator or director of one of the 35 MSU services offered. Always a full-time student, a PTM...