Inconsistent presidential elections An overhaul of the rules is needed no matter who ends up winning
Feb15

Inconsistent presidential elections An overhaul of the rules is needed no matter who ends up winning

While I have written about how we should be expecting campaigns on campus to follow the rules, a larger problem exists. What if the rules need reform? Having odd rules does not excuse a candidate from not reading the rules, intentionally breaking them or their inability to run a disciplined campaign team. But regardless of how all of these recent appeals for the McMaster Students Union president-elect turn out, there should be a...

Student opportunity positions need help Some of the most expensive services on campus need updates and support
Feb08

Student opportunity positions need help Some of the most expensive services on campus need updates and support

There are a number of full-time positions open to graduating students that the McMaster Students Union employs each year. Each one for the 2018-2019 academic year are currently up on the MSU website or will be in the coming days and weeks. These range pretty drastically in the responsibilities outlined and the skillsets needed for each considering the services they are attached to, e.g., the Silhouette, CFMU, Campus Events and the...

The failure to engage students this election A massive drop-off in voting is worrisome for municipal affairs, but it is not surprising
Feb01

The failure to engage students this election A massive drop-off in voting is worrisome for municipal affairs, but it is not surprising

This is the first time since 2013 that less than 40 per cent of students voted in the McMaster Students Union presidential election. The number dropped almost 12 per cent from last year, and represents almost 3,000 students. There are about nine months until the Hamilton municipal election. If you cannot get students to vote for their own union’s president, how do you ever expect to will them into voting in a municipal election that...

Common themes in presidentials Takeaways from previous years of tendencies
Jan18

Common themes in presidentials Takeaways from previous years of tendencies

1) Get a lead and maintain it Voters will rank every candidate from one to seven. Round one simply indicates everyone’s first choice on the ballot, and the candidate with the least amount of first place votes is knocked out. For the rest of the rounds, the ballots for losing candidates are redistributed to their top remaining preference. This continues until a candidate reaches more than 50 per cent of the vote. However, the...

What was left behind at Frost Week The most recent rebrand leaves more to be desired
Jan11

What was left behind at Frost Week The most recent rebrand leaves more to be desired

Frost Weeks in the past have traditionally been about events welcoming students back to the university after a long break, complete with concerts, parties and other social events. Of Gentleman and Cowards, residence parties with unlimited pizzas, outdoor skating, Arkells, Frost Fest and Alessia Cara were just a few examples of what was featured over the years. 2017’s Frost Week had a notable change in priority. Shaarujaa Nadarajah,...