To the Silhouette alumni and staff I miss you already
Apr05

To the Silhouette alumni and staff I miss you already

My experience began with trying to write the best album reviews possible. It ended with the want to help the McMaster community by holding people, organizations and institutions accountable for their actions. Humble beginnings grew into the desire to create a high enough quality media source to rival journalism schools across the country despite not having one. I wanted to help grow the Silhouette into one of the most credible media...

Media and PR ethics in Hamilton A look at examples from other organizations and recent efforts by the Silhouette
Mar29

Media and PR ethics in Hamilton A look at examples from other organizations and recent efforts by the Silhouette

Prior to the announcement on March 26 of a $100,000, two-year project in collaboration with researchers at McMaster, the HSR posted a photo on their Twitter featuring their management team. This photo had the group of seven people, not including the photographer, at the back of a bus stating they were headed to the university. The question remains how they managed to find a significant amount of space at the back of a bus heading to...

We need you to grill us Your feedback is essential for becoming even better
Mar22

We need you to grill us Your feedback is essential for becoming even better

Back in 2016, the Silhouette had a campaign called “Silvision”. It was cheesy in its execution and salty in its referencing of negative subtweets and pseudo-insults. The paper’s approach to arts and opinions completely changed as a result of this feedback. The successes of this were discussed in the editorial on June 1, 2017, which also highlighted what we would be taking the initiative on in the future. In particular, these...

Locke Street contemplations Where do you even begin to report on the last week?
Mar08

Locke Street contemplations Where do you even begin to report on the last week?

On March 3, a group of about 30 individuals dressed in black and with a banner stating, “We Are the Ungovernable” marched down Locke Street and vandalized multiple local businesses. A few examples from the list of those affected include the Beverly, Bitten, Donut Monster, Locke Street Meats, Pippa & Prue, Neo and Naroma. All of these had windows smashed. Multiple other businesses were egged. Swarms of people visited Locke Street...

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...