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MSU General Assembly passes BDS motion Students vote in support of MSU to divest from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinians
Mar24

MSU General Assembly passes BDS motion Students vote in support of MSU to divest from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinians

The McMaster Student Union General Assembly voted in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) motion on March 23. Students filled Burridge Gym at 4 p.m. in anticipation for a monumentally important decision. After a short president’s report from MSU President Teddy Saull and an Engineering Without Borders briefing, the stage was set. The motion for the MSU to join the international BDS movement was then brought...

An opportunity Leaving McMaster can be a frightening prospect, but that fear can push you to the next stage of your life
Mar19

An opportunity Leaving McMaster can be a frightening prospect, but that fear can push you to the next stage of your life

This concept sounds foreign, even as I type this: I’m not frightened of graduating. I’m excited. For all of senior year, I’ve grappled to make sense of leaving university. The feeling of suddenly leaving behind the carefully constructed constructs that have carried us for nearly two decades is disturbing, because, frankly, we’re being disturbed. Our whole lives are being disturbed. We’re getting yanked out of the kiddies pool and...

Political correctness and comedy Being a decent human being isn't standing in the way of anything
Feb25

Political correctness and comedy Being a decent human being isn't standing in the way of anything

In an interview with Vulture, comedian Chris Rock articulated a sentiment that has since been echoed by a number of comedians. Rock noted that he no longer performs at colleges because the student population is “too conservative.” He went on to clarify that it’s our “willingness to not offend anyone” that takes the fun out of comedy. In short, his point is that comedy is being stifled by political correctness. There’s some merit to...

[REVIEW] The Interview A weak comedy, a weaker satire
Feb05

[REVIEW] The Interview A weak comedy, a weaker satire

Here’s the problem with Seth Rogen and James Franco’s The Interview: it could have been so much more than a silly romp in an evil land. The Interview is the latest chapter in a long line of blockbusters featuring real life best buds Rogen and Franco. Rogen plays the part of an unsatisfied producer for “Skylar Tonight” – an interview show starring Franco as celebrity host Dave Skylar. The two are granted a once-in-a-lifetime...

It’s time to privatize the LCBO
Jan29

It’s time to privatize the LCBO

Monopolies are not in the interest of consumers. That’s why almost every country in the world, including Canada, has a competition bureau of some kind to prevent and to break up monopolies. Without getting into the nitty-gritty, a monopoly is formed when there a single party that holds a significant share of a particular market. Through the power of exclusivity, a monopolist is able to raise prices above what would be bargained...