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Keep the #Consent going With the arrival of Homecoming, keep in mind one of Welcome Week’s most important initiatives: consent
Sep24

Keep the #Consent going With the arrival of Homecoming, keep in mind one of Welcome Week’s most important initiatives: consent

By: Alex Killian Welcome Week 2015 saw an innovative and important campaign on campus. From the social media platforms of Facebook and Twitter, to posters all across campus, to the buttons we still see today, the #Consent initiative represented a conversation many students were relieved to have on a safe, open and accepting campus. In the works since April 2012 and based on recommendations from the “It’s Time” project, it represented...

The beginning of the end of words Messaging with sentence fragments is so 2013
Sep17

The beginning of the end of words Messaging with sentence fragments is so 2013

This past week Apple unveiled the soon-to-be released iOS 9, which heralds in new emojis, including a taco and the middle finger. It was a truly blessed day as it meant the human race was one step closer to getting rid of words all together. Just a few years ago young people everywhere were typing sentence fragments on their Blackberries. A few years before that people were typing out paragraphs in emails, but now we can just use...

Surviving university as an Introvert
Sep10

Surviving university as an Introvert

Three years ago, I left Welcome Week feeling like I didn’t belong in the McMaster community. All the screaming and spontaneous Gangman Style mobs just weren’t my thing. The whole week seemed to cater only to extroverts and seemingly extroverted introverts. My only recluses were the friends I made in my small faculty and the few friends I knew coming to McMaster. For this year’s crop of frosh who are concerned or disillusioned, there...

Keep your friends closer Social media approval is nice, but covet what's real
Apr02

Keep your friends closer Social media approval is nice, but covet what's real

The ten minutes after you click confirm to post a new profile picture on Facebook or a new Insta on the ‘gram is an emotional rollercoaster. How many people are liking it? Who’s commenting? How do you make sure it reached the biggest audience? If you don’t get enough likes you have to delete it, because otherwise it’s bad for your brand. In ten minutes, either each like is a shot of confidence or the lack of likes is causing you to...

The Depression Diaries
Apr02

The Depression Diaries

By: Cathy Huang University is really depressing. Do you know what it’s like to have depression? I don’t. Or at least I thought I didn’t. But after feeling really stressed and unhappy for a few weeks, I decided I needed to go in to the Student Wellness Centre and talk to someone. I’d just gone through a painful breakup with someone I had a lot of history with, I was struggling to stay motivated in school and was worried about being...

So you’ve been invited home for Easter… How to survive dinner with your significant other’s family
Apr02

So you’ve been invited home for Easter… How to survive dinner with your significant other’s family

By: Beth Barr Your significant other has invited you to their home for Easter. But everyone knows that this is no simple dinner. This is a vetting process. Does their family like and approve of you? Do you like and get along with your significant other’s family and friends? Naturally, you wipe away the worry, smile, and tell your partner, “of course, I’d love to.” And you mean it, because you really do want them to like you and to...