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Where’s the celebration? With a number of Black student-athletes at McMaster, an event celebrating Black History Month is noticeably missing from the Marauder community

Feb. 28 is the last day of February. That also means it is the last day of Black History Month and the McMaster Athletic Department has yet to do anything to celebrate it. We saw a number of different causes celebrated at games throughout February; #BellLetsTalk, Chinese New Year and a Pride Game to celebrate the LGBTQA2S+ community. But there has been nothing to celebrate BHM and Black student-athletes and that needs to change....

State of emergency Is fear the only thing that can save us from climate change?

There is absolutely no doubt that climate change is happening. From heat waves this past summer that killed up to 70 people in Quebec or this winter’s freezing polar vortex, we’re seeing undeniably extreme weather disturbances across the world. That said, by no means is climate change a new thing. For decades, scientists and researchers have warned about the effects that come with global warming and for decades, policy makers and...

Bringing Sex(and the Steel City)y Back Why we stepped up our game with SATSC this year

Sex and the Steel City has made its rounds over the years. Whether it was moving on from a totally separate issue to an insert, reviving it from the dead after it was put to rest in 2014 or making the decision to not distribute 8,000 copies of full-on porn around campus and the community, looking through the SATSC archives is both hilarious and moving. Special issues are a lot of work. Every aspect of this issue has a meticulous...

What recent media cuts mean for future journalists The future of journalism looks bleak, what does that mean moving forward?

When I was 16 years old, I told my parents that I wanted to be a journalist. They hated that, obviously, and I don’t blame them. Why would they want their kid to go into a (their words) dying field? Especially one that has been at a low point for the past ten years. Over the past decade, the number of jobs in newsrooms have dropped by 45 per cent. In the past month alone, major news companies have laid off major portions of their...

What would happen if student media were to dissolve? The Progressive Conservative party’s plan to make ancillary fees optional is an incredibly dangerous move for student media

Premier Doug Ford’s recent move to make ancillary fees optional can affect a number of valuable groups and services on campus. On a campus that prides itself in student life as much as McMaster does, many of these groups are left to question what is to be deemed essential by the university. The Silhouette is in a similar position. The Silhouette has been McMaster’s student-run newspaper for 89 years. For a university without a...

A call for stronger presidential platforms Whoever wins tonight should fight to keep their promises, but also consider what is actually in the MSU’s power

  Last week, the Silhouette News team wrote up platform critiques for each of this year’s McMaster Students Union presidential election candidates. The critiques collectively point out that while the candidates are trotting out some interesting ideas, many are patently unfeasible. Madison Wesley advocates for a McMaster campus store textbook rental program, but the director of retail services at McMaster told our News contributor that...