The office lore Contributing to almost a century of history should be fun
Aug04

The office lore Contributing to almost a century of history should be fun

As a disclaimer, our Operating Policy states that we are limited to only having one page per issue dedicated to satire and parody. The Speculator on the back page of the physical issue took this up. We have not requested any exceptions to this, and everything you are about to read is factual. Throughout the year, we run weekly meetings for each of our sections. If you want to contribute as a writer, photographer, videographer or have...

Bill S-231 and anonymous sources Are we considered journalists?
Jul06

Bill S-231 and anonymous sources Are we considered journalists?

In November of last year, a small act to amend the Canada Evidence Act and the Criminal Code was introduced to the Senate. The purpose of this was to help protect the confidentiality of journalistic sources. There are two, main situations this would apply in. The first is allowing a journalist testifying in court to refuse to disclose information, except if the information cannot be obtained otherwise and if public interest in justice...

The Silhouette’s next steps We made a lot of changes last year based on your feedback. Here’s what’s next
Jun01

The Silhouette’s next steps We made a lot of changes last year based on your feedback. Here’s what’s next

Last year was great. After the results of our Silvision campaign back in early 2016, we started the process of bettering our content with the advice given from readers who took the time to let us know what they think. If you contributed to this, we appreciate it. Most notably, your feedback helped us with the direction for two of our four current major print sections. Merging Lifestyle with ANDY to create a more conventional Arts...

“Hello, I must be going” My time here is up, but I’ll always bleed Silhouette red
Apr05

“Hello, I must be going” My time here is up, but I’ll always bleed Silhouette red

Tradition dictates that the last editorial is a farewell from the Editor-in-Chief, or Executive Editor, as it was known when I started. As my first Executive Editor wrote in his sendoff piece, “I would like to depart from that tradition in no way at all”. My Sil story starts in 2011. I picked up my first paper in the Commons building after the Vanier Cup win and I was hooked. The product had a style to it, with inside jokes that I...

Standing up for ourselves City council ignores students because we don’t vote. Let’s change that in 2018
Mar31

Standing up for ourselves City council ignores students because we don’t vote. Let’s change that in 2018

As the school year winds down, so does this volume of the Silhouette. The end of something usually begs for some kind of retrospect to think about what we did, how it could have been done better, or what we need to continue to do. When I flip through the editorials and the news pages, I see a noticeable difference in our news and opinion coverage. There were more stories this year about the greater Hamilton community instead of simply...

Making a stronger SRA A series of thoughts on the legislative body from someone who has followed it for far too long
Mar23

Making a stronger SRA A series of thoughts on the legislative body from someone who has followed it for far too long

With Student Representative Assembly elections finished, it’s time for everyone’s favourite kind of conversation: an “inside baseball” look at student politics. The SRA is an important group (just ask them) and play a significant role in shaping the student experience at McMaster. This is not up for debate. But the paradox is that the SRA represents students while not truly engaging them. As you can see from the news piece on page...