Popping the Bubble Hamilton is much more than what you'll experience in Westdale

For most of McMaster’s undergraduate population, Hamilton serves as a second home from anywhere between three to six years. While these three to six years are about expanding personal boundaries, it only makes sense to expand physical boundaries as well.  So, why are so many McMaster students so afraid of Hamilton’s downtown core? While there are plenty of reasons to stay on campus, from the McMaster Museum of Art to Cootes Paradise,...

RIPRINT The death of the printed word and how that translates to our practices

If I’m not hearing about how print is dying from think-pieces on my LinkedIn timeline, I’m definitely hearing about it from concerned family members when they ask me what I’m doing with my life.  Nobody is surprised by the looming displacement of print media. It’s 2018. More than ever, people are engaging with online content for their news coverage and media more generally. Online articles, photos and videos in particular seem to gain...

Pomp and Circumstance and wondering what’s next Now is our time to take advantage of not having an answer

A few days after this issue is printed, I’ll be a McMaster alumna. I’ll have crossed the stage at the FirstOntario Centre, I’ll have shaken Patrick Deane’s hand and I’ll have a degree. This has been something that I’ve been looking forward to for four years, so why am I so anxious about it now? Prior to this past year, there had never been a time where I wasn’t looking forward to graduation. That’s not to say I haven’t had some of the...

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...