“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...

Letter: Why students should vote yes to the Pulse/student activity building referendum The "Vote Yes" team responds to an opinion article that asks students to be critical of the referendum
Mar22

Letter: Why students should vote yes to the Pulse/student activity building referendum The "Vote Yes" team responds to an opinion article that asks students to be critical of the referendum

Letters to the Editor are printed in full and are unedited by the Silhouette By: Ryan MacDonald (Vote Yes campaign team) This is a response to an Opinion piece titled “The new referendum does not change enough”, published on March 17, 2017. The author of said piece lists the following issues with the referendum and encourages students to vote no; this piece will seek to refute them and encourage students to vote yes: A compulsory...

Bridging the generational gap Millennials face a harsh economic climate, and older generations need to admit it
Mar17

Bridging the generational gap Millennials face a harsh economic climate, and older generations need to admit it

The so-called gig economy is the new reality for millennials and it will take its toll. An ad for Fiverr, a website that connects freelancers to paid opportunities, made the rounds on Twitter recently because it promoted the ridiculous lifestyle that many fresh graduates face. The text read: “You eat a coffee for lunch. You follow through on your follow through. Sleep deprivation is your drug of choice. You might be a doer.” This ad...

Only in Hamilton, but in a good way The “armpit of Ontario” is stepping up to save a cultural landmark. Where else does that happen?
Mar09

Only in Hamilton, but in a good way The “armpit of Ontario” is stepping up to save a cultural landmark. Where else does that happen?

Westdale Theatre is saved, and that is something worth celebrating. When the venue first hit the market, there was an understandable panic. Part of Westdale’s charm is the business community along King Street, and losing the theatre would magnify the changes that have happened to the area over the past five years. Corporate franchises like Pizza Nova have popped up and weakened the community feel of the neighbourhood. If we had lost...