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...

Sifting through the spin The university’s $10 million contribution is more about them than the students
Mar02

Sifting through the spin The university’s $10 million contribution is more about them than the students

Students will be heading back to the polls for Student Representative Assembly elections, and for the third time this year, they will be met with a referendum question. The Pulse expansion and Student Activity Building are back on the ballot because the university has committed to spend $10 million on the project. Via email, dean of students Sean Van Koughnett explained that the funding is coming from money that “exist[s] for...

Make your house a home Your student house is more than just a roof over your head
Feb16

Make your house a home Your student house is more than just a roof over your head

Scrolling through the McMaster housing groups on Facebook, posts proclaiming a house’s proximity to campus, low rent or length of bus ride to neighbourhood amenities are abundant. These are but a few of the selling points landlords and tenants scrambling to find another person to fill out the house use to promote their homes, but there are more important factors than the newness of the stove. You will be spending a lot of time in your...