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...

We don’t need hockey programs Beyond the idea that hockey is “Canada’s game,” University Sports hockey makes no sense for Mac
Feb09

We don’t need hockey programs Beyond the idea that hockey is “Canada’s game,” University Sports hockey makes no sense for Mac

McMaster does not have hockey programs at the University Sports level, and it should stay that way. The men’s program ended in 1989 and people still talk about the McMaster Marlins. Numerous people have asked me about the lack of a men or women’s hockey program during my years as a Sports Editor. An alumnus emailed me this week asking if the athletic department had any plans to bring hockey back. In January 2015, Athletic Director...

The challenge for Chukky Ibe’s presidency will be a significant test of the idea that MSU presidents “don’t do anything”
Feb02

The challenge for Chukky Ibe’s presidency will be a significant test of the idea that MSU presidents “don’t do anything”

Every year, we hear the same sentiments about the McMaster Students Union presidential election: “why does this matter? The president doesn’t do anything anyway.” The criticism is unfair, but the sentiment is understandable. The majority of undergraduate students are just beginning to really engage with politics beyond that silly Grade 10 civics course, and they are starting to see how politicians will fail to deliver on their...

Who benefits from “paying it forward”? Suggesting students should pay more now so future students can benefit doesn't apply in the modern context
Jan24

Who benefits from “paying it forward”? Suggesting students should pay more now so future students can benefit doesn't apply in the modern context

It is old hat by now: the value of post-secondary education has drastically changed since 2000. So why do some talking points remain? I have heard and read people arguing in favour of the Pulse expansion and new student activity building by saying that the student centre and athletic centre were paid for my students who would not use it. Now, some say, it is our turn to pay it forward. To clarify, this expansion project would not...

Don’t buy the hype Some presidential candidates are promising big ideas, but what are their priorities?
Jan19

Don’t buy the hype Some presidential candidates are promising big ideas, but what are their priorities?

Presidentials has gone overboard. This year sees some ambitious and infeasible platforms. The massive plans mislead students because it is impossible for them to find out what the candidates are truly going to work on during their term. There are too many ideas and too little time. I appreciate the optimism from the candidates and their broad platforms, but let’s be serious. Universities are large institutions that tend to move...

Letter: In response to “who represents students at city hall?” A life-long resident of Ainslie Wood responds to our Jan. 12 editorial

A life-long resident of Ainslie Wood responds to our Jan. 12 editorial.