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Truth and accuracy of opinion articles Responding to concerns brought forward by this week's Letter to the Editor

We recently received a Letter to the Editor that was critical of an opinion article the Silhouette published last month, titled “Chinese students aren’t brainwashed”. The opinion article voiced concerns about the anti-Chinese rhetoric that emerged following the de-ratification of the McMaster Chinese Students and Scholars Association last September. An earlier draft of the article, before its publication, had said, “Contrary to what...

Letter to the Editor: Chinese state propaganda in the Silhouette—seriously? Why it is deeply problematic for the Silhouette to publish Chinese state propaganda

We were shocked to see the Silhouette publishing, without context, Chinese state propaganda last month. In the original online version of the Jan. 9 article “Chinese students aren’t brainwashed,” the author describes, without evidence, Chinese state media as “quite accurate,” and links to a propaganda article in the Chinese Communist Party-owned China Daily. After being contacted, the Silhouette amended “quite accurate” to match the...

McMaster: put your money where your mouth is McMaster’s actions do not reflect the dire reality of the climate crisis
Oct03

McMaster: put your money where your mouth is McMaster’s actions do not reflect the dire reality of the climate crisis

Last Friday’s climate strike brought the climate crisis to the forefront of public conversation. There is an ever-growing awareness of the dire reality of the climate emergency: if immediate, far-reaching action is not taken, there will be major harm to ecosystems and loss of life. A 2018 report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that, in order to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C, carbon...

Where’s the student choice? The Government deemed us non-essential, we, the students, say otherwise
Sep19

Where’s the student choice? The Government deemed us non-essential, we, the students, say otherwise

Students invest a great deal of time and money into the university. The power of how and where students money is spent should lie in the hands of students, and while the Student Choice Initiative (SCI) may give students the illusion that they have the power to choose, a critical look at this government mandated program proves otherwise.  SCI does not empower students — it does the opposite. The threats to services deemed...

Save the Sil The Student Choice Initiative puts the Sil's funding in jeopardy
Sep17

Save the Sil The Student Choice Initiative puts the Sil's funding in jeopardy

The Student Choice Initiative has placed many students in a difficult position. How much choice is there when students are forced to compromise supporting student services so that they can save money to mitigate the consequences of OSAP funding cuts and increased financial stress, or vice versa? The answer is that there isn’t much choice, and unfortunately, it’s still one that students across Ontario will have to make....

Where’s the celebration? With a number of Black student-athletes at McMaster, an event celebrating Black History Month is noticeably missing from the Marauder community

Feb. 28 is the last day of February. That also means it is the last day of Black History Month and the McMaster Athletic Department has yet to do anything to celebrate it. We saw a number of different causes celebrated at games throughout February; #BellLetsTalk, Chinese New Year and a Pride Game to celebrate the LGBTQA2S+ community. But there has been nothing to celebrate BHM and Black student-athletes and that needs to change....