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We can do better Students are struggling, so why are this year’s presidential platform points surrounding mental health nothing more than talking points?

  On Jan. 11, McMaster Daily News published an article by Catherine Munn, an associate clinical professor from McMaster University’s psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences and lead psychiatrist at the McMaster Student Wellness Centre. Titled ‘Why are so many students struggling with mental health?’, the article discusses the factors that may lead to why students are struggling with mental health and the support systems in place,...

In defence of print media In our ever-increasing digital world, there remains an important need for print publications

  In light of recent discussions made by the Student Representative Assembly concerning the fate of Incite Magazine, talks of the supposed “death of print” have once again circulated campus. Incite Magazine is McMaster University’s creative arts and writing publication featuring student work across a wide range of mediums. The magazine, which prints three times a year, is entirely student-led and student-funded, receiving $1.02 per...

Weed is the new steel So what is going to happen in April?

  In a few weeks, the question of whether Hamilton should host private cannabis stores goes before the city’s planning committee. Within the year before marijuana was legalized, the number of marijuana dispensaries operating in Hamilton had nearly tripled. With nearly 80 dispensaries popping up around the city, Hamilton had the most dispensaries per capita across Ontario, a testament to how huge the weed market really is in our city....

Boom, roasted We need you to roast us like a Rotisserie chicken

Working at a newspaper is a good time, especially when the mean comments come in. Here at the Silhouette, we’re no stranger to harsh comments. For real, just go through our Facebook reviews. For whatever reason, you folks think that you could do our job better than we can. Sure, maybe you could, but you don’t, so until you overthrow the staff at the Silhouette and claim the paper as your own, we’re asking you to roast us. Your student...

A call for McMaster to move towards greater transparency The university needs to ensure BoG and senate meeting agendas and minutes are accessible amid the Brighter World campaign

Back in September, a Silhouette contributor signed up to write a story about a piece of information that was stuffed into an old board of governors meeting agenda. While the contributor was working on the story, the agenda curiously vanished from the McMaster website. The agenda has since returned, being scrapped initially as a byproduct of the Brighter World redesign. However, the university must maintain a higher standard of...

The value of contributing Why your future self will thank you for getting your work published

Early on in my undergrad, one of my favourite professors told me that the best thing that you could do for your future self is to have published works under your belt. Sure, he was talking to a class of communication studies undergraduates and sure, having any kind of writing experience in the communications industry is a major asset. However, I believe more than anything else that this holds true to just about everyone. As a student...