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What a drag How McMaster’s smoking ban prioritizes health and wellness concerns over safety and accessibility for smokers

In September 2017, McMaster released a statement saying it will attempt to ban smoking on campus that following January, establishing itself as “Ontario’s first 100 per cent tobacco and smoke-free campus.” The ban was to take effect in January 2018. In its initial months, anyone smoking on campus was to be given a verbal warning and a reminder of McMaster’s smoking cessation policies. Eventually, enforcement was set to include...

Social issues and you Why you should care that our city is being left out of the provincial government’s plans

Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservative Party’s attacks on social services have been leaving a resounding effect on our city with every cut, threat or announcement that comes to. From announcing their plan to reduce planned increases in rates from the province’s largest social programs or cancelling Ontario’s basic income pilot project, which was meant to provide money to 4,000 low-income people in three cities, including Hamilton,...

Home for now This place doesn’t have to feel like home yet, despite what the reps have been yelling at you all week

A few weeks ago, I flipped through a journal that I wrote during my first Welcome Week at Mac. I was excited as ever for this huge chapter of my life to start. I wrote about how excited I was to meet my new friends in real life after meeting them in the Class of 2018 Facebook group. I wrote out my plans, from parties to outfits to events that I didn’t want to miss. The next few pages had a wildly different feel to them. I wrote about...

Popping the Bubble Hamilton is much more than what you'll experience in Westdale

For most of McMaster’s undergraduate population, Hamilton serves as a second home from anywhere between three to six years. While these three to six years are about expanding personal boundaries, it only makes sense to expand physical boundaries as well.  So, why are so many McMaster students so afraid of Hamilton’s downtown core? While there are plenty of reasons to stay on campus, from the McMaster Museum of Art to Cootes Paradise,...

RIPRINT The death of the printed word and how that translates to our practices

If I’m not hearing about how print is dying from think-pieces on my LinkedIn timeline, I’m definitely hearing about it from concerned family members when they ask me what I’m doing with my life.  Nobody is surprised by the looming displacement of print media. It’s 2018. More than ever, people are engaging with online content for their news coverage and media more generally. Online articles, photos and videos in particular seem to gain...

Pomp and Circumstance and wondering what’s next Now is our time to take advantage of not having an answer

A few days after this issue is printed, I’ll be a McMaster alumna. I’ll have crossed the stage at the FirstOntario Centre, I’ll have shaken Patrick Deane’s hand and I’ll have a degree. This has been something that I’ve been looking forward to for four years, so why am I so anxious about it now? Prior to this past year, there had never been a time where I wasn’t looking forward to graduation. That’s not to say I haven’t had some of the...