McMaster Students Union urges city council to support LRT With city council set to vote on an environmental assessment, the MSU is making their stance known
Apr13

McMaster Students Union urges city council to support LRT With city council set to vote on an environmental assessment, the MSU is making their stance known

Yes, it’s time for another story about light rail transit in Hamilton. But this time, Mac students have a chance to make a difference. Hamilton city council will vote on passing an environmental assessment for the LRT route on April 19. The new assessment comes after slight changes were made to the route. Despite 50 separate votes in favour of the project, LRT remains a divisive issue. In an April 6 story, we wrote about how...

McMaster University is spending thousands of dollars on critical reflection From online resources to course management, post-secondary education has been reshaped by the internet and computers
Apr09

McMaster University is spending thousands of dollars on critical reflection From online resources to course management, post-secondary education has been reshaped by the internet and computers

Technology has changed education. From online resources to course management, post-secondary education has been reshaped by the internet and computers. Among the many affected areas is critical reflection. McMaster University is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to address this. In 2013, McMaster University created the Learning Portfolio. According to a 2013 Learning Portfolio Working Group report, the project aimed to...

The Gutsy Side of Mental Disorders Probiotics may indirectly enhance mental health
Apr09

The Gutsy Side of Mental Disorders Probiotics may indirectly enhance mental health

By: Jennifer La Grassa The term probiotic may only seem familiar because of its persistent appearance on every brand of yogurt, cheese, and milk but the bacteria and yeast within probiotics supposedly enhance the gut microbiome’s well-being, which not only improves gastrointestinal disorders but may be consumed to indirectly enhance mental health. The gut microbiome refers to the thousands of bacterial species that live in the gut and...

Transportation troubles? The future of Light Rail Trainsit remains murky as gridlock continues in City Hall
Apr06

Transportation troubles? The future of Light Rail Trainsit remains murky as gridlock continues in City Hall

There is an emerging concern that delays to the Hamilton Light Rail Transit approval may result in cancellation of the entire project. Last week, Hamilton city councillors met for 13 hours to discuss issues related to the LRT, with the hopes of garnering provincial approval for an environmental assessment. This approval serves as a prerequisite to signing a master agreement with Metrolinx to improve the coordination and integration of...

Working to end racism Local groups collaborate to critically look at racism which exists in Hamilton and how it intersects with other issues
Apr06

Working to end racism Local groups collaborate to critically look at racism which exists in Hamilton and how it intersects with other issues

In collaboration with several other organizations, McMaster Womanists have taken on a bottom-up approach to addressing racism within the city of Hamilton through the Anti-Racism Action Initiative. The Anti-Racism Action Initiative is a grassroots, discussion-based series of events hosted by the McMaster Womanists meant to tackle the various intersections of race and community issues. The first event took place in late Nov. 2016 and...

MEET THE VEEPS The incoming Board of Directors plan to focus on accessibility, space and inclusion on campus
Apr06

MEET THE VEEPS The incoming Board of Directors plan to focus on accessibility, space and inclusion on campus

On April 1 and 2, incoming Student Representative Assembly members voted in the new McMaster Students Union vice presidents. Preethi Anbalagan was elected for vice president (Administration), Daniel D’Souza for vice president (Finance) and Ryan Deshpande for vice president (Education). The newly elected vice presidents will be joining president Chukky Ibe on the 2017-2018 Board of Directors. For the first time, the entire Board of...