Elections, shmelections Technical difficulties and low voter turnout in various MSU elections has sparked an investigation
Mar29

Elections, shmelections Technical difficulties and low voter turnout in various MSU elections has sparked an investigation

As the school year wraps up, the McMaster community saw its usual tidal wave of elections. As different faculty societies and the McMaster Students Union select their representatives for the year, questions of the efficacy of the MSU Elections Department arise. During the MSU presidential elections, the voter turnout was 28 per cent, a large dip from the previous year’s 41.6 per cent voter turnout. Students have vocalized their...

Getting students in voting booths OUSA and the MSU are making efforts to ensure students vote in the upcoming elections
Mar22

Getting students in voting booths OUSA and the MSU are making efforts to ensure students vote in the upcoming elections

By: Jackie McNeill The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance recently launched its OUSA Votes campaign to promote student voting in the upcoming provincial and municipal elections. For past elections the McMaster Student Union has run a Mac Votes campaign, but this year they are partnering with OUSA and its seven other member schools to get students across Ontario to pledge to vote in the June provincial election. MSU vice president...

Celebrating black excellence The inaugural award ceremony highlights the successes of black McMaster students
Mar22

Celebrating black excellence The inaugural award ceremony highlights the successes of black McMaster students

By: Jana Getty On March 12, MacAfricans, in association with the President’s Advisory Committee to Building an Inclusive Community and McMaster Students Union President Chukky Ibe, hosted the first inaugural Maroon in Black formal. Maroon in Black aimed to “create a space to celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of black students, faculty, alumni, and staff” according to MacAfricans Co-President Sara Mustafa. The event issued...

The Grind  is paying off For the first time in history, the MSU is selling more coffee than alcohol
Mar22

The Grind is paying off For the first time in history, the MSU is selling more coffee than alcohol

The Grind, the McMaster Students Union-run cafe that was added to TwelvEighty in February 2018, has been churning out more cash than its bar and grill counterpart. According to a report written by Daniel “Tuba” D’Souza, MSU vice president (Finance), to the Student Representative Assembly, the Grind has been earning an average of $1,000 per day. The cafe is expected to increase TwelvEighty’s revenue by 22 per cent and reduce the...

Combatting sexual violence on university grounds The province, university and student union present their efforts and ideas on how to tackle gender-based violence
Mar15

Combatting sexual violence on university grounds The province, university and student union present their efforts and ideas on how to tackle gender-based violence

Against the backdrop of federal and provincial government efforts aimed at addressing sexual violence, McMaster University implemented a sexual violence policy in January 2017 and the Student Voices on Sexual Violence survey in February 2018. According to the McMaster Students Union, however, the university needs to take a more intersectional approach to the problem of sexual violence. The province In February and March 2018, students...

Where the MSU presidential candidacy currently stands This year’s unprecedented race may lead to changes in the Elections Department
Mar12

Where the MSU presidential candidacy currently stands This year’s unprecedented race may lead to changes in the Elections Department

This story has been edited to reflect new information revealed since its initial publication. Now well over a month since the campaign period ended, the McMaster Students Union finally has an official MSU president-elect: Ikram Farah. Following this year’s race, students may see changes in the Elections Department as they reconsider their current system. This year’s MSU presidential election saw two disqualifications, something...