Supporting employees in the McMaster Students Union The current situation with part-time managers and what is being done
Jun01

Supporting employees in the McMaster Students Union The current situation with part-time managers and what is being done

The McMaster Students Union employs dozens of students through part-time positions in various services with flexible hours. These often attract the best and the brightest within the student union. But working for the student union is not without its own hiccups, and students are speaking up. Following the end of her term as part-time manager for the Peer Support Line, Zeinab Khawaja, a fourth-year Health Sciences student, presented a...

A lack of racial data collection at Mac McMaster is one of 63 Canadian universities that cannot provide a breakdown of its population
Jun01

A lack of racial data collection at Mac McMaster is one of 63 Canadian universities that cannot provide a breakdown of its population

In April, two reports based on racial equity in education involving data from the Toronto District School Board were published. These detailed a number of issues facing Black students including an increased likelihood of being streamed into non-academic programs, a higher likelihood of suspension due to attitude rather than behaviour and higher drop-out rates. These reports mainly concerned high school policies. These issues of racial...

Student Life Enhancement Fund improvements The allocation of $150,000 will mostly be used on student centre upgrades
Jun01

Student Life Enhancement Fund improvements The allocation of $150,000 will mostly be used on student centre upgrades

Every year, the Student Life Enhancement Fund, a joint collaboration between the McMaster Students Union and the university, accepts idea submissions about improvements around campus. These are vetted down and reduced to a few finalists for the students at large to vote on. In the past, this has successfully provided improvements to Compass, microwaves and electrical outlets in the McMaster University Student Centre and the fitness...

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...

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...

General Assembly falls flat There are more words in this sentence than there were people in attendance at this year’s McMaster Students Union General Assembly
Mar31

General Assembly falls flat There are more words in this sentence than there were people in attendance at this year’s McMaster Students Union General Assembly

Another General Assembly has come and gone, with one of the lowest attendances in recent years. Only 16 voters were registered, meaning only 0.00065 per cent of the McMaster Students Union attended the event. The annual General Assembly is meant to be a place where students who are not directly involved with student governance may have their voice heard. If the General Assembly hits quorum, which is three per cent of the MSU...