Protesting on campus may change New guidelines on protest promise to maintain civil debate, but has campus activists concerned about their rights
Mar01

Protesting on campus may change New guidelines on protest promise to maintain civil debate, but has campus activists concerned about their rights

On Feb. 15, the university released its first draft of guidelines highlighting McMaster’s commitment to freedom of expression and what it deems acceptable limits to protest. Campus activists are concerned that the guidelines unfairly constrain dissent and silence marginalized voices. The guidelines were based on a report developed by the ad hoc committee on protest and freedom of expression. Members were selected by Patrick Deane in...

Mac to reduce CoRE fee next year The changes will come in the wake of low demand from first-year off-campus students
Mar01

Mac to reduce CoRE fee next year The changes will come in the wake of low demand from first-year off-campus students

In an effort to improve the off-campus first-year university experience, McMaster Housing and Conference Services introduced the optional Commuter in Residence Experience program in 2017. But the program did not launch without its hiccups. “CoRE grew out of the recognition that first-year off-campus students have unique needs, and commonly struggle to make the same connections to the campus as their counterparts in residence,” said...

MSU rescinds Peer Support Line Making sense of the SRA's decision to stop operating Peer Support Line
Feb26

MSU rescinds Peer Support Line Making sense of the SRA's decision to stop operating Peer Support Line

Content Warning: this article contains mentions of suicide Following deliberations at the Feb. 25 Student Representative Assembly meeting, the SRA has decided to rescind Peer Support Line. Created in 2013, PSL is an anonymous hotline and online chat system students may access to receive peer support. The service currently operates from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. every day. As a part of the regular service review, which every McMaster Students...

McMaster releases first public draft on freedom of expression guidelines Ad hoc committee report details recommendations about free speech and protests on campus
Feb16

McMaster releases first public draft on freedom of expression guidelines Ad hoc committee report details recommendations about free speech and protests on campus

McMaster has released the first public draft of its guidelines on protest and free speech on campus, in which it outlines what the university considers acceptable forms of protest at campus events. The university released two documents: a report of their own findings and a guideline draft. In the report released from the ad hoc committee on protest and freedom of expression, McMaster laid out the rationale behind recommending the...

How the campus clinic stacks up The MSU health services report stresses the need for shorter wait times and more counsellors
Feb15

How the campus clinic stacks up The MSU health services report stresses the need for shorter wait times and more counsellors

By: Jackie McNeil The McMaster Students Union Student Representative Assembly’s Standing Committee on University Affairs, in collaboration with the MSU Student Health Education Centre, conducted a survey on McMaster health services from Oct. 23, 2017 to Nov. 10. A January 2018 report written on the health services review acknowledges that physical and mental health are important aspects of student life, and that the health services...

Mac’s most recent IT student forum Mosaic and Avenue feedback session sparks a discussion about improving McMaster technology
Feb12

Mac’s most recent IT student forum Mosaic and Avenue feedback session sparks a discussion about improving McMaster technology

On Feb. 5, the McMaster Students Union, IT governance and IT review organized an event aimed at collecting feedback from students about their experiences with Mosaic and Avenue to Learn. The event was facilitated by Susan Mitchell, director of administration at the DeGroote School of Business, Marzena Kielar, manager IT reporting and data warehouse, Amanda Lee Baldwin, senior manager IT review implementation and Michelle Zheng,...