MSU associate vice presidents and you The new associate vice president system focuses on advocacy and support
Nov30

MSU associate vice presidents and you The new associate vice president system focuses on advocacy and support

Since May, six associate vice presidents have worked alongside the McMaster Students Union board of directors to help them achieve their platforms and bring forth their own ideas, whether that be advocating on Parliament Hill or supporting MSU employees. Stephanie Bertolo, a fourth-year Arts and Science student, works alongside the MSU vice president (Education) as associate vice president (Municipal Affairs) to help him advocate on...

Sharing skills and communities As local LGBTQ+ spaces morph, Speqtrum Hamilton hopes to teach skills and bridge the gap between LGBTQ+ youth
Nov16

Sharing skills and communities As local LGBTQ+ spaces morph, Speqtrum Hamilton hopes to teach skills and bridge the gap between LGBTQ+ youth

Last names have been omitted to protect identities. In an office within the YWCA’s Hamilton headquarters on MacNab Street lays the home base for Hamilton’s latest initiative to connect LGBTQ+ youth. Speqtrum Hamilton, a non-profit organization housed under the YWCA, hosts monthly events and workshops for LGBTQ+ youth aged 17-29, and focuses on creating connections and teaching youth new skills. Founded by three McMaster alumni,...

UN examines Hamilton as home United Nations Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson gave a talk reflecting on the refugee experience in Canada
Nov16

UN examines Hamilton as home United Nations Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson gave a talk reflecting on the refugee experience in Canada

On Nov. 8, Melissa Fleming, the Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson at the United Nations Refugee Agency, came to Hamilton. In addition to visiting local organizations, Fleming also gave a lecture in Convocation Hall. Fleming is responsible for leading media groups and highlighting the plight and resilience of refugees across the globe. In her speech at McMaster, Fleming focused on the concept of home and emphasized that, by...

HSR misses the mark this October Between missing buses and absent drivers, the HSR has been struggling to keep up with the city’s needs
Nov09

HSR misses the mark this October Between missing buses and absent drivers, the HSR has been struggling to keep up with the city’s needs

By: Emile Shen The Hamilton Railway Service missed the mark in Oct. To be precise, there were 1,400 to 1,600 hours of missed bus service in October leaving students, McMaster staff and faculty and Hamilton community members late for work, class and appointments. Across campus, students stood in mass crowds waiting for the 5, 51 and 1A. There was an average of 23 cancelled buses per day in Oct. This problem cannot be blamed on the...

Down to the core The effects of revival on the Steel City
Nov02

Down to the core The effects of revival on the Steel City

Steel mills in Hamilton were once the city’s largest employer and one of the main reasons that the downtown core was thriving. However, when the steel industry began to lose its edge, so did the city, leaving a lasting effect that shook Hamilton down to the core. Hamilton’s downtown looks significantly different than it did a few years ago. In particular, the King Street strip, which once hosted abandoned storefronts and eclectic...

Discrimination in student housing Students and property managers reflect on the prejudice they have experienced from landlords
Nov02

Discrimination in student housing Students and property managers reflect on the prejudice they have experienced from landlords

Discrimination from landlords is pervasive in McMaster’s off-campus housing market. Students and grads are finally speaking up and working to address the problem. In his second year, Alex, a recent McMaster alumnus who requested to be referred to under an alias, and his friends were looking at off-campus housing. With money in hand, they approached an owner. “We talked to the owner. [Though] he was browsing groups, he seemed more...