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Did we choose student life? Two months out from the SCI rollout we still don’t know the numbers but some services are feeling the impact
Nov28

Did we choose student life? Two months out from the SCI rollout we still don’t know the numbers but some services are feeling the impact

September 2019 marked the first of possibly many registration periods in which students could opt-out of student union fees deemed non-essential. This change, instituted by the Government of Ontario in January 2019, is part of the widely criticised Student Choice Initiative. In the past, McMaster’s student union fees for all clubs and services have been mandatory. Non-essential fees range from a few dollars, like the $1 fee for Mac...

Stay in Your Lane War on cars or sharing the road? Cycling advocates explore the state of transportation in Hamilton
Nov07

Stay in Your Lane War on cars or sharing the road? Cycling advocates explore the state of transportation in Hamilton

Cycling zealots are once again calling for an upheaval of the streets — or, at least that’s what anti-bike lane proponents say. McMaster cycling advocates and experts tell a different story. Despite claims of a “war on cars” and swarms of cyclists taking over the street, cities across Ontario largely rely on road sharing instead of developing robust cycling infrastructure. Yet Kate Whalen, senior manager of McMaster’s academic...

The future of news in Hamilton Publications in Hamilton moving away from print, or shutting down entirely, in media industry facing threats to funding
Sep12

The future of news in Hamilton Publications in Hamilton moving away from print, or shutting down entirely, in media industry facing threats to funding

Photo by Cindy Cui / Photo Editor THE STATE OF PRINT MEDIA The constant drive of Hamilton print media is largely owed to the Hamilton Spectator, the city’s near-daily newspaper published since 1846. Sold to a parent company, TorStar, in 1999, the Spec may be owned across the lake, but it has been run, staffed, and read by Hamiltonians since it first began publication.   In August 2019, the Spec’s printing press stopped rolling....

Andrea Horwath on Ford government changes What the Ontario NDP leader has to say about tuition, OSAP and student fee changes
Feb08

Andrea Horwath on Ford government changes What the Ontario NDP leader has to say about tuition, OSAP and student fee changes

Photos by Kyle West On Jan. 25, The Silhouette sat down with Ontario New Democratic Party leader Andrea Horwath to discuss the Ford government’s recently announced changes to Ontario’s tuition framework, financial aid system and student fees. On Jan. 17, the Ford government announced a 10 per cent reduction in the up front cost of tuition in Ontario. This came alongside a plan to tighten the eligibility requirements for the Ontario...

Humans of McMaster – Ken Hall Ken Hall has worn many hats throughout his time at McMaster. He’ll soon add another to his collection when he receives an honorary Doctorate of Law at the upcoming Social Sciences graduation.
Jun04

Humans of McMaster – Ken Hall Ken Hall has worn many hats throughout his time at McMaster. He’ll soon add another to his collection when he receives an honorary Doctorate of Law at the upcoming Social Sciences graduation.

Ken Hall stepped foot onto this campus in 1951. After graduating from the Honours Geography program in 1955 and following a dedicated teaching career, he became the only two-term president of the McMaster Alumni Association in twenty years. During that time, he led a program which links female graduates to first year female students-in-residence. Hall is also a founding member of the Student Recruiting Committee, has created an annual...

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...