Gone a stray The neighbourhood surrounding campus is currently littered with stray animals. Are students to blame for this issue?
Nov26

Gone a stray The neighbourhood surrounding campus is currently littered with stray animals. Are students to blame for this issue?

“I thought in your lease, there’s supposed to be no pets,” says Enid Pagnini, an 87-year-old Westdale resident, surrounded by her five adopted cats. Pagnini contacted us not long ago about the stray problem she’s noticed in the city. The former teacher, cat rescuer and 42-year-strong Hamiltonian finds it difficult to understand how so many students have pets to take care of, when they already seem to have enough of a challenge taking...

Moving forward with tuition MSU unveil their projects and plans for student tuition and debt
Nov19

Moving forward with tuition MSU unveil their projects and plans for student tuition and debt

MSU President Ehima Osazuwa’s phenomenally successful campaign last year was largely built on a distinctly ambitious platform. One of its most controversial points was a promise to address the issue of increasing tuition and student expenses. His ability to tackle a post-secondary policy giant during a one-year long mandate was met with much skepticism. In 2015, the average tuition of Canadian universities saw a 3.2 percent increase...

Time to re-evaluate Research shows a systemic bias in course evaluations. Are we doing enough to address this?
Apr02

Time to re-evaluate Research shows a systemic bias in course evaluations. Are we doing enough to address this?

It’s the time of year when the tables are turned and students are asked to evaluate professors. But what many students don’t know is just how important course evaluations are at McMaster. The Silhouette investigated the complex world of course evaluations, including the research showing systemic gender bias by students in general and some of the big changes coming including the publication of course evaluations results on the student...

Major McMaster donor focus of CBC investigation Michael DeGroote linked to the Mafia through involvement in casino ventures
Jan22

Major McMaster donor focus of CBC investigation Michael DeGroote linked to the Mafia through involvement in casino ventures

Famous businessman-turned-philanthropist Michael G. DeGroote has been identified as part of an investigation by the CBC and the Globe and Mail. In a promo ahead of the airing of an episode of CBC’s the fifth estate, DeGroote is said to have been involved in a casino venture in the Caribbean that led to, among other things, the “involvement of a leading Mafia godfather.” DeGroote, one of Canada’s wealthiest businessmen, is...

Q&A with Premier Wynne
Jan15

Q&A with Premier Wynne

The Silhouette sat down with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne during her visit to McMaster on Jan. 12 to discuss education, policy, and getting students involved in higher education. Why this tour now? Why come talk to students at this point? The timing of it is we’ve just had an election and I have a plan that we have developed based on all of the work that we did running up to the budget and up to the election, and a fundamental...

The wrong avenue A critical look at the Learning Portfolio
Nov20

The wrong avenue A critical look at the Learning Portfolio

The Student Experience Task Force met weekly in the winter of 2011. The committee of professors was told to dream big to enhance the student experience at McMaster. They envisioned a course that all McMaster students would take, emphasizing co-curricular learning through a supportive network of mentors. They suggested calling this the learning “passport” or “portfolio”. But when McMaster officially launched the Learning Portfolio in...