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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...

A male-dominated assembly McMaster currently ranks second last in gender equality among Ontario student governments
Oct09

A male-dominated assembly McMaster currently ranks second last in gender equality among Ontario student governments

There is a noticeable gap in the percentage of women that make up the McMaster Student Representative Assembly. Only 34.3 percent of the SRA is female and none of the executives on the Board of Directors are women. These results put McMaster eighth amongst nine major research universities in Ontario compared in terms of representation of men and women on student governing bodies. In the last SRA election, almost all the female...

Where are the women? New study of Hamilton businesses finds lack of women in senior leadership positions
Oct02

Where are the women? New study of Hamilton businesses finds lack of women in senior leadership positions

A new report on women’s leadership in the Hamilton and Halton region reveals that women are underrepresented in senior leadership positions across a variety of sectors. The report, co-authored by Karen Bird, associate professor of political science at McMaster, and Samantha Jackson, PhD candidate, looks at 2,565 women in senior leadership positions across nine different sectors. It finds that women are underrepresented in all sectors,...

Taming the LiONS On Oct. 2, ten finalists will go head-to-head in the fourth annual LiON'S LAIR
Sep25

Taming the LiONS On Oct. 2, ten finalists will go head-to-head in the fourth annual LiON'S LAIR

There’s nothing fantastical to this competition. All it takes is a little blood, sweat, and tears to be crowned one of the winners in Hamilton’s fourth annual LiON’S LAIR competition on Oct. 2. Jointly presented by Innovation Factory and The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, the competition provides the unique opportunity for ten companies to present their ideas to a panel of local business executives called...

McMaster Formula Hybrid Team have the checkered flag in their crosshairs
Mar06

McMaster Formula Hybrid Team have the checkered flag in their crosshairs

At one point or another, most people fantasize about being a racecar driver. For some, it may have come while watching Formula 1 early in the morning. Others may have dangerously felt the urge while out with their driving instructor, who gripped his seat with white knuckles as they sped through a turn at a busy intersection. The McMaster Formula Hybrid team is a student-run organization full of people with the desire to actually...

McMaster grad making waves as part of wearable tech startup
Feb26

McMaster grad making waves as part of wearable tech startup

As the sun hits your slitted eyes and lifts you out of a dream you had very much been enjoying, your espresso machine suddenly sputters to life and has a cup ready before you’ve even brushed your teeth. After your daily dose of caffeine, you head to the gym where the calories you burn are kept track of without any work on your part. Finally, a custom motion gesture relieves your curiosity as to what song is playing at the supermarket...