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Students hold vigil to mourn Christchurch victims Fifteen speakers addressed the large crowd, remembering the victims and calling for a united response against white supremacy and Islamophobia
Mar28

Students hold vigil to mourn Christchurch victims Fifteen speakers addressed the large crowd, remembering the victims and calling for a united response against white supremacy and Islamophobia

Photo by Kyle West CW: Islamophobia, violence   On March 19, hundreds of students, faculty and staff filled the McMaster University Student Centre courtyard to mourn the victims of the Christchurch massacre. The terrorist attack was committed on March 15 by a white supremacist who opened fire in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing a total of 50 people and injuring 50 others. The attack was considered the worst mass...

New low for General Assembly attendance The four members of the board of directors made up half the total attendance at this year’s general assembly
Mar28

New low for General Assembly attendance The four members of the board of directors made up half the total attendance at this year’s general assembly

Photos C/O Ryan Tse Attendance at the annual McMaster Students Union General Assembly hit a new low this year, with a total of eight members showing up. Eight students represent 0.0293 per cent of the MSU’s student membership. The number of students needed to reach quorum this year was 724. MSU president Ikram Farah delivered an address at the start of the assembly, speaking about the recent Ontario government cuts to the Ontario...

$3.3 million going toward McMaster humanities and social science research Some projects include reconciliation efforts and the value of sports programs for at-risk youth
Mar28

$3.3 million going toward McMaster humanities and social science research Some projects include reconciliation efforts and the value of sports programs for at-risk youth

Photo by Kyle West By: Saba Manzoor The federal government has awarded $3.3 million in grants to 72 social sciences and humanities researchers at McMaster. These grants are a part of the federal government’s social sciences and humanities research council’s “Insight Development Grant” program. McMaster was one of nearly 80 post-secondary institutions across the country to receive part of the $141 million overall grant funding provided...

SRA passes four policy papers this term The MSU is advocating for mandatory faculty AOP training, accessible pedagogy and investigation into racial profiling
Mar28

SRA passes four policy papers this term The MSU is advocating for mandatory faculty AOP training, accessible pedagogy and investigation into racial profiling

Graphics C/O Sukaina Imam By: Neda Pirouzmand Health and Wellness One of the key issues that the MSU points out in the “Health and Wellness” policy paper is that referrals from the Student Wellness Centre are not tailored to the needs of students. The MSU suggests that the SWC neglects to account for how students will reach community referrals or how much it will cost them. The policy paper brings forward a number of recommendations...

Stories from March 18-22: sexual assault at McMaster, white supremacy, mental health, climate change, student protest From concerning survey results to the most recent student protest, here are some of last week’s top stories
Mar27

Stories from March 18-22: sexual assault at McMaster, white supremacy, mental health, climate change, student protest From concerning survey results to the most recent student protest, here are some of last week’s top stories

Photo C/O Kyle West Here’s a look at five major provincial, Hamilton and McMaster stories that hit the newscycle last week.   1. Provincial government releases sexual assault survey results After falling under scrutiny this winter for not releasing the results of the Ontario-wide Student Voices on Sexual Violence survey, the Ontario government finally published the report in full. The survey, which was sent out last year, asked...

Hamilton startup helps customers redeem unused gift cards Kaya Harrod and McMaster alumnus Colin Moffat have transformed GiftCash from a two-person operation into a thriving company with seven Mac employees
Mar21

Hamilton startup helps customers redeem unused gift cards Kaya Harrod and McMaster alumnus Colin Moffat have transformed GiftCash from a two-person operation into a thriving company with seven Mac employees

Photo by Kyle West Four McMaster students are helping a local gift-card cash-exchange company grow unexpectedly quickly in a relatively untapped Canadian market. GiftCash is an online service startup based in Dundas that buys unredeemed or partially redeemed gift cards from customers in exchange for a percentage of the remaining value. The company was co-founded in 2017 by Colin Moffat, a McMaster actuarial mathematics graduate, and...