Getting students in voting booths OUSA and the MSU are making efforts to ensure students vote in the upcoming elections
Mar22

Getting students in voting booths OUSA and the MSU are making efforts to ensure students vote in the upcoming elections

By: Jackie McNeill The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance recently launched its OUSA Votes campaign to promote student voting in the upcoming provincial and municipal elections. For past elections the McMaster Student Union has run a Mac Votes campaign, but this year they are partnering with OUSA and its seven other member schools to get students across Ontario to pledge to vote in the June provincial election. MSU vice president...

Celebrating black excellence The inaugural award ceremony highlights the successes of black McMaster students
Mar22

Celebrating black excellence The inaugural award ceremony highlights the successes of black McMaster students

By: Jana Getty On March 12, MacAfricans, in association with the President’s Advisory Committee to Building an Inclusive Community and McMaster Students Union President Chukky Ibe, hosted the first inaugural Maroon in Black formal. Maroon in Black aimed to “create a space to celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of black students, faculty, alumni, and staff” according to MacAfricans Co-President Sara Mustafa. The event issued...

The Grind  is paying off For the first time in history, the MSU is selling more coffee than alcohol
Mar22

The Grind is paying off For the first time in history, the MSU is selling more coffee than alcohol

The Grind, the McMaster Students Union-run cafe that was added to TwelvEighty in February 2018, has been churning out more cash than its bar and grill counterpart. According to a report written by Daniel “Tuba” D’Souza, MSU vice president (Finance), to the Student Representative Assembly, the Grind has been earning an average of $1,000 per day. The cafe is expected to increase TwelvEighty’s revenue by 22 per cent and reduce the...

New strides in MSU advocacy The MSU spent the year researching and compiling policy recommendations for three distinct topics affecting student life
Mar22

New strides in MSU advocacy The MSU spent the year researching and compiling policy recommendations for three distinct topics affecting student life

As a part of their last few meetings, the McMaster Students Union Student Representative Assembly voted to adopt three policy papers which will guide future legislation. Throughout the year, SRA members, MSU research assistants and other MSU members compile research which they then condense into 30 to 40 page papers. Students also had the chance to voice their concerns on the given topics during the MSU’s policy conference, which...

CUPE 3906 supports York and Carleton strikes Precarious employment continues to be a problem at McMaster and in post-secondary institutions across the province
Mar22

CUPE 3906 supports York and Carleton strikes Precarious employment continues to be a problem at McMaster and in post-secondary institutions across the province

In search of increased job security, the Canadian Union of Public Employees 3903 Units 1, 2 and 3 went to strike after six months of bargaining with York University. Employees at Carleton University also recently opted to strike, advocating for pension benefits in the wake of confusion over language in the collective agreement. While CUPE 3906 is still bargaining, a strike is not off the table. After rejecting the university’s offer,...

Combatting sexual violence on university grounds The province, university and student union present their efforts and ideas on how to tackle gender-based violence
Mar15

Combatting sexual violence on university grounds The province, university and student union present their efforts and ideas on how to tackle gender-based violence

Against the backdrop of federal and provincial government efforts aimed at addressing sexual violence, McMaster University implemented a sexual violence policy in January 2017 and the Student Voices on Sexual Violence survey in February 2018. According to the McMaster Students Union, however, the university needs to take a more intersectional approach to the problem of sexual violence. The province In February and March 2018, students...