Student politics and you: where do other universities stand? Other universities also suffer from lack of interest in the legislative assembly
Mar24

Student politics and you: where do other universities stand? Other universities also suffer from lack of interest in the legislative assembly

As of March 10, the McMaster Students Union has elected their new Student Representative Assembly for the 2017-2018 term. Although the SRA serves as the main legislative body within the MSU, 10 of the 31 seats available were acclaimed. This contrasts last year’s SRA race, where nearly all caucuses saw a race, save for nursing. Although a peculiarity, such a phenomenon is seen on other university campuses and indicates a decline in...

Student Representative Assembly vote for special referendum Following a $10 M contribution from the University, the Athletics and Recreation Building referendum returns
Feb27

Student Representative Assembly vote for special referendum Following a $10 M contribution from the University, the Athletics and Recreation Building referendum returns

The Student Representative Assembly has voted to hold a special referendum in March on the creation of an Athletics and Recreation building. The referendum differs from the one held in January as the University has offered to contribute $10 million to the budget, decreasing the fee students would have to pay from $3.95 per unit to $2.99 per unit. The referendum will be held in late March, with polling ending no later than March...

President-elects: by the book The focus of campaigns of the past and the statistics of elections rom the 70s to present
Feb02

President-elects: by the book The focus of campaigns of the past and the statistics of elections rom the 70s to present

2016-2017:  Justin Monaco-Barnes “#bethechange” Ran on a platform focusing on a long-term sustainable strategy for McMaster and proposing changes to our building infrastructure to promote environmental practices. Before in his presidency, plans for the Combined Heat and Power co-generation plant have been underway, forecasted to save 15 per cent on energy input as compared to traditional plants. He also ran on a platform pushing for...

Meet your MSU presidential-elect President-elect Chukky Ibe talks about future plans, his campaign team and divine nonchalance
Feb02

Meet your MSU presidential-elect President-elect Chukky Ibe talks about future plans, his campaign team and divine nonchalance

After a flurry of campaigning that took over campus, intense debates and one very long election scrutinizing process, the McMaster Students Union has chosen its next president-elect: Chukky Ibe. Ibe won by a considerable margin, with at least 1,000 votes between him and each of his contenders. This year’s election saw a voter turnout of 9,327, meaning 41.6 per cent of the MSU population voted in this year’s election. This is slight...

Campaigning 101: Chukky Ibe and the woman behind him Kamini Persaud A veteran campaign and brand manager, Kamini Persaud outlines how to win elections and why she got involved in the first place
Feb02

Campaigning 101: Chukky Ibe and the woman behind him Kamini Persaud A veteran campaign and brand manager, Kamini Persaud outlines how to win elections and why she got involved in the first place

Every campaign season, behind every candidate, there is a diligent group of students who volunteer their time to help run the campaigns, who work just as tirelessly to secure their candidate the McMaster Students Union’s presidency. One of these people is Kamini Persaud, a third-year Communications Studies student who has now been on three campaign teams, most recently as president-elect Chukky Ibe’s brand manager. Persaud’s...

MSU 2017 referenda: what will be on your ballot? An in depth look at the HSR pass, syllabus repository and the athletic & recreation expansion and student activity building referenda
Jan22

MSU 2017 referenda: what will be on your ballot? An in depth look at the HSR pass, syllabus repository and the athletic & recreation expansion and student activity building referenda

By: Gabi Herman This year’s referenda ask students to make decisions about the HSR pass, a syllabus repository, and major expansions of student space. In order to succeed, a referendum must receive at least 50 per cent of popular vote. Voting will open on Jan. 24 at the same time as presidential votes. Hamilton Street Railway Pass  The terms of the student bus pass are renegotiated with the HSR every three years. Right now, all MSU...