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How to vote in MSU presidentials 2019 Need some help figuring out how to vote in this year’s MSU presidential election? The Silhouette has you covered
Jan24

How to vote in MSU presidentials 2019 Need some help figuring out how to vote in this year’s MSU presidential election? The Silhouette has you covered

By: Elliot Fung If you are a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in at least 18 units, you are eligible to vote in this year’s McMaster Students Union presidential election. Here is some more information about the election and how you can successfully cast your ballot. What is the role of the McMaster Students Union president? The president is the primary spokesperson for the MSU and serves as the representative for McMaster...

MSU presidentials debate highlights The candidates discussed a number of issues, including the Ford government’s tuition changes and sexual violence response
Jan23

MSU presidentials debate highlights The candidates discussed a number of issues, including the Ford government’s tuition changes and sexual violence response

Photos by Kyle West   On Jan. 17, the McMaster Students’ Union hosted a debate featuring the 2019 MSU presidentials candidates four candidates. Here are some of the highlights. The first question of the debate concerned whether the candidates are more focused on advocacy or student life. Josh Marando said he would be more focused on advocacy. Jeffery Campana explained that the limited one-year term of a president would mean smaller...

MSU Elections 2019: Jeffrey Campana platform critique Campana’s platform suffers from a lack of uniqueness and detail
Jan18

MSU Elections 2019: Jeffrey Campana platform critique Campana’s platform suffers from a lack of uniqueness and detail

Photo by Kyle West With the campaign slogan “#YourTimeIsNow,” Jeffrey Campana promises that he will address previously overlooked projects and student concerns. However, many of Campana’s platform points lack key details and are already being pursued by the McMaster Students Union. For example, Campana states that there is a need for the MSU to distribute free menstrual products to washrooms on campus. However, free products are...

MSU Presidentials 2019: Madison Wesley platform critique Wesley’s platform is ambitious but not particularly feasible
Jan18

MSU Presidentials 2019: Madison Wesley platform critique Wesley’s platform is ambitious but not particularly feasible

Photo by Kyle West By: Natalie Clark One of Madison Wesley’s largest and most promising platform goals is to introduce a textbook rental service to the McMaster campus store. Although students would likely be fond of the idea, Wesley has failed to assess the challenges associated with this goal. According to Donna Shapiro, the director of retail services at McMaster, the McMaster campus store explored this idea in the past but was...

MSU Presidentials 2019: Josh Marando platform critique Marando’s proposals overlap with many existing MSU plans
Jan18

MSU Presidentials 2019: Josh Marando platform critique Marando’s proposals overlap with many existing MSU plans

Photo by Kyle West Josh Marando’s 12 platform points are broad reaching and address a variety of student concerns, from student safety to internal McMaster students union operations. Marando’s campaign focuses on improving campus amenities, including study spaces and food courts. However, there is significant overlap between Marando’s platform and existing plans to increase spaces for students. For instance, Marando’s “Revitalize...

MSU Elections 2019: Justin Lee platform critique Lee’s platform focuses on small-scale changes and lacks both specificity and a larger vision
Jan18

MSU Elections 2019: Justin Lee platform critique Lee’s platform focuses on small-scale changes and lacks both specificity and a larger vision

Photo by Kyle West Justin Lee’s platform highlights 13 points, but almost all of them lack specificity and the ability to effect unique and meaningful change on campus. Several of Lee’s initiatives do not specify how they differ from current McMaster Students Union projects, including his plan to improve the MSU’s social media presence. Similarly, free menstrual products are already offered without charge by the Student Health...