How one class changed my last year of school Capstone courses that mix students from different faculties benefit everyone
Apr13

How one class changed my last year of school Capstone courses that mix students from different faculties benefit everyone

By: Sana Khawaja The start of a school year is usually marked by newness: new clothes, accessories, books, classes, jobs and ambitions that give a sense of being born again. And it is this excitement of starting a new chapter in life and conquering new challenges that gives us a sense that we’re growing and are becoming stronger and more independent in our life. However, for the first time last September that was not the case for me....

Peter George: champion of the McMaster experience
Apr06

Peter George: champion of the McMaster experience

By: David Moore Much has been written about Peter George’s 45-year career at McMaster that culminated in an unprecedented three terms as president and vice-chancellor. I am one of many who think of him first in terms of contributions he made to benefit of students. He was Dean of Social Sciences when I came to McMaster and it was with his encouragement that a few of us came together to found the Social Sciences Society in 1988. He...

Adding up the benefits McMaster should help rectify the gap in mathematics knowledge for arts degrees
Apr06

Adding up the benefits McMaster should help rectify the gap in mathematics knowledge for arts degrees

On Mar. 23, the Ontario government announced a plan to make financial literacy a component of the new curriculum for the Grade 10 Careers course. This is welcome news. I entered university with next to no understanding of finance, personal or otherwise, and could have done without the onslaught of BuzzFeed-style personality quizzes doled out in my careers class. The announcement to rectify this knowledge gap at elementary and high...

Course evaluations need to be publicized McMaster University’s lack of transparency is a disservice to its students
Mar31

Course evaluations need to be publicized McMaster University’s lack of transparency is a disservice to its students

By: Alexander Sallas Professors continue to state how important and necessary course evaluations are. I don’t doubt the honesty of McMaster or its professors. I believe the staff examines the evaluations, and I believe they feel they are important. However, the student body possesses understandable cynicism regarding these notions. After all, why bother filling them in when no concrete solutions are ever reached from their completion?...

Performing and learning are not synonymous Long-term retention should be a priority over the fear of failing
Mar31

Performing and learning are not synonymous Long-term retention should be a priority over the fear of failing

By: Owen Angus-Yamada Exams are one of the most stressful times for students because so much of a class rides on the result of one test. Students are constantly told that performances on these tests are crucial to getting accepted to graduate school or getting hired at a prestigious, high paying workplace. While good grades often lead to success, high marks shouldn’t necessarily be the highest priority for students. When did we start...

The politics of participation Tutorials at McMaster University should try to cater to more students
Mar31

The politics of participation Tutorials at McMaster University should try to cater to more students

By: Jason Lau As a university student, participation grades in class are something that’s been drilled into my head for years. If you want a better grade in the course, participate actively in class discussions and voice your opinions about the class material. Higher grades go to those who participate and engage with the material, and lower grades to those who don’t. Sounds fair, right? Having been a TA at McMaster for two years, I...