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In defense of an Ontario French-language university The provincial government’s plans to cease building a French-language university adds to the longstanding anti-francophone sentiment in Canada
Feb14

In defense of an Ontario French-language university The provincial government’s plans to cease building a French-language university adds to the longstanding anti-francophone sentiment in Canada

Photos by Catherine Goce By: Nicolas Belliveau The news in November 2018 that Doug Ford and his provincial government were ceasing the project to build a French-language university in Toronto and eliminating the position of the provincial commissioner for French language affairs was met with backlash. However, situations like these aren’t novel. French education and culture have been the target of marginalization for hundreds of...

Revisiting the HSR after 8 years — what’s changed? Eight years after the initial critique, the Hamilton Street Railway still has a long way to go
Feb14

Revisiting the HSR after 8 years — what’s changed? Eight years after the initial critique, the Hamilton Street Railway still has a long way to go

Photo from Silhouette Photo Archives By: Rob Hardy Eight years ago, as a rookie contributor to The Silhouette, I wrote one of my very first pieces on the sorry state of the Hamilton Street Railway. It still survives online under the title of “Public Transit Blues”. So what’s changed since for McMaster University students and the city itself? Not much. Some things are a bit better and some have gotten worse, but overall I would...

A message from a dog guide owner Service and working dogs, while cute, need to be respected and approached only with the owner’s consent  
Feb14

A message from a dog guide owner Service and working dogs, while cute, need to be respected and approached only with the owner’s consent  

Photo by Kyle West By: Bridgette Walker There have been and will continue to be various types of service and working dogs in educational environments like McMaster University and out in the world at large. I’m Bridgette and I have a dog guide named Estelle. Please don’t freak out! Properly trained dogs are more effective, efficient and reliable than technology for a lot of physical and mental health conditions. These dogs truly do...

McMaster University should ban student-faculty relationships How my relationship with my teaching assistant caused me to drop the class and consider switching programs
Feb14

McMaster University should ban student-faculty relationships How my relationship with my teaching assistant caused me to drop the class and consider switching programs

Photo C/O Madeline Neumann By: Anonymous contributor I never imagined that I would date my teaching assistant. I also never imagined that I would have a “W” on my transcript from dropping their class. Dating my TA was probably one of the worst decisions of my undergraduate degree. When I got into a relationship with my TA last semester, I didn’t think it was too big of a deal. Dating your TA is much more socially-accepted than dating...

McMaster’s shady past The names of Ron Joyce and Michael DeGroote can be seen all around campus but few students are aware of the dark histories of these individuals
Feb11

McMaster’s shady past The names of Ron Joyce and Michael DeGroote can be seen all around campus but few students are aware of the dark histories of these individuals

Photo from Silhouette Photo Archives By: Jacqueline McNeill CW: Mentions of sexual assault It’s no secret that McMaster University’s “Brighter World” campaign has not been well-received by students, as demonstrated by recent actions by student protestors who replaced the slogan with “Whiter World” on a protest banner and distributed “Whiter World” posters in Dec. 2018. Besides encouraging racist and ableist ideologies of what a...

Enough with the poster sales If outside vendors are allowed to sell art on campus, students should be afforded the same opportunity
Feb08

Enough with the poster sales If outside vendors are allowed to sell art on campus, students should be afforded the same opportunity

Photo by Kyle West Every so often, students walking through the McMaster University Student Centre are met with faces of The Beatles, large maps of the world and even prints of Banksy’s most popular works.   The Imaginus poster sale, which has been touring Canadian university and college campuses since 1975, is a staple of the university experience. It is not uncommon to see their posters plastered over the walls of dorms and...