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Shifting the focus from merit-based to needs-based scholarships McMaster should funnel more of its money into creating needs-based scholarships
Nov29

Shifting the focus from merit-based to needs-based scholarships McMaster should funnel more of its money into creating needs-based scholarships

Photo C/O Madeline Neumann It’s scholarship season. If you’re like me, you probably spent a few days scouring Mosaic to find a list of awards to apply to, in hopes of receiving a subsidization of your degree, no matter how small. Many of McMaster University’s largest scholarships are merit-based, which strike me as odd; would it not be more beneficial to assist students demonstrating financial need? A good example of such a...

Reducing confusion over snow days and exams The university should revise their inclement weather and examinations policies to reduce student confusion over rescheduled exams
Nov29

Reducing confusion over snow days and exams The university should revise their inclement weather and examinations policies to reduce student confusion over rescheduled exams

Photo from Silhouette Photo Archives December is fast-approaching: holiday shopping is underway, the weather is dropping and students are beginning to prepare for final examinations. But with this winter forecasted to be especially harsh, students should also prepare for the possibility of rescheduled exams. For the fall 2018 term, McMaster University plans to run final examinations for a 12-day period from Dec. 7 to Dec. 20. While...

Breaking the stereotype of downtown Hamilton Downtown Hamilton may have a poor reputation but students will find that it’s filled with hidden charms
Nov29

Breaking the stereotype of downtown Hamilton Downtown Hamilton may have a poor reputation but students will find that it’s filled with hidden charms

Photo from Silhouette Photo Archives By: Sam Marchetti   When you think of downtown Hamilton, I wouldn’t be surprised if the first thought that comes to mind is “sketchy.” Downtown, specifically along King Street and anywhere east of Queen Street North, has often been considered as a run-down ghost of what was once a thriving, central hub. Centered around the Jackson Square complex, my mother — a born-and-raised Hamiltonian — has told...

The need to change McMaster’s assessment structures The need for more distributed testing to improve student learning
Nov29

The need to change McMaster’s assessment structures The need for more distributed testing to improve student learning

Photo by Grant Holt By: Brent Urbanski University testing is the Neapolitan ice cream of student evaluation. With its two midterm tests and single exam, this format has become known to students as an imperfect trifecta. As this format continues to be observed by students across classes, it becomes clear that university testing needs to change. Within McMaster University, infrequent heavily-weighted tests have become the standard....

Students are hungry for change Why McMaster Hospitality Services needs to focus more on student health and less on students’ wallets
Nov26

Students are hungry for change Why McMaster Hospitality Services needs to focus more on student health and less on students’ wallets

Photo from Silhouette Photo Archives By: Sevda Montakhab University students face constant challenges including exams or projects that interfere with their ability to maintain good health through exercise and a healthy diet. The first year of university can especially take a toll on students’ health — equipped with a limited budget and unlimited access to cheap snacks, students can encounter serious hurdles when trying to eat healthy....

Students and Hamilton’s one-bag trash limit Hamilton’s one-bag trash limit may be environmentally conscious but is not student-friendly
Nov22

Students and Hamilton’s one-bag trash limit Hamilton’s one-bag trash limit may be environmentally conscious but is not student-friendly

Photo C/O Grant Holt I live in a twelve-bedroom student house. In a single week, we have, at minimum, between two and three large bags of garbage. So far, the city has taken our bags, but this will soon change once we run out of trash tags. While my crowded housing situation might be unique, many other students are in a similarly tight position in regards to Hamilton’s garbage and recycling policy. Since 2010, Hamilton has had a...