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OPINION: The CSSA de-ratification from an SRA member’s perspective The process has been unclear, even though it shouldn’t be
Nov28

OPINION: The CSSA de-ratification from an SRA member’s perspective The process has been unclear, even though it shouldn’t be

By Eric Sinnige, Contributor Note: This article is from the perspective of an individual Student Representative Assembly member, and not representative of the whole SRA, or the McMaster Students Union.  The Sept. 22 deratification of the McMaster Chinese Students and Scholars Association has been a frequent topic in the Student Representative Assembly and the Silhouette for the past few weeks, and an issue that the SRA has been aware...

OPINION: It’s okay to change. No, really. A reflection of undergrad through the eyes of an alumna
Nov28

OPINION: It’s okay to change. No, really. A reflection of undergrad through the eyes of an alumna

By Anonymous, Contributor I was never a Welcome Week rep, so being on campus during Welcome Week this year was my first reacquaintance with the emotional rollercoaster of starting university since being in first year. I remember standing bashfully in the middle of a circle of clapping reps, overwhelmed by their kindness. I remember feeling like I didn’t deserve to be here, and hoping that would change soon. For me, though, it didn’t...

OPINION: Cancel culture doesn’t exist. It never has.  If cancel culture does exist (which it doesn’t) it’s extremely ineffective
Nov28

OPINION: Cancel culture doesn’t exist. It never has. If cancel culture does exist (which it doesn’t) it’s extremely ineffective

Photo by Cindy Cui / Photo Editor By Suad Alad, Contributor  cw: racism, sexual assault, transphobia “Cancel culture”, also known as “call-out culture” is a form of social and real-world boycotting of a public figure who has done wrong by an individual or a group of people. Typical celebrities and public figures that contribute to acts of social discrimination such as racism, misogyny or homophobia are so called “victims” of our...

OPINION: When land is not enough Settler theft of Indigenous opportunity
Nov28

OPINION: When land is not enough Settler theft of Indigenous opportunity

Photo by Cindy Cui / Photo Editor By: Evan Jamieson-Eckel, Contributor On Nov. 8, 2019, Indigenous women took to Twitter to call out Ainsley Whynacht. Whynacht applied for an Indigenous Student scholarship through the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) and received one of the six awards worth $1,500. Her paper, which was required to apply for the scholarship, discussed the negative conditions experienced by people...

OPINION: Having Chinese diplomats on our campus is alarming Chinese diplomats on campus are symptomatic of deeper political problems
Nov14

OPINION: Having Chinese diplomats on our campus is alarming Chinese diplomats on campus are symptomatic of deeper political problems

Photo C/O Tamas Munkacsi By J., Contributor   If you need any additional proof that the McMaster Students Union made the correct decision to revoke MSU club status for the McMaster Chinese Students and Scholars Association, then look no further than Mac CSSA’s own lawyer. On Nov. 3, Mac CSSA made an appeal to reverse the SRA’s de-ratification of their club, during which Mac CSSA’s lawyer revealed that “Chinese consulate officials have...

OPINION: An open letter from a faculty member to the MSU: sense and “censure-bility” The MSU should ensure that proper procedural practices are put in place and followed when making decisions
Nov14

OPINION: An open letter from a faculty member to the MSU: sense and “censure-bility” The MSU should ensure that proper procedural practices are put in place and followed when making decisions

Photo C/O Kyle West By Anonymous, Contributor As a non-Chinese faculty member, I have been following events unraveling around the Student Representative Assembly’s decision to de-ratify the McMaster Chinese Students and Scholars Association. As an associate chair of my department, I interact with undergraduate students on a daily basis, which is why I was troubled to hear about how the Student Representative Assembly proceeded with...