MSU election regulations Election regulations are too strict and need to be reassessed given recent disqualifications
Feb15

MSU election regulations Election regulations are too strict and need to be reassessed given recent disqualifications

By: Kieran Douglas The recent McMaster Students Union presidential election concluded with two of its candidates disqualified, including the president-elect. Rule-breaking among the candidates was so common that Connor Wong, the satirical option, was the only one to abide by them. Is it the case that this class of presidential candidates fought particularly dirty campaigns? Hardly. An examination of the election night meeting minutes...

Competition for career building Students should participate in competitive volunteer opportunities for career experience
Feb15

Competition for career building Students should participate in competitive volunteer opportunities for career experience

Experience in any form, whether voluntary, competitive or direct employment, is important for students who are looking to build their resumes and develop their careers. By participating in competitive volunteer opportunities on campus, students can gain experience that can help improve their chances for job opportunities. McMaster should consider making them known to students from all faculties, in addition to ensuring that these...

Mental health support Services and supports for mental health on campus are not as supportive as they could be
Feb15

Mental health support Services and supports for mental health on campus are not as supportive as they could be

By: Alex Bak Mental health is a topic that has gained a lot of attention at McMaster. The recent push in initiatives and the sheer number of advocacy campaigns have made it the most relevant topic at the university. The dialogue started by students and staff about the stigma of mental health issues swelled and increased awareness around the topic. However, an issue arises cloaked by all the buzz, as there is still a lack of mental...

Faculty representation at McMaster Equitable representation on campus plays a role in career opportunities
Feb08

Faculty representation at McMaster Equitable representation on campus plays a role in career opportunities

By: Jordan Graber There tends to be a certain amount of stereotyped differences between the two programs, which seem to exist in the shadow of science, technology, engineering and math programs. This creates issues with equal representation for programs at McMaster and career opportunities for students’ experiential development. STEM faculties seem to gather more attention and interest than their artistic counterparts. As a humanities...

Deconstructing MSU voter turnout We can’t solve the voter turnout problem until we understand what’s causing it
Feb08

Deconstructing MSU voter turnout We can’t solve the voter turnout problem until we understand what’s causing it

Voter turnout for this year’s McMaster Students Union sat at 28 per cent, reflecting the first time in five years that less than 40 per cent of the undergraduate student population voted in an MSU presidential election. While this year’s low voter turnout rate is a problem, it is unclear why this problem emerged in the first place. As highlighted in a news article from the Silhouette’s Feb. 1 issue, the last time the MSU saw a similar...

Littered McMaster land McMaster’s natural grounds are being destroyed by students’ apathy
Feb08

Littered McMaster land McMaster’s natural grounds are being destroyed by students’ apathy

By: Nature at McMaster In 1941, McMaster Chancellor Howard P. Whidden said that the Westdale property’s “beautiful surrounding and natural setting” was one of the most important reasons that McMaster University relocated from Toronto to Hamilton. The vision for this move, as summarized in a quote published in the Hamilton Spectator in 1929, was that academic pursuits would be supported by Cootes Paradise. It is this co-dependent...