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Petition to ban campus smoking bans The decision to smoke should be that of the individual and not the university
Oct18

Petition to ban campus smoking bans The decision to smoke should be that of the individual and not the university

Photo from Silhouette Photo Archives I would like to preface this by saying I have never smoked. Blame the contract six-year-old Sabrina signed in purple crayon or the hour-long lectures my mother gave about the “dangers of drugs” but to this day, I’ve never had the desire to smoke, cigarettes or marijuana. I actually dislike the smell of smoke, especially that of cannabis, and so I can understand the motivation behind campus smoking...

Think municipal elections don’t impact you? Think again. Why students should participate in the 2018 Hamilton election
Oct18

Think municipal elections don’t impact you? Think again. Why students should participate in the 2018 Hamilton election

By Angela Dittrich As young adults, we experience a lot of exciting and important milestones — getting our driver’s license, attaining legal adulthood and entering university, college or the workforce. An often overlooked milestone is becoming a voter, or rather, becoming individuals with a rarely-exercised right to vote. McMaster University students are a vital part of the Ward 1 community, and yet we continuously fail to show up to...

2018 medical school applications – what a mess Applying to medical school is already difficult and costly, the last thing applicants need is avoidable stress
Oct15

2018 medical school applications – what a mess Applying to medical school is already difficult and costly, the last thing applicants need is avoidable stress

By Monica Takahashi Applying to medical school is a strenuous and stressful process. In Ontario, you can choose to apply to six different schools, each of them with their own challenges. Arguably one of the biggest obstacles that applicants have to overcome when applying to medical school is the overwhelming cost. Before even looking at the fees associated with the actual application, you have to consider the fees from the largest...

What cutting LRT would mean Since many election candidates are promising to cut LRT, Hamiltonians must discuss what such an act would mean for the city
Oct05

What cutting LRT would mean Since many election candidates are promising to cut LRT, Hamiltonians must discuss what such an act would mean for the city

Photos by By Rob Hardy The latest chapter in the decade long saga of Hamilton’s road to building light rail transit has brought us to yet another mayoral election.  Endless dawdling over trivial minutiae prevented council from finalizing construction plans, giving opportunistic politicians a chance to win election votes from wary residents unsure of the project.   First it was Doug Ford who campaigned provincially for city votes...

Development or gentrification? Students need to be cognizant of their role in Hamilton's rapid gentrification

Photos by By Nina Gaind Walking through Supercrawl felt different this year. I felt weird about the presence of five Toyota cars positioned directly across from an art installation. I also felt a bit out of place, as many local faces and businesses from the past had disappeared, replaced by shiny new coffee shops and boutiques. The unoccupied lot beside CBC Hamilton was empty, where in past years it has been populated by local artists...

The cops at Homecoming The increased police presence in student neighbourhoods puts students at risk
Sep27

The cops at Homecoming The increased police presence in student neighbourhoods puts students at risk

Photo C/O Brian Zheng By Lilian Obeng Two weeks ago, students and alumni gathered in the streets of Westdale and Ainslie Wood to celebrate McMaster’s Homecoming. After the incident known colloquially as “Dalewoodstock” took place in 2017, residents and university administration were keen to avoid repeating the levels property damage. The McMaster Students Union president also participated in the university’s promotional campaign...