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OPINION: George Floyd and chasing nightmares Trying to chase your dreams in a system built to stop you is futile, and things need to change
Jun17

OPINION: George Floyd and chasing nightmares Trying to chase your dreams in a system built to stop you is futile, and things need to change

Photo by Andrew Mrozowski / Managing Editor cw: police brutality, white supremacy, anti-Black racism My university was one of the last to close in March due to COVID-19. I went home and revisited the quiet, passive-aggressive racism prevalent in Ottawa. Yet I feared for my black partner’s life where cops patrolled the streets, supposedly ensuring people are ‘safe’. The question is now: safe from what and safe from who? A year ago, I...

OPINION: Disabled students deserve adequate support Educators need to re-evaluate their idea of accommodations
Jan16

OPINION: Disabled students deserve adequate support Educators need to re-evaluate their idea of accommodations

Photo By Cindy Cui / Photo Editor It was my second year of university and I was finding it increasingly difficult to keep up with my studies because I was having traumatic flashbacks every day and night terrors every night. I was seeing a counsellor and a doctor to address my poor health. Despite this, my marks continued to slip. Luckily, I was able to register with Student Accessibility Services when I realized I needed some extra...

Save the Sil The Student Choice Initiative puts the Sil's funding in jeopardy
Sep17

Save the Sil The Student Choice Initiative puts the Sil's funding in jeopardy

The Student Choice Initiative has placed many students in a difficult position. How much choice is there when students are forced to compromise supporting student services so that they can save money to mitigate the consequences of OSAP funding cuts and increased financial stress, or vice versa? The answer is that there isn’t much choice, and unfortunately, it’s still one that students across Ontario will have to make....

Three weeks and counting for a legitimate response to the sexual allegations within the Maroons A half-hearted statement won’t fix the ways in which the McMaster Students Union has treated survivors of sexual assault
Apr04

Three weeks and counting for a legitimate response to the sexual allegations within the Maroons A half-hearted statement won’t fix the ways in which the McMaster Students Union has treated survivors of sexual assault

Graphic by Katarina Brkic Two long weeks after The Silhouette released an article regarding the gaps within the McMaster Students Union sexual violence disclosure processes, MSU President Ikram Farah finally released a statement. The statement, which reads as a rambling pat on the back, condemns sexual violence and commits to a systematic review of the Maroons and the MSU as a whole, something that two Maroons representatives brought...

Students’ basic rights under threat McMaster University affiliates and McMaster Students Union clubs should not be backdoors for foreign governments
Mar07

Students’ basic rights under threat McMaster University affiliates and McMaster Students Union clubs should not be backdoors for foreign governments

Photo C/O @BethanyAllenEBR By: William Li On Feb. 11, Uighur activist Rukiye Turdush’s presentation at McMaster University about China’s mass internment of Muslims was disrupted by student protestors. Controversially, these students had rallied not only to protest the event, but to coordinate with the Chinese Embassy. The Washington Post reports that this coordination went beyond ordinary consular services: in addition to sending...

Making meal plans optional McMaster University students living in on-campus residences should not be mandated to purchase expensive meal plans
Mar07

Making meal plans optional McMaster University students living in on-campus residences should not be mandated to purchase expensive meal plans

Photo by Kyle West By: Rida Pasha McMaster Hospitality Services offers meal express plans for purchase to all students, staff and faculty. Users can swipe their McMaster University ID card to easily access the range of food choices on-campus, as well as at participating restaurants off-campus. While this may be a convenient solution for those that want to purchase food on-campus, it can pose a problem for many students living in...