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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...

The lack of diversity in teaching assistants McMaster University should actively work towards hiring more teaching assistants of colour while also implementing mandatory diversity training
Feb28

The lack of diversity in teaching assistants McMaster University should actively work towards hiring more teaching assistants of colour while also implementing mandatory diversity training

Photo by Kyle West By: Eden Wondmeneh As a first-year student in social sciences, the bulk of my tutorial grade is determined by my participation in discussions. For someone who would rather be restricted to eating at Centro than be forced to speak in public, tutorials are not my ideal environment. As the fall semester progressed, I noticed that some of these discussions supported learning while others were downright problematic....

McMaster’s shady past The names of Ron Joyce and Michael DeGroote can be seen all around campus but few students are aware of the dark histories of these individuals
Feb11

McMaster’s shady past The names of Ron Joyce and Michael DeGroote can be seen all around campus but few students are aware of the dark histories of these individuals

Photo from Silhouette Photo Archives By: Jacqueline McNeill CW: Mentions of sexual assault It’s no secret that McMaster University’s “Brighter World” campaign has not been well-received by students, as demonstrated by recent actions by student protestors who replaced the slogan with “Whiter World” on a protest banner and distributed “Whiter World” posters in Dec. 2018. Besides encouraging racist and ableist ideologies of what a...