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Pride Perspectives An open letter reflecting on the history of LGBTQ+ rights
Sep20

Pride Perspectives An open letter reflecting on the history of LGBTQ+ rights

Photo C/O MSU Pride Community Centre By Miranda Clayton I recently took a trip to the Canadian Museum of History. In the Modern Canada section there was a display on human rights progress where I found myself confronted by how recent the past is. LGBTQ+ rights became included in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1995. Same sex marriage became legalized in 2005. I would say most Canadians see these rights as a obvious and...

If it’s broke, then try fixing it The importance of trying new approaches better learning and development
Sep20

If it’s broke, then try fixing it The importance of trying new approaches better learning and development

Photo from Silhouette Photo Archives By Owen Angus-Yamada It’s back to school and outlooks for the 2018-2019 semester are sure to be varied. As the masses wait in line at the campus store for freshly pressed textbooks or shuffle through the McMaster University Student Centre crowds, it can be assured that many are already preoccupied with their grade point standing, the bane of their existence or, other side of the coin, questioning...

What Welcome Week taught me How Welcome Week prepared one student for the school year
Sep13

What Welcome Week taught me How Welcome Week prepared one student for the school year

Photo from Silhouette Photo Archives By Kian Yousefi Kousha All through summer, I was thinking about my transition to McMaster University. I thought about meeting people, finding friends, learning lessons and getting advice. Welcome Week painted all of my thoughts with a colour of reality. It started with hearing customized chants in the move-in day and it ended with jumping up and down at Majid Jordan’s concert. Between the start and...

Pride for whom, exactly? Rainbow sidewalks mean very little without material support from institutions
Sep13

Pride for whom, exactly? Rainbow sidewalks mean very little without material support from institutions

Photo by Grant Holt By Lilian Obeng Over the course summer, city council voted in favour of paying public tribute to Hamilton’s LGBTQ+ community. The intersections in front of city hall and McMaster University, Summers Lane at Main Street West and Sterling Street respectively, now don brightly coloured trans and pride flags. The decision was met with praise across the board. McMaster University specifically seized on the opportunity...

The holy ghost (between my thighs) How the 1998 Sex Education curriculum has failed a generation
Aug09

The holy ghost (between my thighs) How the 1998 Sex Education curriculum has failed a generation

Content warning: graphic discussion of sexuality and discussion of sexual dysfunction disorder 2015 was an exciting year: we found liquid water on Mars, I started at McMaster, we had a federal election, and Ontario unveiled its new sexual education and health curriculum.  The new Ontario government is reverting to the previous version which debuted in 1998. I was living my best life back then, but little did I know that I would suffer...

Why you should give a shit Voter turn out during recent provincial elections has been historically low
Jun07

Why you should give a shit Voter turn out during recent provincial elections has been historically low

This article will hit newsstands on the same day as Ontario’s 42nd general election. I’ll be making my way to the polls, but a large number of Ontarians, specifically younger adults, won’t be.  Ontario’s election turnouts are among the lowest in the country. A dismal 51 per cent of Ontarians showed up to the 2014 Ontario vote, not terribly far off from a frankly embarrassing 43 per cent who cast their ballot in the 2011 election.  To...