Students and minimum wage McMaster’s minimum wage increase could be negative for students
Mar01

Students and minimum wage McMaster’s minimum wage increase could be negative for students

By: Takhliq Amir On Jan. 1 of this year, Ontario’s general minimum wage, in accordance with Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, saw what is considered a somewhat drastic rise from $11.60 an hour to $14 an hour. As a student who has held various work positions over the past few years, I was nervous due to the predictions that such a minimum wage hike would shrink the economy or cost vulnerable populations, including youth like...

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...

One step forward, two steps back for the environment Bottled water is back from ban at the Union Market and our ecological footprint is in question
Feb01

One step forward, two steps back for the environment Bottled water is back from ban at the Union Market and our ecological footprint is in question

By: Saad Ejaz Last year, the McMaster Students Union ran a lengthy campaign to promote sustainable practices at McMaster University. The campaign focused on implementing environmentally friendly solutions such as improving McMaster’s community garden, the benefits of utilizing solar as a form of energy and reducing waste. During the Winter 2017 term, then MSU president Justin Monaco-Barnes and his team worked with the Union Market to...