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A welcoming workout environment The Pulse should create more female-centered spaces to better accommodate the student population
Mar14

A welcoming workout environment The Pulse should create more female-centered spaces to better accommodate the student population

Photo by Kyle West By: Eden Wondmeneh I am embarrassed to admit that I have put off getting fit for an absurdly long time. I thought that coming to McMaster University would see the end to my procrastinating ways as I could see the gym from my window and I had no choice but to pay for a Pulse membership as part of my student fees. Turns out, I was not alone in my gym-avoiding ways; at McMaster, I met a group of girls that wanted to...

Slaying dragons on and off stage Why more female-identifying students should try improv
Mar08

Slaying dragons on and off stage Why more female-identifying students should try improv

Photo C/O McMaster Improv Team By: Meghan Bird Improvisational acting is an unscripted form of theatre where performers are inspired by audience suggestions to play out characters, stories and scenes on stage. Unlike other forms of theatre, it is an area traditionally dominated by men. McMaster Improv Team is a drop-in club that provides McMaster University students the opportunity to learn improv in a comfortable and safe...

The diversity problem in physics Navigating academia is difficult, but navigating academia as a woman, much less a woman of colour, is nearly impossible
Oct25

The diversity problem in physics Navigating academia is difficult, but navigating academia as a woman, much less a woman of colour, is nearly impossible

Photo from Silhouette Photo Archives By Sabrina Macklai On Oct 2. 2018, Donna Strickland became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in physics in 55 years. Strickland graduated McMaster University in 1981 with a degree in engineering physics and has since been responsible for greatly advancing the field of laser physics while at the University of Waterloo. She won the prize for introducing the technique of chirped pulse...

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...

The fear of feminism Feminism doesn’t need to be scary, it needs to be understood
Nov09

The fear of feminism Feminism doesn’t need to be scary, it needs to be understood

By: Jordan Graber I used to be scared of feminism. I think a lot of people are still wary when they hear the word and connect their understanding of it. Often, those associated with the word feminism are often seen as angry, aggressive and in opposition of men. This is the first problem with this many people’s relationship with this term; misunderstanding. Feminism by definition is, “the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the...

Women-only gym hours  A women’s only gym? That’s too much to ask for. Women’s hours? We shouldn’t have to ask for that
Sep07

Women-only gym hours A women’s only gym? That’s too much to ask for. Women’s hours? We shouldn’t have to ask for that

McMaster University’s Department of Athletics & Recreation is home to a wide range of facilities. With three different gyms, two dance studios, an indoor track, a climbing wall, a sports hall and a mindfulness centre, there is only one thing missing: separate gym hours for different genders. Personal health and finess is not limited to a specific gender and should be practiced by everyone.With the rise of body image insecurities...