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Trade in your next Starbucks drink for MSU services Please #OptIn because non-essential student services are important to fund
Sep12

Trade in your next Starbucks drink for MSU services Please #OptIn because non-essential student services are important to fund

Photo by Matty Flader/ Photo Reporter From Sept. 12 to 20, the newly implemented Student Choice Initiative will allow university students across Ontario to opt-out of non-essential student services. According to the Tuition Fee Framework and Ancillary Fee Guidelines, essential services consist of athletics and recreation, career services, student buildings, health and counselling, academic support, student ID cards, student...

(In)accessibility in McMaster courses Claiming that the university is accessible and actually making it accessible are two different things
Sep12

(In)accessibility in McMaster courses Claiming that the university is accessible and actually making it accessible are two different things

Photo by Cindy Cui / Photo Editor By Ember, Contributor Every day, I am faced with choices that others may perceive as rather trivial or inconsequential. I choose whether to take the stairs or elevator, whether to take the bus or walk to campus or whether to watch a required video for class from 2010 on YouTube that only has auto-generated captions or turn closed captioning off. What people may not realize is how often I must make...

Faculty planners deserve to be paid Welcome week faculty planners are currently unpaid, and here’s why it’s not okay
Sep12

Faculty planners deserve to be paid Welcome week faculty planners are currently unpaid, and here’s why it’s not okay

Photo by Cindy Cui / Photo Editor Every year, faculty planners are paid through compliments of their parallel programming and through reps expressing appreciation for their coordinators’ work.  And … that’s all that they’re paid with. No job, no honorarium or gift card, just through their really rewarding volunteer experience. However, they should be receiving some kind of financial compensation for their work. In 2018, residence...

Reconciliation! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing… let me explain
Sep05

Reconciliation! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing… let me explain

Photo by Silhouette Archives By: Evan Jamieson Eckel I‘m frustrated with what people within this institution have tried to pass off as “reconciliation”. From flying the Hiawatha belt flag for one day, to the implementation of our land acknowledgement that has become so scripted it is rendered meaningless, it seems that Mac’s officials love to find any reason to pat themselves on the back and call it reconciliation. This is all...

Shining for whom? Students should be aware of who they’re donating to before they fundraise
Sep05

Shining for whom? Students should be aware of who they’re donating to before they fundraise

Photo by Silhouette Archives Every Welcome Week, McMaster reps across faculties and residences partake in Shinerama, a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Shinerama is an incredibly successful fundraising campaign as McMaster fundraises over $100,000 every Welcome Week. Altogether, over 40 Canadian colleges and universities fundraise money for Shinerama annually, collectively fundraising approximately $500 thousand every year....

Dear SRA: Please take clubs concerns seriously Why did the SRA Ratify a Club with White Supremacist Connections?
Aug08

Dear SRA: Please take clubs concerns seriously Why did the SRA Ratify a Club with White Supremacist Connections?

Photo C/O Kyle West By: William Li Content Warning: White supremacy On July 21, the Student Representative Assembly briefly discussed concerns about clubs engaging in foreign surveillance and white supremacy — but in a shocking move, put these concerns aside and simply ratified all proposed clubs anyway, triggering an intervention just three days later by McMaster Students’ Union President Josh Marando. Although Marando’s quick...