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Adopting a weighted voting system   Graduating students should not have equal influence on the outcome of McMaster Students Union elections and referenda
Mar14

Adopting a weighted voting system   Graduating students should not have equal influence on the outcome of McMaster Students Union elections and referenda

Photo C/O Catherine Goce By: Neda Pirouzmand Graduating students should not have had an equal say on these decisions in comparison to returning students. As changes regarding student fees are implemented in the following academic year, graduating students will not be paying for them. This line of reasoning can be extended to graduating students’ influence over the MSU presidential elections. The actions and views of the MSU president...

Valedictorian for who? If McMaster University wishes to keep the tradition of valedictorians, they should allow graduating students to vote for their representative
Mar14

Valedictorian for who? If McMaster University wishes to keep the tradition of valedictorians, they should allow graduating students to vote for their representative

  Nominations for spring 2019 valedictorians closed on March 4. Interviews with the selection committee are taking place until March 29, with decisions releasing in early April. In total, the spring 2019 convocation will consist of 11 valedictorians, one for each convocation ceremony, with representation from McMaster University’s different faculties and programs. Historically, the valedictorian is the student with the highest ranking...

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...

Stop bullying students running for SRA Before laughing at platforms for the Student Representative Assembly, criticize the elitist culture which prevents students from being informed
Mar14

Stop bullying students running for SRA Before laughing at platforms for the Student Representative Assembly, criticize the elitist culture which prevents students from being informed

Photos by Kyle West By: Brian Zheng Since I started at McMaster University in 2014, I’ve been involved with the McMaster Students Union, from involvement with a presidential campaign to eventually being elected on the Student Representative Assembly. I quit the SRA six months in. When I started, I was handed several documents to help me understand the MSU and my role within it. Even after two training sessions and reading multiple...

Hiring diverse counsellors The Student Wellness Centre doesn’t just need more counsellors, they need counsellors that are representative of McMaster’s diverse student body
Mar10

Hiring diverse counsellors The Student Wellness Centre doesn’t just need more counsellors, they need counsellors that are representative of McMaster’s diverse student body

Photo by Kyle West By: Rida Pasha It is unsurprising that there is an increase in mental health issues among university students, especially here at McMaster University. Whether it is stress, relationships, family or work, there are numerous factors that can contribute to developing mental health issues.   While professional help is encouraged, such as therapy or counselling, these services can be very expensive for the average...

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...