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The need to change McMaster’s assessment structures The need for more distributed testing to improve student learning
Nov29

The need to change McMaster’s assessment structures The need for more distributed testing to improve student learning

Photo by Grant Holt By: Brent Urbanski University testing is the Neapolitan ice cream of student evaluation. With its two midterm tests and single exam, this format has become known to students as an imperfect trifecta. As this format continues to be observed by students across classes, it becomes clear that university testing needs to change. Within McMaster University, infrequent heavily-weighted tests have become the standard....

Students are hungry for change Why McMaster Hospitality Services needs to focus more on student health and less on students’ wallets
Nov26

Students are hungry for change Why McMaster Hospitality Services needs to focus more on student health and less on students’ wallets

Photo from Silhouette Photo Archives By: Sevda Montakhab University students face constant challenges including exams or projects that interfere with their ability to maintain good health through exercise and a healthy diet. The first year of university can especially take a toll on students’ health — equipped with a limited budget and unlimited access to cheap snacks, students can encounter serious hurdles when trying to eat healthy....

Students and Hamilton’s one-bag trash limit Hamilton’s one-bag trash limit may be environmentally conscious but is not student-friendly
Nov22

Students and Hamilton’s one-bag trash limit Hamilton’s one-bag trash limit may be environmentally conscious but is not student-friendly

Photo C/O Grant Holt I live in a twelve-bedroom student house. In a single week, we have, at minimum, between two and three large bags of garbage. So far, the city has taken our bags, but this will soon change once we run out of trash tags. While my crowded housing situation might be unique, many other students are in a similarly tight position in regards to Hamilton’s garbage and recycling policy. Since 2010, Hamilton has had a...

From McMaster to the mountain Push to bridge the gap between the Hamilton Mountain and McMaster University
Nov22

From McMaster to the mountain Push to bridge the gap between the Hamilton Mountain and McMaster University

Photo from Silhouette Photo Archives By: Sam Marchetti The Hamilton Mountain, as it is affectionately referred to as by many Hamiltonians, is more than just a section of the Niagara Escarpment. It is an entire community, filled with rich history, quiet streets and the ever-out-of-reach Lime Ridge mall. The mountain community is composed of largely everything atop the escarpment from Ancaster Mill and Mohawk College over to the Red...

Making friends in university Developing social relationships in university is a difficult yet vital part in maintaining one’s health
Nov22

Making friends in university Developing social relationships in university is a difficult yet vital part in maintaining one’s health

Photo C/O Madeline Neumann By: Ran Ren It is strange how moving from a high school with 1000 students to a university populating over 30,000 can feel far lonelier. For how much high school is negatively tied with cliques and social hierarchies, there exists a certain stability in its tribalism — in sharing classes and cafeteria tables with the same people every day. The fact that you can choose your friends in university is...

Teaching assistants should be taught how to teach McMaster university should enforce standardized teaching assistant training
Nov22

Teaching assistants should be taught how to teach McMaster university should enforce standardized teaching assistant training

Photo C/O Madeline Neumann By: Kyle Ansilio Throughout a student’s undergraduate career, they will likely be taught under dozens of teaching assistants. Students are then bound to experience varying encounters with their TAs in regards to differing teaching values, instruction methods and marking. These diverse experiences do not merely extend to separate courses. In fact, it is conceivable that two students taking the same course...