The Las Vegas attack: terrorism or not? Analyzing the debate surrounding the definition of terrorists and terrorist attacks
Oct20

The Las Vegas attack: terrorism or not? Analyzing the debate surrounding the definition of terrorists and terrorist attacks

The title and kicker for the physical edition of this article were accidentally changed from what was originally planned for publication and do not represent the work of the author. By: Humza Khan Stephan Paddock’s actions of firing into a crowd of 22,000 concertgoers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, carrying out the most devastating shooting in US history has traumatized the world. In addition, the media’s refusal to...

Adding up the benefits McMaster should help rectify the gap in mathematics knowledge for arts degrees
Apr06

Adding up the benefits McMaster should help rectify the gap in mathematics knowledge for arts degrees

On Mar. 23, the Ontario government announced a plan to make financial literacy a component of the new curriculum for the Grade 10 Careers course. This is welcome news. I entered university with next to no understanding of finance, personal or otherwise, and could have done without the onslaught of BuzzFeed-style personality quizzes doled out in my careers class. The announcement to rectify this knowledge gap at elementary and high...

Is free speech or approved speech? McMaster and protesting students did a disservice to Jordan Peterson and open discussions
Mar24

Is free speech or approved speech? McMaster and protesting students did a disservice to Jordan Peterson and open discussions

By: Pavle Arezina I attended a talk from psychology professor Jordan Peterson on March 17, 2017 at McMaster. What I and others saw and experienced was shameful. It was a failure on the university security for doing nothing, a failure as a student body for not being able to listen to an opposing opinion without spouting vitriol and a failure on McMaster for condoning this behaviour. Have we, as a respected university, come to a point...

Hamilton’s trans right protocol represents forward progress Reducing societal rejection and increasing policy based on the medical community is beneficial
Mar24

Hamilton’s trans right protocol represents forward progress Reducing societal rejection and increasing policy based on the medical community is beneficial

By: Alexander Sallas Content warning: article contains mentions of suicide On March 6, Hamilton city councillors approved a new transgender rights protocol. Trans people can now use bath and change rooms based on their gender identities. A blank write-in box will be added to city forms beneath the male and female options and disclosing someone’s gender identity without their consent is an official form of discrimination under the...

The new referendum does not change enough Changes to the Pulse & Recreation Expansion do not take enough concerns into consideration
Mar17

The new referendum does not change enough Changes to the Pulse & Recreation Expansion do not take enough concerns into consideration

By: David Philpott It has been over a month and a half since the first Pulse & Recreation Expansion Referendum failed and we are already voting on it again. Though to be fair, there are two changes between January’s referendum and this one. First, the university has increased its financial contribution by $10 million, which would reduce the proposed increase in student fees from $3.95 to $2.99 per unit. Second, instead of the...

Biased frustrations from the MSU may alter student feedback on referendums A poorly-conducted survey may alter feedback on referenda
Mar02

Biased frustrations from the MSU may alter student feedback on referendums A poorly-conducted survey may alter feedback on referenda

On Jan. 25, the McMaster Students Union added a new survey to their website as part of a recommendation by the Student Representative Assembly Standing Committee on Bylaws & Procedures. While there are a few different parts to this, including the minimum per cent of population needed to launch a referendum and to reach quorum for a referendum, the focus is on if there should be a minimum time limit before similar questions can be...

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