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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...

Students have a responsibility to hold the university accountable Whether it be through protesting outside the student centre or attending Student Representative Assembly meetings, students need to be engaged in the university’s politics
Apr04

Students have a responsibility to hold the university accountable Whether it be through protesting outside the student centre or attending Student Representative Assembly meetings, students need to be engaged in the university’s politics

Photo by Kyle West When I started out as the Opinions Editor for The Silhouette this past year, I admittedly didn’t care much about student politics or governance. I was unfamiliar with the policies of the McMaster Students Union and had no idea what happened during Student Representative Assembly meetings. Nowadays, I regularly watch the SRA livestreams and perform my due diligence to be aware of changes occurring within the MSU. A...

What is the point of student politics? The Student Representative Assembly needs to do a better job at engaging first-year students
Mar21

What is the point of student politics? The Student Representative Assembly needs to do a better job at engaging first-year students

Photo by Kyle West By: Rida Pasha I am a first-year student who wasn’t aware of the Student Representative Assembly until just a few months ago. I am not alone in this experience.   Many first-year students only became aware of the presence of the SRA after the recent election campaign, with posters plastered around campus. It is not news that it is difficult to find clear information about what the SRA does as the supposed voice of...

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...

Students’ basic rights under threat McMaster University affiliates and McMaster Students Union clubs should not be backdoors for foreign governments
Mar07

Students’ basic rights under threat McMaster University affiliates and McMaster Students Union clubs should not be backdoors for foreign governments

Photo C/O @BethanyAllenEBR By: William Li On Feb. 11, Uighur activist Rukiye Turdush’s presentation at McMaster University about China’s mass internment of Muslims was disrupted by student protestors. Controversially, these students had rallied not only to protest the event, but to coordinate with the Chinese Embassy. The Washington Post reports that this coordination went beyond ordinary consular services: in addition to sending...

Like, comment and subscribe to your new president Effective social media strategy heavily influenced the outcome of the recent McMaster Students Union presidential election
Mar04

Like, comment and subscribe to your new president Effective social media strategy heavily influenced the outcome of the recent McMaster Students Union presidential election

Photo by Kyle West By: Ashlynn Labinaz The results of the recent McMaster Students Union presidential election were released on Jan. 24, with Josh Marando becoming president-elect. Jeffrey Campana came second in the polls, with Madison Wesley and Justin Lee placing third and fourth respectively. Given our current state of affairs, these results beg the question: did social media impact the outcome of the MSU election? The simple...