Deconstructing MSU voter turnout We can’t solve the voter turnout problem until we understand what’s causing it
Feb08

Deconstructing MSU voter turnout We can’t solve the voter turnout problem until we understand what’s causing it

Voter turnout for this year’s McMaster Students Union sat at 28 per cent, reflecting the first time in five years that less than 40 per cent of the undergraduate student population voted in an MSU presidential election. While this year’s low voter turnout rate is a problem, it is unclear why this problem emerged in the first place. As highlighted in a news article from the Silhouette’s Feb. 1 issue, the last time the MSU saw a similar...

Student politics and the real world Student politics is beneficial for life outside of McMaster
Feb01

Student politics and the real world Student politics is beneficial for life outside of McMaster

By: Razan Abujarad As the presidential campaign season has come to an end and students have elected their new MSU president, here are a few points on why I think that student politics are preparing us for the real stuff. While many students (including myself) are not thrilled about the fact that the MSU president is getting paid for a whole year out of the pockets of students, I believe that there is a justifiable reason. From an...

No to anti-disruption Marginalized voices silenced once again
Nov23

No to anti-disruption Marginalized voices silenced once again

By: Morgan Li Recently, the Hamilton Spectator published an article announcing, in a sneering mix of opinion and loose fact, that McMaster is “developing an anti-disruption policy”. The decision appears to be prompted by the vicious right-wing backlash to Mac’s alleged failure to protect freedom of speech on campus, particularly in the wake of Jordan Peterson’s visit to campus last March. In the article, Andrew Dreschel references a...

Striking out Instructors need to take a look at the bigger picture and remember the students
Nov16

Striking out Instructors need to take a look at the bigger picture and remember the students

By: Maeb Shaban I am not the most knowledgeable student when it comes to strikes. What I do know is that the effects of the current college faculty strike have affected me and many other students greatly. This needs to be addressed as it is impeding on our education. Being in a college and university-based program has its perks, but when it comes to this strike, we students are definitely getting the short end of the stick. The...

Unchecked Comments Think before you comment, not just before you speak
Nov09

Unchecked Comments Think before you comment, not just before you speak

By: Ubah Ahmed Content warning: this article contains a racial slur. Wayne Welsh, an average American father of three, was an assistant police chief in his hometown of Estherwood Los Angelos, a small town where everyone knows everyone and news travels fast. Recently, Welsh liked and reposted a picture on Facebook of a mother drowning her daughter in the bathtub, captioned “When your daughter’s first crush is a little Negro boy.”  To...

Silenced multiculturalism The diversity of cultural backgrounds should be embraced and respected, not assumed
Oct22

Silenced multiculturalism The diversity of cultural backgrounds should be embraced and respected, not assumed

Recently, I boarded the HSR on a regular Friday morning, I sat down, called my mom, and braced myself for my daily hour commute. When the bus gets packed, priority seating is given to parents with strollers, people with disabilities and if your mother taught you as mine did, senior citizens. So, when an elderly woman in a hijab got on with a walker, I offered her my seat and assisted her in moving her walker aside. That was my first...