MSAF: Relief or grief? Shifting the weight of assessments to final exams does more harm than good
Feb16

MSAF: Relief or grief? Shifting the weight of assessments to final exams does more harm than good

By: Grace Huang As midterm season continues, discussions about the McMaster Student Absence Form can be heard everywhere on campus. Since 2010, students have been using the MSAF to get out of tests and assignments. Depending on the course, the assignment or midterm would be pushed back to a later date or the equivalent weighting would get carried over to the final exam. Both of these ways generate temporary relief, but how much is the...

Why does Mac refuse to recognize Greek life? It’s time to about revise the university’s policy about fraternities and sororities
Feb16

Why does Mac refuse to recognize Greek life? It’s time to about revise the university’s policy about fraternities and sororities

By: Ashley Emmens As the winter rush period is coming to an end for many sororities and fraternities, one lingering question remains in the Greek life community of Hamilton. Why does McMaster refuse to recognize any sororities and fraternities? According to McMaster’s “Policies, Procedures and Guidelines,” on Dec. 12, 1989, the McMaster Senate approved a motion to prevent the university from granting recognition to fraternities and...

The housing market is bull Hamilton’s real estate leaves students in a precarious situation
Feb16

The housing market is bull Hamilton’s real estate leaves students in a precarious situation

By: Rob Hardy There has been growing interest during the past decade in redefining Hamilton to attract investors and make it a great place to live. Rising housing prices in Toronto have led some people to believe that Hamilton is a good alternative. This may be the case for certain home buyers, but many have begun spilling into the city to escape the GTA’s cost of living rather than being attracted by the relative value. For those who...

Eating low carbon You don't have to go vegetarian to drastically reduce your emissions
Feb14

Eating low carbon You don't have to go vegetarian to drastically reduce your emissions

By: Melanie Yin Typical discussions about the environment tend to talk a lot about how terrible cars are for the environment, but we don’t talk a whole lot about food. However, the transportation sector makes up 14 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, while food makes up a third of all emissions. Here are some tips to reduce your impact. 1. Eat less red meat and cheese The production of red meat causes four times more greenhouse gas...

Keep technology in the classroom Despite distractions, the benefits of laptops and phones are too great to ignore
Feb09

Keep technology in the classroom Despite distractions, the benefits of laptops and phones are too great to ignore

By: Ivan Kovalev Popular discussions about technology include the importance for students who want to succeed in school to own a cell phone and laptop, and the resistance from some professors in allowing students to use their devices in-class. Since education and the workplace are increasingly becoming more paper-free environments, it is in the community’s best interest to adapt and make sure every student is able to use a personal...

Letter to the Editor: response to the decline of TwelvEighty
Feb09

Letter to the Editor: response to the decline of TwelvEighty

By: Janelle Hanson A rebuttal to “Why TwelvEighty club nights are no longer lit” from the Feb. 2 issue: Aesthetics The execution of TwelveEighty club nights has never changed – including the lighting and ambiance presented every Thursday night. It is hard to understand how it has coincidentally become a problem now. Many clubs all over the GTA present the same type of dim-to-dark lighting that simultaneously promote said...