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...

A new type of grass at McMaster? Lower emissions and cost are achievable with clover
Mar24

A new type of grass at McMaster? Lower emissions and cost are achievable with clover

By: Saad Ejaz and Hetal Patel It may be difficult to imagine, but there are all sorts of creative alternatives out there to help create a more sustainable campus. Typical discussions about sustainability tend to talk less about how to conserve water in our lawn maintenance endeavours. Although there is not much thought given to water use in this context, highlighting issues like these can be a solid first step in developing a...

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...

McMaster students should learn from Sophie Trudeau’s work on eating disorders McMaster students should take lessons from national conversations
Mar17

McMaster students should learn from Sophie Trudeau’s work on eating disorders McMaster students should take lessons from national conversations

By: Whitney Klahom – WGEN Contributor The prevalence of eating disorders is growing, says Melissa Kimber, a Postdoctoral Fellow working in McMaster’s Offord Centre for Child Studies. The elevated frequency of conditions like disordered eating and body dysphoria stems from many factors including, but not limited to, social pressures to conform to unattainable beauty ideals. Despite the popular stereotype of eating disorders as an...

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...

An exciting and suspicious summer job Companies targeting McMaster students are often too good to be true
Mar17

An exciting and suspicious summer job Companies targeting McMaster students are often too good to be true

By: Owen Angus-Yamada The time is coming for students to put down their books, close their laptops and stop biting their nails. Summer is a time for the beach, bike rides and of course, getting a job. For some students, a summer job is a stepping stone in gaining valuable work experience. For others, it’s about maximizing your earnings in the four-month window to pay for everything the school year entails. A lengthy and gruelling...