Course evaluations need to be publicized McMaster University’s lack of transparency is a disservice to its students
Mar31

Course evaluations need to be publicized McMaster University’s lack of transparency is a disservice to its students

By: Alexander Sallas Professors continue to state how important and necessary course evaluations are. I don’t doubt the honesty of McMaster or its professors. I believe the staff examines the evaluations, and I believe they feel they are important. However, the student body possesses understandable cynicism regarding these notions. After all, why bother filling them in when no concrete solutions are ever reached from their completion?...

Performing and learning are not synonymous Long-term retention should be a priority over the fear of failing
Mar31

Performing and learning are not synonymous Long-term retention should be a priority over the fear of failing

By: Owen Angus-Yamada Exams are one of the most stressful times for students because so much of a class rides on the result of one test. Students are constantly told that performances on these tests are crucial to getting accepted to graduate school or getting hired at a prestigious, high paying workplace. While good grades often lead to success, high marks shouldn’t necessarily be the highest priority for students. When did we start...

The politics of participation Tutorials at McMaster University should try to cater to more students
Mar31

The politics of participation Tutorials at McMaster University should try to cater to more students

By: Jason Lau As a university student, participation grades in class are something that’s been drilled into my head for years. If you want a better grade in the course, participate actively in class discussions and voice your opinions about the class material. Higher grades go to those who participate and engage with the material, and lower grades to those who don’t. Sounds fair, right? Having been a TA at McMaster for two years, I...

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...

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...