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...

Free speech on campus Misinterpreted quotations from Patrick Deane’s address do not accurately represent the issue
Mar12

Free speech on campus Misinterpreted quotations from Patrick Deane’s address do not accurately represent the issue

By: Alexander Sallas “Universities have a fundamental obligation to oppose bigotry and closed-mindedness in all its forms.” I fear that this quotation, extracted from context and posted by the McMaster Facebook page as an accompaniment to Patrick Deane’s monthly address, will be appropriated by misguided left-of-centre activists to license censorial behaviour. Deane is referring to President Trump’s travel ban...

Are McMaster’s diversity programs effective? Campaigns need to do more to reach outside their usual audiences
Mar10

Are McMaster’s diversity programs effective? Campaigns need to do more to reach outside their usual audiences

By: Moleen Makumborenga The first thing I notice in lower year courses is an utter disdain of the diversity on campus. I do not know if my experiences were exclusive to my proximity to lower-year students or if they are an objective characteristic of the McMaster environment. I am convinced that it is the latter. Earlier this term in a tutorial for an introductory course, our teaching assistant mentioned that the professor was kindly...

Making Waves and the necessity of closed and open events Allies and those affected by issues are able to discuss topics better in structured environments
Mar09

Making Waves and the necessity of closed and open events Allies and those affected by issues are able to discuss topics better in structured environments

By: Rachel Guitman – WGEN Contributor One of the goals of Making Waves, formerly known as International Women’s Week, is to reframe conversations about gender equity to include those who are agender, transgender or gender nonconforming. These conversations are also meant to communicate the idea of activism, progress and creating inclusive spaces. The event aims to raise awareness and engagement among students about the...

Biased frustrations from the MSU may alter student feedback on referendums A poorly-conducted survey may alter feedback on referenda
Mar02

Biased frustrations from the MSU may alter student feedback on referendums A poorly-conducted survey may alter feedback on referenda

On Jan. 25, the McMaster Students Union added a new survey to their website as part of a recommendation by the Student Representative Assembly Standing Committee on Bylaws & Procedures. While there are a few different parts to this, including the minimum per cent of population needed to launch a referendum and to reach quorum for a referendum, the focus is on if there should be a minimum time limit before similar questions can be...