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...

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...

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...

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...

I don’t know who’s running and I don’t care Presidential candidates need to do a better job at reaching out to upper year students
Jan24

I don’t know who’s running and I don’t care Presidential candidates need to do a better job at reaching out to upper year students

By: Owen Angus-Yamada I have a fellow friend at McMaster with whom I debate on every subject from what’s the funniest pick up line to how reforming our education system can bring about better learning. During one recent conversation, I brought up the McMaster Students Union presidential election. He put a kibosh on the debate and replied, “I don’t know who’s running and I don’t care.” I had to agree with him, and with voting rate of...

Counselling is not enough MSU presidential hopefuls need to dig deeper instead of relying on Band-Aid soultuions
Jan22

Counselling is not enough MSU presidential hopefuls need to dig deeper instead of relying on Band-Aid soultuions

By: Connor Blakeborough A major topic in this year’s MSU election is student mental health, and rightly so. The number of students who suffer for weeks on end without support is sickening, and as committed as I am to bettering the lives of those students, I think there’s a fundamental misunderstanding in the role a counsellor should play in any person’s treatment. The medicalization of mental health has resulted in one dimensional...