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...

Hamilton politics and McMaster Hamilton’s Ward 1 councillor responds to McMaster-related concerns
Jan19

Hamilton politics and McMaster Hamilton’s Ward 1 councillor responds to McMaster-related concerns

By Aidan Johnson, Councillor for Ward 1 This article is in response to our Jan. 12 editorial “Who represents student at city hall?” and is presented as it was received. In October 2014, I had the honour of being elected city councillor for Ward 1 (West Hamilton).  Many students voted for me.  I remember those votes every day.  I’ve been able to build a relationship of trust with the student community.  It is a bond that I value. The...

A place for everyone Vote yes to the space expansion referendum
Jan19

A place for everyone Vote yes to the space expansion referendum

By: Justin Monaco-Barnes January is an exciting time of year for student politics at McMaster. MUSC tables begin to overflow with excited students in bright colours, so full of passion for student life that they can barely contain it. Over the course of my time at McMaster, I’ve heard some great ideas come out of presidential candidates. I find that the mark of a great platform is one that blends tangible ideas with a unified vision...

Fear of bias will no longer obstruct our coverage of the MSU presidentials The 2017 MSU presidential elections will see more coverage than previous years
Jan12

Fear of bias will no longer obstruct our coverage of the MSU presidentials The 2017 MSU presidential elections will see more coverage than previous years

On Jan. 5, the university announced their punishment towards two students who made a booking at Innis Library under the name “McMaster KKK meeting” in early December. While the Silhouette did not publish anything during the original timeframe about the controversy, mostly due to the fact that the final issue of the year had printed and exam season took priority for our student staff, the odd dilemma moving forward is the struggle...

Make VP elections great again Open VP ballots increase transparency and accountability

By: Sasha Dhesi In June, our SRA essentially deferred a vote on their bylaws that keeps the votes for our Board of Directors secret, as it were in past years. The SRA will vote on the issue at a later meeting, and I hope they will vote to make Vice-Presidential elections open ballot. It is fair to say that our process for VP elections is not exactly the most democratic; the dilution of opinion from the general public to the...