Program dissatisfaction Vague curricula, administrative challenges or unhealthy classroom habits, four students weigh in on how they dealt with an unsatisfactory program experience
Mar31

Program dissatisfaction Vague curricula, administrative challenges or unhealthy classroom habits, four students weigh in on how they dealt with an unsatisfactory program experience

by During the fall term of 2015, McMaster University sent students in Level II and above a survey, asking them to evaluate their undergraduate experience thus far. The Student Satisfaction Survey, created by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, touched on a variety of different themes including resource availability, teaching quality and overall satisfaction with students’ chosen program of study. The majority of the survey was...

Breaking down Fall Break Having garnered over 2,000 responses, researchers from across the University are making headway with the results of the Fall Break surveys
Mar24

Breaking down Fall Break Having garnered over 2,000 responses, researchers from across the University are making headway with the results of the Fall Break surveys

by For the first time in its history, McMaster instigated a week-long break in the fall of 2015. This marked a major departure from the University’s previous practice which, following advocacy efforts from the MSU, included a short, two-day break added to a weekend at the end of October. According to Heather Poole, a post-doctoral fellow working with the McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Learning, many universities...

Shame on (MS)U On the heels of a laudable presidential election voter turnout, the MSU hosted a poorly attended General Assembly for a small, unattentive crowd
Mar17

Shame on (MS)U On the heels of a laudable presidential election voter turnout, the MSU hosted a poorly attended General Assembly for a small, unattentive crowd

by Only a month ago, McMaster celebrated its highest MSU Presidential election voter turnout in recent history. Nearly 50 percent of MSU members cast a ballot in a highly contentious election. The MSU administration, the candidates and their teams prided themselves on their ability to engage the student body at such a high level. For the two weeks of campaigning, campus came alive with political allegiances and discussion of important...

Bed-buggin’ They've been found on buses, in hotels and now on McMaster's campus. Bedbugs have been discovered in at least one McMaster residence, but the University is remaining calm
Mar16

Bed-buggin’ They've been found on buses, in hotels and now on McMaster's campus. Bedbugs have been discovered in at least one McMaster residence, but the University is remaining calm

by Two thirds of the way through the school year, the last thing on many students’ minds is their living situation. Between midterms, final exams and group meetings, students, especially those in residence, begin to see their rooms as a place to get a few hours of sleep before racing through another day. Unfortunately, some residence rooms are dealing with new, unwanted roommates. For the past few months, Whidden Hall, a residence in...

Art Matters Week McMaster hosts an inclusive array of events celebrating the arts
Mar08

Art Matters Week McMaster hosts an inclusive array of events celebrating the arts

by For Amber Wilson, Vice-President of Internal Affairs with the McMaster Humanities Society, art is a huge part of her life — and everyone else’s. “There’s art everywhere. I know it’s corny, but there is,” the fourth year Philosophy student said. The universality of art is something Art Matters Week aims to draw attention to. A collaboration between the MHS and Humanities SRA members, Art Matters Week offers a variety of...