Earning my B.Sil Working at The Silhouette has been more than just a job
Mar31

Earning my B.Sil Working at The Silhouette has been more than just a job

by The Silhouette staff has always jokingly said that working in this office merits you a second degree majoring in The Sil. After having worked here for four years, nothing feels truer. Every week the staff at The Silhouette churns out another paper. It’s considered small compared to most weekly papers and magazines, but an impressive feat for a student newspaper. We’ve worked unpaid overtime almost every single week that we’ve been...

Not your song to sing This year’s MSU BOD “Swan Song” targeted the wrong people
Mar24

Not your song to sing This year’s MSU BOD “Swan Song” targeted the wrong people

by Every March, past and present MSU student leaders, University administrators and some members of The Silhouette, get together for Student Recognition Night, an evening that highlights achievements and successes in student politics and service provision. Apart from the awards ceremony, one of the most anticipated parts of the evening is the current MSU Board of Directors’ Swan Song — a humorous and final goodbye from the President...

“Welcome Week Rep Fatigue Syndrome” It’s an illness sweeping our campus, but we don’t seem to care
Mar17

“Welcome Week Rep Fatigue Syndrome” It’s an illness sweeping our campus, but we don’t seem to care

by When I was in first year, I hated Welcome Week. I’m a naturally small and quiet person who gets easily lost in crowds, so the tradition of thousands of students swarming small fields and screaming at each other is a surefire way to erase me from any and all social activities going on at the same time. I didn’t get along with the reps in my faculty, was generally neglected by the off-campus reps that were supposed to show me around,...

Mac doesn’t actually ❤️ democracy OK, it does a little.
Mar10

Mac doesn’t actually ❤️ democracy OK, it does a little.

by This week has the McMaster student body gearing us up for the event of the year — the MSU’s General Assembly! Just joking, no one actually cares that much about the GA. Typing that last sentence, I feel a pang of remorse for all those that have dedicated time to planning this year’s assembly (hell, I even feel bad for my own staff because we take the time to report on it each year). But the reason most students genuinely do not...

What do you want from me? Tell me McMaster, what do you want to see in The Silhouette?
Feb25

What do you want from me? Tell me McMaster, what do you want to see in The Silhouette?

by I love a good subtweet. So long as it isn’t misogynistic, racist or a personal attack on my upbringing, I usually get a strange form of excitement from people sending pseudo-insults across cyberspace. Working for a creative product, I am no stranger to people thinking they can freely insult our product because it is something visual and easy to critique. Sometimes these comments are harsh and unwelcome and leave me questioning our...

Our civic responsibility to Flint Hamilton’s sister city, Flint, MI, is in the middle of a dangerous water crisis. Should McMaster students feel a responsibility to aid their citizens?
Feb11

Our civic responsibility to Flint Hamilton’s sister city, Flint, MI, is in the middle of a dangerous water crisis. Should McMaster students feel a responsibility to aid their citizens?

by Flint is one of Hamilton’s sister cities. It is located in the state of Michigan, and it has a population of 102,434. It would take roughly four hours to fly there, and like Hamilton, it was built upon a prominent trade industry (in our case, steel; in theirs, lumber). We don’t typically have much to do with Flint, and most of the time the idea of a “sister city” seems like something arbitrarily assigned across the globe. Our...