Speak ill of the dead Respectful mourning isn’t a problem, selective mourning is
Mar31

Speak ill of the dead Respectful mourning isn’t a problem, selective mourning is

by If one more person tells me to posthumously respect Rob Ford I’m going to lose it. Even if we disregard him lying about smoking crack, he was objectively a bad mayor. He was accused of drinking in his city hall office, verbally and physically abusing his staffers, and frequently missing work. This is a man who said that he felt sympathy for cyclists, but stated that their deaths were “their own fault at the end of the day.” He...

Letter to the Editor: Tuition news isn’t all that newsworthy
Mar14

Letter to the Editor: Tuition news isn’t all that newsworthy

This letter was written in response to “Tuition advocacy comes to fruition” by Rachel Katz in our March 3, 2016 issue.  Recent news of Ontario’s new budget was expected to be met with jubilation across post-secondary school campuses due to plans for free tuition.  As Rachel Katz’s story in The Silhouette reports, “for long-term advocates of affordable tuition (this) marks a significant victory”.  Except that...

Standing in solidarity What exactly is Israel Apartheid Week? Here is why you should get involved
Mar10

Standing in solidarity What exactly is Israel Apartheid Week? Here is why you should get involved

by By: Lina Assi & Yara Shoufani Each year, Israeli Apartheid Week takes place across more than 150 universities and cities. IAW aims to raise awareness about Israel’s ongoing settler-colonial project and apartheid policies over the Palestinian people. IAW’s goal is to tell the world of the Palestinian struggle, one which is so often erased in mainstream media. Apartheid is a system of racial segregation. In Israel, this includes...

A pathway to peace Both Israelis and Palestinians have deep connections with the land. How do we move forward?
Mar10

A pathway to peace Both Israelis and Palestinians have deep connections with the land. How do we move forward?

by By: Mindy Chapman I believe that the Palestinian people have the right to self-determination. I also believe that the Jewish people have the right to self-determination. As a Jewish woman living in diaspora, I feel a deep connection to my historic homeland, Israel. During my one visit there, I experienced the magic of Jerusalem and of praying in the same places my people have been praying for thousands of years. I experienced the...

VP Referendum: Defending the right to hold the SRA accountable "Moving VP elections to an at-large system is ignoring a problem rather than fixing one."
Jan26

VP Referendum: Defending the right to hold the SRA accountable "Moving VP elections to an at-large system is ignoring a problem rather than fixing one."

by This is an argument independent of the opinions of the Presidential candidates. But when it comes to the referendum on VPs at-large, it’s clear that it’s unfashionable to be against an at-large vote. To catch anyone up: until now, the Student Representative Assembly has internally elected the McMaster Students Union’s three vice presidents. The three VPs, along with the President, make up the Board of Directors that...

VP Referendum: “Your voice, your choice” Vice Presidents of the MSU make critical decisions on behalf of students, you should be able to vote for them
Jan21

VP Referendum: “Your voice, your choice” Vice Presidents of the MSU make critical decisions on behalf of students, you should be able to vote for them

By: Esra Bengizi, Wes Kerfoot & Rina Muramatsu Whether the Vice Presidents of the McMaster Students Union should be elected “at-large” is an item that will be on this year’s Presidential election ballot. Voting yes on the referendum gives us the opportunity to create positive change in their electoral system. In at-large elections students are given the opportunity to elect their vice presidents directly. Under the current system,...