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NEWS YEAR PLANS Your Board of Directors and faculty caucuses presented their reports Page 3

ARTS & CULTURE MY DOG JOE A complete rebrand is coming to one of Westdale’s most well-known locations Page 10

SPORTS THE TUNE-UP Saskatchewan will visit as the football team preps for regular season action Page 15

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Under the spotlight Two plays from the Fringe Festival featuring the efforts of McMaster graduates and an associate professor are highlighted Pages 12-13


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The Welcome Week band for this year will start to be announced on Aug. 6. “Your Guide to Orientation 1986” showcases some of the talent McMaster had that year, and a phenomenal moustache.

WE WANT YOU TO CONTRIBUTE Our weekly schedule will start on Sept. 7. We look forward to seeing you on campus during the academic year. We will continue to accept volunteer submissions, feedback and inquiries. Feel free to visit our office in MUSC B110 or send an email to the appropriate section editor. The full list of contacts are under “Editorial Board” on this page, on page six in this issue and on our website under the “Contact” tab.


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Yearlong plans in the MSU

A summary of what your representatives plan to do this year Shane Madill Editor-in-Chief

On July 16, the Board of Directors and the Student Representative Assembly met as part of their regular schedule In this particular meeting, each member of the Board of Directors, consisting of the president and the vice-presidents of the McMaster Students Union, and representatives from each of the major faculties discussed their yearlong plans moving forward into the academic year. Each of these plans includes a description, benefits, difficul-

ties, long-term implications, the process and the partners needed to accomplish each goal. There is also a rough timeline included for each based on what each person or caucus would like to achieve in each term. For Chukky Ibe, the MSU president, the emphasis on Wi-Fi from his campaign has become one piece of larger objectives such as a planned tech week and “Optimizing Student Technology.” The plan notes that they are working with University Tech Services on a campus-wide audit to identify spaces that could benefit from internet expansion.

Many of the other goals are things that have been fairly consistent efforts through the last number of years. Opening up the MSU and increasing communication, accessibility on campus, reducing campus waste and affordable textbooks are all part of this. Some objectives such as “Good Food Delivery,” and “Graduate Transition” have not been as common in previous years. It is also worth noting that his plan does not include the “Master Summary” that the vice-presidents include in their plans with a month-by-month breakdown and checklist.

His open letter, “Trust Your Dopeness,” takes the place of a foreword note. Preethi Anbalagan, vice-president (Administration), has already focused on training and transitioning part-time managers and the associate vice-presidents, and has a plan tailored to Welcome Week programming and support moving forward. Ryan Deshpande, vice-president (Education), mentions the advocacy still needed on topics such as the McMaster’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Response policy approved in January, and continued efforts

towards topics like health, academic success and transit. Daniel D’Souza, vice-president (Finance), continues the timeline towards the opening of the 1280 café and the additional aspects of that, e.g., online ordering and revamped club nights, and reviews of different aspects of campus such as part-time staff, rep suits and the accessibility of the MSU childcare center. For more information about each of these plans and the plans for each faculty, visit the SRA Documents page available on the MSU website.

These are the main objectives that each member of the Board of Directors highlighted in their plans Chukky Ibe, president

Preethi Anbalagan, vice-president (Administration)

Ryan Deshpande, vice-president (Education)

- Open UP the MSU - Accessible Campus - Reducing Campus Waste - Optimizing Student Technology - Improving the Off-Campus Experience — Neighbourhood Assistance Program - Ensuring Good Governance - Strengthening Student Communities - Health and Wellness — Caring Communities - Creation of the Post-Secondary Access Strategy - Childcare - Affordable Textbooks - Good Food Delivery - 3rd and 4th Year Transition / Graduate Transition

- Strengthening Traning Delivery & Orientation - Increased Support for the Student Representative Assembly - Supporting Part-Time Managers - Supporting Associate Vice-Presidents - MSU Hiring Practices, Improvements & additions - Strengthening Human Resources within our Union - Strengthening Welcome Week Programming

- Optimize the Education Department’s Marketing - Design and Implement Education Department Training - Build the MSU’s Advocacy Capacity - Refine the MSU Policy Development Process - Establish the New Education SRA Standing Committees - Evaulate the New Education Department Structure - Sustainability Working Group Committee: Research & Strategy - Health Services Review - Academic Affairs Council: Supporting Our Faculty Societies - Academic Success - Indigenizing McMaster - Food Security - University Budget Submission - Municipal Budget Submission - Off Campus Student Support

Daniel D’Souza, vice-president (Finance) - Landlord Rating System - Municipal Post-Secondary Advisory Group - Transit Advocacy: LRT and Beyond - AWCA Membership - Strengthen Regular Municipal Advocacy - Provincial Election Preparation - Economic Engagement + Work Integrated Learning - Sexual Violence Prevention & Response - Open Educational Resources - OUSA Indigenous Students Policy - OUSA Health & Wellness Policy - Mental Health — Provincial Strategy - Attend CASA Policy & Strategy Conference - Lobby with ADVOCAN

- The Marauders Nest - Online ordering @ 1280 - Revamped 1280 Club Nights + Integration of MSU Clubs - More Premium Events - Professional Development Opportunities - Sponsorship & Fundraising Package - Financial & Budget Training - Transparency - Discount Card - Evaluating the Child Care Center - HSR Implementation - SAB Consultation - Frost Week - Part Time Staff Wage Review - Decrease the Cost of Rep Suits - Ensure Campus Events Programming is Student Driven


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Operations and Maintenance staff agreement Over the summer, the university agreed to a conclusion decades in the making

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In April 2017, an agreement between The Building Union of Canada on behalf of the Operation and Maintenance Staff of McMaster and the university as reached to update the Pay Equity Plan. Effective Oct. 8, all cleaning staff, regardless of job title, will be paid identical wages. This does not include wage increases due to experience. This conclusion has been overdue for decades. At a Board of Governors meeting on Oct. 21, 2010, they voted to ratify the tentative agreements between the University and the Service Employees International Union, the ones representing the staff at the time. These negotiations left a lot to be desired. 84 full-time employees were assigned wages at or below the poverty line without dental or health coverage benefits. Part-time employees were left even worse off as they were non-unionized until the mid-2000s, and their recency became a disadvantage. It resulted in a 25 per cent reduction in pay for cleaners according to Peter Foulds, director of operations for BUC. The BUC took over in August 2013. Using arguments related to the living wage, a heavily researched concept

at McMaster, points made in Patrick Deane’s “Forward with Integrity” paper, arbitration and digging into the specifics of old agreements, they eventually got to a point where they could renegotiate. After lawyers, government officials and a large amount of legal back and forth, the university conceded that they had not had proper pay equity practices in place for an extensive period of time dating to before the 2010 agreement. This agreement from April includes pay increases between 5.2 per cent and 21 per cent for staff, lump sum payments to compensate for the failure to maintain the pay equity and represents the first monetary increase since that 2010 date. Foulds believes that McMaster is now treating its employees fairly. The legal progress and agreements are one that the union, the university and the staff are happy with. The next steps relate to the potential for the Ontario government to push forward additional legislation on the minimum wage in the province. Another, more immediate process currently in progress is a grievance filed related to parking privileges during employees’ night shift. The next meeting for this is expected to take place on Aug. 3.

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McMaster antibiotic resistance research What you need to know about the issue and what is being done Abdullah El-Sayes Contributor

Antibiotic resistance has been an issue for decades. Infections that were once easy to cure are no longer treatable as microbes have become resistant to the drugs that kill them. This leads to detrimental effects. It has been 30 years since the last antibiotic drug has been released. The World Health Organization accentuates that impact this may have on humanity and has released a list of pathogenic superbugs in an effort to increase antibiotic research and development through government and the private sector investments. How did this start in the first place? When antibiotics are prescribed to patients, they are expected to comply with the usage instructions and continue taking the drugs even if the symptoms have vanished to ensure all the pathogenic microbes are eliminated from the body. When this procedure is not abided, pathogens remain and drug-resistant bacteria may be formed via mutations and increase the population of resistant microbes. WHO claims that in countries without standard treatment, antibiotics are over-prescribed and overused by the public. This only adds to the problem. Antibiotics used for cattle within farms further contribute to the misuse of these drugs, and elevate the chance of microbes becoming drug-resistant. What are the consequences we face? A growing list of infections such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, blood poisoning and gonorrhoea are becoming harder to treat as they become more resistant to antibiotics. Some infections are now untreatable. An infamous example of this would be the TB pandemic. During mid-late twentieth-century, TB was once treatable using antibiotics, but infections resurged during the 1980s and thereafter due to drug resistant strains making them harder to treat. This case draws attention to the importance of antibiotic research and development. As more microbes become resistant, more antibiotics will be

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required to subside the associated infections. What can we do to prevent further harm? WHO claims that behavioural changes are important to reduce antibiotic resistance. These actions include being careful with vaccinations and sharing needles, always washing our hands, practising safer sex, and good food hygiene. Nonetheless, these measures are not adequate to eliminate neither these microbes nor their harm among us. Dr. Eric Brown and his team based at McMaster University have conducted promising work towards resolving this crisis. What research is being done now, and what has been discovered? This research team has tested

1440 drugs with expired patents against some of the most deleterious bacteria. The specific microbes were gram-negative bacteria, which have a rigid protective outer shell. Due to this, few antibiotics are able to defeat this specific bacteria type. However, pentamidine, a drug used to fight parasites in the 1930s, was found to form holes in the rigid outer shell of the bacteria. Additional antibiotics may then be supplemented to reach beyond the holes of the shell and finally devastate the bacteria and the infections associated with them. The experiments were conducted in dishes and mice. The results have been great, but still have a long way to go. When asked about what the next steps are, Dr. Brown stated, “A trial in humans. … After all, pentamidine is already a drug that could be combined with other antibiotics in order to

No one, including the public, should feel comfortable with the state of the art in antibiotic therapies. ... The problem of drugresistant bacteria is large and becoming worse every day. Dr. Eric Brown Professor Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences gather evidence in the clinic that this will work in humans.” He also added, “Pentamidine does

have well known side effects, but these are manageable.” Although this research is a relief to us, we cannot become too content, as resistant bacteria strains are not shy of showing up and causing damage. “No one, including the public, should feel comfortable with the state of the art in antibiotic therapies. … The problem of drug-resistant bacteria is large and becoming worse every day,” said Dr. Brown. Overall, antibiotic resistance is a serious tribulation we face, but research at McMaster University has taken a leap forward at resolving this issue. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for greater investment towards antibiotic research and development, so that we no longer have to stress about this pressing issue.


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Editorial The office lore Contributing to almost a century of history should be fun

As a disclaimer, our Operating Policy states that we are limited to only having one page dedicated to satire and parody. The Speculator on the back page takes this up. We have not requested any exceptions to this, and everything you are about to read is factual. Throughout the year, we run weekly meetings for each of our sections. If you want to contribute as a writer, photographer, videographer or have a passing interest in anything we do, our door is usually open and the emails on the “Contact Us” tab on our website are one of our main sources of communication. This is all simple enough. One of the things new volunteers often state is that they did not realize that it was a possibility or that they were too intimidated by the prospect to write for a publication with a campus-wide reach. We have addressed the first one, but the second one is a bit more complicated. While nerves and writing with the intent for a large number of people to read it takes time and experience, I am still working on that and some related perfectionist crises myself, one of the more

immediate aids is to provide a bit of background of the type of people who you would likely be talking to. You do not need to know any of this, but it may make you more comfortable than receiving answers from a faceless media organization. The office has a plastic horse with written characters like &, # and ? on it and wears glasses. It tends to wear a rubber dinosaur puppet as a mask, and sits next to a mini Zen garden. There is also a suspiciously high amount of winter holiday memorabilia, and a picture of a hairy-nosed wombat one our former editors adopted for a month over four years ago. Our “Editors of McMaster’s student newspaper” plaque took around five years to be updated because the experience of being the Editor-in-Chief is considered to be far more important than the recognition. However, it had to be done recently because it would have been odd to update multiple rows at once. The paper is known for having the most consistently degenerate staff at the yearly Canadian University Press’ conference. We do not have a journalism school, we bring as many staff members as possible and tend to overwhelm due to sheer numbers alone. It also used to be known as the best university publication in the country a few decades ago.

Given that the office has no windows or sunlight and has questionable air ventilation, staff members tend to become neurotic and loopy after a point. This tends to happen if production night, the night before the paper is placed on stands, goes past 8 p.m. Previous Editors-in-Chief attempted to get staff to go for breaks and walks to help out, but often received resistance because interrupting creative work is hard for people. The Silhouette was also the last university paper in the country to move away from broadsheet size to tabloid, about half the size, and that only happened this decade. Part of that was a sense of pride to stick it to other papers that wimped out and switched earlier. The other part was that working until 3 a.m. in the morning to get the paper out by that afternoon was, apparently, enjoyable enough to keep doing it with staff, colleagues and friends. There is a constant obsession with karaoke. In particular, anything our in-house DJ plays during the “80s Power Hour” slot, The Killers and most songs that could spur an existentialist crisis are popular choices. In short, whomever you may want to talk to about contributing, advice or feedback is probably odd in their own way and far less intimidating than your typical TA or professor.

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HUMANS | 7 But at the same time, I dunno. I always wanted to draw, but I could never draw. In general, I wanted to do art. But then my parents wouldn’t let me. They said it was too expensive. And then fast forward to first year, I took my savings and then bought a camera. It was totally worth starving for like two months. From there, if I dive into something, I’m the type to stick at it until I get what I want out of it, and so I realized that I needed different cameras, different lenses, and then from there it just kind of spiraled into doing work.

Jin Lee Computer Science III

Is it weird trying to go between Engineering and your media work? It really isn’t. One caters to the logical, technological side of things. And I still apply that to cameras, because I know the ins and outs of all the equipment I use. So it’s very technical. And Eng does help with that because computer science encourages that logical technical thinking. ‘Cause if you have the logical and technicality behind things, you can use that to be creative. So all the camera lingo like aperture, ISO, whatever, if you understand the basics and the technical skills perfectly, or as close as you can to perfectly, then you can apply that, perfectly. So when a situation happens, say you’re shooting a wedding, and the lighting changes, you’ll automatically know how to change the technical settings so you can focus on the creative part. AARON DE JESUS / DIGITAL MEDIA SPECIALIST

What are you working on right now? I’m working on some video interviews. My position at the school right now is a public relations and media specialist. I do video and photo for a lot of the content stuff for external relations under McMaster Eng. So it’s the office of the Dean External. But I also do consulting. Basically, I offer my opinion on certain design ventures for the faculty. Right now we’re going through the new brand, and creating the viewbook for graduate students. I offer a student’s perspective on what the design looks like. Do you think that’s the reason they chose a student? It actually started off with them not hiring students. They were

looking for a media position from what I know. But they never ended up hiring anyone, because, I don’t know. They had different expectations. I came into this job almost two years ago. And it basically started because they were looking for someone, they didn’t find anyone, then they found me at an event. And before that I hadn’t really done work for the school. I was taking pictures. I was doing contract work for an event, and then they were like “Hey, you go to this school, you’re a student!” And so I interviewed for the position, which I actually almost didn’t get. Why do you think you almost didn’t get it? It wasn’t totally because they had someone else in mind. It was just ‘cause the way I came off. Because I have very high

expectations for myself, and I think that came off as arrogance or egotistical in a way. Which I understand. But, in this industry. if you don’t have an ego or an arrogance to back your work, no one else will. And I understand you should stay humble as an artist, but at the same time, if you don’t back yourself, no one else will see value in you. Does that also spill onto your school work? So schoolwork is a little different. Engineering’s expectations are quite low. The average for engineering is quite low. We just have to maintain a D+ after second year to stay in our program. And we’re all pretty much guaranteed a job. I started off like really wanting to be in computer science, and I still do it, I really like it.

Do you find that hard? I personally, again, I’m very interested in computers and whatnot, so to me, learning technical things is very easy. It’s just taking the technical stuff and applying it to the creative aspect is the little challenge. So what’s the hardest aspect of this camera life? The hardest aspect is trying to get people to see value in it. That’s where the whole ego thing comes in. Because you’re a student, a lot of people try to undermine your work. They’d be like, “You’re a

student! A headshot shouldn’t cost more than $50.” But in the industry, to an actor, a headshot is literally their resume. It could be the difference between them getting a job and them living on a couch for the rest of the month. So they are willing to shell out $500 to like $1000 for a decent headshot. And if you can provide that to them and you can accurately portray who they are, then that is priceless. But being in a school environment, people don’t see that value because no one needs a $1000 headshot. Right? You’re just getting a LinkedIn profile picture. No one really cares enough. That’s why I didn’t work for the school initially. ‘Cause all of my clientele was Toronto or the Hamilton model industry because they actually require a photographer who had the lighting setup, had the kit, who could provide, like, I dunno, 60 megapixel images of their people. So that’ why we invest how much we do into our work, because there are people out there who will see value. It’s just not at the school. So you’re saying you don’t like working for the school? Working for the school is different. I think working for MacEng is a little different because their budget is there, and they do expect that kind of quality. The difference is when you run into students who want to use your services. And that’s the difficult part because it’s very hard to instill that sense of value of your work to them. Because to them it’s just a new profile picture, right? It’s not a make or break deal for doing a headshot. So yeah. There’s that difference. Aaron de Jesus Digital Media Specialist


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Opinion International student blues

International students require more care and support than McMaster is currently offering Sasha Dhesi News Editor

The latest research from organizations such as Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Council of Ontario Universities and the Canadian Federation of Students paint a grim picture for international student attending a postsecondary institution in Ontario. Despite the growing international student population, their tuition has risen at a remarkable rate — meant to make up for reductions in government grants. At McMaster, this gap is just as obvious. A domestic, full-time student enrolling in a program such as life sciences will pay $7228.79 in tuition fees whereas an international student in the same program will pay $25,923.88. International students also do not have access to needs-based scholarships McMaster offers, though they do have access to an international student bursary. Likewise, due to stipulations in their student visas, international students are limited to working 20 hours a week off-campus during the school year and can only take on internships and co-op placements if they are explicitly a part of their degree. It is unfair to expect international students to foot the bill of our education when McMaster is a public university. These funds should be coming from the provincial government. Targeting a group that is expected to pay such a high fee and actively recruiting them over domestic students is unethical to all parties involved as it drains resources from one group while taking opportunity from another. High tuition costs also ensure we limit international students to only those of means, which can alienate students who may want to attend McMaster in order to flee hardships or prejudice in their home country.

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In addition, it is clear that this money is not being re-invested into supporting international students who attend our universities. McMaster’s International Student Services office mainly focuses on helping students with immigration issues and offers some programming like a mentorship program and English classes. The “Student Life” section of their website mainly focuses on getting international students to explore Hamilton and informs them of popular Hamilton events such as Supercrawl. There is little evidence of support services on their website. “Considering how many extra fees international students pay, it would only be fair to us that other support services were put in place to ensure that international students’ mental and physical health is being cared for,” said Paula Daidone, a McMaster alumna. Daidone was an international student of McMaster’s Communications Studies program, and is cur-

rently enrolled in the McMaster Communication Studies Masters’ program. Under “Campus Support Services,” the three McMaster Student Union-run services listed are MSU Spark, the Queer Student Community Centre and Diversity Services. Spark focuses on first-year transition, the QSCC offers peer support and programming for LGBTQ students and Diversity Services focuses on creating an inclusive environment for students of colour and other marginalized groups. While these three services are undeniably relevant to international students, why is Diversity Services, a service geared more towards advocacy and education rather than support, listed when services such as Peer Support Line, the Women and Gender Equity Network, Maccess and the Student Health Education Centre all have on-campus spaces equipped with peer-support volunteers? The page reads as though

someone looked through the MSU services tab 10 years ago and picked the first three that sounded right. Similarly, only two MSU clubs are listed: McMaster International and Exchange Club and McMaster Outdoors Club. This is particularly odd given how many cultural associations exist at McMaster that attract many international students who wish to connect with those from their home country. While this is likely because the ISS wants international students to integrate into the community rather than only befriending other international students, it exemplifies how little they understand the immigration process and how being surrounded by people with the same lived experiences as you can aid in the immigration process. The website’s focus is clear: recruitment, recruitment, recruitment. International students are expected to crawl through the pages and pages of

services and clubs the student union has to offer despite many groups explicitly supporting them. I’d willingly wager that they have not updated most aspects of the Support section of their webpage since it was created. If a student were to exclusively use the ISS’s website to integrate themselves into the McMaster and Hamilton community, they would struggle. If McMaster as an institution is going to focus on international student recruitment, the very least they could do is ensure that the immigration process is as smooth as possible outside of the legal aspects. Immigrating to a new country alone is a difficult endeavor, as is adjusting to university. If proper support services outside of simply helping them get into the country and speaking English are implemented, McMaster will continue to be a disservice to the international students who pay for bills.


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The underappreciated diversity of age Other forms of diversity remain important, but should include even more information

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Shane Madill Editor-in-Chief

The paper received an email asking for a response to a few questions by July 25 for an article that will be up on J-Source, which is a collaboration of post-secondary journalism schools led by Ryerson, Laval and Carleton. It will be about whether student media represents the diversity of Canada. The questions mainly had to do with the self-identification of the editorial board, our staff, on a number of different categories. These were based on gender, race with specific note to Indigenous people, disabilities and gender or sexual minorities. While they could have divided a few of these categories to be more specific, analysis of diversity in the workplace continues to be a positive endeavour that should be undertaken and explored more in-depth. McMaster’s Employment Equity Working Committee released a new report on July 23 in a similar vein. It provides a detailed roadmap based on input from different parts of campus, e.g., each of the different faculties and research departments. The focus is primarily on “... a more complete understading of representation of all four groups designated by the Federal Contractors Program: women; First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) peoples; persons with disabilities; and members of visible minorities, as well as the representation of trans and LGBTQ+ employees.” The last recent example for this article will be a comment

piece by the Public Editor over at The Varsity, which is the University of Toronto’s student newspaper. While a lot of it has to do with online commenting platforms, it transitions into the commitment the paper has, “... to diversity in its newsroom and reporting.” Their primary focus seems to be on gender and race. These three examples from university campus media and McMaster have varying degrees of data collection and analysis, but all of them miss a few categories. While there are more categories of diversity, these three are, arguably, the most apparent ones missing. The first is socioeconomic status. However, that would have less influence if you are considering only university student journalists or McMaster employees in your sample. The second would be ideologies, e.g., political beliefs and religious beliefs. I can understand not asking these respondents may not be comfortable answering accurately or answering at all, and may change at a more variable rate over time. The third is age. While certainly not as attractive a stat, diversity in age should be deemed an importance if your goal is to represent the population in what you report about, who is reporting and the demographics of your employees. University is always idealized as a place where you develop and grow. It is easy for anyone to note the differences between a first year and a fourth year and someone fresh out of university to someone about to go into retirement. When

you are getting survey data or considering your workplace’s diversity, why would you ignore something as important as age? It is simply too important. When it comes to reporting at The Silhouette, diversity and different perspectives have a significant influence on our articles in every section. The diversity

of who is reporting it or who is being reported on is vital to allow a full representation of the McMaster student body, and to continue to progress and pass on information to the younger members of staff before graduating. We cannot afford to ignore age. If other organizations or the

university have missed the point by filling quotas instead of noting the benefits and embracing all types of diversity, including one as obvious as age, then that is disappointing.


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Arts & Culture My Dog Joe’s rebrand A new name is one of my changes that will take place for the Westdale cornerstone

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Shane Madill Editor-in-Chief

The Westdale community and feel remained consistent over most of the decade that My Dog Joe has been around for. A hotspot for students, locals and travelers alike, Westdale, and especially My Dog Joe, has served the people of Hamilton faithfully. However, times are changing. The area has seen changes to its identity. Best represented by the crowdfunding initiative for revitalizing the local theatre, Westdale has had to adjust and adapt to the changing times. My Dog Joe is the next candidate on the list to receive changes while respecting its historical significance. In this case, it is not changing for the sake of survival, but because the opportunity is there.

I’ve been a new owner here for about a year or so, and we’ve tried changing a couple things and gauging customer feedback and what people are really into and what kinds of things they might want. Jeff Groat Owner-operator My Dog Joe Jeff Groat, owner-operator of My Dog Joe, explained that

the feedback of the community has been a driving factor when it comes to the rebrand. “I’ve been a new owner here for about a year or so, and we’ve tried changing a couple things and gauging customer feedback and what people are really into and what kinds of things they might want.” This feedback resulted in the idea of doing a complete overhaul. New equipment for the kitchen, adjustments to the interior and exterior and a new menu are all part of the efforts. It may look completely different by the next time you see it. With all of these changes, My Dog Joe remains grounded in how important it has been for people. One of the recent promotions done to remind themselves of that was having members of the community write down responses to, “What does My Dog Joe mean to you?”

on blank cups, and gaining even more feedback. Groat’s interpretation of My Dog Joe is centered on the Westdale community. “I think it’s taking pride in the Westdale community. It’s being a good neighbour.” His drive forward and the renovations are not only about Westdale feedback, however. When asked about his experience and his personal motivations, he explained his history in British Columbia. His favourite memory working in a restaurant had to do with a truffle the head chef made at home with a friend and brought into the restaurant. “Normally, I hate chocolate mint, but this truffle tasted fantastic. It was just this beautiful, fresh mint flavour and nice chocolate. Really well made. And I remembered tasting this thing and just being like, ‘Wow,

this is so good. How can I do this?’” What Groat hopes to bring to Westdale are not only adjustments based on feedback from the community and the overhaul to its visual design while respecting its history, but also unforgettable food to pass along that memory. “I feel like that sort of experience is informing what we want to do here with My Dog Joe. ... Offering baked goods and food and stuff that you can’t get anywhere else. You remember that experience if it’s your first time coming. If it’s not, you come back specifically for that thing because you know it and love it.” Groat hopes that the renovations will be completed by the end of the Provincial Day long weekend in August.


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The most published mathematician since Euclid Former McMaster professor James Stewart is featured in a new documentary

C/O BLUE ICE DOCS

Shane Madill Editor-in-Chief

The late James Stewart was a man of many talents and interests. He graduated with a master of science from Stanford and a doctor of philosophy from the University of Toronto. For a period of time during his three decades as a professor at McMaster, Stewart was also a member of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra as a violinist. He became known as an LGBT activist as he helped launch the Pride movement in Hamilton through his own participation in protests and demonstrations and through inviting Toronto activist George Hislop to speak at the university in the early 1970s. “He was partially responsible for gay rights in Canada. At a meeting he had with George Hislop, this later created the first Pride parade in Hamilton, which was one of the first parades outside of a major city,” said Joseph Clement, the director of the documentary, Integral Man. It was during this time at McMaster when two of his students came up to him and recommended he write a textbook. His notes were better than what was in their assigned text. After seven years, the first textbook

of around 30 was complete and became an enormous success. “Calculus: Early Transcendentals” in particular remains influential for the teaching of mathematics. The Integral House, one of the primary reasons for the documentary, is a five-storey structure that took 10 years and $32 million to make. Combining his love for music and mathematics, the house is considered to be a masterpiece of modern architecture. Built around a 150 seat concert hall, this 18,000 square foot house is built into a hillside in the Rosedale neighbourhood of Toronto. Integral curves inspire the complete design, particularly for its walls and stairs. While a resident in the house, Stewart hosted about a dozen events per year. Though the documentary was originally meant to focus on the house and his accomplishments, and still does so, Stewart’s health began to deteriorate. His arthritis resulted in the inability to play the violin. He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer. It shows his struggle with the inability to enjoy his loves like he used to, and his last hosted events. “... he seemed pretty satisfied with his life and what he did. He lived his life without regret,” said Clement.

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Under the spotlight First Class Daniel Arauz A&C Editor

On the outskirts of campus, McMaster graduates prepared a story of an apocalyptic diner to be performed at the fourteenth annual Hamilton Fringe Festival. For many of those involved, First Class preluded the next big step in pursuing a career in the local theatre industry in Hamilton and beyond. First Class was first shown as part of the McMaster Theatre Programs’ graduating classes’ Honours Series Performances, and was selected via lottery to show alongside over 300 live performances from July 20 to July 30 at this year’s Fringe Festival. The drama centers around three strangers trapped in a diner just days before the world ends. The three fight over the news of a spaceship, which is set to give the lucky few a first class ticket to a new, habitable planet. McMaster Commerce graduate YiJian Zheng played Benny, a young, gifted inventor with a villainous disdain for the poor, and who has had the privilege of having his ticket purchased for him by his parents. His foil was played by theatre program graduate Christina Stolte. Her character Callie is a single mother, who is frantically finishing her application to earn a spot on the ship for her and her son. The diner owner, Deejay, mediates the two and is played by Mohawk television and broadcasting student Funsho Elegbeleye. The story explored themes of privilege, immigration and seeks to explore the grim question of who deserves to live or die when given the choice. Co-writer and co-director Omobola Olarewaju was able to insert her own experience as a former international student into the characters. “Coming from privileged background in Nigeria I was able to have both ends of the privilege [experience]. ... So I was privileged back home and came here and the international student life isn’t quite as [priv-

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ileged] as what I came from I noticed there are a lot of limitations based on the fact that I’m not a citizen,” said Olarewaju. “Deejay’s character is kind of in the middle. ... I put a lot of my own experience into because he is also an international ... an immigrant at the end of the world. [He] doesn’t have food ration rights, doesn’t have any of the normal things that people are entitled to but still makes things work.” This year, Olarewaju graduated from theatre and film, and the economics programs at Mac, and like other members of the First Class team, she is immediately seeking to further her career in the theatre or film industry. She is currently working on a book, continuing her life-long practice of writing, while also seeking opportunities to work in television and film. Unlike his fellow cast members, Zheng entered McMaster planning to pursue a career in

commerce. In his third year this changed when an extra male role needed to be filled for the McMaster School of The Arts’ production of Lady In The Red Dress. “I’ve always wanted to pursue a more artistic career. Singing, and [now] acting. I came to Mac mostly because my friends were here and they took commerce and my parents wanted to me have a commerce degree so that’s what I chose. [But] my real passion is acting ... so when my friend told me about this opportunity with Lady in the Red Dress I took it.” Zheng resides in Richmond Hill, and currently has a full-time job to support his endeavour into a potential full time acting career. He hopes that opportunities to work in theatre, whether that’d be finally landing a role in a musical, or working in the technical aspect of production, and that those opportunities present them-

selves close to the GTA. The Fringe Festival is a means of showcasing the Hamilton theatre community, and it is this community that has both Stitle and Elegbeleye hoping that they can launch their careers in Hamilton specifically. “[Hamilton] might not seem like the place to go if you were looking to be a skilled actor, but I feel like it will get there, and I’m hoping to be part of the people who find that, inspire that or who bring that to life ... I feel that Hamilton is going to be [my starting point] ... it already is. People see that at the Fringe,” said Elegbeleye. Elegbeleye has been acting in a variety of different productions since childhood, and has performed for two years at McMasters’ African Students Associations’ Afrofest. Currently, he is working a working on a web series titled Catalyst. Stolte has been part of school and community the-

atre productions since her childhood. Originally hailing from Burlington, she too sees Hamilton as a place for making connections with theatre industry veterans. “Some theatre in some location is awesome but not so much in a career sense, more in a recreational sense. In Hamilton I have a very distinct feeling that it is very productive in a career sense where you could get a lot of really good experience ... that will then help with furthering a career in acting or anything to do with theatre really,” explained Stolte. While this was the last chance to see First Class, it may not be long before the names behind the production appear again in Hamilton’s theatre and independent film scene. For these artists, writers and technicians, Hamilton continues to be an increasingly attractive place to hone their craft.


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Two plays from the Fringe Festival featuring the efforts of McMaster graduates and an associate professor are highlighted

We Are Not The Others

C/O BESSIE CHENG Vanessa Polojac Contributor

Established from a study conducted within the Hamilton community, McMaster Associate Professor of Social Work Mirna E. Carranza collaborated alongside Toronto based, Persian-Canadian actor, singer and writer Izad Etemadi to create a story that explores the re-occurring struggles, sacrifices and issues that many newcomers to Canada face, particularly women. In partnership with the Immigrant Working Centre, Emergency Support Committee and Hamilton Community Legal Clinic, Carranza’s research was developed through a series of interviews focused on immigrant women, their partners and children. The interviewees ranged from two to 35 years since their immigration to Canada. The objective was to understand the intersection between immigration, integration, trauma and

mental health. The idea of popular theatre was then brought to the attention of Carranza by the women whom she had interviewed. “The women wanted an impact, rather than writing a report or a paper. I then began thinking, what can I do differently?” explained Carranza. During this time of her research, Carranza met Toronto playwright Eternadi when he mediated a panel about Syrian refugees at the immigrants working centre. The two instantly bounded over their passion for storytelling and began conceptualizing performance ideas. In May 2016, the process had began. Eternai was given transcriptions and transformed them into a piece of theatre. The play centres around four young women and intersperses monologues with group scenes, telling emotional and memorable stories of their experiences of being new residents to Canada.

Some of these stories include: a young women who had fallen in love with a Canadian while on vacation and was forced to leave everything behind in her home country, a 12 year-old girl who moves to Hamilton with her family and sees the city as a terrifying place and a women who had just immigrated to Canada and is being stripped away from her ethnicity to conform to the new society she is now apart of. “I just readjusted some of the wording to create a narrative. Everything came from the mouths of these women,” explained Eternai. We Are Not The Others was first performed by McMaster students at the Art Gallery of Hamilton during the time of the American election. “You could see the mood change within the audience. It was such a vulnerable topic for the time,” said Ethernai. Due to an overwhelming

The women wanted an impact, rather than writing a report or paper. I then began thinking, what can I do differently? Mirna E. Carranza Associate Professor Social Work

response from the first showcase, Ethernai and Carranza decided to hold open casting calls for young actresses within the local community. The cast was then composed of Rashanna Cumberbatch, who is a first generation Canadian actress to Guyanese parents, Heath V.

Salazar a Columbian-Canadian Dora award winning trans writer, actor, singer and dancer, Sima Sepehri, who had immigrated to Canada from Iran at the age of six years old and works on shows such as Private Eyes, and Angela Sun Chinese-Canadian multi-talented performer who has been apart of SummerWorks, Paprika, and InspiraTO theatre festivals. We Are Not The Others was one of 50 plays to be chosen to be apart of Hamilton’s 2017 Fringe Festival running from July 20 to 30. The vast majority of people come to this country with the idea of hope.” said Carranza. Using music, poetry, and the real words of immigrant women, We Are Not The Others took audiences into the world of immigration that is full of struggles, pain, tears and hope.


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Sports Pre-Welcome Week football Adapting to coaching changes is a priority for both teams

C/O MCMASTER ATHLETICS

Shane Madill Editor-in-Chief

Taking place on Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. at Ron Joyce Stadium, this exhibition between the McMaster Marauders and the Saskatchewan Huskies involves similar storylines for both. Each will want to show the ability to contend on a national scale despite coaching changes. The Marauders team continues to set their sights high with the Vanier Cup being the end-goal. While it is easy to get caught up in immediate results, the priority and gameplan will continue to be consistent success set up by phenomenal recruiting. One finals appearance will not be good enough. “[Head coach] Greg Knox has now gotten through the interim year, and he’s done a great job with recruiting class

… ranked second in the nation, so that’s good news,” said Glen Grunwald, Director of Athletics and Recreation. Despite a 6-2 record last season and a narrow loss to Laurier in the OUA semifinals, an extensive amount of changes were made to the staff in order to better contend for the national championship. - Larry Guarascia returns as a running back coach. He previously spent 12 seasons, from 2000 to 2011, in the same role at McMaster. - Jim Moore joins as an offensive line coach. He worked both in the same role and as a recruiting coordinator for the Toronto Varsity Blues from 2013 to 2016. - Asher Hasting and Chris Pezzetta, having finished up their historic careers playing for the Marauders, join as coaches for quarterbacks and

running backs respectively. - Mike Daly and Joey Cupido, former McMaster All-Canadian defensive backs, join as a defensive assistant and a defensive back coach respectively. - Tom Flaxman was installed as an offensive coordinator after joining the staff as a Director of Football Operations in 2016 - Kyle Quinlan, MVP of the 2011 Vanier Cup won by McMaster, joined the staff as an offensive coordinator. He was in the same role at York during the 2016 season. On Quinlan specifically, Grunwald noted how he is able to serve a multi-purpose role and undertake the full responsibility of the job. “He’s obviously a legend, and that helps with recruiting as well as coaching existing student athletes. I think he’s got the

whole package, and we’re happy and very thankful that he’s back where he belongs.” Knox also noted that the new structure and changes means that the full-time staff has doubled. For this team, the expectations should be high despite the growing pains that may be needed to introduce faces new and old to the program. On the other side of this game, the Huskies are looking to start a new era. Coming off a 5-3 season and a loss in the Canada West semi-finals, their storyline is mostly based off of a single staffing adjustment. The departure of head coach Brian Towriss, having lead the team for 33 seasons, the national record in wins by a university football coach at 196, nine Vanier Cup appearances and three championships, left an attractive spot open.

The new coach, Scott Flory, played with the team during three Vanier Cup appearances and two championships from 1994 to 1998 before a 14 year career in the CFL. He then served as the elected president of the Canadian Football League Players’ Association. “I knew early in my professional career that I wanted to be a coach and get into coaching. To come back here and have the opportunity to do it here is definitely a dream come true,” said Flory back in March. Both teams have something to prove and questions to answer. While it may not be a regular season game, it will represent the off-season’s progress and serve as the first indicator for each teams’ long-term success or failure.


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The dystopian future of Maguire Local amateur author totally sells out by penning young adult series SAINT PETER VEGAS Stryper once opened for Anthrax

Local author Shelby Maguire has succeeded in breaking into the writing industry. Keeping with the standards of the genre, she found inspiration by self-inserting herself in a dystopian world created by someone else, then making enough minor adjustments to not be considered plagiarism. Maguire thinks that her education has had positive benefits for her writing. “I think my university experience helped out a lot with this. I was already used to adjusting ideas just enough to get by Turnitin assessments, so stealing ideas from other authors for fiction was a natural progression for me. I guess that is what my profs meant by ‘soft skills,’ right?” She continued to explain that the constant existentialist crises felt during university also aided in world-building. The feeling of inadequacy when it comes to academics, seeing peers achieve more success in more difficult situations and the crushing realization that her hopes and dreams will never come true all helped too. While Maguire does not have the writing ability of more established authors, that is irrelevant as we are still talking about dystopian young adult novels. Her ability to find the fine line between self-inserting enough for it to feel genuine and completely ripping off what publishers know will sell has been achieved by countless other authors in the past. “That’s pretty similar to university too. If it hasn’t been done before, why would you ever take the extra steps to break new ground? Professors loved it when you stayed in your lane, took research from some academic who will never be remembered by anyone who cites them and repackaged it.”

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Her main character, Shelbee Masquire, finds herself in an enclosed area with 15 other late teens with amnesia. It turns out that the world’s resources are controlled by a corrupt government system that took power after some mildly apocalyptic event related to global warming. The trials that take place allow the teens to win rations of food and supplies for the district they represent while being broadcast as propaganda. Instead, the teens rise up against the system. No one bothers to shoot them despite constantly stating the government uses advanced weaponry to keep control over the population because, as it turns out, the amnesia was the result of an experiment used to test a vaccine to a currently dormant virus slowly infecting those

in charge. There is also a love interest that is barely described in detail to act as a blank canvas for the reader to put whoever they currently have a crush on in there instead. “I think I took everything I’ve learned in the past, thrown it out the window and created a world where you can imagine rebelling without major consequences like financial debt or disappointing your parents. You can forget reality for a little bit and take a break. Eating expired instant ramen noodles so you can cut your food budget

enough to afford getting wine drunk can wait.” While this was originally planned to be a trilogy, Maguire is open to the idea of creating random spinoffs and adding to the timeline. “Sure, we all say we’d like to write the next ‘Great American Novel,’ but that would take at least a decade for someone to want to make a movie out of it. What’s the point? 20th Century Fox is already in pre-production to make the fourth, unfinished novel into a movie. Why would I give that up?”

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