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News Working together for a safer city Local group works to combat sexual assault and support survivors within Hamilton Emily O’Rourke News Reporter
For over 40 years, the Sexual Assault Centre for Hamilton Area has been working diligently to support survivors and to end sexual violence. Through services including a 24-hour support line, individual or group counselling and advocacy program, public prevention education, and a Diverse Communities Outreach program that offers supportive programming for Hamilton’s diverse racial and cultural communities, SACHA aims to “challenge the social and political structures that contribute to the violence, oppression, and exploitation of all people”. “It’s really important that we have independent, community-based, sexual assault centres where people can go that are not part of the criminal system,” said Lenore Lukasik-Foss, director of SACHA. “We can offer support, listen, our services are free, and that’s really important because we know survivors don’t tell anybody. We want to be there so that they can talk to us. Its not just the counselling work that we do but the prevention work is really important if we’re ever going to prevent sexual violence,” she said. In Feb., the Globe and Mail released the results of a 20-month long investigation, titled “Unfounded”, which detailed how police in Canada address sexual assault allegations. The report found that one in five sexual assault allegations throughout Canada are dismissed as baseless by local police departments, with a national average of about 19 per cent. According to the report, upwards of one in three sexual assault allegations in Hamilton are deemed as baseless by the Hamilton Police Department, leaving the city with an unfounded sexual assault rate of nearly 30 per cent over the past
five years. The instance of a false accusation of sexual assault is rare, however. Only two to eight per cent of all reported sexual assaults in Canada are false reports, leaving all other cases that are deemed unfounded as void to local law enforcements. With these statistics coming to light, it can be difficult for survivors to share their stories with law enforcement officials. This makes it a critical time for local support centres, such as SACHA, to continue to provide free support services to survivors. SACHA receives limited funding from local and provincial government sectors in
addition to donations from local businesses and supporters. The majority of the funding they receive comes through fundraising events, such as their annual Chocolate Fest, which took place in its 13th year on March 2. “We need the help from our community supporters to ensure we are able to continue to provide our free services and programs to help survivors,” said Annie Horton, events and fundraising coordinator at SACHA. “The money raise from fundraisers goes to keeping us afloat – generally, whatever aspect of the organization needs the funding most will see it first.”
Fundraising also serves as an important method to raise awareness and recognition within the community. The promotion of a fundraising event enables community members to make connections to the organization and for the organization’s overall message to be widely circulated, which Horton notes as an important aspect in SACHA’s active efforts to prevent sexual violence. “Without fundraising events and involving our community, our programs wouldn’t be as recognized as they are and continue to be,” said Horton. “It’s so important to involve our community in the work we do. Hamilton is an incredibly sup-
portive and active community, especially now with what has been happening in the media. It’s great to see the city come together in solidarity.” SACHA hosts informative and necessary events throughout the year that provide necessary education and awareness needed in challenging the existing barriers for people of all genders. From Take Back the Night, Hamilton’s Feminist Zine Fair, to Chocolate Fest, each event promotes awareness and community within the city of Hamilton. @emily_oro
SACHA’s Chocolate Fest is one of the group’s main fundraising events. C/O ANNIE HORTON
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Honouring Hamilton’s women
Many McMaster students have been nominated for a YWCA Women of Distinction Award Bina Patel Contributor
A group of talented women in Hamilton, including members of McMaster’s community, will be recognized this week for the contributions they have made, both in their immediate settings and the community at large. Each year the Young Women’s Christian Association collects nominations for the Woman of Distinction Award under a number of categories like Outstanding Workplace, Community Leadership and Health. The nominees range from students currently completing their post secondary degree to accomplished career women in their respective fields. This year McMaster is a recurring component in some nominees’ profiles. The list consists of past and present students and includes Ashley Adile, Preethi Anbalagan, Jenelle Hinds, Sara Jama, Hanna Kearney and Lindsay D’Souza. From being a Horizons leader to founding HackItMac, their efforts have lead them to a chance at the prestigious award. Hannah Kearney, an Aurora native and fourth-year Honours Life Sciences student recalls what led her to take on leadership roles, that the mentorship she received as a first year student and representative for the McMaster Biology Society. “I stayed with the group until third year and I really liked that organization because it gave me a chance to meet, interact and learn from people older than myself. I’m the oldest in my family so I didn’t have any older siblings who could give me the run-down on what university was going to be like,” said Kearney. In addition to the McMaster Biology Society, Kearney has also volunteered with the McMaster Students Union as a Spark leader with MSU Spark, Horizons as a Leadership Developer (Logistics) and currently works with the McPherson Institute to enhance Life Science courses. She cites mentor and previous winner of the YWCA
award, Sarah Glen, as her inspiration. “She was a wonderful teacher, she was so supportive and always there when you needed her. She really tried to bring out the best in other people,” she said. After graduating, Kearney plans to continue her education in healthcare. Also in the running is Janelle Hinds, a biomedical engineering graduate who currently works at a rehabilitation hospital in Toronto.To Hinds, the opportunity to lead presented itself when she noticed something missing in her experience as an engineering student. “I decided to do that because I wanted to mix my skills with what I was passionate about which was solving problems that would benefit society,” she explains. According to Hinds, engineering did not have enough of the practical component that allowed her to take her vision and manifest it in her community. “I started to teach myself software but kind of struggled with the classes not being practical so I made a club called HackItMac that is now called Phase One that is all about making sure that students have that opportunity to get those software skills and it was campus wide,” said Hinds. For Hinds, being nominated for this award means having a greater voice in the conversation about something she cares about deeply: gender equality. “I’m really honoured because it’s not even about the recognition but it just gives me the opportunity and more authority when I talk now about women’s issues. I think as young women we tend to struggle with people dismissing us, and it’s given me internal confidence,” said Hinds. She hopes to continue her efforts both in healthcare and as an advocate for women. The awards ceremony will be taking place on March 9 at the Hamilton Convention Centre. @theSilhouette
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City council passes trans protocol
The policy, which codifies respecting trans rights in public institutions, marks a historic push toward supporting trans rights in Hamilton Sasha Dhesi News Editor
Following multiple speeches in favour, city council has voted to implement a city-wide protocol aiming to protect trans people in Hamilton. Trans rights have been a topic in Hamilton ever since the city reached a legal settlement with a trans woman after she was denied entry to a women’s washroom in March 2015, and when anti-trans ads were put up in bus shelters in Aug. 2016. Following these experiences, the city created a working group to codify gender identity into the Hamilton bylaws to ensure equality for all individuals. On March 6, city council’s audit, finance and administration committees approved the protocol following various presentations from different groups both in favour and against the protocol. The protocol saw immense support from the McMaster, with delegations from the McMaster Students Union’s Queer Students Community Centre and the Equity and Inclusion office, among others. “I have never felt safe or secure in this city. Even now, as I’ve listened to past presenters, I sat trembling in my seat, fearful for myself and my own well-being,” said Daniel Blum, on behalf of the MSU’s Transgender Community Group. “This cannot be the safest place to raise a child nor to be a child growing until all children, including transgender children, may feel safe and secure in all areas of our city.” “We say that trans rights are human rights, so why must we come up here and prove that we are human enough, that we feel pain enough for this protocol to pass?” said Tai Jacob, on behalf of the MSU’s Women and
Groups from all over Hamilton came to speak in favour of the protocol. MADELINE NEUMANN / PHOTO EDITOR
Gender Equity Network. “The protections granted to trans and gender nonconforming people, through this protocol, tell us that we are welcome in city spaces.” Multiple groups reviewed this protocol, namely the Ontario Human Rights Commission and an independent lawyer who specializes in human rights and trans rights. The protocol aims to protect trans people employed by the city and to provide a clear set of guidelines in order to foster a more inclusive environment. It includes policies giving trans employees the right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to their gender. The
protocol formally ensures all information concerning health, and especially sex reassignment surgery, is kept confidential unless completely necessary to share such information. The protocol formally states individuals have the right to choose their own pronouns, a thought in line with the supposition that all individuals are able to pick their gender. It also limits the data that may be collected about gender, arguing that this information must prove to be crucial in order for such a survey to be allowed in these settings. It also states when information concerning gender be collected, that it is collected in an openbox format rather than forcing
individuals to choose between “male” and “female”. The protocol entitles individuals to dress in accordance with their gender identity or gender expression without receiving backlash. The protocol commits the city to allowing individuals to use the washroom that corresponds to their gender identity and provides all-gender, single-stall bathroom for those who desire it. The passing of this protocol marks a historic moment in Hamilton’s LGBTQ history, and illustrates a push towards support for marginalized groups in the city.
“We say that trans rights are human rights, so why must we come up here and prove that we are human enough, that we feel pain enough, for this protocol to pass?” Tai Jacob, Fourth-year Arts and Science student
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Sharing stories, destroying barriers Queer History Week aimed to educate students about the intersections of race and sexuality and the struggle it poses
The Queer History timeline, posted in MUSC room 221, outlines major events in Queer history which people may not be aware of. MADELINE NEUMANN / PHOTO EDITOR Michael Dennis Contributor
Campus groups joined together during the inaugural Queer History Week to highlight the issues marginalized members of the queer community face and how LGBTQ history has shaped our contemporary political climate. Organized by the Queer Students Community Centre and McMaster Students Union Diversity Services, Queer History Week hosted a number of events geared toward highlighting Queer history’s role today, and especially the role racialized members of the Queer community have played in shaping LGBTQ history. The Queer community has had a long, complicated, and often violent past with governments and especially the police. This was acknowledged by the timeline presented on Feb 27, titled A Walk Through Time: Visualizing LGBTQ+ History, which outlines acts of violence committed against LGBTQ folk in Canada, from raids of gay institutions in 1869 to the controversy surrounding the 2016 Project Marie, which many activists felt unjustly and disproportionately targeted gay men in an attempt to police their right to public space.
The week heavily focused on sharing the experiences of LGBTQ people and the intersections of race and sexuality. “Radicalized LGBTQ people are often forgotten in that history, and their contributions aren’t acknowledged, so we thought it was important to acknowledge those people’s work. That is why we feature Black Lives Matter as our keynote as they are one of the largest LGBTQ advocates in Canada,” said the QSCC coordinator. These keynote speakers, Alexandria Williams and LeRoi Newbold, were activists with Black Lives Matter Toronto and spoke about the halting of the 2016 Toronto Pride Parade by Black Lives Matter. On Jul. 3, 2016, Black Lives Matter briefly halted the Toronto Pride Parade with a list of demands recognizing how they believed Pride Toronto was not inclusive to marginalized LGBTQ individuals. “And a lot of people in the queer community… don’t understand why that was important and why that was symbolic,” said the Diversity Services director. “One of the more controversial demands was the removal of police floats from pride because police have a very complicated and violent history
with radicalized LGBTQ people in Toronto. But for many White or mainstream liberal Queer communities, that’s not really an issue. Not understanding that results in people being moved to the margins.” Queer History Week also featured two closed events; one where Black LGBTQ individuals could share their experiences, and another where LGBTQ people could discuss navigating through one’s culture, religion and sexual identity. “We want people to know that [religious LGBTQ] people… exist. They are not an opposite dichotomy; you can be religious and you can be queer,” said the Diversity Services director.
Queer History Week also aimed to refocus where most of the attention towards queer activism has been held. “It is very easy to slap a rainbow flag or your storefront and say ‘I’m inclusive’. Let’s go a little beyond that… let’s look at the violence people face on a daily basis, let’s look at sex workers, let’s look at people with AIDS. These are things that are criminalized, and we need to rejig our notions of justice for us really to understand why things are the way they are,” said the Diversity Services director. Moving forward, the coordinators for QSCC and Diversity Services hope that police brutality towards the LGBTQ
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community can be brought into the mainstream conversations of LGBTQ activism, and that education reform can bring a historical understanding of LGBTQ history within our school system. “At McMaster, I think we do a good job at being inclusive,” said the QSCC coordinator. “But that doesn’t mean that when [LGBTQ] students are in their faculties, they still don’t face barriers. Even though people might actively try to be inclusive, those students may still go up against a culture where they are not normalized, and they are seen as abnormal.” Names were omitted from the article to protect identities.
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Stretching all library hours
The need for extended library hours is not being met due to financial constraints Steven Chen News Reporter
Year after year, the Student Representative Assembly and McMaster Students Union executives bring Library Hour Extension into their campaigns and year after year, nightowl students continue to see the library facilities closed for the evening. This begs the serious question of why student demand is not being translated into longer schedules. Quite simply, it is because of finances. More elaborately, the potential for library buildings to fully accommodate students 24/7 is stunted due to a lack of library staff, not to mention concerns for student safety. “Lots of MSU campaigns over the last few years discussed extended hours and I think part of it is just that [students] do not understand how costly it can get if we just leave the library open for a long period of time and there is no one is
there,” said Anne Pottier, Associate University Librarian. “Currently, our hands are already tied with the financial commitment of night hours. We require one guard at Mills, one at Innis and two guards at Thode because of the building size. It gets up there… I feel that we are on the neighbourhood of spending $50,000 to $70,000 a year between all three places,” she said. For security reasons, the library is required to have an invigilator at all hours. As a result, extending library hours is not as simple as changing the numbers on the schedule. “We have to hire third party security guards in order to keep the library open at night when there aren’t enough library staff,” Pottier added. For the past six years, the libraries have run under staggered schedule during different parts of the semester. The libraries try to optimize their hours based on student need. “I look at the peaks and
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valleys of the term, and when students need access to the library for a longer period of time. We try to keep the three libraries as consistent as possible,” explained Pottier. For the first two weeks of the semester, the libraries have condensed hours and often close at 4:45 p.m. The closing times are gradually stretched to 10:45 p.m. and following the mid-term recess, the Mills Learning Commons is extended to 24 hours, and Innis hours are extended until 2:45 a.m. During exam season, Thode library becomes open 24/7. “We try to justify when students will need the space and then how we man the space,” she said. “Security guards are asked to do head counts on an hourly basis. They tell me how many people are there every night so that I can sense how well the hours are working.” Despite the efforts of the library to balance costs with student satisfaction, library closing times remain a struggle
for some students. “[Libraries] close way too early with the only option of going to a noisy Mills Commons at night. As a place of study, extended hours for all libraries will benefit all students without having them seek suboptimal areas around campus to study,” expressed Enoch Tin, a second-year health sciences student. While a large-scale library hour extension is likely off the table at the moment, the library has accommodated student requests in the past. The Innis library quiet study hours are the result of past MSU president Ehima Osazuwa, and late night study at Thode was also a direct result collaboration with the MSU.
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I’ve always found the winter midterm season to be distinctly different than how it is in the fall. This stretch in the semester is always tough, but in second term, not only do students have to complete coursework and extra-curricular responsibilities, but they also have to find an answer to this question: What am I going to do next year? For some students, this question might mean: what courses am I going to take? Am I going to do a thesis or a project? For which part-time job should I apply? But for others, the change ahead will be much greater than coursework. I’m looking to our graduating students who are about to cross the line from undergraduates to alumni. Although the road ahead may be scary, it’s such an exciting time to reflect on all that you’ve accomplished in your time here,
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It’s such an exciting time to reflect on all that you’ve accomplished in your time here. Each year, the MSU recognizes exceptional graduating students from each faculty to receive a Valedictorian Award. Selected valedictorians will give an address at their respective convocation, where their peers, faculty members, honoured guests, family and friends will be in attendance. If you are at all interested, I encourage you to apply. If you know an outstanding friend or peer who best represents the student community at McMaster, encourage them to apply. Becoming the valedictorian for your graduating class is an amazing way to reflect with your peers on your collective times at McMaster, as well as what lies ahead. I know there are so many incredible students in each faculty who are more than deserving of this award. Valedictorian nominations are now open, and are due on March 24 at 4:30pm to your respective faculty or program office. The nomination package, as well as information on the
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Editorial Only in Hamilton, but in a good way The “armpit of Ontario” is stepping up to save a cultural landmark. Where else does that happen? Scott Hastie Editor-in-Chief
Westdale Theatre is saved, and that is something worth celebrating. When the venue first hit the market, there was an understandable panic. Part of Westdale’s charm is the business community along King Street, and losing the theatre would magnify the changes that have happened to the area over the past five years. Corporate franchises like Pizza Nova have popped up and weakened the community feel of the neighbourhood. If we had lost the theatre, it could signal a shift towards a more corporate Westdale. Instead, the opposite has happened. According to the Hamilton Spectator, a not-for-profit group called Westdale Cinema Group
purchased the theatre a month ago. Graham Crawford, Fred Fuchs, Bob Crockford and Jeremy Freiburger led WCG and rounded up the cash to save the theatre. The next steps are significant. Westdale Theatre requires a variety of upgrades, ranging from new seats to replacing the heating and ventilation systems. The Spectator reports that the venue could be closed for a year to complete renovations. Those renovations will not be as expensive as originally thought, though. Crawford told the Spectator that “electricians, designers, painters, neon sign experts and caterers” have offered free help. In a few short months, the Westdale Theatre has gone from the brink of existence to an iconic Hamilton project. The
passion this city has for itself is hard to ignore and at times, it can feel exaggerated. Hamilton has tried to brand itself as “the ambitious city” but light rail transit and bike lanes remain weekly topics at city council meetings. Cities don’t turn on a dime, but Hamilton tends to drag things out. The Hammer wears its heart on its sleeve, whether that is on a Saturday afternoon at Tim Hortons Field for the Tiger-Cats or during Supercrawl in September. The people of Hamilton care about what makes this city different and they will fight to keep the unique aspects of it, spending their own time or money to do so. With the Westdale Theatre, we have the prime example of what the citizens of the city are about. @Scott1Hastie
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much to regret. But, when it comes to the unavoidable moments of judgment or when I react too harshly for the situation and hurt someone’s feelings, that’s when I feel bad. Without good reason, at least. Has there ever been a time in your life where you wish that you could take back something that you’ve said or done? Essentially every time I speak! However, besides all the moments I accidentally do something embarrassing and want to hide for the next 10 years, I rarely regret things I do on purpose. I try my best to be a positive person who sees the best in everyone. So, when I live my daily life, there isn’t
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What would be the one thing you want to do before you die? I don’t like writing; it’s never been fun for me, and I honestly never write outside of school. However, I know that before I die, I’m definitely going to write a book. My parents have lived such wild, dramatic, ridiculous and miraculous lives that somehow magically lead to my birth. Their story needs to be told, and I just feel like I’m the only person who can deliver it and
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Who has been your inspiration in your life? I would say that my role model is my mom. I know that a lot of people say that, but I look up to her. My parents separated and that never stopped my mom from getting her master's degree. It wasn’t like she had to find a restaurant job. She had that independence to separate from my dad. I thought that was inspirational, because you gain independence from getting educated and have the liberty to do what you want to do and not depend on anyone. It just showed me that you can have control over your own future and maintain your own agency. It took my mom eight years to get her visa to study in the States. She was working for an engineering firm in China, but they were quite sexist towards her. They wouldn’t let her grab onto these opportunities that could’ve helped her growth because they would say that you’re a woman and you’re going to have children, that was the reality in the 80s in China. So, she went ahead and found an opportunity that would help her career growth, and I don’t think that it is normal for a person to try for eight years. Just the fact
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that she could do that and persist for eight years was amazing, and that gave her the freedom to distance herself from a relationship that she didn’t like. What is the wildest thing you've ever done? One time, I had a bad landlord. She was disrespectful, and thought that we deserved to live in bad conditions because we were students. For example, we had a scorpion in our basement. When we complained about it, she didn’t do anything and said that it’s a student rental and [we] keep it dirty. She basically blamed it on us, instead of trying to solve the problem. One day I just got fed up because she was yelling at my housemates upstairs, and I guess a switch flipped off. I just ran upstairs, my legs just carried me there. At first, I was listening to what she was saying and how she was explaining that she was a good landlord, and I just went off at her. I usually don’t do that to people who are older than me, but in this case, it was different. I don’t regret it, but I’ve never done that before. There were no fist fights, but there was a lot of yelling.
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Opinion Are McMaster’s diversity programs effective?
Campaigns need to do more to reach outside their usual audiences
MADELINE NEUMANN / PHOTO EDITOR Moleen Makumborenga Contributor
The first thing I notice in lower year courses is an utter disdain of the diversity on campus. I do not know if my experiences were exclusive to my proximity to lower-year students or if they are an objective characteristic of the McMaster environment. I am convinced that it is the latter. Earlier this term in a tutorial for an introductory course, our teaching assistant mentioned that the professor was kindly asking that students minimize moving and speaking during lectures. A Caucasian male in the class retorted, “Well, to our defence, she’s quiet and she’s foreign.” I was confused because I was unsure how he made the connection between the students being distractive and the professor being foreign. How did this guy even know the professor was foreign? Was it her skin colour? And if so, are all Canadians White?
Perhaps it was her accent, which again does not allow you to make the conclusion that she is foreign since it is entirely plausible can speak two languages. I also wondered why he thought the professor did not deserve common courtesy because she was “foreign”. His reasoning was null and void so I ignored the statement in its entirety. In another incident, several Caucasian students took pictures of students of colour during a lecture and proceeded to make racial caricatures of the images. The professor in the class handled the incident in an outstanding manner, and at the time I was able to compartmentalize the incident as an outlier. Later on, in December, someone put a post on Facebook page Spotted at Mac about a conversation she had overheard amongst fellow students saying how uncomfortable they are, “… with all the [people of different] colours on campus.” We can discredit the post because for all we know it could
have been a troll in Siberia, but we cannot discredit the comments that ensued. A friend of mine and I had a conversation about the post and she said that she had spoken to a fellow Caucasian student who concurred that he was not entirely sure if “… the diversity thing works.” I do not think any of the individuals, male, female, orange or gay, are racist except for the ones who did the caricatures. This is not what this piece is about. I still think that people at McMaster are inherently good and I think we all try hard to accommodate each other. But these incidences are a symptom that our diversity programs do not bother to adjust for. Members of the communities targeted attend plenty of diversity events, but are they the only ones who need to know about these things? Diversity programs at McMaster are successful at providing safe spaces for minority groups, but are failing to reach the masses about privilege.
I do not know if my experiences were exclusive to my proximity to lower year students or if they are an objective characteristic of the McMaster environment. I am convinced that it is the latter. I can never forget about being Black, but the privilege of being White allows you to take certain social interactions for granted. As a Black person, when I hear someone say they are freaked out by people of different races, they are effectively saying that I am taking up space that I should not be allowed in.
McMaster needs to take a page from the University of Manitoba, which has made it mandatory for every student to take at least one class on Aboriginal studies as a requirement for graduation. That university knows that if you never teach people with privilege about their privilege, it is less likely they will know how to extend courtesy to minority groups. I think a little bit of that is about racial prejudice, but it is also about people not knowing how to politely navigate social circles with minorities. Even though people from minority groups are not obligated to make people of privilege feel comfortable about their presence, adjusting one’s privilege is not common sense. I have had to teach my White friends what is appropriate and what is not, and I think we need to come up with resources where the school can effectively do that on a large scale.
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The importance of open and closed spaces Allies and those affected by issues are able to discuss topics better in structured environments
Rachel Guitman WGEN Contributor
One of the goals of Making Waves, formerly known as International Women’s Week, is to reframe conversations about gender equity to include those who are agender, transgender or gender nonconforming. These conversations are also meant to communicate the idea of activism, progress and creating inclusive spaces. The event aims to raise awareness and engagement among students about the intersectional feminist work that the Women and Gender Equity Network does. There are events open to all and events focused on Black, Indigenous and people of colour. This is similar to WGEN’s BIPoC Bodies are Dope campaign, which took place before the February reading week. Certain events are closed, meaning they are only open to certain groups based on identity or experience. These open and closed events have different purposes. Open events, like WGEN’s documentary screenings and workshops, are a great way to get people engaged in conversation. Conversely, closed events give specific groups, e.g., BIPoC or survivors of sexual assault, a space where they feel comfortable and safe in sharing their perspectives and experiences. These closed events aim to support, validate and create space for people who do not hold privileged identities. The closed half of the event allows for more intimate discussion among those with shared experiences. The open half of the event is a good opportunity for allies to learn and listen about experiences they haven’t had without speaking over the voices of
others. This allows participants to learn how to be better allies through opening themselves to the lived experience of others. In a world that caters to White, cisgender, heterosexual men, it is vital to have a space carved out for BIPoC to feel safe. For example, if one of the events during the previous Bodies are Dope campaign had been open instead of closed, the topics, anecdotes and tangents that were brought up would have been missed. If events like that are not closed, then people may be worried about saying the wrong thing, and might be insecure about sharing their experiences. By closing events to individuals with lived experience, they provide a safe and cathartic environment to promote solidarity in a space with others who have shared experiences. Community-building helps discussions about how the McMaster community treats issues of gender equity. These closed events, such as the Trans on Campus workshop during Transforming Mac Week, address the questions and concerns that would not normally occur to those without lived experience such as requesting a name change in the university. This is something that is simple and practical, but is able to have a significant impact on people’s experiences at McMaster. The quantity of events throughout the week should be sufficient to cater to those who want closed, safe spaces to discuss issues affecting them and open spaces for allies to learn more about issues affecting other people. Both are needed to create educated discussion about the issues at hand. @MSU_WGEN
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What Canadian universities don’t tell you
Sexual assault numbers remain ambiguous, but high Frances Anderson Contributor
Article contains mentions of sexual assault People are quick to believe that Canadian citizens are much more respectful than Americans, but this ceases to be true when it comes to sexual assault on university campuses. McMaster released a new sexual violence policy on Jan. 1, 2017, but why should that concern any of McMaster’s students when Canadian universities are not required to go public with the amount of sexual assaults that occur on the university’s campus? We do not know how much of an influence the policy has had, will have, or the full extent of what it is locally based on. According to a study done by BMC Women’s Health, more than one in every four women has been assaulted at Canadian universities. In comparison, in the United States, who announce assaults when they occur, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network states that 23.1 per cent of women have been sexually assaulted on a university campus. Additionally, the film called The Hunting Ground claims that one in five American students from a university are sexually assaulted. Not only are the statistics for rape and sexual assault while in college or university shocking, but the Canadian statistics are slightly worse than the American statistics. In the United States, the Patsy Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act forbids any kind of discrimination based off of sex in any educational institution that is federally funded. This federal law is
used to protest poor handling processes of sexual assault cases since it is more commonly an issue for women than it is for men. Unfortunately, Canada does not have this law in place. This means that the future of the victim remains solely the responsibility of the university and their administrators. Another observation that has been made is at the beginning of a school year, there tends to be some awareness of sexual assault prevention with things such as “#consent” posters around McMaster. By the start of the second semester, there are no more posters within sight. A paper in the Journal of American College Health mentions a period of time called the red zone, which is at the start to a term of a first and second year university student. This red zone is the time when a student is most likely to be assaulted. Since assaults happen all year round and not just at the beginning of the first term, the posters should not be taken down as they were a reminder for people to ask for consent. The conversations about sexual assault should not end when the red zone does. Although we cannot instantaneously get rid of sexual assault for good, there are many ways that people can help to change the frightening statistics. Universities need to spread more awareness of the issue so students can take the proper safety precautions to prevent any incidents or to change their behaviours toward sex and can effectively know how to ask for consent. More Canadian statistics on the issue need to be put out through academic resources so that Canadian citizens are able to do their research and see
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How breaking the silence broke a prof
History professor tells class he “Netflixed and chilled” this weekend, doesn’t know what that means SHIT HASTINGS Browses for Rogaine on private tabs only
A history professor has provided a cautionary tale for university educators looking to be #relatable. To begin his Mar. 6 lecture, Alain Seton asked his class what they did this weekend. The class was quiet, because it was an 8:30 a.m. lecture on a Monday and who the hell wants to talk about their weekend at that time? Seton took it upon himself to break the silence. “With an unbearable silence weighing on the room, I wanted to break in with something light and fun,” said Seton. “I said ‘my wife and I, we Netflixed and chilled’ and the class broke out laughing. I had no idea what it meant, I just heard people say it sometimes.” For the uninitiated, “Netflix and chill” is teen lingo for using Netflix as an excuse to hang out with someone and engage in sexual activities. The term dates back to 2014 and was formally acknowledged by Netflix in a July 22, 2015 tweet. It is unclear how Seton had not learned the real meaning of it yet. “Alright, so, I thought the term Netflix and chill was literal. My wife and I, we watched Planet Earth and rewatched Glee. That was our weekend. I didn’t even put real pants on. Just sweatpants,” said Seton. Students in Seton’s class are willing to forgive the mistake. Some even appreciate his attempt to relate to them. “Power move from Seton. This guy just told the whole class that he fucks,” said Darryl
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Young. One student took umbrage with Seton’s comments, but not for the reasons you think. “‘Glee’, man? Seriously? You’re a history professor and you watch that? Everyone knows that show went downhill after season three,” said Sylvia Troope. Seton is scarred by the mistake. He says he is afraid of saying anything that could be a meme that he is unaware of. But the night is darkest before the dawn, and Seton is using this as a teaching moment for himself and others. He plans to create a weekly meme newsletter via email for educators so they can relate to their students. Memes move at
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Arts & Culture IsKwé blends politics and soul Rising Winnipeg-born singer songwriter set to release new album after her most successful year yet
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Michelle Yeung A&C Reporter
Recently named one of the “Top 10 Artists to Watch in 2016” by CBC Music, IsKwé is an Irish and Cree/Dene singer-songwriter with an intricate sound that combines electrifying beats and soulful rhythms with poignant, introspective lyrics. Currently based in Hamilton, the Winnipeg-bred artist is known for her fearlessness to weave her political beliefs and cross-cultural influences into both the instrumentation and storytelling of her music. Following the success of her self-titled debut album in 2013 and her sophomore album The Flight Within, IsKwé is gaining widespread attention with her single, “Nobody Knows,” which highlights the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada and is currently featured in the Netflix series Between. A musician by trade, IsKwé also boasts other creative talents as a visual artist and dancer.
Her first taste of music came at the hands of her grandmother, a pianist. She credits her alternative R&B/trip hop sounds to an eclectic household, where there was always room for artistic exploration. Deeply inspired by the sounds that came out of Bristol during the 90s, IsKwé has always admired bands like Massive Attack and Portishead. She also counts Bjork and Erykah Badu as two of her biggest influences. Both women are pioneers in their respective musical genres and have paved their way to success without hesitation or apology in a male-dominated industry. “I feel this gravitational pull towards gritty and bottom heavy sounds mixed with jazzstyled vocals on top… I always try to blend my love for soul and R&B with these deep bass sounds that really resonate in my chest… I strive to work with [sounds] that vibrate through me in the best way [because] that’s when I feel most [in my element],” said IsKwé. IsKwé, whose English name
is Meghan Meisters, goes by this portion of her full name in Cree to honour her heritage. Roughly translating to “blue sky woman”, IsKwé is also a less formal way of saying “woman” in Cree. Besides her artist name, another ode to her personal narrative as an Indigenous woman is the paint that often adorns her face. Her distinctive face paint initially started off as a protest against photo shoots that focused on just making women more feminine looking and traditionally beautiful. IsKwé has since gone through many different faces, with designs that focus on sending politically charged and personally important messages that go beyond beauty. “I was actually inspired by the film Black Swan… I really related to the internal battle of the good and the bad, the light and the dark… [this] battle happens all the time in the self for a plethora of reasons… so I [decided in this one photo shoot that I wanted to be portrayed] as the start of a creature,
“I wanted to be portrayed as the start of a creature, not just as another [glamorous] or beautiful persona”. IsKwé Singer-Songwriter not just as another [glamorous] or beautiful persona that doesn’t match me and doesn’t fit in my heart or spirit,” said IsKwé. IsKwé has also co-authored a graphic novel with David Robertson, her cousin Aaron Leslie and illustrator Greg Chomichuk on the topic of missing and murdered Indigenous women. The spring promises to be a fruitful one for IsKwé and her fans, with an album set for release on June 2 followed by a summer tour. With so many projects on
hand and recent acclaim, IsKwé credits her success to fully embracing the ups and downs of what has been a long and exciting journey. “[My advice to anyone who hopes to pursue art] is to not rush it. It takes a long time. I think we’re often given this idea that a career in the arts is something that can [happen quickly,]” said IsKwe. “It’s important that I participated in every step of my journey… so if you’re just starting to or if you’re midway through or [wherever you are on your wild ride], just be gentle with yourself and take the time to really learn your art, learn who you are in your art and have fun with all of the learning that happens [along the way].” @mich_yeung
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Growing local coffee culture
Hamilton’s coffee craze is yet another expression of civic pride and enthusiasm for local business Daniel Arauz A&C Editor
Wes Griffin and Josh Southern’s friendship began over coffee. Griffin, a local barista, and Southern, a programmer, discussed their common interests in their shared professions and passions while seated next to each other at The Cannon Coffee Company. Fast forward through many café conversations later and the pair began to discuss how to bring their love for the local coffee industry to more people. On March 5 their months of planning were realized. Over 1,000 people crowded the Spice Factory for the inaugural Hamilton Coffee Fair, where they were treated to a latte art competition, brewing demos, workshops and free drinks from 14 local coffee vendors. The event showcased specialty coffee, which is distinct from its larger, cooperate counterpart in that it sources and roasts its beans from small batch farms and roasters. Direct trade and sustainable farming practices are standard, and while it is a more expensive product, it also produces a richer, complex drinking experience that contrasts the fast food, utilitarian reputation that the beverage has been more commonly associated with in North American markets. After his introduction to local offerings, Southern was hooked. He wanted to share the experience with more people, and so he and Griffin designed the event to dismantle some of the elusiveness of the local industry with a free entry event. “That’s always been my long term goal. It’s to grow this [coffee market], because I think it is a better value proposition overall versus the commodity coffee market… I’m completely
convinced that as soon as people become aware, they know, they taste, and they experience a coffee shop… they will [immediately] understand how valuable it is,” said Southern. Griffin has a personal stake in promoting local coffee culture. While he is currently behind the bar at Finch on Locke, he has aspirations to propel his career deeper into the café scene: barista competitions, Aeropress Coffee Maker championships and maybe, someday, a café of his own. “It’s kind of hard to leave Hamilton. I just love this city. I guess it depends on at what point I decide to do my own thing and whether Hamilton will be the right place to do it at that time,” he said. The surprise festival attendance numbers prove that a significant number of Hamiltonians are willing to support their favourite cafés and try out new places. Moreover, the event’s latte art competition piqued the interest of baristas from Toronto, Niagara and Vancouver. People are looking to create a coffee scene in Hamilton that can rival any other major Canadian city, but with its own communal twist. Smalls Coffee hosted latte art and home brewing classes. Durand Coffee has hosted a coffee documentary screening and tasting session. Café Oranje participated in a Victorian Christmas evening. Mulberry Street Coffeehouse hosted hundreds of live music nights. Cafés thrive on their ability to transform into an open, integrated space in their neighbourhood. As Ark + Anchor Espresso Bar owner and former Toronto barista Patrick Guilbault sees it, this malleability has been a significant part of his content with his new home and business.
Why Hamilton? Guilbault has now been employed in the coffee industry for
12 years, starting at a Mississauga Starbucks and eventually making his way to Ezra’s Pound in Toronto. After running training and protocol for five and a half years, Guilbault could not realistically ask for higher wages from his employer. The only way to make more money in the coffee industry was to either to take another job in late night food and beverage or to open a place with his partner Yigi Chang. They initially looked in Toronto, but as many other young people have discovered, they would have to take on another business partner if they could afford viable real estate in the city. “Friends of ours moved to Hamilton in late 2013 early 2014… We knew we would be comfortable in a city they chose to live in. Every time we came to visit they really curated the experience,” explained Guilbault. “The quality of the real estate compared to what we could get in Toronto for the same price was, you know, it wasn’t comparable. It didn’t make any sense to stay in Toronto when this was available.” In the months leading to Ark + Anchor’s October 2015 open, Guilbault noted that there was a lot of local interest in every new business that was popping up. “There was a lot of excitement about new places in Hamilton. Not to say that there still isn’t, but it felt like everyone was paying attention to what was opening and who was opening. Everyone would be talking to each other on Twitter and Instagram, asking how renovations [were] going… It feels like we hit a point sometime last year where everyone accepted the boom was happening.” The enthusiasm for a new spot for specialty coffee was there, but what Guilbault and Chang found even more notable was their ability to open up
It’s kind of hard to leave Hamilton. I just love this city. I guess it depends on at what point I decide to do my own thing and whether Hamilton will be the right place to do it at that time Wes Griffin Barista, Finch on Locke
their space for local hobbyists. After their opening, they quickly got to know regulars with common interests in science fiction novels and tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder. By Jan. 2016, they had
launched the Ship’s Log science fiction book club, followed by Drop n’ Dice in May and a community library in June. “Coffee shops, especially in Hamilton, seem to foster a certain amount of getting to know each other so that customers don’t feel like they have to wait for us to suggest ideas for events or put on things,” said Guilbault. “At Ezra’s, because we were so close to the subway station, it really did feel like we were just part two of three of getting to work for people. Here… we get to interact with at the very least dozens if not close to hundreds of people a day who all have roots here, or have moved here and are settling down roots, it feels more interactive and communal than just the mechanical process of coming and getting coffee.”
The future of coffee and local business The Hamilton Coffee Fair put a spotlight on not only local businesses, but the many familiar faces that fuel the city each day. While the communal aspect was emphasized, it is unclear whether or not Hamilton’s
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coffee industry can maintain that communal appeal as more residents move to new downtown apartments and condos. “We’re extremely lucky in that Yigi and I are able to be behind the counter every day. I think our biggest challenge is going to be maintaining that over time because I really do feel like… part of the success we’ve had is every regular knowing that they’re going to see at least one of us. We’re going to make your coffee, we’re going to chat, and then you get to carry on with your day,” said Guilbault. Ark + Anchor’s location was chosen because it sits right across from an apartment tower development on the corner of King and Queen Streets. Guilbault estimates that the new building could bring up to 300 people to their front door. “The question is do we stay what we are now for the people who have already come here, or do we start to make more concessions for a large group of people who are going be moving in? Deciding where we want to be on that line is going be the next big thing for us.” For coffee enthusiasts like Southern, and for potential business owners like Griffin, the promise of a bigger consumer base for a young speciality industry brings promise. For business owners, it means a potential change in strategy. The success of Hamilton Coffee Fair wasn’t just in the number of attendees after all. Over 100 “coffee passports” were sold which give customers 14 free drinks of their choosing
from each of the sponsored coffee shops.
Here… we get to interact with at the very least dozens if not close to hundreds of people a day who all have roots here Patrick Guilbault Owner, Ark + Anchor Espresso Bar
A larger number of customers will inevitably demand some revisions to the close-knit appearance of these locales, and a potential life style change for those who have opted to run café’s by themselves. But there is still opportunity for Hamilton cafés to maintain their unique, communal vibe even as they face inevitable changes. The Hamilton Coffee Fair can hopefully evolve into an annual event that not only outdoes the success of its first year, but also can transition into an annual celebration of local coffee shops, and the communities they fuel.
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Culinary Class Act
Papagayo King Street restaurant offers one of the best Mexican dining experiences Rachel Katz Contributor
What is it It’s difficult to want to do anything at this point in the winter, and, for that matter, the school year. As assignments (and maybe snow from a freak blizzard) pile up, it’s tempting to just hunker down and wait for the grass to turn green again. Until spring arrives though, Papagayo can serve as your replacement for colour, flowers and a bit of excitement. The bright, homey Mexican restaurant stands out from many of the dull storefronts on the strip of King Street West it inhabits. Portion sizes (with respect to both meals and cocktails) are generous, and the dining room feels welcoming and full of art. The fan-folded napkins and tablecloths feel a bit dated, but that is part of Papagayo’s charm: it’s not a modern tacqueria, and it has no illusions of being one. How to get there from Westdale/Ainslie Wood Take any downtown bus to Main and Caroline. Walk north to King Street West and turn left. The restaurant is about half a block west, at 246 King Street West. Price range Papagayo is the perfect destination for a small occasion. Dinner entrees average out to around $15, and lunch items are mostly priced at $10.50. Perhaps not the cheapest place on the block, Papagayo’s food is absolutely worth the extra few dollars. Everything I’ve ever tried tastes homemade and all the flavours work perfectly together. They also post specials on their Instagram account (@ papagayohamilton). Must-order item
The mole con pollo is a perfect-sized dinner dish. The mole sauce has a little kick, but it’s completely manageable for even those who don’t usually like spice. The sides are also prepared with care; the refried beans are delicious with the Mexican-style rice, and the whole dish comes together as a cozy, filling treat. On the drinks side of the menu, Papagayo’s strawberry daiquiris are unbeatable. They use real strawberries to flavour the drink, making it seem like summer has come early, at least until the last sip. Why it’s great Papagayo is not a fancy experience, and even less so is it a foodie experience. Unlike other modern Mexican/Mexican-inspired eateries, Papagayo’s dishes are presented without pretension or aspirations of becoming a mouth-watering Instagram post. It’s just good food. It’s a great distance from campus, being far enough away that it feels like you’ve left the McMaster area without going so far away that you have to commit to a serious amount of travel time. It’s also a great place to spend time with friends. The spaciousness of the dining room allows for mid-size parties to be accommodated with ease and they offer plenty of appetizers that are great for sharing with a group. The relaxing environment, great food and drinks and good company make Papagayo the perfect place to unwind and forget about that assignment you have due at the end of the week. @RachAlbertaKatz
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Sports Heartbreak in Kingston An incredible season came to an end as the McMaster women’s basketball team fell 55-54 to the Carleton Ravens in the OUA semifinal Lauren Beals Sports Reporter
There are a lot of words you could use to describe the events of championship weekend: “almost,” “what if,” “I thought they had it.” All phrases bound to surface in the upcoming weeks, all dripping with a different type of agony that comes from being close, only to fall short at the final hurdle. The Ontario University Athletics semi-final with the Carleton Ravens was decided by just one point in a four-quarter thriller that came down to the Marauders’ final possession. After trailing by 10 points late in the second, Mac charged back on the strength of OUA Player of the Year Danielle Boiago, who scored three straight shots from deep to open scoring in the third. Boiago finished with 26 points on the night, to go along with 10 rebounds, three steals and two blocks, a fitting end to her final weekend of OUA play. By the start of the fourth Mac was still down one, but a run of quick fouls put them in the bonus with seven minutes remaining. Down two with four minutes to go, a deep three from Mac’s second leading scorer Linnaea Harper put them back in the lead. What followed was three minutes of fast-paced play that saw Harper and Carleton stand-out Heather Lindsey exchange baskets until an offensive foul with 1:06 on the game clock caused Harper to foul out, leaving her to watch the remainder of the game from the sideline. Neither team would capitalize in the following possessions, but a final turnover by Lindsey meant the Marauders would have the ball in their front court, in bonus, with 27 seconds left in the game. True to form, Carleton played their
Following their quarter-final loss against Carleton, the Marauders finished in fourth place in the OUA after losing to Windsor in the consolation final. C/O IAN MCALPINE
While the season may be over, and the hopes of lifting a Critelli Cup reserved for another year, it is only fair to salute the Marauders for the tireless grit and determination they displayed this season. grittiest defense of the night, forcing Mac’s Rachael Holmes to settle for a deep three with time expiring.
The shot would miss the mark. Carleton would go on to the play the top-ranked seed Queen’s in the final, besting them 49-41 in front of a sell-out crowd, and winning the OUA championship for the first time in their program’s history. Mac would be left to compete for bronze in a matchup against the Windsor Lancers for the second year in a row. Mac was also left to play without third-year guard Erin Burns, who broke her collarbone in the final play against Carleton, and second-year guard Jelena Mamic, who went down with a head injury early and would not return until later in the game. Both teams struggled
offensively in the first-half, but Windsor would heat up in the third, going on a 10-0 run to start the quarter. Although Mac would cut the lead to four, Windsor’s offensive would be too much to handle as the Marauders fell 75-64. The loss to Windsor would be the final game for seniors Boiago and Harper, who lead the team in scoring with 18 and 17 points respectively. Clare Kenney, Rachael Holmes and Vanessa Pickard also capped of their careers with Mac, posting strong performances in both games. In the end, there are many words you could use to describe the weekend’s events. But there is also one that should not be overlooked: Proud.
What the Marauders were able to accomplish over the course of their 18-win season was nothing short of incredible. Not only did fans see a strong contingent of veteran players rally for one final shot at the title, they saw a team who weren’t afraid to play with their hearts on their sleeve, giving everything they had until the final buzzer. While the season may be over, and the hopes of lifting a Critelli Cup reserved for another year, it is only fair to salute the Marauders for the tireless grit and determination they displayed all season. It has been a pleasure rooting for you. @theSilhouette
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Be our guest The McMaster men's volleyball team hosts the OUA Final Four once again Camila Stupecka Contributor
The McMaster men’s volleyball team played thunder in the first game of the Ontario University Athletics playoffs. Coming in as the number one seed in the OUA, expectations are high for the Marauders. In quarter-final action against Queen’s on March 4, the Mac men made quick work of their OUA rivals, sweeping the Gaels in three sets to advance to the OUA Final Four. With the win, McMaster is set to host the men’s volleyball OUA Final Four Championship on March 10-11. “It’s good to get the ball rolling with a 3-0 win,” said third-year Andrew Richards. “For us it was just a matter of being able to show up when we had to and take care of business [since] we played them in our final regular season game a week ago.” “I think today we probably didn’t play as well as we could have,” said head coach Dave Preston. “But I thought we played as well as we needed to and sometimes in the playoffs that just happens.” Even though Mac did not play to their usual standards, the team were able to show off their depth and consistency, especially as the game progressed and the Marauders drew closer to victory. “This moment is pretty big and we had a lot of guys play well,” Preston said. “The regular season went as well as we wanted it to and I think that showed when we brought some guys off the bench and they played well.” The team played solid defence; they were ready for the attacks of the Gaels, solidifying that crucial McMaster wall at the net. But there are plenty of other areas the team will have to work on ahead of the Final Four. “For us, we’re so confident in our defence we put ourselves in a position with our serving to defend,” Richards said. “But we will continue working on our serving. It’s an important piece of our game plan.” As the OUA playoffs come to a close, the Marauders will be working hard to perfect the little details so that each game
will be a true expression of their capability. But it’s not all about volleyball skill on the court. “We work hard enough Monday to Friday. We’re always very confident in our skills,” Richards said. “I think our team can compete, but this year more than others I think we’re gelling really good as a team. It’s important to be able to connect with your guys when it counts.” The Marauders will welcome the Guelph Grypons, Waterloo Warriors and Ryerson Rams to Burridge Gymnasium for the Final Four weekend. In semi-final action on March 10, Mac will face the 12-6 Rams, who the Marauders managed to sweep in three competitive sets, where each set was decided by six points or less. Ryerson will look to their five-set thriller against the Western Mustangs in the quarter-final as a marker for resilience and toughness for the final games in the OUA season. Meanwhile, the other semi-final match will see the Gryphons take on the Warriors. Waterloo’s presence in the Final Four has come to a surprise for anyone outside the team itself. Entering the tournament with a 9-8 record, the Warriors managed to upset the York Lions, who won the OUA East division with a 15-3 record, in four sets on the road. With nothing to lose, they will make sure to bring the fight to the 12-5 Gryphons who took care of Nipissing in four sets. The winners of each semi-final will automatically qualify for a spot at the U Sports Championships on March 1719, which will take place at the University of Alberta. The winner of the OUA championship match on March 11 will go into the national tournament with a higher ranking and a more favourable path in the playoffs. Team camaraderie amongst the McMaster men’s team, along with their flourishing volleyball competencies and the support of all those working behind the scene for the team calls for an intense playoff season. The success of the team can only be witnessed throughout the next few games. @theSilhouette
As the number one seed in the playoffs, Mac has the privilege of hosting the OUA Final Four for the fifth straight year. C/O ALISTAIR BOULBY
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Next stop: The Goldring Centre Following a weekend victory over the York Lions, the McMaster women’s volleyball team head to Toronto for OUA Final Four action Cullum Brownbridge Sports Editor
In sports, experience tends to trump ability come playoff time. Luckily for maroon and grey fans, the McMaster women’s volleyball team has both. A team filled with seniors who have seen it all, Mac is in a great position to qualify for the U Sports championships. Defined by their veteran leadership, the Marauder women know the value of playoff experience from previous campaigns, with their starting lineup consisting entirely of
Mac’s win against Ryerson sparked a sixgame winning streak to close out the regular season, which propelled them past the Western Mustangs to capture first place in the OUA West division.
fourth and fifth-year players. “Everyone was excited and was carrying a bit more adrenaline than usual,” said fourthyear middle Maicee Sorensen after their quarter-final game against York. “Having an experienced starting lineup allowed us to use the emotion to better our game.” Entering the playoffs as the number two seed in the Ontario University Athletics playoffs, the Marauders started their path to nationals on March 4 with a three-set sweep over the York Lions. After dispatching York in the first set with ease, the Lions were able to make the second and third sets more competitive, but Mac held strong and closed out the match. Winning in volleyball is easier when you can get uncontested points, which has been a strong suit of the women’s team this year. During the regular season, the Marauders ranked number one in the OUA in total aces (184), and rank second in the country in aces per set (2.63). It helps when the top two servers in the OUA – Sorensen and Joanna Jedrzejewska – are on your team. Sorensen led the way with six aces, while Jedrzejewska served five and
Alicia Jack contributed four in the match. The Marauders ended the game with 20 total aces, compared to York’s four. “We were at home in our own gym,” Sorensen said. “We took advantage of our serving capabilities and being home in Burridge Gym made us even more comfortable.” A consistent presence in the middle during the season, Sorensen stymied York’s offence. Recording six of Mac’s eight blocks on the night, Sorensen’s play up front helped the Marauders disrupt any offensive flow the Lions attempted to muster up. “We worked very hard this week prepping through video and studying York’s offensive tendencies,” Sorensen said. “Through film and discussions about each hitter, we were able to make small yet effective adjustments to better our block.” Following their win against the Lions, the women have earned their spot to the OUA Final Four once again, and will travel to Toronto for a chance to qualify for the U Sports championship. Before giving a single thought about nationals however, Mac has its focus on the upcoming Final Four
Fourth-year middle Maicee Sorensen contributed six blocks and six aces in Mac’s three-set win over York. C/O ALISTAIR BOULBY
One win during the Final Four weekend will punch a ticket for Mac to the U Sports championship. weekend, which kicks off with semifinal action against the U Sports championship hosts, the Ryerson Rams, on March 10. “Headed into Final Four next weekend is something our team has been looking forward to all year,” Sorensen said. “We have high expectations for each other and we work hard trying to hold each other accountable. We know we have the capability to win, and that confidence is going to make a big mental difference next weekend.” The Marauders faced the Rams once this season, and their four set win was defining for two reasons. First, it came off the heels of a loss to Toronto in a five-set thriller that saw Mac take the undefeated Blues to their limit. It also sparked a six-game winning streak to close out the season, which helped Mac surpass the Western
Mustangs to capture first place in the OUA West division. In the other semi-final, the Mustangs will face Toronto, who ranks as the top team in the country. The winners of each semifinal will face each other in the final on March 11, while the losers will battle it out in the consolation final. Given that Ryerson are the hosts for the U Sports championships, the magic number for the Marauders is one. One win during the Final Four weekend will punch a ticket for Mac to the U Sports championship. If they happen to fall to the Rams in the semifinal, a win in the consolation final on March 11 will still qualify the Marauders for the national tournament. Of course, a semifinal win would give the Marauders a higher seed in the U Sports championships. “We are more focused now than we have been all year,” Sorensen said. “It’s this focus and desire that we will thrive off as a whole in the tough moments coming soon.” A tough schedule indeed, but nothing these veterans have not seen before. @Curtains1310
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Staying on course for next season
The McMaster men’s basketball team are ready for next season with returning players and young leadership Justin Parker Contributor
In a year that began with a promising 10-0 pre-season record and a championship at the Buddha Light International Association Cup in Taiwan, the Marauders’ men’s basketball team fell short of cracking the Ontario University Athletics Final Four. After a strong win over Windsor in the preliminary round, McMaster lost a tough match to the Carleton Ravens, who would go on to finish second in the tournament. While their record and playoff play does not reflect a bad season, the team did not meet expectations they set up at the beginning of the year. “There were really positive experiences that came from the year, but we’re competitive by nature,” head coach Amos Connolly said. “Some programs would consider our record a
step forward, but for us it’s not. After a pretty strong start, we didn’t have any thought that we would have a losing record in the conference.” McMaster finished the 2016/2017 campaign with an 8-11 conference record, including a crushing 2-8 record on the road. The Marauders struggled with their consistency to close out games. Basketball is a game of runs, and the Marauders often found themselves on the wrong side of them. While it manifested itself in different ways, from poor shooting to unforced turnovers, the Marauders would sometimes succumb to fatigue that would ultimately cost them the game. When top players were forced out of action due to injury, the Marauders could not replace those minutes as well as they were able to in past seasons. Despite falling short of expectations, the Marauders have
players moving forward who will be the foundation for next year’s team. Third-year forward Connor Gilmore finished the season in the OUA’s top five in points (19.5) and rebounds (nine) per game, using his size to be a dominating force on the court, good enough to earn him a spot on the OUA First-Team All-Star list. Third-year player David McCulloch finished the season with 12.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.4 steals per game. A model of consistency, he lead the team in 36.6 minutes per game while starting every single game the team played this season. “We did manage to get some really strong leadership from Dave [McCulloch] and Connor [Gilmore],” Connolly said. “There is absolutely no question it is their basketball team now.” This season may have
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ended on a sour note, but the Marauders are primed to have a strong 2017/2018 season and are already looking forward to what is next. Between a strong coaching staff that will help to maintain consistency and with returning leaders in Gilmore and McCulloch, the Marauders look to hit the hardwood run-
ning next season. “Although there were some tough spots and some challenges I think that the guys did a really good job of staying the course, and remaining committed and true to the team in the midst of that,” Connolly said. “That lays the groundwork for success moving forward.”
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