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Volume 88, Issue 7 Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 McMaster University’s Student Newspaper






EDITORIAL BOARD editor-in-chief | thesil@thesil.ca Shane Madill @shanemadill digital media specialist | dms@msu.mcmaster.ca Aaron de Jesus managing editor | managing@thesil.ca Rachel Katz production editor | production@thesil.ca Catherine Tarasyuk online editor | online@thesil.ca Haley Greene sections

Sasha Dhesi Cassidy Bereskin news@thesil.ca

news editor news reporter

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features@thesil.ca opinion editor

Reem Sheet


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News Carving out spaces at Take Back the Night McMaster Womanists talk about their new presence at Take Back the Night and the importance of intersectionality Emile Shen Contributor

On Sept. 28, the Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton Area) held Hamilton’s 36th annual Take Back The Night. It was also the first time that the McMaster Womanists tabled at the event, a group that seeks to give survivors a chance to not only reclaim their right to safety, but also collectively heal in a march around downtown Hamilton. The McMaster Womanists was established in 2014 by Kayonne Christy and Kermeisha Williams to specifically address the issues affecting black women both on and off the university campus. The group’s advocacy is rooted in intersectional principles and black womanism, which prioritizes the experiences of black women to inform advocacy methods. Gachi Issa, the co-president of McMaster Womanists, spoke on behalf of the group’s activism especially in relation to Take Back The Night. “Take Back the Night is a great space for mobilization and it’s a great space in which people can gather and talk about gender oppression,” said Issa. “But we’re also going to carve space for people to talk about racism, to talk about transphobia because a lot of these movements are centered around whiteness, but also a very specific view on femininity and women,” she added. She noted that feminist spaces have traditionally been predominantly white in their demographic, and trans-exclusionary in their views. “Even the narrative of Take Back the Night, like, ‘women are subject to serious sexual assault’. People of colour and black women are disproportionately affected by sexual assault — it is a fact,” said Issa. The status quo of this movement causes the many material issues of other marginalized groups to be ignored. For

instance, being a woman who is a visible minority is an additional risk factor for gender-based violence. “It’s identifying that there are intersections and you can’t just be one thing. You are many things. You can be black and a woman. You could also be a Muslim and facing many different oppressions,” she said. As such, the official tabling at Take Back The Night by the McMaster Womanists this year practices what the group preaches: both grassroots activism and providing a safe or more comfortable and inclusive space for black women, non-binary folks and other women of colour. “Every year I go, it’s been adding elements,” said Issa. Still, it is activists that are demanding that movements expand to include the narratives of people of colour, specifically black women and non-binary individuals. Outside of special events like Take Back The Night and the Women’s March that immediately followed Donald Trump’s inauguration in February, Issa stresses that a willingness to learn, to come out and talk at events, and to use the resources available online are invaluable. “Some people don’t understand racism because they’re not affected by it, which is okay but the fact that we are being affected by racism and oppression, but then also have to explain that is a lot. So again, Google is free,” she said. As Take Back the Night continues to grow every year, groups like McMaster Womanists hope to see more consideration for other marginalized groups.


Take Back the Night is an annual march against gender-based violence held by the Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton Area). KYLE WEST / PHOTO REPORTER

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New Sobi-Presto Program Meet SoBi’s new best friend, Presto Saad Ejaz Contributor

If you are a McMaster University student or a resident in Hamilton, you have likely passed a dock of dark blue bikes appearing on city corners. A new program by Sobi Hamilton rolled out last week which introduces new functionality that enables users to use their Presto pass on all the bikes in the fleet. This comes after the introduction of the new Hamilton Street Railway U-Pass, a free Presto card for all McMaster Students Union members that does not charge users to access the HSR. The U-Pass is the new iteration of the university’s prior bus passes. Chelsea Cox, the General Manager at Sobi Hamilton states that the program will help create greater ease in using the Bike Share program.

“It’s now easier than ever… it’s mostly just creating convenience for anyone who wants to carry one less card and tap in with their presto — it makes transit integration easier for the future,” said Cox. Now with Presto integration, users can link their Presto card with their Bike Share account, and can skip the step of entering account numbers to unlock a bike at the dock. Account and payment setups follow the same format as before. This comes a few months after the failure of the McMaster Students Union referendum to include a discounted Sobi Hamilton membership in every undergraduate’s tuition fees last Nov. The projected cost was a flat fee of $16.95 for 90 minutes of daily access. According to SoBi’s website, one of the main concerns students raised about a univer-

sal SoBi pass was the accessibility of it, as some students may not have been able to use the bikes. SoBi is now in the works of addressing these concerns and asks those interested in contributing to reach out. SoBi maintains that a more developed bike share program on campus would benefit all students whether they use it or not by alleviating congestion in buses and promote a healthier, more active community. SoBi Hamilton is now offering several new opportunities for students which include discounted monthly rates and a Facebook platform to foster a cycling culture and more connections within the Hamilton community. The Facebook platform will offer promotions and specialized content, opportunity for feedback and an avenue to discuss arrangements for big events and festivals in the city.

There will also be a new model called “Priority Hub” that will be incentivizing rebound tasks that help reduce the need to bring Sobi vehicles to campus and parking at certain hubs. For instance, this could include parking bikes at particular sites for either ease of access for other or collecting of bikes by SoBi. The program has seen a steady increase since its introduction in the Winter of 2015. “We have been seeing a growth in McMaster students, faculty and staff joining the program,” said Cox. “Any opportunity we have to get more people riding bikes and trying out a healthier and environmentally sustainable mode of transportation is really big positive for us and a part of our goal and mission, and McMaster is a really big part of that,” she added.





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A look back at the safety of HoCo

In response to past critiques, the board of directors attempted to improve security during Homecoming Cassidy Bereskin News Reporter

In response to the underrepresentation of reps and security staff at Post Malone, the McMaster Students Union beefed up security for Lil Yachty and the Strumbellas. The call for the MSU to update students about its increased security measures came when Sabra Salim, caucus leader (Science), put forward a motion at the Student Representative Assembly on Sept. 24. While the initial motion asked the board to outline what changes they were making to Homecoming and other events, the amended motion that passed asked that the MSU release a statement before Homecoming highlighting all safety measures. “The changes made for Homecoming in light of Post Malone are absolutely necessary,” said Salim. “It is our responsibility as a union to fill in the gaps by the university. Whether this looks like having a chill zone by [the MSU Women and Gender Equity Network], having more and better quality security or more [Emergency Medical Services] on-site, it is a pre-requisite for the MSU to learn from what hasn’t worked before so as to improve,” In the Sept. 28 issue of the Silhouette, Chukky Ibe, MSU president, outlined the board’s efforts to improve Homecoming security. A notable change included the moving of concert grounds away from Faculty Hollow to John Hodgkins Engineering Field, accommodating for the expected increase in students. “We have been working closely with McMaster Security Services and Hamilton Police Services to double the amount of security staff present at the venue, ensuring that students have a safe environment to enjoy the concerts,” said Ibe. The board was also able to ensure that the MSU Emergency First Response Team was supported by Hamilton EMS, volunteers from MSU WGEN were available to assist students and staff from Campus Events and volunteers from the Maroons received bystander intervention training prior to Homecoming. “At Lil Yachty, there were

The MSU continues to discuss how to improve safety during Homecoming. KYLE WEST / PHOTO REPORTER

a lot more cops on campus and near the venue,” said Faris Mecklai, a first-year arts and science student who saw both Post Malone and Lil Yachty perform. It should be noted, however, that Ibe did not provide specific numbers in his letter. The numbers of security staff, on-site EMS, volunteers and police present at the concerts, for instance, were omitted. In addition, aside from noting that the MSU was working to double the amount of security at Homecoming, Ibe did not explicitly compare security numbers to those at Post Malone. When repeatedly asked for a comparative quantitative breakdown of the number of se-

curity staff, on-site EMS and police officers at the homecoming concerts, Daniel Tuba D’Souza, vice president (Finance), repeated Ibe word-for-word, not disclosing any numbers. In addition, D’Souza was unable to speak to how police and security staff were trained to handle disclosures and causes of assault. The board’s lack of transparency may not be the only indication that the MSU could have done more to maximize student safety last weekend. During his show, Lil Yachty told all the women in the audience who wore a C-cup bra size to directly message him. “It was really weird after Lil

In addition, D’Souza was unable to speak to how police and security staff were trained to handle disclosures and causes of assault. Yachty’s C-cup remarks as he blatantly said he wanted to sleep with Mac students,” said Mecklai, who notes that the MSU or the university should have

communicated with Lil Yachty prior to the concert. “At that point I was really creeped out…. I didn’t feel unsafe but I’m a guy and I’m not sure how girls in the crowd felt.” While its efforts to improve security at Homecoming made a tangible difference, the MSU needs to continue to increase transparency and communication.


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The city of music Emily O’Rourke Features Reporter

There is no doubt that the city of Hamilton has a cultural vibrancy that is recognized by those involved within its various creative industries. In particular, the city is home to globally recognized and independent musical talent who drive the local arts and culture scene, celebrating Hamilton’s long and resilient legacy of music. The Hamilton Music Strategy is an initiative that began nearly four years ago. It seeks to put Hamilton on the map

as the “City of Music” through strategic goals and objectives. But with a lack of money, resources and personnel, the initiative is slowly losing its edge.

City of Music Initiative In 2013, the city’s economic development department launched the Hamilton Music Strategy. The initiative celebrates “all things music” in Hamilton with the vision of a thriving music industry, creative music community and eclectic music scene. The main goals of the initiative ultimately lead to making a more accessible music scene within the city by strengthening the local music industry, growing audiences and appreciation of music within the city, increasing access to musical experiences and to cultivating

music creation and talent. The strategy’s municipal document is loaded with objectives, actions and a reasonable timeline for these goals to be accomplished.

[The Hamilton Music Strategy’s goals] sound great on paper, but none of these go into what creates a music city Daniel Dell Host Listen Closely

The project was initially backed with $50,000 in funding from the city’s economic development initiatives budget and led to the opening of a “music office” in the Lister Block before the 2015 Juno Awards. Since then, the music office has been switched through a variety of hands, and is now being handled by a Tourism Hamilton staff member, who is also the point person for combined creative industries,

including television and film, within the city. In late 2016, an enhanced music industry group was developed in partnership with the city. The Music Industry Working Committee is a group of local music industry representatives from various backgrounds within Hamilton’s music scene who assist with the Hamilton Music Strategy. Within the past month, five members of the MIWC have resigned, including co-chairs Jeffrey Martin, president of Quorum Communications Inc., and Madeline Wilson, artist manager and concert promoter of Front Room Entertainment. In addition, Scott Warren, the chief executive officer of Core Entertainment, which operates FirstOntario Centre, F2 Events Corp Co-Founder Lara Farcasan and musician Dan Medakovic have also resigned from the committee. “There’s a difference in opinion between the city’s priorities and the speed of things,” said Martin, noting that the volunteer committee has put thousands of hours into this initiative. “Things need to get done and we need to reach out to the music community,” he added. “We need… musicians, studio owners and producers have ownership in this brand and this whole endeavour. If they don’t have ownership, there isn’t

anything there.” According to the city, several initiatives have been developed in recent months to help foster Hamilton's music scene, but the lack of proper funding and resources shines a light on the Hamilton Music Strategy’s focus, which has largely been on branding Hamilton as the “City of Music.” Daniel Dell, a local musician and host of Listen Closely, a CFMU radio show that discusses what goes into creating a music scene, notes that although the strategy’s goals are strong in theory, creating a brand should come after supporting those who are living and working within the Hamilton music scene. “[The Hamilton Music Strategy’s goals] sound great on paper, but none of these go into what creates a music city,” said Dell. “That involves creating a livable city for people who are involved, whether that be for musicians moving to the city and actually finding places to live, having affordable housing or making it so venues who want to host events have less barriers and restrictions in order to have all ages shows or outdoor events. If you want to be a music city, you have to be able to embolden your existing group of show-goers, venue owners and musicians.”


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The spirit of Hamilton’s music scene is still entirely community-focused. Musicians and industry professionals within the scene are constantly supporting one another through various endeavours.

The issue with development It’s clear that the city of Hamilton has been going through a continuous phase of development. Historically, property costs within the city were fairly low in comparison to neighbouring cities, leaving developers and investors to look towards Hamilton for new opportunities. This has changed significantly within in the past decade. The cost of buying a home in Hamilton has spiked over 88.3 per cent over the past ten years. With that, the city has seen the cost of rental units shoot up more than any other city within Ontario within the past year, making it difficult to find adequate, affordable housing units for those in need. The wellbeing of musicians who live in the city is a critical aspect to building a thriving music scene. The lack of affordable rental units and rehearsal spaces, in addition to the affordability of a work-life balance, leaves several musicians to their own devices and ultimately overthrows the main objectives behind labelling Hamilton as the “City of Music.” Further, the aspect of affordability in attending and supporting live music events on a regular basis launches a chain reaction that can complicate the entirety of a city’s music scene overall.

As costs to operate live music venues increase, general attendance is continuously decreasing, ultimately raising the question of how the city can maintain its cultural vibrancy while supporting spaces that are, for the most part, responsible for creating this scene to begin with Within the past year, two of Hamilton’s major live music venues have closed down. Homegrown Hamilton and the Baltimore House fostered upand-coming talent within the city, booking young musicians, hosting open-mic nights and ultimately nurturing the Hamilton music scene. Both venues were located along King William Street, which has been named as Hamilton’s vibrant new enter-

tainment district. As costs to operate live music venues increase, general attendance is continuously decreasing, ultimately raising the question of how the city can maintain its cultural vibrancy while supporting spaces that are, for the most part, responsible for creating this scene to begin with. Lee Reed, a local hip-hop artist and activist, has actively spoken out about the lack of affordability and increase in development that the music scene has faced in recent years. “Young people are the heart and soul of a city’s music scene,” said Reed. “So, if they cannot easily afford to live and play music in your downtown, if they cannot afford the life-work balance that allows a few nights a week for music practice and gigs, then your music scene is on life support.”

Moving forward Wilson and Martin, alongside the Music Industry Working Committee, are working to transition their team into an independent, not-for-profit association in order to actively work on both short and longterm goals. The goals, which are the same as the initial strategy’s goals, maintain a focus on musi-

cians’ wellbeing, education and networking opportunities. With access to greater funding and resources as an independent association, the new, independent committee will work alongside the city in order to see these goals through. “Musicians make a lot of money for other people but not a lot of money for themselves, and that’s been the same for decades,” said Martin. “We’re trying to make it better for musicians. The bottom line is that it’s all for the musicians because without them, you don’t have music industry at all, and our musicians are great.” The spirit of Hamilton’s music scene is still entirely community-focused. Musicians and industry professionals within the scene are constantly supporting one another through various endeavours. Hamilton’s Music Industry Working Committee is looking to encapsulate that attitude into initiatives and strategies, moving forward.




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designed buildings around the country, such as the new University of Guelph Athletics Centre and the new Student & Fitness Centre at Dalhousie University.

The MSU will host two town hall meetings at which students can give their feedback on the layout of the building directly to the architects

DANIEL TUBA DSOUZA Vice President (Finance) vpfinance@msu.mcmaster.ca 905.525.9140 x24109

It has been six months since you voted on a referendum to expand the Pulse Fitness Centre and build a new Student Activity Building. There have been multiple significant developments since the referendum passed. Over the summer we have been working incredibly closely with Facility Services, Athletics & Recreation,

There have been multiple developments since the referendum passed and the University to move this project forward in the most effective way possible. During that time, we interviewed a number of renowned architects from across the country with impressive portfolios and ended up selecting MJMA – an extremely qualified architecture firm that has

Student consultation was a central aspect in the original proposal of this plan, and continues to be a critical element of this project as it progresses. Throughout the last two months we have consulted over 1400 students through surveys and in person pop-up booths, in addition to a large number of clubs, several faith groups, and industry experts in order to gather student feedback during the pre-design phase of the project. The MSU will host two large town hall meetings during the last two weeks of October, after the fall reading week. At these meetings, students can give their feedback on the first drafts of the layout of the building directly to the architects. This exciting project will result in a multi-story student centre with a fantastic view of campus, a large multi-faith prayer space, grocery store, and thousands of square feet of brand new study and social space for students to enjoy. The Pulse itself will be 2.25x the size of what it currently is, with additional

fitness studios, a women’s only fitness centre, and a brand new gym. The expanded Pulse and the Student Activity Building will be built as an addition to the west side of the David Braley Athletic Centre, close to where the Living Learning Centre is currently being constructed. The two parts to

this project are set to be finished in two to three years. We are incredibly excited to be a part of McMaster’s history with all of you, and hope to see you take part in the two town halls later this month to have your voice heard in the creation of this future central hub of student life.





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Editorial Hamilton does not deserve Amazon Treatment of Mac students does not satisfy the requirements for Amazon’s new headquarters Shane Madill Editor-in-Chief

On Sept. 27, city council approved spending as much as $500,000 on a bid to host Amazon’s second headquarters. The city will contribute $250,000 and private donors will contribute $250,000. This was already a pipedream given competition such as Toronto, Vancouver and major US cities are able to spend $2 million on their bids and Hamilton fails to satisfy such Amazon preferences as “[m]etropolitan areas with more than one million people.” Since announcing their intentions, the city has also managed to demonstrate failure when it comes to other aspects of the bid. Following the events of homecoming and the related street wide party on Dalewood Avenue, city council, with only ward 3 councillor Matthew Green and ward 15 councillor Judi Partridge opposing, passed a motion for additional bylaw officers be added to the Westdale and Ainsile Wood areas. These two neighbourhoods surround McMaster University. This motion was forward by

ward 1 councillor Aidan Johnson, who is the current representative of the boundries where the university and neighbouring areas are located. He argued that the program is necessary to improve the hygiene of the area and the enforcement of law in the area. This knee-jerk reaction continues to pull at a few much larger issues. Instead of working with the student union for a non-punitive, educational and restorative approach to bylaw management, as proposed by vice president (Education) Ryan Deshpande and associate vice president of municipal affairs Stephanie Bertolo, the city simply decided that lip service to get students to pay more fines was better than actively working towards solutions. With the issues about student retention in Hamilton coming up every so often, you would think the city would at least try to improve on this when this is a core part of the Amazon bid. It explicitly states that Amazon has a preference for, “Urban or suburban locations with the potential to attract and retain strong technical talent,”

and that, “A highly educated labor pool is critical and a strong university system is required.” Hamilton has demonstrated their intention to do neither. Green stated that the bylaw management program unfairly targets students, sends a bad message for the city wanting to retain graduates and stigmatizes the population. He is right. While I respect the fact that something had to be done, this particular effort and the way it was conducted disrespected the student body. Though our student representatives had strong enough points for city councillors to concede to, they were ultimately fruitless in changing the vote or even delaying it to find better solutions. Hamilton had an opportunity to move forward in their efforts to retain students by at least pretending to care about the perspectives of the McMaster population, and could barely be bothered to try. The city has a significant way to go to even hope to compete for Amazon. @shanemadill

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Maddie Krusto Theatre & Fiilm/English

Kyle West Photo Reporter

How did you find McMaster from an off-campus perspective? Do you feel like the services are lacking for off-campus students? It’s hard for me because I have a lot of anxiety about stuff like that, in first year was very hard for me to get involved. Mostly because I’m not good at putting myself out there. I know that there are off-campus groups but I’m not good at doing it myself and approaching big groups of people like that. So for me to get involved in my first year, I did one of the Honours Performance Series shows in Theatre and Film. It was called “Who Let the Dogs Out” and it was how I got involved because it was a small group of people working on a show and it was not me having to do social interactions with groups of people. That became the easiest way for me to get involved and also how I got into the Theatre and Film program. For me being involved at school as an off-campus student in the form of me doing theatre at McMaster, and became the best way for me to get involved within my comfort zone to be involved. Which sounds weird because performing isn’t usually in peo-

go to everything. Take a bunch of cards or sign up for things. It’s terrifying but you really just have to put yourself out there. But, I find doing a club is the best way because you are meeting a lot of like minded people and when you are all together with a shared love or passion that is the best way to meet friends. It’s different than going to an event because it is more about being with a group of people who all want to be there and share their passion.

ple’s comfort zones but it was what worked for me. Do you feel that having a program that is tight knit helped with this? In first year I was taking theatre and film courses along with English and the first year lectures for those are huge. They are terrifying because everyone is taking first year English. Then in second year our acting class felt like the community in a Grade 12 acting class, which is one of the reasons why I chose the program because I had enjoyed it so much in high school. I really liked how small the classes became and now in third year have started to get smaller and have that feeling as well. Although that wasn’t the case in second year so I found that I made most of my friends and connections through those second year theatre courses. The majority of my close friends are from Theatre and Film and I think there is a difference where, in English, you don’t have small classes. The small classes in combination with the creative aspect and intimate nature of the work creates a much more close knit community.

What do you think could be added in offerings for off-campus students that would make it easier for people who aren’t in such tight knit communities? In first year you are introduced to the Off-Campus Society so you get invited to a lot of their programming in Welcome Week. In my case I didn’t actually meet anyone who was off-campus during Welcome Week because unless you went to those events it was hard to find any at other events offered. I think offering things within programs for off-campus students or faculties could possibly be helpful. Sending emails and creating specifics events could be helpful.

Do you have any advice for people in first year that you wish you could have told yourself? Join a club immediately, do something as soon as possible. I know a lot of people who live off-campus and they don’t have a lot of friends on-campus because they did not get involved very early. Now they are involved or they made friends in classes but the easiest way to make friends as an off-campus student in your first year other than friends you might have had in high school. Join a club, do something, go to ClubsFest,

“But, I find doing a club is the best way because you are meeting a lot of like minded people and when you are all together with a shared love or passion that is the best way to meet friends.” Maddie Krusto Theatre & Film/English III


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Opinion Lectures are lost in discussions Tutorials are losing their purpose and lectures are taking on more than they should be


Reem Sheet Opinion Editor

Lecture should not be a place to ask assignment questions, have long discussions receive participation marks. If attendance in both tutorial and lecture is mandatory and graded, what’s the point of having both sections take up time in my schedule? Not all students enjoy tutorial-style scenarios. They are meant to be a smaller setting for facilitating group discussions and for the students to clarify concepts and ask assignment questions as a whole. Unfortunately, tutorials have been losing their purpose. With the diverse requirements of certain classes in different programs and the rise of technology as a resource for students, tutorials may not be as necessary as they used to be. This is not the case for every class, but some course structures need to be reassessed. With the increase of re-

sources that eliminate the need for social contact, it is becoming harder for students to find the motivation to attend tutorials. Anyone who uses Khan Academy and relies on proffs to post lecture slides online can tell you the same thing. This is why the incentive of participation marks exists; where, though attendance is not mandatory, it might as well be if you are interested in getting a better grade. However, certain undergraduate classes are beginning to use the participation mark incentive to forcibly influence students to attend lecture as well. Students who have class in the new “active rooms” in L.R. Wilson Hall have experienced this. One of my mandatory English courses weighs each two-hour lecture to be one per cent of my final grade and solely bases this on the forced group participation portion of the lecture. Yes, lecture. Not to mention that this full-year course also has a full-year tutorial that

uses the participation marks incentive. This lecture is one of the “learning pod” classes in L.R. Wilson. The active learning classrooms are “high-tech” classrooms with multiple TV screens that students sitting in the “learning pods”, also known as the round tables in the classroom, have access to using an HDM port. In addition, the room also has a microphone at each seat and each pod has a complimentary white board at each seat. Sounds like the perfect tutorial room, doesn’t it? Tutorials are beneficial for certain classes, however a lecture like the one I just mentioned does not need an additional tutorial. In this case, the integrity of the lecture-tutorial dynamic becomes obsolete. However, in certain classes, the three hours of graded participation might be beneficial, especially for classes that are heavily dependent on discussions for grade achievement.

With the diverse requirements of certain classes in different programs and the rise of technology as a resource for students, tutorials may not be as necessary as they used to be. Though McMaster has a reputation as a university that practices the lecture-tutorial dichotomy, some classes have been straying away from this strategy of learning. Some classes have been adopting the “flipped classroom method”, where students study at home using voice-over videos or modules that the professor

has provided, and lecture is used to ask questions and expand on content that students learned about at home. For certain classes like economics and psychology courses, this strategy works because it extracts the need for forced participation and encourages students to participate at their own pace, based on their own knowledge and understanding. It also gives students more time to study concepts in the week by getting rid of a tutorial slot, and allows students to learn based on their own learning methods. Just because McMaster has a lecture-tutorial dynamic, doesn’t mean that all courses need to hold true to it. Courses need to be assessed based on their structures and purposes. If tutorial is not beneficial for me as a student, then it doesn’t need to be one more reason for me to worry about my grade. @ReemSheet

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Starting university after 20 at Mac Is it too late for me to fulfil the university experience if I am a year behind to start? Catarina Gonzalez Contributor

For most freshmen, this may not be as relevant. But for those of you who were hesitant to explain why you are older than most at Welcome Week and did not want to go through the trouble of explaining why, this one’s for you. Recently a Reddit user on r/ McMaster posed a question on making friends at McMaster as a 20-year-old freshman — what are the challenges, experiences, and the general consensus regarding the age gap? McMaster’s subreddit community is a dedicated space for students, staff, alumni and future students to facilitate discussion about various activities, events, disciplines and streams, and ask questions regarding life at Mac or in Hamilton. I initially missed the thread but I saw it a few days later and it led me to consider the challenges I’ve faced myself as a mature student. After taking a gap year to

focus on working and earning the money to pay for school, I applied to McMaster the following year and faced the same anxieties and concerns as the poster — would I fit in? Would I be too old to relate? Would I be able to make friends? Though I was only one year behind in the game, the gap gave just gave me more time to multiply the normal stresses that most first years have earlier on. I didn’t want to feel like an outsider in the first week, and was afraid to come out to the Welcome Week events that I presumed would consist of only fresh high school graduates. Thankfully, McMaster had several helpful events in order to facilitate social ABC. Welcome Week was just one way to create a networking platform and help create the “life long friendships” that the university experience is supposed to come with A few helpful Reddit users chimed in and gave their perspective on what it’s like to

be a freshman after 20 years old. Most of the users offered a positive outlook and advantageous advice like being able to purchase alcohol for parties (but definitely not for underaged students), and having more life experience than most of your peers. A few users suggested that most of your peers can’t even tell the age difference usually, and once you get over the initial awkwardness of introducing your age along with your year — people generally didn’t really react or care. Not unlike high school, the student climate at McMaster is very relaxed and students from different years and disciplines intermingle socially. Most of us can thnk of a few of our current friend taht we have made in our first year, and for the most part, you are probably unaware of the age gap between fyour group of friends. Typically when meeting someone, they only ask about your program and not your age, so it wasn’t that difficult to avoid

sharing your age and reiterating the reason why you may be older than the bunch. Above all else, the best

After taking a gap year to focus on working and earning the money to pay for school, I applied to McMaster the following year and faced the same anxieties and concerns as the poster — would I fit in? advice given in this thread was one user suggesting battling insecurity about your age with confidence — focus on staying true to yourself, and enjoy being able to walk into the LCBO without worrying about wheth-

er or not your cousin’s ID looks similar enough to you to pass it off legitimately. The general consensus is in from this growing McMaster community: people probably won’t even notice, and if they do, they probably won’t even care. Remember, the university experience is what you make of it. No one needs to know your story if you don’t want to share it. And to all McMaster freshman of all ages, good luck in your friend-making university experience and remember: it is an experience so don’t be afraid to get out there and enjoy not being ID-ed.









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Varsity sports and academics Student-athletes at McMaster are proven to do better in academics, and on the field Myles Baldwin Contributor

The life of a student-athlete is different from that of most other students in the sense that the 24-hour day is consumed with either sports or schoolwork. Living this type of lifestyle may be overwhelming, although the responsibility of the student is to manage their time around studies, training, workouts and a balanced social life. Varsity sports help students achieve higher marks by teaching valuable time management skill and helping them develop the skill to enhance their academics. The student-athlete title comes with leadership and accountability. Athletes are responsible for maintaining high academic marks and a dominating performance on the field. Most people are unaware about what it takes to fulfil the “student-athlete” image because they do not understand the amount of hard work and dedication it takes. McMaster students are held to high standards, and learn different tools in in sports, which transfer to the class room as well. For example,

student-athletes are expected to arrive early to work-outs, which translates into showing up to class earlier than usual as a result. Athletes are encouraged to demonstrate leadership and hard work throughout their obligations. Accountability is emphasized on a sports team where players are expected to show up early to get a job done and leadership emphasizes being first to arrive to get a head start. The high expectations from varsity sports triggers student-athletes to create a work ethic that differentiates themselves from regular students. The self-discipline instigated by varsity sports lends itself to academic focus, helping to banish procrastination. According to an article in the Guardian, “the mind wanders when doing essays, but if you develop a focus and know you have to use your time efficiently then it’s a very transferable skill”. At McMaster, students on a scholarship are expected to meet a strict grade of 70 per cent in order to remain eligible for the scholarship.

Keeping in mind the amount of time being consumed with sports, student-athletes are forced to work hard and neglect distractions from achieving their mandatory marks to remain eligible. With the academic requirements being so high, athletes are given a goal to reach which creates motivation they use in their sports to succeed in the classroom. Eligibility alone pushes student-athletes to work hard in their school work so they are allowed to compete in their sports. McMaster student-athletes are also provided with a fantastic academic advising group who are strictly employed to mentor and guide them through success within their classes. The student-athletes are responsible to attend mandatory study sessions each week where they are given tutoring and guidance with completing their assignments. This process forces the student-athlete to work hard to achieve the marks necessary to remain eligible. Daily time consumption for a student-athlete consists of mandatory early morning workouts, class, training and

study hall. Athletes are given a time slot each week where they meet with academic advisors to discuss time management. Student-athletes are instructed on how to prepare a schedule, which is useful to keep track of their availability.

Living this type of lifestyle may be overwhelming, although the responsibility of the student is to manage their time around studies, training, workouts and a balanced social life. Knowing how to manage time wisely at a young age is a beneficial tool for life inside and outside of school. With that being said, the risk of negative distractions and involvement of activities outside

of school or sports are easily preventable. McMaster athletes are taught to manage a positive and healthy social life around their obligations as a student. These valuable traits will also carry on to benefit them in their future careers. Sports teach young adults how to be brave and confident when stepping outside of their comfort zone. Varsity sports teaches students how to be comfortable in difficult situations, which is key for conquering assignments at their highest potential. Students on a sports team have many great resources available to them at McMaster. This includes guidance on how to achieve high marks, manage schedules and conquer obligations. These are all positive rewards as a result of being a part of the varsity sports community at McMaster university.



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EVENTS CALENDAR Food Collective Centre

HSA Raas Garba 2017

CFMU Volunteer Orinentation

When: Monday through Thursday from 11:30am - 3:30pm

When: Friday, October 06, 2017 from 06:30PM until 12:00AM

When: Wednesday, October 25th at 7pm

Where: Basement of the Refactory

Where: CIBC Hall in MUSC

The Food Collective Centre is a space that aims to empower and support Mac Bread Bin users through the choice of selection. By using a self service format, Mac Bread Bin Partners* have the opportunity to pick the non-perishable food, and hygiene products that they need - at no cost. For more information, visit: msumcmaster.ca/breadbin

We Invite You to CelebrateRaas Garba with HSA! Navratri is the right time to flaunt your amazing dance moves.

McMaster School of Bhangra Launch Party

Reading Week October 9-15 Dirty Sexy Bingo

When: Thursday, October 5 at 8pm

When: Tuesday, Octover 24 at 8:30pm

Where: Bridges Café

Where: TwelvEighty

A social gathering for MSB general members and executives. There will be performances, games, and an open dance floor. For more information, visit: facebook.com/McMaster.Bhangra

Hosted by Spenny from Kenny vs. Spenny! Doors at 8:00PM, Show starts at 8:30PM Plenty of “toys” to be won! $5 advance tickets available, $5 at the door!

Where: TSH B128 Do you have a passion for radio? Volunteer for CFMU by writing for their blog, hosting a program, produce advertisements and promotions, help the music department or be a social media ambassador! Come to the next volunteer orientation if you’re interestred in volunteering!

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Arts & Culture Taking a leap Into the Abyss New store by Hamilton record store veteran opens on Locke Street

C/O Jonathan Cass

Razan Samara A&C Reporter

An abyss is dark and bottomless. It’s a mysterious place where it’s easy to get lost in nostalgia and deep thoughts. The new record shop on the corner of Locke Street South and Canada Street is just that, but with white walls and friendly faces that will greet you with open arms. After two years of thinking about opening a record shop, Brad Germain and his wife, Jenni Germain, softly opened Into the Abyss during the Locke Street Festival earlier in September. Their passion for music and desire to do things their own way while still having fun, drove the couple to open up their own shop. Brad, who can easily be recognized by record-shopping regulars, worked at Cheapies, the oldest record shop in Ham-

ilton, for 18 years. “It was a great learning experience… I’ll be forever grateful to the owner at Cheapies for teaching me so much of the business and how to do it… But I think you get to a point in your life when you just want to do your own thing,” said Brad. Brad’s life revolves around music. He loves listening to records and talking to his customers about different kinds of music. It’s something others can share with him, so that he can learn about their cultures and experiences, in turn, others can learn about him and his interests. “In divisive times, any chance that you have to bridge the gap in communication and the gap in understanding between people, you really have to try and take it… That’s why I’m so passionate about music. I can see how important it is… It’s a joyous thing to be able to do.

It’s a great way to bring people together,” explained Brad. Into the Abyss’ selection reflects the message of bringing people together. The Germains ensure their selection is unique by putting records in their store that have never sold before in the city and focusing on music that is under represented in Hamilton. While music-lovers can still find popular and sought-out vintage records on the shelves, Into the Abyss also encourages customers to introduce themselves to music beyond Western rock. Customers can explore records from places like Latin America and Africa, whole also being able to pick up ambient and avant-garde records from the likes of Brain Eno and William Basinski. Into the Abyss is not only a place for music lovers, the space also includes a selection of vintage clothing and trendy Into

the Abyss merchandise. Jenni is currently working on designing and manufacturing her own clothing, which will soon hit the shop’s shelves. A friend of the Germains is also designing tie-dye shirts, hoodies and adult onesies. And the work of other artist friends, such as Sarah Froese, who handcrafts printed matter using an antique press, will also be sold. “You can mix up the experience, it’s for music fans but it’s also for friends of music fans,” said Brad. Into the Abyss also aims to be a place Hamiltonians and especially young people, can feel comfortable in. Brad believes that record stores are a place to make new friends, while also being the kind of place people can get lost in and feed their imagination and sense of wonder. As for the strange name, Brad chose “Into the Abyss” for many reasons: its uniqueness,

its reference to the philosopher Nietzsche, but mostly because it reflects his experience opening up his own shop. “When you are going out on a limb and going into business for yourself, it really is like going into the unknown, ‘into the abyss’… you are going into a territory that you’ve never been into before and it can be scary and daunting,” explained Brad. Despite the process being a little scary and the pressure of a profit-driven industry, Brad and Jenni Germain will continue to stay true to themselves, do what they love and run Into the Abyss with a genuine passion for sharing music with others. Into the Abyss is located on 119 Locke Street South and will be offering a 10 per cent discount to students with a valid McMaster ID on Tuesdays. @theSilhouette

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For the love of Winged


Young entrepreneurs reinvent what it means to eat healthy

Razan Samara A&C Reporter

Now that the first month of university is over, most students have come to the realization that eating healthy is not only difficult, but a lot of the time expensive and inconvenient. My plan to meal prep and eat right didn’t last past the first week of September, and the hunt for an affordable wholesome eatery near campus was not as fruitful as I hoped.

In dire need of a break from over-priced pizza, I turned to Instagram. That’s when I came across an account boasting all plantbased and gluten-free meals, from curried beet soup with crisp tandoori chickpeas to Swedish-style lentil “meatballs” and mushroom gravy. The Winged Bean is a Hamilton-based service that allows you to pick a subscription

plan, while the chefs cook your meals on a weekly rotation and deliver them right to your door at no extra cost. Every week features a new menu, but their commitment to entirely animal product-free, gluten-free and locally sourced meals stays the same. A five-meal subscription is amounts to a little over $7 per meal, making it one of the most affordable vegan friendly options in Hamilton. At only 20 years old, Daniil Kiselev and Melanie Kuntz

founded the Winged Bean. Kiselev and Kuntz met at McMaster University in their first year, where they found themselves in a draining cycle of spending long hours studying, then cooking, then back to studying. As vegans, it was difficult for them to eat well on a budget. For aspiring vegans or anyone who wants to adopt a plant-based regime for their own health and the wellbeing of the environment, it’s even more difficult. “For us, it’s been all our friends and people around us who genuinely appreciate that sort of lifestyle, but don’t follow it because of the difficulties,” explained Kiselev. “[The Winged Bean is a] solution that we made up and it fit in with both aspects of having a plant-based routine as well as an affordable and convenient [eating] solution.” The Winged Bean also recognizes that eating plantbased foods can also change lives. Seven years ago, Kuntz was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory disease of the digestive tract that led to countless hospital stays. “What was really able to help her out, and she’s been in remission ever since, is switching to a plant-based diet; that’s one of the reasons why we’re such huge advocates and it’s been amazing how many issues have been solved by eating that way,” explained

Kiselev. The Winged Bean’s 100 per cent gluten-free policy allows them to cater to a demand in the food industry and expand their market reach. Kiselev and Kuntz’ experience in the food industry spans several years but as first-time entrepreneurs, their passion for good and purpose driven food is what fuels their ambition to run their business. The Winged Bean launched in July, but has been in the works since Aug. 2016. Kiselev and Kuntz decided to take time off university and pursue their idea full-time. They’ve had the support of The Forge, a McMaster-affiliated entrepreneurship initiative and Innovation Factory, Hamilton’s incubator for start-ups. Since then, Kiselev and Kuntz have been doing what they love: cooking, innovating recipes and changing the perception of plant-based foods in Hamilton. “A big part of having plantbased food is that many people think that it’s boring, many people think that it’s just salads, nuts and lettuce, and we wanted to combat that and show people that there is [an ethnically diverse] variety of foods…. The idea is to show people that it can be both delicious and vary by cuisine,” said Kiselev. Many Indian dishes that are traditionally plant-based, such as chana masala and coconut curry, inspire the Winged Bean. Kiselev and Kuntz also get creative with substituting for vegan-friendly ingredients to create dishes like cauliflower “butter chicken”. The Middle Eastern-inspired falafel platter, Italian-inspired handmade gnocchi with


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Review basil pesto, and the reinvention of Texas’ chili with quinoa and lime cashew cream make the Winged Bean menu a multicultural experience for customers and even the founders. “We’re both Eastern European, and for us it’s been a change…. Eastern European cuisine is generally very heavy on meats and dairy, which is the opposite of what we do, so we’ve been having a lot of fun trying to convert those recipes and try and make them plant-based. We have a lentil-walnut ‘kotleti’ served with cranberry sauce; [the goal is] to copy the Christmas dinner at your grandma’s,” explained Kiselev. The Winged Bean currently only serves Hamilton, but Kiselev and Kuntz’ envision their business moving out of their rental kitchen at the Kitchen Collective and expanding to their own production facility that will service all of Ontario. Rather than opening up a restaurant, their business model allows them to keep operation costs low, increase affordability to their customers and profitability for themselves. With the Winged Bean, customers can skip the fast food, lines and dishes.

Since then, Kiselev and Kuntz have been doing what they love: cooking, innovating recipes and changing the perception of plant-based foods in Hamilton.

For $39 I was able to try The Winged Bean’s five meal subscription plan. The price included five individually packaged meals delivered straight to the Silhouette door in a cooler bag embellished with The Winged Bean logo. The containers were microwave friendly and all I had to do was heat and eat! For someone who’s always on the go, it was a convenient and cost-effective solution. As for presentation, the general tso tofu, chana masala and basil pesto pasta looked fresh, colourful and visually appealing. The chana masala and cauliflower ‘butter chicken’ were less spicy and emphasized the taste of tomato more than I’m used to, but the crispy chickpeas made up for that. The Swedish-style “meatballs” looked plain compared to the other dishes. As a meat-eater I was hesitant to try the disguised lentils but I have to say I was impressed by the taste. The general tso tofu won me over. I only like my tofu fried, but this dish is an exception I’m more than happy to make. I love contrasting flavours, and this dish is sweet and savoury thanks to the touch of peanut butter, maple syrup and black sesame seeds. Overall, The Winged Bean is not only an easy way to eat right but it’s tasty multicultural experience too!

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Culinary Class Act

The Cannon Coffee Co.

Fantastic breakfast waffles and coffee are worth the short trip to Ottawa Street North


Daniel Arauz A&C Editor

What it is Now that you have gotten through the first month of a school, you have probably found more than a fair share of delicious breakfast/brunch places on James Street North and Locke Street South. If you’re in the city during reading week, it may be time to expand your breakfast horizons. What better way to do that then with some damn good waffles? The Cannon is the only place in the city that excels in both waffles and specialty coffee. Sweet waffles drenched in your choice of chocolate, fruit and whipped cream are served alongside savoury brunch combos of poached eggs, bacon, avocado, grilled veggies and more on top of a waffle the size of your plate.

How to get there from Westdale/ Ainslie Wood Hop on the 1 bus route heading towards downtown. You will be heading straight down Main Street for a while until your stop on Main and Ottawa. After getting off, walk north down Ottawa Street until you reach Cannon Street East. The Cannon Coffee will be right on the corner.

How much A classic, no-nonsense waffle with maple syrup costs $4.50, while the more substantial menu items average at around $7 to $12.

What to get

Why it’s great

Good brunch friends don’t let each other choose between sweet or savoury. Sharing is caring here so I would recommend splitting an order. First order one of the brunch plates. My go-to is the California Brunch plate with two poached eggs, avocado salsa, bacon and goat cheese on a jalapeño Havarti waffle. Alongside your savoury waffle plate, go ahead and deck out your sweet waffles with all the syrup, chocolate and fruit that you want (if you are extra hungry maybe order two). Splitting food will keep both of your cravings satisfied, while also providing a lot of food for just under $10 a head. I always recommend getting coffee while you wait for your food. The espresso bar is always busy on a weekend morning, but the awesome baristas on staff make it worth it.

While I was learning about all the popular coffee shops in the city, the Cannon was one of the most recommended places by other café owners. The Cannon has gotten the specialty café formula down pat: good coffee and a focused menu that pairs perfectly with it. Their savoury waffle options are unlike anything else in the city, while still executing a classic waffle really well. Beyond breakfast, the place provides comfortable, bright atmosphere to just relax in. The Cannon could have easily won over many with that alone, but they really take time to make sure that their coffee is worth the trip too. I don’t think the combination of good brunch and good company ever needs more justification but if you were waiting for the perfect spot to pull you away from campus, you need to make time to go to Ottawa Street this reading week.

Sweet waffles drenched in your choice of chocolate, fruit and whipped cream are served alongside savoury brunch combos of poached eggs, bacon, avocado, grilled veggies and more on top of a waffle the size of your plate. @danielarauzz


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Quick and easy recipes

Haven't cooked yourself a meal since school started? These two recipes from a McMaster professor and student are impossible to mess up and cost-effective.

Prof. Yong’s Chinese Green Vegetables I will share with you how to prepare Chinese green vegetables, either with Bokchoi, Chinese Broccoli either Kailan or Yoy Choy. These are vegetables you normally order at any Chinese restaurants that normally charge you between $7 to $10 when you can actually cook it yourself for less than $2. This is not only a simple and nutritious dish but also extremely cheap compared with what you have to pay at any Chinese restaurant. RECIPE C/O DR KEE YOUNG


Wash and rinse the vegetables. Set up a pot and boil the water.

2. Add in one tablespoon of vegetable oil. Add in one table-

spoon of sugar. Once the water boils, throw in the vegetables for a minute or you see the water is boiling again.


Bokchoi Chinese Broccoli (either Kailan or Yoy Choy). Mushroom or oyster sauce Vegetable or olive oil Fried shallots 1 Tbsp of sugar

3. With a Chinese colander, lift­­— up the vegetables and rinse them under water.

4. After you have rinsed the vegetables, return

them to the boiling water but only for a maximum of 10 seconds.

5. Rinse the vegetables and set them on a plate.

6. Now the sauce. Dress them using any

hoisin sauce – mushroom or oyster sauce which you can easily buy from any Asian supermarkets – fried shallots and either vegetable or olive oil.

Gabi’s Vegetarian Lentil Shepherd’s Pie Last summer, I discovered a generic-looking student cookbook at a book sale in Toronto. The recipes were mostly generic as well, and only ever used salt and pepper. I found this recipe for a lentil shepherd’s pie in there, and mostly ignored the directions. I ended up with a warm, filling shepherd’s pie that kept well in the fridge, reheated well in the microwave and kept me fed through the exam season. For spices, I recommend thyme, smoked paprika, cumin, and cayenne powder. This recipe changes every time I make it, so please modify it in whatever way works for you. One of my favourite substitutions is using mashed sweet potato on top instead of potato.

1. Heat up the oil in a large pan. Sauté the garlic until fragrant, then add the onion and spices and fry until softened.

2. Add the canned tomatoes, water, and lentils. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the lentils are soft.

3. Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in boiling water until tender. Add seasoning, milk, and butter and mash them with a fork. (If you’re making instant potatoes, you’re in luck: follow the directions on the package.)

4. Add the frozen vegetable mix and the parsley into the len-

tils, and simmer for ten more minutes. Add salt to taste, then put the mixture into an oven-safe dish.

5. Spread the potatoes on top of the lentils with a spatula or

Ingredients: For the filling:

1 Tbsp oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves of garlic 1 cup of frozen vegetable mix (something with peas and carrots) 1 cup of red or brown dry lentils 2 cups of canned tomatoes 1 cup of water 2 Tbsp of parsley Spices to taste

For the mashed potatoes on top: 4-5 medium potatoes OR two servings of instant mashed potatoes 2 Tbsp of milk or milk substitute 1 Tbsp of butter or margarine Salt and pepper

spoon. Bake for about 15 minutes at 425° F, until the top is golden brown.


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Sports Support on and off the court

At the annual CIBC Run for the Cure, the women’s basketball team once again gathered to show support for their coach and countless others affected by cancer

C/O HILARY HANAKA Griffin Marsh Contributor

Sometimes the events of life are larger and more important than any sports result and our sporting communities take these as opportunities to show support and care for one another. For the McMaster women’s basketball team, the CIBC Run for the Cure, held on Oct. 1 this year, has come to represent something more than their basketball and university lives. It now represents family, community and strength. This story begins in 2015, when head coach Theresa Burns was diagnosed with breast cancer and was forced to spend part of the season away from the court, fighting an entirely different competition. Today, the cancer treatments are all finished. Coach Burns and the team are coming off a 2016-2017 historic season, finishing the regular season ranked first in the country and narrowly missing a trip to the U Sports National Championship in Victoria, B.C. But this past weekend, that was all put aside as the team and the wider Hamilton basketball community came together as

a sign of strength and resilience for those who have been touched by breast cancer or cancer more broadly. This year, the team raised $2,500 for the Canadian Cancer Society, with donations coming from players, family and alumni far and wide. For coach Burns, this event means a lot more than basketball to her. It is about giving thanks and remembering her own journey and the journey of those who may not be able to share the walk with them anymore. “The sad reality is that you could not go down our roster and not find a person whose family has not been touched by cancer in one way or the other,” said coach Burns. “I think we are all going to have lots of different people in our minds that day when we walk, and it is a chance to celebrate those special people in your life, pay some special attention to them and think about them.” On the support that she receives personally from the Hamilton and Canadian basketball community, coach Burns was humbled and overjoyed. “It is an amazing feeling, it is actually kind of overwhelming to be honest. Last year and the

year before there were so many people to do the walk, we had this huge group picture with everyone who wanted to walk with our group. It is really truly very humbling,” Burns reflected. Coach Burns was quick to add that the participation in this event is all athlete-driven. The players organize and share their excitement for the event, and coach Burns just follows along for the ride. For Erin Burns, a fourthyear guard on the team, the event gives the team a chance to give back to their coach. “I think that this run brings our team together on a deeper level in our shared respect and love for our coach,” said Burns. “For the past four years coach Burns has mentored all of her players both on and off the court. Coach Burns takes time to support each and everyone of her players whether that be regarding one’s education, basketball or life, so by our team participating in the Run for the Cure, it is just a small way our team can reciprocate that support for her.” The time and impact that coach Burns puts into her players and her teams does not go unnoticed, as she as been

awarded various coaching awards and guided her teams to Ontario University Athletics and National Championships on numerous occasions. The appreciation for coach Burns does not end on the trophy shelf though as her current players echo an appreciation for coach Burns that she has heard throughout her career. “[Coach Burns] exhibits strength and compassion, confidence and humility, kindness and tenacity. She is an extraordinary woman that inspires those around her to want to be the best version of themselves,” said Hilary Hanaka, a fourthyear guard and co-captain of the team. “I believe Coach Burns is successful because of her outstanding character revealed through her honesty, leadership, her patience, her trust in each of us and her courage,” added Hanaka. While coach Burns acknowledges that her battles off the court influence her message on the court, she works extremely hard to shape what that message is. “It is just the idea that it is a challenge and people have to attack and face challenges and

find ways to get through them,” reflected coach Burns. “It gives life a different perspective and I have always been someone who tries to appreciate the big picture and have some perspective in life about where sports lies. I think this just sharpens that point a little more and makes your perspective that much clearer.” Moving forward, the season looks different but still very promising for the team. While some key members graduated following last season, coach Burns sees many players primed to step into a new role and lead this team forward. While the disappointment of last year may still burn in this team’s belly, the walk forward continues. The unity that was exhibited at the Run for the Cure was just an early step, but this team is motivated and excited about the season and challenges that lie ahead.


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The Tatham

takeover The Marauders welcome a new coach who brings experience, discipline, vision and energy:

head coach Patrick Tatham Jessica Carmichael Sports Reporter

Basketball started early this year for the men’s team as they saw some preseason non-conference action during the Marauders’ homecoming festivities. These games offered an opportunity for the Marauders to debut several new players along with the Marauders’ brand new head coach Patrick Tatham. Coach Tatham arrived in Hamilton early this May and has been working hard behind the scenes ever since. “I always said if I was going to leave Ryerson it would be for Mac. So I’m kind of living the dream right now,” said Tatham. Tatham’s impressive basketball history includes playing for National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Cleveland State University and as a member of the Canadian Junior Men’s National Team. He also played three professional seasons in Switzerland, Syria, Qatar and Germany and added

a U Sports 2016 Coach of the Year award following his career as a player. Tatham came prepared to bring the Marauders to a new level. “I’ve always been a defensively-minded player and carried that with me into coaching,” he said. “Right off the bat, I think we’re going to be very tough and gritty and very quick on defence.” Coach Tatham started off the team’s training with a weeklong boot camp during the last week of August, and although their first games proved they have a lot of work to do, he believes the team has been adjusting quite well. “That week showed me that they really want to work hard,” Tatham said. “The next week was a mini-training camp and it was literally four days of all defence. They have been responding very well to the defence-minded thoughts that I have”.

Although it is still too early to tell, Tatham is hoping that with hard work the Marauders can shock teams across Ontario University Athletics. “We didn’t really finish in a great position last year,” said Tatham. “But I do want to surprise a lot of people in the OUA West and the OUA East. Right now we’re just going to put our hard hats on and get after it game after game.” To do this, Tatham has recruited several players, including shooting guard-forward combo Sasha Simic from Kitchener, ON and former NCAA D-I player Miles Seward.

“Everyone could really expect to see Sasha as a hybrid four,” said Tatham. “And Miles is just a flat-out scorer. He’s going to be so exciting to watch.” So far this has proven to be true. In their first two preseason wins, Simic has shown great versatility while Seward has lit up the court with his shooting ability. But the team still has a lot to work on, as was shown during a brutal 103-63 loss to Laval University, these challenges were no surprise to coach Tatham. “They’re still trying to get used to me and how I coach,”

Tatham said. “Whether it’s yelling or getting into their ear or getting into their face, I’m going to be faced with challenges where sometimes they may not respond or maybe they won’t be used to the coaching that I’m going to instill on them”. Another challenge coach Tatham hopes to turn around is the lack of hype and disinterest

“Right now we’re just going to put our hard hats on and get after it game after game.” Patrick Tatham

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“All the guys love him. He’s very energetic and he’s one of those guys that likes to get us hyped up.” David McCulloch Men’s Basketball Team

towards the program and the basketball culture at Mac. “I think that’s one area where we struggle with a little bit,” said Tatham. “One of our managers, Robert Rawson, is really kind of owning our social media presence so I’m excited for that too.” Above all, coach Tatham hopes to leave a long-lasting impact on his players. “I’ll never forget it,” remembered Tatham. “My coach when I was in school at Cleveland State University used to say: ‘we’re the last line of defence for all these young men before they leave to go off into the real world’.” He believes that if he can train them on how to work hard on the

basketball court or in the weight room, he can also guide them to have good characteristics that help them to be young men when they finish university. “Those little things are the things that I take pride in so that hopefully when they’re done here in two, three or four years, they can use those skills when they’re young men,” said Tatham. Coach Tatham brings a new excitement to Marauders basketball this season. His passion for the sport cannot be hidden which is exciting to watch for both fans and players alike. “All the guys love him. He’s very energetic and he’s one of those guys that likes to get us hyped up,” said fourth-year player David McCulloch. “That’s @theSilhouette

why I really like him as a coach because he makes me want to play for him. But at the same time, he’s also very tough and he’s straight up with you”. With so many changes going into the new season the Marauders are still adapting, but they plan to use the four preseason games left to shake off the jitters before the regular season starts.

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On to the post-season The women’s rugby team’s undefeated bid falls short at the hands’ of the Guelph Gryphons in the regular season finale Andrew Sarkis Contributor

The McMaster women’s rugby season came to an end on Sept. 29, losing to the division-leading Guelph Gryphons. In a head-to-head matchup between the number one and two ranked teams in the Shiels Division, the Gryphons came out on top, outscoring the Marauders 35-19 at Ron Joyce Stadium and putting the women’s team’s undefeated bid to a halt. A year removed from finishing with a perfect record, it was not how the women’s team envisioned ending the season, but nevertheless, the Marauders capped off a successful fourgame stint. McMaster players Khadijah Brouillete, Maddie Cohoon and Britni French each had tries for the Marauders and kickstarted the offensive push, leading their team into the halftime break down 14-7. The game started to pick up, as both Cohoon and French intercepted Guelph passes, breaking away to score during the later parts of the game, although Guelph held a 28-19 lead and controlled play until the conclusion of the game. The Marauders’ chance at a perfect season was diminished largely in part due to Guelph’s third-year fly half Julia Schell, who scored 15 points on the night. Schell scored one try and added five conversions, with her most important try coming at the later stages of the game, sealing the win for the Gryphons and leading them past the Marauders by a 16-point margin. Guelph finished the season undefeated, and made a statement on the Shiels Division, claiming the top seed. Centre Britni French says she does not think much went wrong for the Marauders, mentioning the game against Guelph as being a tough and fair matchup. “I don’t think anything went particularly wrong,” said French. “I think we had a great game… I don’t think they’re any better of a team than we are. It was a tough match up and we had a tough game against Queen’s the weekend before. Some people were pretty

banged up… none of us are unhappy with the way that we played.” The women’s team enjoyed a successful season due in part to many players evenly contributing to the team’s prolific offence. Over the course of their four games, the Marauders totalled 121 points and outscored their opponents in winning games by an average margin of 17 points. “I think we play a very dynamic style of play. In rugby, a lot of teams tend to lean towards a typical punch it up forward, dominant game,” French said. “But I think we have a nice mix between using our forwards in an appropriate manner to punch the line, or using them out wide because of their great passing skills. We have some pretty speedy girls on the outside on the wing, so they’ve been super beneficial this year.” A main factor, and large part of the team’s success, was eightman Sara Svoboda, who led the charge offensively for the team over the year, finishing second in Ontario University Athletics scoring with four tries and 11 conversions on the season. French says the team does not rely on any individual to carry the burden, though, citing overall teamwork as a key to their success. “I wouldn’t say one individual stands out more than others,” French said. “Obviously, people put in a lot of work. I think in rugby, it’s such a team sport that I wouldn’t say our team is successful because of one or two people. I think it’s because everyone does their job and is doing it properly on the field.” With the season now in the rear-view mirror, the Marauders are sitting comfortably as the second seed in the Shiels Division and are now shifting their focus towards the upcoming post-season. As per the OUA playoff competitive structure, McMaster will have a bye through the quarterfinals as a benefit of finishing amongst the top two seeds in their division. A total of six teams, the top four seeds in the Shiels Division and top two seeds in the Russell Division will qualify for the post-season. As two teams will


be receiving a bye through to the semi-finals, only two quarter-final matches will be played, slated for Oct. 7. The semi-finals will be played on Oct. 14 with the ultimate champion of the OUA being crowned on Oct. 21. The Guelph Gryphons and Brock Badgers pose interesting challenges to the Marauders. The Badgers present their own set of challenges and have yet to face off against the Mac women. In the Russell Division, the Badgers have dominated games, finishing the season undefeated and outscoring their opponents by an astounding margin of 352-24. Their star player, rookie fly back Meagan Hart, concluded the season atop the OUA scoring with one try and 23 conversions. Brock will be matched up in the quarter-finals

against the York Lions, with their eyes set on facing Guelph in the next round. Though intensity is sure to pick up during the post-season, the team’s preparation will not be much different than to that of the regular season. “We’ll look at a little more film to prepare for the most part,” French said. “I think we’ll focus more on ourselves and look at the few areas of the game we haven’t had a chance to focus on yet in practice.” Looking to avenge their previous season’s second place post-season finish against Guelph, it is safe to say the Marauders will be highly motivated for their upcoming game. Led by a top scorer in Sara Svoboda and surrounded by a team hungry for success, it will be quite

a telling tale to see just how far this team can go. Time will tell as to who the Marauders’ semi-final opponent will be on Oct. 14, as they will await the results of the quarter-final matchup between the Laurier Golden Hawks and Queen’s Gaels. Either way, Mac is well-poised to end off their high-flying 2017 season with a strong playoff run.


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Former hippies disappointed by modern youth Homecoming featured less LSD and nudity than promised

Previously thought to be mythical creatures, hippies do actually exist, and they are as pissed as hippies could possibly be. You can differentiate their vehicles from clown cars by how much they like Volkswagen and the audible acid rock music.

SAINT PETER VEGAS I disapprove of this entire article

While mildly more rambunctious than they have been in the past, the street cred of participating students at this year’s homecoming has decreased. Dispersing at reasonable times and efforts cleaning up the neighbourhood afterwards have been detriments to how cool they are. While local residents were upset at the moderate levels of noise, they remain aggravated after the event as the kids simply do not party like they used to. “Whatever happened to that ‘turn on, tune in, drop

out’ mentality? Now it’s all about ‘work hard, play hard’ and ‘always on the grind.’ How boring,” said Johnny Allen, grandparent of five and local bingo champion. Homecoming offered one of the last opportunities of the year for youth in the area to impress their older counterparts. The university’s team won by a score of 222-0 over DeVry York. The total amount of alcohol consumed rivaled my own Wednesday routine when I drunkenly cry myself to sleep. However, points were taken off for partying to Lil Yachty and Calvin Harris instead of Jefferson Airplane.

POLL: What’s your favourite drug? Sunshine!

Living life to the fullest!

Hanging out with good friends!

Looking at pictures of dogs on the internet!

Spending time with my significant other!

Being in the office!

Making positive contributions to my local community!

All of the above

“‘White Rabbit’ was a generational milestone that really meant something. Maybe it meant taking psychedelics to rebel against the prohibition of psychedelics, but it was still important,” said Allen. Moving forward, students do not have much of a plan to improve their street cred because other priorities take precedence. “I am having just oatmeal and ramen for the foreseeable future. I need to be able to afford to pay off my rent and purchase textbooks for the class that has an exam this week. Sure, maybe I could have cut out the weekend’s cheap cans

[of beer] for the budget, but I needed a break from thinking about how woke I am,” said Jacob Miller, first-year political science student. The university has promised that they will continue to work with the police, the city, the neighbourhood associations and the student union to make sure that participating students do better in the future. Their positions on cocaine, however, are currently unknown. The Only 80s Kids Will Remember This coalition has lodged a formal complaint stating that pro-hippie bias has distracted from the true party decade.

Tweets to the Editor All these hooligans are ruining our streets! Someone better keep them in check!

You can talk to me if you ever want confirmations about anything related to bylaws.

- Jason, 34, lives on the other side of the city

- Timmy, 19, spent an hour on Google researching

Disclaimer: The Hamilton Speculator is a work of satire and fiction and should not under any circumstances be taken seriously. Stay safe out there over the mid-term recess.


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In this week's issue, we cover Take Back the Night, Hamilton's music scene, accessible vegan delights and the welcoming of coach Patrick Tat...

The Silhouette — October 5, 2017  

In this week's issue, we cover Take Back the Night, Hamilton's music scene, accessible vegan delights and the welcoming of coach Patrick Tat...

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