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RIVALRY RENEWED Guelph, the 2015 Yates Cup champions, visit Hamilton for McMaster’s Homecoming in the latest chapter of a storied rivalry. Preview - Page 24-25 FEATURES STUDY SPACE SSC and the MSS launch peer tutoring networks silmultaneously Page 6

ARTS & CULTURE EAT INDUSTRIES From Mexican to Izakaya, local restaurant owners reflect on their past year Page 18

OPINION REAL ESTATE Reinvigorating Hamilton through the changing housing market Page 11



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News Mac’s surprise new investment McMaster receives $75 million investment, courtesy of the provincial and federal government

Steven Chen News Reporter

A $43 million joint investment for McMaster University towards science and engineering teaching and research capacity was announced on Friday, Sept. 23. The project totals at $75 million, with the university contributing $24.3 million and the Independent Electricity System Operator contributing $7.6 million. The hefty investment from the federal and provincial governments was done in part with the Government of Canada’s Innovation Agenda, which sets out to create more jobs, drive growth across all industries and improve the lives of all Canadians.

The press conference was well attended, including speeches from Filomena Tassi, Member of Parliament for Hamilton West-Ancanster-Dundas and by the Hon. Eleanor McMahon. “Our post-secondary education sector and the applied research that it produces will drive innovation today and the economy of tomorrow. McMaster has a world-class engineering and science faculty and students will now have stateof-the-art facilities in which to work and learn,” said Tassi in a press release. In terms of raw numbers, $37.5 million will be from the federal government while the provincial government is set to contribute the remaining $5.5 million. The substantial funding

“It affects all students in a positive way long after they are graduated” Justin Monaco-Barnes McMaster Student Union President from the federal government is being allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, which will place emphasis on both modernizing research along with environmental sustainability. The funding will be used to support various projects such as the Arthur Bourns Building repair, Retrofit, Addition, Campus

COGEN project. The long-term goal with a facilities upgrade consists of improving science and engineering research, accelerating commercialization and enhancing energy conservation at McMaster. The $7.6 million secured from the Independent Electricity System Operator will be used to increase efficiency of the renovated ABB labs as well as across campus. Alongside this, plans for the Combined Heat and Power co-generation plant have been underway. Also labelled as the COGEN project, the creation of the plant is expected to save 15 percent on energy input as compared to traditional plants, thereby providing a substantial

energy cost avoidance while contributing to the environment. In terms of environmental sustainability, MSU president Justin Monaco-Barnes is proud of the progress made in ensuring that sufficient funding is used to accelerate energy saving efforts. “This expansion will not only give us a wide variety of tools to enhance [research and innovation], but it is done in a way that is environmentally friendly for everyone,” he said. “One of the great things about this expansion, and sustainability initiatives in general, is that it affects all students in a positive way long after they are graduated,” explained Monaco-Barnes. @steven6chen

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Motion in commotion for HSR HSR may reimburse disabled students who are entitled to free transit Louis Ferracuti Contributor

Students with disabilities using the HSR may have a budgetary bump coming their way, as a recent motion submitted to the Hamilton advisory committee for Persons with Disabilities may waive bus pass fees for students with disabilities. The City of Hamilton normally offers free public transit for persons with disabilities. Despite this, all McMaster students still automatically pay an annual fee to the McMaster Students Union in order to receive a McMaster bus pass whether they have a disability or not. As a result, students with

disabilities end up paying for their bus passes when city policy dictates that their transit should be provided for free. The motion, tabled at a ACPD meeting on Sept. 13 by Student Accessibility Services disability services director Tim Nolan, directs HSR staff to work with McMaster to resolve this disparity by reimbursing those fees. The issue came to Nolan’s attention when he came across an old email correspondence with the HSR, and discovered he had raised the issue as far back as 1997. Since then, The HSR has not addressed this discrepancy. In the meantime, individual

exceptions would have been requested and usually granted. Nolan had brought the issue up intermittently to the HSR by over that time. “We’re at a point now where we need to deal with this systemically as opposed to on a one-on-one basis,” said Nolan. The motion was met with full support by the advisory committee, and will be advancing to the general issues committee for further consideration. From there, the motion will be debated and potentially sent up to the City Council. If the motion reaches Council and is approved, HSR staff will be directed to work with university staff to waive or

reimburse the bus pass fee for students with disabilities. “I think it has to be in the hands of HSR to initiate that, [and to] work with the university to figure out logistics,” says Nolan. Whether or not the reimbursement will be provided through the university administration or the HSR directly is just one part of the motion that will be worked out throughout the process. Students with disabilities have certainly faced and continue to face challenges with HSR access. In 2008, B-Line stops were moved off campus and on to Main Street, which made reaching the core of campus

more difficult for some people, necessitating changing bus lines to reach stops on campus. Looking forward, the much-debated proposal for LRT in Hamilton will bring up similar challenges. “If the McMaster hub is at Main and Cootes, some people may not be able to travel to the core of campus using LRT,” said Nolan. If the HSR does not continue to run bus lines through campus, then public transit access to the heart of campus may disappear altogether. With more voices speaking up to the University and the City, discussions may result in fruitful outcomes. @theSilhouette


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Mac professor awarded fellowship Barry Allen, professor of philosophy, has been inducted into the Royal Society of Canada MADELINE NEUMANN / PHOTO EDITOR

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Elizabeth Saucier Contributor

Earlier this month, Prof. Barry Allen of the philosophy department was rewarded a fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada. This prestigious national institution, established by parliament in 1883, aims to recognize outstanding scholarship and foster research and study. Allen was nominated for his work on the nature of knowledge and aesthetics, as well as his efforts to connect the sometimes disparate worlds of Asian and occidental philosophy. “I’m very grateful that my work has been recognized in this way. My work is not very conventional at all. It’s very gratifying to find that a body of academic peers are willing to find something of value in the work that I’ve been doing,” remarked Allen. Allen recalls his experiences presenting his doctoral thesis at Princeton: “I caused a bit of a scandal in my own department because my department was one of the most trenchantly analytic departments that really had just no interest in continental philosophy... and didn’t really want to have anything to do with it. And I composed a dissertation that was right in the middle of continental philosophy and it caused a lot of consternation.” Allen has never shied away from blazing a trail. His favourite aspect of teaching at McMaster specifically is the freedom the university gives him to create his own courses and curricula. Allen introduced a course on Chinese philosophy, a topic that had not been covered at McMaster in previous years. “I like having the oppor-

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tunity to make undergraduate students feel excited about philosophy. Many students have no real clue about what it is. I enjoyed being able to show them that this is an exciting thing. I hope that they might have memories of it for a long time,” he said. Although Allen enjoys supervising graduate students who wish to explore topics in continental philosophy, aesthetics, and environmental philosophy, he relishes the opportunity to reach undergraduates, particularly those not focused on philosophy. “Students discover things they had no idea existed, and find them fascinating.” Allen is motivated by his ability to introduce students to diverse topics and viewpoints of which they may have had no prior knowledge. Finally, when asked, “What do you wish more students knew?” he had a few parting thoughts. “[I wish they had] a little bit more history and a little bit more sense of the way the world works. A little bit more awareness that the way things are now is not the way it always was. Change can produce extraordinary differences that no one could have seen coming. When I teach I try to have a historical component. I teach them philosophy not just as a bunch of arguments and ideas. I teach them that a lot of things that seem obvious to them were not obvious to people in historical times. I hope that shakes them from the dangers of complacency, and alerts them that there may be a whole world they haven’t begun to guess, yet to be explored and discovered.” @theSilhouette

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PEER INTO TUTORING AT MCMASTER Alexandra Florescu Features Reporter

As we approach the end of September, student bags have begun to grow heavy and space in libraries is starting to grow scarce. With these unsurprising changes come other, welcome innovations from student-run organizations who have begun to beef up their educational support systems. The Student Success Center has launched a Peer Tutoring Network in partnership with that McMaster Students Union and funding from the Student Life Enhancement Fund. The McMaster Engineering Society has chosen to integrate their three-year old peer tutoring service with that offered by the SSC while the McMaster Science Society has chosen to launch their own peer tutoring service separately, at least for this year. It is nice to see an effort to create unity among student support organizations, but individual groups have yet to come together before efforts can be fully realized.

Two Years in the Making

When Teddy Saull began his term as MSU president in 2014, he did so on the platform

point that he would launch a school-wide peer-tutoring network. Two years later, McMaster students can benefit from the establishment of a peer-tutoring network operated by the SSC. The service runs on two points: firstly, that it uses an accessible online platform HelpHub and secondly that the MSU is able to provide subsidies as an economic aid through the SLEF. Students pay into SLEF along with their course fees, and the money paid for by the students goes towards helping the students who use the service. The service was modelled after what the MES had already been doing for three years. Tutors are paid $15 for an hour of service, whereas tutees are only charged $10 and can claim the $5 MSU subsidy using a coupon code. SSC tutors must have a minimum of a B+ or higher in the class they want to tutor. As soon as they have sent in a transcript confirming this threshold grade, they are added to the HelpHub server and can be accessed by students. Students are then able to rate tutors. Blake Oliver, Vice President (Education) of the MSU, says that through the system students will be responsible for monitoring the quality of the peer tutors. “The SSC also is going to provide optional training for tutors throughout the year on pedagogy and how to essentially be a good tutor but it is not something that they can

mandate because it is not paid essentially,” said Oliver. Ideally, the service would unify educational support across campus and make it accessible for everyone. Picking a tutor online would be more accessible than being limited to office hours. A movement has been made towards this by the creation of a new MSU service Macademics, which pools academic resources across faculties.

can possibly offer,” claimed McDermott. The future seems bright for engineering students, as McDermott says the MES will reconsider how many vouchers are accessible to students at the end of the year, pending an analysis about the success of the SSC partnership.

Looking to the Experts

The MSS started working on the structure of their peer-tutoring program early in May following Patricia Kousoulas’ election as MSS President. Prior to the launch of the service, the MSS sent out surveys to science students to garner feedback on what affordable pricing looks like, how long the service would be, and if they would use the service, among others. They also reached out the MES to get their feedback about how they were structured and the pros and cons to their service. Currently, the MSS peer tutoring service is an online database with over 60 confirmed tutors. The cost of the MSS service is similar to that of the MES and SSC, with tutors being paid $15. The MSS offers $5 subsidies via coupons, yet students are limited to three coupons a semester. Concern has been raised because students only using one service, the SSC or the MSS, are paying into two funding pools that contribute to each respective service. Science students pay about $25 dollars to the MSS every year, around 48 cents of which will go towards subsidies for the peer-tutoring program. The money can be funneled elsewhere, if that is what students want, says the MSS. “The service was designed as to facilitate this affordability while not being compulsory for the service to run. Without subsidization, the service has $0 operational costs

The MES has been the first student society to launch a unified peer tutoring service and has since been the guinea pig for what works and what doesn`t. When the MES ran the service on their own, the MES provided a $10 subsidy that could be redeemed in the form of a voucher up to ten times in one semester, meaning students only paid $5 per hourly session. Having now affiliated with the SSC, the MES will subsidize only $5 and the MSU another $5, decreasing the financial load on the MES while still only asking students to pay $5 per session. The MES is able to draw money from the Student Academic Assistance Program in order to provide these subsidies. Liam McDermott, the MES Vice President (Academic), says the MES jumped at the chance to join in with the SSC. Not only is there financial assistance on the part of the SSC, but the online platform is much more accessible to students. In the past, the MES relied on only four people to run weekly office hours, limiting students to only eight hours in one week during which they could buy vouchers. “I think the SSC program is much more available compared to what a faculty society

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Peer-tutoring at Mac provides a variety of options, Sciences, Engineering and Student Success Centre all rally for the same goal (both direct and indirect),” said Billy Zizek, MSS Peer Tutoring Network Coordinator. Aside for payment to tutors, the service could run solely on volunteer hours. The SSC and the MSS only met twice regarding partnership of their services, and the MSS says it was already late into the development of their program. Zizek said that they only heard of the launching of the MSU service in June, and neither had the MES. Kousoulas echoed this frustration. “I even ran on this platform point in the first week of February for the presidential election, and even my partner that I was running against also ran on this service and nobody gave us any criticism on why are we doing it back then. It would have been a very different conversation if they talked to us about it back in February where we could have spent multiple months together planning and meeting and trying to come up with something as opposed to two weeks before Welcome Week.” In fact, the conversation only began when the MSS approached the SSC for advice on finances and the legality of paying tutors at the beginning of June. It was then that they learnt of the SSC’s plan to launch the tutoring service. Mona Khalid, MSS VP Academic says that it is hard to know when conversations between the two parties would have begun if they had not approached the SSC in the first place. “We discussed a lot about why are we doing two of the same things. I always use analogies but there are multiple formals on this campus, each formal caters to a different set of students. Within my own friend group, I have friends who connect more with the MSU and I have friends who connect

with the science society,” said Kousoulas. Recent conversations have laid blame on the MSS for starting their efforts in parallel with the MSU, but the MSS did the best they could with the time they had. Kousoulas is proud of the service they have created. “Without even looking at any other service, when just looking at ours, the amount of hours spent creating applications, doing surveys in the summer and getting responses to make sure this program is dedicated to exactly what the needs are, not just what we think these needs are. We are big on statistics here. And realizing that we can empower a group of leaders that are really passionate that are looking for a financial opportunity… it is a two-way street.” Tutors also faced a more rigourous training program and stringent expectations, with not only higher average cutoffs (a 10 in the course and 9 overall average) but also an interview process designed to screen for the characteristics that survey results revealed students wanted in a tutor. Zizek says that the MSS offers a very distinct service. “Our tutors are not left in this database of other people, our tutors know each other face to face. We are facilitating a community. They are running their own inter-tutor initiatives. The orgo tutors are going together and making practice documents . . . they want to draw that all up together and share it.” Ultimately, the question about whether to join or not became a question of time, and it seemed like there just was not enough. “Welcome Week was starting in a couple of days. As an organization, how irrespon-

sible would it be based on no talks and no plans, we had very simple explicit questions that when brought up in meetings were avoided and buzz words that were being thrown around. And we felt they didn’t address our questions . . . Flip it around and let’s say someone asked why did you collaborate with them? We had no basis we felt at the time because it was so rushed . . . If we were contacted back in February, 100 percent this would have been a different conversation. We fully intend to and see the potential for collaboration [in the future]. We are not blind,” said Zizek.

One Year Older

Oliver hopes that future efforts will align all faculty society goals with the MSU to provide one source for students to access academic help. “I think McMaster is becoming more of an interdisciplinary university . . . We want students who are taking courses outside of their faculty to be able to access tutors regardless of which faculty they belong to. That is kind of the approach we were taking when we reached out to student faculty societies and said we would love to collaborate with you.” Currently, students from any faculty can use the services offered by the MSS, yet they are not able to access the subsidies that science students pay into at the start of the year. “We are definitely looking forward to plans of collaboration for the upcoming years, and we are hoping to start those discussions as soon as possible this semester. When Billy and I both leave our roles next year, we plan on transitioning the new VP academic and the future tutoring coordinator in a way that we present all the data that was given to us by the SSC, let them know that this discussion

“We discussed a lot about why are we doing two of the same things . . . Within my own friend group, I have friends who connect more with the MSU and I have friends who connect with the science society” Patricia Kousoulas MSS President

was something we talked about and letting them know based on statistics of how the service runs this year, whether or not we believe collaborating would be a great idea for the future.” said Khalid. It is hard to say exactly how discussions would have gone had they started earlier, but in order for collaborations to be successful in the future it will require all parties to be on the same page. @alexxflorescu

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short term outcomes. It’s not a shiny new building or laboratory. It’s something far greater, but can often be invisible or out of sight. We are privileged in the sense that in North America, we have the ability to ignore or turn a blind eye towards what is happening on a global scale. That is why it is imperative to elect leaders who understand the severity of what we are dealing with leaders who truly understand the importance of working today, for tomorrow. That is why it was my great pleasure to be on hand this past Friday to help officially announce that the government of Canada and province of Ontario

As one of the main pillars of my 2016 Presidential campaign, environmental sustainability is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. Over the course of that election, I couldn’t have been more delighted to see the overwhelming support this topic had from students all across campus. However, one question that I was asked by many of my peers was, “What about the people who don’t care about the environment?” This is a great question, because there are still a lot of individuals who don’t buy in to what is happening all around us, or worse, deny it. It’s our job, however, as teachers, innovators and leaders to educate and inspire change. This is an issue we cannot deal with alone, and we all need to work together in order to see that very change. The most unfortunate aspect about “buying into” sustainability is that there are no flashy,

will be investing $43 million into order to achieve this goal. One infrastructural upgrades for Mc- of the key elements to this projMaster University. ect is the campus electricity and heat cogeneration (COGEN), which aligns perfectly with the “It’s our job... to MSU and McMaster’s vision of educate and inspire ongoing energy conservation. This is a huge step in the right dichange.” rection when it comes to making McMaster’s campus as green as During this past summer, the it can be, and a milestone to be MSU played a vital role in mak- excited about. ing this contribution a reality This project not only benefits by working alongside McMaster McMaster, but also contributes University and other govern- to the greater conversation of a ment officials. With sustainabil- greener tomorrow. I encourage ity as the driving factor of this everyone to keep environmental project, everyone involved was sustainability in mind on camdetermined to work tirelessly in pus and beyond.

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Editorial Striking the right balance When thinking about the Freshman 15, it’s important to remember you are more than what you eat mild precaution about skipping fries and eating more kale morphed into an all-consuming obsession with food. Essentially, my anxiety about the Freshman 15 nearly became an eating disorder. I worried constantly about my weight. I counted the calories in every bite I touched, and when that wasn’t enough, I started skipping meals altogether, claiming to be too busy to eat or that I was worried about running out of meal plan money. Exercise became a punishment for what I saw as lapses in self-control, and something I had always seen as a form of relaxation became a stressor in its own right. This went on for a large portion of first year. It took a few reality checks and a lot of internal dialogue for me

Rachel Katz Managing Editor

As a Welcome Week rep, I get asked a lot of questions, from where the nearest washroom is to how to navigate the Arts Quad basement. But I also get asked about staying healthy in university, namely, how to avoid the dreaded Freshman 15. I entered university with a few set goals for the year. Number one on that list was to be a little healthier—exercise regularly and eat my greens. The summer before I started at Mac, I read up on the Freshman 15 and made notes on how to avoid the seemingly inevitable weight gain that comes with starting university. However, what began as a

to finally abandon the calorie counters and feel okay about going out for a treat with friends. I don’t mean to scare anyone — there are enough of those in univeresity. But there are still times where I can feel the urge to revert to where I was two years ago, hunched on my bed calculating the calories in a snack container of carrots and hummus. It felt shitty then, and it feels just as awful now. Yes, it’s absolutely important to eat healthily, but there should be no shame about comforting yourself with an ice cream after a rough midterm either. If you gain a few pounds, you gain a few pounds. It’s not the end of the world. @RachAlbertaKatz

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Tell me about your role in the McMaster Museum of Arts? I am the Director and the Chief Curator for the McMaster museum of arts. What was the museum like 10 years ago? When I first came here, there were some issues with respect to consistency. The museum was in a situation where they have gone through about five directors over the span of six years. Although we are university affiliated, we are a public institution. So, we have the responsibility to show consistent

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practice, not just to the university, but most importantly, for everyone. So that was my focus when I first came into this job.

Carol Podedworny Director & Chief Curator of McMaster Muesum of Arts

In addition, the Provost at that time said it would be nice to see the museum to have direct interaction with the academic mission of the university. One of the things that we did in order to achieve that goal was to start producing exhibitions that are related to different faculties on campus, ranging from physics and astronomy to family medicine. We didn’t want to be just a place for art and art history, but we wanted to make it inclusive and interdisciplinary.

YUNG LEE/ PHOTO REPORTER What are some major struggles of running the museum? Budget in art is always an issue. It’s not just at McMaster, but it’s a societal thing. We have one of the smallest budget allocations on campus, but we do an awful lot. We have five galleries, art collection worth approximately 100 million dollars, we loan and tour exhibitions across the countries and the globe, and we change the exhibition every semester. With all that, we only have nine people. As you can see, there are only a small number of people that are generating all the works that come out

Tell us about your role in the McMaster Museum of Arts? I’m the Education Coordinator, responsible for developing education programs and guided tours based on the Museum’s exhibitions and awesome art collections primarily for undergraduate, graduate, faculty, and professional groups on (and off) campus. We also do a lot of grade six school tours in partnership with the Planetarium. When did you start working at the Museum? How did your job evolve over time? I started working here in my

of this museum. What is one of your favourite paintings here? I like this painting a lot because it has a Mac story to it. This is a painter by George A. Reid. He’s one of the earliest Canadian landscape painters. He learned the European tradition before Group of seven, so the typical Canadian landscape production didn’t happen yet. This painting used to hang in a place in Toronto called Moulton College. One of the women who worked there was William McMaster’s wife. When McMaster and his wife came to Hamilton to establish Mac, they brought this painting with them.

Nicole Knibb Educational Coordinator of McMaster Muesum of Arts

third year of my university and I never left! Well... a lot. Mostly in how we now involve different faculties - whether it be medicine, engineering, or nursing. We make positive, solid partnerships with them. So, we are not just restricted to art, but is more interdisciplinary. And we can’t keep up with the demand - which is awesome! What is your next goal? What is the museum’s next goal? I’m almost halfway through a Master of Design degree in Strategic Foresight, so my next big goal is to finish that. My second biggest goal is to expand out Art of Seeing™ professional development program that uses visual art to teach empathy, communication, and self-care. We work with Dr. Joyce Zazulak in McMaster’s Department of family medicine to deliver the program primarily to McMaster medical residents, but our audience is growing. The Museum’s next big goal is to continue building our community, which gets bigger and

bigger every year, and enriching people’s lives through the visual arts. In 10 years, I’d love to see the Museum’s programs and art collection as a necessary part of postsecondary education. I’d also like to see us as the coolest place on campus to hang out in. Lastly, my goal in terms of education here is to make Museum an integral part of learning and to have more of a presence in

every faculty here at McMaster. Yung Lee Photo Reporter

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Opinion Owning a part of history Hamilton real estate is bringing back life to the city

C/O MICHAEL MAGLIOCCO Elizabeth Ivanecky Contributor

At this moment in time, Hamiltonians are consciously choosing to change the current cultural fabric and reputation of Hamilton. A great place to see this transformation of the Hamiltonian culture and reputation is in its real estate. This transformation is redefining Hamilton as a place that preserves the old and openly accepts the new — holding onto and respecting the traditions of Hamilton’s heritage and welcoming the creative energy of Hamiltonians, both past and present. Local and distant real estate developers have been purchasing local heritage properties and revitalizing them for locals and new Hamiltonians alike. Maintaining parts of Hamilton’s local heritage in the structure of new condominiums and apartments adds to the character of the structure and respects

the integrity of the original in some way. You have the developers of your new condo in downtown Hamilton to thank for giving you the privilege of sleeping in a room that once was occupied by citizens of the city in the 1830s. On the developer’s side, the risk-taking nature of local Hamiltonian real estate developers is down-right inspiring as well. Diane Koz of Stinson Developments, a real estate firm based in Hamilton, stresses the importance of having a vision when it comes to purchasing a property that will be adapted for the community. “[Harry Stinson] wouldn’t have bought [the Gibson School Lofts located on Barton Street] in a rundown area of town, if he believed it would stay rundown — he believes in bringing it back to life,” she says on the man behind the buildings. Meticulous attention to detail goes into pumping life-blood back into these buildings so that

Hamiltonians can enjoy their splendor. Hamilton is a city in which its cultural activities and attractions are in close proximity to its housing. Unlike cities like Ottawa that require long bus rides or may not even be connected by local transportation, Hamilton is well connected by public transit. Take the Royal Connaught Condominiums at the corner of King and John Street East. The hotel is an ideal location for housing since it is located right at the heart of the downtown core close to Jackson Square, the Harbourfront and James Street, the cultural hot-spot in the city. “It’s not just about the prices,” when it comes to the appeal of real estate in Hamilton over Toronto real estate says Peter Scott, also from Stinson Developments. Scott also buffs up Hamilton as a surprisingly environmental city. “Not many people realize

that Hamilton is such a green city with its waterfalls and the Escarpment.” Even though affordability is definitely a lure into Hamilton, it is not what keeps new Hamiltonians enthralled by its mysterious nooks and crannies. It is also no surprise that adapting a vacant lot into a condo or apartment is also the more environmentally friendly option than demolition. Published studies estimate that

So if you’re finishing up your undergrad or grad degrees and are looking to settle down in a hip city, you need to start considering real estate options in Hamilton.

20 percent of landfill debris is made up of waste from demolishing heritage buildings. More and more often today, Hamilton real estate developers are using what they have to work with in a building instead of adding to that 20 percent in the landfills. I’ll be the first to admit that Hamilton has had its fair share of bad luck when it comes to housing, but older and newer generation Hamiltonians are working with what the neighbourhood has to bring it back to its glory days. So if you’re finishing up your undergrad or grad degrees and looking to settle down in a hip city, you need to start considering real estate options in Hamilton. Condos are selling like hotcakes, so get on the front-end of this new trend before you just end up following everyone on this bandwagon. @TheSilhouette

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Grey hair at climate change talks McMaster students should be doing more to fight the global issue Sophia Silverton Contributor

When I think of a demographic that should be most concerned about climate change and the future of Earth’s ecosystems, I picture youth. I would expect those attending university — students who are curious about world issues, aspiring problem-solvers and budding leaders — to be interested in addressing the current environmental crisis. I suppose I set myself up for an unpleasant surprise during a Climate Change and Clean Growth town hall meeting in mid-September. The room was full to the brim, but a quick scan indicated that I was a minority. Out of the group I estimated the age breakdown to be: 60 percent seniors, 25 percent middle-aged, 10 percent children and 5 percent university-age students. For some context, the town hall meeting was held in Dundas, close to McMaster campus, and its purpose was to collect the opinions of citizens on a green economy, innovation and how to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Ideas from the town hall were sent to the federal government to inform the creation of a new Liberal climate strategy. There were several passionate and well-informed presentations from elementary school kids, community members and McMaster professors. Meanwhile, maybe three undergrad students were in attendance. Where were all the McMaster students? Perhaps the town hall meeting was intimidating and unfamiliar, or maybe students feel as though they have nothing to say or that their voices do not matter. Perhaps it was not well advertised beforehand, or those who were interested were too busy to make it. Another reason for such low attendance, a reason I would be disheartened to accept, is that most students do not care about environmental advocacy. I attended the town hall because I want to live on a healthy and equitable planet and I enjoy being surrounded by others that

care. I am also confident that there are plenty of students with valuable ideas and opinions who are not okay with how we disrespect our little blue and green ball in space. I just wish that more of us would take the sometimes daunting, and usually time-consuming, step towards being politically active community members. Last fall, there was an outstanding student turnout to vote in the federal election. We were all interested in the prospect of change: new faces, new policies, Trudeau’s charm. It was glamorous to be informed and involved. Now that the election has passed, the hard work has begun and the act of engagement has lost some of its shine. It worries me how few students are interested in attending events like town halls, organized to inform the very policies we were so excited about during the election. I may attribute this to the myopia of student life. We get stuck in the cycle of studying-assignment-midterm-repeat such that the concept of importance gets distorted. As students in a Canadian city, we are privileged and sheltered: for the most part, our homes aren’t disappearing underwater or being consumed by wildfire. We have access to secure sources of food, water and electricity. This privilege often makes it hard for me to see how our planet is in trouble. So we need to do something difficult. It involves empathizing with those affected by climate change now, and it involves looking into the future where we will be affected. Our collective actions are important and impactful. And they need to happen now. Things come up, life gets hectic and sometimes I feel like lying in bed and watching Gilmore Girls all day. But we cannot keep making excuses. Yes, our classroom education and other commitments are important, but so is being present in the world we are studying. McMaster students need to step up and engage in the protection of this planet. @TheSilhouette


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University: It’s sink or swim


Getting used to life at McMaster as a first-year Meghan Kates Contributor

Just four weeks in, first year is a perpetual struggle to stay afloat amid the wave of coursework that keep trying to sweep us out to open sea. The transition from high school to university so far feels like a leap from a small pond to the ocean where there is nary a barrier to slow our path. Yet try as everyone might to let us step slowly into the deep end, there is no way to get us ready for the shock of the cold water. For most, one of the largest struggles in the switch is the sudden number of people in class. Professors become distant personas at the front of the lecture hall. I am quite fortunate to be a class of 64 in the Integrated Science program. That is not to say that the transition is easy. We are still bombarded by the countless pages of reading, the highly recommended practice problems, the inexorable approaching of due dates, group projects, quizzes, tests and midterms. Did I mention that sleep, laundry, exercise and remembering to eat are also important? For years, professors and other members of the university have been making concerted efforts towards easing first year panic and studying how

we learn. Unfortunately, they can never be fully successful. Change is terrifying. Sometimes, it makes my palms sweat, and my heart pound irregularly in my chest. Each and every single one of us has to find our own way to adapt. Every day is a learning experience, whether the knowledge acquired is the proper method to do laundry without staining all of your clothes pink or the fact that it is beneficial to read the textbook before lecture. Those are skills that can never be taught in a classroom. Each course is something new and I have to learn how I want to take notes, how to study for unfamiliar tests and how to adapt to new teaching methods. Learning has become an individual accomplishment where everyone supplements the material learned in new ways that can change as the years progress. It is an experience that is unique for everyone and therefore no blanket solution will be one size fits all. That is not to say that help shouldn’t be welcomed. Although first-year anxiety is impossible to eliminate, McMaster has taken many important steps along the way in supporting our journey to success. Even those professors who feel like the very definition of perfection have gone through

their own failures. It does not do to hold ourselves up to this unrealistic ideal of getting everything right. Instead we must take the challenges, poor grades and pitfalls as they come but use the support systems available to us in order to help us grow from the failures we suffer. Help centres, the older year buddy program that many of the smaller programs have, tutors, tutorials and office hours can help to prop first years up when we feel like we are falling down. When the waves of work are pulling us underwater and we can’t break free, there are counsellors, phone lines and a whole array of mental health resources to help pull us out of a spiral. The best possible community is aware of the unique problems associated with every person’s mental health and actively strives towards helping everyone. So although I may still feel my legs getting tired from treading water, I still recognize the fact that we must jump quickly into the pool and adjust to the temperature and conditions as we move forwards. I’m looking forward to swimming into the sea that is McMaster and discovering all it has to offer.







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The hippo in the room Why the “Feed Your Hippo” campaign is misleading and potentially harmful


Dev Shields Contributor

With the 2016-17 school year, comes “Feed Your Hippo”, a new mental health initiative on campus. Run by the Student Wellness Centre and the McMaster Students Union, the campaign employs a cute cartoon hippo to represent the brain’s hippocampus. This part of the brain, according to the video posted on Vimeo, is responsible for “memories, learning and emotions.” In order to give your hippo the nourishment it needs, the SWC campaign outlines five pillars to fulfill: be social, be mindful, be active, be curious and be aware. According to the campaign, making sure to feed your hippo in these five ways can contribute to improved learning skills

and academic success as well as mental wellbeing. Yet despite the supposed importance of these activities, no resources were provided to help students actually self care better — all of the onus is on the student. Before we go any further, let me just say: if one more person tells me to do yoga or drink more water to aid/cure my depression, I am going to scream into the void for several hours. The rhetoric surrounding self-care is damaging to mentally ill people, as well as feeds into a lot of harmful stigma about the “laziness” of people who are mentally ill. This program is nothing but a soft solution. There is so much lip service on behalf of the MSU given about mental health that never seems to turn into anything more than mug-painting work-

shops and destressors. Self-care is fantastic and we should all be practicing it daily, regardless of whether we identify as a person with a mental illness or not. But campaigns like these seem to make people think that mental illness comes with an off switch. If I just drink enough water, I can get to class. If I just go smell a frickin’ daisy or something, I can leave my room for once. This campaign reinforces the “just”. I’ve been hearing “just” followed by cures since I received my diagnosis. The fact is, people with an illness anywhere on the spectrum may also need to utilize counselling, different therapies or medication. And even then, no one is saying that these are cures. Secondly, why wasn’t this program run by Maccess, McMaster’s new disability service? Why are we allowing mental

health initiatives and events be headed by neurotypical people? I’ve heard many horror stories about MSU leaders who have publicly supported initiatives like MacTalks and even used accessibility as main points in their platforms for elected positions, who have turned around and failed to provide support and accommodations for people with mental health concerns. This is disingenuous, hurtful and can ultimately be very dangerous.

Campaigns like these seem to make people think that mental illness comes with an off switch.

How about instead of putting time, money and energy into colourful campaigns, we lobby the university to hire more counsellors? Or create more therapy groups? Or finally create a campaign that refuses to tip toe around mental illness as if it were a sleeping monster? It’s not pretty, it’s not palatable, and it’s not romantic. And it will never be. But these events shouldn’t be. My illness, my neuroatypicality is not for your comfortable consumption. I refuse to be your running point. Your students are drowning. Do something tangible. Disclaimer: the author of this article is a peer support volunteer for Maccess.









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On Friday night, Hedley will headline the first of two Homecoming concerts, on stage in Faculty Hollow, for the largest Homecoming concert in McMaster history. Tickets go on sale at Compass beginning on September until the night of the concert OR until the concert is sold out!

Homecoming Expo When: September 30, 2016 from 11:00AM until 4:00PM Where: BSB Field The Expo will feature live music on stage beginning at noon, as well as Homecoming swag giveaways, a Ferris wheel, food trucks and a celebration of many of the unique services and groups within the McMaster University community.

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Homecoming Football Game: McMaster vs. Guelph When: October 01, 2016 from 01:00PM until 04:00PM Where: Ron Joyce Stadium

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Arts & Culture Banh (Mi) Appétite!

Nam Nom satisfies Hamilton’s Vietnamese sandwich cravings in new food stand


Over the past few years in Hamilton, there has been an increase in popularity in Vietnamese cuisine, from Saigon Asian to Pho Rong Vang, to the Pho Soup Bar right in the student centre. While Hamiltonians have been introduced to a variety of Vietnamese noodle soups and rice platters, banh mi – or Vietnamese sandwich – has not gained much presence in our city. Like many others, Jennifer Tieu had trouble finding a banh mi shop when she first moved to Hamilton from Toronto. Hence, she started making her own sandwiches and eventually decided to open her own food stand this September.

Her shop – Nam Nom Banh Mi – is located in the Hamilton Farmer’s Market, which over the past year has seen the opening of shops from a variety of cultures. Like many other shops in the market, Nam Nom Banh Mi is very keen on their quality and on using fresh ingredients. “We want it to fit in with… what people come to expect from a farmer’s market,” she explained. For Tieu, having fresh ingredients is especially important in making a good Vietnamese sandwich. “Everything we make is

in-house, the bread is baked daily, and same thing with the daikon and carrots. We [pickle] them for about 24 hours… the mayonnaise we make daily and everything else is served and chopped that day.” When establishing her brand, Tieu conducted a lot of research in order to establish a product and business that would resonate with Hamiltonians, the farmer’s market crowd, young professionals and students. Tieu keeps the traditional warm sandwich as well as the sweet, the savory and the sour taste, she has also

I think based on the [first] two weeks we’ve been open, people really like our food and we get tons of feedback every day... It’s great to see people enjoying good food.” Jennifer Tieu Nam Nom Banh Mi Owner made some modifications to create a more inclusive menu. “We were just thinking about the types and variations

of banh mi and we decided on the pork belly, the pulled chicken and the tofu just so that there is a variety for everybody to try, because some people don’t eat pork and some people don’t eat meat.” In the future, Nam Nom will potentially offer a monthly special, where they introduce a new banh mi every month. For now, Tieu’s goals for the food stand’s next few months are to establish their brand amongst the greater Hamilton and student communities. “Since we’re relatively new, we want to get the word on our food out there...based on the [first] two weeks we’ve been open, people really like our food and we get tons of feedback every day, with lots of people posting pictures... It’s great to see people enjoying good food.”

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Michelle Yeung A&C Reporter

To outsiders, Hamilton is often known as an arid steel town lacking in new bars to go to after work or exciting places to eat out with friends. In the past decade, however, the city has been revitalized with a food and culture landscape that is dynamic, vibrant and flavourful. In an exciting turn of events, Hamilton has become an incubator for culinary talent and ambitious restauranteurs. One duo in particular who has been making waves on the culinary scene are Brandon Jackson and Matthew Pigeon, co-founders of Eat Industries. Since its inception a little over a year ago, Eat Industries has expanded from two successful Hamilton Farmers’ Market stalls to a new restaurant on James St. N named Bar Izakaya, an eclectic spin on a traditional Japanese izakaya that boasts an array of tapas infused with Canadian influences.

WHAT’S NEW At the same time, they’ve also rebranded their original Farmers’ Market taco stall into a gourmet sandwich spot called Street Eats. “It’s… something we can play a little more with,” Jackson said, explaining the new Street

Eats concept. “Right now we’re doing gourmet sandwiches… the idea is that with this new concept we have three sandwiches and one will rotate every week, so there will always be something different. It will always be fresh… and exciting.” Jackson went on to describe one of the stall’s current sandwiches, a play on a peanut butter and jam sandwich. “The sandwich has peanut butter marinated chicken with a Niagara grape jelly and arugula [to top it all off]. Street Eats also allows us to play with a street food from somewhere around the world that we really like… it gives us a lot of diversity, which is fun,” Jackson explained. “We really rebranded for a breath of fresh air… we want to change things up to keep things evermore interesting and attractive for our customers,” added Pigeon.

INDUSTRY VETERANS Prior to Eat Industries, Jackson and Pigeon worked at celebrity chef Mark McEwan’s restaurant, Bymark, in Toronto. Jackson accredits the partners’ background experience for how they run their business today, using high-quality products and providing great service in order to ensure the best possible experience for their customers.

It is this vision that has allowed the duo to accomplish the impressive feat of starting three projects of varying culinary styles in merely a year’s time. “We just like food, you know…Canada is incredibly multicultural so our influences come from everywhere,” said Jackson. “So the Mexican thing that was the taco stand [which we’ve replaced with Street Eats] was more Baja California…[for the ramen stall], we found a really good supplier for Japanese products who’s been amazing for us, kind of like a guru. We consulted a couple chefs from Japan, did a lot of research and improved every time we made a batch of broth…Then [Bar Izakaya] was just a natural next step. It just found us and we fell in love with it.”

IZAKAYA FOR ALL Bar Izakaya features sophisticated dishes of varying sizes that are influenced by both Japanese and Canadian cuisine. Each dish is a harmonious marriage of flavours, from their smoked Canadian bacon gyoza to a delectable maple miso salmon to an array of savoury pickled salads. “With the menu here, lunch time is simple with indi-

vidual portions of bento boxes and ramen. From six to ten it’s more dining style than izakaya style, with [an array of small and medium plates as well as tapas boards,]” explained Jackson. “After ten o’clock we turn into more of a bar atmosphere. We’re going to start getting DJ’s on weekends, and just do a small plate menu and drinks at nighttime; it would be very traditional izakaya at that point. We want to… morph into different areas as the day goes on,” Currently, Bar Izakaya is the only izakaya in Hamilton. The restaurant itself is warm and welcoming, with natural wood tones and modern white walls, along with a fully-stocked bar that boasts everything from sake to whiskey. “It’s a great space…for us the ultimate reward is when people come and leave happy,” said Pigeon. “Tuesday nights we feature a stein of Sapporo and a bowl of Ramen for $20, so you can come enjoy the space and not break the bank. But we’re also here as a cool date night spot on Fridays; you can also bring the family in at five on a Wednesday because we start serving dinner by then.” Pigeon emphasized the approachability and flexibility is a key component of the Eat Ind. experience. “We cater to the student crowd, the date crowd, the adult crowd, the family crowd, the single guy crowd… we try

to make it for everyone. We’re looking to be the approachable, go-to spot where you want a [nice, comfortable space] and you can get good food, good drinks, good company for a diverse and high quality restaurant experience.”

STANDING PROUD When asked what makes them stand out from such a flourishing culinary scene in Hamilton, Pigeon states that the objective of Eat Industries isn’t to stand out – rather, it is to stand with all the other culinary talents in town. “It’s funny because we’re not really big on standing out. We’re on par with every other regular Hamiltonian that’s got [their] restaurant going. They’re there seven days a week and we’re here seven days a week… I just want to be in with them. We just all want to be on the same boat of awesomeness that everyone just wants a ride on… we’re a little bit diverse in [the novelty of our] concept but other than that we’re just a couple guys that live in town, trying to get up there with everyone else and have a blast.” @michyeung

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Georgia's Dumb comic Hamiltonian artist Georgia Webber shares a powerful reflection on losing her own voice Hess Sahlollbey Contributor

If there's one thing that we take for granted, it is our voice. What happens though when we lose that ability? It's a thought that hadn't crossed my mind until I heard the premise of Dumb, a comic by Hamiltonian artist Georgia Webber. Dumb is Webber’s autobiographical retelling of her experiences and hardships with an injury that forced her to live without a voice. In October 2012, Georgia learned that a severe vocal cord strain would force her to live near voiceless in order for her strain to fully recover. Her vocal rest treatment allowed her to only speak for less than 30 minutes a day, but often led her to going weeks at a time without speaking at all. Dumb was first recommended to me by Marvel Comics artist Michael Walsh. Following his glowing review of the book, I tracked down a copy at Mixed Media where Dave, the owner of the store, also spoke highly of the series. Their recommendations however did not prepare me for GEORGIA WEBBER/TORONTO STAR

just how heartfelt and emotionally moving the work was. When I first met Webber, I was captivated by her ability express herself in the most eloquent manner in person and on the page. I asked her when the thought of creating a comic about her experiences came to her. She responded with a firm "immediately" before getting up to grab us water. “I have to drink a lot of water, it is part of the rehabilitation process for my voice," she explained as she poured us each a glass. "I needed the title of the series to be simple. I knew straight away that it tied into not speaking and the implications that come with that." Given the personal nature of the subject matter, Webber was quick to point out that to her, comics provide the purest vision of the creator. "I've never been interested in watching my work on a screen. [In comics] each creator has to start from nothing and it was really about synthesizing and taking lots of components in the comic book medium." The writing, illustrating and publishing was entirely in

the hands of Webber. "Every issue before I had a publisher were fully produced works on my part. I'd draw them on normal printer paper, with Microns and Pentel brush pens, then scan them and use a computer to clean them up and move things around before folding and stapling them,” said Webber. “I started by printing runs of 200 that would sell out. Then 350 then 500 before I finally decided to outsource that part of the process to have them

printed professionally.” The series continues to be selling well, however, the future of Dumb remains a little more uncertain. Webber intends for the series to end with issue 10, but it remains unpublished. "I don't know when I'll be able to finish the series. I have two issues left but with the chronic pain in my hands I just don't know when I'll get the chance to wrap everything up. I hope that it'll be by the end of the year but I just don't know right now."

Regardless of that uncertainty, the series so far still has rightfully earned its positive recommendations reception comic readers. This is the medium that Webber’s story was meant to be told in, revealed not only by her account, but by the strength of Dumb as a whole reading experience. Physical issues of Dumb are available at Mixed Media on 152 James Street N. or online at georgiasdumbproject.com.

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Man found living in Cootes Paradise

Mac grad’s living situation better than most current students

Healthy kids, steady income and Davies says Cootes full of No, good Snooty Foxthat around the iscorner? napping spots. life is still “hell” for this Westdaler. C/O NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

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A man has been found living in Cootes Paradise on Hickory Island. The 36-year-old McMaster graduate says he has no clue how long he has been living on the island. “I moved to Hickory Island at some point during my undergraduate career and never looked back. It was late April and I needed a place because my roommates and I were going in different directions, but I couldn’t find a good place,” said Phillip Davies. “I figured it would be a little chilly at night but only temporary, so I went for it. I already had a tent and sleeping

bag so I headed for the island.” Davies got to the island by “borrowing” a kayak from a house in Westdale. After a week on the island, Moore felt at peace there and bought some more necessities for the island, like tarps and lanterns. The summers are great, he says, and the winters are not so bad because it makes travelling to his job at McMaster easier. “I love living out here. Student housing sucked, Bears don’t live in Cootes but we wish they did.

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I hated the bullshit landlords who cashed your cheque every month and took weeks to respond to minor issues. Now, the moon is my landlord and I gotta say, he’s pretty good,” said Davies. Meals are pretty light. Davies cooks over a fire but only before sundown in order to avoid bringing attention to the island. He eats a lot of trail mix and fruits. There are times when Davies splurges and makes some steak and baked

potatoes. Davies has no plans on leaving the island, but is concerned about his love life. “I use tinder every day, just not the dating app. People don’t seem interested in going home to someone’s tent in Cootes Paradise. I’m a lonely man.” Davies recommends the Cootes life but warns that the wildlife is not as friendly as you would think. Snakes are a part of everyday life. “Now, the moon is my landlord.”

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Sports Crushing the competition The women’s rugby team continue to stampede through the OUA, defeating Queen’s 32-0

The women’s rugby team have won

straight games dating back to last year and haven’t lost at home since

“This is by far the best game we’ve played all season. We couldn’t be happier with it.” McMaster grabs possession in the lineout against Queen’s. C/O William Dang

Eamon Hillis Contributor

If there were any questions regarding the McMaster women’s rugby squad, and their potential to reproduce last season’s championship ascendancy, they were answered on Sept. 23. In what was the most important match of their regular season so far, the Marauders were victorious over the Queen’s Gaels 32-0. The game was a long-anticipated rematch of last year’s Canadian Interuniversity Sport gold medal game, in which Mac triumphed 27-3. Beneath the lights at Ron Joyce Stadium, both teams found themselves upon a stage well set and well-attended. All throughout the week prior,

head coach Shaun Allen noted that his players held a special excitement for the game, and understood its significance. “It should be the first real test that we face this year,” Allen said before the game. “[Queen’s] will be a team that expects to be competing for an OUA championship. We’ll get to see how we can play under some pressure, and how our systems hold up.” Both teams were prepared to play hard, and right from kick-off it became clear that it would be an intense 80 minutes. With an especially large turnout for the game, and a pressure on both teams to perform, the atmosphere was spirited. Although still within the regular season, it felt in many ways to be the first playoff game

of the year. “We definitely came in with the mentality that they were going to be a strong team,” senior fly-half Steph Black said. “We came out ready to fight and we were prepared for anything.” Black, who kicked for two conversions and a penalty goal, has seen success in the sport of rugby over the past few years. Praised by coach Allen, Black has been a member of the Ontario senior women’s squad and has played an important role in Mac’s recent success. “This is by far the best game we’ve played all season,” Black said. “We couldn’t be happier with it.” In spite of the final score, which may suggest a blow-out, the first half was competitive.

Partially mired by penalties—acquiring two yellow cards in short sequence— Mac found themselves in the tight game they were expecting. Although they played well throughout the half, Queen’s pressed hard, and as a result, they kept the play mostly in the middle of the field. Following the break however, the finely conditioned Marauders took over. With impressive ball movement and an abundance of speed in the back row, they logged 25 points in the second half and ran away with the victory. Centre Selena Seguin picked up two tries, with Sara Svoboda, Katie Svoboda, and Saffara Whiteley-Hoffelner each adding one.

Steph Black Fly-half McMaster women’s rugby Although happy with her team’s performance, Black believes there are still adjustments that can be made. “This game showed us a lot of things that we can work on,” Black said. “We will go back and look at the tapes to see where we can improve. But, overall it was a very positive day.” McMaster continues its reign as the CIS no. 1 ranked team in the country, and will be considered one of the favourites come playoffs. Their next game is Oct. 1 in against the Trent Excalibur in Peterborough, Ont. Mac will be looking to maintain their unbeaten record, and to continue their stretch of unchallenged supremacy over the league. @theSilhouette

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One of the best weekends on campus for football fans, concert-goers, and passionate Marauders alike. But just in case you haven’t been keeping up with that first category, here is everything you need to know heading into this weekend’s game against the Guelph Gryphons.

Lauren Beals Sports Reporter


Asher Hastings and Guelph’s defensive line Hastings has been dynamite in the air. He has the third highest completion percentage (64.7) and the best touchdown-to-interception ratio amongst OUA quarterbacks (7:2). Guelph’s defensive line will look to put pressure on Mac’s QB before he has time to look downfield. Guelph currently ranks second in the OUA in recorded sacks (11), and will use their frontline pressure to reach Hastings as much as possible. Linebacker pair and first time starters Lukas Korol and Riley Baines have been standout defensive players for Guelph and currently rank in the top five in total tackles in the OUA (41 and 34 respectively), while St Mary’s transfer Matt Delmas has already collected three sacks on the season.


It is a great environment to play in and our fans, especially at homecoming, have been the 13th man for us. Jon Behie Offensive coordinator, McMaster football

Danny Vandervoort and Guelph’s Defensive Secondary Danny Vandervoort has been unstoppable this season. Vandervoort is McMaster’s leader in career touchdown receptions (27), fourth in receiving yards per game (88.5) in the Ontario University Athletics conference, and fifth in touchdown receptions (seven), despite sitting out against Waterloo. Always a deep threat, Guelph will look to contain him quickly and force the Marauders to other options. “In every game we have to figure out early how teams are going to try and take away Danny Vandervoort,” said offensive coordinator Jon Behie. “Everyone has a different plan to do that, and they have some veterans in the their secondary, so who matches up against Danny and how [they do it] is going to be an important piece of the puzzle for us.”

Free safety Tristian Doughlin has been absent from the Gryphons’ lineup due to injury, but third-year player Mike Carney has stepped into his role and played consistently well. Guelph’s secondary kept Ottawa to a season-low 286 passing yards, 160 yards less than his season average, when they met in week four. Doughlin and the rest of the secondary will look to take Vandervoort out of the offense, and force Mac to adjust on the fly.




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Capitalize on offence

Playing disciplined

Ground n’ pound

McMaster has struggled to finish off long drives this season, with 14 field goal attempts but only nine touchdowns on the year. “We need to score touchdowns instead of just field goals,” said Behie. “That is something we have been struggling with this season but against Guelph we are going to need 7s instead of 3s.” The offence has entered the red-zone only eight times. While they have scored on every trip to the redzone, only four times have they scored a touchdown. Look for them to create long drives to wear down the Guelph defence.

Guelph is second in the OUA in defensive interceptions (seven), while Mac has struggled with a league high 552 total penalty yards, giving opposing teams more opportunities gain ground. If Mac gives Guelph the ball on offence, odds are that the Gryphons will take advantage, who are currently third in first downs (137) in the OUA. Guelph quarterback James Roberts has been consistent with 91 completions for just over 1000 yards this season, and a balanced run game already has eight touchdowns.

To keep the field open for Hastings and his receiving core, Mac will look to running backs Chris Pezzeta and Jordan Lyons to keep the Guelph defence on their toes. “[We have to] establish the run game early to help open things up downfield,” said Behie. “We weren’t able to do that against Guelph last year and it hurt us, so that will be a point of emphasis for us throughout the week of preparation.” Both Pezzeta and Lyons will look to carry their momentum from Waterloo, where they picked up two touchdowns and 105 receiving yards respectively.

Bad blood - a Marauder history

Wildcard: McMaster’s Defence McMaster currently leads the league in defensive interceptions with 11 through four games. Taking possession back from Guelph on defence could play a major part in the momentum of the game.


2014: McMaster 34 vs Guelph 27

2014: McMaster 20 vs Guelph 15

2015: Guelph 33 vs McMaster 23

The Marauders came back with ten points in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime. QB Marshall Ferguson ran the ball into the end zone to seal a Mac win in their home opener.

Mac captured their third Yates Cup in four years by beating Guelph in a defensive battle. The Marauders had five interceptions and no touchdowns, but did enough to come away with the win.

Playing in Guelph’s second homecoming in three years, a 96-yard drive late in the fourth quarter kept things interesting, but McMaster’s struggles in the rain saw them fall to the eventual Yates Cup champions.


Home field advantage McMaster has the highest average home attendance in Ontario, and when Behie was asked how

important their playing at home would be, the answer was clear. “It’s huge. Our record at Ron Joyce stadium since it opened is very good. It is a great environment to play in and our fans, especially at homecoming, have been the 13th man for us. I think it’s a

huge advantage playing an opponent like Guelph at home as opposed to on the road.”




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Capitalize on offence

Playing disciplined

Ground n’ pound

McMaster has struggled to finish off long drives this season, with 14 field goal attempts but only nine touchdowns on the year. “We need to score touchdowns instead of just field goals,” said Behie. “That is something we have been struggling with this season but against Guelph we are going to need 7s instead of 3s.” The offence has entered the red-zone only eight times. While they have scored on every trip to the redzone, only four times have they scored a touchdown. Look for them to create long drives to wear down the Guelph defence.

Guelph is second in the OUA in defensive interceptions (seven), while Mac has struggled with a league high 552 total penalty yards, giving opposing teams more opportunities gain ground. If Mac gives Guelph the ball on offence, odds are that the Gryphons will take advantage, who are currently third in first downs (137) in the OUA. Guelph quarterback James Roberts has been consistent with 91 completions for just over 1000 yards this season, and a balanced run game already has eight touchdowns.

To keep the field open for Hastings and his receiving core, Mac will look to running backs Chris Pezzeta and Jordan Lyons to keep the Guelph defence on their toes. “[We have to] establish the run game early to help open things up downfield,” said Behie. “We weren’t able to do that against Guelph last year and it hurt us, so that will be a point of emphasis for us throughout the week of preparation.” Both Pezzeta and Lyons will look to carry their momentum from Waterloo, where they picked up two touchdowns and 105 receiving yards respectively.

Bad blood - a Marauder history

Wildcard: McMaster’s Defence McMaster currently leads the league in defensive interceptions with 11 through four games. Taking possession back from Guelph on defence could play a major part in the momentum of the game.


2014: McMaster 34 vs Guelph 27

2014: McMaster 20 vs Guelph 15

2015: Guelph 33 vs McMaster 23

The Marauders came back with ten points in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime. QB Marshall Ferguson ran the ball into the end zone to seal a Mac win in their home opener.

Mac captured their third Yates Cup in four years by beating Guelph in a defensive battle. The Marauders had five interceptions and no touchdowns, but did enough to come away with the win.

Playing in Guelph’s second homecoming in three years, a 96-yard drive late in the fourth quarter kept things interesting, but McMaster’s struggles in the rain saw them fall to the eventual Yates Cup champions.


Home field advantage McMaster has the highest average home attendance in Ontario, and when Behie was asked how

important their playing at home would be, the answer was clear. “It’s huge. Our record at Ron Joyce stadium since it opened is very good. It is a great environment to play in and our fans, especially at homecoming, have been the 13th man for us. I think it’s a

huge advantage playing an opponent like Guelph at home as opposed to on the road.”


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The road less traveled

Senior runner Emily Nowak talks cross country, training, and expectations for her last year Lauren Beals Sports Reporter

The start of a cross country race is intimidating. Over 100 runners stare down a difficult course alongside their competitors, ready to fight for every stride. It takes a special type of athlete to rise to the challenge, and that athlete is Emily Nowak. A fourth-year senior, Nowak has started her season strong, putting up the seventh fastest time overall and the second fastest by a Canadian at the University of Buffalo Stampede, a preseason invitational held in New York. The fastest time by a female Marauder, her performance helped propel the women’s team over the Western Mustangs to a third place finish, a huge victory after narrowly missing the podium in the same event last year. “It was a good confidence boost for everyone,” said Nowak. “It’s always tough going

into the first race of the season because you are trying to figure out what shape you’re in, but everyone was excited for it. I’m happy with [my time]. It’s a good starting point.” More than just a strong starter, Nowak has found herself on the podium since high school. In her senior year, she had the fastest time in all of Peel region in both the 1,500m and 3,000m events, as well as the second fastest time in the women’s 5k final. When university teams came calling, Western was a strong contender, but Nowak chose maroon and hasn’t looked back. “My high school coach, who coached me through track and cross country, she went to Mac and ran for them. It was between Western and Mac, and she [knew] I would love the coaches, and really fit with the program here.” Since her arrival, Nowak has trained tirelessly the last

four years to rise from Mac’s fourth fastest time at the Ontario University Athletics championship in her rookie year to first at this season’s opening meet. Nowak and her teammates hit the pavement daily on their own or for team workouts that include interval training, hill sets, and two or three kilometre distances repeatedly. They also mix in strength work, lifting weights throughout the week and saving the weekend for their “long runs,” which for Emily can range from 15 to 20 km. Even on recovery days, she is running anywhere from an hour to 90 minutes. “We run everyday, that’s the basis of it.” Just as impressive, Nowak has maintained an excellent grade-point average in the Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization program, making the the Dean’s list every year. She also finds the time for hobbies, including singing, cooking, and snowboarding

Nowak at the University of Buffalo Stampede. C/O EVAN UBENE

depending on the day. “Everyone on our team, myself included, is good with time management. We know when we have to get stuff done.” Coming off a bronze medal finish last year at the OUA Cross Country Championship, and a surprise bronze with the woman’s 4x800m relay team at the OUA Indoor Track Championship last year, the expectations this season are high.

“Everyone in their fourth year, if you talk to any athlete, they want their fourth or fifth year to be their best. I put a lot of expectations on myself, but I also want to have fun with it.” “In the end, if I can finish both championship [races] knowing that I gave it my all, knowing I couldn’t run another step, I’ll be happy.” As for the start of a race? It’s her favourite part.


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