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NEWS: FYC: What’s changed since IRC left // PAGE 5 ARTS & CULTURE: Peterborough punk band share their story // PAGE 17 FEATURE: Indigenous advocacy and teaching through design // PAGE 6-7

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Volume 88, Issue 6 Thursday, Sept. 21, 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

Emily O’Rourke

features reporter

features@thesil.ca opinion editor

Reem Sheet


Justin Parker Jessica Carmichael sports@thesil.ca

sports editor sports reporter

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Yvonne Lu Jaime Cook online content coordinator Susie Ellis online@thesil.ca video editor

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News EFRT introduces naloxone to their kit Naloxone is a life saving drug that can counteract the effect of an opioid overdose Cassidy Bereskin News Reporter

Opioid abuse has become a more pressing problem in Hamilton than anywhere else in Ontario. In Aug. 2017 alone, 26 overdose calls were made to 911. Despite these statistics, Hamilton police officers have been barred from administering naloxone, a life-saving anti-opioid drug that counteracts the effects of opioids in the event of an overdose. The McMaster Students Union, however, has embraced naloxone. In the wake of the opioid crisis gripping Hamilton and campuses across Canada, the MSU Emergency First Response Team has stocked up on the opioid treatment. On Aug. 25, EFRT was trained to administer naloxone injections to prepare for potential overdoses during Welcome Week.

EFRT may therefore administer four more doses than the average bystander equipped with a naloxone kit from a pharamacy. “Naloxone is a drug that isn’t incredibly dangerous if you’re injected with it when you’re not in an opioid overdose situation, and that’s another reason why our medical director said it would be beneficial to have,” said Samantha Aung, EFRT program director. On Sept. 15, EFRT obtained the nasal spray version of naloxone. In the event of an overdose, EFRT may administer two nasal spray doses in addition to four injections. EFRT may therefore


administer four more doses than the average bystander equipped with a naloxone kit from a pharamacy. Joining a few other institutions, including Mount Allison University, the University of Alberta and the University of King’s College (Halifax), McMaster has become one of the first Canadian universities to carry naloxone. At Dalhousie University and the University of British Columbia, students can seek out their own naloxone kit for free. When asked if McMaster should implement this initiative and do more to protect students from the growing opioid crisis, Dunavan Morris-Janzen, EFRT public relations coordinator, said he cannot directly comment on whether or not the university

should have naloxone available to students for free pick-up. “Students with an Ontario health card can acquire free naloxone kits and the necessary training to administer the drug from Shoppers Drug Mart located across Main Street West.” Although several other Canadian universities and colleges are considering obtaining naloxone, some have opted not to carry it, primarily because of liability concerns or a lack of demand. At the University of Ottawa, student leaders were barred from carrying naloxone kits during the university’s frosh week as a result of a liability issue that could emerge in the event of an improper injection. “Obviously, [treatments with] needles always contain

some sort of danger, but I think having the drug in general is a great thing because it does truly help people,” said Aung. When asked if the University of Ottawa’s liability concern applies to McMaster, Aung stated that since naloxone injections are exclusively administered by EFRT, the university would not be held liable in the event of an improper injection. “The concern at the University of Ottawa was that, as a civilian population using naloxone, there’s a chance that it’s less safe, and the university assumes that liability if student leaders are administering the drug,” she explained. “For EFRT, we were trained on how to use the needles a little more intensively than you would if you just picked up your own kit at the

pharmacy. As well, because we have medical directive behind us, our medical director, in teaching us how to use the drug, assumes that we know how to properly administer it, and when we administer it, it is safe,” Aung said. As the opioid crisis continues, both the McMaster and Hamilton community continue to develop strategies to combat overdoses and death.


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Communicating with the SRA The Student Representative Assembly is tasked with disseminating information with their constituents. How are they handling that? Takhliq Amir Contributor

The first 2017-2018 meeting of the Student Representative Assembly, the governing body of the McMaster Students Union, was held on Sept. 10. Limited information was available to those not able to attend, however, because the usual method of online live streaming was unavailable. “The live stream was not available this past Sept. 10 meeting due to a logistical error…. Members will sometimes live tweet the meeting if no stream is available, but meetings are long and can be exhausting,” said Helen Zeng, the MSU Speaker. As elected faculty representatives of their student bodies, members of the SRA meet biweekly to discuss issues concerning undergraduates. Meetings are open to all, and the agenda and supporting materials are made available on the MSU website on the Wednesday preceding the meeting. To ensure that their constituents can hold members accountable, the SRA has an operating policy titled “Communication & Outreach” that aims to outline the members’ responsibilities in making information available to students in a timely manner. One of the goals of the operating policy is disseminate information to students in a timely manner. Communication materials are required to be completed within 24 hours of a meeting, and once approved by the Speaker, each caucus is responsible for disseminating the material on their social media accounts within 24 hours of receiving it. “The operating policy does its job at keeping the assembly accountable to a standard level, but any other initiatives are up to assembly members to take on…. The SRA will do their very best to engage the student population, but engagement is never an easy task,” Zeng said. “Moreover, there are extra steps that the SRA takes in order to be accessible. We made a presence at Horizons Successfest to promote meeting and committees to first year students, we had material

SRA meetings are held twice a month in Gilmour Hall, and anyone interested may observe. SILHOUETTE PHOTO ARCHIVES

at Clubsfest to promote the assembly, there is a window banner in MUSC that shows all the meeting dates, and SRA members will make numerous outreach and engagement efforts on their respective social media accounts,” she added. Meeting minutes, however, are often published two weeks after each meeting, and are inaccessible until then. There is still much that can be done to improve the accessibility of the SRA, a sentiment shared by Uwais Patel, SRA Social Science. “The current structure of the SRA’s accessibility, in my opinion, is pretty minimal,” said Patel. “The advantage that I see is that an effort is at least

being made. Meetings are live-streamed, discussions are recorded, and everything is posted on the MSU Website with the hopes of the organization keeping itself transparent and accountable to the public.” Patel also noted the challenges that come with communicating with one’s constituents. “It’s difficult to live tweet a meeting and pay attention at the same time. Additionally, there are issues with the livestream itself. For one, only one mic is available (placed in the middle of the room) to pick up all words said by assembly members. Constituents in the past have complained about not being able to hear.” The SRA has acknowledged

the issue and has voiced its commitment to improving the accessibility of its meetings in the future. “Meetings will be live streamed from now on and we are working with the MSU Communications Officer to create more streamlined media to promote agendas before meeting. As well, following the meetings,” said Zeng. “[Meeting minutes] can take a while, [so] we have the Operating Policy that allows SRA members to summarize meetings as they see fit (videos, media, class talks etc.) and promote this to the general MSU membership.”

“It’s difficult to live tweet a meeting and pay attention at the same time. Additionally, there are issues with the livestream itself.” Uwais Patel SRA Social Science



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First Year Council’s new role Following the dissolution of the Inter-Residence Council in 2016, the MSU First Year Council has taken on their old responsibilities

FYC hopes to implement more programming this year to make up for the loss of the IRC. SILHOUETTE PHOTO ARCHIVES

Sasha Dhesi News Editor

Every September, a new cohort of first-years come to McMaster, some for the very first time. With these new students comes a new election, this time for the McMaster Students Union First Year Council. By the time you have read this article, the 2017-2018 council will have been voted in and will begin their journey in representing first-year students in student governance. The need for FYC is simple: the MSU holds elections for their Student Representative Assembly and their committees during the winter for 12-month terms, meaning first-year stu-

dents do not have any representation within the governing body of the MSU. FYC attempts to fill that void. Last year, much of FYC’s structure changed to make up for the shutdown of the Inter-Residence Council in 2016 following an internal audit. The IRC was a student council who represented students living in residence and worked with the Residence Life to enact change. IRC was largely responsible for material changes to residence improvements, such as the extended Centro hours during the exam periods. Following the IRC’s dissolution, FYC took on their roles. They introduced residence councillors, who act as a mini

IRC within the larger FYC body. FYC focuses on advocacy, mentorship, event planning and volunteering. They often collaborate with other MSU services such as Spark and the Maroons to hold events for firstyear students. During the MSU presidential campaign in 2017, FYC held “meet the candidates” events in residence to introduce first-year students to MSU politics. In particular, FYC held a formal in conjunction with Spark in November, first-year Olympics and a paint night with the Maroons. Hazra Chowdhury, the FYC coordinator, hopes to continue the advocacy and events of their predecessors. She is currently

working with Kevin Beatty of Residence Life to create consultation committees within residence. Her main goal is to make the committees more efficient and effective, by first condensing the original six committees into four and working on communication between both FYC and Residence Life. “The six committees that were in place last year had been in place with the IRC for a very long time, but that doesn’t mean they’ve been the most effective,” said Chowdhury. In addition, Chowdhury hopes to work with Residence Life, particularly residence orientation representatives, to put on more programming throughout the year.

“This year we’ll be extending [the programming] but I know that as a first year it’s difficult to run an event when you’re the only chair,” Chowdhury said. “Since RORs this year have a full year contract and community advisors are there to help, it’s a part of the alternate programming committee; those RORs will help students put on events throughout the year,” she added. As the election results are tallied, one can expect FYC to continue to do work throughout the school year to support firstyear students and have their voices heard within the union. @SashaDhesi

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Cha Nimke Nagwagin Kwe Local Indigenous designer uses her art as a platform for advocacy and teaching

Emily O’Rourke Features Reporter

Cha Nimke Nagwagin Kwe, also known as Jasmin Glaw, is an Indigenous artist and youth advocate working in the city of Hamilton. Most of Glaw’s design work centralizes around themes of identity, belonging and teachings of the strawberry, or heart berry, the plant representation of woman. As a child, Glaw spent time between her home in Hamilton and her mother’s home community of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation. From an early age, Glaw was intrigued by the process of laying out designs and bringing them to life, altering thrift shop finds and restoring something old into something new.

“When creating a design I really try to think about the purpose behind its creation. Much like the rest of the population, I seek purpose in myself, my work, and my relationships,,” Jasmin Glaw Indigenous artist

As a member of a generation of children who were not raised on reserve, thus lacking exposure to traditional knowledge, Glaw was motivated to become the self-driven artist and advocate that she is today. Today, Glaw uses her work as a platform for advocacy and education, creating pieces that hold traditional meaning and resonate with audiences of all backgrounds. “When creating a design I really try to think about the purpose behind its creation. Much like the rest of the population, I seek purpose in myself, my work and my relationships,” said Glaw. “How will this piece convey purpose? With this active application of mindfulness, I try to connect my pieces to the world we live in and challenges that we face every day.”

The Missing Heart Berry

This past Supercrawl, Glaw designed the “Missing Heart Berry,” a textile design/artistic advocacy piece that uses Traditional Jingle Dress Regalia in order to create a platform for awareness of the current crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada. The strawberry, or heart berry, serves as the plant representation of a woman. Similar to the plant, women create life, unapologetically hold a host of emotions, model the ability to forgive and stands as a symbol of reconciliation. As this piece was created for women, Glaw thought it to be appropriate to acknowledge the strawberry. The design also attributes similarities to the red coat worn by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The long history of colonialism, oppression, discrimination and assimilation of Indigenous people, enforced by the RCMP, proved to be a fitting factor as to why the dress mocks the red coat. This aspect

of the design is meant to represent the abuse of power and lack of support that has been demonstrated by the Canadian government. Glaw stresses that there have been some respectful allies within the RCMP and Canadian government who seek to support the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, but still believes there is a steep mountain to climb. “Since I dreamt of this piece, it has been my hope that it would impress the importance of a well-intentioned national inquiry so that the families of the [Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada] are met with peace and that the spirits of their lost ones are no longer wandering, but rather found and guided to the Creator,” said Glaw.

Art as healing and reconciliation

Glaw often finds herself turning to art or design to decompress or to find peace of mind. Basic design practices, including beading, helps Glaw to clear the mind of obstacles faced and to make space for creative exploration within herself. Using creative freedom to craft projects with meaning and purpose, one of Glaw’s hopes is to help promote reconciliation and create unique opportunities for learning more about Indigenous people in Canada. “The Missing Heart Berry project’s purpose was to bring awareness to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (#MMIWG) in Canada,” said Glaw. “This issue is something that has been affecting our communities for years, but somehow hasn’t resonated with the rest of Canada. Therefore, by giving a design purpose I can use it as a vehicle for sharing a message or for promoting awareness around a certain topic.”


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Unite the local Indigenous community through the promotion of arts and culture.

Make space for Indigenous stories, art and teachings in traditional and unconventional settings.

Share the beauty and diversity of Indigenous cultures with the greater urban community and allies.

The Sweetgrass Sisters Collective

Established in early 2017 by Glaw and Jessica Lea Fleming, The Sweetgrass Sisters Collective seeks to empower and strengthen the local Indigenous community via traditional and contemporary programming, networking and performance opportunities. One of the major goals for the collective is to preserve knowledge and culture with three guiding, interwoven pieces. Another major goal is to connect Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in order to create space for dialogue surrounding key issues, including Indigenous representation in the media, access to cultural opportunities outside of the GTA and to create a cross cultural platform for community players to learn and share from one another. With support from the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Hamilton Canada 150 Fund, the first organized event for The Sweetgrass Sisters Collective entitled Howling Moons: A Celebration of Indigenous Performance and Culture takes place Sept. 30 at the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts. Daytime programming will take place at the Fischer Gallery at the AGH and will feature teachings from local Knowledge Keepers and Hoop Dance performers in addition to a talking circle with award winning dancer Nimkii Osawamick from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory. Evening programming will follow at the HCA Recital Hall. The event will be hosted by Jessie Goyette (Algonquin/Métis) and will feature live performances by hip hop artist chllly (Mohawk / Jamaican) and celebrated headliner, Iskwé (Cree / Dené / Irish). The evening will conclude with a one-hour set by DJ Ariel (Blackfoot/Cree/Ojibway).

Looking forward

Following Howling Moons, Glaw also plans to delve further into leatherwork to incorporate into her designs. Glaw’s work ultimately encompasses teaching and advocacy into traditional Indigenous designs and pave the way towards her long term goals, which include to help motivate and encourage Indigenous youth to invest more time in learning about culture and language, to empower mixed-race Indigenous peoples to stand proud of their identity and to seek more strawberry teachings from her elders to apply to future design work. @emily_oro



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MSU, Change Camp has acted as an avenue to connect students throughout Hamilton to community members in order to generate ideas targeted at building a better community. Since then, it has grown into an initiative that incorporates McMaster University, Mohawk College, Redeemer University College, the City of Hamilton, and several social organizations in the city. Change Camp fosters collaboration and RYAN understanding between students and the community. PersonalDESHPANDE ly, my experiences with Change Vice President (Education) Camp furthered my investment in Hamilton’s social and ecovped@msumcmaster.ca nomic development. The ways 905.525.9140 x24017 in which the community values student input, combined with Community engagement has how we collectively care about been a growing topic at Mc- the future of our city, has made Master over recent years. Guid- this event a continued success. ed as a priority through Patrick Deane’s Forward with Integrity We are moving beletter, the Office of Community yond idea generation Engagement has grown in meaningful ways that have connected and into action students to Hamilton. With the creation of the interdisciplinary This year, Change Camp is minor in community engage- focused on neighbourhood dement, the launch of CityLAB, the velopment. With five pre-seMcMaster Research Shop, along lected community projects, we with the many clubs on campus are moving beyond idea generwho work in the community, ation and into action. This year, McMaster and Hamilton are be- the themes are Food Insecuricoming increasingly integrated. ty, Transportation, Community The MSU and the Office of Com- Print Shop, Affordable Housing, munity Engagement have nu- and Space Animation. These stumerous partnerships, with var- dent and community identified ious student-driven initiatives themes have the ability to address leading the way. key issues in Hamilton that affect One way that students are all of us. Whether it is the presable to engage with Hamil- ence of food deserts, increased ton is through Change Camp. rental prices, the prevalence of Launched in 2014 through the empty storefronts throughout

the city, or better transit - there are a multitude of ways for students to become involved in our community. I encourage you to take advantage of them. McMaster and the MSU provide ample opportunities, but there are even more throughout Hamilton or whichever city you

call home. The important thing to remember, is that change always begins with an idea. Fantastic community building ideas will be discussed at Change Camp, taking place on September 25 at 5:30pm. Visit changecamphamilton.com for registration and event details.





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Taking the Pulse of campus projects The gym’s lack of space is just one example of the MSU’s inconvenient long-term planning undertake a large project they will likely not see to completion. We saw it in the 2014-2015 academic year when Teddy Saull’s “Perspectives on Peace” gesture was launched in March 2015 only to seemingly fizzle out after his term. We saw it when the 20152016 board, spearheaded by Ehima Osazuwa, advocated for the implementation of all-genders washrooms. This has only begun to come together as of this fall, which is over a year since he left office. And we saw it with the 2016-2017 board, who pushed for the Student Activity Building without having to consider the growing pains-style consequences of that referendum’s details. Burnout is an easy feeling to understand, and this is especially true for university students. I can understand why, after a tiring year, the board would desire to leave a legacy at the institution they’ve worked hard to change. But to students, this can be interpreted as pursuing vanity projects on their dime. As someone who has struggled with elements of the

gym for a long time, I appreciate the previous board’s intention to make the Pulse a more inclusive environment. But the increased crowds no matter what time you go, unless you’re one of the few who make use of their extended weeknight hours, does nothing to quell those negative feelings. The slight animosity towards those impeding on your personal space at the gym is a horrible feeling, especially when it’s probable that they are working out before dawn to avoid crowds, just like you. Given that first years will not see the opening of the Student Activity Building until the latter part of their third year, promising increased space three years from now is of little comfort to most of the student body. The quick-fix pop-up Pulse, set to open in one of the auxiliary gyms after the fall reading week, may make me eat my words. Frankly, I doubt it. Even if it is successful in diverting some traffic, it will stand that last year’s board never worked out how you’re going to work out for the foreseeable future.




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I have a question for the 20162017 McMaster Students Union Board of Directors: how much time did any of them spend in the Pulse? Shockingly, adding a gym fee to everyone’s student fees means that more people are actually going to go to the gym. The spacing problems associated with this would be evident to anyone who has ever walked past the Pulse sign-in desk. The Pulse is always packed at 6 a.m. when I go. It is packed at 11:30 a.m. when our Arts & Culture Editor goes. It is packed at 6 p.m. when our Photo Reporter goes. No matter when you try to squeeze in a workout, you’re squeezed in with more bodies than you thought could occupy the treadmills, deadlift platforms or studio. I could spend my word count rehashing the gripes of anyone who has spent time at the Pulse this year, but it’s really just the most current example of a larger issue on campus. There is a trend among cohorts of the board that they

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Davin Babulal Life Sciences V


What is it like being in a science program but taking courses in the Humanities? I love science and it’s really fun but at the same time I love performing and learning about theatre and acting and I actually want to be an actor. I actually wanted to go to an acting school and I proposed that to my parents and they said they would disown me. So I guess maybe I’ll wait. They said that if I went to school and got a degree in science, then afterwards you can take whatever you want. So, I did and I found a lot of things that I love in science, I love physics I switched from pure physics into life sciences so I could do biomechanics and anatomy and stuff like that. My goal for awhile was to become a physiotherapist and I realized I just got caught up in being in undergrad and in this academic lifestyle. I just thought, wait, no I want to perform. So, recently I have been asking a lot of the theatre profs if I could take their courses and they have been letting me and that has been pretty cool. I’ve been talking to one of the profs and he said he is going to help me with monologues and auditions for theatre school.

What does performing give you that science can’t? It’s just a fun form of expression and I mean there are different acting styles and approaches you can take to developing a character. I get really excited when I can relate a character to something in my life or something that I’ve seen or other inspirations that I admire, other actors that I admire. So, when I see a character that I can relate to one of my favourite childhood characters I’ll be like “Oh! This is how I’ll play that” and these are aspects of watching this person that I love and knowing that I can play that up in my performance. Also, making people excited and laugh and all that cliche stuff is super fun too! What is the difference in the connection you feel with the audience when you are signing versus acting? Someone once said that, and I

can’t remember who but, they said when you are acting in a musical in order to sing your emotion has to be so much that you can’t contain it in just acting. To dance you need to feel so much that you can’t just

bigger. You throw your emotions right in the audience’s face you are straight up singing your emotions to the audience. Whereas in a play, sure there are soliloquies and that but a lot more facial acting and subtleties that the audience gets to pick up on. I enjoy that and I enjoy watching an actor for all the subtleties they have put into their character, not to say that musical theatre doesn’t do that but when you are just doing a play you have to do that within the one realm of acting rather than singing and dancing. How have you found the difference in acceptance of yourself in different groups comparatively?

stand there and sing you need to be dancing because your emotions weigh that much. I think in musical theatre when you are performing and singing and dancing there is a lot more extravagance, you are a lot

I think that I choose to surround myself with people who have the same values as me. I’m kind of really picky of who I keep close to me and in groups like McMaster Musical Theatre there is a lot of acceptance and welcoming. I mean especially with queer things it is super

chill and you just do you. It is great and everybody encourages you and I think that is kind of theatre in general people are usually quite welcoming of the queer community. That’s one of the things that draws me into it even more. Comparing that to things like gym life, I also work at the gym we do try and create a very welcoming environment around staff and that’s awesome. But it’s interesting when I’m teaching a member how to do an exercise and show them where to hold the bar and I notice them looking at my nail polish. They stop and hesitate for a second and then we continue. I wonder if that changes their impression of me or whatever. I have had people ask me “Why are you painting your nails?” because I like it. So, it is a bit interesting in the different communities I work in.

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Opinion Spotted at Mac: “punch a Nazi” Does McMaster really advocate against neo-Nazism?

C/O CNN Reem Sheet Opinion Editor

When neo-Nazi propaganda was found on campus and in the Westdale area last week advocating against the conservancy of ‘white’ culture and telling the McMaster community to “punch a Nazi”, I began to question what the group advocating for this message was about. According to their website, The Revolutionary Student Movement is a group of “definitively anti-fascist, anti-racist, anti-ableist, LGBTQ2S*-inclusive and proletarian feminist” students who fight fascism. The students that share the views of the RSM also hold that they are an anti-capitalist movement who are guided by communist principals and in the name of Karl Marx, work to “organize proletarian students in the interest of the revolutionary

working-class movement”. Now that we have established what this group is all about, we can crack down on the posters we have seen on campus. My first impression when I saw the word “Nazi” used in a seemingly violent, World War II propaganda-like poster was not a positive one. So, I inquired further. The RSM holds a political view that they would like to express. In and of itself, this is not a crime. But expressing that violence against those who identify as neo-Nazi is a violent act in itself. The RSM, through their unsanctioned posters, are directly advocating for violence and discrimination in their views, something they are seemingly working against in their movement. The posters in question asked the reader to “punch a

Nazi”, as in, “react in a violent manner towards someone with a different political and ideological system than yours”. Does that sound familiar? Not to mention that the posters themselves were not stamped as authorized by the McMaster Students Union, which diminishes the authority of the approach of the RSM’s view on neo-Nazism. Putting up posters on campus is allowed, as long as the posters are approved by the MSU. The MSU Underground Media and Design is the only place on campus that can approve posters. According to the MSU Underground Media and Design Poster Checklist, posters that have any messages or images on the poster involving violence, hate, harassment, a discriminatory opinion or could be offensive/controversial will most

The RSM, through their unsanctioned posters, are directly advocating for violence and discrimination in their views, something they are seemingly working against in their movement. likely not be approved. These posters could be reviewed as offensive to certain sensibilities, but since they did not have an MSU stamp of approval it is difficult to tell.

Seeing as the club did not adhere to MSU promotion and advertising policies, the RSM, like all the other clubs who adhere to MSU policies, should revise their methods of message promotion. The views and beliefs of the RSM are political views that they are entitled to have, regardless of whether or not people agree with them. That is not the issue here. What I am concerned with is the means by which they shared their views on campus. Had the posters been approved by the MSU and attempting to simply share a view as opposed to seemingly impose it on the McMaster community, their message could have had a lot more merit to it.


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Prioritizing student safety over profit

McMaster needs to step up security at concerts, especially after the events of Post Malone during Welcome Week

WARNING: This article contains implications of sexual assault CW: Sexual Assault Anonymous Contributor Music is blaring and the thumping of the bass can be felt in the deepest of bones. Strobe lights flash neon pink, green and blue. It is 7:00 p.m. and the line-up for the most anticipated event of Welcome Week has stretched far beyond anyone had anticipated. 8,000 people, 2,000 upper-year students approximately 200 Welcome Week representatives on patrol. Although seemingly well planned, many reps, at least those present, could attest that the night of the Post Malone concert on Sept. 1 was an absolute mess to say the least. If we take a closer look, the math tells us that this night held a rep to student ratio of approximately 1 to 400. However, this number underestimates the challenge of fulfilling student interaction while maintaining safety and security at the event.

Many reps came into the evening clearly unprepared for a night that would lead to circumstances extending well beyond their training. While our role as reps is meant to help first-year students in their transition into residence and university life, the hidden agenda includes security patrolling and taking on the role of law enforcer. While the McMaster Rep Network boasted a large number of reps, many of them were only present during the night as concert attendees, not as reps. Though Engineering and Nursing took the initiative to assist during the concert, it simply was not enough. With the little control that was maintained by the [group], students were still able to easily bypass security and pass drugs and alcohol to their friends who were cleared. Campus Events Staff and the McMaster Students Union Maroons had their hands

tied, clearly under pressure to maintain the little structure and organization the night had. And that was just outside the concert space. Did students actually get to hear Post Malone perform? If you believe interspersed “ohs” and “yeahs” to be a performance, then by all means, believe it to be so. But in my opinion, that is not a performance. With a drunk Post Malone who was barely able to speak, I can say that the quality of the concert was highly debatable. To say that Post Malone was problematic is surely an understatement. While we are on the topic of understatements, the MSU’s apparent firm stance for sexual violence prevention should be up for discussion, because that night highlighted an inconsistency with this “value”. Why did the MSU not take any precautions to have some sort of response, in the case survivors needed support?

Thankfully, one of the Women and Gender Equity Network’s members volunteered their time to provide support to both survivors and witnesses of the cases of sexual assault that happened that night. But this simply was not enough. The Emergency First Response Team also had their hands full, to such the extent that EFRT alumni were called to respond to the demand of intoxicated students. While I can go on and on about the night, I ask that the MSU take a step back. I ask that the Board of Directors look beyond the big name that they are trying to create for the MSU and to focus on its constituents, us — the students. While enjoyment is a priority, it must be overpowered by a concern for our safety. With Homecoming around the corner, this is something important to take into consideration for the wellbeing of McMaster students. We need

to reassess our priorities and maintain the balance between security and being able to bring valuable and enjoyable university experiences to campus. Yes, the MSU brought Post Malone to McMaster, but it was at the expense of the wellbeing of MSU members. To say that Post Malone was a success undermines the very people who maintained the little structure that was there, so no, it is not the time to say “Congratulations”.



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Change Camp Hamilton

McMaster Homecoming Concert

When: September 11-30, 2017

When: Monday, September 25, 2017

When: September 29 & 30, 2017

Where: msumcmaster.ca/optout

Where: 100 Main Street W, Hamilton

Where: JHE Field

The opt-out period for the 2017/18 academic year has started and will go until September 30. Please visit www.msumcmaster.ca/optout to fill out the form.

Change Camp is a collaboration between the City of Hamilton, McMaster University, Mohawk College, Redeemer University College, and the Social Planning & Research Council of Hamilton. Change Camp allows one to share information and ideas, connect with people from different neighbourhoods and groups, and understand how to effectively work with others on projects addressing issues within the Hamilton community.

Lil Yachty (September 29) and The Strumbellas (September 30) will be headlining this year’s Homecoming celebrations. Tickets are available for McMaster students, alumni graduate students and guests signed-in by a McMaster student (limit 1 guest per student). Tickets can be purchased at: mcmaster.tickit.ca

First Year Council Campaign Period When: September 20, 2017 at 08:00AM until September 28, 2017 at 05:00PM Where: McMaster University Campaigning will begin at 8am on September 20th, 2017 and end at 5:00 pm on September 28th, 2017. You are not allowed to campaign before this time. Polling begins on September 27 at 9:00 am and runs until September 28 at 5:00 pm. Polling will take place through your McMaster email.

This year, the themes of Change Camp reflect neighbourhood priorities and projects, and the event will involve graduates of the Hamilton Community Foundation’s Neighbourhood Leadership Institute. The five project themes that will be discussed at Change Camp 2017 are food security, transportation, a community print shop, affordable housing, and space animation.

McMaster Homecoming Game When: Saturday September 30, 2017 Where: Ron Joyce Stadium Hamilton Come cheer on your McMaster Marauders Football team as they face York University’s Lions in this years Homecoming 2017 game. Tickets can be purchased online at: marauders.ca/tickets

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Breathe Easy Marauders Say goodbye to breathing bad air with McMaster’s initiative to become Ontario’s first 100% smoke-free campus Reem Sheet Opinion Editor

On Monday Sept. 18, McMaster University announced that we will become a smoke-fee school. This is an incredible progression for the university in a number of ways, beyond the fact that McMaster will become a healthier campus for everyone. According to the McMaster Daily News, McMaster will be ending the use of tobacco and any other smoking devices inside, outside and around campus. This also includes the Ron Joyce Centre in Burlington and any other McMaster owned facilities. By declaring the campus to become a tobacco and smoke free campus, McMaster is promoting the health and wellness of not only students, but McMaster faculty, staff and even guests. This is an initiative that is meant to improve the daily lives and health of the McMaster community by ensuring that no

one on campus will be exposed to second hand smoke. For a person who is allergic to smoke and nearly chokes at every encounter with it, this initiative will absolutely improve my McMaster experience. Seeing as McMaster is recognized globally for being an institute that is committed to health advancements and student well being that is rising in global rankings, this will only increase our rankings as an internationally well-renowned institute. One concern that arises with applying this new policy is that adjusting to such a change for those who do smoke might not be easily transitional. However, the university has already anticipated possible responses to the change, and is planning accordingly. To prepare for the change on campus, McMaster has claimed that there will be a comprehensive program available that will help the McMaster community adapt. Another concern is

maintaining respect for diverse groups who may practice the use of smoke and tobacco for cultural reasons. Ryan Deshpande, vice president (Education), stated, “This change will have different implications for the diverse communities across our campus.” As we all manage this transition, it is important that the University’s resources cater to the cultural and mental wellbeing of these communities, and that everyone is aware of these supports throughout this process,” he added. In response to this concern, the university claims that it recognizes and understands that certain Indigenous cultures may have traditional and sacred needs for the use of tobacco for medicinal purposes, and assures that in certain cases, there can be exemptions granted to the policy if need be. The university assures those concerned about the implementation and regulation of this change that it will not be an abrupt one.

“This change will have different implications for the diverse communities across our campus.” Ryan Deshpande Vice president (Education) McMaster Students Union The enforcement is meant to be phased into implementation for the first few months of the change. In areas near campus but not on campus, the university claims that they will try to regulate the number of people who smoke in neighbouring residential streets and sidewalks so that there isn’t an increase in smoking there are a result. In terms of regulation, if someone is violating the policy within the adjustment period, they’ll just be asked not to use the smoke or tobacco and di-

rected to a cessation program. The implementation and execution of a smoke free campus is one that will bring positive community response and global recognition that all students are able to benefit from. Beyond the efforts that the university is taking with respect to our health and well being, this change will be an active stance in helping to improve the campus environment as well. This change is something that we as McMaster students should be proud to be a part of moving into the future of the university.




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Arts & Culture Lonely Parade marches together Peterborough punks and childhood friends and Rock Camp for Girls! alumni ready their Canadian tour

C/O KAROL ORZECHOWSKI Vanessa Polojac Contributor

Peterbrough punk rock trio, and rock camp alumni Lonely Parade brought their hard-hitting vocals and grunge guitar to Barton Street’s HAVN as part of their 2017 Canadian tour. Lonely Parade is a composed of childhood friends Augusta Veno (guitar/vocals), Charlotte Dempsey (bass/vocals) and Anwyn Climenhage (drums). The trio were initially inspired to pursue music after joining Rock Camp for Girls! a children’s camp based in Peterborough, ON that gives a performance platform to female, non-binary and trans children and allows them to experiment within the genre of rock music. “I played a guitar for the first time at rock camp. The ideology [at] the camp is to give opportunity to those who don’t normally get microphones put

in front of them,” explained Veno. Veno, Demspsey and Climenhage all attended the summer camp during separate moments in their lives and were highly influenced by the guidance they were given during their time there. The band members discovered many successful women in music such as traditional rock n roll acts like Joni Mitchell and American pop-punk bands like the Care Bears on Fire. Growing up together music had a large influence on the friendship between the three of them. During their time spent at the camp they individualized their style and eventually pursued musical projects of their own. They would often jam together at their parents’ parties before deciding to come together as Lonely Parade in 2011. “We came to the realization that we wanted to start Lonely Parade when both of our little

brothers had formed bands of their own,” said Veno. “All three of us had an mutual understanding that we were going to pursue a musical journey together.” Since then, Lonely Parade has released two studio albums: Sheer Luxury (2014) and No Shade (2016), numerous EPs including Splenda Thief (2015) and She Can Wait (2014) and had songs like “Girl” performed on Exclaim! TV. “I think the listener can hear an evolution within our band. When we started out we were just a bunch of punk teens now we’ve grown into being young adults,” said Dempsey. Although the band identify themselves as feminists, they would like to distance themselves from the notion of just being a female rock band. As a non-binary person Climenhage is conflicted with the ideologies that come along with being in a perceived all-girl rock band.

“All three of us had a mutual understanding that we were going to pursue a musical journey together.” Augusta Veno Guitarist/vocalist Lonely Parade “We think our music speaks separately to our political views. Many people assume or project a certain image or label on us that we personally do not agree with,” said Climenhage. The past five years Lonely Parade has been touring throughout southern Ontario, unfortunately receiving unwelcomed remarks about their gender identities along the way. “I don’t think about my gender when I go out in public

so when people constantly comment about me being a woman in rock music I find it unnecessary,” explained Dempsey. Style is an aspect of the band that Lonely Parade take seriously and gives them a platform to express their individuality in spite of attempts to collectivize the group with inappropriate labels. “I think the way we portray ourselves shows our individuality. Like for instance I take inspiration and go for an androgynous style like Jayden and Willow Smith,” said Climenhage. Lonely Parade is currently working on a third studio album and will be touring across Canada for the rest of 2017, with plans to return to Hamilton as soon as possible. @theSilhouette

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Autumn (Getty) in Hamilton

Slam poet talks about her experience with transness, activism and displacement


Quinn Jones Contributor

The crowd at Moon Milk, MilkLab’s most recent open mic poetry night at Casino Artspace was there for one thing: the poetry of featured reader Autumn Getty. Getty is a trans woman, activist in the LGBTQ community and accomplished poet. Her moving poetry touched on her life and the complex experiences she has had, delivered with a note of dark humour that offsets her work nicely. The first topic discussed at the event was the interrelation of Getty’s poetry and transness. She explained that although trans issues were less prominent and discussed less frequently in her time, she was aware from a very young age of feeling female and was surprised to find out at eight years old that there was a difference between boys and girls. Getty discovered poetry a few years ago and turned to creating her own material after reading extensively. Getty believes that there is a strong relationship between her trans

identity and the writing she did based on her experiences living in women’s shelters as a child. “Looking back now, it seems to me that much of my writing was to try to explain the sense of alienation that I felt from women, sometimes through poems about being in the shelter, sometimes through poems that conceived the feminine as a universal being.” Getty began to find her voice in university. Initially she studied anthropology and religious studies as a way to connect the body and mind, the human and divine and wrote more formal religious poetry. But a writing class taught by the poet A.F. Moritz was to change that. Moritz asked her about her work previous to academia and it was through his encouragement to write about the general labour work she was doing during university, and to knit descriptions of said labour to larger spiritual themes. During this time, Getty had to return home to Hamilton to raise her nephew and niece, forced to choose between helping her family and continuing her education. This had a

profound impact on her poetry and activism. Getty hoped she could break the pattern of children in her family being raised by relatives other than her parents by raising her niece and nephews until the parents could reclaim custody, but in the end they ended up being raised by her other sibling and her mother.

“In much of my writing there is a separation between the speaker and an object of desire, usually portrayed as female, which I used to think of as the feminine divine, or as wisdom, or as a thing to achieve unity with.” Autumn Getty Poet, Trans Woman, Activist

“I saw this was one of the ways poor people are kept poor. I would say that in terms of activism, this has led me to recognize that chances are good that I don’t really understand the factors that are inhibiting others’ successes, and to be very wary of making assumptions,” she said. “In my poetry, I think that this situation contributed to something that I really wanted to think about: how was what I had learned at university related to the life I was forced to live now? I worked very hard to try to bring the two types of experiences together. However, this state of flux between Hamilton and Toronto created a sense of displacement and disenfranchisement, which continues to reflect in her poetry, and is at the core of her writing. “Speaking plainly, in much of my writing there is a separation between the speaker and an object of desire, usually portrayed as female, which I used to think of as the feminine divine, or as wisdom, or as a thing to achieve unity with.” Since then, Getty has worked throughout the community

with organizations like the Coalition for Humanitarianism and New Global Empowerment, and has made appearances at Hamilton Youth Poets’ Louder Than a Bomb poetry festival For aspiring poets searching for their voice, Getty encourages experimentation and self-reflection. “I think people sometimes worry a little too much about rules and the way they should write. To begin with people should just write whatever is their passion whatever they’re really interested in. I got that advice in university and my writing got a lot better after that.” Getty’s active role in her local community, and her continued involvement in local poetry events like Moon Milk assures that the next generation of local writers and activists can have their own source of living, artistic inspiration. @theSilhouette

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Bidding farewell to Hamilton’s iconic Meat Wagon MeatVentures takes a break from food truck scene to live a little more and focus on new projects Razan Samara A&C Reporter

For Salar Madadi, the idea of spending the rest of his life behind a computer for his career in IT simply didn’t appeal. His true passion was cooking unique meaty creations inspired by his mix of Filipino and Iranian cultures, and lots of bacon. A few years after moving to Hamilton, he decided to chase his dream of sharing his love for cooking. Despite no restaurant culinary experience and a long and difficult journey ahead of him, Madadi was committed to bringing his Meat Wagon to life. It’s been three years since the Meat Wagon sold its first piece of bacon. A framed five-dollar bill commemorates the beginning of the journey, while an enormous stack of order sheets from the Wagon’s last and busiest weekend ever, mark the end. Everything in between is worth celebrating too. The Meat Wagon evolved from serving pulled duck sliders and candied bacon crème brûlée from a cart at the Village Station Bazaar, to cooking up dishes for several Pop Up Hamilton events and winning the Canadian National Bacon Championships. “Our food has always been about taste being the most important thing. I know a lot of cooks that focus really heavily on using local ingredients and that’s awesome, but it’s not my style. So many different cultures have come to Canada and brought their flavours with them, and I feel like Canadian food is something that should bring in all of those flavours without boundaries,” explained Madadi. The MeatVentures’ crew was always experimenting, challenging themselves and pushing the limits. A good team environment and passion for making good food led to many success and memories. “[W]hen we’re in the middle of a busy service, we have a good crew, the music is loud, and we’re having fun and moving quick. There’s nothing like that feeling of the rush and

that first breath you take after serving the last customer in line,” said Madadi. Madadi and his team have also had their fair share of struggles, from long and tough work hours to time consuming business tasks. A first time entrepreneur, Madadi was fortunate to have the support of the Hamilton community, including the Roux Commissary and the Dirty South, who were there to help when the team needed it. Despite a strong presence in the Hamilton food truck scene, Madadi and his team have decided their Meat Wagon’s carnivorous treats will be going into hibernation until 2019. “After four years, it’s taken a toll on both my physical and mental health… I plan on spending more time with the family and friends I’ve missed while working so much” explained Madadi.

“After four years, it’s taken a toll on both my physical and mental health… I plan on spending more time with the family and friends I’ve missed while working so much” Salar Madadi Owner MeatVentures “There’s always this overwhelming pressure in business to continue to grow and expand, but I’m starting to realize that approach isn’t for me. So another part of this is to step back, reevaluate, and figure out how I want to continue in the future”. This doesn’t mean the end for MeatVentures, but rather clearing the slate for new ideas and taking the Wagon to the next level when it returns in 2019. Since announcing the


break, Madadi has been introduced to other opportunities while also been able to focus his energy on other projects he has been meaning to dedicate more time to. “[W]e ended up not opening [the second location of Pokeh Bowl] until right in the middle of food truck season, so I just didn’t have the time to devote to it… I’m lucky to have an amazing crew there that keep it running smooth while I run the truck and I’m looking forward to spending more time working with them,” said Madadi. Over the next few months, Madadi will be introducing new bowls, sides and even drinks to the Pokeh Bowl’s expanding menu of fresh ahi tuna, salmon and vegan bowls inspired by Hawaiian appetizers. As for the Meat Wagon, fans should keep a look out for pop-up events throughout the year featuring some beloved menu items and new creations by the MeatVentures team.


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Culinary Class Act

Noodle Me

New James Street addition serves delicious hand-pulled noodle dishes Rachel Rachel Katz Katz Managing Managing Editor Editor

What it is As we settle into fall and brace ourselves for (shudder) winter, the search for a cozy meal that doesn’t break the bank becomes ever more important. Hamilton has no shortage of stick-to-your ribs options, from Bul Gogi’s stone bowls to the Burnt Tongue’s soup to the Hearty Hooligan’s vegan pizza buns. But recently these restaurants gained a new companion in the fast, filling and delicious category. Located next to August 8, Noodle Me is a new restaurant specializing in, you guessed it, noodles. The small restaurant makes their noodles in-house, and they offer a range of widths, from angel-hair fine to first-year-chemistry-textbook thick. And with a range of soups, stir fry-like dishes and cold noodles, their menu is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. How to get there from Westdale/Ainslie Wood Take the 1, 5 or 51 bus from campus to Main and MacNab. Cut through the bus terminal to King Street and walk east a block to the King and James intersection. Walk north on James for about five minutes, until you hit Wilson Street. Noodle Me is located in the small strip plaza on the northeast corner of the intersection. Price range Appetizers start at as low as $2, with the average appetizer coming in at about $5. Their main courses are also reasonably priced (and the portions are generous). Their broth soups cost around $9 typically and their stir-fried noodles, called “friars” are in the $10-$11 range. You can also add extra meat, veggies, egg or noodles for a small fee. Must-order item First, I recommend going with at least one other person so you can try multiple dishes. Either that or be ready to eat two entrees. That said, the space is small and it is unlikely they can

accommodate groups of much larger than five. Their “original noodle” soup is a must-try; its flavour is a wonderful mix of ramen, pho and the kinds of soups my mom and grandma make at home and it’s loaded with meat, veggies and of course your choice of noodle. The chicken friar is also delicious; Noodle Me’s sauces are great, and the noodles are that perfect balance between soft and chewy. Why it’s great The location of Noodle Me, tucked in the middle of a small plaza, is at best a bit hard to find and the atmosphere of the restaurant is fairly sparse; it’s a restaurant that is purely about the food. And honestly that in and of itself is refreshing. I’m the first one to admit I’m a sucker for thoughtful restaurant design and eye-catching details, but I also appreciate that the people behind Noodle Me are there to accomplish two tasks: make noodles and ensure you eat a lot of them. Everything I have tried from their menu has been delicious, and the staff are always willing to explain the different types of noodles and dishes. And the service is fast. Noodle Me is a great option for those nights when you leave campus and can feel your stomach clawing for food you’re so hungry because you will leave feeling full for a long while afterwards. Its proximity to King and James also means that it’s an option for long days on campus when you need a break from looking at the Burke Science Building between your last daytime class and your night class. For reference, Noodle Me is closer to the buses back to campus than the Canon Street Burnt Tongue location. This school year be sure to try out this great addition to the downtown core’s easy dinner options. Personally, I cannot wait until my next visit, so I can walk through the door, smell the delicious dishes cooking and say: “Noodle me.” @RachAlbertaKatz

Beef short rib noodle soup and a cold noodle bowl with chicken. CATHERINE TARASYUK / PRODUCTION EDITOR

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Sports Smooth sailing

Experienced sailors and an Olympic hopeful make up McMaster’s sailing team Jessica Carmichael Sports Reporter

Their days start early, and they spend approximately six hours on the water competing but it’s all worth it. McMaster University’s sailing team’s competed at the McMaster Invitational this past weekend. During the two-day event, seven Canadian university teams participated in the series of boat races better known as a regatta. The Canadian collegiate sailing season lasts the entire fall, and teams compete in weekend invitationals governed by the Canadian Intercollegiate Sailing Association. According to McMaster’s regatta coordinator Ross Murdoch, the McMaster sailing team dates back to the 70s but was on hiatus until about seven years ago, thanks to the emergence of the CICSA. Mac has a contract with the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club that allows them to use their boats, practice twice a week and use the facilities for their invitational. With help from Robert Monroe, member of the yacht club and proud McMaster alum, and the club’s vice commodore, Diane Crawshaw, Mac has been able to sail this year without a hitch. “The way it works in collegiate sailing is that we have an A fleet and a B fleet,” said

McMaster’s team president Emma Jackson. “So the A fleet will go out do some races and then rotate with B fleet. “Each team is sending four people and they all to get to race within their own fleet.” According to the CICSA’s Performance Ranking System teams are ranked by the summation of the per-region score they accumulate over a season and their score in the same season’s CICSA fleet racing nationals. The team with the lowest number of points is the winning

“Unlike other sports... sailing is the most mental sport. It’s all about your angles, geometry of the water, and how the winds change affects how you sail.” Joel Millar McMaster sailing team team. At the McMaster invitational, Mac placed a close second, loosing to

McGill University who had a total of 27 points, while Mac had 30 points. Earlier this month Mac also competed at the Laurier/ Waterloo Invitational where they also came in second after unfortunately losing to Queen’s University. Though Queen’s is known as one of the best collegiate sailing teams in Ontario, one of Mac’s newest sailors, Joel Millar, is ready to change that. First learning to sail at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club’s “Learn to Sail” camp, it was obvious to his parents and coaches that Millar was an extremely gifted sailor. While most kids took four to five years to achieve all their sailing levels, Millar obtained his in one year, and has been sailing ever since. As a member of Ontario’s sailing team and a first-year engineering student, Millar splits his days between his education and his love for sailing. “One thing I love about sailing is that unlike other sports where it’s mostly physical, sailing is the most mental sport. It’s all about your angles, geometry of the water, and how the winds change affects how you sail.” said Millar. “There are so many influencing factors that affect you in the water.” Millar aspires to one day sail a Finn sailboat in the Olympics for Canada, and is dedicated to making his dream a reality. Spending six hours each day on the water and playing hockey in the off season to stay in shape, Millar continues to match his natural talent with hard work daily. Millar is a

highly ranked sailor in Ontario and Murdoch, who also has competed with team Ontario, is certain he is going to be a good addition to the team. “I’m looking forward to seeing what he does.” said Murdoch “’He’s definitely quite knowledgeable and a fun guy.” With the new addition to

their team along with the other experienced collegiate sailors the Marauders hope to continue to be smooth sailing for the rest of their season. @jaaycarmichael


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From quarterback to quarterback coach Catching up with former Marauders signal caller Asher Hastings

Jessica Carmichael Sports Reporter

If you’ve been wondering what McMaster Marauders’ starting quarterback from 2013-2017 Asher Hastings has been up to, just know he has not gone too far. After graduating from McMaster earlier this year with a degree in Sociology, Hastings was offered a job as a summer student with Labatt Brewing. But Hastings could not leave Mac behind. Just because fans do not see Hastings suited up every Sunday, does not mean he’s no longer a key part of McMaster football. Starting this season, Hastings became the Marauders’ newest quarterbacks coach. By volunteering his evenings and weekends, the former starter is able to give back to the organization he grew up with

Asher’s quarterback breakdown Jackson

White • • • • • • • • •

Fierce competitor Height and size “Big Kahuna” True freshman Extremely impressive how composed he was Everybody’s willing to follow him Shows no fear Fiery and competitive Plays like an experienced veteran


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while mentoring three young quarterbacks. As quarterbacks coach, Hastings spends his time using his experience to teach thirdyear Dylan Astrom, and the Marauders’ two freshman quarterbacks, Jackson White and Andreas Dueck. “Its like a brotherhood,” said Hastings on being their coach. But more importantly, he sees his position as a mentorship role. “You’re there mentoring these guys throughout every aspect of being a quarterback,” said Hastings. “It’s all about teaching them how to lead, how to be a good person, and how to make a great impact on and off the field - beyond the Xs and Os of football.” Although Hastings knows everything there is to know about being a quarterback in Ontario University Athletics,

the transition to becoming a quarterback coach has been an eye-opening experience. “As a student athlete you don’t even really realize that these guys aren’t all getting paid. Not everyone is a full time coach and there’s a lot of hard work that goes in,” said Hastings. He added that learning to share his “football obsession” with his work life has been challenging, but also an experience that he has learned a lot from. “There are a lot of late nights and a lot going on behind the scenes that I am now a part of,” said Hastings. “But I get to be part of those conversations that shape and mould this football team going forward.” Going forward, Hastings hopes to instill the importance of the quarterback legacy at McMaster with the younger quarterbacks. “We take a lot of pride in what we do in the passing

game,” said Hastings. “Keeping me around, I’m able to pass that message on that good is not good enough. I like that I’m able to be here and carry that message, so that it doesn’t get lost that it is such an honour and a privilege to be able to play quarterback at this school,” said Hastings. Though “good is not good enough”, Hastings noted that he does not take too kindly to those in the stands yelling at Mac’s quarterbacks. Knowing what it feels like to be in their shoes, he stresses the fact that sometimes fans do not understand just how hard it is to be a quarterback. “There’s a lot more going on than meets the eyes from the stands,” said Hastings. “These kids have to analyze what 24 guys are doing on the field in a split second. They have to be able to see what’s in front of them and that changes their reaction and what they physically

do with the football.” Though the position is not as easy as it seems, Hastings is confident that the three younger quarterbacks have what it takes to carry on the McMaster quarterback legacy. The breakout star out of the trio who is surely carrying on the quarterback legacy is Jackson White. White, who started and played for the entire game last week against the Ottawa Gee-Gee’s, led Mac to a 24-7 victory where he threw for two touchdowns and 255 yards. Although it seems pretty clear to most that Jackson White is the obvious choice to start, Coach Hastings promises that no matter who starts he is happy about the development of the three young quarterbacks. @jaaycaramichael

“It really helps that he played in the system last year and we have a great relationship. He’s a younger coach and definitely a good friend on and off the field.” Jackson White Quarterback McMaster football

Honourable Mention Anthony Bontorin Andreas


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• 3rd year, veteran player • Speaks the language • Knows exactly what we’re asking the guys to do • Taken on a mentorship role • ‘Coach on the field’ role during practice • Fierce competitor • Willing to do anything to help the team

Dueck Dream to coach Extremely detailed Extremely focused Very polished Throws ball very well with great accuracy • Great rotation • Guiding him through the big move


• Recruited, quarterback in 2015 who struggled with injuries • Still really valuable • Breaks down game film on Sundays like a coach • Brings up points I may miss that I may not see • Really well respected, liked in locker room


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Unanswered offence; undefeated season The women’s rugby team wins another game this season, continuing to dominate every team in their path

The Marauders are currently 2-0 in their 2017 campaign, starting with a thunderous 50-26 win over York on Sept. 3. C/O FRASER CALDWELL

Justin Parker Sports Editor

The Western Mustangs had hopes of capturing their first win of the season as they hosted the Marauders on Sept. 16, but McMaster quickly ruined any plans the home team had. The Mustangs’ winless season would continue on the pitch at Alumni Field as Mac moved on to a season without any losses. Western’s hopes were dashed largely thanks to eightman Sara Svoboda, who contributed 16 points of her own to the Marauders’ 26 unanswered points. With two tries and three conversions, Svoboda led the way in another dominant win for the Marauders in their young season and was awarded the Pita Pit Athlete of the Week for her efforts. This season, the women’s rugby team have already outscored opponents 81-36, and

they show no sign of slowing down. They are currently halfway through their four game regular season and are likely to once again go far in the Ontario University Athletics post-season this fall. But no team can rest on their laurels too long, as next up for the Mac women is a road match against the Queen’s Gaels. Traveling to Kingston, the Marauders will play a Queen’s team that is also coming off of a two-game winning streak, out-scoring their opponents by a large margin of 88-24 in those victories. The Gaels currently sit two points ahead of Mac at first place in the Shiels Division, so this game is imperative to win for playoff positioning. However, the Gaels have also played one extra game than the Marauders, a 38-31 loss to the Guelph Gryphons. Winning this game would help the Marauders capture

first place in their division with Guelph hot on their tails. Led by rookie flanker Sophie de Goede, the Gaels will pose a threat to the Marauders’ perfect season at Nixon Field this Saturday. Boasting 32 points of her own, de Goede is ranked third in the province in individual points scored, and is only one point away from having the most points in the OUA. Queen’s will look to stop the surging Marauders for a strong season finale and will have to rely on players like de

The women’s rugby team have already out-scored opponents 8136, and they show no sign of slowing down.

Goede to do so. The Marauders will have to keep an extra eye out for their opponent’s star flanker who was also named OUA Female Athlete of the Week for Sept. 13. So far this season, the Marauders have done an excellent job of having a balanced attack on offence with different players contributing to the score sheet in every game. For the Marauders, the offence will likely rely again on the scoring of Sara Svoboda, who leads the team with 31 points out of the team’s 81 this season, and is sitting in fourth in OUA scoring. Last year, the team fell short of OUA gold and finished sixth in a disappointing U Sports tournament thanks largely to a knee injury suffered by team captain Katie Svoboda. However, this year the team shows no signs of slowing down. Working on integrating a set of fresh-faced athletes this

season, the team has not let it effect their development on the pitch and are consistently outplaying every team they are playing, making few vital mistakes if any. The Marauders are one of three teams that still remain undefeated, along with Brock and Guelph. If the Marauders and Gryphons both continue their spotless records this week, they will face off in a contentious season finale that will leave one team with their first loss of the season. While the regular season just started at the beginning of this month, it will soon be over and time for the post-season. The Marauders promise to keep fans entertained with a long and successful campaign ahead of them. @justinparker81

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Local sardine container also has gym equipment Students looking to have a claustrophobic time stumble on a greater purpose

There is actually equipment in this crowd somewhere, we swear.

SAINT PETER VEGAS Lord of not counting macros

It was 7 a.m. on a Monday morning when Hi Dogz arrived at the local hot spot, Heartbeat. Looking to rub elbows, literally and figuratively, with the upper echelon of current student union executives and future university employees, Dogz was shocked to find the space had a different purpose. “I just came here for the free sauna and experience mimicking a crowded Tokyo subway. I never expected to find weights here at all. Why would they put gym equipment in a place this busy?” After pushing through the

“Why would they put gym equipment in a place this busy?” Hi Dogz Micromanaging Editor

kilometer long line for Heartbeat and playing Where’s Waldo with the treadmill, we can confirm that this preposterous rumour is actually true. As it turns out, the sound remains a big hint to the secret nature of the sardine container.

POLL: What is your favourite exercise? Just guys being dudes

Doing curls in the squat rack

Running away from my responsibilities

Pretending to be Sonic in spin classes

Holding my Yu-Gi-Oh! cards for extended periods of time

Trying to climb out of the office

Complaining about leg day, but never actually doing it

All of the above

The obnoxious grunts were not a part of the totally sick early 2000s beats that continuously play, but from a number of squatters who don’t really care who can hear their exhausting efforts. The sources were marked at 151 decibels — just over fireworks one meter away and just under a gaggle of screeching banshees. In addition, the spin classes do not refer to how your stomach will turn watching Bradley Cooper try to dance in Silver Linings Playbook, but to the stationary bikes hidden under piles of people. Since this revelation, Heartbeat has released a new

statement: “It’s true. We are actually a gym first and a storage unit for the Student Activity Building second! #notbusy [a gif of two corgis on a treadmill]” This gym area of Mong Kok the university also features squash courts, a pool, an indoor track and a climbing wall. However, the only way reach them is to crowd surf over the mass of people in front of each or wait for a minimum of two weeks. It is unknown at this point if regulations will be made to target the tents camping out for equipment.

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