Friday, October 31, 2014

Wiggle Room

OPIRG McMaster has a small office in MUSC 229. It is simultaneously a workspace for staff, a resource library, a storage area, and a small meeting space. It's a challenge to balance the various uses sometimes, but we can do it all most days. It helps that we have volunteers sorting and scanning old paper files so we can free up space in drawers, and with a few more changes we might even be able to reinvent the space to reflect the changing dynamic of a modern and engaged office supporting student volunteers. That's the hope anyway. Some scenes from a Thursday de-cluttering follow:
More places to charge your devices/laptops now!

Resources: looking to get online catalogue

Looking into MUSC 229: do you feel welcomed? is our mission clear?

This is now obsolete furniture as we create more room for visitors

Looking down on the worm bin: time to wiggle out of the office?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

From Tragedy to Triumph

MSU Diversity Services and McMaster Hillel would like to invite you all to Stories from the Holocaust, presenting holocaust survivor Frank Junger

Frank Junger, 14, was in school when the Germans came and occupied his hometown of Valea Lui Mihai, Romania, in 1944. Shortly after, he was deported to a ghetto in Hungary and then to a succession of concentration camps: Auschwitz- Birkenau, Gunskirchen, Melk, and Mauthausen, the last from which Frank was liberated in 1945 by American forces. He witnessed and survived some of the worst crimes perpetuated in history, and today he is here to share his story with us. It is a true honour and privilege to have Frank at McMaster University; we hope that you will join us in welcoming him.

Monday, October 27, 2014

What does OPIRG have to do with you?

This playlist is a start on various aspects of OPIRG McMaster's commitment to students: lots more to come! Our working groups, events, workshops, equipment loaning, volunteer opportunities, applications for support, are just some of the ways OPIRG fulfills our mandate to help volunteers engage in the public interest.

Friday, October 24, 2014


Audrey sorting gently used jewelry, handbags & scarves donated to the "all that glitters" campaign in support of Native Women's Centre & Atzin Mexico. Donations welcome up to Nov 11. OPIRG.CA for more info. The OPIRG office is filling up! :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Have you met our website? Join us!

Sign up for a free account on and get a weekly e-mail events list (Thursdays), follow your favourite OPIRG volunteer Working Group, vote on polls, and more.

It's a great way to follow OPIRG as we support students taking action on important social and environmental issues. Join us at!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Report from SRA Meeting

Well, great news to share. Outside of some projector set-up wrangling, it couldn’t have gone better tonight: let's call it "From adversary to allies."

Congrats are due to OPIRG's board reps who presented and were well received and highly praised by the McMaster Student Union (MSU) Student Representative Assembly (SRA), especially by Daniel D'Angela and VP Finance Scott Mallon. D’Angela called OPIRG an "Impactful student organization” while VP Mallon praised OPIRG’s financial transparency and good work we do on campus.

The twitter comments were numerous and uniformly positive.

In the SRA's "Committee of the Whole” they accepted our presentation and passed on their thanks for our transparent finances, and the great work we do for students and the community.



This means that we can stay focused more than ever on making student opportunities pay off through volunteer action and student initiated projects, through our OPIRG Working Groups, and in the many other ways OPIRG supports student initiative.

OPIRG really values our volunteer's varied contributions to enhancing student life and making a difference in the world. It's a pleasure to be recognized for such at the SRA. Keep up the good work, and let's keep getting better all the time!

Copy of OPIRG Presentation

Prepared and presented by Board members Kojo Damptey, Esmonde Jamieson, and Diana Elborno

Where OPIRG advertised our OPT Out Fee

To help answer a question at the SRA: These are the places we advertised our opt out this year.



Web Site FAQ
Web Site (Feature) Post
Clubs Fest Leaflet (500)
OPIRG door (sign)
Facebook - September 24 - infographic

MSU (No mention of opt-out, MSU President said they could ensure it goes in next year)

Paid Advertising


OPIRG Presentation to McMaster Student Union Tonight

Members of the OPIRG Board of Directors are presenting at the McMaster Student Union Student Representative Assembly tonight to show how we turn the $7.65 Full-Time McMaster Undergraduate fee into various opportunities for student action on important environmental and social justice issues.

The meeting starts at 6:30pm 
McMaster's Gilmour Hall Council Chambers (GH room 111) 
You are welcome to attend and support OPIRG!

OPIRG McMaster uses an annual $7.65 levy from full-time undergraduates at McMaster and turns it into productive and dynamic support for student engagement on important student-identified issues in the public interest. With ten volunteer led student working groups on a range of issues and activity, our dynamic volunteer program, free events and workshops open to all, to our lending library and support for various campus and community initiatives, OPIRG is here for students first and foremost.

OPIRG has been an incubator for small and larger projects including the first all-volunteer non-profit Community Bike Repair shop Recycle Cycles, formulating the groundwork for the McMaster Farmstand, and most recently, the Hamilton Street Tree Project and our popular 5th Annual Making Connections Week, introducing McMaster to the wider Hamilton community and the many important issues being addressed in the name of social justice and the public interest.

(OPIRG McMaster is the ONLY campus student organization that student can opt out of. The MSU offers no equivalent opt-out for any of their services or clubs.)

We love to hear from students and others who are interested in our mandate. We welcome contributions that help ensure OPIRG McMaster fulfills our mandate and is accountable to our membership as we take action in the public interest.