New name, same great music from Nick Murphy

Artist formerly known as Chet Faker played Vancouver recently It’s been a long time since the 2011 release of the “No Diggity” cover that catapulted the Australian artist Chet Faker into the spotlight. Nick Murphy, the man behind the name Chet Faker, received much acclaim for his first EP “Thinking in Textures,” released in 2012,… Read more »

Bumbershoot shows the Pacific Northwest how to rock

At the ripe old age of 46, Seattle’s Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival has blossomed into one of the most recognizable and accredited festivals in America, drawing thousands from all over the continent every year. The Labour Day long weekend event is held at the Seattle Center, just minutes from downtown Seattle, and runs for… Read more »

A tough pill to swallow

UVSS’ health care slip up costs students a lot It’s a bit of a running joke that no one really knows what the UVSS is doing (especially the UVSS themselves). People are often only reminded of the fact that they exist each March, when the faces of prospective student politicians are literally plastered to every… Read more »

New dinosaurs discovered in Victoria

Island gets a taste of NBA basketball as Raptors visit UVic with the son of a champion Vike The average height on campus jumped significantly on Sept. 26 when the Toronto Raptors arrived to hold their training camp at UVic. The team ran its pre-preseason practices in the CARSA facility until the 29th and hosted… Read more »

The beginning of the end for hyphenated surnames

B.C. residents with hyphenated last names made the news in late September when they were unable to renew their driver’s licences and health cards onto the same card, with their names reported as “illegal” by the automated registry system. Perhaps this was an innocuous mistake . . . or perhaps this was just the beginning.  I fidgeted with my… Read more »

We should applaud athletes who kneel against Trump

It was last December at the United Center  on the west side of Chicago that I witnessed the impact politics has on sport. “Ladies and gentlemen, please rise and remove your caps,” said the public address announcer, and, as I have done at countless sports events, I rose to my feet. The capacity crowd, dressed… Read more »

UVic is that bad neighbour

The issue of UVic’s reputation as a neighbour came to light recently at a Martlet story meeting. There were about six or seven of us talking about how ridiculously annoying it must be for people living across the road from the university to deal with students trying to park on their lawns. “Man,” I realized… Read more »

Dear Birdie #2

The Martlet’s new bi-weekly advice column Dear Birdie: Throughout my whole undergrad degree (I am in my fourth year), I have been planning to enter a specific post-grad program to become a certified high school teacher. Recently, I have had a change of heart, and I really want to enter a different post-grad program to… Read more »

UVSS Board meeting recaps

What happened at the Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 meetings The UVSS Board of Directors has met on the past few Monday nights, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, which means decisions have been made, votes have been cast, and tears have been shed. For those of you who didn’t attend (because, let’s face it, nobody… Read more »

New gender-inclusive washroom sign in basement of the SUB

In late September, the UVSS introduced their newest gender-inclusive washroom in the basement of the Student Union Building (SUB). What once was a women’s bathroom was updated with signs and posters explaining the change, and the official bathroom sign was updated to indicate the facility is now accessible for all genders, as well as for… Read more »