Board of Directors backpedal on VIPIRG referendum

The UVSS Board of Directors has quickly backtracked on a motion put forward at last night’s board meeting that would have seen students vote on funding currently allocated to the Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG). The referendum would have students choose between continuing to pay $3 per academic term to VIPIRG, or re-allocating half… Read more »

I used to hate Dane Cook, and now I sort of don’t

Harmful if swallowed Let me preface this by saying that I haven’t seen a lot of stand-up comedy. I generally avoid all of the stand-up specials on Netflix because a person just standing there doesn’t really hold my attention. It takes a lot for me to laugh at a rehearsed joke — I’m more of an on-the-fly… Read more »

Muslim and Jewish student associations host shared dinner

The Jewish and Muslim community have a long history of both peaceful and violent interaction, but to the UVic Jewish Students Association (JSA) and the UVic Muslim Students Association (MSA), what matters is the present.  The two student societies, along with help from the Hillel B.C. Society, held a shared culture dinner on Nov. 21,… Read more »

We read the UVSS Strategic Plan so you don’t have to

At the Oct. 27 Annual General Meeting, the UVSS Board of Directors released their two-year Strategic Plan. The 32-page document includes the results of an annual survey published by the UVSS in May, and updates students on the board’s goals and how they’re doing so far in their year-long term. The results of the survey… Read more »

UBC Writing controversy hits close to home as UVic profs sign letter

Both current and former UVic Writing department faculty members have signed a controversial open letter in support of Steven Galloway, the former UBC Creative Writing chair. Galloway was fired last year after an investigation into “serious allegations” that were made against him, including allegations of sexual assault and harassment. A full timeline of events is… Read more »

GMO backlash takes root in Department of Environmental Studies

The Department of Environmental Studies has drawn criticism from students after hosting a former research scientist for Agriculture Canada whose views on genetically modified crops have been met with heated opposition in the past. Dr. Thierry Vrain, a research scientist turned organic farmer and anti-GMO advocate, gave an open talk as part of an Environmental… Read more »

EDITORIAL: Fake news has real consequences for media and the masses

The Pope endorsed Donald Trump. An FBI agent investigating Hillary Clinton’s private email server was discovered dead in an apparent murder-suicide. And busloads of professional protesters were dropped off mere blocks away from an anti-Trump protest site in Austin, Texas. These are but a few of the election news stories that got traction on social… Read more »