Students, new senators react to Senate attendance report

Questions raised regarding students serving on UVSS board and Senate at the same time Students and senators future, past, and present reacted strongly to the news that 11 of the 16 current student senators have missed at least half of the UVic Senate meetings, as reported by a Martlet article published on April 5. “I… Read more »

A department divided

UVic’s Sociology department split over grad representative elections, program reviews, and allegations of sexism and racism The twisting corridors of Cornett have hidden more than their share of secrets since they were built in 1967. But the walls and stairwells of the notoriously complicated building have housed a particularly ominous conflict this year — a department in… Read more »

UVSS and UVic partnering on Harm Reduction Centre

If you’ve ever been in the basement of the SUB, you’ve probably walked past the Harm Reduction Centre (HRC) dozens of times without even realizing it. A small grey closet right across from Pride, the centre offers safer substance use resources, safer sex supplies, and information regarding the two. Opened in Nov. 2017, its co-ordinators — UVic… Read more »

Gemma Karstens-Smith: Why do we need the Martlet?

As part of the Martlet 70 Fundraiser, we’ve asked former Martlet staff to answer an important question: why do we need the Martlet? I have the Martlet to thank for my career in journalism. It’s the place where I learned about crafting ledes, laying out pages, asking tough questions. It’s where I made friends who… Read more »

New Johnson Street Bridge finally opens

Bridge open to public after five years of Martlet reporting I started my engineering degree at UVic in 2013 and I remember volunteering to write for the Martlet a month into the semester. One of my very first published articles was titled “A new downtown icon: the Johnson Street Bridge” and was printed in the… Read more »

Letter to the editor: student senate attendance

The lack of attendance from Student Senators at UVic is profoundly disturbing. Sadly, it is a trend that has continued every year on Senate and all I can do is shake my head in disappointment. This is not a new issue. Visiting the main Senate website and looking at the records of past meetings will… Read more »

Dear high school students touring campus right now

Some advice before you venture into the “real world” Hi, it’s me. Yes, that girl you saw walking across campus in her pyjamas. Yes, both those coffees you saw in my hands were for me. Have you ever had to sit through a three-hour lecture? That’s what I thought. Anyway, welcome to UVic! Despite the… Read more »

Tuition hikes hurt our university

“When public colleges and universities operate under a knowledge/education regime informed by academic capitalism, they begin to see students as revenue sources and products. Instruction is redefined as workforce preparation more than as personally and socially enhancing education.” —Sheila Slaughter and Gary Rhoades, The Neo-Liberal University (2000) A couple of weeks ago, I left an… Read more »

Relics in Catholicism

Five hundred-year-old arm of St. Francis visited Victoria earlier this year On Jan. 27, St. Francis Xavier’s arm arrived in Victoria at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. The relic had travelled across the country, tying into Canada’s celebrations of 150 years of confederation. The arm is kept inside what looked like a gold spoon placed in… Read more »