UVic announces $2.4 million investment in marine energy

As students returned from reading break on Nov. 17, flocking to Mystic Market and filling the air of the University Centre with chatter, UVic announced a serious donation to increase research into sustainable energy. The $2.4 million dollars — $1.4 million from the Government of Canada and $1 million from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation in… Read more »

UVSS criticizes UVic’s handling of YPY demonstration

UVic apologizes for failing to provide timely notification In a Facebook post published the day after campus club Youth Protecting Youth (YPY) held a public anti-abortion demonstration in the quad outside of the McPherson Library, the University of Victoria Students’ Society criticized the university administration’s handling of the situation. The demonstration included the planting of… Read more »

What are those flags in the quad?

Five hours after they were planted into the quad grass, 10 000 flags were removed by students demonstrating against Youth Protecting Youth, UVic’s anti-abortion club. Students arriving back on campus today, Nov. 16, after reading break were greeted by an unusual sight — thousands of small flags covered the quad grass outside of the library. But just… Read more »

Bringing the Oireachtas to the Rock

Victoria hosts Irish dance championships For the first time in its 43 years, the Western Canadian Regional Oireachtas (pronounced uh-ROCK-tus) was held on Vancouver Island. Six hundred dancers (representing 24 dance schools) flocked to the island from across BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba to compete in the Irish dance championships. These dancers were aged anywhere… Read more »

A look behind adventure cats Bolt and Keel

  Imagine if your pet cats were more famous and successful than you — that’s the reality for Kayleen VanderRee and Danielle Gumbley thanks to their two Instagram famous rescue cats, Bolt and Keel. The two cats are brothers, found by VanderRee and Gumbley abandoned behind a garbage bin one summer day in 2015. As timing would… Read more »

Health care town hall sums up every UVSS problem

Low turnout. A stand-offish attitude. An unwillingness to apologize. The Nov. 9 town hall on UVSS health care encapsulated every single problem this UVSS board has faced this year. They mumbled through apologies, offset the blame for the low participation, and acted without a shred of the responsibility they hold for over 18 000 students. There… Read more »

Furry cuddles and stress relief

Interfaith Chapel holds a weekly Pet Café for stress relief Students are bombarded with stressors over the course of the academic year: being away from home for an extended amount of time, academic deadlines, time commitment pressures, and monetary limitations. It can all add up pretty fast. But there are a couple ways to lessen… Read more »

Anti-Semitic posters on UVic campus abhorrent

Canada welcomes all The federal Liberal government is set to welcome one million new immigrants to Canada by 2020, through a three-year plan that will slowly increase the number of immigrants each year. In light of the recent anti-Semitic posters being spread across UVic, this message couldn’t be more important than it is right now…. Read more »

Vulture Culture perched at “charged standstill” with Food Services

The Vulture Culture student group, known for hovering around second-hand hamburgers, quesadilla scraps, and other leftover treasures of the Mystic Market tray racks, is circling around a different type of prey: UVic’s food policies. Vulture Culture and UVic Food Services have recently been engaging in dialogue around food-safe alternatives for salvaging food waste, but whether… Read more »

Brianna’s books: Dazzle Patterns by Alison Watt

How do you recover from a traumatic event? Can you ever go back to whom you once were? The main characters of Dazzle Patterns by Alison Watt all have to face this question in their own different ways. Set against the Halifax Explosion in 1917 and the final years of World War One, Watt paints… Read more »