More to Beyoncé than just music, says instructor

Melissa Avdeeff has a lot to say about pop culture. Having first approached popular music as an academic while she was pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music, she wrote her master’s thesis on women’s representation in popular media, with chapters on Britney Spears, Beyoncé, and Gwen Stefani. And now, she’s taught a course about it…. Read more »

New sexual assault clinic to break down access barriers

“We’re stretching our arms open to welcome as many people as possible.” On Wednesday, Feb. 17, the Victoria Sexual Assault Clinic opens its doors to the public. The clinic is an offshoot of the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre (VSAC), designed to house services and resources provided by medical professionals, local police, and VSAC staff under… Read more »

Chair of Transgender Studies brings personal experience to role

On Jan.15, UVic announced Sociology professor and Transgender Archives Founder and Academic Director Aaron H. Devor as the world’s first Chair of Transgender Studies — a monumental appointment. As Chair, Devor will help to push for better policies regarding trans people by “consulting with various bodies outside of academia.” He plans to translate research he conducts himself,… Read more »

Torn on porn: A look at addiction & pornography

Where do we draw the line between overuse and addiction in an internet-obsessed culture? Charlotte Loppie, a UVic Professor in the School of Public Health, Social Policy, and Community-Based Aboriginal Health Research, has recently noticed a significant increase in the number of male students seeking advice about erectile dysfunction in relationships due to extensive viewing… Read more »

Bad Date Confessions: The Sequel

The worst date I’ve been on was with a guy I met at a Halloween party. He was the nerdy type, and he offered to take me to see the new Thor movie. On the day of our date, we met up and took the bus downtown to the theatre. Small talk on the bus… Read more »

Music offers sweet escape for local frontman

Thirty-five-year-old SweetLeaf frontman and Leg-Up Program bassist Chris Jones makes one thing clear: a career in music is no easy gig. The scuffed work boots Jones wears are a reminder that musicians are rarely ever just musicians; they are the baristas who brew your morning coffee, the store clerks who scan your groceries, or in… Read more »