Provincial government introduces Bill 23 to address sexual misconduct

The pressure continues to build for universities to tackle sexual and gender-based violence as the B.C. provincial government introduced Bill 23, or the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act, on Wednesday, April 27. The bill requires public post-secondary institutions to establish sexual misconduct policies within one year of the bill receiving Royal Assent, and its… Read more »

Board of Directors votes against electoral report

The UVSS Board of Directors voted unanimously against ratifying the UVSS Elections Office’s electoral report on Monday, April 18, over concerns that the report’s recommendations did not adequately address harassment of and by candidates. The full report of the elections office is available on its website. Sara Maya Bhandar, UVic Pride board rep and Woke UVic… Read more »

The Martlet Podcast—Episode 3

Who the hell cares what critics have to say? Well, Carl Wilson, music critic for Slate and Billboard and UVic Writing’s 2016 Southam Lecturer, might. We caught up with Wilson and talked about the role of criticism in today’s democratized internet culture.

Hometown Hero: Chatting with Aidan Knight

Getting in touch with Aidan Knight is no easy feat. Not that that’s his fault — after finally getting through to him after four straight hours of countless missed calls and voice messages, Knight explains that his phone is on the fritz. And in true Canadian style, the first thing he does is apologize. Knight, a singer-songwriter,… Read more »

UVSS Board of Directors passes sexual assault policy

While UVic administration works on developing a policy to effectively deal with sexualized violence on campus, the UVSS Board of Directors voted to ratify its own approach to the issue at their final board meeting on Monday, April 18. The board ratified its stance on sexualized and gender-based violence as part of a series of… Read more »

Anti-abortion student club loses court battle, again

A UVic pro-life student club has faced yet another legal setback on Monday, April 18, as the B.C. Court of Appeals ruled against the group in a free-speech battle that has endured on and off for years. Youth Protecting Youth (YPY) had been approved to book an outdoor space for an event on campus in… Read more »

UVic Rocketry set for launch to infinity and beyond

For most students at UVic, the focus of their studies remain grounded. But one UVic club — UVic Rocketry — is getting ready for takeoff. And while the team’s ambitions are astronomical, their beginnings were quite humble. According to Simon Moffat, UVic Rocketry Team Captain, he and team co-founder Michael Pearson got their start building rockets differently than most… Read more »

Faculty of Graduate Studies Council gets Senate approval

The landscape of graduate education will be getting a makeover in the coming year, as the Senate approved the proposal to establish a Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) Council on Friday, April 1. The decision comes after almost a year of consultation and overwhelming support from both the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Senate…. Read more »

No foolin’—March 31 SGM makes quorum

While most students were preoccupied with final exams and assignments, or just content to lie in the afternoon sun, enough of them made it to the UVSS Special General Meeting (SGM) on Thursday, March 31 to ensure that the 106-student quorum was met. There was concern that the meeting would be a bust, what with… Read more »