Posts By: Alistair Ogden

The second coming of Mike Delamont’s Scottish Drag Queen deity

God is coming to the University of Victoria . . . kind of. On September 16, the Farquhar Auditorium will host the world premiere of Mike Delamont’s God Is A Scottish Drag Queen: The Second Coming. The two-act production is the latest in the the GIASDQ series, which debuted in 2012 and has gone on to earn critical acclaim… Read more »

UVic’s most famous dropout

An unauthorized biography of Thomas Middleditch The list of famous UVic alumni is a long and illustrious one, containing some of the most well-known names in Canada. Ryan Cochrane, Andrew Weaver, Rona Ambrose, and Nathan Fielder (to name but a few) have all earned degrees in Victoria. Usually, the names of the students who didn’t… Read more »

UVic to rename Trutch residence hall

University external relations: Trutch’s ideas and actions didn’t align with university’s “mission, vision and values” In a decision made at the May 30 Board of Governor’s meeting, UVic will remove the name of Joseph Trutch from the corresponding residence building within the Landsdowne Residence Complex. A press release from the university explained that Trutch’s “particularly negative”… Read more »

Selling “ugly” produce is a beautiful idea

Food is a constant issue at UVic. For many students, the on-campus Food Bank, food-salvaging clubs like the Community Cabbage, and weekly free dinners at Emmanuel Baptist Church are not just chances to save a bit of money but a financial necessity. Students are strapped for cash and the surrounding community has largely adapted to… Read more »

South Island MLA candidates go face-to-face with students

On March 31, the South Island Candidate’s Fair, organized by the UVSS as part of its Count On Our Vote campaign, welcomed a pool of candidates from the B.C. Green Party and B.C. NDP to the SUB. A steady stream of students flowed and ebbed through Vertigo Lounge, conversing with candidates about politics and provincial… Read more »

Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA candidates face off as election looms

What began as an amicable discussion developed into a frantic, heated debate between Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA Candidates at UVic last Wednesday, as those in attendance vied for student’s votes in the fast approaching provincial election. Andrew Weaver, sitting MLA and current leader of the B.C. Green Party, took on Bryce Casavant, the newly minted… Read more »

From IT guy to funny guy: Ali Hassan on comedy, being Muslim, and his love of food

This Saturday, comedian Ali Hassan is bringing his one man show, Muslim, Interrupted, to Sugar Nightclub. The former George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight comedy panelist and current host of CBC’s Laugh Out Loud spoke to the Martlet about Interrupted’s conception, its increasing relevance in the current political climate, and his twenty-year journey from unemployed IT guy to… Read more »

In memory of Stuart McLean: The best of ‘The Vinyl Cafe’

Canada has lost one of its most beloved storytellers: Stuart McLean, longtime host of The Vinyl Cafe, passed away from melanoma on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Generations of Canadians have grown up listening to McLean’s distinctive drawl. His radio show, which debuted in the summer of 1994, featured music, essays, and stories, but the focal point… Read more »