Posts By: Alistair Ogden

Civil Engineering rocks the boat with concrete canoe

When picturing a seaworthy canoe, concrete generally isn’t part of the equation. But for a group of University of Victoria Civil Engineering students, the idea’s starting to hold water. The UVic Concrete Canoe team only formed last semester, but they have big ambitions for their project: building a 6.4-metre-long floating concrete canoe. “We got an… Read more »

Lack of school spirit a downer, but not without cause

Nov. 26, 2015 might seem like eons ago to most students, but for UVic Pride it may still sting. On that day, the school-wide referendum on a proposed fee increase by $0.74 per semester for full-time students and $0.37 per semester for part-time students resulted in a 54.2 per cent “no” majority, leaving Pride “surprised… Read more »

UVic Campus Plan open for consultation

The University of Victoria has released a glimpse into the future with a new draft of its 2015 Campus Plan. Within its 93-page depths are major changes to campus landmarks, big plans for parking lots, and a building site on one of the last remaining ecological areas within Ring Road. Emily Thiessen, who is involved… Read more »

CULT reinvigorates UVic Astronomy

A group of students at the University of Victoria are determined to change the way we study the stars. The Committee for Upgrading the Learning Telescopes (CULT) may be a small, relatively new group at UVic, but they have big plans for the university’s astronomy department. “We really enjoyed using [UVic’s two main telescopes] but… Read more »

The Walrus Talks come to Victoria

The Belfry Theatre is typically known for its numerous play productions, but occasionally the stage spotlight shifts to current events and critical scientific discoveries. On Sept. 21, the Walrus Talks came to Victoria to ignite one such discussion on the topic of water. Sponsored by Labatt, the event welcomed a large audience and featured eight… Read more »

Toronto FC breaking the bank. Again.

Toronto FC are on another spending spree. After three high-profile signings failed to bring the team its first-ever playoff appearance in 2014, the perennial basement-dwellers of Major League Soccer (MLS) are throwing even bigger wads of cash at their problems ahead of the 2015 season.

With great expansion comes great responsibility

2015 will be a year of new beginnings for Major League Soccer (MLS). A new logo, newplayoff format, and two expansion teams highlight the changes that will take effect this season. Orlando City FC and New York City FC will join the Eastern Conference and bring the total number of MLS teams to 21. Both clubs have already made key signings and look set to establish themselves among the league’s best. Orlando City have signed Brazilian star Kaká and New York have brought in former Barcelona striker David Villa and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.

MLS playoffs set to begin

It’s been a while since a mainstream sports team in B.C. has had anything to celebrate, but this Saturday night the Vancouver Whitecaps gave the province a reason to cheer. A 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids ensured the Whitecaps a playoff spot and dashed the hopes of one of their biggest rivals—the Portland Timbers…. Read more »