Posts By: Cormac O’Brien

UVic fencer takes gold at provincial championships

Caleb McIntosh’s foray into fencing started as many good stories do — with a crush on a girl. “I was 12 and there was this girl I had a huge crush on, that I was friends with, and she wanted to do fencing,” McIntosh says. Now, after 15 years and one provincial fencing gold medal, McIntosh realizes his… Read more »

Gustavson student disappointed with school’s unwillingness to entertain conservative ideas

A student in UVic’s business school says the program’s progressive slant means his conservative ideas are either disregarded or ignored. Will Goldbeck, a fourth-year student at UVic’s Gustavson School of Business, says neither the courses, his professors, nor the school itself do a good enough job of allowing debate for key business theories. Instead, Goldbeck… Read more »

Studying the Eh B Cs of Canadian language

UVic post-doc student dissects the history of ‘eh’ The maple leaf; the beaver; the Timbit — there are many tacky, tourist-shop ideas of what it means to be a Canadian. For Derek Denis, a post-graduate student at UVic, there is one subject that really speaks to the heart of Canadian identity — language. “Language is just inherently tied to… Read more »

Licence plate numbers now needed for day parking

Starting on Monday, June 26, drivers using UVic parking lots will be forced to input their licence plate numbers when buying hourly or full-day parking passes. The new “Pay by Licence” (PBL) program is the first step in UVic’s plan to replace all paper tickets with what UVic calls “virtual permits”.  For now, parking rates… Read more »

New UVSS board gets first taste of tension

UVSS Board meeting recap 12 / 06 / 2017 In the fourth meeting of their term, the new student society board of directors had their first taste of the pressure that so often presents itself at board meetings. While there were no presentations, reports, nor any administrative business of note, the board was confronted with… Read more »

UVic student a finalist in condom wrapper design competition

It probably won’t come as a surprise that it was Cassidy Luteijn’s experience as a student residence leader at UVic that taught her the importance of safe sexual health. “I think the students — especially in residence, I find — are just coming out of being under their parent’s roof,” says Luteijn, “and with that comes a lot of… Read more »

Diversity in Academia

  Grace Wong Sneddon, the adviser to the provost on equity and diversity, smiles as she points up to the framed certificates that hang on the wall of her office. “I hear people go, ‘what are you worried about? Stop worrying so much — you’ve got six of those things,’” Wong Sneddon says. She’s pointing at diversity… Read more »

UVic Professor’s ‘garden Spicer’ goes viral

Dr. Lisa Kadonaga finds internet stardom with White House correspondent’s “anxious, forlorn” eyes The printers at Zap Copy in the Student Union Building have no doubt seen plenty of odd material pass through their doors, but it’s not often that they help create something that will spend a weekend making its way through every major… 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 »