Posts By: Cormac O’Brien

UVic reacts to racist Snapchat screenshots

Content warning: Anti-Indigenous racism UVic’s campus was buzzing with discussions of an offensive Snapchat screenshot shared on Facebook the night of Sept. 16. The pictures showed young men — presumably University of Victoria students — pretending to get drunk off Lysol disinfectant wipes, captioned with a racist slur describing First Nations peoples using the cleaner in the same way…. Read more »

Your soundtrack for September

September is a great time to discover new music. The start of a new (or first) year of university means the creation of new memories, and you’re going to need some new playlists to accompany them. Here are a few albums I recommend delving into before you get sucked into balancing school with anything else…. Read more »

2017 summer news recap

It may not feel like it (it never does), but it’s been a long summer. And while you’ve been away gallivanting on your lakes, by your cottages, and in your summer school classrooms, the Martlet has been working hard to report the important stories that occasionally pop up during the summer months. Here’s a recap… Read more »

UVic announces plan for new residence building

The University of Victoria has begun the planning process of a new residence building, built to address concerns about student housing in Victoria. The project is the first significant housing venture from UVic since it renewed its Campus Plan in 2016, though the university recognized the need to alleviate housing concerns for students in its… Read more »

CARSA dress code story draws mixed reactions

A Martlet article about a stricter dress code at CARSA has inspired lively and mixed responses on social media. News outlets like the Times Colonist, the Vancouver Sun, and CBC Victoria all reported the story of Luiza, a UVic alumna who was asked to change out of her shorts as they were deemed to violate… Read more »

UVic goes local with Sitka collaboration

UVic now selling branded logo on Sitka material The UVic bookstore has begun selling clothing made with materials and logos provided by Sitka, a local clothing company founded by two university alumni. People visiting the bookstore can buy sweatshirts and t-shirts adorned with the trademark Sitka tree and made with the local materials that are… Read more »

Eclipse thrills a thousand amateur astronomers

Sunglasses, cereal boxes, and saltine crackers — all tools used to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse that passed overhead at the University of Victoria on Monday, Aug. 21. The Bob Wright Centre (BWC), home of UVic’s astronomy lab, and its surrounding lawns were filled with prospective astronomers looking for the first solar eclipse on the… Read more »

UVic student and YouTube tech guru hits 200 000 subscribers

Walk into any university lecture hall and you’ll see kids on laptops. Some are scrambling to write down every word out of the professor’s mouth, others are finishing homework that was due in another class 30 minutes before, and most are procrastinating on social media. But if you see third-year business student Justin Tse on… Read more »

Five electives to take this year

You’ll see it in a thousand Facebook statuses or in a rushed text from a friend who is registering for classes in ten minutes’ time: “What electives should I take?” It’s a choice that plagues UVic students like a, well, plague, afflicting those who want to balance their hours of microchemistry or neurobiology with something… Read more »