Posts By: Cormac O’Brien

Vikes bounce Bobcats to book playoff berth

When you spend $77 million on a new court, it’s nice to be able to use it as much as possible. And CARSA will soon have its first taste of Canada West post-season action: the UVic Vikes women’s basketball team booked their berth in the playoffs with two vital wins against the Brandon Bobcats. The… Read more »

B.C. Music Fund has insiders singing a happy tune

Stephen Harper may have been known as the (embarrassingly poor) musician in Canadian politics, but a recent announcement by Premier Christy Clark will certainly be music to many ears in B.C. On Thursday, Feb. 11, Clark announced the creation of the B.C. Music Fund, promising that a sum of $15 million would be available for… Read more »

When it comes to race, Grammys have the Oscars beat

“It’s time for big changes.” So said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, following widespread criticism of the Academy’s failure to nominate any minority actors for the second year in a row. Changes did follow, with the Academy pledging to double the numbers of women and “diverse… Read more »

New poet laureate hopes to give back to arts community

If anyone deserves to be “the champion for youth and the literary arts” in Victoria, it’s probably Ann-Bernice Thomas. A second-year Theatre and Creative Writing student at UVic involved in poetry, theatre, creative nonfiction, and screenwriting, there aren’t many literary arts that Thomas hasn’t championed. On Jan. 14, 2015, Thomas was announced as the fourth… Read more »

The Martlet’s Valentine’s Day Playlist 2.0

It’s midnight on Valentine’s Day and something’s gone wrong. After a consensual and sober-minded decision to get in bed together, you and your boyfriend/girlfriend/significant other/Tinder pity date are knocking boots, as it were. But something’s just not clicking. And, as you listen to the squirrels on the tree outside your window having a better time… Read more »

Vikes shine at Nights of Lightning

Nobody knows what 2016 bears for Vikes basketball, but, after opening game wins for both the women’s and men’s teams, the year was kicked off in grand fashion. Both the men’s and women’s teams played their opening gambits Jan. 8, with the women winning 73-64 over the Manitoba Bisons while the men outlasted the Bisons… Read more »

My pick of the flicks of 2015

About a month ago, as I sat down to write a list of my favourite movies of 2015, I realized I hadn’t seen nearly enough films in 2015. So over winter break I sat down and binge-watched the best of film last year, and here are the results, ranked according to both quality of filmmaking… Read more »