Posts By: Cormac O’Brien

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 »

The year in sports: 2015’s biggest plays

From Ronda Rousey to the Golden State Warriors, it’s been a big year for sports in 2015. Champions were defeated, underdogs rose up, and we were even blessed with the privilege of having “My Balls Are Perfect” be a completely valid and informative headline (Thank you, Deflategate). Though there were plenty of sports stories to… Read more »

UVic PhD student has course plans for Force fans

For David Christopher, teaching a course about Star Wars seems almost like destiny. Christopher has watched, studied, and loved the franchise ever since the age of seven, when his father took him to see A New Hope at a drive-in theatre in Ottawa. Since then, Christopher has followed the movies with a dedication reserved for… Read more »