Posts By: Cormac O’Brien

At 32, Fringe festival as exciting as ever

Popular UVic-heavy theatre festival kicks off August 22 The Fringe Festival may be in its early 30s, but it’s not showing any signs of a mid-life crisis. The festival, now 32 years old, runs from Aug. 22 to Sept. 2, spanning across Victoria with a plethora of theatrical genres in a cultural explosion of comedy,… Read more »

Saudi Arabia–Canada diplomatic dispute jeopardizes students

Saudi government withdraws scholarships, tells foreign students to leave Canada Some students at the University of Victoria may struggle to continue their studies at UVic this fall after news broke on Aug. 6 that the Saudi Arabian government is planning to withdraw all government-sponsored Saudi nationals  currently studying at Canadian universities. After Canada’s Minister of… Read more »

Crafting crosswords

How one former cartoonist confounded people in both the Martlet and the New York Times For student journalists who have written for the paper over its 70-year existence, the Martlet is often dreamed of as a first step towards working for a prestigious institution like the New York Times. How often does that really happen, though?… Read more »

2017–2018 Elections budget ran a $23 000 deficit, UVSS reports

Cause of the overspending still unclear, Director of Finance and Operations says In an executive report at the latest UVSS board meeting on Monday, June 18, Director of Finance and Operations Curtis Whittla announced that this year’s Elections Office ran $23 000 over their allocated budget. The students’ society originally allocated $26 237 for their 2017–2018 Elections… Read more »

Concerns, resignations plagued job search for Malahat Editor

Two Hiring Committee members quit amid larger worries for the journal’s future It’s been an anxious few months for The Malahat Review, the prestigious Canadian literary journal with a seemingly uncertain future. After long-time editor John Barton resigned earlier this year, officials at the University of Victoria decided to limit their search for a new… Read more »

Orcas and objectors protest government’s pipeline

May 29 march draws hundreds to downtown Disgusted. Angry. Disappointed, but not surprised. Those are some of the words that Victorians used to describe how they felt after becoming surprise owners of a 60-year-old pipeline on May 29. The decision came after months of dispute between Canadians as to the best route forward for the… Read more »

May 29 Board of Governors Tweetcap

Tuesday, May 29’s board meeting was a casual one, held in a boardroom in the Michael Williams Building, rather than the typical location within the Senate Chambers. Still, an important range of topics were discussed. Next is a presentation from Dr. Sybil Seitzinger — head of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions at UVic. Seitzinger… Read more »