Posts By: Cormac O’Brien

Creating context for #MeToo

History of Sex and Power course examines how sex shaped America It’s rare to understand the historical significance of an event as it’s being lived, but that’s the opportunity that Dr. Rachel Cleves and the students in her Sex and Power in American History course have in front of them. The course tackles some early… Read more »

There’s only one full slate running in this year’s UVSS election

Envision slate to nominate any Directors-at-Large; two Lead Directors running unopposed The candidates for the upcoming UVSS election have been announced, and there is only one full slate running in the UVSS election this year: a situation that many are considering unprecedented. The Envision slate has 16 candidates, filling out each of the five positions… Read more »

Vikes fly into playoffs on 12-game winning streak

“It was a total lacklustre effort from us,” said coach Dani Sinclair after her women’s basketball team was trounced 96–63 by the University of Saskatchewan Huskies on Nov. 18, 2017. “We did get some energy from some kids off the bench but we were totally disorganized offensively and our bad shots were turnovers that led… Read more »

Student unions across Canada are being mailed sex toys and nobody knows why

Dalhousie University. St. Francis Xavier. Ryerson. Wilfrid Laurier. Royal Roads. University of Manitoba. Lakehead University. Camosun College. And, now, the University of Victoria and the UVSS. Student unions at universities across the country have been receiving Amazon packages for months, and nobody has any idea why. The packages — sent with fake names, usually — are filled with a… Read more »

A student newspaper’s job is not to print hate

Baron’s decisions lack truth, criticism, and objectivity  On Jan. 25, the Baron, the student newspaper at the University of New Brunswick’s St. John campus, caused a Canadian media uproar when it published both an unedited interview with and letter to the editor from self-proclaimed “National Socialist” Michael Thurlow. Thurlow and his group took responsibility for… Read more »

Tsunami warning issued to Greater Victoria, later cancelled

Residents were advised to seek higher ground At 1:40 a.m. this morning, the Government of Canada issued a tsunami warning to residents in low-lying areas of Greater Victoria and residents on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The warning was made via Twitter, online CBC broadcasts, and on television. Official emergency Twitter accounts for the… Read more »

UVSS approves referendum questions at emergency meeting

At an emergency board meeting called for Jan. 15, the UVSS board approved three referendum questions for students to answer during the next UVSS election in March. Two of the questions address the UVSS Health Care plan. Students will choose if they are in favour of creating a tiered health care system, with a basic… Read more »

The 5 top social media stories in 2017

The Martlet often judges the success of a story on how well it resonates with the UVic community. Since it’s hard to gauge the reaction of each person who picks up a newspaper, sometimes, the easiest source of community feedback comes from social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit. We had plenty of stories… Read more »