Posts By: Cormac O’Brien

UVSS Directors debate a tame affair

Candidates rarely stray from platform talking points in lethargic afternoon An hour and 26 minutes into the UVSS Directors Debate, held at Cinecenta on Feb. 27, Ainsley Kerr, candidate for Director of Campaigns and Community Relations, asked a question of her opponent Ciel Arbour-Boehme. “What sort of steps do you think you’ll have to take… Read more »

Senate and Board of Governor candidates forum fails to draw audience

Reform and engagement big talking points at poorly attended forum If students had come to the Senate, Board of Governors, and Referenda forum held Feb. 26 at Cinecenta, they would have heard some strong words regarding university governance and institutional reform. Whether it was on Indigenizing UVic’s faculty and administration, making textbooks affordable, or the… Read more »

Health care plan faces life-saving vote

Referenda would see tiered plan, option for board-governed fee increases Mackenzie Cumberland, Director of Finance and Operations with the UVSS, does not mince her words when it comes to envisioning a future in which her two health care referendum questions fail. “There’d be very great reductions in coverage,” Cumberland warned, speaking after the UVSS approved… Read more »

Two students almost arrested at latest YPY protest

CSEC, Saanich PD called once students started taking down flags Youth Protecting Youth’s latest demonstration was even more visually striking and ended even more dramatically than the first, with two students threatened with arrest. The flags — 10 000 of them, each representing 10 abortions performed in Canada a year  — caught the eye when set against the bright, fresh… Read more »

Purple Party member disqualified

Pascalle S. Ricard made up one half of the slate Pascalle S. Ricard, a member of the two-person Purple Party and a candidate for the position of Director of Events, has been disqualified from running in the UVSS board election. It’s a move that shortens an already brief list of electoral candidates and leaves three… Read more »

UVSS Election campaigning begins

Party platforms available online Monday morning, Feb. 19. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the UVSS student politicians are starting to pad those resumes. Election campaigning officially begins today, and will continue until the voting days on Feb. 28 — March 2. This also includes campaigning for the three referendums on funding for the… Read more »

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 »