Posts By: Devon Bidal

(In)Accessible Academia

The unexpected extra costs of post-secondary education and how one student is changing the game University students can all agree that tuition costs a lot, and that’s to be expected. But what most students aren’t prepared for is the exorbitant cost of textbooks. According to a 2017 article in Maclean’s, when it comes to average… Read more »

Astrocolor is coming to Victoria this Saturday night

The electronic music group spoke with the Martlet about live performances, recently-released album As distracted Millenials and Gen Z-ers, we are constantly searching for the newest, edgiest thing that will make us feel like we’re ahead of the game — and this includes music. Victoria-based band Astrocolor might just have the chilled-out, funky dance beats… Read more »

Attack of the franken-phones

The saga of my water-damaged phone; a cautionary tale PART I: The Cursed Swim So you dropped your iPhone in Cadboro Bay (we all know it actually fell in the toilet but we’ll let you have this one). Now what? You’ve shut it off, you’ve removed the SIM card, you’ve buried your phone in rice…. Read more »

How to handle silverfish this summer

If you live in Victoria (or in any damp city), you’ve probably seen those nasty little bugs that inhabit our bathrooms, kitchens, and closets. They’re silver with long antennae and turn into powder when you smoosh them. They are the not-so-elusive silverfish. Silverfish are gross and seem to respawn in seconds. So how do you… Read more »

Grade school science students show off

It’s a grey Sunday afternoon and the quad is fairly quiet, but the Elliot lecture wing is buzzing. UVic is hosting the 57th annual Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair for the second time and the public viewing portion has just begun. The main areas of the building are packed with 135 poster boards and 170… Read more »

You might totally be a Miranda, but Cynthia Nixon is not

Here’s why Nixon, not her character, is running for governor of New York On March 19, 2018, Cynthia Nixon announced her candidacy for governor of New York, and all anyone seems to want to talk about is the fact that she played Miranda Hobbes on Sex and The City (SATC). I’ve seen countless articles, tweets,… Read more »

Cheap date spots in Victoria

10 restaurants near UVic Picture this: a tall, blond man in a suit folds and re-folds his purple pocket square, while his girlfriend tries to tame her frizzy hair and stand up straight in her high heels. What fancy event could they be attending? Are they headed to a classy dinner? The theatre, maybe?  Oh,… Read more »

Do students at UVic have the right to party?

In the fall of 2015, first-year student and 18-year-old Elliot Smith headed across campus to meet up with a group of friends outside the Poole residence building and head to a party. He had a case of Lucky beer hidden under a hoodie at the bottom of the backpack he was wearing. As Smith and… Read more »

B.C. Transit: The good, the bad, and the Guthrie

One-on-one with the general manager of Victoria Regional Transit Operations Whether it’s arriving late to class or getting left behind in the rain, many University of Victoria students who live off campus are exasperated with the tardiness and unreliability of B.C. Transit buses during busy hours. “You have to plan an hour in advance for… Read more »