Posts By: Martlet Staff

Editorial: Unfriending Facebook

Facebook is falling the way of the phonebook. Originally, it was so instant and interactive that people were hooked. But, with more and more instant forms of communication and social interaction, such as Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram, the compulsion to post regularly is lessening. Strangely, Facebook feels bulky, and increasingly irrelevant. Surely Mark Zuckerberg is… Read more »

The tyranny of textbooks

Whether you’re heading back to school or starting school this semester, buying a textbook or two is almost inevitable. Even if you’ve carefully saved your pennies, accounted for several months’ rent, and budgeted for food, textbooks can come as a surprising and hidden expense at the beginning of the semester—after you’ve already committed to a… Read more »

Martlet Photo Contest

We asked people to submit their best travel photos—to tell the story behind their snaps. Here, they share details about the “bigger picture,” and why sometimes, travel is about more than just the destination.     First place: Alison Root Hanya Prymak, holding a key in the village of Koshylivsti located in Ternopil Oblast, a province… Read more »

Editorial: Enbridge approval report worth reading

Less than a week before Christmas Day, the Joint Review Panel recommended the approval of the Enbridge Pipeline by the Federal government. Reactions have been as polarized as the preceding debate. Whether the pipeline is constructed as a direct result of the decision is, frankly, moot, as is any value judgment we attach. For now,… Read more »

Finding and creating joy this holiday season

What do the holidays mean in the 21st century? The winter holidays fundamentally promote and celebrate faith in humanity, family, and seasonal joy. Ironically, this time of the year can be, above all, isolating and lonely for many. Are the holidays ultimately as joyful as our cultural beliefs suggest? Perhaps holiday loneliness is so profound… Read more »

Class distinctions and the shrinking middle class

The apparent absence of class distinction is a peculiar feature of university life. Socioeconomic class is something we dislike discussing yet remain fascinated by. Daniel Craig’s rebooted James Bond is compelling in part because he assumes a rugged working-class air while absolutely dominating in a world characterized by opulence. Prior to his 2008 election, Barack… Read more »

Exams: is there a better way?

Like many learning institutions, the University of Victoria has strict schedules for final exams. Students must all file into their designated rooms at the same scheduled time, presumably to avoid cheating. Exam break is a terribly hectic time. The breaking of one’s psyche is the only thing remotely in resemblance to a ‘break’ suggested by… Read more »

On remembering the past, and the present

Remembrance Day is most often related to the First and Second World Wars, commemorating the fallen soldiers from a time few Canadians can remember. These soldiers went off to fight a war in a different time in history, a time when conscription was alive and well and going off to die for your country was… Read more »

Piracy seeds alternative market

A recent survey by Media Technology Monitor reports Canadian Netflix subscribers have increased by approximately 13 per cent since 2012. The numbers suggest that roughly 25 per cent of Canada’s English-speaking population uses Netflix regularly. The service costs $8 per month, resulting in annual payments of just under $100. Even if cable companies allow people… Read more »

Who cares?

On Thursday, Oct. 17, not enough students attended the UVic Students’ Society (UVSS) Annual General Meeting (AGM). The issues at hand were contentious; one was the UVSS’s ongoing dispute of pamphlets distributed by the Catholic Students’ Association (CSA). However, even with an issue this polarizing, few people bothered to show up—less than 0.6 per cent… Read more »