Posts By: Ryan Ziegler

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 »

A dim urban hum

On Oct. 4 and 7, UVic’s computing network experienced outages. UVic webmail, Moodle, online student resources, and UVic netdrive, amongst other online computing services, were all inaccessible. Undoubtedly, UVic’s computer Help Desk was inundated with calls for assistance from staff and the student body. Outages should be considered only mildly inconvenient. Perhaps it’s a testament… Read more »

UVic downvoted in World Ranking

Every student knows grading can be an uncomfortable process. It is, however, an instructive one. The Times Higher Education (THE) supplement recently released their annual World University Rankings. The THE is the preeminent standard for many; it uses a rigorous five-index scoring system paired with sophisticated methodology using extensive data collection. Canada, as a whole,… Read more »

Highway to the texting zone

Ninety-one rest stops along New York state highways are now redubbed “text stops.” New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement at a roadside podium Sept. 23, in front of large, blue highway signs reading, “It can wait—text stop 5 miles,” and “Text stop—parking area 1 mile.” Two-hundred and ninety-eight of the signs are… Read more »

Greenpeace confrontation with coast guard is questionable

On the morning of Sept. 18, activists from Greenpeace attempted to scale an oil platform belonging to Russian energy corporation Gazprom, the first company to start drilling above the Arctic Circle, which is considered fragile and pristine. Even though the activists were protesting in international waters, the Russian coast guard fired 11 warning shots across… Read more »

Editorial: Obama offers Canada environmental wakeup

Last month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper sent a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, hoping to team up on an oil industry environmental strategy. Obama replied that he would only approve the Keystone XL pipeline project if Canada reduces its oilsands greenhouse gas emissions. Essentially, the U.S. told Canada it needs to clean up its… Read more »