Posts By: Martlet Staff

Kim Balfour: Why do we need the Martlet?

It depends on who “we” are. As a Martlet co-editor, 30+ years ago, I learned valuable life lessons that serve me well today. Not the least: Ask lots of questions, don’t take ‘no comment’ for an answer, don’t bury the lead, fact checking is hard but retractions are worse, and shit happens when you miss… Read more »

Olenka Melnyk: My formative year at the Martlet

As part of the Martlet 70 Fundraiser, we’ve asked former Martlet staff to answer an important question: why do we need the Martlet? When I walked into The Martlet office for the first time in the fall of 1970, I was bursting with idealism and fanciful notions about the glamour of journalism. I had no… Read more »

Sarah Petrescu: Why Do We Need the Martlet?

As part of the Martlet 70 Fundraiser, we’ve asked former Martlet staff to answer an important question: why do we need the Martlet? I walked into the cavernous SUB office of the Martlet newspaper in the summer of 2003 and spent the rest of my university undergrad there. The place was empty at the time… Read more »

Jamie Cassels: Why do we need the Martlet?

Journalistic integrity and a free press are pillars of democratic society. On a university campus, that important role is played by the student newspaper. At the University of Victoria, students have been informed by the Martlet and its earlier incarnations for the past 70 years. Indeed, the Martlet is older than UVic itself, to its… Read more »

Shandi Shiach: Why do we need the Martlet?

As part of the Martlet 70 Fundraiser, we’ve asked former Martlet staff to answer an important question: why do we need the Martlet? I was invited to join the Martlet by various emissaries to my first-year journalism and related courses, but it wasn’t until I began volunteer copyediting that I truly grasped the value our… Read more »

Stephen Hume: Why do we need the Martlet?

As part of the Martlet 70 Fundraiser, we’ve asked former Martlet staff to answer an important question: why do we need the Martlet? The Martlet and I met by accident. We were teenagers. It wasn’t supposed to be a long-term thing. But here we are, still pals half-a -century later. My only newspaper writing (I proofread… Read more »

16 sounds sweet to us

Why B.C. youth should choose if they want the vote or not When one Martlet contributor was in high school, her school ran a mock election in the fall of 2015 during the federal election, inviting all the local party candidates to the school to have a panel discussion with the students. The platforms of… Read more »

New generation brings hope for gun control

Thoughts and prayers aren’t enough anymore On Feb. 14, 17 people—mostly high school students—were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. This tragedy adds to the ever-growing list of mass shootings in the United States. And as the news broke, everyone braced themselves for a repeat of the same rhetorical… Read more »

What happened to Lindsay Buziak?

Why the truth keeps us talking ten years on What do we mean when we talk about truth? Of course it must derive from reality, and must add up and equal the actual sum of its parts. It is difficult to speak of truth without speaking of fact, and yet, the two are not the same. … Read more »

One side does not fit all

Lack of options in UVSS election means important issues go unmentioned This year’s UVSS election is taking on a different appearance than years’ past. Generally the election has at least two full slates with a number of independent candidates. (Like political parties, slates give students the opportunity to work together on a cohesive platform.) But… Read more »