Posts By: Cormac O’Brien

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 »

Food Bank referendum seeks to increase funds, resources

From Feb. 28 to March 2, students will be asked by the UVSS to vote on a referendum to increase student contributions to the Food Bank Fund. If passed, fees will rise by 75 cents for full time students and 37 cents for part time students, per semester, starting this fall. This referendum, like the… Read more »

UVSS gets quorum at SAGM, loses it 30 minutes later

Board passes small policy language clarifications For the first time in five years, the UVSS’ Semi-Annual General Meeting [SAGM] reached quorum. Then, almost exactly 30 minutes later, they lost it. Within that time, four motions were passed. In the past seven years, the SAGM has achieved quorum of 108 undergraduate students twice, but neither sustained… Read more »

When headlines divide

How sensationalized and fake news widens the perceived split between Canada and the U.S. It’s been a year since Donald Trump was sworn into office on Jan. 20, 2017, as President of the United States of America—although after the continuous barrage of coverage on his every tweet and abrasive comment, it really feels more like… Read more »

Jan. 8 UVSS Meeting Recap

At their first board meeting of the new year, the UVSS announced that they will be convening a week later on Jan. 15 for an emergency board meeting to formalize and vote on the health care referendum question — a question that will determine what, if any, health care system the UVSS will facilitate next year. In… Read more »

UVSS Naloxone program continues despite personnel change

At the Dec. 4 UVSS board meeting, Director of Campaigns and Community Relations Anmol Swaich announced that the former leader of the Naloxone training workshop, a university staff member, had been let go by the university amid what Swaich referred to as “restructuring” efforts. While the university confirmed the program is being handled by a… Read more »

Expired OneCards confiscated by BC Transit drivers

BC Transit bus drivers “mistakenly confiscated” a number of OneCards from UVic students on Dec. 8 due to an error message that appeared in the transit card scanners, a UVic spokesperson confirmed. Paul Marck, UVic’s associate manager of Public Affairs, said that OneCards are typically only confiscated by drivers when found “to be used by… Read more »

Do course evaluation surveys matter?

They’re boring, they take ages, and the evidence suggests they’re sexist. Is it time to ditch them? No matter the differing levels of exams and stress that plague students, one thing is for certain at the end of each semester: the untimely arrival of the Course Experience Survey [CES]. “I think it’s important, but I… Read more »

Pink pages creates LGBTQ+ resource for Victoria area

It can be difficult for members of the LGBTQ+ community, especially those who are new to Victoria, to easily access the local groups, events, and services available to support them. Through their shared experiences as self-identified members of the queer community, Victoria Pink Pages (VPP) co-founders Sherwin Arnott, Becky Cory, and UVic graduate Jakelene Plan,… Read more »

Bringing youth into global peacekeeping

UVic delegation attends UN forum   While young people have long represented the embodiment of future hope and change, it’s not often they are given the opportunity to actively weigh in on current global policies. On Nov. 14–15, seven UVic students were selected to help advise on a plan for international peace. Representing UVic, this… Read more »