Posts By: Josh Kozelj

UVSS unveils Friendship Bench

In the midst of the grey and dreary Victoria ‘winter’ weather, Mother Nature prevailed by shining down on the UVic campus on the same day another bright addition to the university was announced. On Jan. 16, a remarkably sunny day, the UVSS unveiled the vibrant yellow “Friendship Bench” outside the Student Union Building. The initiative… Read more »

Top 10 sports stories of 2017

With knees taken and championships raised, 2017 was a memorable year for sports around the world. Despite the fact that 2017 didn’t include the Chicago Cubs 108-year-old-curse-shattering World Series win that 2016 did ( yes, I had to plug my beloved Cubbies in this piece), it was still a good year. Last year will be defined… Read more »

The Martlet’s 5 hottest takes of 2017

Every year, white-hot opinion pieces are printed to figuratively burn holes through newspapers far and wide. This year, however — fueled by the numerous outlandish statements of U.S. President Donald Trump, the outbreak of sexual harassment allegations amongst celebrities, and a number of other controversial happenings — seemed an especially big year for scalding ‘hot-takes.’ Here are the Martlet’s… Read more »

Dirty money

Petition, article shames UVic for dealing with corporate climate change deniers  An opinion piece in The Tyee has called out UVic for attempting to profit from fossil fuel companies while trying to maintain its “commitment to sustainability.” The Nov. 3 article, titled “UVic Seeks to Profit from Corporate Climate Change Deniers,” is written by UVic Environmental… Read more »

Nov. 20 UVSS board meeting recap

Puppies, rallies, and food banks on the agenda Mustaches and puppies are two things that don’t normally go hand-in-hand, but both played a prominent role at the latest UVSS board meeting on Nov. 20. The biggest news out of the meeting was that the popular Puppy Playtime event will be making a return to campus…. Read more »

Hollow silver

My underlying guilt of running in Nationals A few days after I ran the best race of my life, I placed my head against the steering wheel of my car. Droplets of tears fell onto the leather interior. I wondered when, or if, the pain would go away. I had just competed in the B.C…. Read more »

UVic announces $2.4 million investment in marine energy

As students returned from reading break on Nov. 17, flocking to Mystic Market and filling the air of the University Centre with chatter, UVic announced a serious donation to increase research into sustainable energy. The $2.4 million dollars — $1.4 million from the Government of Canada and $1 million from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation in… Read more »

Anti-Semitic posters on UVic campus abhorrent

Canada welcomes all The federal Liberal government is set to welcome one million new immigrants to Canada by 2020, through a three-year plan that will slowly increase the number of immigrants each year. In light of the recent anti-Semitic posters being spread across UVic, this message couldn’t be more important than it is right now…. Read more »

Report highlights Victoria’s student housing crisis

A new study highlights the impact of the ongoing housing crisis for Victoria-area students. The study found that 70 per cent of post-secondary students reported that their yearly earnings place them under the national low-income cut off, or “poverty line.” The report, “Victoria’s Student Housing Crisis” by the Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG),… Read more »

UVic club out to end the stigma around mental health

You are not alone — that is what the UVic Mental Health Awareness Club wants to let you know, especially when you seek help. “It can be fairly intimidating to go to the counselling services for the first time; even if you go into the University Centre to find the counselling services, there’s not clear signage,” says… Read more »