Posts By: Josh Kozelj

2018 UVSS Election: Dirk Slot

Dirk Slot is an independent running in the 2018 UVSS Election for Director of Student Affairs. What are the three most important aspects of your campaign platform? When I put my platform together, the most important aspect for me was making the whole process a little friendlier. So, my platform is more of a cover… Read more »

B.C. NDP announces new investments for student housing

UVSS happy about the plans after months of lobbying Despite the unseasonably cold temperatures chilling the province, the B.C. NDP government warmed up to post-secondary institutions in their 2018 budget announcement. After months of lobbying the government, universities and student unions across the province got their wish: a budget that allocates $450 million to a… Read more »

International grad student on cusp of prestigious theatre award

Taiwo Afolabi’s journey to being named one of 11 finalists in the world for the Ellen Stewart International Award has been anything but smooth sailing. “I experienced displacement myself back in Jos,” Afolabi says, talking about the Jos riots in 2010 that killed 326 people in his home country of Nigeria. “I was not in… Read more »

Remembering Nijin John

The UVic community lost one of their own last weekend. Nijin John, a 27-year-old chemistry researcher, passed away in a surfing accident in Tofino on Feb. 10. John was in the process of finishing his PhD in Chemistry at UVic, and was a member of the Biophysical Chemistry and Spectroscopy group. John specialized in the… Read more »

Is it harder for our generation to find love?

How our social media personas affect relationships That five-inch device in your pocket or in your hands (and what you’re probably using to read this article with) may be the reason why dating has become so complicated for our generation. No, not the actual smartphone, but the social media apps found within the phone — apps like… Read more »

Bad date confessions: vol. 4

To answer your first question, no: not all off these bad date stories are my own. However, while I can’t take credit for every awkward hug, drive to the restaurant gone bad, or speedy bike-ride date, I can take pleasure in re-hashing these bad date confessions to make you, the reader, feel better about your… Read more »

Bloc-Québécois steal show at Clash of Clubs debate

Students assemble for more charged political discussion Despite not having a single Bloc-Québécois representative in B.C.’s Provincial legislature, the French sovereignty party made their presence felt at the latest Clash of the Clubs debate. Six student-led political party groups — the Conservatives, Liberals, Greens, New Democratic Party (NDP), Communists, and the Bloc — lined up on the David Lam… Read more »

Feb. 5 UVSS Board meeting recap

Days before their Semi-Annual General Meeting, the UVSS convened to discuss a new member at the table, Third Space’s rebranding process, and a change to Cinecenta. The meeting started with Director of Outreach & University Relations Pierre-Paul Angelblazer welcoming Sabrina Studney as the new Executive Director, which resulted in gracious applause from the board.  … Read more »

Emergency kit essentials

Victorians were given a harsh wake-up call in the early hours of Jan. 23. After a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska and a tsunami warning followed, residents were reminded that we live in a dangerous part of the world when it comes to natural disasters. VicAlert — the City of Victoria’s emergency notification… Read more »