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Letters from the UVSS

The case for and against UVSS faculty representation FOR No one’s ever surprised by the lack of engagement in UVSS elections. You can find Martlet articles dating back to the 1960s talking about student apathy, and a general distaste for student politics. One aspect of apathy is the consistent lack of candidates running from different… Read more »

Letter to the Editor: UVic’s Sociology Department

To the Editor; The Faculty of Social Sciences is committed to provide an incredibly high quality academic experience to help students achieve success. We continually look for ways to improve courses and programs. Your characterization of the Department of Sociology in your article, “A department divided,” included generalizations and unsubstantiated claims that minimized the constructive… Read more »

Letter to the editor: Re: A tough pill to swallow

As you are aware, last year the 2016–17 board of directors made changes to the health and dental plan to adopt the B.C. formulary, the standard in most student unions in British Columbia. At the beginning of our board term we were given the responsibility of administering the changed plan. The 2016–17 board was faced… Read more »

Letter to the editor: Re: “CARSA member suspended after swearing at sexual harassers”

Your story July 6, “CARSA member suspended after swearing at sexual harassers,” is misleading in implying that CARSA does not respond appropriately to complaints about sexual harassment. You reported that a UVic alumna was suspended for one month for violating the facility’s behavioural policy after several meetings to address behaviour in CARSA. Indeed, CARSA has… Read more »

Open letter to Jamie Cassels: Take action, lead change

To UVic President Jamie Cassels, We, the undersigned, request that you consider attending more deeply to the matters of white supremacy and racism, sexism and homophobia in efforts to transform the working and learning climate at UVic. On March 23, 2017, your office posted your response regarding the UVSS Third Space interactive art installation that… Read more »

Letter: UVic Food Services operates at highest standard

We are disappointed in the March 9 Martlet story, “Lax food standards give UVic students a case of indigestion.” [Online headline: “Bugs, mould, other horrors discovered in residence meals”] Dishing up nutritious, healthy food for students keeps the staff at UVic Food Services busy 365 days a year. As with all B.C. institutional food providers,… Read more »

Open letter: Let STEPS Forward students participate

To members of the University of Victoria Senate, Re: STEPS Forward student participation in convocation [Read story here.] We are writing to you regarding the proposal to include members of the STEPS Forward program who have completed their studies in convocation proceedings. In fulfillment of our partnership in the STEPS Forward program, and in the spirit of… Read more »

Letter: In response to Jamie Cassels

Dear Jamie Cassels, This letter is a response to the statement “No room for racism or discrimination at UVic” that was published on the UVic announcements page. We are disappointed, but not surprised, that the University of Victoria, and the University of Victoria Students Society discussed the teardown of the project in the absence of… Read more »

Letters to the editor — March 23

Racism alive and well in Canada I noticed that early Thursday afternoon, near the UVSS, there was somehow an event about “How do you challenge white supremacy?” But I assume you know that this event is taking place. [Ed. See here.] There was interesting informations about white supremacy on the side, and also a big… Read more »

Letter: International students should not bear undue financial burdens

Editor, The Graduate Students’ Society (GSS) is strongly opposed to the proposed decoupling of international and domestic tuition slated for a vote at the March 28 meeting of UVic’s Board of Governors. Of 3 000 graduate students at UVic, nearly 900 pay international tuition. This proposal could see international tuition raised 5 per cent in May,… Read more »