Posts By: Michel Ghanem

The top 10 TV shows of 2017

A few weeks ago, a large poster screamed for my attention in bold font at Ryerson University’s career centre. It read: “This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t like your job, quit. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching… Read more »

Marc Jacobs, gothic opulence, and fashion’s fading spectacle

Take everything you know about New York Fashion Week (NYFW) — the stress radiating from designers’ brains to create wearable, store-ready collections — and throw it all out the window. Marc Jacobs refuses to let go of fashion as a spectacle with his Fall 2016 collection, which included 66 monochromatic, gothic looks with Victorian inspirations, and a surprise appearance… Read more »

UVSS, students lose out on textbook sales

SUBtext, the UVSS’s non-profit textbook consignment store, has estimated a loss of $40-50 000 per term on unsold textbooks. From 2013–2014, the estimated loss was $72 000. Roxie Price, SUBtext’s manager since May 2013, has witnessed this loss as it became a widespread issue. Price says the losses can be attributed mostly to lower-level science courses, those… Read more »

CCPA study on gender gap garners praise and skepticism

Victoria is celebrating earning the top ranking in a study documenting the best and worst places to be a woman in Canada, published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) in July. The study, written by CCPA Senior Researcher Kate McInturff, scored 25 major cities based on economic security, leadership, health and well-being, criminal,… Read more »

Music streaming in 2015, and why Tidal is doomed to fail

In January 2013, Billboard opened a new weekly song chart that would change the direction of music indefinitely. Streaming, or listening to music from accredited services such as Spotify, Tidal, YouTube, or Soundcloud — is today’s battlefront for music industry relevancy. The more streams a song generates, the higher it climbs on the Billboard’s Hot 100  chart — leading… Read more »

‘Fashion Machine’ features Victoria’s youngest designers

In fashion, one day you’re in, and the next day you’re out. In the case of Fashion Machine, the Royal B.C. Museum’s March 28–29 design event, you’re either in, or you’re a chicken. In collaboration with Theatre SKAM, The Makehouse’s Fashion Machine keeps Victoria’s youngest designers on their toes. The 9–13-year-olds design in small teams,… Read more »

Canadian Federation of Students ‘under attack,’ says anonymous email

On Feb. 12, an anonymous email was sent to the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) concerning a series of events beginning in October 2014 which allegedly undermine the “fundamental principles” of the organization. The events described in the email include an orchestrated executive candidate selection at the CFS’s 33rd Annual General Meeting; the email claims… Read more »

B.C. minimum wage increase met with disappointment

After three years without an increase to the $10.25 minimum wage, B.C. announced a 20 cent increase to $10.45, scheduled for Sept. 2015. One step behind Seattle’s 2014 approval for a $15 per hour minimum wage in 2017, B.C. unions are urging for higher pay. According to Demographia’s 11th annual housing market survey in late… Read more »