Posts Categorized: Features

We need more than just a hashtag

On Oct. 15, 2017, a tweet changed the world. “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote “Me too” as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem,” wrote Alyssa Milano, an American actress. The resulting #MeToo movement tore back the curtain on the sexualized… Read more »

The evolution of the moving picture show

Local theatres anticipate the next act as streaming shifts movie-watching culture Here lies the independent cinema: The Roxy Classic Theatre — opened as The Fox on February 1, 1949 — closed its doors to moviegoers in December 2013. The movie theatre lived and died on Quadra Street and it was one of Victoria’s last remaining… Read more »

Power imbalances a world away from home

UVic international graduate students speak on unethical treatment from supervisors and a lack of support from the university Uncomfortable power dynamics, manipulation, and a lack of support: for many international graduate students at UVic, this is their reality when it comes to their relationship with their supervisor. “It is threats,” said Hamed Assadi, an Iranian… Read more »

Cannabusiness in YYJ

A closer look into how the legalization of cannabis will affect victoria and what people are saying about it

“Gonna have to get used to that,” my sister whispered to me. Sitting on a bench on the outskirts of the University of Toronto campus, over 4 000 kilometres from home, we were watching a group of students and 20-somethings smoking e-cigarettes across the street.   Plumes of smoke hovered above them, dancing their way… Read more »

Fort on Fire

                    In August 2018, the Shovel Lake fire threatened my hometown of Fort St. James, B.C. My town always felt removed from the province; it’s a small northern community that often seems forgotten. It’s the last place I ever thought would be threatened by disaster. The… Read more »

Falling through the cracks

Over the past year, some students feel the implementation of UVic’s Sexualized Violence Policy has left them without confidentiality, support, and protection   Three weeks into her first year at UVic, Alex* had her consent and autonomy disregarded when she was sexually assaulted. But in the months that followed, it was UVic that continually violated… Read more »

What not to do in your first year

Unfortunate true stories that should inspire UVic’s fresh faces to not do the same Always be prepared, especially when writing exams. I was writing a midterm for a math course in my first year at UVic. A few minutes before the exam, I found out that I had gotten my period. I tried to get tampons from… Read more »

Ring: Winner of the Martlet’s Summer Fiction Contest

Ring, by Marley Sterner: Fiction Winner of the Martlet’s Summer Writing Contest  Whenever my father wiped the kitchen counter, his wedding band scratched against the granite. I’d watched him clean in the mornings for so many years that even from my bed I could visualize the scene through sound alone. Sinatra seduced the bleached air, … Read more »

The centre of innovation

The secret resource on campus helping UVic entrepreneurs go global It’s March 2018, and Quinn MacDonald, a recent University of Victoria graduate, admires the printed copies of Concrete Garden Magazine that have just been shipped to her. She has only a brief moment to revel in her creation before she must get to work. All… Read more »

The hidden cost of avocados

Green gold bleeds red Avocado (aguacate) is increasingly referred to as oro verde — “green gold.” When I left Mexico City in 2011, you could buy a kilo of the allihgator pear at a wholesale market for about 30 pesos (approximately $2 CDN). In 2017, just six years later, the price had doubled to over 60 pesos… Read more »