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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 »

UVSS gets quorum at SAGM, loses it 30 minutes later

Board passes small policy language clarifications For the first time in five years, the UVSS’ Semi-Annual General Meeting [SAGM] reached quorum. Then, almost exactly 30 minutes later, they lost it. Within that time, four motions were passed. In the past seven years, the SAGM has achieved quorum of 108 undergraduate students twice, but neither sustained… 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 »

Student unions across Canada are being mailed sex toys and nobody knows why

Dalhousie University. St. Francis Xavier. Ryerson. Wilfrid Laurier. Royal Roads. University of Manitoba. Lakehead University. Camosun College. And, now, the University of Victoria and the UVSS. Student unions at universities across the country have been receiving Amazon packages for months, and nobody has any idea why. The packages — sent with fake names, usually — are filled with a… Read more »

The Zen of Street Fighter

It was a cold day at UVic’s inaugural Virtual Ninja Street Fighter Tournament, despite the fact Room 308A in the McPherson library was packed with students and staff of all ages and demographics. Some had come to play in the tournament but were eliminated in earlier heats, while others just wanted to watch. All were… Read more »

VIES launches engineering speaker series with Bjarni Tryggvason

Canadian astronaut talks engineering, physics, and the Silver Dart’s 100th anniversary flight Bjarni Tryggvason, one of 14 astronauts to have served with Canada’s Space Agency (CSA), knows about achievement. When Tryggvason was a test pilot at the International Test Pilots School in London, Ont., he conducted an engine kill test —flying an airplane to a predetermined… Read more »

Decontrustructing UVic’s 65.9 per cent graduation rate

Homesickness. Depression. Missing one’s partner. A better program elsewhere. All are valid reasons to leave a university, but none are apparent through statistics alone. According to a study published by Maclean’s this month, UVic has a 65.9 per cent graduation rate. This percentage is calculated based on the number of full-time students who embarked on… Read more »

Decontrustructing UVic’s 65.9 per cent graduation rate

The stories behind the latest not-so-satisfying university statistic   Homesickness. Depression. Missing one’s partner. A better program elsewhere. All are valid reasons to leave a university, but none are apparent through statistics alone. According to a study published by Maclean’s this month, UVic has a 65.9 per cent graduation rate. This percentage is calculated based… Read more »

Jan. 22 UVSS Board meeting recap

Tensions were high at the latest board meeting, which dealt with board personnel and potential name changes. The meeting commenced with the addition of Isabella Lee, who was added to the board as the Third Space representative. In her first report to the board, Lee said she was excited for this new era of Third… Read more »

The quiet revolution

Victoria author presents recent book detailing history of women’s shelters in Canada In the SUB Upper Lounge last Thursday, Jan. 18, Margo Goodhand addressed students about her recent book Runaway Wives and Rogue Feminists. The talk was presented in conjunction with UVic’s Gender Studies Department and addressed the history of Canada’s women’s shelters — the topic of… Read more »