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Grad pancake breakfast provides legal advice to international students

The Graduate Students’ Society (GSS) hosted its fifth annual grad student pancake breakfast on Oct. 22 to welcome international grad students. This year, however, the international students were offered more than just pancakes, hash browns, and coffee. For the first time since its debut, legal counsel was set up for international students struggling with the… Read more »

Citizens for Safe Technology takes action against B.C. Hydro

The group Citizens for Safe Technology (CST) and its supporters have initiated legal action against B.C. Hydro for its implementation of the Smart Meter. They believe the Smart Meter invades people’s human and civil rights. According to Sharon Noble, director of CST, two lawsuits are in progress: one for violation of human rights and the… Read more »

UVic International Commons launches new programs in collaborative effort

The International Commons (IC) in McPherson Library is launching more than 20 new programs this semester, says IC Program Co-ordinator Adam Yaghi. The most recent ones are English 135 and 101 drop-in help, academic advising, the English Conversation Café, and writing help. The IC aims to help integration of international students into the UVic community,… Read more »

Downtown smoking areas restricted by bylaws

Smokers are being pushed farther and farther away from the non-smoking public as the Capital Regional District (CRD) board recently amended its Clean Air policy. The policy formerly banned lit cigarettes within a three-metre radius of any door, window, or air intake. After the CRD board’s meeting on Oct. 9, that radius has more than… Read more »

CanAssist can assist you

UVic-based organization CanAssist has a growing reputation for excellence when it comes to providing assistance to people with disabilities. The group is notable not just for the quantity of cases in which it has provided services, but for the quality of those services, and the inventiveness of its customized devices and individually tailored solutions. In… Read more »

UVic urban gamers play Humans vs. Zombies on campus

On Oct. 19, there was no more room in hell and the dead walked the earth. The UVic Urban Gaming Club banded together to battle zombies that had infiltrated UVic’s campus. The battle was waged from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with just over 200 people participating, and saw many casualties as well as heroes…. Read more »

UVSS AGM fails to make quorum

The University of Victoria Students’ Society’s (UVSS) Annual General Meeting (AGM) was unable to address its hot topic issues on Oct. 17. The issues were an increase of Executive Directors’ hours of payment, an amendment that would allow board executives to not be students for their first term as directors, and the Catholic Students’ Association’s… Read more »

UVic Faculty Association launches unionization drive

The University of Victoria’s Faculty Association launched a union certification drive at an Oct. 7 general meeting in an attempt to pursue increased collegiality between the Faculty Association and the university’s administration. Although UVic has been trying to unionize since 1988, there remained some issues in finalizing the matter. “The relationship between the university and… Read more »

UVic Health Services ‘toes the line’ on missed appointments

Recently a new sign has appeared on the door of the Jack Petersen Health Centre reminding students they will be charged for missed pre-registered appointments. The policy states that if students miss appointments without giving 24-hours’ notice, they will be fined $50. The 50-dollar fine applies to appointments with nurses and physicians, while if students… Read more »

Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs helps new businesses get started

It’s Small Business Month this month. Getting a dream off the ground can be a daunting task for most people; however, UVic’s Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs (ICE) in the Gustavson School of Business is recently expanded to help jump-start startups. It offers “business incubator” services: tools and support for entrepreneurs. “Startups that come out of… Read more »