Posts Categorized: Opinions

Is feminism finished?

Last week, after having just floated out of the UVic Ideafest event “Is Feminism Finished?” mock debate, I decided to bat away the ensuing cloud of confusion with some writing (and hopefully logic). I was surprised to find out the leader of the ‘yes’ side (as in, yes, feminism is finished) was a professor from… Read more »

Eco-disposable cups are still mugging the environment

The University of Victoria often associates itself with a persona of progressiveness and sustainability. Our community projects a sense of environmental hippyism that is only reinforced whenever I converse with the public while sporting shaggy hair, a beard, and a comfortable wool sweater, a classic UVic menswear combo. But are we really living up to… Read more »

Sexual assault survivors are falling off the UVic edge

There’s been a lot of discussion recently about UVic’s sexual assault policy (or rather, their lack thereof), and rightfully so. From the assault that occurred on campus last September, to the home invasion that occurred near the university last month, to the recent arrest of a student on four counts of sexual assault (just to… Read more »

Home away from home

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on the My UVic Life student blog on Feb. 4, 2015.  The First Peoples House is a beautiful space that holds a heart-warming importance for myself and many others in the Indigenous community. I came directly to the University of Victoria after high school. I quickly fell in… Read more »

Anonymity comes at the expense of reasonable discourse

We need to talk about anonymity. Earlier this year, I downloaded Yik Yak to keep an eye on what students at UVic were talking about (newspaper editors need to stay in the loop), and, for the most part it’s been fruitful. I can’t say I’ve found any hot news tips there, but I have learned… Read more »

Answering the TRC’s Calls to Action

Last year, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its Calls to Action to redress the legacy of Indian Residential Schools. The 11th Call to Action asks the federal government “to provide adequate funding to end the backlog of First Nations students seeking a post-secondary education.” I would like to respectfully include the honouring… Read more »

A note on this issue

I am a settler on unceded and unsurrendered Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territory. I moved here from Alberta in 2011, but I didn’t think much of my own status as a non-indigenous person before that, save for a couple classes in post-colonial literature I took as part of my degree. And even after finishing my degree,… Read more »

Letter to the editor: Neutral on gender-neutral washrooms

Hello, The gender-neutral washrooms in the SUB interested me for a few seconds when I first entered the building. Then it became pretty clear that they were previously gender-binary and those who identify as men are more likely to use the one with urinals and women the one with more stalls. I am neutral on… Read more »

Lonely at the top: Kanye’s PR problems

This story was originally published in The Strand, Victoria University’s student paper, on Feb. 23. TORONTO — With the drawn-out release of his seventh studio album, The Life of Pablo , Kanye West is once again making headlines with alarming frequency. For the vast majority of us, not much recap is required. We’re at the point where every… Read more »