Posts Categorized: Opinions

UN affirmation of abortion rights comes at just the right time

As the Zika virus rampages through the Americas, the debate surrounding abortion has never been more relevant. The virus spreads from a pregnant woman to her fetus, and is linked to causing a serious birth defect called microcephaly (babies are born with underdeveloped brains). Since Zika first reached the country, the number of microcephaly cases… Read more »

Bad Date Confessions: The Sequel

The worst date I’ve been on was with a guy I met at a Halloween party. He was the nerdy type, and he offered to take me to see the new Thor movie. On the day of our date, we met up and took the bus downtown to the theatre. Small talk on the bus… Read more »

EDITORIAL: Casting a shadow on diversity

If the 2016 Oscars were a fence, Tom Sawyer could show it to his Aunt Polly with pride. But as Hollywood’s most esteemed — for better or worse — celebration of film, this year’s Academy Awards leave much to be desired. Look directly at the list of nominees in the acting categories, and you might need shades. None of… Read more »

MONTHLY MUSE: Laying down in Rumi’s field

What if I told you that one of the most profound secrets in the Universe is tattooed on Brad Pitt’s bicep? No, it’s not some leftover renegade mantra from his role as Tyler Durden in Fight Club, but instead an excerpt taken from the poetry of 12-century Sufi mystic, Jalal al-din Muhammad Rumi. The quote… Read more »

A bow to Bowie

During the renaissance, before medicine was all that reliable, an important concept in the western world was the Ars Moriendi, or “the art of dying.” Because death was always an imminent thing, it was considered essential to know how to “die well.” What that entailed was somewhat outside the scope of what we now think… Read more »

Winter is coming . . . eventually

On Jan. 2, the book-to-screen world was knocked on its ass. George R.R. Martin, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire and literary wordsmith behind the popular HBO series Game of Thrones, announced that he would be unable to finish his latest book, The Winds of Winter, before its TV counterpart premieres on… Read more »

Lack of school spirit a downer, but not without cause

Nov. 26, 2015 might seem like eons ago to most students, but for UVic Pride it may still sting. On that day, the school-wide referendum on a proposed fee increase by $0.74 per semester for full-time students and $0.37 per semester for part-time students resulted in a 54.2 per cent “no” majority, leaving Pride “surprised… Read more »