Posts Categorized: Opinions

Changing my career path: Third time’s the charm

If there’s one thing I’ve learned at university, it’s that you don’t actually know what you want in life. You may think you do, but you don’t know for sure, and you don’t yet know yourself either, or what you’re capable of. In late August 2012, I flew out to B.C. from Ontario to start… Read more »

Morality aside, has the Board of Governors even done their homework?

Not only did the Board of Governors fail to acknowledge the moral imperative to divest from fossil fuels and forget about the university’s strategic plan, it seems they can’t even bother to look for investments where the money might perform better. Whatever is driving the board’s resistance to divestment, it’s certainly not rational. Maybe they’re… Read more »

EDITORIAL: The scales of justice are past the tipping point

As last week’s Jian Ghomeshi verdict demonstrated, women continue to be disproportionately marginalized by the legal system — a system that, in theory, should be protecting them. On the one hand, women are cast by courts and the media as “vulnerable” people in need of protection — which, let’s face it, is benevolent sexism. On the other hand, there… Read more »

Letters to the editor: March 31

The acquittal of Ghomeshi renewed hopelessness for survivors of sexual violence. The evidence of how the justice system is rigged to favor rapists has never been clearer. Either all women need special training in formulating their rape accusations or all men need radical training in healthy relationship development. Jian is socially ruined but his retaliation… Read more »

Methinks y’all doth protest too much

What is it about yelling that makes people think they’re being heard? Living in the internet age, being vocal has taken on a whole new, ironically voiceless meaning. Speech, no longer spoken by one human being to another but typed through a mechanized medium from one faceless, purposeless cretin to an army of others, has… Read more »

I’m tired of knowing better

In light of the recent media attention on the lack of action and a comprehensive sexual assault policy at UVic, I have had the opportunity to do some thinking. The more I read, the more I learn, the more people I talk to, the bigger the issue seems to be, and the more upset I… Read more »

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 »