Posts Categorized: Opinions

Data disrupts democracy

The Cambridge Analytica files, which recently revealed the manner in which data analytics companies are able to influence elections, have caused stirs in many circles. Previous campaign strategies — which sought to contact voters in person — are now increasingly being shelved in favour of more modern, economical approaches. These days, it’s often cheaper to buy data online than… Read more »

You might totally be a Miranda, but Cynthia Nixon is not

Here’s why Nixon, not her character, is running for governor of New York On March 19, 2018, Cynthia Nixon announced her candidacy for governor of New York, and all anyone seems to want to talk about is the fact that she played Miranda Hobbes on Sex and The City (SATC). I’ve seen countless articles, tweets,… Read more »

Letter of apology from Envision UVic slate

Dear Martlet, We would like to sincerely apologize for the statement made regarding the Martlet’s financial transparency within the original platform published by we of the Envision slate. The original statement reads: “Another is [sic] issue is that many organizations who receive student fees don’t publicly disclose any financial documents in any similar as [sic]… Read more »

16 sounds sweet to us

Why B.C. youth should choose if they want the vote or not When one Martlet contributor was in high school, her school ran a mock election in the fall of 2015 during the federal election, inviting all the local party candidates to the school to have a panel discussion with the students. The platforms of… Read more »

Why student athletes shouldn’t be paid

Student athletes should not be paid. It’s that simple, and as a current student athlete myself, I couldn’t be more comfortable saying that. What makes us any different than any other student? Student athletes already have a head start on regular students who have to pay for their own university classes. In 2013/14, the governing… Read more »

Why are international students footing the university’s bill?

Provincial governments should step up to help students Does a valuable education have to come at the expense of students’ wallets? UVic’s budget strategy suggests that the answer is yes. At a time when a post-secondary education is becoming increasingly essential in the job market, tuition fees have been a hot topic. Compared to the… Read more »

Why St. Patrick’s Day sucks

Associating Ireland with alcohol isn’t harmless By the time I was in second year at UVic, I was already annoyed by the concept of St. Patrick’s Day. But when I checked my Instagram on March 17 and saw that Felicita’s was proudly displaying a deal on “Irish Car Bombs,” my annoyance quickly turned to anger…. Read more »

New generation brings hope for gun control

Thoughts and prayers aren’t enough anymore On Feb. 14, 17 people—mostly high school students—were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. This tragedy adds to the ever-growing list of mass shootings in the United States. And as the news broke, everyone braced themselves for a repeat of the same rhetorical… Read more »

Mountains of royally wasted bagels

Stores must do a better job donating food waste Victoria has a reputation as a fairly environmentally friendly city, and I’ve always thought people here seemed quite conscious of food waste. However, I’ve started to doubt that I assumed correctly. Upon moving to Victoria from Kelowna this September, I quickly integrated myself into the dumpster… Read more »