Posts Categorized: Opinions

Letter to the Editor: UVic’s Sociology Department

To the Editor; The Faculty of Social Sciences is committed to provide an incredibly high quality academic experience to help students achieve success. We continually look for ways to improve courses and programs. Your characterization of the Department of Sociology in your article, “A department divided,” included generalizations and unsubstantiated claims that minimized the constructive… Read more »

Letter from the Editor: The last hurrah

A farewell from the Vol. 70 co-Editor-in-Chief If there is one thing I can trust in, it is that everything will change. Yet again, the winds of change have come and I must let them carry me. Although my time at the Martlet as co-Editor-in-Chief has been brief, the knowledge I’ve acquired will last a lifetime…. Read more »

Letter to the editor: student senate attendance

The lack of attendance from Student Senators at UVic is profoundly disturbing. Sadly, it is a trend that has continued every year on Senate and all I can do is shake my head in disappointment. This is not a new issue. Visiting the main Senate website and looking at the records of past meetings will… Read more »

Tuition hikes hurt our university

“When public colleges and universities operate under a knowledge/education regime informed by academic capitalism, they begin to see students as revenue sources and products. Instruction is redefined as workforce preparation more than as personally and socially enhancing education.” —Sheila Slaughter and Gary Rhoades, The Neo-Liberal University (2000) A couple of weeks ago, I left an… Read more »

Canada’s gun control problem

As I’m writing this, there are marches in the United States for better gun control in the wake of another school shooting. There were even some in Canada in order to show solidarity for our neighbours down south. It’s no surprise that when it comes to the U.S., their own problems can overshadow ours. But… Read more »

It’s time to really protest, UVic

Students must get radical to stop ever-rising tuition fees With it being the Martlet’s 70th anniversary, we’ve been doing a lot of digging through archives. What’s remarkable is how similar our stories are to the stories we published 50 or 60 years ago. Stories about marches for accessible and inexpensive education, problematic frosh weeks, and… Read more »

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 »