Posts Categorized: Opinions

Confronting diversity and the lack thereof

When we reported on UVic’s most recent diversity award win — when the university was named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for the sixth year in a row — we were once again confronted by the question of whether or not this recognition was deserved. Is UVic actually diverse? Is it just best among Canadian universities? Is that… Read more »

This summer pick up a new hobby: running

As the mercury rises in Victoria for the summer, there is no better time to dust off those old sneakers in the closet and lace up for a run. Running has been proven to have plenty of obvious physical health benefits. Popular running website Runner’s World (RW) outlines six of these benefits on how running… Read more »

Who is the whitest of them all? We should have a prize for that!

The ‘cultural appropriation prize’, proposed by then-editor Hal Niedzviecki in an issue of Write magazine dedicated to Indigenous writers and the following bandwagon of high-profile white Canadians who publicly jumped on board shouldn’t surprise you. Eurocentric views create the illusion of privileged entitlement to, well, everything. This mentality is ingrained in Canadian society. Welcome to… Read more »

Selling “ugly” produce is a beautiful idea

Food is a constant issue at UVic. For many students, the on-campus Food Bank, food-salvaging clubs like the Community Cabbage, and weekly free dinners at Emmanuel Baptist Church are not just chances to save a bit of money but a financial necessity. Students are strapped for cash and the surrounding community has largely adapted to… Read more »

A letter to UVic: It’s not you, it’s me-ortgage rates

Dear UVic, I have a confession: I’m a nerd. That’s right; a pun-loving, glasses-wearing, life-long learner, a lover of science and politics and all things academic. I am involved in departmental clubs and avidly uninteresting at parties unless I have someone to talk to about some article they just read or the latest weird science-y… Read more »

Shaking loose the fiction around earthquake safety codes

When the big earthquake hits, will the buildings on campus survive? Earthquake retrofits or not, the answer is most likely no. It’s a common mistake to think that seismic retrofits (like the kind applied to Clearihue’s A-Wing about six years ago) will ‘save’ the building from an earthquake. In the case of a gentle shake,… Read more »

So long to all my haters: A letter from the outgoing EiC

And so it goes, another year has come and gone. With that, volume 69 of the Martlet has drawn to a close, and after three volumes, I’m moving on to new endeavours and passing over the reins of this venerable institution for its next volume. In previous years, the outgoing EiC has taken the last… Read more »