Cody Willett: Why do we need the Martlet?

As part of the Martlet 70 Fundraiser, we’ve asked former Martlet staff to answer an important question: why do we need the Martlet?

Maybe you don’t know this, but you need the Martlet — and it needs you. Some students are happy to breeze through campus and never pick up an issue, but here you are, holding in your hands a legacy that generations of curious folks like yourself have sustained through their desire to connect deeper with the world around them. What’s appears in these pages often goes unreported, or takes years to get picked up, in corporate media. Emergent social struggles, generational critiques of inherited problems, fellow students’ experimental ideas/practices and some inclusively sexy art have graced these pages through the years. You can’t find peer- journalism — the kind that often touches your life directly — just anywhere. No where else can you get your thoughts published (beyond your social media presence) with such welcome and ease. People reading these pages have discovered clubs, events and people that have shaped, in ways both subtle and significant, their lives for years to follow. Speaking from my own rich experiences with this mythical bird-inspired publication, your stint at UVic can only be made more interesting by taking the time to find out what’s happening around this temporary community. The Martlet will help you stay in tune, and always invites you to feel part of it, however you’d like. You can choose your level of involvement, and the experiences flowing from your contribution are ones you’d probably regret not having.

-Cody Willett,Former contributor, civics editor and board member (2008-2011)

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