The divide between art and science

From the perspective of a scientist At university, students are squeezed into categories on a daily basis. The classes we take begin to define and channel our thinking. We become either a scientist or an artist — not both. But if you are defined as a scientist, should that mean that you can only communicate… Read more »

The slow death of the duct tape military

The Canadian Armed Forces have become second hand and second rate. Here’s why you should care. In 1918, Canadian units were some of the British Expeditionary Force’s most effective fighters, with reputations as elite sharpshooters, night raiders, and shock troops.    In 1945, Canada boasted the world’s third largest navy, fourth largest air force, and… Read more »

Six sports, two competitors, one legendary contest

The Legends Cup: UBC vs. UVic Since UVic’s early days as Victoria College, a deep rivalry has existed between the Vikes and UBC’s Thunderbirds. Before UVic became an independent institution in 1963, the school was a Western affiliate of McGill University. In fact, both UVic and UBC were once affiliated with McGill. But the common… Read more »

What does suffering mean to you?

Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying laws have some complications When you reach the end of your life and your facilities begin to fail, at what point does this become suffering to you? What does suffering mean to you? Where is the final breaking point? Is it being trapped in a hospital bed? The loss of… Read more »

2018 stories of the year

The Martlet’s five biggest stories from the past 365 days A near collapse of a prestigious literary journal, panic about a literal collapse, and the corporate takeover of campus food services were all news stories that dominated headlines in Victoria — and at UVic — in 2018. As Canadian Literary Magazine the Malahat Review held… Read more »

Seek questions, not answers

Steven Erikson on the art of writing Steven Erikson is a prolific author and alumnus of the University of Victoria undergraduate writing program, as well as the University of Iowa Writers Workshop masters program. Erikson’s impressive portfolio of work — from his epic fantasy series Malazan Book of the Fallen to his science fiction series… Read more »