Top 10 news stories of 2017

These past 12 months have been hectic for most of us, and the UVic campus was not spared from any of the chaos that 2017 brought. Although the Martlet’s top stories this year are generally unrelated to one another — there doesn’t seem to be anything connecting articles about international tuition fees, dress codes at the gym,… Read more »

The Thrill of the Grass: W.P. Kinsella, baseball, and me

An Australian child’s exposure to baseball is limited. “Growing up I thought there were just two teams in the bigs; the Yankees and the Red Sox,” a Queensland-born minor leaguer once told me, “‘cause that’s all they showed on T.V.” Since age 11, I’ve been collecting scraps of baseball facts — most from American movies—which I weave… Read more »

UVSS Naloxone program continues despite personnel change

At the Dec. 4 UVSS board meeting, Director of Campaigns and Community Relations Anmol Swaich announced that the former leader of the Naloxone training workshop, a university staff member, had been let go by the university amid what Swaich referred to as “restructuring” efforts. While the university confirmed the program is being handled by a… Read more »

Expired OneCards confiscated by BC Transit drivers

BC Transit bus drivers “mistakenly confiscated” a number of OneCards from UVic students on Dec. 8 due to an error message that appeared in the transit card scanners, a UVic spokesperson confirmed. Paul Marck, UVic’s associate manager of Public Affairs, said that OneCards are typically only confiscated by drivers when found “to be used by… Read more »

Prestigious literary magazine celebrates Canada

On Saturday, Dec. 2, literary lovers gathered at Munro’s Books to celebrate a new edition of Granta, the prestigious literary journal based out of the United Kingdom founded in 1889 by students at Cambridge University. The special edition, titled Granta 141: Canada, is dedicated exclusively to Canadian literature and featured readings by UVic professors Tim… Read more »

Lil Peep and fentanyl

What UVic students should know | Earlier in November, 21-year-old Gustav Åhr, also known by his stage name Lil Peep, was finishing up his 20-show Come Over When You’re Sober tour. Peep took a nap on the tour bus before the second-last show in Tuscon, AZ: tragically, he never woke up. Åhr was declared dead… Read more »

The Martlet is hiring!

The Martlet is hiring! If you’re interested in writing, editing, or publishing, this is a fantastic opportunity to work for one of the oldest campus newspapers in Canada. We’re hiring an editorial assistant and a new co-Editor-in-Chief. Visit our Jobs page to learn more about job information and deadlines for applications. For more information, email business@martlet.ca…. Read more »

No push back from Paradise

If you’re as cynical as I am, chances are you weren’t surprised by the contents of the recently leaked Paradise Papers that demonstrated the extent to which the world’s richest people are able to avoid paying taxes. There were no corners of the world untouched by the scandal that emanated from the 1.4-terabyte document’s release,… Read more »