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    Diversity in Academia

    UVic is winning diversity awards left, right, and centre — but what about the experiences of its faculty members? The Martlet takes a look.
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    Who is the whitest of them all? We should have a prize for that!

    Alana Sayers, a PhD candidate and expert in the colonizing influences of literature, explains why a 'cultural appropriation prize' is so damaging to Indigenous artists.
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    UVic’s most famous dropout

    There are plenty of university dropouts you won't have heard of — but Thomas Middleditch may be the exception to that. And yes — that's really him.
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    Learning how to learn to drive

    Writer Joshua Newton explains what it can be like to live with mental illness — as dangerous and frightening as driving a car you don't know how to control.
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    UVic Professor’s ‘garden Spicer’ goes viral

    Dr. Lisa Kadonaga wasn't expecting her Spicer cut-out to amuse anyone except her close friends. 90 000 shares on Facebook later (plus a few mentions in the New York Times and the Washington Post) and Kadonaga has become as internet famous as you can get.

UVic Professor’s ‘garden Spicer’ goes viral

Dr. Lisa Kadonaga finds internet stardom with White House correspondent’s “anxious, forlorn” eyes The printers at Zap Copy in the Student Union Building have no doubt seen plenty of odd material pass through their doors, but it’s not often that they help create something that will spend a weekend making its way through every major… Read more »

UVic’s most famous dropout

An unauthorized biography of Thomas Middleditch The list of famous UVic alumni is a long and illustrious one, containing some of the most well-known names in Canada. Ryan Cochrane, Andrew Weaver, Rona Ambrose, and Nathan Fielder (to name but a few) have all earned degrees in Victoria. Usually, the names of the students who didn’t… Read more »

What the soul does want: new Lorna Crozier poetry

What the Soul Doesn’t Want is Lorna Crozier’s seventeenth book of poetry, and the mastery that comes with long practice certainly shows. The collection launched with a reading at Munro’s Books on May 30th, where Crozier, a Professor Emeritus at UVic and a legend among Canadian poets, addressed the familiar faces of the Victoria literary… Read more »

Theatre review: two one-of-a-kind shows at UNO Fest

Before this year’s UNO Fest, I’d never felt the need to do stretches — like the kind I’d do to cool down from a good jog — after seeing a play. UNO Fest is Intrepid Theatre’s annual festival of solo shows — launched 20 years ago, it is the longest-running festival of its kind in North America. This year’s iteration, held… 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 »

A conversation with MLA Carole James

On June 6th, British Columbians elected a record number of Indigenous MLAs into the B.C. legislature: Melanie Mark (NDP, who was notably the first Indigenous woman to serve in the B.C. legislature), Carole James (NDP), Ellis Ross (Liberal), and Adam Olsen (Green). I had the opportunity to speak with James, the twelve-year MLA for Victoria-Beacon… Read more »

UVic to rename Trutch residence hall

University external relations: Trutch’s ideas and actions didn’t align with university’s “mission, vision and values” In a decision made at the May 30 Board of Governor’s meeting, UVic will remove the name of Joseph Trutch from the corresponding residence building within the Landsdowne Residence Complex. A press release from the university explained that Trutch’s “particularly negative”… Read more »

UVic closes Centre 6, will help relocate children

UVic has closed its Centre 6 child care centre and will partner with other child care services in Victoria to provide spaces for the 32 children currently enrolled in the After School Care Program — a program for kids aged six to 12 years old. This announcement, made in an email from Centre 6 manager Kim Ainsworth to the parents… Read more »

Curtain opens on UVic Alums’ theatre company

You might wonder what writing and theatre students do after they attend UVic. It’s a fair question, and one that many students themselves grapple with. For a group of recent grads (together with some students still at UVic), the answer was to start their own company. Vino Buono,a small, Victoria-based theatre production company, was established… Read more »