Jan. 8 UVSS Meeting Recap

At their first board meeting of the new year, the UVSS announced that they will be convening a week later on Jan. 15 for an emergency board meeting to formalize and vote on the health care referendum question — a question that will determine what, if any, health care system the UVSS will facilitate next year. In… Read more »

Questions and consultations galore at President’s Campus Update

On Dec. 12, President Jamie Cassels updated faculty and staff on the current direction of UVic’s 5-year strategic plan. The presentation, delivered in the atrium of the Continuing Studies Building to a packed house, ran thirty minutes on the dot. Afterwards, the audience was invited to ask questions and fill out a feedback form about… Read more »

Jose Figueroa takes the law into his own hands

Salvadoran refugee studying law at UVic after years of fighting classification as terrorist Jose Figueroa is a first-year law student at the University of Victoria, yet his path into law was markedly different than that of his peers. By the time Figueroa entered his first year of law school, he had already spent months in… Read more »

Canada’s deadly role in the Yemen war

Canada exports weapons to Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia exports bloodshed and famine to Yemen Seven million people in Yemen are on the verge of famine due to a brutal war and naval blockade led by Saudi Arabia, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported in November. The blockade began in June 2015, a… Read more »

The 5 top social media stories in 2017

The Martlet often judges the success of a story on how well it resonates with the UVic community. Since it’s hard to gauge the reaction of each person who picks up a newspaper, sometimes, the easiest source of community feedback comes from social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit. We had plenty of stories… Read more »

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 »