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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.

Breaking down the baseball heartbreak

The Blue Jays’ early season struggles Along with many UVic students, I spend winter waiting for classes to wind down, sunshine to arrive, and the Toronto Blue Jays’ regular season to start. While there has been a nearly two-decade black hole of miserable baseball in Toronto, the past number of years have been an exciting,… Read more »

Tensions high as Ring Road standoff enters 45th hour

Onlookers are beginning to worry as a standoff between a student trying to cross Ring Road and a car enters its 45th hour. Various members of the gathered crowd confirmed that the two got stuck at around 8:30 a.m. on May the 9th, and that the past two days had been filled with passive aggressive… Read more »

Cassels leads charge on strategic plan revamp

Also, can humanists swim? The UVic Senate met for the final time this academic term on Friday, May 7. And while many of the motions were regarding smaller procedural matters, a few discussions fell more towards the philosophical. For the final time from this reporter, here’s a recap of how those discussions went down. Strategic… Read more »

Reverting to a childhood state

Kids cartoon deep cuts from the new millennium Finally, friends, exam time is over. It’s time for us to relax, kick back, and spiral so far out of control from stress that we have to revert back to our childhood state. When I began to unwind for the start of summer, I found that regular… Read more »

Shaking loose the fiction around earthquake safety codes

When the big earthquake hits, will the buildings on campus survive? Earthquake retrofits or not, the answer is most likely no. It’s a common mistake to think that seismic retrofits (like the kind applied to Clearihue’s A-Wing about six years ago) will ‘save’ the building from an earthquake. In the case of a gentle shake,… Read more »

Pretty Good Not Bad festival raises all and no expectations

Summer’s here, and that means one thing: it’s music fest season, my dudes. With the arrival of good weather comes the usual suspects, including such favourites as Victoria Ska Fest, the Philips Backyard Weekender, Rock the Shores (though it’ll be taking a notable absence this year), and, of course, Rifflandia. But before all of that… Read more »

Camper van art project stands on its own legs

Sitting in the Fine Arts quad, waiting for my interviewee to arrive, I watched the confused faces of onlookers walking past the camper van seemingly dropped from the sky out of nowhere in front of the Visual Arts building. I didn’t blame them — not many of us are used to seeing vehicles in the middle of… Read more »