Tuition hikes hurt our university

“When public colleges and universities operate under a knowledge/education regime informed by academic capitalism, they begin to see students as revenue sources and products. Instruction is redefined as workforce preparation more than as personally and socially enhancing education.” —Sheila Slaughter and Gary Rhoades, The Neo-Liberal University (2000) A couple of weeks ago, I left an… Read more »

Relics in Catholicism

Five hundred-year-old arm of St. Francis visited Victoria earlier this year On Jan. 27, St. Francis Xavier’s arm arrived in Victoria at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. The relic had travelled across the country, tying into Canada’s celebrations of 150 years of confederation. The arm is kept inside what looked like a gold spoon placed in… Read more »

Lisa Helps: Why do we need the Martlet?

Why do we need the Martlet? Contrary to popular belief, newspapers are not dying. In the era of social media where there are so many messages swirling and where facts have become irrelevant, the role of journalism is more important than ever. And student journalism is a key part of this. I spent the year… Read more »

Ellen Saenger: Why do we need the Martlet?

As part of the Martlet 70 Fundraiser, we’ve asked former Martlet staff to answer an important question: why do we need the Martlet? Why do we need the Martlet? More than three decades after I had the privilege of contributing to the Martlet, student journalism is, perhaps more than ever, a vital part of our… Read more »

Canada’s gun control problem

As I’m writing this, there are marches in the United States for better gun control in the wake of another school shooting. There were even some in Canada in order to show solidarity for our neighbours down south. It’s no surprise that when it comes to the U.S., their own problems can overshadow ours. But… Read more »

Jodie Thomson: Why do we need the Martlet?

As part of the Martlet 70 Fundraiser, we’ve asked former Martlet staff to answer an important question: why do we need the Martlet? I first came to the Martlet at the urging of a friend. I had an interest in Graphic Design and had been making zines and posters in my spare time – and… Read more »

It’s time to really protest, UVic

Students must get radical to stop ever-rising tuition fees With it being the Martlet’s 70th anniversary, we’ve been doing a lot of digging through archives. What’s remarkable is how similar our stories are to the stories we published 50 or 60 years ago. Stories about marches for accessible and inexpensive education, problematic frosh weeks, and… Read more »

David Karp: Why do we need the Martlet?

As part of the Martlet 70 Fundraiser, we’ve asked former Martlet staff to answer an important question: why do we need the Martlet? The Martlet is one of the best learning experiences that UVic has. It’s not just journalism: it teaches self-confidence, how to question authority and how to communicate ideas. The paper’s corner of… Read more »

John Lutz: The Importance of the Martlet

As part of the Martlet 70 Fundraiser, we’ve asked former Martlet staff to answer an important question: why do we need the Martlet? It’s not just a newspaper. Of the many reasons one might give for the vital importance of the Martlet: students’ need for knowledge and transparency about events and activities that affect them;… Read more »

Käthe Lemon: Why do we need the Martlet?

As part of the Martlet 70 Fundraiser, we’ve asked former Martlet staff to answer an important question: why do we need the Martlet? 1) In this era of truthiness and #fakenews we need readers and writers who think critically about information — the Martlet produces both. 2) The media landscape is quicksand beneath our feet… Read more »