Give me liberty, or give me library fines

Why the UVic library should end the archaic practice of fining students for late returns Deadlines are everywhere, especially in university. Essays, projects, rent, tuition, graduation application — it can be a lot to keep track of. But perhaps the most trivial deadlines a student can miss are the ones enforced by the library. Which… Read more »

UVic hosts fourth annual Building Reconciliation Forum

“Education got us into this mess, so it’s education that has to get us out” Nearly 250 leading thinkers from universities, federal and regional governments, and Indigenous communities and governing bodies came from across Canada to participate in the fourth Building Reconciliation Forum hosted by UVic on Nov. 15 and 16. The annual forum, hosted… Read more »

Community gives feedback on new UVic residence buildings

Expanded service route behind SUB and potential temporary dining hall among the new additions A week after the Premier announced plans for a 25 per cent increase in student housing at UVic, the university held their second open house event of the year on Nov. 21 in the McPherson library to receive feedback from the… Read more »

Update: Saudi Arabian students at UVic

Here’s what’s new since August On August 6, the Saudi Arabian government announced it would be withdrawing all Saudi nationals studying at Canadian universities. The announcement was made after Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, criticized the Saudi government’s human rights record on Twitter. In August, the Martlet reported that 34 Saudi students (23 undergraduate… Read more »

Blues for Eric

Former CFUV host to be honoured with several benefit concerts and a UVic scholarship Any music fan who listened to Eric Leblanc’s CFUV radio show knows that he was one of the best radio disc jockeys in the world. For over three decades, Eric’s weekly Let the Good Times Roll show on University of Victoria’s… Read more »

UVic’s CanAssist unveils seven new technologies for use across B.C.

Children with special needs now have the potential for a lot more independence, inclusion, and fun From robotic arms to pick up fallen toys to ball launchers that help children play catch with friends or fetch with dogs, UVic’s CanAssist organization has just released seven new technologies that will greatly increase opportunities for children with… Read more »

How to kick those Winter Blues to the curb

Tips and tricks for staying on top of your mental health this season As the sun sets, I glance over at the clock to see it is only 4:23 p.m. I sigh and lean over my laptop to type away at yet another final research paper. The season of dark days and cold nights is… Read more »

It’s okay to study something different

Second annual Biomedical entrepreneurship day highlights academic diversity across campus — and that’s a good thing As someone handed me a lab coat and a pair of goggles, I thought to myself: I do not belong here. With blistering white light radiating from the ceiling, along with both red and green liquids sitting on shelves,… Read more »

LETTER: OFAR against anti-semitic and racial violence

Dear community, As an organization committed to the principles of anti-racism, anti-colonialism, and combatting anti-semitism, the Open Forum Against Racism (OFAR) embraces the humanity of all people. Our core principles are democracy, equality, social justice, inclusion, pluralism, respect, safety, and compassion. We are outraged and deeply saddened by the carnage that occurred in Pittsburgh, PA… Read more »

We need more than just a hashtag

On Oct. 15, 2017, a tweet changed the world. “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote “Me too” as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem,” wrote Alyssa Milano, an American actress. The resulting #MeToo movement tore back the curtain on the sexualized… Read more »