Stories

Into the VR Zone: How virtual reality is changing Victoria’s world

START You’re diving underwater with a pod of orcas. You’re flying through space with a jetpack and a laser gun. You’re ducking beneath the crack of gunfire in an Iraqi…

The art of the dive: Behind the scenes of UVic’s Community Cabbage

The eight of us sat in a GMC VanDura Campwagon outside the Thrifty Foods on Quadra and Cook. It was dark—9:30 p.m. in early November. We were nervous and excited,…

Flight of the Valkyries: It’s broom’s up for UVic’s Quidditch team

Rumours and outright speculation around UVic’s Quidditch team have existed on campus since they started as a club in 2010. Most people know about them, others wonder, and some outright…

What’s the Martlet afraid of?

In the spirit of Halloween, the Martlet staff has compiled a brief list of our worst fears and phobias. All we ask is that you use this information for educational…

Confessions of an overthinking backpacker

Here’s the toughest thing to admit about my four-month solo “Eurodyssey:” I’d built up high expectations of adventurous discovery, falling in love with a pretty European girl and segueing into…

A newbie’s guide to UVSS advocacy groups and the Board of Directors

For those of you who are new to UVic, or are otherwise unaware, this campus has a particularly active political culture. Aside from the UVSS board of directors, the Students’…

Getting the band back together: Inside the UVSS’s split—and possible reunion—with the ABCS

In December 2013, the Alliance of B.C. Students (ABCS), a non-profit advocacy group with a mission to address issues facing post-secondary education in British Columbia, was formed. The University of…

I, witness: My experience at the Holocaust field school

I remember my hesitation clearly as I walked into the Germanic Studies office in Clearihue on the first of November. My hands were sweating, my stomach was in knots, and my…

The coast with the most: Four weeks on the road in the Pacific Northwest

Ah, summer. That glorious four-month reprieve from classes and paper writing and academic responsibilities. (My condolences to those of you in summer courses.) It’s that time of year when everyone…