Editorials

Finding and creating joy this holiday season

What do the holidays mean in the 21st century? The winter holidays fundamentally promote and celebrate faith in humanity, family, and seasonal joy. Ironically, this time of the year can…

Class distinctions and the shrinking middle class

The apparent absence of class distinction is a peculiar feature of university life. Socioeconomic class is something we dislike discussing yet remain fascinated by. Daniel Craig’s rebooted James Bond is…

Exams: is there a better way?

Like many learning institutions, the University of Victoria has strict schedules for final exams. Students must all file into their designated rooms at the same scheduled time, presumably to avoid…

The importance of (and difficulty with) reason

Reason, irrespective of its origin, is essential in separating human beings from an estimated 7.77 million species of animals worldwide. Other animals make decisions based on instinct or trial-and-error learning.…

On remembering the past, and the present

Remembrance Day is most often related to the First and Second World Wars, commemorating the fallen soldiers from a time few Canadians can remember. These soldiers went off to fight…

Piracy seeds alternative market

A recent survey by Media Technology Monitor reports Canadian Netflix subscribers have increased by approximately 13 per cent since 2012. The numbers suggest that roughly 25 per cent of Canada’s…

Who cares?

On Thursday, Oct. 17, not enough students attended the UVic Students’ Society (UVSS) Annual General Meeting (AGM). The issues at hand were contentious; one was the UVSS’s ongoing dispute of…

In our own words

The first question I hear after I tell people that I am part of a fraternity at the University of Victoria is, “We have one of those here?” My response…

A dim urban hum

On Oct. 4 and 7, UVic’s computing network experienced outages. UVic webmail, Moodle, online student resources, and UVic netdrive, amongst other online computing services, were all inaccessible. Undoubtedly, UVic’s computer…