September 21, 1972—“Full Report Not Made”
In 1971, Dr. Alexander Kirk of the Chemistry Department headed a two-month investigation of the Visual Arts faculty. The department had been having so many problems in the first year that enrollment was frozen for 1971-72. While Kirk’s full list of suggestions were given to UVic president Hugh Farquhar, the President only presented a condensed list to the Senate and the public. When asked by Martlet staff why not all the contents had been released, Farquhar responded, “Because I didn’t want to.” One of the publicly disclosed recommendations was: “Visual Arts students should no longer be segregated by their Department from the rest of the University.” With Visual Arts on the other side of Ring Road, it looks like this suggestion has still not been taken into consideration.
September 24, 1987—“Oh where, oh where do I park?”
With the new bus loop and CARSA taking over former parking spots, some students have grumbled about the lack of parking this year. But it sounds like staff and students had it worse in the 1980s, as no one could park their DeLoreans or Austin Allegros. By the fourth week of school, Uvic’s Traffic and Security had not only stopped selling parking permits, but also had over 200 students on a waitlist. To determine the number of permits sold in 1987, Traffic and Security offered one pass per six students and one pass per two staff since they often stay for longer hours. After two tickets have been issued and recorded in a computer, Traffic and Security had the right to tow an offender’s car. Surprisingly, over 1,800 vehicles already fit this criteria. Dan Maryuke, manager of Traffic and Security, offered no advice to students: “It will be a continual problem…until UVic receives more parking spaces.”
September 21, 2000—“Radical cheers at Take Back the Night”
On September 23, 2000 in Centennial Square, a group known as UVic’s Radical Cheerleaders joined Take Back the Night, an annual international event that draws attention to sexualized violence. Founded by Kari Worton, the Director of Academics for the UVSS, the Radical Cheerleaders were a group of students who acted out street theatre-like performances at various rallies. Spoofing the cheerleading concept, the group included all body types, genders, and races to condemn stereotypes. UVic’s Radical Cheerleaders chapter was a part of a bigger North American phenomena, with the first Canadian chapter starting at the University of Winnipeg in May 2000. At Centennial Square, the “cheerleaders” created rhythms and chants on women’s rights and violence against women.