Lecture and panel discuss the power of street names

Even with benches borrowed from exhibits, the Legacy Art Gallery was standing room only on the evening of Sept. 14 for “The Urban Streetscape as Political Cosmos,” a free lecture followed by the panel, “The Politics of Street Naming in the City of Victoria.” The event drew students, historians, and community members together to challenge… Read more »

10 social justice words you need to know

Have you ever been confused by the words “unceded”, “intersectional”, or “cultural appropriation”? Have you ever had lunch with your friends in the humanities and thought they were speaking in a different language? Or have you ever been unsure about why someone’s Halloween costume is offensive? I have. It can be really hard to understand… Read more »

Students rally for mozzarella sticks

UVic reverses decision to get rid of the snack at residence diner Sometimes it can seem as though the world is more divided than ever before. The cost of living is going up, the news gets darker every day, and physical and ideological wars rage all across the planet. But something happens every once in… Read more »

Dear Birdie #1

The Martlet’s new bi-weekly advice column Dear Birdie: I was way too nervous in the first few days of classes and I didn’t talk to anyone. Now school is kicking into gear and I’m worried that people will be too busy for me to actually start any friendships. How do I fix this so that… Read more »

Canadian Blood Services meets with students

Vancouver conference discusses deferral policies, trans accessibility On Saturday, Sept. 16, Canadian Blood Services (CBS) held a conference in Vancouver titled “Donor Screening for MSM and Trans Individuals: Dialogue with Student Leaders.” At the conference, students from B.C. campus blood donor clubs and LGBTQ groups gathered to discuss ways in which CBS can move forward… Read more »

The conduct of cops on campus

Police on campus find it too easy to be tough on students If you toured campus this month you were sure to see crowds of inebriated students wandering in packs, loudly discussing how great cafeteria food is, their new roommate’s spotless cleaning habits, and the affordability of textbooks. Interspersed between these groups are small clusters… Read more »

UVic sets up new Sexualized Violence Resource Office

Vic has continued the implementation of its months-old Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response policy with the institution of a Sexualized Violence Resource Office. The policy, ratified by UVic’s Board of Governors in March 2017, mandated the creation of an Intake Office to act as a centralized point of access for people reporting an act of… Read more »

Unpaid and unacknowledged

The volunteers behind UVic’s sexualized violence resources On April 26, 2016, the provincial government announced all public post-secondary institutions must create sexual misconduct policies by May 19, 2017. After a year of consultations and months of bureaucracy, May 2017 saw the UVic Board of Governors approve a new sexualized violence policy, listing out definitions of violence… Read more »

Drug safety and students

It has been 17 months since B.C.’s provincial health officer declared a public health emergency regarding the prevalence of fentanyl-related overdoses and deaths. In that time, B.C. has seen hundreds of overdose deaths. July 2017 saw 91 suspected drug overdose deaths in the province—the equivalent of nearly three deaths every day — at a rate 30 per… Read more »