We read the UVSS Strategic Plan so you don’t have to

At the Oct. 27 Annual General Meeting, the UVSS Board of Directors released their two-year Strategic Plan. The 32-page document includes the results of an annual survey published by the UVSS in May, and updates students on the board’s goals and how they’re doing so far in their year-long term. The results of the survey… Read more »

UBC Writing controversy hits close to home as UVic profs sign letter

Both current and former UVic Writing department faculty members have signed a controversial open letter in support of Steven Galloway, the former UBC Creative Writing chair. Galloway was fired last year after an investigation into “serious allegations” that were made against him, including allegations of sexual assault and harassment. A full timeline of events is… Read more »

GMO backlash takes root in Department of Environmental Studies

The Department of Environmental Studies has drawn criticism from students after hosting a former research scientist for Agriculture Canada whose views on genetically modified crops have been met with heated opposition in the past. Dr. Thierry Vrain, a research scientist turned organic farmer and anti-GMO advocate, gave an open talk as part of an Environmental… Read more »

EDITORIAL: Fake news has real consequences for media and the masses

The Pope endorsed Donald Trump. An FBI agent investigating Hillary Clinton’s private email server was discovered dead in an apparent murder-suicide. And busloads of professional protesters were dropped off mere blocks away from an anti-Trump protest site in Austin, Texas. These are but a few of the election news stories that got traction on social… Read more »

Canada’s national bird: why the whisky jack?!

When I first heard that the whisky jack, or grey jay, had been named Canada’s national bird by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, I was disappointed, confused, and honestly, a little bit hurt. It’s not that I have something against the whisky jack—I’m totally over that time last winter when I was snowshoeing and one… Read more »

Five holiday albums you might not have heard yet

Even though Christmas wouldn’t be the same without Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey playing softly from the speakers of every mall and holiday event ever, they can get a bit boring. So if you’re feeling sick of the same old Christmas albums, here are some fresh alternatives to spice up the holiday season this year:… Read more »