The Navigator is Vancouver Island University’s (formerly Malaspina University–College) student press. Founded in 1969 as a newspaper, the Navigator (aka The Nav) recently evolved into a monthly magazine. In 1992, the Nav became an incorporated society under the Society Act of BC.

The magazine is run completely by students—from the business end of selling ads and bookkeeping, to writing, designing, and editing. The Nav strives to provide a venue for students to gain professional experience and act as an outlet to bring pressing student and community issues to the public eye.

Submissions: All submissions must be the original work of the author. Editors reserve the right to refuse submissions, and to edit for space or clarity. Letters to the editor should be no more than 400 words in length. The Navigator does not pay for letters. Please send submissions to

Only at VIU: Click here to submit a VIU experience for our “Only at VIU” section.

Opinions expressed in the Navigator and are expressly those of the author and/or artist and do not reflect the views of the Navigator staff as a whole. 


Managing Editor

Cole Schisler

Associate Editor

Spenser Smith

News Editor

Lys Morton

Features Editor

Caileigh Broatch

Sports Editor 

Justin Shankaran

Arts Editor

Zachery Cooper

Online Reporter

Raymond Wade

Copy Editor

Aislinn Cottell

Social Media

Sarah Packwood

Art Director, Graphics Designer

Sara Holmes, Teigan Mudle, Joe Thoong

Business Manager, Ad Sales Reps

Christine Franic, Amber Branchi


Lynne Williams 

System Administrator

Johnny Blakeborough

Phone: (250) 753-2225 Fax: (250) 753-2257

900, 5th Street, Building 193, rm. 217 Nanaimo, BC V9R 5S5