Left vs. right

We live in a world of political polarization: our social media is algorithmically-tuned to feed us opinions we agree with, news organizations have growing partisan slants, and the available middle ground between political parties is shrinking. Our identities are often clear indicators of what side of the political spectrum we fall on. I am a … Continued

Reckoning with #MeToo as a man

For me, seventh grade was the first year of middle school. I had no idea what middle school would be like, and being new in Kelowna, I had no idea who I’d be going to school with. As the school year progressed I found my place, but I noticed something I’d never seen before. Guys … Continued

Keeping opioid users alive

I am sick of my friends dying from preventable opioid overdoses. Opioid use disorder is a medical condition and should be treated as such. We don’t force people with diabetes to buy contaminated insulin off the street, so why do we force people with opioid use disorder to buy fentanyl-contaminated opioids off the street? According … Continued

Mac Miller, human being

On September 7, rapper and producer Mac Miller (whose real name was Malcolm McCormick) died of a suspected overdose. He was only twenty-six years old. Throughout my addiction, I listened to his music. It was therapeutic. I was lonely, depressed, and couldn’t stop using substances, and his words touched on each of those subjects with … Continued

Not out of the woods yet

2018 was BC’s second worst wildfire season in history, following 2017 as the worst fire season on record. Over 600 wildfires burned simultaneously up and down the province this year. The provincial government was forced to declare a state of emergency to combat the threat. Smoke from the BC fires has floated across the country, … Continued

50 years of Navigation

The Navigator is turning 50 next year. That’s right, 50, the big five-oh. We’ll be an official quinquagenarian—say that five times fast. We’ve been shaking things up at the Nav. As Spenser notes, we’ve made some changes to our format and content that we hope you’ve all been enjoying. If you liked us this year, … Continued

New year, new Nav

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But what about a university press that switched from newspaper to magazine format after 49 years? Please, I’m begging you: judge us by our beautiful, glossy covers. The content behind those covers is also worthy of praise. VIU was busier than usual this year, and … Continued

What’s ableism?

I first heard the term “ableism” at the Nanaimo Women’s March last January. VIU’s Student Union was handing out pins. One said, “Unlearn racism,” another said, “Unlearn ableism.” It’s hard to unlearn something you don’t know, I remember thinking. Ableism, as I later found out, is the discrimination against people with disabilities. While the term … Continued

The fourth wall

In film, ‘breaking the fourth wall’ is a term for when actors break character and address the audience directly, blurring the line between fiction and reality. It’s been used for comedic effect in movies like Deadpool (2016), Space Balls (1987), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), and many more. In theatre, breaking the fourth wall is … Continued

Feed me, Facebook

Changes are coming to your Facebook news feed. On Thursday, January 11, Facebook announced it will begin to prioritize content from friends and family over content from publishers and brands. This means, in theory, you’ll see more selfies of Aunt Brenda and fewer ads trying to sell you your last search on Amazon. Mark Zuckerberg, … Continued

Editorial standards

It’s been the punchline of late-night comics for over a year now, but fake news is not a joke. The implications of spreading a false story are quite serious. Not only can fake news stories mislead readers, they can impact communities. In Issue Four of the Navigator, we published an article, “Who and What Is … Continued

Folly incarnate

Let’s get the shock factor out of the way: yes, I donated my $500 Anthropology Club Award to an organization that worked to reconstruct a small village in the Himalayas; a place I will likely never get to see. I realize that giving away money when I’m a broke student might sound very stupid, but … Continued

All I want for Christmas is…

The twenty-six-year streak is over. For the first time in my life, I won’t be spending Christmas with my family. I moved to Nanaimo from Regina in 2013, but I’ve always made the trip back home during the holidays. This Christmas, though, my parents and several of my five siblings will be vacationing in Jamaica. … Continued

Eat, sleep, study, repeat

The initial glow and optimism of the early semester are long gone, and I don’t need a calendar to know it’s mid-November. Instead, I can simply read the appearance and behavior of my classmates: bloodshot eyes, slouched shoulders, bursts of maniacal laughter and hysterical tears. Not that I’m doing any better. Under the pressure to … Continued

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