Andrea Čanković

Andrea Čanković has had a wild year. In February 2020 she guided the VIU Mariners women’s volleyball team to provincial gold as co-captain, marking the third straight Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST) title for her and the club. A month later, under the looming threat of cancellation due to COVID-19, Čanković and her teammates celebrated … Continued

The Last Straw

Three years ago, the single-use plastic straw became the poster child for the anti-plastic movement after a video of a sea turtle with a straw stuck in his nose went viral. Plastic pollution became a global concern, and the public uproar pressured people in power to implement changes, and straws were an easy target. One … Continued

Declining Bull Kelp on Our Coast

The West Coast boasts a year-round exploration season of forested trails and rugged shorelines that seem to never end. The dense-growth temperate rainforests are filled with tall trees covered in mosses and forest floors brimming with lush vegetation. The beaches are fiercely traversed by wild winds and beating waves. This is my home. Many West … Continued

Together Alone

The fall semester will soon come to a close as VIU students complete their first full semester of online schooling. Although many students have returned to school, they have not returned to the normalcy of what they expected or what they wanted—they have returned to something many are calling a waste of time, a waste … Continued

An Interview with Sheila Malcolmson

The ballots have been counted, and Sheila Malcolmson is expected to return to her position as the MLA for the Nanaimo district. Although many mail-in and absentee ballots are still to be counted, Malcolmson finished election night with 52.8 percent of the vote. Malcolmson was elected as the MLA for the Nanaimo district back in … Continued

Turning Setbacks Into Goals

If you’re looking for inspiration on how to not only be an exemplary citizen in your community, but in school and in your personal life, look no further than VIU student Vantaisha (Taish) Tommy. Tommy is being recognized for her community service and commitment to her studies after being awarded the Mike Coleman Award for … Continued

Playing Across Borders:

VIU students have grown accustomed to change over the past six months. Oftentimes, the changes have been unexpected and out of their control. One particular group of students that has had to face more unexpected challenges than most—ones domestic students may not—are international student athletes. Student athletes who have arrived in or returned to Canada … Continued

Lurk:

Street art has always been highly criticized, feared, and polarized by communities around the world. Maybe because it’s “out there” for everyone to see; maybe because it evokes newfound emotion and conversation—who knows? In my mind, it allows a person’s creativity to bring life to a previously mundane wall or building. Street art is instrumental … Continued

The Importance of Increasing Indigeneity at VIU

With everything that has happened so far in 2020—the pandemic, a steep rise in awareness about systemic racism, alarming weather events due to climate change, among many others—it’s clear the need for diversity in leadership to combat these issues is crucial. And, not just at a federal level, but in every institution. One thing that’s … Continued

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