Ain’t no mountain high enough: a China travel journal

Shanghai with its Pearl Tower and early 20th century European architecture; Suzhou with its gardens, canals, and gondolas; and Hangzhou with its tea plantations and tourist resort surrounding West Lake were all close enough for me to visit during a week’s holiday in May of 2008. I was teaching English in Xián, Shaanxi province when … Continued

The Status of Women

Many women and men will claim that the western world’s need for feminism is over—we no longer have to protest and vocalize on behalf of women’s rights and needs because all is equal. Not so, says VIU Creative Writing instructor Joy Gugeler. “[There are] women who continue to flee to the Haven Society and Women’s … Continued

Caprese salad in a jar

Often, packing salads the night before you plan on having them for lunch results in a soggy mush of oily veggies. Packing your salad in a jar can help keep your ingredients fresh. While you can do this with pretty much any salad, this recipe takes the classic caprese salad ingredients and stacks them, so … Continued

Promise rings as ambiguous as romantic for many students

 “I feel that giving a promise ring is a bit more serious than giving a Claddagh ring. I think a promise ring is a symbol of one’s dedication and promise to stand by a significant other,” Cairns says. “Personally, I’ve always thought of a promise ring as something that is a step below an engagement … Continued

Do you speak the real French?

I am upset when asked by Canadians who do not speak French, “Do you speak the real French?” They usually add: “I went to Montréal and I could not understand a thing.” “Do you speak French?” I ask. “Yes, I took three courses at university, 35 years ago.” I wish these people would realize how … Continued

The virtual classroom: education on YouTube

Although sometimes it may seem like it, YouTube is not just for cute cats and music videos. Users are harnessing the video-sharing platform for a different kind of entertainment—an educational kind. Remember when Mentos symphony videos were the pinnacle of awesome and we all found out what happens when Mentos and Diet Coke are mixed? … Continued

Spirituality on Tap Part 1: “Spiritual but not religious”

According to the Dec. 22 edition of the National Post, two-thirds of Canadians consider themselves spiritual, but only half say they are religious. Increasingly, the article suggests, “[the modern world] is turning away from organized religion, shunning dogma and church attendance for a vaguer notion of spirituality” (Carlson, A6). The “spiritual but not religious” moniker … Continued

Creamy fig balsamic vinaigrette

Hopefully, we have all recovered from our annual ritual of drinking copious amounts of liquor while making empty promises late into the night. (Did you really mean what you said about learning a new language, running a marathon, and being nicer to others?) In case you’re still basking in the possibilities of your New Year’s … Continued

The Navigator – a year in review

The Navigator is produced by 15 students who want to bring you stories that matter to students. Ever wonder how the paper is produced, or about the stories behind the scenes? Read on for a recap of what the Nav. had to offer in 2012: the controversies, the hits, and the process. This is how … Continued


Dear Editor,  I think it was Premier Mike Harcourt who once said that the NDP are “guests in power” in B.C. This is an accurate reflection of the political climate in the province as the right of centre parties usually have the media, business, and big money behind them to hold onto power indefinitely. Below … Continued


It’s time to replace the Indian Act  Dear Editor, Hundreds of thousands First Nations people live in Canada and they deserve better than to be shackled by the failed colonial and paternalistic policies of the Indian Act, which has helped deny them their rights, fair share in resources, and fostered mistrust and created systemic barriers … Continued

Word appeal

A trip to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) online is an adventure into an immense cabinet of lexiconical wonders. More than just a reference source, the OED is a playground for linguaphiles. The beauty of the OED lies in its search for the historical record of words—each entry features the earliest known usage of each … Continued

There will be blood (to give)

Three years ago, during my second year of university, I spotted a sandwich board on the VIU campus as I approached from the bus stop. It was a white and red sign with the Canadian Blood Services (CBS) logo. It must have been advertising a blood donor information booth in the cafeteria, or a “What’s … Continued

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