OPINION: if it’s yellow, let it mellow

Hygienic practice has us accustomed to flushing the toilet every time we go. Although this might be necessary at certain times, we need to reduce the amount we flush in order to conserve water. The toilet is the number one water-consuming apparatus in a household, accounting for 30 percent of household water usage. If we … Continued

Wroclaw, Poland: a city of stories

When asked what I did this summer, I can’t help but feel a thrill when I tell people that I went to Poland from May 7–28 for an English and Art History field school to learn about Polish art and translated literature. As Apr. drew to a close, I excitedly packed, and repacked, my bag … Continued

Five ways to turn your Monday into a Friday: pick-me-ups

If anyone knows first-hand the travesties of Monday, it’s university students. Be it through the conventions of society or cheesy ’80s songs, people have an ingrained grudge towards Mondays. Why is this so? Monday sets us up for the rest of the week, so it is vital to channel a positive attitude for this inevitable … Continued

Rice Pudding

As the weather cools, a bowl of rice pudding makes for a great evening treat—and cold leftovers are a filling breakfast in the morning. Set it to bake while studying in the evening—trips to stir the pudding make for good short breaks. Short-grain rice (Pearl rice)—heaping 45 mL Evaporated milk—370 mL 2% milk or almond … Continued

Community gardening in Nanaimo

Community gardening has become a lot more visible in Nanaimo during recent years. As concern and a general awareness about the origin of our food increases, so does the interest in playing a part in food production—which is inspiring Nanaimoites to get outdoors and into their community. There’s the promise of reward for their hard … Continued

Serving students: VIU library policies revisited

When the VIU library staff looked at a list of the changes that they had recently made to their policies for making resources available to students, they were impressed—and for good reason. The VIU library staff have been busy, and the experience of using the library is not what it used to be; that’s a … Continued

Hot Salmon Pasta Salad

1 can salmon, drained 1 . cups pasta 2 cloves garlic, minced Lemon juice  1\2 tbsp butter Lettuce, sliced into strips Salt Preparation time: 20 minutes.   1. Put pasta on to boil, season with a pinch of salt. 2. Once pasta is cooked, sauté minced garlic in butter until garlic is fragrant. 3. Add … Continued

Beekeeping on Vancouver Island

As Aug. winds down, so does the busy season of Vancouver Island’s most buzz-worthy residents: the bees. Beekeeping is booming on Vancouver Island—both commercially, and for hobbyist enjoyment; Vancouver Island is the home of one quarter of honeybees in B.C. A Buzzing Business  One of the best-known beekeepers on the Island is Theo Fredrich Sr. … Continued

The Interview: First-Year Student

While every experience of an incoming, first-time university student is a little different, there are a number of fears, anticipations, and experiences universal to most first years. On Aug. 25, I interviewed first-year VIU student Heather Langlois. I had never met eighteen-year-old Heather prior to our conversation and had no knowledge of her goals and … Continued

Your Education at VIU, in 2012

What does an education at VIU look like in 2012? Students are returning to the classroom for another year of lessons, and the way that they learn is changing. Education is becoming more accessible, but are students receiving the learning that they want and how they want it? English Dictionary is the most relevant to … Continued

The Boomers Are Coming

WATERLOO (CUP)The baby boom generation of Canadiansthose born between 1951 and 1966 make up a large demographic of Canada’s workforce. The clock on their working lives, however, seems to be ticking louder than ever before. With lots of noise being made in the media and by the government about the immanent retirement of so many … Continued

Unlocking Bill C-11

OTTAWA (CUP)There’s one update ready for our copyright laws. Should we install it? On Feb. 14, the Copyright Modernization Act (Bill C-11), was submitted to committee for review and amendments. The bill aims to update copyright laws, last altered in 1997, and make breaking digital locks illegal. Time For an Upgrade Kathleen Simmons, owner of … Continued

The Final, Sad Death of the Typewriter

Regardless of whatever small amount of life force it had previously clung to, the typewriter is now dead. What was once the chosen production machine for journalists and writers is now nothing but an antiquesomething you might have crammed away in a basement or attic, which your kids will wonder about if you ever decide … Continued

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