A VIU Ghost Story

For years, rumours about the ghost, or ghosts, of Malaspina Theatre have been passed down like a tattered copy of Hamlet; but for the most part, the presence of Neil Rutherford (and others) has been a well-kept department secret. Stories about ghost encounters tend to leave with students as they graduate, surprising new actors as … Continued

Far From Home

I took it upon myself to visit all the restaurants in Nanaimo that serve Japanese ramen. They stretch south to north, each with their own unique flair, restaurant atmosphere, and traditional Japanese qualities: Bistro Taiyo, Nana Sushi, Wa-Ku, Umai, and Nori. My Japanese friend from VIU, Hikarua Nakamura, came along when she was available and … Continued

RASTA Animal Sanctuary

Tucked away at the side of Chemainus Road lies a farm that would appear to be just like any other. Secluded by trees, you may be able to spot some of the animals out on the field as you drive by if you look hard (and quickly) enough.  This is no ordinary farm, but the … Continued

VIU Completes Harm Reduction Pilot Trial

In August, VIU’s Applied Environmental Research Laboratory (AERL) sent a small team over to the Powell Street Getaway Harm Reduction Site in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. They used a groundbreaking drug detection technique which allowed them to see trace levels of different drugs within one sample. The technique is called paper spray mass spectrometry and it … Continued

My Mariner Pride

This semester I will be warming up for when VIU hosts the women’s national basketball championships by attending every possible event, tailgate party, and game so that I can stand tall in the bleachers and barbarically yawp Mariner pride. I may have no confidence in my ability to understand the game, but I have every confidence in my fellow Mariners. After all, it’s a great thing to be a sturgeon.

Shack Island: The Little Island that Could

Nanaimo is full of small parks and nature to explore. Bowen Park, offering tranquil duck ponds and amphitheatre. Icarus Park’s meandering stairs down to the beautiful beach. And Pipers Lagoon Park, with its picturesque view of Shack Island. It’s hard to miss the small collection of buildings that cluster on the strips of land stretching … Continued

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