Like a Superhero

Caroline Hsu leaves the classroom, rubbing the fatigue from her eyes. She’s spent the last hour working on her assignment, following a three-hour class. Now, she’s going to pick up her son, Hannes, from day care. Hsu climbs the steps and walks up the ramp to the Malaspina Child Care Centre. Children run around the … Continued

A Deep Cut into Hairstyling at VIU

VIU is like a contained, thriving community. You can get your car fixed on campus, dine-in with a gourmet meal at The Discovery Room, or even get your hair cut. There are over 20 trade and technical field programs at VIU, and yet they can still be overlooked by the wider student population. Ocea Corfield … Continued

Food for Thought

No matter who you are or where you come from, food is a part of life—a big part. Everybody, everywhere, eats. Some people have too much food, some not enough. Some people die because of its unavailability, and food production is one of climate change’s leading causes. In fact, the primary driving force behind the … Continued

The Vault Bazaar

If I could name only one place that really screams “Nanaimo,” that place would be The Vault Café. Before moving to this city, I never thought I would step through the pink walls of what used to be an early twentieth-century bank and emerge into a bohemian paradise. The space is eclectic to say the … Continued

November Horoscope

Aries (March 21 to April 19) Come on Aries! Now is the time to just grab the bull by its horns and do it! Oh wait… your sign is a ram—Taurus is the bull. Nevermind. Taurus (April 20 to May 20) Come on Taurus, now is the time to just grab the bull by the … Continued

Have a Safe and Spooky 2020 Halloween

With many children’s favourite holiday fast approaching, now is the time to prepare yourself for October 31—so you get all the treats and none of the tricks. The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has released information to their website on how to keep this year’s Halloween fun and safe as the COVID-19 pandemic … Continued

No Gym? No Worries:

Here we are again—a COVID-related article. Our daily life and routines have changed dramatically as we’ve adapted. Exercise is no exception.  In fact, having a strong activity routine can be a major help in keeping up mental health, as well as physical health.  You may look at public gyms and think, “OK, I have to … Continued

Power to the People:

The City of Nanaimo is asking its citizens how they think the city should evolve over the next decades. REIMAGINE NANAIMO set up booths last weekend and will again this weekend to answer questions and hear ideas about the city’s future.   REIMAGINE NANAIMO is a team put together by the city and has been … Continued

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of loving the cooler weather fall has brought us here on the Island. It means more indoor time to bake and sit by the fire (or heater, in my case). I recently made these bad boys and needed to share them. They are oh so gooey and … Continued

Exercising is Hard!

Keeping up with a routine can be difficult in the best of times. So, how in the world is someone supposed to stay on top of their exercise schedule during COVID-19?  Gyms haven’t been open long, and all the convenience of dropping in whenever at the VIU gym to shoot hoops, or do a workout, … 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

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