Love at a Distance

It’s Valentine’s Day. You’re hyper aware of all the couples on campus: the girls holding hands, the guys exchanging a kiss, your classmate shyly handing an envelope to their partner. A lump comes to your throat as you think of your significant other, another country and time zone away. Dropping into your seat, you send … Continued

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

The Dawn Chorus

Spring is here! The days are getting longer, the grass is greener, and the air feels fresher than ever. Walking around Nanaimo, I can’t help but notice the plethora of melodies singing in the trees and appreciate all the lovely notes that songbirds have to offer this time of year.  Why do songbirds sing? Singing … Continued

Ease the Stress

It’s a stressful time of year for many students. The spring semester is almost over, and exams and final project deadlines loom ahead. But that doesn’t mean the next couple of weeks need be filled with dread.  Here are my top four stressbusters to help you feel a little more at ease during the home … Continued

Dancing Back to Normal

It was Halloween night 2019, and a group of friends and I went to downtown Nanaimo to get our spook on. By 10 pm, the line up to Level2 nightclub stretched down the block. This was fine with us, though—right next door, we knew that the less-packed Old City Station had space to dance inside. … Continued

New Year, and You’re Still You

As January nears its end, I can’t help but reflect on the month and how well I have followed my New Year’s resolutions. My resolutions for 2022 were pretty typical for me. I wanted to go to the gym five times a week, eat super healthy, journal more, hike once a week, identify plants, knit … Continued

Tree-Planting:

The freezing rain pelts your back, creeping into your boots and soaking through your clothes. You curse yourself for begging for rain during the hot and bug-infested 30-plus degree weather the day before.  Surrounding you is a cutblock where a logging company has chopped down all the trees in the area, leaving behind brush and … Continued

Hot Chocolate Cookies

I love Christmas. The indoors feel cozier, the air feels more magic, hot chocolate tastes better. Giving gifts is a major way that I like to show people in my life that I care about them. However, my gift-giver way of life is somewhat halted by my student-sized wallet.  One great way I have found … Continued

Rainbows

A nine year old girl whose parents have divorced steps into a room and sits next to another child, an eight year old boy whose mom has just passed away. An older lady walks into the room with coloured jars labelled with different feelings: red for angry, blue for sad, green for scared, yellow for … Continued

Off to the Polls:

The polls are open again! For VIU Students’ Union (VIUSU) elections, that is. From Tuesday, October 19, to Thursday, October 21, students can choose who they want to represent them at VIUSU. The voting will take place electronically via a unique link emailed to every VIU student. Votes can be cast at all hours until … Continued

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