Nanaimo needs native plants

Roadside flowers, like this yellow hawkweed, are an important food source for native bee populations. By contributor Chantelle Spicer.    Traipsing about town, it is hard not to notice that spring has officially arrived, and with it, flowers everywhere. It is not only from domesticated gardens that these foretellers of good weather emerge from, but also … Continued

The long commute: Final installment

This is the final part of a contributor series by Stephanie Brown. You can read the first part here.  You may hear, “The marking system is harder in other countries,” before you go to your new school. You may hear it a lot before you even decide to commit to studying abroad, which can deter some … Continued

Health and Wellness Clinic coming to VIU Nanaimo campus

A student health clinic will soon be opening on VIU’s Nanaimo campus. Dr. Carrie Chassels, Executive Director of Student Affairs, said the VIU Health and Wellness Clinic is expected to begin providing services the week of May 5, with a grand opening planned for a later date. The clinic will be open exclusively for all … Continued

Political conference opens conversation for Nanaimo politicians and students

The VIU Political Society had its first Student Political Conference on March 24, giving students the opportunity to voice their opinions about various issues and mingle with politicians. Nanaimo Mayor Bill McKay, Nanaimo councilors Wendy Pratt and Leanne Salter, NDP representative Sheila Malcolmson, Liberal representative Tim Tessier, and Green representative Paul Manly were in attendance. … Continued

Recapping the year that was: The VIU Mariners

The calendar has turned to April. Classes are slowly coming to an end, and exams are just around the corner. But the beginning of school’s final month also marks the end to another year of varsity athletics for the VIU Mariners. It was another successful year for the Mariners, as every Mariner team picked up … Continued

The long commute: Dorms

This is the latest in an ongoing contributor series by Stephanie Brown. You can read the first part here. Check back next issue for the next chapter of The Long Commute.  So where should you live while traveling abroad, dorms or a house? Like most things in life and travel, there are benefits and drawbacks to both. … Continued

Stem cell donor registration event in Nanaimo

By contributor Shari Bishop Bowes If there’s a chance you could save someone’s life, someone you’ve never met, would you do it? VIU Nursing students and Canadian Blood Services (CBS) are hoping to get a long list of healthy young adults showing up for a OneMatch stem cell donor registration event from 3 to 6 … Continued

BC minimum wage workers left in poverty

The BC government refuses to increase minimum wage enough to keep working people above the poverty line, despite calls for an increase from British Columbians. Instead, the provincial government has announced that it will increase the minimum wage by 20 cents in September, and link it to BC’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation increases annually. … Continued

Carver comes up big as Mariners win final game

It wasn’t the game they wanted to be playing in, but the VIU Mariners’ women’s basketball team picked up the win in the team’s final game at the National Championship. VIU got a monster performance from fifth-year forward Jenna Carver as the Mariners picked up a 63-51 victory over the Mount Allison University Mounties. Mount … Continued

Men settle for silver at National Championship

The VIU Mariners’ men’s basketball team’s hunt for a National Championship came to a disappointing end on Saturday, March 21. The Mariners lost the National Championship game 68-62 to the Humber College Hawks. The Mariners return home from the Nationals with a silver medal. The championship game was a tightly contested defensive affair. The two … Continued

Celebrating Culture on the Runway

           A group of first and fourth year Tourism and Management students will be showcasing 10 different ethnicities with their traditional clothing on March 30 on Nanaimo’s campus in the Royal Arbutus room.             There will be 20 student models, both male and female representing clothing from … Continued

Food, Music, and Local Politicians

The VIU Political Society will be hosting an event that will give students the opportunity to listen to, and mingle with, local politicians on March 24.                 The event will give students a chance to socialize with each other and local politicians, and act as an opportunity to provide knowledge about the VIU Political Society … Continued

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