Protecting BC’s Native Biodiversity
Vancouver Island is home to many non-native, invasive plant species that threaten biodiversity, human health, and personal livelihoods. We met with VIU student Hunter Jarratt (also known as @invasivespeciesguy on Instagram and TikTok) to go on a nature walk and to discuss what people can do to fight invasives and support native biodiversity. Check out … Continued
The Soul of Ceramics
I dodge puddles to keep my shoes dry as I make my way to VIU’s Visual and Applied Arts building. Still, they’re soaked in minutes. I know that I need new ones, but I can’t afford them. Just like the soles of my shoes, I feel exhausted and worn out. I’ve been on campus all … Continued
VIU Turns Its Back on International Tuition Commitments
On December 15, 2022, the VIU Board of Governors pushed through a surprise tuition increase of 5% for international students in the 2023-2024 school year. This increase comes despite their commitment, made only a few months prior, that international student tuition increases would remain at 2%—the same as their domestic counterparts. This commitment was made … Continued
Memoir of a Desperate Fishwife
“Sharing parenting tips with the other moms while our babies crawled in our laps and put sand in their mouths. The older kids would lift up rocks to find tiny crabs or chase each other half-naked through the warm, shallow waters. I had found a community and it was incomparable.” — Margot Fedoruk, Cooking Tips … Continued
Have you ever wondered what happens when you pair a room full of people who have never played a roleplaying game with an experienced Dungeon Master? Well, we have answers… Character Illustrations by Celia Brand
Austin Heidt sits down with VIU Mariners Women’s Basketball star Ranika Guyton to find out why she moved to the Island form California, what she likes about VIU and her team, and her experience winning the silver medal at Nationals.
Giving Tuesday at VIU
Giving Tuesday began in the heart of New York to encourage people to become more engaged in their communities and spread more kindness into the world. The annual global movement takes place on the Tuesday after Black Friday and has a simple goal: to practice generosity. This can be through charitable donations, helping a stranger, … Continued
Cooking Our Boss Dubious Christmas Food: Part Two
After spending all day cooking a delicious Christmas meal for our boss, Sean, we had to go on a thrilling mission to track him down so he could try it. Go watch Part One if you want things to make slightly more sense… That’s Christmas baby.
What Makes a Poet?
A gathering of students listens attentively inside the student lounge in building 355 on VIU’s Nanaimo campus, myself among them. Though a cold rain pelts the windowpanes, it’s warm and comfortable inside the blue-walled lounge. Some students occasionally write in notebooks, while others keep their hands in their laps, fully focused on the words of … Continued
From Club to Community
Who are the people running VIU’s clubs? Audio Editor Jack Corfield speaks to Gen, the Supreme Hierarch of Unconquerable Dungeons and Ancient God Dragons (President) of the D&D Club, and Elizabeth, the Minister of Internal Affairs for the History Club. Later, he sits down with power couple Sam and Katrin, Co-Chair of the History Students’ … Continued
Meet Austin Heidt, The Nav’s brand new Sports Editor. Follow along with Austin as he gives an update on the recent action from the Mariners women’s volleyball team, a review of last year’s women’s basketball team, and a look ahead for both squads.
Navigating VIU Mental Health Resources
Follow along with The Nav’s Mike Duddy as he speaks with VIU’s Thrive and fellow student Lindon Lennox to find ways to reduce stress as a student during a difficult semester. If you’re in need of help, call VIU’s Counselling Services at (250) 740-6416 to book an appointment. Visit www.here2talk.ca for 24-hour confidential messaging. Kuu-us … Continued
The Navigator Sessions
Nanaimo’s very own Andrew Butler of Antler stopped by the Nav office to play us a few tunes and chat about the Nanaimo music scene. Stay tuned for future episodes of The Navigator Sessions where we will be highlighting the very best musical acts that the mid-island scene has to offer! 0:00 – Intro 0:10 … Continued