The Ring

The daily lives of 18 UVic students, one blog post at a time

2015-01-27 11:55

A collage of photos featuring student bloggers.

Life for a university student isn’t just essays, exams and ramen noodles—although those are a big part of it. There are also yoga raves, nights of uninterrupted Netflix marathons, awkward icebreakers and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Whether you're a high school student wondering what's like to be an undergraduate student at UVic or a current student looking to share in your classmates’ experiences, you’ll find something new in a blogging project that spotlights student life at UVic.

Handling old manuscripts is a hands-on proposition

2015-01-26 17:19

When it comes to handling old manuscripts, there’s no fooling around for UVic researcher Dr. Jamie Kemp—the gloves are definitely off. Despite the lingering meme of white-glove clad researchers delicately handling archival material, Kemp says bare skin is best when it comes to the centuries-old books in UVic Special Collections and University Archives.

Virtually here: UVic’s first Honorary Resident Wikipedian

2015-01-26 17:12

Christian Vandendorpe, UVic's first Honorary Resident Wikipedian, in NZ.

Christian Vandendorpe is UVic’s first Honorary Resident Wikipedian.

A widely respected scholar of semiotics, former magazine editor and author of From Papyrus to Hypertext (2009), Dr. Vandendorpe can also be considered a doctor of Wikipedia—in returning the “pulse” and vigour to Wikipedia pages with his sharp editorial interventions.

Congrats to the 2014 Co-op Students of the Year

2015-01-26 14:24


Each year, we bestow three Co-op Student of the Year awards to recognize students' outstanding achievements in all aspects of performance, including academic achievement, workplace performance, and extracurricular, community and co-op involvement. One winning student is selected from each of our three major program areas.

Residence renewal plan proposed

2015-01-23 16:06

Residences Services is proposing a 10-year plan to address significant needed improvements to the university’s aging student residences and a shortage of campus housing.

Among the needed work are new roofs, mechanical systems, and the removal and replacement of water-damaged building exteriors. An increase in residence fees, which are currently up to 30 per cent less than comparable Canadian universities, is proposed to pay for the maintenance projects as well as construction of a new residence in the coming years.

FOXY peer leader thrilled by Arctic Inspiration award

2015-01-15 12:29

FOXY participants accepting the Arctic Inspiration Award.

Makenzie Zouboules, third-year UVic honours political science and writing co-op student, is something of a celebrity in her hometown of Yellowknife, NWT. Last month, along with FOXY co-founders Candice Lys and Nancy MacNeill, Zouboules accepted a $1-million Arctic Inspiration Prize for their work with northern youth. Originally part of Lys’ PhD dissertation on public health promotion, FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth) is a participatory research project aimed at talking with young people about sexual health, sexuality and relationships across the three northern Canadian territories.

New UVic-led physics facility will attract the world's scientists

2015-01-08 11:33

Karlen, inside the new ARIEL facility.

Creating cutting-edge technology isn’t that different from learning to play a musical instrument, building a car from scratch or even writing a sports slogan—you just do it.

The facts of life

2015-01-07 17:54

Roberts shows two children her Facts of Life app on her iPad.

Any parent with a computer in the house knows the warnings—keep the device in a central place, like a kitchen, so children can surf the internet under the supervision of an adult.

Passing the torch

2015-01-07 17:28

Farmer and Rogers standing side by side.

At the end of 2014, Murray Farmer concluded his term as UVic Chancellor, and was succeeded in the post by Shelagh Rogers. At the end of December, Farmer had served an amazing 150 months on the UVic Board of Governors, making him one of the longest-serving elected or appointed board members.

Calling all couch potatoes

2015-01-07 17:07

Kaushal, right, with lab coordinator Alison Quinlan. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

New Year's resolutions to exercise more are as predictable as post-holiday leftovers, bloated credit card statements and pine needles embedded in the carpet. But while the joint goal of getting fit and losing weight is generally the most popular of resolutions, it is also the one most commonly broken.