The Ring

CARSA memberships on sale March 2

Fri, 2015-02-06 11:51

CARSA opens in May to replace UVic’s aging and heavily used recreational facilities, but students, faculty, staff and community members don’t have to wait until then to purchase memberships to access the centre’s state-of-the-art workout facilities and climbing wall.

What's next for McKinnon?

Tue, 2015-02-03 13:47

Klimstra and Hundza conducting an exercise experiment in a lab
Klimstra and Hundza in the present Motion and Mobility Lab. Photo: UVic Photo Services

In the next few months, the Vikes will slam-dunk for the last time in McKinnon gym, Thunder will wave a fuzzy goodbye to its once-sky-blue walls, gymnasts and martial artists will take in the last of the distinctive 1975 scent of the apparatus gym and most other athletics and recreation activities will relocate to their new digs in CARSA—the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities.

When they do, the 40-year-old McKinnon building will be getting a new lease on life.

Fourth annual IdeaFest a week of discovery and exchange

Wed, 2015-01-28 11:07

IdeaFest 2015
IdeaFest 2015

When does a disease turn into an epidemic? How do scientific and Indigenous knowledge intersect? What is your ideal electrical grid? (Hint: marbles can show you.) How can we live well and age well? And why the backlash against diversity in video games?

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

Tue, 2015-01-27 11:55

A collage of photos featuring student bloggers.
My UVic Life features blog posts from 18 undergrad students.

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.

UVic United Way campaign: Final push toward fundraising goal

Mon, 2014-11-24 16:35

Though the temperature may be dropping outside, the UVic United Way thermometers are only getting hotter, with the 2014 campaign 88 per cent of the way to the $250,000 goal. There is still time to make a gift to United Way Greater Victoria and support your community. Information about donating online is available at

UVic #2 in 2015 Maclean's Rankings

Wed, 2014-10-29 16:20

Once again, the University of Victoria has been ranked among the top Canadian comprehensive universities by Maclean's magazine. This is the eighth consecutive year that UVic has been ranked either first or second in this category. In a strong showing across the board, UVic racked up top-three finishes in eight of the 12 key performance indicators used by Maclean's for its 2015 rankings.

UVic launches Student Mental Health Strategy

Wed, 2014-10-22 16:02

Rebekah Erickson’s life profoundly changed shortly after graduating from high school, when someone very close to her tragically passed away from suicide. In learning to cope with the grief, confusion and sadness, Erickson found her passion in life—helping others.

“I realized the importance of having a strong support network around you,” said Erickson, in her fourth year of psychology at the University of Victoria. “The loss I experienced really ignited my desire to help people who are dealing with mental illness and struggling to find that support.” A peer helper in the university’s counselling services, Erickson is pursuing a career in the mental health field.

Victoria’s Commonwealth Games remembered

Thu, 2014-08-28 11:40

Opening ceremonies, 1994 Commonwealth Games.
Opening ceremonies, 1994 Commonwealth Games.

Do you remember what you were doing 20 years ago? If you lived in Victoria, you were likely immersed in city-wide excitement for the XV Commonwealth Games.

Lazy days of summer? Don’t be so sure!

Wed, 2014-08-06 11:57

Petch Fountain in the summer.

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” That old song comes naturally to mind while strolling UVic’s walkways, enjoying the sunshine and slower pace of summer on campus. No visible throngs of students rushing to the next class, shorter lineups at the sandwich bar, no circling the parking lots hoping for a spot to open up. Just a relaxed, laid-back time to regroup, catch up and chill out.

Or not.

Student-athletes at XX Commonwealth Games in Scotland

Mon, 2014-07-28 15:01

14 current, former or soon-to-be UVic varsity athletes are competing in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The opportunity to be part of a larger national team at a multi-sport international games is not something that happens very often. A number of athletes with UVic connections including 14 current, former or soon-to-be Vikes varsity athletes are in Glasgow, Scotland competing in the 2014 Commonwealth Games (held every four years).