All Posts Tagged With: "The Martlet"
Students discuss race-based Halloween attire
Every Halloween, student activists remind their peers that race-based costumes can offend. You may have seen the posters on campus. They say things like: “My culture is not a costume.”
The message appears to be getting through. At McMaster University, “Sexy Indian Princess” and “Eskimo Cutie” costumes were on sale at the campus bookstore last week but an editorial in The Silhouette student newspaper quickly condemned them. (For those who don’t see why dressing up this way offends, consider the amount of sexual violence Indigenous women endure.)
Another Halloween tradition students are told to stay away from is painting one’s face black. That offends folks who know the history of white racists caricaturing black Americans with black face paint at minstrel shows. After the traditional Halloween party weekend, no reports of racist costumes emerged from Canadian campuses. There was, however, a report of a Florida man dressed as Trayvon Martin. The real test is Thursday.
Some think the annual outcry goes too far. Klara Woldenga, writing in the University of Victoria’s Martlet, satirized the outrage with a group ghosts, warewolves and vampires called the Altered Living Alliance protesting stereotypes. Comments so far suggest some readers aren’t laughing.
What students are talking about today (February 8th)
1. The Gazette student newspaper at Western University published an editorial this week on a new Harry Potter course that will be offered this fall. They came to the conclusion that it will not be a bird course. “Some may say authors such as Shakespeare, Hemingway and Joyce provide the reader with a much deeper, denser text…. while Harry Potter’s journey through Hogwarts is just too simplistic.” But they added, “Who’s to say there is not deeper meaning in Harry Potter? With adult themes such as challenging authority, self-sacrifice, tolerance and genocide, these books following the Boy who Lived should not be pushed aside as ‘just for children.’” However, proving that many students still need to improve their basic reading skills, the paper faced a backlash from those who took the headline “Harry Potter and the Bird Course?” to mean “Harry Potter is a bird course.” Editor Gloria Dickie responded with a second editorial reiterating that the editorial board does not see it as a bird course.
Every day she’s hustling
Briony Smith, 30, is a fashion writer, editor and stylist. She grew up dreaming of working in magazines and The Martlet student newspaper at the University of Victoria got her that first byline. After finishing a Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing, she did plenty of less-than-thrilling work. These days she covers emerging style in Toronto, contributing to The Grid, ELLE Canada, Chatelaine.com, MuchMusic and others. The money isn’t great, but she’s loves the hustle.
Tell us who you are and what you do.
My name is Briony Smith and I am a writer and editor. I am the in-house fashion person for The Grid newspaper, writing and styling their fashion page. I also write for places like ELLE Canada, LOULOU, Toronto Life as well as Chatelaine.com, FashionMagazine.com, ELLECanada.com and I also do freelance styling for MuchMusic. For my day job, I work as a senior editor at Totem Brand Stories.
Victoria student Sol Kauffman says profs talk too much
From the Maclean’s Student Issue, on sale now.
It’s 3 p.m. on a Monday and I’m sitting in my afternoon writing lecture. The professor has been reviewing PowerPoint slides for half an hour now. In one window of my laptop, I’m brewing ideas for the paper due at the end of this week; in another, I’m editing a photo shoot I did on the weekend. In my busy life, this is the perfect opportunity to get some work done. I half listen to the lecture, perking up when a question is asked. Lots of chairs in front of me are empty. Obviously the usual number of people are skipping class today. Maybe they’re sick, maybe they’re working a part-time job; hell, maybe they just slept in. In front of me, I see a student on Facebook, another writing in her journal, another texting on a phone. I know these students and they’re strong writers; I’m confident they’ll all pass with at least a B+. It’s not that the assignments are easy. On the contrary, we’ll all spend some sleepless nights grinding away at them. So why are so many of us absent, physically or mentally, from lectures?
I’m giving props to the UVic Martlet for getting linked by the world’s leading higher education publication, The Chronicle of Higher Education with their coverage of SFU’s new FD grade.
Student paper refuses to print apology, religious group says issue is “unresolved”
A University of Victoria student’s controversial comments about Pope Benedict XVI have landed the school’s student-run paper in the bad books of both on and off-campus religious groups.
According to BCLocalNews, Will Johnson, writing for The Marlet, began his March 26 opinion piece like this:
“Pope Benedict XVI is a jackass.”
Johnson’s column, which was written at least party tongue-in-cheek (as the adjoining cartoon featured the Pope wearing a condom on his head) made a case for why the Pope’s anti-condom views are wrong.
“The problem is, Africa is one of the most Catholic continents in the world. Some countries are over 60 per cent Catholic,” he wrote. “Though many people in the world think the Pope is a creepy-looking old man, these Africans actually take what he says seriously.”
In the subsequent fallout, The Marlet’s editor-in-chief, Danielle Pope, had a series of mediated meetings with UVic’s interfaith Reverend, Dean Henderson.
She agreed to pull the online version of the column, and printed more than 20 pro-Pope Benedict responses from around the world in subsequent issues of the paper, but refused to apologize for running the story.
“I knew there would be a response, because it was a pretty sensational piece. Whenever you print something sensational you know you’re going to have an encore,” says Pope.
“Certainly the Martlet doesn’t attest to being polite. We don’t have anything in our mandate saying we won’t piss people off. At the same time there’s something to be said about what the purpose of that is.”
The Reverend still says he feels “unresolved” about the issue, since no formal apology has been given.
For his part, Johnson says he stands by his column and believes some quality discussion was generated from the topic.
“I wanted to drive this point home: I respect Catholics, I respect Catholicism, but I do not respect the Pope. I don’t think he has earned my respect.”