UVic unveils world’s first transgender research chair

The University of Victoria (UVic) has created the world’s first research chair position in transgender studies. Sociologist and sexologist Aaron Devor was announced as the chair for the new role in early January 2016. Devor—who is transgender—has been teaching at UVic since 1989. “I’m very pleased and honoured to have this position and I look forward to proceeding to get the work done,” he said. “The goal of this is to make sure all this research happens so we have a solid basis for social change.” While he only started in the position about a week ago, Devor said there are already a variety of programs he is working on. In March, UVic will host the Moving Trans History Forward […]

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UVic course opens the secrets of 007

The University of Victoria is offering a course on Bond . . . James Bond. The undergraduate course will give students a licence to learn and focus on both the book and films series, the marketing of agent 007, the promotion of consumer products in the series, and its themes. Taught by media professor and course quartermaster John Threlfall over a period of five weeks, the current assignment is to watch the latest Bond film out in theatres, Spectre. The course will include a closed book exam. Threlfall said he wants to focus on a different side of Bond audiences don’t completely recognize. The goal of the course is to get students to think critically about the fictional British double […]

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University can help veterans heal mental wounds

For Afghanistan war veteran Neil Congdon, attending Carleton has been a crucial step in his process of “self-therapy,” although he said some of his military colleagues can’t believe he’s able to get through it. “Prior to just starting university . . . in the late fall of 2012, I was struggling,” the history student said. “But once I started university, I had a focus, I had a mission again.” Congdon’s military career lasted 22 years of his life, where he worked on the front lines and in the air in tactical communications, and served in Afghanistan from July 2007 to May 2008. He joined the Canadian military in 1988 after dropping out of high school, which he went back and completed […]

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University of Waterloo latest school to add Beyoncé course

The University of Waterloo is the latest school to offer a course centred on pop star Beyoncé. Drama 282 Gender and Performance is being offered by the Department of Drama and Speech Communication for the fall semester, and the class largely focuses on Beyoncé’s 2013 self-titled album. Taught by Waterloo professor Naila Kelata-Mae, the class will use feminist and race theory to analyze and discuss social elements of Beyoncé’s work and performances, along with her influence on pop culture and society, according to Kelata-Mae. Beyoncé has self-identified as a feminist, and though some have questioned if she really falls under the label, Kelata-Mae said feminism is for anyone who wants to claim the title, and it is not up to […]

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UVic students oppose residence fee increase

Students residing at the University of Victoria (UVic) could face significantly higher costs if a proposed housing fee increase is approved. The 10-year plan consists of a 13 per cent increase this September, followed by two years with six per cent increases, then by seven years of four per cent increases. Kathryn MacLeod, UVic’s director of residential services, said in recent interviews that the university is facing high costs in deferred maintenance. According to Jim Dunsdon, the associate vice-president (student affairs), the university receives approximately 2.5 applications for every available room. Increased costs would feasibly help finance maintenance, balance supply and demand for on-campus housing, and help fund a new residence building to accommodate more students. But some students disapprove of […]

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