Bella Hoodle

Bella is a second-year Creative Writing and English student at VIU. When she was six years old, her mom helped her write her first book, “The Shed Princess.” The Grand Forks Library even kept it on its shelves for a few weeks. These days, Bella is on a mission to have her books on every library’s shelves.
A sunrise peaking above the mountains on the way to VIU's gym.

Waking The Mind

Embark on a transformative journey through the eyes of Bella Hoodle as she discovers the power of yoga amidst the chaos of college life. In this...
Illustration of a VIU student using the wheel.

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...
A view of the VIU campus, from the perspective of an overworked student leaving the library. Photo via / Bella Hoodle

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...
The poet and writer, NourbeSe Philip holding her published books and smiling at the camera. Located in It was in the lounge across from the auditorium (Rm 211) in building 355.

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...
Two VIU students pose for a picture in a dark forest. They are waiting for the timer to go off so they can check the bird traps.

Owl Banding At VIU

I’ve always been fascinated by owls. Their eyes look like two annular solar eclipses, rings bursting with a golden flame, lighting their way through...
A student named Pouya Nejat Pour lighting a candle in honour of Mahsa Amini at her candlelight vigil outside of the library.

Mahsa Amini

Alli, an Iranian MBA student attending VIU stands behind a table outside the campus library in Nanaimo. Melted wax candles dot the table’s surface...