This year was a hectic one for the world and UBC was no exception. The university saw a quick end to a rookie president's tenure, followed by the election of a new one, bringing with him a cult of personality. The T-Birds were once again split between utter dominance of their categories and... underwhelming. Profs' research impacted the world, art exhibits made us reflect on it and student politicians never failed to bring the drama.
Without further ado, here are — in our opinion — the stories that made UBC in 2016:
The burning was immediately followed by an outpouring of support from the UBC and greater Vancouver community. Brooklyn Marie Fink, a trans woman who said that “LGBT politics have ruined [her] life,” eventually confessed to the crime. She was charged in April.
Ava Nasiri (pictured) took the presidency, while Chris Scott, Samantha So, Kathleen Simpson and Louis Retief rounded out the rest of the newly-elected executives. Elections season is so much fun, we even made a podcast about it!
The team went 0-3-1 in Canada West’s fifteens league play earlier in the season, but flourished in the game of sevens.
Bill 23 — which was passed in May — gives universities one year to establish a policy on sexual assault, something UBC has been working on since, releasing their first draft in June and receiving feedback from the university community.
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun's exhibit was a powerful demonstration of an artist's thriving legacy and influence.
The university's oft-overlooked powerhouse sports team dominated the uLoL Campus series, taking home $180,000 in scholarship prize money.
“I will work hard every day on behalf of this great university, the province and the country,” said Ono. “Thank you for making it possible for this Vancouver boy to return home.”
After spending almost eight months suspended with pay, Steven Galloway was finally fired. This kicked off a controversy which has not settled down since, including Canadian authors signing a letter demanding UBC follow “due process,” and Galloway and the student who accused him of sexual assault each giving their sides of the story.
The decision from the BC Labour Relations Board came after a manager in the AMS's Catering and Conference department texted an employee to vote against unionization.
Curtis Taylor got the nod from the the Arizona Diamondbacks, while Alex Webb and Bruce Yari were scooped up by the Cincinnati Reds in a huge day for T-Bird baseball.
Michelle Kunimoto became one of the world's youngest people to discover a planet outside our solar system with her discovery of four — count 'em, four — new planets, by examining weaker signals that NASA passed over.
Twenty-nine student athletes from our university competed in the summer Olympic games. How cool is that?
“If we want to start having a conversation about reducing implicit racial bias in adults, we need to intervene in the minds of children when prejudice first starts to take root,” said lead author Antonya Gonzalez.
A UBC study says half of patients in the province diagnosed with depression who seek help from a physician are receiving inadequate care, and the other half are receiving the minimum adequate treatment.
Review finds UBC security “over-promises and under-delivers” on safety
“There was a lack of clarity concerning the importance of safety on the campus, who was undertaking the security function and how it was being undertaken, what role the Campus Security department was fulfilling … and many other issues.” Our news editor took a deeper look into security at UBC.
The esteemed panel of experts we interviewed for our Guide to UBC had a lot to say about the most difficult part of university: navigating the tangled web of hormones, feelings and terror that make up relationships.
We sat down with club founder Jessica Hohner to ask her a few questions about G&Q, an exciting new social club with great potential to affect change on campus.
The AMS already went through a restructuring last year after a rigorous review process. Last year's president says they got it done in one go, while this year's says that “phase two” is all part of the plan.
Drama. Intrigue. Cheating. eSports.
Thunderbird goalie Matt Hewitt was called up to the big leagues to back up Jacob Markstrom after Ryan Miller was suddenly unable to play. He didn't see the ice, but it's an experience he'll never forget.
One of our reporters sat down with Dr. Ian Scott, the director of UBC’s Centre for Health Education Scholarship and a practicing family physician.
The members of UBC’s BFA Acting program studied in close quarters for three years, sometimes spending 10 hours a day, six days a week together in an effort to perfect their craft.
We go deep into the best forms of contraception available to students.
UBC women’s soccer missed out on a national championship repeat after a tough 2-1 loss against Laval Rouge et Or on Sunday, November 13.
Beckett 16 is a group of people whose annual performances amount to a deeply personal labour of passion, rather than a simple rendition.
The T-Birds are currently on a 14-game win streak. ’Nuff said.
Another year, another dominant performance by UBC swimmers.
Head coach Mike Pearce said he wants his team to be the best in the country — and they're getting there.
The team now has 18 championship titles and is tied with the women’s swim team for the most national championships of all Thunderbirds teams.