To gather student responses and understand how students feel about the tradeoffs associated with implementing a reading break in the fall term, the Senate will be launching a student survey from February 26 to March 13.
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Fall break will have to wait yet another year.
The AMS’s latest effort is a blitz after years of waiting. Will it be enough?
The biggest problem are teaching days. Specifically, there aren’t enough of them.
“At this point, we need to be able to show that the Senate is able to get stuff done and is able to listen … to the needs of students, faculty and the wider university community.”
Holmes emphasized that, despite many years of advocacy without progress, the Senate and AMS have been doing all they can to bring a fall reading break to fruition.
All we’re asking for is a few days to rest, catch up on sleep and, momentarily, not have to worry about the grind of classes.
Held yesterday in the Nest, the AGM created a public space for the society to update the student body on the events of its past academic year and provide an annual financial report as required by its bylaws.
Unless it’s got the word donor in front of it, things like “mental wellbeing,” “long-overdue” and “no I don’t want to hear another TED Talk” start to sound like complete gibberish.
“If UBC is so concerned with student finances, why are they raising tuition yet again, with consultation that students criticized as inadequate?”
In keeping with the time-honoured tradition of UBC students begging for a fall reading break that never materialises, it seems that 2018 is not going to look any different. As it stands, UBC and McGill are the only major Canadian universities to not have reading breaks.
In November 2015, Jenna Omassi, the then-AMS VP academic and university affairs predicted that we would have a fall reading break by now.
UBC students shouldn’t get their hopes up — fall reading break is not coming to UBC next year. This ties UBC with McGill and Simon Fraser University as being three of the last major Canadian universities to not have a break in the fall term.
Some might say this would be a great time for a reading break! The UBC academic calendar, however, would disagree. As one of the only universities in Canada without a fall reading break, we’ll have to cope in other ways.
“I am actually hating my degree right now because I don’t have time to sleep,” said Amanda Santoro, one of the second-year students in the Faculty of Applied Science who is creating the petition. “I feel like if we all had a minute to take a breath, we could appreciate life a little bit more.”