On some level, any kind of long-distance relationship can be both a challenge and a blessing. In a weird way, I’ve become closer to certain of my friends because now we have to be more mindful, invest time and effort into maintaining our relationship.
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"While the BoG already live-streams the full meetings, committee meetings — where most of the detailed policy discussions take place — will now be available to community members whenever they want, wherever they are."
“We still do not believe there has been a sufficient case built that these increases are necessary.”
November means it is time for the annual discussion of tuition increases. A draft version was provided in September with a proposal for a two per cent domestic and 4 per cent international tuition increase.
“Five of the top seven busiest bus lines in Metro Vancouver end at UBC, with all of these routes experiencing consistent overcrowding. Yet, some people say that this issue can be solved by building more dorms on campus.“
"What goes on in the Senate chambers can often feel very overwhelming or dull to the average student and the agenda docket posted before every Senate meeting can be long and tedious to read."
”[T]here is a good argument that continued fossil fuel investment is inconsistent with the University’s best interests and its duties as trustee of charitable endowments.”
You would think UBC Board of Governors would be interested in maintaining transparency and accountability, following years of criticism around bad governance.
The disproportionate share of tuition increases that new international students carry (4 per cent compared to 2 per cent for domestic students) is further evidence that UBC sees international students as cash cows.
"Some people argue that fraternity parties aren’t the problem at all — that it is not the fault of the fraternity for a few 'bad apples' that commit sexual assault. We cannot hold fraternities as a whole responsible and it’s not fair to punish them as an entirety."
Although for a lot of us it happens to be an automatic habit, the truth is that people who hate themselves rarely succeed in a way that people with self-compassion do.
“This was not a student led event, this was led by UBC, and is not the only time UBC had invited speakers and individuals who have an involvement in the genocide in Xinjiang.“
During my freshman year, I did what the average freshman boy does and went to football games and joined a fraternity. However, unlike most freshman experiences, mine was slightly marred with confederate protests.
Agenda items can seem long, mysterious and confusing without the proper background, making it difficult to see how these issues affect students. Here’s what to watch out for in the upcoming AMS Council meeting on October 23.
“Part of doing things differently requires rethinking growth. As we do that we can make some intermediate changes that place a hold on growth right now. Long term changes would reorient the university away from the concept of perpetual growth toward one of equilibrium...“