Thomas O'Donnell

Thomas O'Donnell

2019-2020 Culture Editor/ Founding member of The Dingbat

Thomas O’Donnell is a person of medium height who says, “Why walk when you can sprint?” They say they like to write articles about the library & archives, campus history, and general student tomfoolery, but no one has ever seen them write anything. They mostly just sit in chairs and yell about facts. When they're not downplaying their own self worth or asking people to play Mario Kart, they're also the 2019/2020 Culture Editor. Previously they were Senior Staff in Culture & Blog and the humour column coordinator for The Dingbat. If you would like to see your work in the Culture section or you just want to test if your mail service works, you can email them at culture@ubyssey.ca

Articles

Death is a heavy topic that all of us would rather not think about. So how do we celebrate a day dedicated to remembering violence and death in our community? For many, Trans Day of Remembrance is solemn day. A day to think on the friends and family they have lost, the ways the system has let us down.

The UBC archivists advised me that the beans of the western catalpa are “not edible” and also “not beans.” “Not edible as in will kill me?” I said. “Well they’re not poisonous but you shouldn’t-” and I didn't catch what they said as I had heard all that I needed and was gleefully thinking of how to prepare something with these long beans.

On Friday, September 6, UBC hosted UBC Pride which featured resource booths, activities and performances. Before the event took place, many UBC community members expressed cynicism, considering the university’s recent track record with the LGBTQIA2S+ community. We sent a few writers to attend the events and share their thoughts.

While the crux of Queer Lives on Display: In the Archives of The Institute of Sexual Science in Berlin was on Hirschfeld and his life, the central thesis of Bauer’s talk was on “what it means to archives the lives of people who don’t fit with in norms.”

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