Samantha McCabe

Samantha McCabe

Web News Editor Now in her second year of working as a news editor at The Ubyssey, Sam drinks an (absolutely unhealthy) amount of coffee in order to fuel her obsession with writing. She takes a special interest in reporting on matters of sexual assault and other crimes, public opinion, and university governance, most recently covering a 10-day attempted murder trial in October. She loves to harass the photo editor for absolutely no reason (pictured) and occasionally finds the time to go to classes for her political science and creative writing degree. Fuel her narcissism by following her on Twitter:


UBC is working to establish a separate trust, which will ideally let the university invest hugely in their own student housing without the caps of provincial borrowing. After working for years to come up with alternative funding solutions without real success, this may finally allow the university to fund an accelerated construction of student residences.

Although every referenda question received a majority of “yes” votes, only two received enough total votes to pass the required 8 per cent quorum. During the results announcements at the Pit, every question was announced as “passed” but soon after several sources contacted The Ubyssey to insist that this was not the case.

There are four referendum questions on the elections ballot this year, covering a wide range of topics: the extension of current U-Pass contract, the restructuring of AMS fees, the removal of student court from AMS bylaws and the creation of the Sustainable Food Access Fund. The first three have already been endorsed by the AMS.

Jeanie Malone, biomedical engineering graduate student and Board of Governors student member, is re-running for election to the Board after a year of lessons learned. Malone’s goals for the coming year are pretty consistent with last year’s platform’s emphasis on the student experience and transparency, but with an acknowledgement of the challenges that lie in the year ahead.

Jakob Gattinger is ready to take his frustrations with UBC governance bureaucracy and throw himself into a new role with the Board of Governors. As someone who ran for the race — and lost — last year, he has since then accrued new experience in the form of a Senate seat and a brief stint as interim VP Academic and University Affairs.

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