Sneha Balani, a fifth-year PhD candidate in the faculty of medicine studying cancer stem cells and tumour biology, is running for the Board of Governors on a platform of student advocacy, increased diversity and enhanced communication.
Jeanie Malone, current president of the Engineering Undergraduate Society (EUS), is running for the UBC Board of Governors on a platform of seeking transparency, advocating for a better student experience and communicating the student voice.
Yesterday marked the first debate between the candidates running for the UBC Board of Governors. Kevin Doering, Louis Retief, Sneha Balani, Jakob Gattinger and Jeanie Malone are running for election in the two available Vancouver campus spots.
Several referendum questions were also announced as officially being on the elections ballot. This is not a complete list, as the deadline to submit completed referendum petitions (with 1,000 student signatures) is February 24.
According to an email sent out to creative writing students this morning, interviews have been scheduled with three finalists for the position of chair of the department. This person will fill the role that Galloway left vacant when he was fired.
President of the UBC Faculty Association (FA), Mark Mac Lean, will be stepping down from his role as of June 30, 2017. Instead, he will be further pursuing his academic role within the university as a faculty member and head of the math department.
Aaron Bailey, one of three student representatives on the BoG, has stepped down from his position to pursue a new job in San Francisco. Bailey will also be resigning from his position with UBC Athletics & Recreation, effective Friday.
Louis Retief is proposing a new investment strategy for the AMS, which would result in an increase of an estimated $500,000 in yearly returns that it could spend. First, the question needs to be approved in the form of a referendum question.
The Board of Governors is the third of UBC’s governing bodies (the first two are Senate and the AMS). The BoG handles the business of running a university, which includes overseeing UBC’s management, administration, and revenue, among others.
UBC President Santa Ono released a statement this evening that condemns US President Donald Trump’s recent executive order which prevents individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the US.
At last night’s Council, they debated over a referendum question: “Do you support your student union (AMS) in boycotting products and divesting from companies that support Israeli war crimes, illegal occupation and the oppression of Palestinians?”
Almost a year ago, Brooklyn Fink burned down the rainbow pride flag burning in honour of UBC's OUTweek. Most recently, the charges were dropped after Crown Counsel could not find a group or individual to take ownership of the flag.
“With today’s decision we are making right the fundamental wrong at the heart of the issue: a well-intentioned but incorrect decision to cancel John’s speaking engagement in the first place,” wrote Ono in his statement on the matter.
UBC has apologized for cancelling John Furlong's contract to speak in the wake of a letter of protest and community criticism of child abuse allegations made against Furlong. However, UBC will be standing firm in its decision.
John Furlong will no longer be the keynote speaker at the 18th annual LC Millennium Scholarship breakfast after UBC received a letter of protest and criticism from the community over Twitter regarding allegations of abuse leveled against him.