“It’s just such an emotional burden that it’s placed on you as someone with an invisible disability because you can’t outwardly show how you’re suffering.”
The hardest part was probably the nerves and loneliness that inevitably comes with long-term, solo travel.
”Every student advising body on campus, every faculty, every department has their own list of these mental resources that they pass out to students who come asking for this kind of stuff ... So far the solution has just been to create a list, or a PDF, or a website with bullet points.”
As the divestment movement at universities in Canada and around the world builds momentum, unpacking the debate at UBC raises important questions about the role of fossil fuel companies.
Increasingly destructive hurricanes, raging wildfires and the sobering fact that Canada is heating up at twice the global rate all contribute to what Dauvergne and others refer to as “eco-anxiety” — a chronic stress about the climate crisis.
“I don’t think I would be happy with graduating if I don’t feel like I’ve made any progress, and making the dean aware and more professors aware of the power that they have in shaping how students feel."
“Working within the [in-care] system, it can be really hard to actually engage on that level of systemic change. It seems a little bit more feasible to do it from the outside, and more effective.”
While the vast majority of UBC buildings would survive a quake, a few exceptions still have exceptionally high risk. A 2017 report from Arup, an external design firm, found 29 buildings were in “Tier IV” meaning they had a 50 to 100 per cent chance of collapse in the case of a “very rare” earthquake.
26% of UBC's full professors identify as female, a stark contrast to the 55% of students that identify as women. UBC is working to decrease the gap, but progress is slow on this very long road.
Co-chairs Neema Rimber and Maddy Schulte helped lead a diverse team of students to deliver this year's student leadership conference.
Free speech groups began to appear on Canadian campuses in 2016, promising to be neutral defenders of free expression and fighters of “political correctness.” Since they began, these clubs have drawn accusations of being fronts for right-wing speakers.
The most important features this year don’t have much in common, but they sure are long. Here’s a reminder of the most impactful stories the features section covered.
UBC’s new learning management system is tracking your data. Proponents think it could revolutionize teaching. But some worry it’s a slippery slope towards an invasion of privacy.
The assistant professor at the Vancouver School of Economics has done grassroots volunteering abroad, conducted field research in Africa and most recently, advised on former Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s Senate campaign in Texas.
“We need to understand, you know, where we lack and how we can improve because we can ... keep staring a problem in the eye, [but] it's about time that some changes are made.”
One of the most important employees of the AMS is someone you’ve probably never heard of.
Just because the AMS isn’t shouting and stomping down doors doesn’t mean its work isn’t political anymore.
“There’s only two kinds of people who have a $50 in San Juan. The ones who are leaving and the ones who are arriving,” he says as he pushes the bill back. “So which one are you?”
Our gaze reached across the volcanic mountains surrounded by lush green and to the towns nestled along the coast below, taking in a country forged in conflict.
Schlesinger covered some of the most momentous events of the century. And it all started, more or less, at a dinky student newspaper office.
I wish we had a bed to use instead of a car, but I guess this is my life now.
Many of you provided context, but we’re not going to be so kind.