There was no shortage of long-form reporting you wanted to read this year, UBC. From the university's lacklustre response to the fentanyl crisis to the concerns of hundreds of financially precarious professors, here are this year’s most-read features:
10. Line of credits
Author: Julia Burnham
Unique page views: 1,153
Course registration has been a mess since UBC’s collective memory can remember, but this year was particularly bad. As UBC focuses on updating its system, students continue to utilize new ways to thwart it — which might be doing more harm to education accessibility than previously thought.
Authors: Zak Vescera and Ryan Patrick Jones
Unique page views: 1,374
Another year of AMS elections came and went, and almost nobody cared. For this year’s elections issue, The Ubyssey dug into why students don’t come out to the polls when it comes to student government — and what some determined AMS employees are doing about it.
Author: Alex Nguyen
Unique page views: 2,008
As UBC seeks advice on its draft statement on freedom of expression, The Ubyssey took a look at where students, faculty and community groups want it to draw the line when it comes to freedom of expression on campus.
Author: Sophie Sutcliffe
Unique page views: 2,086
Nominated for a John H. MacDonald award for excellence in diversity reporting in Canadian student journalism, this feature investigated the implications of Policy 73 for students with disabilities, which hasn’t been updated in almost 20 years.
Authors: Alex Nguyen and Moira Wyton
Unique page views: 2,395
Amidst structural changes, personnel shake-ups and dismal student satisfaction rates, the engineering co-op program is still trying to figure out whether or not sufficient changes can be made.
Author: Zak Vescera
Unique page views: 3,060
When this article was written in November 2017, there were only 63 naloxone kits available at UBC. With no data collected on how many overdoses, fentanyl-related or not, take place at UBC each year, this investigation revealed that fentanyl in Vancouver is a crisis traditional health services at UBC aren’t prepared to face.
Authors: Emma Partridge and David Nixon
Unique page views: 4,293
Winner of the 2018 John H. MacDonald award for outstanding investigative reporting in student journalism in Canada, “Conflict in Kelowna” was the result of months of investigation that revealed conflicts of interest, fiscal irresponsibility and abuses of power running rampant in the UBC Students’ Union Okanagan.
Authors: Alex Nguyen, Moira Wyton and Emma Hicks
Unique page views: 5,025
In the year that Vancouver was officially declared Canada’s most expensive city, we did a deep dive into how UBC is trying to fight against the crushing pressure of the Vancouver housing crisis — and finding the limit of what it can actually do.
2. You in?
Author: Emilie Kneifel
Unique page views: 6,001
Being a residence advisor isn’t all fun and trust games. After speaking with ten residence advisors about their experiences in crises and balancing their commitments with their own wellbeing, The Ubyssey found intense financial, psychological and emotional burdens are often placed on residence advisors’ shoulders.
Authors: Jack Hauen and Zak Vescera
Unique page views: 6,855
This year’s most-read feature made waves in academic circles on campus and online. According to our investigation into employment satisfaction data and pay among sessional lecturers at UBC, we learned that hundreds of contracted faculty at UBC are struggling simply to pay their bills.