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EDITORIAL Coordinating Editor Jack Hauen Design Editor Aiken Lao News Editors Sruthi Tadepalli & Samantha McCabe


Culture Editor Samuel Du Bois Sports + Rec Editor Olamide Olaniyan

It’s been quite the year for UBC, whether you’re a student or otherwise. University can feel like a constant shitstorm, but occasionally, the sun breaks through (unless it’s between the months of October and March, in which case you’re never seeing the light again). Like when you’re feeling down, but a shot to the face during a massive snowball fight perks you right back up. Or when you’re slipping back into the lulling monotone of midterms, but just in time, a block of concrete is elected as your next AMS president. Or when you’re just trying to enjoy a peaceful nap in class, but you get interrupted by the worshippers of that same block of concrete singing Christmas Carols and chugging beer. Sure, sometimes school gives you bruises bigger than that time you tried to Storm the Wall, but maybe you’ll get out of your final because Vancouver can’t handle two inches of snow. It’s the little things. Whether you love this school or hate it, it’s rarely boring — just look at this issue. It wasn’t hard to cherry-pick our most prominent content this year, because UBC gives us a ton to choose from. Above all, we would like to say thank you. Thank you to our dedicated writers. Thank you to our contributors. Thank you to anyone that has even written a single article or taken a single photo or copy-edited a single line of text this year — we appreciate you so much. Most of all, thank you to our readers — you keep us humble (sit down), you keep us accountable and you keep us on our toes. You’re the equivalent of a nice tequila on the rocks. We hope that you enjoyed our content this year as much as we enjoyed making it.

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SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR CONTRIBUTORS! Adi Pick Agnetha De Sa Aidan Qualizza Aiken Lao Ainsley MacDougall Alan Ehrenholz Alex Bowlin Alex Dye Alex McKeen Alex Nguyen Alexandra Cole Alexandra Nordstrom Alexis Gervacio Alexis Wolfe Alice Sorrentino Alicia Margono Alison Knill Allison Barn Allison Gacad Alyssa Low Amanda Bamford Amelia He Amy Cheng An Te Chu Ana Maria Oproescu Andrea Gonzalez Andrew Hung Anita Rudakov Annie Charlat Annika Steiro Arianna Leah Fischer Arielle Supino Arjun Singla Arno Rosenfeld Arthur Lockwood Ashi Mann Audrey Popa Avneet Athwal Bailey Ramsay Barbara Neto-Bradley Ben Geisberg Bill Situ Boluwaji Ogunyemi Bridget Chase Camelia Alikashani Camille Brown Carly Formosa

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MAY 2017


NEWS MAY 1, 2016

SPORTS MAY 3, 2016

SPORTS MAY 6, 2016

RCMP arrested two men on campus, investigated allegations of sexual assault

UBC eSports won uLoL campus series, again

UBC appointed new senior athletics director, Gilles Lepine

For the second straight time, UBC clinched the University League of Legends Campus Series (uLoL) after defeating Robert Morris University (RMU) in the finals. Surprisingly, according to the team, their biggest challenge was not any of the final four teams, but rather their regional rival — Simon Fraser University (SFU). RMU is known for the abundant support that it gives to its eSport team, which is a strong contrast to UBC. Things have gotten better for the team, with the opening of a new gaming lounge and more interest from the UBC community. It looks like the team is on its way to getting the recognition it deserves.

The university had been engaged in an extensive search for a new senior athletics director, which came to end when they hired Gilles Lepine. Lepine had previously been the director of excellence for the athletics department of the University of Laval. His vision was focused on increasing engagement with the community, businesses and alumni in order to increase attendance at games. He also wanted to organize sporting “events” rather than “competitions.” “The first thing I said was the difference between events and competition is the spectators ... meaning the students that come to the party for fun and the fans from the sport coming together,” he said.

The RCMP arrested two men — David Singh Tucker and Yan Zhi Gao — involved in a suspected breakand-enter and sexual assault just after 2:15 a.m. on April 30. The men were apprehended after the RCMP received a report that an apartment building located on the 5700 block of Birney Avenue had been broken into. The men were taken into custody outside the residence. Tucker was charged with break-and-enter, sexual assault and causing bodily harm (three counts), forcible confinement (three counts), robbery (three counts) and wearing a mask with intent to commit an indictable offence. Gao was charged with break-and-enter to commit robbery. Tucker was later found dead in a Surrey pre-trial facility.

THE UBYSSEY’S KELOWNA RETREAT When you’re literally holding hands with a kangaroo, but your travel article is due tomorrow. Our coordinating editor briefly considers a future in wildlife photography at Kangaroo Creek Farm in Kelowna.

SO MUCH MONEY Our design editor embodying her inner Atlanta trap artist as she sprays Canadian bills for one of our covers.

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Unceded Territories at MOA was powerful and political On May 10, MOA debuted its newest exhibition — a collection of works by renowned Canadian artist, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. The opening was attended by approximately 1,800 people — many of them art collectors. Before tours began, Yuxweluptun made a speech in which he described his journey as an artist and introduced a political movement to rename British Columbia. “This journey started a long time ago in residential school,” said Yuxweluptun. “I was a witness. I was there. So many thoughtful children died there and I wanted to remember them. There was a lot of things that I lost.” The work presented in the exhibit was superb and highly memorable for being both visually and intellectually complex. His pieces draw heavily from both Indigenous traditions and European greats such as Salvador Dali. In his closing comments, Yuxweluptun said, “I’m not always angry, but I do get mad at the world and when I do, I take my frustrations out on making paintings for the world.” Unceded Territories ran until October 16.

JUNE 2016

CULTURE MAY 14, 2016

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION The news editors were a little too excited for “Month in Review.”

NEWS JUNE 6, 2016

NEWS JUNE 10, 2016

AMS was found guilty of unfair labour practices, told employee to vote “no” to unionization

First draft of new UBC sexual assault policy was released

The BC Labour Relations Board found the AMS guilty of unfair labour practices after a manager in its Catering and Conference department texted an employee to vote against the unionization process. It was also found to be likely that they paid two employees to incentivize voting “no” to unionization.

In the wake of a string of widely reported sexual assaults over the last few years and a human rights complaint filed against the university in 2014, UBC had been drafting a sexual assault policy. Since Bill 23 — which mandates all universities in the province to have a stand-alone sexual assault policy — received royal assent and was passed in May 2016, UBC has had one year to complete a finalized policy. The consultation period lasted all summer and ended in early fall to allow the UBC community time to respond.

WE BREATHED THEIR AIR The Ubyssey hosted the Arkells for a tiny desk concert in our tiny little office. But no one minded because it’s the Arkells.

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NEWS JUNE 13, 2016


SPORTS JUNE 20, 2016

Santa (Ono) came to town

President Santa Ono on Storming the Wall, campus spirit and Twitter selfies

Three Thunderbirds drafted by the MLB

After almost a year of interim president Martha Piper and a presidential search that dated back to January of 2016, Santa Ono was chosen as the 15th president of UBC. Students and faculty alike responded enthusiastically, eagerly hanging on to Ono trivia like his penchant for bow-ties, his Vancouver heritage and his booming Twitter presence. When Ono started in August 2016, he immediately started working on heightened student engagement and accessibility, and some people were obsessed.

We met with president Santa Ono merely 24 hours after the appointment announcement was made. He spoke highly of Storm the Wall and Imagine Day, at which he and his cello stole the show. Throughout the year, he stayed true to his promise to put his expertise in immunology and genetics to use, speaking at various courses at both the Point Grey and Okanagan campuses.

After an amazing season, during which the baseball team made the NAIA Championship opening round, three UBC players — Alex Webb, Curtis Taylor and Bruce Yari — got drafted into Major League Baseball (MLB). Taylor was the first of the three to receive his draft, landing with the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth round. This was the second-highest of any player in UBC history, the first being UBC legend Jeff Francis, who was the ninth pick overall in 2002. Webb and Yari were drafted to the Cincinnati Reds.

NEWS JUNE 22, 2016

Steven Galloway was fired after ‘‘irreparable breach of trust” Steven Galloway was fired by UBC after facing “serious allegations of misconduct.” He was first suspended with pay in November 2015 after UBC received serious allegations of misconduct against Galloway. However, Mark Mac Lean, the president of the Faculty Association at the time, issued a statement citing serious concerns with the “university administration’s misleading public and private comments regarding Professor Galloway.”



The Ubyssey staff posed for the cover of our annual elections issue. No editors, writers or coders were harmed in the capturing of this image.

Zoey, the fluffiest pupper dog, graced The Ubyssey office and all the editors collectively got a heart attack and died from how cute she is.

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Romeo and Juliet started off Bard on the Beach with a strong but flawed performance Vancouver staple Bard on the Beach began its season with the quintessential Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet. The setting and performances were interesting but largely lacking innovation, making for an entertaining but forgettable show. Standout performances from actors such as Andrew McNee were offset by the deeply flawed portrayal of Romeo by Andrew Chown, who made what could have been a foolish, but endearing, character almost insufferable. Costumes were similarly inconsistent, but the overall appeal of the play was not lessened and it left audience members excited for the shows to come.

JULY 2017




Gallery 2.0 has a new look but the rest is familiar

BC physicians not providing minimum treatment for half of patients with depression

The Gallery 2.0 opened its doors and introduced a swarm of nostalgic students to the glossy new iteration of its grungy predecessor. And it was… meh. The look was fancy but the food and drinks were nothing special. Ultimately, it was all a bit too nice for a student pub.

Depressed British Columbians may not be receiving the care they need. Half of patients in the province diagnosed with depression who sought help from a physician received inadequate care. The other half received the minimum adequate treatment, according to a study from UBC’s School of Population and Public Health.

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AMS Security employees were laid off, Nest building patrols eliminated

The Campus Security external review came out

Listen to 65 years of UBC history from CiTR’s newly updated archive

As of August 1, all AMS Security employees were laid off and placed on recall — effectively eliminating security patrols around the AMS Student Nest. The changes were made because patrols were thought to be less relevant due to livestream cameras and the open concept of the Nest. Eliminating patrols will save the AMS $300,000 annually. MoveUp, the union representing AMS Security, met the change with resistance.

Shortly after President Santa Ono arrived at UBC, we spoke with him about his work as a scientist, what UBC research excited him and whether he was a Star Wars or Star Trek fan (hint: it’s Star Wars and he’s wrong). Ono spent much of his early professional life as a research scientists and professor. He studied diabetes and eye disease, and hoped to set up a small lab at UBC.

After an enormous amount of labour and time, CiTR’s archive of reel-to-reel recordings was digitized and made available on UBC’s Open Collections website. The digital archive includes music programs, documentaries, public service announcements, news and on-location event broadcasts from 1948 to near the present day. “It’s a time capsule of what it sounded like to be a student from the 1940s to today,” said CiTR spoken word coordinator Madeline Taylor. “You can hear everything from vintage advertisements, promotion of community and student events, live coverage of protests and grassroots voices discussing controversial topics.” Listening to some of the old recordings can tread a fine line between boring and hilarious, but as a resource for historians or just plain old history buffs, it’s a pretty amazing collection to sift through.

CARBS MAGAZINE We published our first-ever magazine this year on the topic of diversity!



Our sports editor and culture editor left a baguette in the oven for exactly one hour and decided to use it as a ping pong paddles as it was not fit for human consumption.

The Board of Directors invites the membership of the Student Legal Fund Society to the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the society. This meeting will take place in Room 3123 of the AMS Student NEST Free food will be provided. Make your voice heard, all members are welcome! Ma ADDRESS / 3123 - 6133 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1, Canada

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A record-breaking number of athletes represented UBC at the Rio 2016 Olympics. “This is a record-setting contingent — the largest delegation of any Canadian university,” said President Santa Ono back in July. “I daresay, maybe one of the largest delegations in the world. I’m incredibly proud.” At the games, the ’Birds brought the heat by placing highly and winning medals. First-year swimmer Emily Overholt was the first student to win a medal at Rio, earning bronze in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay. Racewalker Evan Dunfee was an Olympic bronze medalist for a few hours. Yuri Kisil held his own in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay, where he swam against Michael Phelps.

Block Party 2016 lost over $200,000 The AMS lost $207,295 on Block Party — about $154,000 more than the $53,000 deficit they were planning for. The loss was mainly due to much lower ticket sales than budgeted for, as well as less drinks sold, and the budget being finalized several months later than in previous years.

NEWS ALL DAY, ALL NIGHT News editor slept at her desk for four days. Emerged with old clothes, a blanket and no shoes.



Thunderbirds represent at the Olympics




Second AMS restructuring cuts over 24 years of managerial experience A secondary restructuring within the AMS came as a huge surprise to some — the cutting of three positions removed a cumulative 24 years of AMS experience. According to AMS President Ava Nasiri, the restructuring came out of “a necessity for some restructuring of [the AMS] organizational chart and reporting structure.” Critics noted that the previous restructuring was supposed to do an identical task and at that time, no secondary restructuring was mentioned.

EVEN MORE DOGS Lady the dog loved playing with balls.

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Matt Hewitt had a one day stint with the Canucks

UBC philosophy prof received a package of actual feces

From class to stage: The journey of eight UBC students to success at the Fringe Festival

On October 19, UBC goaltender Matt Hewitt received notice from head coach Sven Butenschon that he would be an emergency backup for the Canucks in their game against the St. Louis Blues. This was because regular starter Ryan Miller was at that moment out of the lineup due to injury. The fourth-year sociology major didn’t play, but the team went on to win the game 2-1. For one day, Hewitt was a Canuck, getting high fives and fist-bumps from fans, as well as chirps from fellow teammates. And he got to keep the jersey.

Remember how shitty 2016 was? It was for some more than others. We’ve all been frustrated with our profs at one point or another after getting a bad grade. However, someone took it to the next level and sent four philosophers, including UBC philosophy professor Dr. Carrie Jenkins, a manila envelope full of actual shit. In July, the package arrived at her office. Among the “HANDLE WITH CARE” sign and a multitude of stamps from the United States, a customs declaration form claimed that the contents of the package were four foam sculptures. This, of course, was a lie.

The 2016 graduating class of UBC’s BFA acting program banded together for last year’s Fringe Festival to form Gas Pedal Productions, a one-time production company created for the performance of their play, Love, Lust and Lace. Writer Bridget Chase charted the company’s journey, from its inception to the aftermath of its successful run, interviewing founding members Francis Winter, Elizabeth Willow, Parmiss Sehat, Mariam Barry, Meegin Pye, Kelsey Ranshaw, Joylyn Secunda and Selene Rose. Their play received positive reviews and turned a profit — a rarity in the world of theatre. The production company has since disbanded, but most of its members have gone on to find work and success in other theatre companies. “I’m really excited to try new things, but I always have this family here and so whenever we reconnect, it’s like this beautiful familial bliss,” said Secunda.

SWITCH-A-ROO Our video editor and web news editor switch outfits for a day. It’s more confusing than you think.




VIFF 2016 This year’s Vancouver International Film Festival was a notably understated one. Compared to the previous year, the films being screened were largely small-budget, lesser-known affairs. A further disappointment was the lack of representation from many of the films’ cast and crew members, with few people of great note in attendance — most of them being in London at the time for a competing festival. All that being said, we saw a fantastic collection of works that would go on to garner immense critical acclaim, including Manchester By the Sea, The Red Turtle, I, Daniel Blake and, most notably, Moonlight, which would go on to win best picture at the Oscars in spectacular fashion.

BEST SELFIE When you need to take a good selfie but have hundreds of dollars in photo equipment and no LuMee.

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On the Origin of Scientists

UBC community reeled after a Trump election, fought back

AUS overspent by $35K on stARTup, cut student life budget

Pro-life activists protested outside of the Nest

After Donald Trump was elected as the 45th president of the US, the UBC community responded, overwhelmingly in a shocked and disappointed manner (Santa Ono even tweeted out that his former University of Cincinnati students were welcome at UBC). After the executive order banning the citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering and reentering the US, Ono established a task force in response to explore how the university could help affected students. Students have since continued to protest the Trump presidency: the UBC Social Justice Centre organized an event against the travel ban and targeted violence, and tons of students joined the massive protest outside of Vancouver Trump Tower in February.

The AUS lost $35,000 through their orientations event (stARTup), out of a total budget of $162,500, due to low ticket sales and mismanagement. As a result, significant financial cuts were made to academic development, Arts Week, social events, sports and the arts student centre, among other things. The budgets of the council retreat, the executive retreat, various networking events, advertising and grants were not cut, decisions that were made after consultation, an ad-hoc committee and council.

How do scientists become scientists? What drives someone to spend their days in a dark, hermetically sealed lab 20 hours a day? Why does someone spend their life learning about one species of rare earthworm? Great questions — On the Origin of Scientists tries to answer them. The column interviews prominents scientists and researchers to understand who they are, what drives them and why they are scientists.

Several pro-life activists set up posters and cones at the plaza outside of the Nest as part of an “abortion awareness project.” Soon after, pro-choice supporters set up in the same area, counter-protesting for the right of a woman to make choices in regards to her reproductive rights. Pro-life protests have been occurring on campus yearly approximately since 2001. They received substantial backlash from the UBC community, namely for their use of the large, triggering images on display.



NOVEMBER STEVEN GALLOWAY, UBC STUDENT SPOKE OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE HIS SUSPENSION AFTER OPEN LETTER Almost exactly a year after Galloway was suspended pending an investigation into “serious allegations,” over 80 people — including more than a few notable writers such as Margaret Atwood — signed an open letter demanding his right to due process. They asked for a transparent, independent investigation into both the situation and the handling of it. About a week later, Galloway issued a statement admitting to the affair with a student (it was two years long and both were married at the time, according to him) and criticizing the university’s handling of it, including how UBC “chose to communicate to the public.” Just a day later, the former UBC student who accused Steven Galloway of sexual assault released a statement saying that her complaint was not regarding a “consensual affair” and that “the so-called ‘secrecy’ of the investigation process has protected Galloway, perhaps more than anyone else.”

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UBC prof Mary Bryson received “violent threats” after debate on genderneutral pronouns

It snowed in Vancouver and everyone lost their shit

Louis C.K.’s Vancouver show was amazing (obviously)

Women’s field hockey won their sixth in the 6ix

Comedy god and man-withhis foot-perpetually-in-mouth Louis C.K. decided that, for whatever reason, the Doug Mitchel Sports Centre was a fantastic place to visit. So those who were able to buy tickets fast enough got to bask in his glory for the span of a nearly 90-minute performance in which C.K. demonstrated his masterfulness with all-new material and his trademark neurotic charm. You know that a show will be something special when it begins with, “so here are my thoughts on abortion.” “I had a migraine from laughing so hard and watching a man like him walk the finest of lines between offensive and hilarious was an unforgettable experience,” our writer noted.

The Thunderbirds captured their sixth national championship. The team now has 18 championship titles and ties with the women’s swim team for the most national championships of all Thunderbirds teams. For UBC head coach Robin D’Abreo — who assumed the position in 2014 — every one of his T-Bird seasons so far has ended in a championship. The team also had an undefeated season with a 9-0-3 overall record. “Our players commit a lot of time and energy every year to doing something special, but the strength is in the culture and the environment that we are able to create,” said D’Abreo.

Dr. Mary Bryson, a professor with UBC’s faculty of education, has received considerable online hate mail after their panel debate on academic freedom and the use of gendered pronouns with University of Toronto professor Dr. Jordan Peterson. Peterson asserted that there is a natural gendered divide in society and that political correctness is damaging — he argued that free speech should include his right to deny using gendered pronouns. “The level of post C-16 debate hate mail and violent threats in my inbox is extraordinary,” said Bryson in a written statement to The Ubyssey.

It isn’t the yoga, craft beer or sushi that sets Vancouver apart from the rest of Canada — it’s how we deal with the snow. It snowed a surreal amount this winter and everybody lost their damn minds. Vancouverites whipped out their umbrellas and Canadians who grew up out east scoffed in disgust. Busses ploughed into bus stop signs and BC Transit was excessively apologetic on Twitter. What a time to be alive.



The Ubyssey was super excited to fly with the Aviation Club. Thanks for having us!

Sports editor Ola pours himself some artisanal, fair-trade coffee while sporting a spiffy scarf and sweater. Your move, culture editor.

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Letter from the Editor: Finding some good culture in 2016, a remarkably shitty year that can’t end fast enough Worn out by the non-stop deluge of misery and mortality that was 2016, Our culture editor thought it might be a good idea, when facing the new year, to look back and pry some optimism from that car wreck of a year. On campus, we had performances from talent like The 1975, Earl Sweatshirt, Chance the Rapper, Hannibal Buress and Louis C.K. Off campus, we were treated to more music by some of our favourite artists as well as a few artistic, original films that were able to float to the surface of the sequel-flooded cesspool that was 2016 cinema. Furthermore, television continued to get more literary and Canadian literature continued to become more recognized internationally, with authors like Emma Donoghue and Yann Martel shining the spotlight on our country’s authorial talents. Although politics, social issues, death and the human equivalent of the orange, bilious ooze that drips from cave mushrooms becoming president all made it hard to be optimistic, there were most certainly some good things to come from 2016.





Investigation launched after complaints about CPSC 213 final exam

Two students named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list

UBC’s computer science (CPSC) department launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding CPSC 213 final exam. This decision was made in response to a r/UBC subthread called “Thoughts on CPSC 213 final?” on which commenters described an “unprofessional” exam — the main problems were reportedly error-laden and poorly formatted questions. The results of that investigation have still not been released, but a freedom of information request has been submitted.

Two UBC students were named to Forbes’ iconic “30 under 30” list. Michelle Kunimoto, a UBC master’s student, was named to the list for her work in astronomy and her discovery of exoplanets. UBC undergrad and inventor Ann Makosinski joined Kunimoto on the list. Makosinski’s inventions have landed her on Jimmy Fallon’s show — twice — and have led her to start her own company. What are you doing, scrolling through Facebook? Go do something.

JANUARY JOHN FURLONG REMOVED AND THEN REINSTATED AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP BREAKFAST John Furlong was removed as keynote speaker at the annual ZLC millennium scholarship breakfast — which took place in February — in late December, after UBC received a letter of protest and criticism over Twitter concerning allegations of abuse leveled against him. Following a medley of criticism and praise, UBC apologized to Furlong on January 4, but noted that he would not be reinstated. A week later, Furlong was reinstated as keynote speaker. In protest of this decision, the chair of UBC’s First Nations Studies program, Daniel Heath Justice, resigned from the sexual assault policy committee, on which he was the sole Indigenous member.





Women’s hockey retired Laura Taylor’s jersey

We won our Freedom of Information case against UBC

The UBC Free Speech Club: A safe space for whining about safe spaces

Is the 24-Hour business dying?

Laura Taylor, a goaltender for UBC women’s hockey, passed away in April, just days away from her 34th birthday. According to head coach Graham Thomas, she had “a passion and love for the game” and was extremely committed to the team. Her death had a deep impact on the team as well as her friends and family. It also started a campus-wide conversation about mental health and wellness. The team wanted to bring more awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, so they decided to have a pre-game ceremony in January in her honour.

We’ve fought with the university for a few years to try to get access to the rubrics that explain exactly how they grade broad-based admissions. UBC appealed the original decision of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) of BC, which ruled that the documents were neither a record nor an examination of a test — two reasons a public body can refuse to release information to the public — and would not cause the university financial harm. While UBC did appeal, an anonymous source ended up leaking the rubrics to us anyway.

The UBC Free Speech Club rose remarkably fast into the public consciousness through a series of stunts and online antics that drew many a scornful and curious eye in its direction. Our writer, Shelby Rogers, decided to immerse herself in the club’s Facebook group to investigate their claims and see if they were actually a forum for meaningful, open discussion and debate. Her findings revealed a group of people whose inconsistent conduct and bold, entirely unsubstantiated claims make them out to be more of a gathering place for random people with vaguely similar beliefs, as opposed to a unified organization.

Following the tragic loss of one of Vancouver’s grungiest and most beloved cafes/ study areas, Calhoun’s, The Ubyssey decided to find out if its shuttered windows and locked doors were a dark omen of things to come. To answer the question of whether or not the 24-hour business was doomed to become a thing of the past, our writer, Eve O’Dea, set about asking other establishments and knowledgeable academics what was going on. Ultimately, the answer seemed to be a resounding “don’t worry yourself.” The Naam won’t be going anywhere anytime soon and Seigel’s Bagels should be feeding your inebriated appetites for a long time to come. Ultimately, the life of a 24-hour business is grueling and not for everyone. Some do fine, others — like Calhoun’s — don’t.


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Your sushi habit is hurting the planet and communities around the world

How UBC grades your broad-based admissions essays

The Ubyssey remembers Stuart McLean

Three UBCers shortlisted for Canadian astronaut programs

There are over 600 sushi restaurants in Vancouver. But sushi, we’re sorry to say, isn’t great for the planet or the people who live on it. The seaweed and rice are pretty harmless, but the fish isn’t. The sushi and canned tuna industries have decimated global tuna populations. If you must eat sushi, try to keep your consumption to once a month.

After pursuing UBC’s rubrics for how broad-based admissions are graded for the past four years, we finally were given a copy of the document by an anonymous source. We decided to release it based on the principles of transparency and evening the playing field for impending post-secondary students. Long story short: the document asks graders to look for attributes that UBC wants in its students, then rank each attribute on a five-point scale. In approximately 1,000 words, the ideal applicant would display a sense of self and community, problem-solving and resilience, intellectual readiness and expression, leadership, and initiative and achieving goals.

WASH YOUR DISHES The staff in our office don’t wash their dishes. We’ve housed a diverse ecosystem of moulds in our sink.

Many of us at the paper were lifelong lovers of McLean’s work at CBC who had grown up listening to his voice on the radio and thinking that it would be there forever. When he died on February 15 after a long battle with melanoma, several of our writers and editors decided to pay tribute to McLean and his legacy with reflections on the place that he had occupied in our lives. The Vinyl Cafe and the stories of Dave, Morley and their children were some of the funniest works ever to hit the radio — equally capable of making you laugh and cry. McLean’s work is cemented as quintessentially Canadian and we think that it is safe to say his view of our country shaped how many of us came to see it ourselves. His wisdom and insight into the heart of Canada and its occupants is something that we will not likely see again for some time. He was one of a kind and we miss him dearly.

For only the fourth time in its history, the Canadian Space Agency is hiring astronauts. Three UBCers were named to the 72-person short list. UBCO chemistry professor Dr. Richard Federley, director of the environmental physiology laboratory Dr. Michael Koehle and medical school grad Dr. Gavin Tansley are all in the running to go to space, but they have a few more rounds of tests and interviews before they make the final cut.

MEMES The design editor has posted threatening memes but the problem still persists. WASH YOUR DISHES. I know you can read this.

MARCH 2017

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NEWS MARCH 11, 2017

Swimming swept U Sports nationals

Why The Ubyssey disendorsed every presidential candidate (and then didn’t)

Alan Ehrenholz won race for AMS President

UBC lost out on national titles last year, as the University of Toronto Varsity Blues swept the competition. This year, the ’Birds dominated to take home both the women’s and men’s national titles. They had depth on their side with a large roster. This allowed them to place themselves on nearly every podium in the women’s, men’s and relay events. Thunderbirds’ coach Steve Price took home the men’s coach of the year award. Yuri Kisil won the U Sports men’s swimmer of the year award and the rookie of the year titles went to Ingrid Wilm and Markus Thormeyer respectively.

ELECTIONS Did you know each Ubyssey editor is elected to their positions? Here’s a graveyard of election posters.

The presidential race this year threw us for a loop. Never in our collective memory has there been such a lack of experience and feasible platform goals among the candidates — so much so that our editorial board felt confident saying that, as a voting UBC student, you had no good options. There were five candidates for president this year — three were running seriously, one was a joke and one couldn’t quite seem to make up his mind. We later retracted our disendorsement for Alan Ehrenholz after he announced an actual platform.

Ehrenholz won the AMS presidency after originally running as the Engineering Cairn. A collective lack of experience between the serious presidential candidates led to his decision to run seriously — a decision that was made on the second day of voting — after answering questions semi-seriously during the Great Debate. The Cairn is the first joke candidate to win the presidency.

COME VISIT We still have a lot of magazines in the office. Feel free to stop by, chat and come pick up a copy!

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NEWS MARCH 24, 2017

Women’s hockey clinched second straight Canada West title

Women’s volleyball took the U Sport national gold

Court petition failed, referendum on BDS proceeded

After defeating the Saskatchewan Huskies in the Canada West semifinals, the UBC women’s hockey team went on to capture their second straight Canada West championship title. They won the final series 2-1 against the University of Alberta Pandas. Unfortunately, they lost out on their national championship dreams when they fell 1-0 against the McGill University Martlets in the U Sport semi-finals. They eventually took the bronze medal. With that win, the ’Birds have now captured two consecutive medals, having won silver last season.

The T-Birds finished their season with a 20-4 conference record, but they had trouble against regional rivals — the University of Alberta Pandas and the Trinity Western University Spartans. They also had to battle these rivals in the Canada West and the national playoffs. Still, the Thunderbirds smashed past the opposition to snatch their first national title since their 2013/14 campaign. Outside hitter Danielle Brisebois was named finals MVP, and was named to the all-star roster along with fellow ’Birds Maggie Li and Alessandra Gentile.

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UBC student Logan Presch submitted a petition to the BC Supreme Court asking that the AMS be prohibited from putting forward the following 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?” The BC Supreme Court ruled against the petition, and the referendum was posed to students the week of April 3.

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Google Nexus 5 13,597

Internet Explorer 26,955

Samsung Galaxy S7 11,374

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United States 104,094

France 3,869

Germany 4,700 Hong Kong 5,325 India 12,872

SECTION PAGEVIEWS News — 853,601 Blog — 606,549 Salaries — 504,545 Opinion — 289,775

Features — 204,364 Science — 198,638 Culture — 196,341 Sports — 160,189

Australia 6,729

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