I often hide my Métis identity, but this article is a step forward for me. I just realized that I want to be able to say that I am Métis, without having to justify it. Without having to explain that I can be white AND Métis. That I can benefit from white privilege, and still be Métis. That I can say that I’m Métis, without having to show you my family tree or my Métis Nation Card.
Finding a job during university is one of the many priorities for students, considering the need to make up for living and tuition expenses, or simply add more relevant experience to our resumes.
Sheets were stained with grease, broken dishes, a hole in the bathroom wall, rotten wood from the window frame (it was open), and my clothes thrown all over the floor…he gaslighted me and told me “It used to look worse.”
Last year, in 2022, we saw a large crowd of around 500 people coming out to support and watch the three teams, formed by UBCO student associations, take to the Nonis Field for the first ever Okanagan Super Sixers cricket tournament. After a smashing victory by the Pakistan Student Association, the SUO Cricket Club is back with the second Okanagan Super Sixers cricket tournament this month.
I’m expected to stay within the confines of masculinity or I’ll ‘never be seen as a real man’.
Even better than the origin story of the worldwide phenomenon is that you — yes, even a sport-averse UBCO student like you — can have the grandest of times.
Approximately 10 women are killed every day in Mexico, and 2022 marked the most violent year, with a record of 2,807 of women murdered
This event is a great way to connect with other students and build a sense of community whilst also making a difference
If we don’t talk about climate change, we won't act to stop it.
Let us do our part where we can and get involved!
It is crucial that the Director-at-Large is accountable to the student body, and maintains open lines of communication to ensure that their actions and decisions are aligned with the interests and needs of the students they serve. For the student body to exercise its right to vote, they need to be able to make informed decisions.
On December 5th, 2022, the UBC Board of Governors approved a tuition increase of 2% for domestic students, 3% for international students, and 5% for new international students, despite the majority of the students who opposed the increase in the UBC Tuition Engagement survey. The Phoenix News interviewed SUO Vice President External Cade Desjarlais, who initiated the student union statement that was posted publicly.
Not all executives’ progress can be easily quantified, but we want to give you an analysis of where they stand on promises they made when you elected them last year during the election period.
Students need to have their voices heard, and this publication is working to make that happen.
“It's a rollercoaster of emotions with mostly pits, but there are moments when the light comes from the dark too.”
We’re told that university is the best time of our life. The truth is, sometimes it’s not.
Break the silence. We are here and we hear. We believe you!
An interview with artist Nassim Pirhadi about her installation at the Kelowna Art Gallery.
The world is notoriously easier to navigate for straight cisgender people, especially when it comes to dating in university. Straight students connect and get to know each other without having to ask whether or not they see each other for who they truly are, or whether or not they are straight. From my experience, and other queer people’s experience, I’ve narrowed it down to five main struggles with queer dating at UBCO.
There is no such thing as a Dr. Love, but if there was, they would probably prescribe either of these two plans as a way to share your most valuable resource — time — with either your friends or lovers.
I had never doubted my degree choice until I interacted with my fellow university students.
It feels as if I am standing in front of thousands of mirrors and I don’t recognize myself in any of them.
Better transit means different things to different people
So here are some general gift ideas that you’ll likely find in Kelowna stores without needing to shop online and waiting for more than a week for it to be delivered, panicking about how you should’ve clicked on express shipping or started buying gifts in October
In the interest of comparison, I decided to attend both a game played by Canada and a game played by other countries as a means of gauging the local interest and delimiting parameters between the different game day atmospheres.
The more we follow celebrity gossip and news, the more those celebrities often end up as our lifestyle coaches, role models, or even gods.
The lives of people in China rely on worldwide awareness of the situation to hold the Chinese government accountable
“I just find that the left are all about tolerance, acceptance, and diversity. But when it comes to somebody thinking or believing differently than them, there's no tolerance at all. There's no tolerance for us. We surely didn't feel accepted or tolerated on campus.”
There is a certain nostalgia that we have for the early days of the pandemic. For a few months, so many of us had, besides dread, nothing to do. Apart from the poorly appreciated “essential workers,” mostly everyone spent April and May of 2020 sitting around, making extravagant breakfasts, wandering the streets of their neighbourhood, and learning to bake sourdough.
“What?! UBCO has a composting program on campus?”
Only by understanding the work that was done, and holding the university accountable for implementing the recommendations, can we ensure that the time and energy that was spent does not go to waste.
“The idea of being delighted by the incongruous is at the heart of the best standup.” – Sarah Cipes
Though I did not spend the whole 25 hours there, the time I spent was marked by a welcoming atmosphere where new adventures on either type of board (game or keyboard) could be started, or where you could simply bear witness to others playing while building friendships with other attendees.
A grueling test of physical endurance, coordination, teamwork, style, and the will to win awaited the 34 teams that signed up for the event this year.
It’s rare that reality can leave me feeling hopeful for the future, but Dr. Lovegrove’s research and projects have shown me that we may be closer to the gates of our utopia than we give ourselves credit for - and we’ll be even closer if we can all work together.
People of the world have only each other to rely on for help and support. I am begging you to talk about this. To post on Twitter, Instagram, use the hashtags of Mahsa Amini, to share the story.
For the second year in a row, the softball team has had an impressive end to the season.
Here you can find two different interviews and candidate responses, as well as written bios based on information from the candidates’ platforms for those who did not respond. Alongside this, you can find all of the crucial voter information you need to cast your ballot.
If the plan is approved, this will double the current gymnasium space on campus.
What do you think of when I say the word ‘ballet’? Graceful dancing, tutus, and classical music, right?
The world is on fire and we aren’t the driver at the wheel. A precious few people around the world seem to determine the fate of our environment and economy, and any one regular person, especially a struggling student, has little impact.
Everybody knows that wine is a part of the cultural opportunities of life in the Okanagan. But thanks to the Wine Research Centre, wine is also part of the academic opportunities at UBCO.
"Fundamentally, a critic must not represent a character as if they are a real person, or a text as if it is reality. The literary analyst, i.e., an English major, must identify the fictitious nature of the character and from whom the character was created, i.e., the creative writer."
There is an ignorance circulating in North America about how prevalent the English language is in the world. And, just because someone has an accent different from yours, that does not mean they, like me, learned the language as a second language. In fact, many of the people who I have talked to feel degraded when told their English is good because, of course it is, it’s one of their first languages.
Did you know that, like many staff positions on campus, the UBCO RAs are attempting to unionize? Unfortunately, it is not all rainbows and butterflies for this team of 85 hard working part-time employees. Not everyone is satisfied with their current work conditions and seek to enact change. On the other hand, not everyone wants that change and fear a union might alter their job for the worse.
I get the sense that if there is an idea of the “Canadian dream,” it is not carried by people who are hunched over and aching with woes but rather people beaming with life and laughter and striving towards a goal.
The Phoenix reached out via our Instagram to ask you, “What are some funny instances of you coming to Canada and being confused by a custom/concept?” You did not disappoint. Here are some of the responses.
Why can’t Blackness in any form that it manifests itself be acceptable? Why is it important to appear a certain way for the white gaze? Are we putting on a show? For who?
The Sex Positivity Education and Advocacy Centre (SpeaC), previously known as the Sex Positivity Club, has recently become a resource centre. I had the pleasure of sitting down with the Head Coordinator, Samantha Maki, and Assistant Head Coordinator, Lauren Vernaleken, to discuss all about what they offer to students. We had a delightfully informative and interesting conversation.
Lights go down. Baton goes up. Instruments start to play. It’s all music to the audience’s ears. But for one person sitting there, it’s magic. The composer, 17-year-old Dryden Bennett, could not believe that a hobby he started during lockdown could turn into something played by the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and enjoyed by hundreds in the crowd. But how did it start?
“There is nothing more absurd than having no milk on the shelves and then having dairy farmers in the same region pouring their milk down the drain” -Dr. Mary Stockdale.
The professor used the “n-word” several times in a lecture while trying to justify the more “formal version” of it because it appeared in assigned readings.
The ways media should talk about suicide in their reporting are well established, but these guidelines aren’t always translating well to social media. 4th year UBCO Psychology student Soumyaa Subramanium is an Undergraduate Research Award winner looking to investigate how education, social stigma, and social media reporting interact when talking about suicide.
UBCO management student and Undergraduate Research Award winner Tiara Porter is working on asking - and answering - key questions surrounding our sustainable food choices and how the food industry is operating in light of the Climate Crisis.
Muhammad Waseem’s suspension indicates the SUO has concluded there was foul play during the election process.
“Whenever you have something more than other people, it’s actually a test for you to see how much you are ready to let go of for others that are less privileged than you are.”
For the fifth installment of this series I had the opportunity to interview Kai Rogers. Kai is a Director at Large for the SUO. He is in his fourth year, majoring in Management. Kai will be graduating this semester.
“This was the catalyst that was going to wake up the sleeping giant.”
The consensus, determined by answers received on The Phoenix’s instagram poll, is that food on campus has gotten worse over the years. Have you thought about meal planning? You might say “shit, I don’t have time for that.” But hear me out, I’ll outline convenient and cost effective ways to take food with you to campus, save some money, and get a better variety than what is offered at the university.
The old world had cracks in it. We cannot, in our desperate desire to escape this virus-fatigue, create even more for our most vulnerable to fall through.
They called upon the public via their Instagram to garner support and engage with those who believe that the mandates are suppressing their rights and freedoms…to lift weights?
In tracking down medical help, financial support, or even using computers for online treatment, Post-Concussive Syndrome (PCS) patients experience a wide range of issues and outcomes. 5th year psychology student and Undergraduate Research Award winner Mariza Micallef is investigating the whole suite of problems and solutions for people with PCS in the Okanagan.
Siobhan is the one-woman powerhouse at the helm of the Southern British Columbia Cougar Project, a wide sweeping and impressive research project being undertaken with help from Siobhan’s supervisors, Dr. Karen Hodges and Dr. Adam Ford, biologists TJ Gooliaff and Patrick Stent with the Provincial Government, the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA, the government representing 8 First Nations throughout the Okanagan), and local hunters.
“I always believe that we should work for the best interest of students and I wanted to make sure that happened this year among the SUO members.” - Priscilla Uribe
Why does B.C.’s carbon tax work? Is it built right? Or is it just implemented in the right place? These are the questions driving Economics and Mathematics Honours student Braydon Neiszner’s research on how the carbon tax affects different communities across the country.
Whether you’re stuck at school or alienated in your childhood home, the holidays are the absolute most wonderful time of the year to be heartbroken, homesick, lovesick and lonely.
From light displays, movie nights, skating, and more, there are lots of fun events and activities happening on and off campus over the break.
“Something that really touched me was when we were setting up the altar and a student came up and said that this week they were feeling really homesick because this was a big celebration in Mexico and this was their first year away from home. Some students shared that this initiative really got to them and they felt represented and that they belonged in this community and that is what we wanted to do in UBC as a whole.”- Emilio Freire Raymond
A recently published study by researchers at UBCO, led by Ph.D. student Joseph Rootman, found that people around the world are self-medicating for mental health issues by microdosing psychedelics like psilocybin and LSD. The study, which has garnered significant media attention, found preliminary evidence that microdosing may possibly reduce the severity of mental health symptoms.
“If [students] are feeling discouraged or angry, we have a chance to kind of turn that around. That is part of our job, an important part.”- Sunshine staff.
It can be tempting to believe that procrastination is something that happens to you as a result of an insupportable external pressure. However, that interpretation not only is a spit in the face of human agency, but runs contrary to the growing belief that the answer lies in our ability to regulate our moods.
“My favorite part about working at The Phoenix is being able to engage with important student issues and meaningful discussions with a group of students who are equally committed to covering stories relevant to UBCO students and experiences. ” - Rachel Macarie
“The fact that you can try different things and make mistakes without anyone grading you is even more fun. On top of it all, it is a number one form of therapy.” - Princess Amuta
In the midst of enforcing an injunction against protestors against the Coastal GasLink pipeline in Wet’suwet’en territory, the RCMP arrested journalists Amber Bracken and Michael Toledano. Given a series of failings of the police force and the erosion of public trust in the police, these arrests indicate that the RCMP is interested in hiding its actions while it should instead be protecting the public.
What did posting black squares on Instagram do to solve police brutality in (North) America? Not only did it not produce any measurable results, but it also did not fully educate people on the effects of white supremacy and police brutality.
Inspired Word Café is teaming up with The Well to bring students an opportunity to hear the creative works of their peers or perform one of their own.
I often felt assailed by a feeling of emotional inertia where I would be stuck in either anxiety or drowsiness because confronting the cacophony of unwelcome changes and adaptations brought on by being a student with this virus was too much. In the midst of this internal struggle, I also was chagrined by a nagging injunction to be positive, to be productive, and to put my feelings to the side.
Though it may take some time to determine what factors contributed to B.C.’s devastating flooding, environmental change due to climate change, wildfires, and forestry are all important drivers of landslides. Past research has investigated the relationship between forestry, wildfires, and damage similar to what B.C. is currently experiencing, and could elicit some insight into what has occurred.
The precarious and stressful nature of the situation forced one student into accepting zeros on assignments and they are therefore compromising their grades … What’s more, one student lamented about having to order a kid’s meal from Dairy Queen just to get fruit and milk.
All clubs and course unions, listen up.
When an adult cougar went walking through several Kelowna neighbourhoods earlier this month, it garnered consistent news coverage. But our history with wildlife in British Columbia shows that media hysteria and fear are much less effective at building a healthy relationship between people and animals than respecting animals personal space, life histories, and habitat.
When a crime is being committed, it is encouraged to call the RCMP because they are likely to be able to provide help as soon as possible. But for persons who are not white, abled, straight, or male, there are additional barriers to effective and safe care that one would have to consider; a long history of abuse has made many different communities feel unsafe and underserved.
“The goal is to invite their creativity, their capacity, and their ability to take the steps and feel confident that there is something worth striving, living, and growing for.” - Lorraine Richmond, Jewels of HOPE Project Lead
“The one thing we guarantee in B.A.R.K. is that students who spend time with B.A.R.K. dogs, leave the session feeling better than when they arrived.” - Dr. John-Tyler Binfet, B.A.R.K. Director
This mania feels like deja-vu; we all have a collective memory of when the hoarding of groceries and toilet paper created unnecessary panic at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Why haven’t we learned our lesson?
To our leaders: What else do we need to lose? Your home? Someone you love? If someone you loved died during a heatwave? If they were washed away by a landslide? Or is it enough, for you now, to look at the very real things people are losing, and do something?
Ubuntu is profound in its simplicity because at its core it is about the interplay of these relationships. I am because you are … The Ubuntu way ensures that communities will see the feelings of insufficiency and ugliness at the root of shame as a binding thread that weaves together rather than something that severs and destroys.
“My experience with the DRC has been absolutely awful. I have never experienced such an inept and uncaring department before, and also a level of bureaucracy that exceeds anything I have ever seen.”
For some, the years they spend in the spaces here at the university could very well be the best years of their life. For others, this might only be a stepping stone to a successful career. In both cases; however, students are stuck either enjoying or suffering through their time at UBCO and while using its amenities.
“We live in a diverse society; we know that there is a diversity of cultures within our communities, from yourselves, your neighbours to people you work with. Having spaces like these, in the sense of building community, is creating space to learn about each other’s cultures, learn about each other’s experiences, and understand those narratives in a different way.” - Event Coordinator, Sami
“We want people to be empowered, but sometimes if you are in crisis mode or just have a bad day, you cannot always necessarily make the decision on your own to look up resources. We are here to help with that.” - Kelsey Tkachuk
Though they may seem to be lurking in the shadows of forests across much of North America, wild pigs are terrorizing farms and wilderness. Now they are becoming increasingly common throughout central British Columbia, Mackenzie Clarke, a MSc. Student at UBCO warns.
People do not care. Entire groups of people can be wiped out? They do not care. We do not have anywhere to go? They do not care. And when we try to enter their countries because we become climate refugees, they do not want us because we are too poor and too Black.
UBCO students on Academy Hill have claimed that suspicious middle-aged older men have approached them, asking where they live and insisting that they enter their car.
“…what I learned most in school was not math or science or languages, it was that I am not okay, that my being is not appropriate. Now, I’m twenty-six, I’ve been to University and I left it fundamentally because of this belief.”
Expensive paywalls, secretive methods, and confusing jargon. A culture of exclusivity has long been a part of scientific research, but the growth of “open science,” which looks to make research more accessible to all, is changing that. A pilot program at UBCO is looking to build a more accessible and open culture across the university.
At this point in the term, it’s not really a “midterm” break. It’s just a break. One that many are figuratively and literally crawling to reach.
“UBC and institutions like it are built on a colonial framework that was never designed to create space for IBPOC students and culture. There are many distinct challenges and we should be asking how the institution re-creates its understanding of post-secondary education and how it functions.” - Tashia Kootenayoo, president of SUO.