Think back to the last time you compared yourself to another student. How did you feel after the interaction? Does ruminating on the lives of others in contradistinction to your own life improve your mood? Be honest—does the act of comparison ever leave you unaffected, or, does it, more likely, leave you feeling miserable?
For the first time this year, UBCO is offering soon-to-be Arts graduates an opportunity to participate in a salaried apprenticeship program that promises one-year employment. To further elaborate on UBCO ACAP, Dr. Ananya Mukherjee-Reed, Provost and Vice-Principal Academic at UBC Okanagan, kindly responded to The Phoenix’s questions.
This year, it’s set in space with an asteroid on a collision course with Earth, and the disciplines competing for their seat on the last shuttle to a settlement on Mars. The debate has seen many forms in the past--including the zombie apocalypse edition of 2020--and the unique opportunity to discuss the significance of an academic discipline in a non-academic setting has drawn hundreds of participants to this event.
The start of a new year does not mean that the pandemic has stopped or that suddenly, everything will be better—not even with the new vaccine on the horizon. However, as students, we can hold on to the hope that this new semester will be more seamless since both professors and students alike have survived an entire semester of online learning during a pandemic.
The COVID-19 Simulation Guide, based at UBCO, is integral in providing support, accessibility, and safety to healthcare workers. With the current pandemic creating particular hardships in the healthcare system, physicians and healthcare professionals in British Columbia have worked with a sense of urgency to deliver increased training in COVID-19 patient simulation.
Given the events of 2020, this may not be the year for grand resolutions that you hope will dramatically change your life, but it is possible to set realistic goals that will help you in the short-term
In its essence, the Living Things Festival is a small but extraordinary lineup of art, performances, and experiences that inspire, entertain and provoke thought and conversation. This year’s edition, The Collective Body, is an audio and video project that captures a moment in history while virtually bringing together artists, musicians, and dancers from across North America.
While the word “isolation” has taken on a strong, and notably negative, connotation this year as a result of the pandemic, one UBCO lecturer is enthusiastically undergoing isolation throughout the final month of 2020 in the snowy woods of Quebec.
Courtney Kneale, a first-year Bachelor of Arts student at UBCO, opens up about the way COVID-19 has changed her perspective on the workplace hustle and how it has forced businesses to change how they accommodate their workers.
UBCO Students concur that online invigilated exams administered with Proctorio are invasive and detrimental to the student exam experience. Proctorio adds unnecessary pressure and stress to students during online University due to how “Proctorio automatically analyzes and captures images of test-takers and their IDs, then displays both in the Proctorio Gradebook and flags any anomalies for review."
Amongst the plethora of lists that emerge at the close of each passing year, summarizing our favourite Netflix shows (remember Tiger King?), our top Google searches (Coronavirus, no doubt), or, maybe this year, the best pandemic memes, Spotify Wrapped has to be my favourite. This year, however, it has come to my attention that this is a rather unpopular opinion.
Millions of farmers in India stand their ground by peacefully protesting against three bills that threaten their livelihood. As tensions rise in India due to three new farming bills, farmers continue to stand their ground by peacefully protesting. They were joined alongside thousands of people around the world, making this one of the biggest protests in history; rallies in support of farmers were even held in Kelowna throughout December.
We need to change the way we perceive failing in our university culture. While failing does cultivate resilience, students have not failed, nor are they failures, if they are behind in a class, struggling in a class, or if they receive a lower grade than they wanted. Let’s stop throwing the word ‘failure’ around in contexts where it does not actually apply.
In an effort to alleviate some pressure on faculty and students, UBC decides to extend winter break. UBCO has decided to extend winter break by a week to allow students and faculty to better prepare for the upcoming term. This means that classes will now begin on January 11, 2021, with certain exceptions depending on the program.
Amidst a year that has already been full of change, UBCO recently announced a complete restructuring of their Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. Students beginning their studies in 2021 under either the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies or the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will be following a significantly transformed set of requirements in order to obtain their degree.
As we near the end of 2020, it is time to create new holiday traditions in order to keep the people we love safe. December is always a month of celebration - finals are done, Christmas is coming, and the snow is usually still fresh on the ground. However, with the way things have been going this year, we may have to rethink our ideas of what a celebration constitutes, and how different it may have to look.
On November 21, Global News reported an anti-mask protest consisting of around 30 people inside the Orchard Park Mall. These protesters paraded around the mall, without masks on, singing O Canada to make a “statement”. On the following day, according to Castanet, around 100 people gathered in Penticton to demonstrate against mask and social distancing guidelines despite public gatherings being prohibited under new health orders.
The Student Learning Hub at UBC Okanagan has transformed completely to move its physical space, which officially opened in 2019, to the virtual space, to help students with the same issues that we had in person. Learning mentors from the Student Learning Hub give us their best learning and self care advice as we get closer to finals.
Writer’s Corner is a series showcasing creative writing from UBCO students and alumni. This week we showcase first-year Creative Writing major Jérémi Doucet.
Nearly 100 students were caught cheating on their midterm. Should these students be held accountable?
How are UBCO clubs, such as the Ice Cream Club, operating during these strange times?
That's What [We] Said is a student-led academic journal supported by UBCO’s Gender and Women’s Studies Program. As a collective, they seek to publish accessible creative and/or critical content pertaining to intersectional feminist issues. They are dedicated to amplifying marginalized voices and curating content that resonates with many, and they encourage submissions from all disciplines and backgrounds.
The SUO General Meeting is an opportunity for students to hear about the SUO’s yearly operations and what they are doing to better students’ lives.
Arianne Tubman is a fourth-year Bachelor of Fine Arts student at UBCO. With graduation just around the corner, she is currently working on her final body of work for the year-end degree show. Over a Zoom call, she reflected on the current semester and told us about her ongoing film photography project where she explores gun ownership in the Okanagan.
As tempting as it is to use Amazon for the fast deliveries on Prime and the expert customer service that they pride themselves on, there are alternatives that are kinder to the planet and to the people who create the products you love.
Shreya Vatsa is a first-year International student at UBCO, and she is pursuing her studies remotely from India. She wanted to engage with a public audience and reflect upon how technology is shaping the lives of GenZ and students like herself who wouldn't be able to pursue remote learning amidst this pandemic if it weren't for technological achievements and advancements.
It can be overwhelming, as a student, to prioritize mental health on top of a busy semester and heavy course load. However, I encourage students to make use of the services UBCO offers. It is unexpectedly easy to navigate the mental health resources; it just takes a bit of time.
On November 12, UBCO hosted a faculty town hall to discuss student experiences with online learning. This event, which was open to all faculty, looked at survey results involving over 600 students’ feedback, in order to shed light on how to improve the online classroom experience.
“I want people to know that I carried my dream of obtaining my degree for many years and I never gave up on myself. I was my own best friend and my own worst enemy, but through everything that I had experienced, I never gave up on myself. I knew what I wanted to do, and I did it.”
As an amplifier of student voices, The Phoenix team has gathered and presented student feedback regarding their experiences of online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following the COVID-19 hoax messages at City Hall, UBCO students and city official Tom Wilson share their thoughts on the matter.
As we near the end of the semester, the new class of first years tells us about what their social life at university has been like in the virtual world.
The pandemic may have changed the way that UBCO’s fine arts students are able to make work, but the Visual Arts Course Union is determined to find innovative ways to facilitate students’ creativity and, most notably, to stage their annual fundraising gala Art on the Line.
Meg Miskiman, third-year Creative Writing Major, is curating a poetry chapbook written by LGBTQ+ writers, including artwork by LGBTQ+ artists, as a way to bring voice and visibility to LGBTQ+ creatives, and she needs more LGBTQ+ contributors.
Director at Large candidate, Jose Carvalho, shared an insider’s perspective into his SUO position and the Fall 2020 By-Elections.
A UBCO international student Casey Stein from Texas dealt with multiple hurdles in an attempt to have his mail-in vote counted for the November 3 election in the United States.
A person’s entire identity and personality should not be contingent upon their status as a university student. Yet, for a large majority of us, the words student and identity are mutually exclusive.
After a Facebook post from 2019 about UBCO’s by-elections resurfaced, the former Director at Large talks to us about voter apathy, reform after corruption in the SUO, and his confidence in the current administration.
Thrive month at UBCO seeks to promote mental wellbeing, reduce stigma surrounding mental illness, and further encourage discussion.
Writer’s Corner is a new series showcasing creative writing from UBCO students and alumni. This week we showcase fifth-year Creative Writing major Angie Mosher.
For this article, we’ve rounded up a list of some art-related events happening around Kelowna over the next few weeks and months for your viewing pleasure.
Throwing a Halloween party during a global pandemic is irresponsible; UBCO students are too intelligent to be so reckless and selfish.
Spooky, scary, funny content for a safe time indoors
Using the food you love to remind you of the people you love
“Quarantining with Kanopy'' is The Phoenix’s new monthly film column where we introduce and recommend films from Kanopy; a movie streaming platform with free and unlimited access for all UBCO students. This month, we are discussing the psychological thriller Persona.
The SUO hosted a Kelowna Candidate Forum with the intention of asking questions about topics significant to UBCO students.
In recognition of the provincial election, the SUO invited Kelowna candidates to discuss topics specific to UBCO students.
The Stober Foundation, along with the fundraising initiative Aspire, will contribute $1.9 million to UBCO over the next five years.
In response to questions asked by The Phoenix News regarding our articles on the Mona Wang case, Mayor Colin Basran has provided a statement
UBCO student takes part in global art collaborative to combat hate through promoting love.
The Phoenix catches up with the UBCO alumni at the head of The Laundry Room Collective
Students adjust to the way COVID-19 has impacted dating.
The AVPS held its first student listening session with an emphasis on students’ virtual experiences outside of the classroom.
In the spirit of The Phoenix’s 2020/2021 goal to inform UBCO students and support the UBCO community, we thought we’d get a behind the scene
University students are experiencing drastic life changes with the recent coronavirus outbreak
“Your vote matters this year more than ever.”
The UBCO By-election is around the corner which means students will be able to vote for two directors at large and faculty representatives.
Despite the City of Kelowna and RCMP being prepared to support crisis intervention programs, Interior Health has stalled expansion efforts.
UBCO Homecoming 2020 kicks off the academic year with a virtual twist.
I miss walking from class to class. This would have never crossed my mind last year. Online school has made me appreciate the seemingly...
Writer’s Corner is a new series showcasing creative writing from UBCO students and alumni.
The start of the semester has been uniquely challenging for UBCO students. Zoom fatigue and general exhaustion from being constantly plugged
UBC Okanagan celebrates 15 year anniversary with alumni exhibition at Kelowna Art Gallery
A webinar talk in which Indigenous activists James Makokis and Anthony Johnson share their personal journeys and encourage positive change.
During the September 22 Board of Governors meeting, Ali Poostizadeh and Taylor Dotto from UBC Okanagan’s Student Union, held a presentation
Due to the global anti-racism movements sparked in the US, people are now directing their attention towards institutions like universities
“Quarantining with Kanopy'' is The Phoenix’s new monthly film column where we introduce and recommend films from Kanopy
In the final volume of “Voices of Change”, The Phoenix spoke to Jon Corbett, an Indigenous (Nehiyaw-Métis) artist
For the fourth volume of “Voices of Change”, The Phoenix spoke to artist and UBCO alumni Moozhan Fallah Ahmadzadegan,
Maura Tamez’s art draws on personal themes of belonging, identity, place, borders, displacement, loss, and history.
“The pandemic is a recipe for depression and anxiety,” says director of UBC Psychology Clinic Dr. Ingrid Söchting
A brief summary of the UBCO Student Town Hall Panels.
New questions arise regarding police accountability and independent investigations with the release of video involving UBCO student. Part on
Vanessa Mercedes Figueroa is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Vancouver, BC. Her work as an artist, activist, and woman...
Take care of your mental health while studying at home
The ways COVID-19 has changed and challenged student life
Despite the urging of many students, UBCO will not reduce tuition prices for the coming school year.
COVID-19 has impacted all aspects of the university experience, especially for first-year students who were planning on living in UBCO
BLM Protests and Solidarity extend to the first week of school.
UBCO Professors showed varying degrees of support for the Scholar Strike Canada that took place on September 9-10, 2020.
The leadership of the Indigenous Student Council outlines their concerns with regard to the SUO systemic neglect of indigenous students
“In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist” - AngelaDavisThe Black Lives Matter movement has seen a
In light of the Black Lives Matter Movement in the USA, Canada is being recognized as a beacon of equality and open-mindedness in comparison
In recent months, the Black Lives Matter movement has gained considerable traction and support following the unjust murder of George Floyd
The Phoenix recognizes the importance of highlighting the diversity of artistic voices that have and continue to pass through our campus.
This month has marked the commencement of a new walk-in well-being clinic on campus.
Take a look at this year's spring and summer trends.
As most of China begins to take similar precautions as Wuhan, the pollution levels are slowly dropping around the country.
It is safe to say that the app has not grown without controversy.
Since COVID-19 is forcing us to make some adjustments in our lives we need to be creative and diligent in staying active.
For the first time since the World Wars, the Olympics have been postponed.
Brock Gratz is a fourth-year BFA student and artist.
In our newest series, we review movies that would have been in theatres in summer 2020, but released digitally instead!
School is now online.
Indigenous leaders urge the continued construction of a pipeline through Wet'suwet'en territory to cease amid recent events.
Students were given the green light to travel home and complete the remainder of the term remotely.
Who else has found out that their friends bake bread?
Portiaa McGonigal, a graduate student completing a masters in Biology, took home top prize for her research in UBCO’s 3MT competition.
Barb Dawson is an artist and fourth year BFA student in the Visual Arts program.