Blake Frederick

Blake Frederick has written 14 posts for UBC Insiders

UBC Farm Saved?

UBC Board of Governors Chair Brad Bennett caught developing the UBC Farm. After a number of secret meetings, it looks like the UBC Board of Governors may have decided to protect the full 24 hectares of the UBC Farm and surrounding forest. Here’s the press release they issued on Monday: UBC Board of Governors Requests [...]

King Toope

Vancouver Magazine has produced what it calls The Vanmag Power List 2008. There doesn’t seem to be any real criteria, but I’m supposing the list is meant to designate the top 50 most powerful individuals in Vancouver. Coming in at #40 is none other than our President and Vice-Chancellor, Stephen Toope. I found his description [...]

Kiss Your Scholarships Goodbye

Question: What happens during a time of economic downturn to a public university that relies on private funding ? Answer: It loses money. Lots of money. UBC’s Endowment, which is meant to provide sustainable funding to the University, has been generated predominantly by donations and the construction of market housing on campus. At other universities [...]

Not Me. We.

If you’ve been paying attention to UBC rhetoric as of late, you will have noticed that UBC has adopted a new slogan. It was the title of this year’s annual report and AGM: “Not Me. We.” President Toope has been overusing this phrase to a point that is almost laughable. He uses it in a [...]

Where Are All the Students?

Way back in 2004, the BC Liberals ambitiously promised to create 25,000 new student spaces in colleges and universities by 2010. Advanced Education Minister Murray Coell has recently stated that this projection has shot up to 32,000. More student seats means that more students will be able to attend post-secondary in BC. This is a [...]

Metro Vancouver Supports UBC Farm

This morning the Metro Vancouver Board voted 30-0 in favour of a motion to send a letter to the UBC Board of Governors in support of preserving the UBC Farm at 24 hectares. The Metro Vancouver Board is comprised of representatives from the 21 municipalities in the Vancouver area (Vancouver, Richmond, Maple Ridge, etc.) and [...]

Electoral Area A Candidates Exposed

On November 15th, people will go to the polls in Metro Vancouver to vote for new municipal governments. People that live on UBC campus will also go to the polls, but they won’t be voting for mayors and councilors like everyone else since UBC is not part of any municipality, but rather part of an [...]

Campus Shooting in US Kills 2, Injures 1

This from the Associated Press about an hour ago: CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — A shooting on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas left one person dead and two people wounded. University of Central Arkansas police said Sunday night the campus was locked down and that classes would be canceled on Monday. Little Rock [...]

CASA Membership Downgrade was the Right Move

In the post below, Maayan expressed shock that AMS Council would change it’s position in CASA “without due diligence”. I think that Council should be praised for its prudent political decision, not accused of haphazardly voting without thinking. The concerns expressed by the AMS in the letter sent to CASA cannot be swept aside merely [...]

AMS Council Votes to Change CASA Membership

In an apparent unanimous decision, AMS Council voted tonight to change its membership in CASA from full member to associate member. (View the AMS’s press release here.) The AMS is one of the five founding members of CASA, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, a student federal lobby organization that is predicated on four main [...]

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