For the finale episode, we bring you a collection of stories from all over the university. Enjoy a loving homage to the venerable CBC radio program "As It Happens", which is Neal's favourite. Happy April Fool's Day.
In this, our very last week of regular programming, we talk to UBC's nerdiest and jock-iest constituencies! We have John Harvey for news (an engineering student and moderator of reddit's /r/ubc). We discuss developments at the faculty association, the University Neighborhood Association's financial woes, and the latest and concluding chapter of GuptaGate. For our feature interview, we speak to the outgoing and incoming presidents of the Thunderbird Athletics Council, Alex Mascott and Aaron Lattimer, about Varsity athletics.
This week we are joined for news by 4th-year English student (and the brains behind some of this year's more theatrical BoG protests) Gretta Dattan and brand new AMS VP Academic and student senator Samantha So. Our main interview this week is with Sara-Jane Finlay, AVP Equity and Inclusion, to talk about UBC's sexual assault response and policy-making.
This week Anne Kessler, former AMS VP Academic and University Affairs, now of the Talon joins us for a breakdown of all the major AMS elections races and referenda. Our feature interview is with Gabrielle John, former Advocacy Officer the the Graduate Student Society, about her report on UBC's sexual assault reporting processes that GSS President Tobias Friedel tried to conceal from from pretty much everyone else in the society. Neal also reflects on his experiences as a GSS employee.
This week Emily Blake of CiTR's News 101 joins us to talk about UBC's sexual assault external investigation, the interminable sagas of the Board of Governors, and AMS elections. Our feature interview is with Dr. Julie Cafley, a Vice-President at Canada’s Public Policy Forum, (an independent think tank based in Ottawa) who did her PhD research in unfinished tenures of Canadian University Presidents. She'll tell us if UBC is as bad as we think it is from a bird's eye view.
The Board of Governors meetings this week provided more than enough fodder for the whole episode. We talk about more secret meetings, play some tape from the faculty-led "UBC Clean" protest of the Board, discuss UBC's decision not to divest from fossil fuels, and the return of Fire Hydrant. Our interviews this week are with Alex Hemingway of UBC C350 and Milan Ilnyckyj of Toronto 350. They walk us through the respective fossil fuel divestment campaigns they helped lead and why the idea is entirely compatible with fiduciary duty.
Tuesday, February 2nd was an eventful day! While Neal was inside the Board of Governors meeting with the dullards in suits, Maayan was out in the lively atmosphere of the "UBC Clean" faculty protest. Here are some of the sounds from there. The order of voices you'll hear are: