UBC, over the last several years, has adopted the practice of holding an Annual General Meeting, to coincide with the release of its annual report. The AGM is happening today at 12:00-1:00, in downtown Kelowna. It is being broadcast live (at 12:00) in two ways so that we can watch it too:

This year’s report, “Foresight” is a short, spiffy, and readable document outlining the major accomplishments and programs at UBC in the past year. You can read it HERE. The report is structured around the personal narratives of individuals, who are featured in attractive colour photos on half the pages. Summary graphics of finances, donors, and sustainability targets constitute the remained of the report to complete a gushing profile of our illustrious institution. I learned about a few new things from the report. For instance , there’s a new fancy rowing facility in Richmond for varsity athletes. There’s a new Centre for Microbial Diversity and Evolution, funded by a $7 million investment from the Tula Foundation, being headed up by Patrick Keeling, who does awesome research on understudied protists. (This is especially cool, since most types of microbes are almost completely unstudied). Anyway, the report supplies an optimistic, incomplete glance at the positive accomplishments at UBC. By looking briefly at the financial summary page, you’d have no idea about the recurring structural deficit.


12 Comments so far

  1. Anonymous on November 27, 2007 2:57 am

    It’s propaganda for the university!

  2. Anonymous on November 27, 2007 7:19 am

    this is completely unrelated, but you should know that the one-pea-per-pod recommendations passed at AUS Council today.


  3. maayan kreitzman on November 27, 2007 7:21 am

    Yea, essentially. I wouldn’t really call it a “report” in the conventional sense of the word.

    Anyway, I tuned into hte webcast today. It was mostly a snore, but i do like hearing Stephen Toope talk – he’s such a mensch.

  4. Blake on November 27, 2007 6:36 pm

    So, I just read through this “report”. While I appreciate the fancy design, the content is seriously lacking. I’ve read some of these past reports before and I don’t think I’ve ever learned anything from them. I’m really disappointed that this document is apparently designed to increase the University’s transparency and clearly fails abysmally. I’m watching the archived webcast now and Brad Bennett is boring me to sleep.

  5. Anonymous on November 28, 2007 1:07 am

    “you’d have no idea about the recurring structural deficit.”

    Indeed. And what does that perhaps say to you?

  6. Andrew on November 28, 2007 7:10 am

    Brad Bennett on the new U-Blvd plan following student consultation: “the new proposal is too student-centric.”

    His is an opinion we need less of at UBC.

  7. Anonymous on November 29, 2007 2:13 am

    I agree Andrew. I’m so sick and tired of UBC being so concerned about, well, people who aren’t students. I’ve heard there have been plans to build senior-friendly accomodation. I mean, wtf? This is a college campus and it should stay as such. There is a place for everything in this world, and a college campus is a place for college students, not randoms who have nothing to do with UBC.

    Grr. Rant over.

    Also. Pretty much every report I have ever seen UBC published can be summarised in a couple sentences…

    “We’re really great. We really, really are”.

    It just gets so boring after a while.

  8. Anonymous on November 29, 2007 4:43 am

    The AMS ought to hold idiots like Brad Bennett to account for thoughtless statements that they make. Couldn’t we mobilize around an issue such as this?

  9. Alex Lougheed on November 30, 2007 1:27 am

    Don’t forget the UNA’s perception of students as “transients”.

    There be a lot of hatin’ on we students ’round these parts.

  10. Alex Lougheed on November 30, 2007 10:30 am

    Also, I forgot to mention that AGMs make good (yet very nerdy) drinking games.

  11. Alfie on December 1, 2007 12:27 am

    Honestly, after hearing the phrase “too student-centric”, I think Brad would have been fired if he was a UBC recruitment officer.

    Oh, gosh, I felt so cheated by UBC. What kind of a “student-oriented” university is this?

  12. Anonymous on January 4, 2008 11:56 pm

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