What is UBCO Life?
UBCO Life is a newsletter delivered twice per month to continuing undergraduate students, featuring academic and social events, upcoming deadlines, university news, and other issues relevant to student life and success at UBC Okanagan.

Dec 5, 2019

In this issue:

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Live on residence

Live in residence next year! 

Don't miss out on living in residence next year. Spots fill up fast and if you apply after the deadline there is no guarantee that you will get a spot in residence. Apply by February 1, 2020, to give yourself a chance to live in residence next year. 

Apply now


Expanded list of compostable items on campus

More items can now be composted in the bright yellow bins around campus. The expanded list of acceptable material includes all organic food, bread, meat and bones, wooden utensils and chopsticks, wax paper, napkins, paper hand towels, coffee filters, tea bags, and containers stamped constable. 

Pizza boxes can also be stacked next to waste sorting stations on the main floors of campus buildings for collection. 

Make sure you stop and check what is compostable before sorting your waste!

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Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey

Help UBC create a healthier campus!

 A random sample of UBC students have received an email invitation to participate in the survey and share your thoughts and experiences on a range of health and wellbeing topics.

If you received a link, please take the survey! Your feedback will provide valuable information to help shape programs, policies and practices that support student health and wellbeing at UBC.

Survey participants will be entered into a draw to win one of 20 $50 Visa or Mastercard gift cards!

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New Collegia hours

Collegia holiday hours

UNC 335 - Upper Levels (Senior) Collegium

  • Mon Dec 2 to Fri Dec 6 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Mon Dec 9 to Fri Dec 13 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Closed until Mon Jan 6

UNC 336 - First and Second Year (Junior) Collegium

  • Mon Dec 2 to Fri Dec 6 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Mon Dec 9 to Fri Dec 13 - closed
  • Closed until Mon Jan 6

EME 0252 - Global Collegium

  • Mon Dec 2 to Fri Dec 6 - 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Mon Dec 9 to Fri Dec 13 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Closed until Mon Jan 6

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Improved Student Printing

Improved Student Printing!

UBC IT Okanagan is improving student printing across campus:

  • NEW printers with more options: print, copy & scan!
  • New locations with easier access.
  • Swipe to print at ANY student printer! 

New printers will be installed and ready for the start of term January 2020.

More info

UBC's Indigenous Strategic Plan

Seeking ideas for UBC's Indigenous Strategic Plan

UBC is in the final stage of developing an Indigenous Strategic Plan, which will guide the University’s Indigenous engagement initiatives for years to come. Your ideas are sought via an online survey. The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. The deadline for responses is December 12. You’re invited to comment on how UBC can become a leading university locally and globally in implementing (i.e. recognizing and respecting) Indigenous peoples’ human rights.

Take the survey here

Work as an RA

Work in residence life

We’re looking for passionate, dedicated, caring UBC students of all ages to join our vibrant team in 2019/20.

Working in Residence Life is a valuable way to build important leadership skills, help other students succeed socially and academically, and earn income during the school year.

Residence Life staff inspire communities, plan events, lend an ear when needed, and—most importantly—help create lifelong memories for residents and themselves.

Apply online by January 19. 

Apply now

Edible Cannabis

Edible Cannabis

The Government of Canada legalized edible cannabis products in October 2019. This means edible cannabis products will be available in official retail stores by December 2019. Check out this infographic from the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction to understand the differences between inhaling and ingesting cannabis.

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Go Global

Two weeks left to apply for Go Global's first round - we can help shine a light on your options!

December 17 is fast approaching! If you're still trying to figure out where to go next year, why not come chat with a Go Global Advisor or one of our Ambassadors (returned students)? Go Global advising is operating on a drop-in basis until the 17th from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. each weekday, with Ambassadors on hand from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. each day! Stop by UNC 207 during these times or contact us by e-mail. 

Not sure if you want to Go Global yet? We have another deadline in early May, however, we highly recommend you meet with a Go Global advisor to determine which timeline works best for you! 

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UBCO Fiction Competition

Submissions welcome for UBC Okanagan's annual fiction competition

Authors encouraged to put pen to paper and get creative

Budding writers are urged to submit their entries for the 22nd annual Okanagan Short Story Contest. FCCS is offering cash prizes to the top three stories - $1,000, $400 and $200; the first prize winner also wins a one-week retreat at The Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre in Kelowna. Entries must be received by 11:15 p.m. Friday, January 31, 2020. Submissions will be judged by faculty from the Creative Writing Program, and Okanagan icon, poet, editor, and fiction writer, John Lent.   

Submit now

Draw by Night

Draw by night

Inspired by the work of Adrianna Singleton, our next theme involves imagery surrounding talk show hosts, news anchors & current events. This event is free and open to the public! Come armed with your favorite drawing utensil or just bring your bad self and you can use our stuff. We will provide materials and food for your inspiration. Come draw with us! 

Register here

Late Night Study Hours

Late-night Study Hours

The Commons offer a safe, comfortable space to study for exams and is open 24/7 from December 2-17. 

Make sure you know campus building hours so you know where and when to study! 

Check all hours

Nobel Night

Dec. 10 - Sixth annual UBC Okanagan Nobel Night

Learn about the 2019 Nobel Prize-winning contributions in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, peace and economics at Nobel Night. On Tuesday, Dec. 10 a panel of UBC faculty experts in the prize disciplines will decipher the discoveries and achievements that have changed the world this year. 

More info

Touchscreen Temptation

Online shopping for the holiday season? Learn about Ying Zhu's research about touchscreens 

It's holiday season which means more online shopping. Ying Zhu is a marketing professor at UBCO who is using research and tech-savvy students to learn about how easy it is to indulge in guilty pleasures when shopping online via a touchscreen. 

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Sometimes no antibiotic is the best prescription!

If you have a sore throat, cough, or sinus pain, you might expect to take antibiotics. After all, you feel bad, and you want to get better fast. But antibiotics don’t help most respiratory infections, and they can even be harmful. Watch this short video developed by doctors that explains when antibiotics are useful and the risks and benefits of taking antibiotics:

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Art Hive

Art Hive returns in 2020 - volunteers needed

Art Hive is now closed for the term.

Want to get involved? The Art Hive is now looking to hire volunteer facilitators for early 2020 with a commitment of 2-4 hours/week. Duties and responsibilities include:

  • greeting all newcomers and inviting participants so they feel welcome
  • providing a pleasant and safe atmosphere to create in; ensuring the area is clean and art supplies are organized when shift ends
  • helping students familiarize themselves with the materials/art supplies provided and informing the Art Hive coordinator when supplies are low or new items are needed
  • giving feedback to the coordinator on successes and challenges, and ways we can improve the experience for participants; keeping track of attendance.
  • providing ideas on special themes the Art Hive can host during the school year


These volunteer positions are opened to all UBCO students. If you have a friendly, open attitude, enjoy being creative, are reliable & organized, and would like to be part of a fun, growing initiative, the Art Hive would love to hear from you. Familiarity with art materials/personal art practice is an asset but not necessary.

Please contact Sophie at for more info or to apply.

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UBCO Recreation

UBCO Recreation Holiday Hours

Dec. 1-17:

  • Monday to Friday: 6:45 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. 

Dec. 18-21: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Dec. 24-26: Closed

Dec. 27-31: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Jan. 1: Closed

Jan. 2-5: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 



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Heat schedule: upcoming home games

No games until January! 

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