A summary of campus events during the first term of the 2019/20 Winter Session.

As this year’s Events Editor for The Phoenix News, I had the chance to cover some of the major events on campus during the first term of the 2019/20 Winter Session. The goal of providing coverage on these events was to capture the spirit of UBC Okanagan and bring awareness to the different clubs and activities on campus.

The term began with frosh celebrations throughout the month of September. The UBCO Ice Cream Club (ICC) helped kick off the 2019/20 Winter Session by providing free ice cream to students during the first full week of classes. UBCO ICC handed out 3,000 cones throughout the first week, with the goal to exceed 10,000 cones by the end of the school year.

The annual UBCO Frosh concert took place on September 14 and featured the biggest headliners to ever perform on the UBCO Frosh stage: ASAP Ferg and Killy. UBCO’s second annual Homecoming rounded out the celebrations on September 27 and 28. Homecoming featured lots of spirited activities for the UBCO community, including a free pancake breakfast, a campus scavenger hunt, and a street festival.

The month of September also included UBCO’s Declaration of Commitments Ceremony in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action. During the ceremony, UBCO committed to implementing five recommendations received from the Aboriginal Advisory Committee in order to engage in an ongoing process of reconciliation.

Throughout the first semester, UBCO clubs hosted their share of successful events such as the ASA Haunted house which took place on October 26. The ASA Haunted House, hosted by the UBCO Asian Student Association in collaboration with other campus clubs, is an annual haunted house on campus that is packed with spooky surprises and cultural flare.

UBCO also had a number of staple programs running throughout the term to enhance student life on campus such as B.A.R.K. and UBCO Art Hive. B.A.R.K drop-in sessions took place on Fridays in the EME Building allowing students to interact with dogs and handlers as a way to de-stress. Art Hive drop-in sessions took place every week from Tuesday to Friday in the UNC for students to connect with one another and create quietly.

The first semester of the 2019/20 Winter Session brought lots of new events as well as some annual favourites at UBCO. Next term is sure to bring more school spirit, traditions and activities; stay tuned to The Phoenix News for continued coverage on events at UBCO.