The Ubyssey

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The Ubyssey
The cover page of The Ubyssey, November 2022, vol. 104, no. 10.
Type: Independent, nonprofit student newspaper
Publication frequency: Bi-weekly
Founded: October 1918
Headquarters: 2208-6133 University Boulevard, Student Union Building, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

The Ubyssey is the student-run newspaper of the University of British Columbia[1]. It is published bi-weekly every other Tuesday[1].


UBC saw its first student-run publication in December 1916, which was a monthly magazine called Anon[2][3]. In 1917, the magazine changed its name twice in two months - Anonymous in January, and then Ubicee in February[2][3]. After the Alma Mater Society (AMS) rolled out a mandatory $2 student fee, the Ubicee turned into a weekly newspaper and rebranded as The Ubyssey in October 1918[2]. The Ubyssey operated under the AMS until 1994, when a controversial issue of its bi-annual spoof edition (The Ufeces) caused the paper to be shut down[4][5]. The Ubyssey reemerged as an independent body in 1995, and remains so ever since[4][5].


The Ubyssey is run by a Board of Directors and an 11-member Editorial Board[6]. The Board of Directors is comprised of the business manager, coordinating editor, alumni representative, treasurer, staff representative, plus five members-at-large[6]. The members-at-large are elected annually through the AMS elections[6]. The Editorial Board comprises of student editors who are elected annually by the staff[6].

The Ubyssey states, "All UBC students are welcome to join the staff of the paper; absolutely no experience is necessary."[1]

Notable Contributors


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 "What's our story?". The Ubyssey. January 4, 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 O'Donnell, Thomas (October 16, 2018). "Exposing the Ubyssey: 102 years of lies". The Ubyssey.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "The University of British Columbia - Twenty-First Anniversary 1915-1936" (PDF). UBC Library. January 4, 2023.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hudes, Sammy (January 25, 2013). "Relations Between Student Unions and University Newspapers Across Canada". The Charlatan.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Livingstone, Emma; O'Donnell, Thomas (October 17, 2018). "Here are some of our favourite Ubyssey stories to celebrate 100 years of hard-hitting journalism". The Ubyssey.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "How we run". The Ubyssey. Retrieved January 4, 2023.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 Schmidt, Randy (December 6, 2007). "The Ubyssey School of Journalism". UBC News.
  8. "Jeff Wall . . . Cartoonist?". Vancouver As It Was: A Photo-Historical Journey. August 31, 2022. no-break space character in |title= at position 16 (help)