UBC President seeks to ease tensions about athletics review

November 28, 2013

A University of British Columbia review of campus athletic programs is sparking “wholly inappropriate” attacks and misinformation, said university President Stephen Toope during a recent news conference. Toope held the news conference on Tuesday to ease the concerns of some alumni about a review on how UBC funds varsity sports, recognizing that 29 teams are too many. Toope says UBC is expediting the exercise, and adding 2 new alumni positions to the review team, “so teams that will remain varsity are informed late this year or early next, where possible.” “The primary goal of the sports review is to sharpen the focus on high-performance excellence, to expand and enhance opportunities for a greater number of UBC students to participate in competitive sports at different levels,” says Toope. He added that the varsity budget is not being cut, but said that the university wants to use its funds in a more effective way on fewer teams. Globe and Mail