In November we asked you to get out there brave the cold weather and snap a photo at any Thrive Week or #RippleEffectUBC event for a chance to win a $25 gift card to UBC food services. We know how busy November usually is for everyone so a big thank you to all who participated! Two lucky winners have been drawn and our giveaway has come to an end. Congrats to @Ayyelle and @ItIsEVA!
Good luck with exams ladies! We hope those gift cards will help you secure a steady supply of coffee to get you through exam time.
Check out the events our lucky winners attended.
The UBC Art’s Undergraduate Society and UBC REC are joining together to host “Get your Fitness On Tuesdays!” Come join them every Tuesday in November with Yoga and Zumba sessions! Admission is by donation, and all proceeds go towards LACE UP FOR KIDS! What better way is there for you to de-stress from school than to join a Yoga or Zumba session for a good cause!
Nov 5 – Yoga
Nov 12 – Zumba
Nov 19 – Yoga
Nov 26 – Zumba
Whether you’re a die-hard Janeite (yes that’s an actual term for Jane Austen fans) or not, you cannot deny her lasting influence on literature and culture in general. Indeed it’s hard for me to think of another novelist who continues to be so popular across such a wide spectrum of people as Jane Austen, and this even 200 years after the publication of her first novels. Beyond the seemingly never-ending movie and TV adaptations of her books, looking at the long-list of spinoffs – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Clueless (90s films yeah!), Bridget Jones Diary to name a few – shows how Austen continues to captivate. More than an author, for many she is a role model and inspirational figure. Not bad for an author who published her works anonymously, often after multiple rejections from publishers.
Theatre at UBC is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice, Austen’s second and perhaps most famous novel, with a performance of Jon Jory’s adaption. I went to see the performance on its opening night last Thursday and absolutely loved it! This is not a tale of stuffy or melodramatic substance, a reputation perhaps cooked-up by Hollywood movie renderings, but rather a smart and fun performance that keeps you laughing and interested throughout. The actors (all current UBC students) really highlight Austen’s razor sharp wit and humor that resonates just as well with a current contemporary audience.
The actors do a fantastic job of bringing out Austen’s rich and lively characters. The Bennet family really stands out in this play. There’s the lively and smart Elizabeth Bennet, her kind albeit slightly naïve older sister Jane, the bookish Mary, Catherine and Lydia the frivolous and flirtatious younger sisters, the wisecracking cynical father and the high-flying passionate mother. Each stands out on their own as a rich and unique character, yet it is their dynamic as a family that really makes this performance noteworthy.
Compliment this with a great collection of other characters: the awkward but well-meaning Darcy, the friendly air-headed Bingley, his snobbish sister, the sycophantic priest Collins, and the hilariously haughty Lady de Bourgh, and you have a performance that will keep you thoroughly entertained.
More than keeping you entertained it is a story that makes you think. As with all of Austen’s works, it serves as a reminder of women’s past disenfranchisement and inability to be masters of their own destiny in a male-centric society where their worth solely revolved around marriage and servitude. While not as jarring as in her time, inequalities regarding gender-equality strongly persist to this day, which keeps Austen’s observations relevant and contemporary.
The rosy romantic ending is somewhat played-up in this adaptation, which might undermine some of the original work’s social critiques, but it is nevertheless a nice ending. And the strength, smartness, and emotional complexity of the women characters in the play make up for it.
I spoke to Deb Pickman, promotions coordinator for Theatre at UBC, before the premiere and she expressed her excitement about the show. She mentioned how enthusiastic the students were to work with the material, “it really means a lot for our students, since we have a lot of female students in the program, to get the opportunity to work with material that has such compelling and strong women characters.”
If you are already an Austen fan then you I’m sure you don’t need too much convincing; but if you aren’t one or are on the fence I would highly recommend going. You won’t regret it!
-Photo Credit: Nancii Bernard
The wait is over,
and the time has come.
Get ready for it.
The AUS Art’s Student Centre Committee (ASC) would like to announce the location of the New Art’s Student Centre Building ….
The Brock Hall Site!
That’s right, if you recognize the location in this photo it is across from Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and to the left of Brock Hall. (For some students, this may also be known as the patch of soil you cut through to get to your classes.)
The chair of the ASC committee, Camille Esquivel is absolutely thrilled to present the approved site by the New Building Site Selection Committee to the UBC Community and is looking forward to advancing the project, making this student space come to life! For more information on the Art’s Student Centre Project, click here: http://aus.arts.ubc.ca/arts-students-centre
Photo credits: Adrian Talingdan
Chin and Chow down with the Chinese Varsity Club!
October 4th 2013 @ The Norm Theatre
Photo credits: Justin Siu
Did you find that you were drooling chocolate sauce down your “chin” because you were bursting with laughter while “chowing down” the endless supply of desert at CVC’s annual improv show? Not sure about you, but these guys definitely did!
This was a completely original, interactive live improv show hosted and performed by CVC’s drama department. From delicious treats ranging from fresh fruits, cookies, fruit loafs, and raspberry vanilla cake – the variations of desserts was endless at the cost of only $5 for members and $7 for non-members.
They even had prizes from Starbucks and tickets to Yuk Yuk’s stand-up comedy for audience members who participated in the show too!
If you missed out or really enjoyed Chin and Chow Down, be sure to stay tuned for the upcoming Chin and Chow formal dinner and improve show in March. You don’t want to miss out another one of these funny incidents!
Check out CVC’s Facebook page for more photos and events!
See you at the next event!
I’ve always been a fan of TED Talks, having first been introduced to them by a teacher in high school, so I was pretty stoked to attend TEDxTerryTalks (x = independently organized TED event) this Saturday.
Looks like I’ve been missing out all these years, because this year’s TEDxTerryTalks was the 6th one of its kind at UBC. I was also amazed to hear that TEDxTerryTalks, besides being a platform for UBC students or recent graduates, is also organized and run mainly by students. This year’s TEDxTerryTalks was held at the Life Sciences Institute at UBC and brought together 10 speakers (UBC undergraduates, graduates, and recent alumni) to talk about their inspired efforts. Several TED Talks were shown throughout the day, and there were also booths and mingling opportunities during lunchtime.
I was collectively moved by the different experiences and perspectives each speaker brought to their Talk. The great thing about TEDxTerryTalks was the fact that instead of having professionals speakers, like in regular TED Talks, each speaker was connected to the UBC community. This made what they were talking about more pertinent to the audience, which was composed mostly of UBC students.
Some of the topics included making public art accessible, the need for collaboration in creating social change, using language to address sexual violence, and even a how-to for completing your undergrad degree in seven years. (I’d summarize each of the ten Talks, but I’m prettyyy sure that would take me more than one blog post.)
I was especially moved by Dylan Stirwalt’s talk “The ‘I Ought’ and‘ I Am’: A Struggle between Self-Compassion and Sacrifice,” as Dylan recounted how we ought to be compassionate towards ourselves, despite not always being perfect. One quote from the talk really stuck with me: “All the pieces are here. I’m not broken, none of us are. We make the decision to be who we want to be.”
Another talk I found really engaging was by Chris Dare. Chris has not only climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, but is an avid mountain climber, long distance runner, scuba instructor, skydiver and a full time dentistry student at UBC. He has also served with the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. After hearing him talk about all the things he’s done, I felt (besides like a waste of space) extra determined to go out and pursue all the interests I’ve been putting off.
Overall, I had a great time and would recommend anyone who hasn’t been to a TEDxTerryTalks event to do so next year! The range of topics was so diverse that every member of the audience was sure to have taken something home with them. I know I did.
The Terry Project is a cross-faculty program designed to educate undergraduate students on pressing global issues like climate change, poverty, conflict and disease. For more info, including a preview of the 2013 speakers and their talks, visit http://www.terry.ubc.ca/.
Are you sweating to get involved in leadership opportunities before you graduate?
Don’t sweat, grab a towel, and sign yourself up because this could be you next year!
The UBC Orientations team is recruiting/hiring senior UBC students to be Squad leaders for Imagine Day 2014. Squad leaders are the bridge between junior student’s leaders, first years and the professional staff members (like this handsome gentlemen right here from the Orientations Team). It is a great way to get involved on campus where you can motivate and student leaders and first year students next Imagine Day!
The position details can be found here:
Application deadline: Sunday November 10th
Don’t forget to go drop by their booth this Thursday in the SUB to get free swag and more information about becoming a squad leader!
I got myself a purple towel, did you?
- Vivian C
November is here UBC, and we know it’s a busy time for everyone. We also know how easy it is to get stuck inside as the weather gets chillier and more dreary. So this month UBCevents is asking you to brave the weather, get out there and beat those end of term blues. And if you do, we have something special in store for you.
UBCevents is having a Giveaway!
Interested in learning more? Get all the details here.
For now here are some great ways to unwind this November.
November 4-8: Thrive Week
Thrive is both a mindset and a week-long series of events focused on building positive mental health for UBC students, faculty, and staff.
November 4-15: Ripple Effect UBC
Fun (and sometimes surprising) pop-up Ripple Labs are being held across campus to showcase sustainability in action at UBC.
November 1-7: New Wave in African Cinema Film Series
This weeklong film series will screen ten feature films and ten shorts celebrating a new wave of African filmmaking. Throughout the week there will be workshops and panel discussion on the engagement of cinema with pressing social, historical, economic and political concerns. Tickets $10.
November 4: Thrive Week Stress Ball Installation- 8:30am – 12:30pm
Embrace Thrive’s theme of ‘Trying Something New’ and stop by the Stress Ball Installation. Interact with the installation by picking up a stress ball for yourself. Learning to reduce your stress can help build resiliency and positive mental health.
November 6: Smart Rides to Class- 9am – 10am
In a hurry? Catch a ride in an electric car to get you to class on time and in style. While being chauffeured, find out how UBC operations are helping reach our 2050 GHG emission reduction targets.
November 6: Take a Break! Thrive with JumpStart- 3pm – 5pm
With finals fast approaching, come and pamper yourselves with delicious free food and unwind with your friends. Featuring healthy pancake options, tasty snacks, and trivia. Free event.
November 7: UBC REC Water Wars
Escape from the cold for a night of wild and wet fun in the warmth of the UBC Aquatic Centre. Teams compete in a variety of challenges including the always popular inflatable obstacle course, so grab some friends and dive in!
November 7: Thrive Self-Care Workshop- 4pm – 6pm
Join AMS student services Speakeasy and The Sexual Assault Support Centre for an afternoon of interactive well being exercises, whilst exploring your vision for a fresh perspective on self-care. The event has been sponsored by David’s tea and Lush, and participants will leave with a self-care package. Free event.
November 8: Zumba: Thrive Wrap-Up Celebration- 12pm – 1pm
This year, to celebrate Thrive, UBC Rec will be hosting a large scale Zumba class to wrap up the week of activities. The event will include free snacks. Free event.
November 9: Last One Stands 2013: Vancouver Biggest Street Dance Battle- 4pm
The 2013 edition of Last One Stands will once again be one of the biggest street dance competitions in North America. Come and share this incredible experience as this event features the highest caliber of international talent flown in from all over the world. First 200 UBC students get in free.
November 11: Remembrance Day Ceremony- 10:45am – 11:45am
This year, the Remembrance Day ceremony at UBC will be held in the War Memorial Gym.This special ceremony is an opportunity for faculty, staff, students and members of the on and off-campus community to honour and remember all those who served in times of war, military conflict and peace.
November 13: Tap Water Taste Test- 11am – 2pm
Judge for yourself: can you tell the difference between bottled water and tap water in a taste test?
November 14: Cows on Campus- 8am – 10am
Mooo! Come nose-to-nose with a live cow as the BC Dairy Association Mobile Classroom comes to UBC. Talk to our students and researchers about our sustainable farming practices and research at our Dairy Centre in Agassiz.
November 15: UBC ELI International Night- 7pm
International Night is a chance for UBC and English Language Institute students to present something unique about their native country. With more than 30 countries represented at the ELI and many more at UBC, the event is a chance to discover the world all in one place, and to learn more about ourselves and each other. Tickets $5 at the door.
November 17: Rokia Traoré- 7pm
Africa’s most adventurous songstress makes a long-awaited return to the Chan Centre. Playfully integrating elements of blues, rock and pop with traditional African instruments and sounds, Rokia Traoré has been referred to as Africa’s most inventive singer-songwriter. Limited amount of student tickets priced at $10 available one week before the show. Regular tickets priced $40.75-$76.75.
November 23: Steve Aoki with Waka Flocka Flame- 6pm – 7pm
Steve Aoki featuring Waka Flocka Flame is coming to Vancouver as part of the Aokify America Tour. Tickets $41-$83.10, student pricing available.
November 21: UBC REC Lace Up for Kids- 6pm – 2am
Lace Up for Kids is UBC REC’s student driven charity event that is a great opportunity for individuals or teams to give back to the community. On the night of Lace Up, teams/individuals can come to the event and skate laps in support of these on-of-a-kind kids.
November 29: Tandem End of Term Showcase Party- 6pm – 8:30pm
Join Tandem for a night of cultural celebration. Fill up on great food, and get a chance to participate in some cultural trivia games and other activities. Free event.
It’s cold, it really isn’t getting any drier out and frankly people are beginning to mistake that monitor glare induced paleness on your face for leftover Halloween makeup. We know! This is why we’ve put together a little giveaway to get you through the end of the fall semester. We want you to snap out of those end of term blues UBC, literally.
UBCevents wants you to come out and snap a photo at any Thrive Week or #RippleEffectUBC event for a chance to win a steady supply of coffee or tea with a $25 gift card to UBC food services. It’s simple, all you do is tweet that photo @UBCevents with a caption telling us which Thrive or #RippleEffectUBC event you’re at and you’ll be automatically entered to win one of two $25 gift cards.
SNAP, TWEET, FOLLOW & WIN.
1) Attend any Thrive Week or #RippleEffectUBC event
2) Snap a photo at the event
3) Tweet that photo to @UBC events with a caption telling us what event you’re at.
4) Follow @UBCevents
5) Get entered into a draw for a chance to win a 25$ gift card to UBC food services.
Your tweet should look something like this:
Learning to reduce stress at the Thrive Stress Ball Installation! @UBCevents
Who can enter?
Any current UBC student with valid student ID. This will be checked upon prize pick up.
How many times can I enter?
You can go to as many Thrive Week and #RippleEffectUBC events as you like, but remember there is a limit to a maximum of three separate event entries total per person.
Attend 1 event = get 1 entry.
Attend 3 events = get 3 entries.
Attend 4,5, or 6 events = get 3 entries.
How long does the giveaway run?
The giveaway will run from November 4-15. Make sure you submit your photo before closing time November 15 at 11:59pm. The winner will be announced Monday, November 18 at 10am and will be contacted by us via Twitter. They will have 24hrs to claim their prize, otherwise we will announce another winner, so remember to check your Twitter!
What about the fine print?
It’s all here.
Get @ us UBC.
1.1 The University of British Columbia (“UBC”) is a contest sponsor of UBCevents
1.2 This contest starts at 9 am Pacific Time on Monday, November 4, 2013 and closes on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 11:59 pm. There is two (2) prize to be won from among all the eligible entries received during the Contest Period. Void where prohibited.
2. How to Enter
2.1 No purchase necessary. Only 3 entries per person. This contest is open to UBC students over the age of 18. Employees and faculty members of UBC are not eligible to enter this contest.
2.2 To enter the @UBCevents Twitter contest from your Twitter account, follow UBCevents’s official Twitter account (“@UBCevents”) and tweet a photo with a caption describing which Thrive Week or #RippleEffectUBC event you are attending. Your Entry Tweet must include “@UBCevents” (each a “Mention”) so that your Entry Tweet appears in UBCevents’ Mentions tab. (Note: You will need to create a Twitter account if you don’t already have one. Membership on Twitter is free, and registration for Twitter can be obtained by logging on to www.twitter.com (the “Twitter web site”) and following the on-screen instructions to open an account). In addition, eligible entrants will need to become a “follower” of @UBCevents. Any Entry Tweet that does not follow the above format will be discarded and will not be eligible for entry in this Contest. Incorrect and/or incomplete Entry Tweets and Entry Tweets received outside the applicable Contest Period, and/or Entry Tweets that contain obscene, offensive, or any language communicating messages inconsistent with the positive images to which Contest Sponsors wish to associate (all as determined by Contest Sponsors in their sole discretion) will be void. All Entry Tweets must comply with the Twitter Terms of Service and Twitter Rules available at www.twitter.com. By following @UBCevents and sending your Entry Tweet you agree to these official rules and regulations (the “Rules”). Use of any automated, script, macro, robotic or other program(s) to enter or otherwise participate in this Contest is prohibited and will automatically result in disqualification. All entries are subject to verification. Limit of three (3) entries per individual and per Twitter account. If it is discovered that you attempted to enter more than one time during the Contest Period, all of your entries will be void. Important note: If your Twitter account is set to “protected mode”, your Entry Tweet and/or responses may not be visible in UBCevents’ inbox and may not thus be received by the Contest Sponsors unless you previously consented to permit UBCevents to see your Entry Tweet and/or responses.
3. HOW TO WIN
3.1 On Monday November 18, 2013 at approximately 10am-11pm PT, a random draw for the Prize will take place at UBCevents from among all eligible entries received during the Contest Period. The odds of winning a Prize will depend upon the total number of eligible entries received during the Contest Period. UBCevents, acting reasonably, will attempt to contact the potential Prize winner to notify potential winner that he or she may have won the Prize by using the direct message feature on Twitter for the user account that submitted the potentially winning entry Tweet, within one (1) business days from the draw. Potential winner must respond by Tuesday 10am, November 19, 2013 or he or she will be disqualified. If potential winner is not a Follower, then potential winner will have to become a Follower (so that UBCevents will be able to send a private direct message via Twitter) within the time stated in the Contest Sponsors’ submission of an @Reply to the potential winner or else Contest Sponsors may disqualify the potential winner at their sole discretion. Potential winner may discontinue following @UBCevents after the completion of the notification, eligibility verification and Prize fulfillment procedures outlined in these Rules. It is each entrant’s responsibility to set his or her account settings to accept contacts by UBCevents and to timely check his or her Twitter account for any such direct messages or @Replies. Proof of identification must be provided upon request. In the event that a potential winner does not comply with all the provisions as contemplated in these Rules, Contest Sponsors shall have the right to disqualify the potential winner, and draw an alternate potential winner, and the Contest Sponsors shall be fully and completely released and discharged from any liability or responsibility in this regard. The provisions and procedures referred to above relating to selection and notification of a potential winner, shall be applied, with the necessary amendments, until all qualified winners have been duly selected, but in any event, no later than Wednesday, November 20 2013 at 12pm.
4.1 There are (2) prize. Two (2) gift cards to UBC Food Services. The approximate retail value of each prize is $25.00. Individual contestants can only win one (1) prize each.
4.2 The prizes must be accepted as awarded. No substitutions of the prizes are permitted except by UBC at its discretion. UBC reserves the right to substitute any of the prizes with other prizes of equal or greater value if any prize cannot be awarded as described for any reason. Prizes are non-transferable and are not redeemable for cash or credit, in whole or in part.
4.3 UBC may require winners to sign a liability/publicity release, including a consent to UBC posting the winner’s name and photograph on its website. If a winner fails to return the contest documents within the time specified by UBC, s/he will forfeit their prize and an alternate winner will be selected.
5. General Rules
5.1 By participating in this contest, each entrant and winner agrees to: (a) be bound by these Official Contest Rules and the decisions of UBC; and (b) release and hold harmless UBC, and its Boards of Governors, officers, employees and agents from and against any and all liabilities, losses, claims, demands, costs and expenses (including lawyer’s fees and litigation expenses on a solicitor and own client basis) whatsoever to which any of them may become subject arising from any actions or omissions by the entrant.
5.2 By participating in this contest, each entrant and winner agrees that UBC may post the winner’s name on its website.
5.3 The decisions of UBC in relation to this contest will be final and binding on all entrants.
5.4 UBC reserves the right to cancel, terminate, or suspend this contest, at its discretion, at any time without prior notice.
5.5 Each Prize claim is subject to verification by UBC and/or its designated representatives. Entries made with multiple addresses, under multiple identities, or through the use of any device or other method to enter more than three (3) times or entries that are in excess of the permitted number of entries are automatically void. All contest entries obtained through unauthorized sources or which are incomplete or in any way not in compliance with these Official Contest Rules are automatically void. UBC is not responsible for lost or late entries. UBC is not responsible for any miscommunications, failed communications systems, software malfunctions, or for any human errors in connection with this contest. UBC may suspend or terminate this contest if UBC is of the view this contest’s administration or fair play has been compromised.
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Congrats to @Ayyelle and @ItIsEVA the winners of our UBCevents GIveaway! Good luck with exams ladies! We hope those gift cards will help you secure a steady supply of coffee to get you through exam time.
The UBC Art’s Undergraduate Society and UBC REC are joining together to host “Get your Fitness On Tuesdays!” Come join them every Tuesday in November with Yoga and Zumba sessions! Admission is by donation, and all proceeds go towards LACE UP FOR KIDS! What better way is there for you to de-stress from school than [...]
Whether you’re a die-hard Janeite (yes that’s an actual term for Jane Austen fans) or not, you cannot deny her lasting influence on literature and culture in general. Indeed it’s hard for me to think of another novelist who continues to be so popular across such a wide spectrum of people as Jane Austen, and [...]