Theatre UBC presents “Twelfth Night”

Photo Credit:  Nancii Bernard

Photo Credit: Nancii Bernard

Mistaken identity? Romance? Misbehaviour? All that and more can be found in Theatre UBC’s production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, which sets the classic play during a New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration and is currently delighting audiences at the Frederic Wood Theatre.

Directed by Stephen Heatley, a faculty member with UBC’s Theatre department, and showcasing the talents of UBC BFA students (both on stage and behind-the-scenes), Theatre UBC’s adaptation of Twelfth Night is entertaining from beginning to end and offers something for all audience members. Whether you go to see some of UBC’s finest thespians give outstanding performances, or to marvel at the play’s breath-taking set and jazzy original music, your trip to the Frederic Wood Theatre will not be one you’ll soon regret.

Photo Credit:  Nancii Bernard

Photo Credit: Nancii Bernard

The play intersects the stories of a variety of lovers and schemers at court, as they explore ideas of identity, gender and class. Following a separation from her twin brother, our heroine Viola masquerades as “Cesario,” a man-servant at the service of Duke Orsino, who pines for the beautiful Olivia, who in turn is infatuated by the sensitive “Cesario,” who is really Viola! Also at play are the escapades of Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, Maria and Fabienne, a quartet of courtiers who scheme to pull one over on the haughty Malvolia, Olivia’s steward. Full of instances of mistaken identity, unrequited love and outrageous pranks, Twelfth Night will have you laughing from beginning to end, as each character is performed to perfection by the cast.

Photo Credit:  Nancii Bernard

Photo Credit: Nancii Bernard

Set during the middle of a wild New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration, rather than in 16th century Illyria, the production puts a modern twist on Shakespeare’s classic tale. Complete with vibrantly coloured costumes, a jazzy soundtrack and a plethora of Mardi Gras beads (some of which were given out by cast-members to the audience at intermission), theatre-goers will feel like they’ve been transported down to Louisiana for the evening. These thematic elements are complemented by the pitch-perfect delivery of Shakespeare’s classic language, which the cast has mastered in their performances (undoubtedly no easy feat.) All in all, this unique setting for the play is smart, creative and very, very fun and audiences will enjoy this fresh take on the Bard.

Photo Credit:  Nancii Bernard

Photo Credit: Nancii Bernard

The talent and passion of the performers on stage is what makes this production so remarkable to watch. Aside from their mastery of Shakespearean language, each member of the cast also has an incredible gift for timing and physical comedy, which helps makes the content relatable for everyone, no matter what their previous experience is with the play. Additionally, as another modern twist, many of the players adapt roles which were originally written for the opposite gender and expertly embody this transition as they deliver their performances. Overall, the BFA students who bring Twelfth Night to life are powerful and professional in their performances and it is obvious they have a bright future on the stage ahead of them.

Photo Credit:  Nancii Bernard

Photo Credit: Nancii Bernard

If you are interested in taking in a fun, polished and professional production at UBC this month, then look no further than Theatre UBC’s Twelfth Night. The reasonable ticket prices offer a great opportunity for a night out with friends or family (or maybe even a date night!) Additionally, you can also see the performance for free if you volunteer to usher. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Frederic Wood Theatre box-office and the show runs from September 25th-October 11th. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to witness some of UBC’s finest performers in action!

For more information about Twelfth Night and other upcoming productions by Theatre UBC, please visit the UBC Theatre and Film Website and follow @TheatreUBC on Twitter!

-Written by Ian Schultz, UBCevents Communications Assistant













#RippleEffectUBC Lab: Eat Bugs

Among the many Ripple Effect UBC events, the Eat Bugs one was the most eye opening to me. Entomophagy is the consumption of insects by humans and I learned this term through the September 26 Ripple Lab hosted by Dr Yasmin Akhtar. Dr Akhtar began by exclaiming that bugs are sustainable, nutritious and delicious!


Dr Yasmin Akhtar on entomophagy

I was skeptical as I looked around at the food samples with silk worms and crickets sprinkled on top. She asked the audience who has not eaten bugs before and after a few of us raised our hands, she replied, “You’re lying!” Then she proceeded to give us astounding facts such as peanut butter contains on average 30 or more insect fragments per 100 grams. Perhaps you don’t eat peanut butter, what about using ground pepper in cooking? Well that can contain on average 475 or more insect fragments per 50 grams. Certain amounts of insect fragments in food is approved by the FDA.

She argues that we are already eating bugs without knowing it so the most important part is our perception of bugs. They’re associated with filth and disease but the good benefits they bring are abundant protein and are sustainable to harvest compared to conventional livestock.  For example, insects use significantly less water than livestock.

Dr Akhtar demonstrated potato ball and samosa recipes incorporating cricket powder. It was definitely one of the most unique cooking demonstrations I’ve seen since it incorporated insect powder!

So how did the food taste? I tried the chocolate cricket bark and it tasted like chocolate with a hint of coconut oil and some crunchy caramel bits. If I didn’t know there were crickets inside, I wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference. I also tried a guacamole sprinkled with silk worms and the silk worms tasted like a crunchy nut. I was surprised that it tasted nutty!





If changing your diet to incorporate bugs to be sustainable is too hard to swallow, learn about more sustainability ideas at rippleeffect.sustain.ubc.ca.

For more information on edible insects visit www.fao.org/forestry/edibleinsects.

-Vivien Lee, UBCevents Communications Assistant

What’s Happening at UBC? – October

It’s half-way through Term 1 and mid-terms are rolling around but stay connected with UBC by attending some of the amazing events happening in the month of October.


September 30 to October 1: Career Days – 10:00am-3:00pm

Meet professionals and network with companies and organizations to explore your career options. Attend workshops such as “Panic to Power” and get a professional head shot taken for free to update your LinkedIn profile.

Ongoing until October 11: UBC Theatre presents: Twelfth Night – 7:30pm

This romantic comedy of epic proportions is often referred to as Shakespeare’s very finest comedy. Orsino loves Olivia. Olivia doesn’t love him. She loves Cesario who’s actually Viola in disguise. And then there’s Malvolia… where will her giddy infatuation lead her?

TICKETS: Reg. $24.50/Senior $16.50/Student $11.50/Youth $9/Groups $2 off ~ all charges included/Student Rush $7/UBC Alumni $10

October 7: UBC Farm Market – 4:30pm-6:30pm

New this year, come down to the UBC Farm on a Tuesday evening and pick up some local, organically grown ingredients for dinner.

October 8: Global Experience Fair – 11:00am-5:00pm

Drop by the Global Experience Fair in the main lobby at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre to explore your options for international learning and getting global experience. Students from universities around the globe and UBC students who’ve studied abroad will share stories and answer questions about the process and specifics about life on exchange.

October 9: UBC Symphony Orchestra - 8:00pm

UBC Symphony Orchestra performs Wagner, Haydn and Bartok. Jonathan Girard is the conductor.

Wagner – Die Meistersinger, WWV 96: Prelude
Haydn – Symphony No. 104 in D Major
Bartók – Concerto for Orchestra

This event is free. Get your tickets from the Chan Centre Ticket Office starting at noon on the day of the performance.

October 18-19: Apple Festival – 11:00am-4:00pm

A family event for all ages, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of British Columbia’s favourite fruits. From children learning about the diversity of apples to those who remember tasting heritage apples in their youth, the Apple Festival is a great opportunity to not only discover more about this delicious fruit, but have a whole lot of fun doing it!

Entry is $4, cash only. Children 12 years and under enter for free.

October 25 to November 1: Celebrate Learning Week – 9:00am-4:00pm

UBC will host a number of events across campus that celebrate teaching and learning. Events will feature open lectures, information sessions, student advising activities, poster sessions, workshops, and more.

October 27: Gairdner Foundation Symposium – 4:00pm-6:00pm

Two leading scientists and Canada Gairdner Award recipients, James P. Allison and Salim Yusuf will be hosting an inspiring session at UBC’s Life Sciences Centre. General admission is free.

October 31: Halloween Concert: Piano Students of Corey Hamm – 7:00pm

Attend a free music concert at the Barnett Hall this Halloween.

$10 Vegetarian Pasta Recipe: Main Mall Harvest Feast

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Woohoo, finally graduated! What a great way to end my time at UBC! | Guest Post by Lauren Riva

My graduation was a really special day that I was fortunate enough to share with my friends and family. After a morning jog through my neighbourhood, a haircut and last minute wardrobe changes, I found myself in front of a mirror adjusting my cap and gown. Actually, I found myself in front of a mirror having a minor panic attack, because I was late, had tripped down the stairs and was struggling to attach the hood to my gown. Luckily, two friendly grads — who I had never met before — came to my rescue, and after introducing themselves with their procession numbers, made sure that I looked presentable. (Thanks, guys!)

When I found my spot in the procession line-up, I was surprised with how many people I knew, who I hadn’t realized were graduating. Having delayed my graduation date with co-op and exchange, I hadn’t expected to see so many familiar, friendly faces. I had some good friends who had taken a similar prolonged undergraduate route, but it was really cool to see so many friends all in one place, celebrating the same achievement.


Lauren with friend Jessica

I also really underestimated how cool it would be to walk into the Chan Centre. I could hardly contain my smile as I walked past so many students and parents, and searched for my own. As graduate #57, I had prime seating in the second row and didn’t have to wait too long for my turn to cross the stage. But, hearing my name called, walking across the stage and shaking several hands are all somewhat of a blur! As I focused on not tripping on the stairs or on the stage, I was still able to appreciate the excitement in the moment.

After the ceremony, I took photos with my friends and family, and then went for dinner at a fancy French restaurant. I was really lucky to have my ceremony on a day where the weather cooperated, as it turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day. My brother, who is a dedicated student athlete and engineering student at UVic, came over from the island, skipping a workout and a lab to attend my ceremony. My parents, who both live in Vancouver, also took the day off work to be a part of the celebration. One of my best friends showed up after the ceremony with flowers; all of these things, in addition to the many phone calls and messages contributed to my graduation day feeling really special.


Riva family


Lauren with brother Thomas

With my dad as a UBC alumnus, I am continuing a family tradition, as the second generation of UBC graduates in our family. On my mom’s side, I am the first one in our family to graduate from any university, which is also pretty special. All of the love and support that I had on graduation day — not to mention throughout the course of completing my degree — made me feel really proud of my accomplishments. As somewhat of a perfectionist, occasionally I’ve been less than satisfied with certain grades during my time at UBC. But on graduation day, the grades, the time spent in the library, all of the little things that I like to stress over, don’t matter — I made it, I have a degree! Plus, in the course of completing my studies from an excellent university, I had so many incredible experiences along the way!


Lauren Riva

My UBC Grad Experience: An extraordinary day I won’t soon forget! | Guest post by Madison Grist

My UBC Grad experience began as I begrudgingly pulled myself out of bed at 5:30 am (thanks Mom for waking me up after I slept through an impressive three alarms). While still half-asleep yet incredibly excited, I threw back a latte before we set out for UBC. My remarkable ability to sleep through nearly anything had resulted in a late departure… and anyone who knows me, knows that I am devotedly punctual. If I’m not 5 minutes early, I’m late. Accordingly, arriving 15 minutes late to the suggested 7am grad check-in made my blood pressure spike.

Nevertheless, I had ample time to don my gown, pin my hood (thank you Michael and Erin for your help!) and catch up with friends before the ceremony. A note to future grads: the check in time is ridiculously early and at the same time necessary, because pinning your hood is a finicky task that would be super hard to do in a rush or on your own. Once we were gowned up, we were placed into our procession and marched excitedly over to the Chan Centre.

I was lucky enough to be the very first undergrad in the procession! I was told to file into line behind the last MSc. Grad and hand my name card to the reader, then wait for my name to be announced. The reader was going to announce the beginning of the undergrads and then I was to walk across. Apparently the reader decided that I looked intelligent and distinguished enough to be getting a MSc. and began to announce my name… So I did as I was told and I began to walk across the stage (walk #1). I knew something was wrong, but if they were going to give me a MSc. instead I wasn’t about to complain! (Tuum Est right?) The reader got my first name out before realizing her error and promptly called me back across the stage (walk #2, this time in the opposite direction). She corrected her error, passed my name card to the undergrad reader and I did one final (and slightly awkward) walk across (walk #3). The audience laughed. I smiled. And now I have a funny story to tell and I got to show off my sparkly grad shoes during the extra stage time! Win-win.

Photo: Martin Dee

Photo: Martin Dee

Being the first to cross the stage meant that I could relax and enjoy the rest of the ceremony with decreasing cortisol levels (did I mention I did my thesis on stress steroids?) This gave me the perfect opportunity to take in the details I had missed before I crossed the stage; including-and-not-limited to the spectacular interior of the Chan Centre, the crazy get-ups our profs were wearing and the smiles on everyone’s faces (except my Grandpa, he was definitely asleep by then). The ceremony ended as the 300+ grads were conferred and we headed off to take about a gazillion pictures (I’ve included a few below).

The Grist famjam (Mark, Kari, Madison and Jesse Grist): Three UBC Alums and one future UBC Grad.

The Grist famjam (Mark, Kari, Madison and Jesse Grist): Three UBC Alums and one future UBC Grad.


Who knew four Honours Bio nerds could clean up this nice! Photo of Chris Greyson-Gaito, Madison Grist, Michelle Chen and Kyle Crowther.

Who knew four Honours Bio nerds could clean up this nice! Photo of Chris Greyson-Gaito, Madison Grist, Michelle Chen and Kyle Crowther.

The rest of the day was spent enjoying time with friends and family. We ate delicious food, took pictures, reminisced about our undergraduate escapades and toasted to the future while sipping champagne. I am so grateful for my family and friends who made the day extraordinary!

One expensive and good-looking piece of paper!

One expensive and good-looking piece of paper!


Five snapshots of a #UBCgrad: from Residence Advisor to UBC Dance Team President | Guest post by Madison Grist

Today I received an email that read: “Congratulations and Welcome to alumni UBC!‏” and it hit me, I am graduating! The fastest four years of my life will culminate with graduation next Monday where I will receive my Bachelor of Science in Honours Biology.

This realization prompted me to look back at what I have accomplished during the last four years. Looking back, I feel incredibly grateful for the amazing experiences and proud of the opportunities I seized at UBC. Most of all, I realize the incredible growth that I had over the last four years.

So what did my UBC experience look like? Here are some highlights:

  • Shuswap House in Totem Park was my home for two years (I loved it so much I came back as a Residence Advisor!)
  • I spent three incredible years on the UBC Dance Team, finishing off my last year leading the team as President.
  • I immersed myself into scientific research. First in physics, which I quickly determined wasn’t for me… Secondly in endocrinology, which became the focus of my Honours research.
  • I balanced school with countless part-time jobs: I applied my biology coursework in industry. I shared my passion for science with youth as a camp instructor. I learned how to be a leader working at lululemon. I performed for 30,000 people as a BC Felion.
  • I made a boatload of incredible friends that will be a part of my life forever.
2012 UBC Dance Team. Photo Source: Madison Grist

2012 UBC Dance Team. Photo Source: Madison Grist

Filing her thesis. Photo Source: Madison Grist

Filing her thesis. Photo Source: Madison Grist

UBC’s motto, Tuum Est, (“It is yours”) could not be more fitting. UBC opened up these possibilities in my life. The possibilities that excited me called me into action and have resulted in shaping who I am today as a grad. The best part is the possibilities that UBC provides are incredibly diverse and no two grads have the same UBC story.

So what am I most excited for at grad? It’s going to sound a bit silly… I am so excited to walk across the stage wearing these ridiculous bedazzled high-heeled shoes. Why? Because I think they let a little bit of my personality shine through amongst the hundreds of other grads. Each grad who walks this week has an individual “UBC experience” and I think that a little bit of that story can be inferred by the shoes they choose to wear that day.

At a concert with a friend. Photo Source: Madison Grist/Thecalendar.ca

At a concert with a friend. Photo Source: Madison Grist/Thecalendar.ca

#ShoesofGrad. Photo Source: Madison Grist

#ShoesofGrad. Photo Source: Madison Grist


Coffee, Co-op and History papers: My 5 years at UBC | Guest post by Lauren Riva

It’s such a strange feeling to be graduating. Here I am, one week away from my graduation ceremony, and the reality hasn’t really sunk in. As I sit at my computer, I no longer have to resist the urge to check my grades on the SSC – they are all finally posted – and there are no more last minute discussions or homework assignments on Connect. This morning, I made coffee in my coffee pot and slowly deliberated over breakfast choices, rather than rushing off to secure the best table in Irving K. Barber library.

Even though I was pretty sure it would happen eventually, it still feels like a bit of a surprise that my UBC journey is ending. After five years as a student in the Faculty of Arts, I will soon be a graduate of UBC’s International Relations program.  The last five years have been an incredible journey, full of unexpected adventures, challenges and caffeine.


As a UBC Arts Co-op student, my work terms allowed me to explore the Lower Mainland’s the non-profit sector, UBC’s Faculty of Applied Science and Aboriginal litigation with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC).  I published a book and a magazine article, and checked historical facts for a lawsuit. I learned how to face paint, about the intricacies of 3D printing and social media, and the complexities of Canada’s legacy with the Residential Schools.  My Work Learn position expanded my knowledge of UBC communication channels and media, while university became more affordable. As a Go Global participant, I lived in Paris for 8 months, and studied at the renowned Sciences Po. While the language and demanding course load made me pretty familiar with the university’s tiny library – I gave 10 presentations in one term! – I also spent a fair amount of time in the sampling the pastries, running through the parks and on Ryan Air flights. I made friends from all over the world who share my love for global politics, travel and pain au chocolat.


I took advantage of the wide variety of courses available to IR majors; I discovered the great works of literature of Eastern Europe, the accomplishments of the US presidents and how currency manipulation works. I wrote papers on a range of topics from Peter the Great, the global mining industry, cinematic representations of the Vietnam War to the role of testosterone in economic decisions. My time at Sciences Po significantly improved my French language skills; yet the people I have met over the last five years have helped me pick up random phrases in Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Mandarin, Slovenian, Swedish and Tagalog. I was also a MUG leader, a Go Global and Bike Kitchen volunteer; I mingled with the Pre-Law, Arts Co-op, Political Science and International Relations students associations.

Sciences Po Exchange student picnic 2012


While my degree has taken me around the world, I’ve also learned a lot about Vancouver. Hailing from Qualicum Beach, BC – a town with 1 traffic light, and many people’s grandparents – I have come a long way in terms of new experiences. I became a yogi, a swimmer, and a ballerina; I’ve completed the Sun Run, the Grouse Grind and the Chief. I discovered sushi, quinoa, and how navigate public transit – as well as this city’s beautiful bikes lanes.


In addition to all the newfound knowledge, I have been incredibly lucky to have met so many wonderful people in the last five years. The friends that I have made at UBC – many of whom I met in first year, at Totem Park – are from a variety of faculties, with different skills, experiences and goals. It’s hard to come up with a favourite memory from my time at UBC, but it’s easy to say that all of my UBC memories would be much less memorable without the people that I shared them with, and met along the way!


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