Totem Parkâ€™s monthly magazine
Recap the day with our favourite tweets. P4
Also in this edition:
Letters from your RLMs. P2 Photographerâ€™s Corner. P6 Embracing Culture at UBC. P7 Taking it Slow. P8 5 Tips to Succeed at University. P9 Fresh Starts. P10 Rez is Awesome. P11
Study Spots. P12 Dining Hall Experiece. P14 First Year Siaries. P15 Involvement. P16 Committees Special. P17 House-roscopes. P22 Tales & Sudoku. P23
Letters from your RLMs Residence Life Managers are professional staff who live and work in each of the residence areas. They are responsible for ensuring that each resident has the opportunity to enjoy a positive living experience. Residence Life Managers supervise the Residence Life staff in their areas and work with the Residence Associations. Please stop by and introduce yourself to your RLM! Here, every month the RLMs will share with you some thoughts, reflections and tips.
Totem park South RLM (Haida, Salish, hmsm and qlxn Houses) Welcome to October, Totem! This new month brings beautiful fall weather, Thanksgiving, TFL and, of course, midterms. Often, that first university midterm is an intimidating thing. With all the fun of starting your university experience, it can be easy to overlook homework and studying during the first month. Now that midterms have arrived and your term paper is looming, you may be one of the many Totem residents feeling the pressure of academic expectations. The good news: you’re not alone, and there are places to go for academic support right here in Totem Park. If you are interested in some personalized one-on-one academic help, AMS tutors are available in the Commonsblock study room every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8pm. These experienced peers offer free academic support, advice, and guidance for any Totem Park resident. The iStudy program is another great resource. By signing up for iStudy online, you will be able to connect with other students in Totem Park who are also currently enrolled in your courses. It’s a great option for forming study groups, sharing notes, and catching up on missed lectures. You can sign-up for iStudy by logging into the Student Housing Online Service Center at: https://secure.housing.ubc.ca/ Finally, talk with your RA for helpful study tips, advice on the best study spaces on campus, and information on upcoming workshops and events hosted by Totem’s A-Team. For help finding other academic resources on campus, check out the Learning Commons online: http://learningcommons.ubc.ca/ Happy Studying! Kait Hazzard
Totem park North RLM (Dene, Nootka, Kwakiutl and Shuswap Houses) October is a great time for reflection and looking back I remember like it was yesterday: Monday September 3rd, 2007 was my move-in day into residence. The university I was attending was only 45 minutes away from home but I remember my father wanted to leave early to ensure we missed all the traffic and would arrive on time. I told him I didn’t want to be the first one there, but at the same time I was so excited to get there that in the end my early arrival was not disappointing. So how did I spend my last night at home before travelling to Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo? I sat in my room constructing what I believed to be the perfect iTunes playlist that would show off my personality to my new floor as I was moving in. I called it “Move-In Mix,” which is still on my iTunes today. I remember at that time in my life I was listening to a lot of “scream-o” music but wasn’t sure if that would scare people away so I chose some of the calmer stuff like blink-182, The Fray, Timbaland, Nelly Fratado and Kanye West. I slept quite well that night and made it to campus around 8:30am. I went into the gymnasium, picked up my keys and proceeded to move into King Street Residence. I was one of the first to move into my floor, 6 North, and as soon as I arrived at my room I was hit with sudden disappointment: I was living right next door to the Residence Advisor. In my new-to-university mindset I thought that my whole experience would be tarnished by living so close to the residence rule enforcer. This turned out to be the complete opposite and over the course of the year Ross, my RA, and I became quite close and are still friends today. This past winter we even sat together at a mutual friend’s wedding (who happened to be another RA in King Street Residence that year). The thing I remember most from my first month living in residence was not a particular party or event but rather a conversation with some floor mates in my lounge. We were recognizing the fact that we have only been living on this floor, in this residence, at this university, in this new city, for only a few weeks and already feel such a connection that none of us were expecting. Reflecting on this conversation now five years later I have been able to recognize that living together in residence that month we all shared a common experience. We were all scared, nervous, excited and not really sure what to expect at university and from living in residence. This was the one thing in common that a diverse group of students, coming from a variety of different backgrounds, shared. Sharing our stories with each other allowed our comfort levels to rise and was our start up the rollercoaster ramp on an incredible journey together for the next eight months. I hope the first month of your rollercoaster has started off well! Kyle Lethbridge
The photographerâ€™s corner Photographer: Emma Douglas
5 Top Tips to Stay Successful in University by Mary Langley UBC attracts some of the world’s best high school students. Most of us graduated high school on the honour roll and many of us were probably student leaders, involved in student council, sports teams, and various other extracurricular activities. We were well known by teachers, administrative staﬀ and parents alike as model students who stood out from our peers both academically and non-academically. Flash forward from your high school days, and you now find yourself at UBC - a daunting place where few people seem to know your name, or recognize you as an outstanding student. Do not let this get you down! Here are 5 top tips to help keep you on the right track. 1. Exercise at least four days a week. Exercising is one of the most important activities you can do to keep your body in tiptop shape. Keeping your body active can improve your concentration in class, help you sleep at night, and prevent the freshman fieen from creeping up on you. Try joining a fitness class with a friend at the Birdcoop or forming an intramural team. Whatever you do, just keep moving and have fun! 2. Volunteer. In other words, get involved! ere are thousands of volunteer opportunities in Vancouver and on campus. Volunteering is a great way for you to open yourself up to diﬀerent types of people, places and activities. You can meet new friends with similar interests, build experience for your resume, and become a betterrounded person. Remember to pursue a position that interests you. 3. Be social. Building a network of supportive friends is very important for your wellbeing during university. Try to branch out and meet as many diﬀerent types of people as you can. Now is also a great time to cleanse yourself of toxic friends. Do you have people in your life who make you feel bad about yourself? Who belittle your ambitions? Force you to make bad choices? Get rid of them! Spend time with people who bring out the best in you. 4. Eat well. Being forced to eat nutritious food at home is a thing of the past. e Dining Hall has many nutritious options, so make the most of them. Make a conscious eﬀort to stay away from food that is high in fat, sugar or salt. It can be easy to grab a few slices of pizza, a burger, or chicken strips and fries for lunch, but is this food really going to fuel your brain in the best way possible? Choose fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean protein instead. 5. Study! is is what you all proved to your high school teachers that you were good at. Keep it up! Talk to your professors, take quizzes to find out what your study style is, go to the library, make a schedule, form study groups, make cue cards, know when your midterms are, constantly test yourself, put in the eﬀort, just do whatever it is that for you.
by Jenna Ostash
Welcome to UBC and one of the many â€œfresh startsâ€? you will have in your life. You have come
to a place that is full of them. This year is your chance to take everything that you have always wanted to do and do them, whether it is adventuring in the city on your own, deciding to finally start exercising, or
meet a ton of new people. But here is the thing: right now, at the beginning of the school year, is not your only fresh start in University. Chances are, each and every one of you is going to make mistakes and
do things you regret. Do not be afraid, all it means is that you have a chance for another new start in the future.
In my first year of university, I missed out on a lot of things but I also got involved in a lot of
things, and through those experiences I have been able to (at least partially) determine what I am passionate about and what I want to be involved in. One of the biggest lessons that I learned in first year was to make friendships based off of mutual interests and commonalities rather than proximity, because those
are the ones that last. I also learned that student government should be left to other people, Greek life is
not my thing, and Rezlife definitely is. Through all these experiences I learned a lot about myself and the things that I really want.
Sometimes it may feel like you get stuck in a pattern, an activity, or a way of life and you cannot
get out of it. The beautiful thing about university is that you have unlimited fresh starts. There are so
many opportunities at UBC for you to try that restricting yourself to the things you do at the beginning of first year is only preventing you from all of the amazing opportunities to find your passion. Every day is another chance to start
over and try something new. You may never find a time or place again where it is so easy to try things and reinvent yourself, so embrace it!
Rez is Awesome
by Courtney Markin
Everyone comes into residence with a different image of what residence will be and a different purpose for being there. Whatever your initial purpose was in applying to residence, you are here now, so why not make the best of it? The people you meet here in first year have the potential of being your friends for life; your future best man or maid of honour - the friends you will have forever. Totem Park is a great place for this because it is comprised of a very diverse group of individuals who all have something to contribute to our community. You may have heard this analogy before but it really applies to residence. Residence is like a vending machine you only get out of it what you put in. If you do not make the effort to attend events, join committees or meet new people you could spend the whole year just locked in your room - which would be quite sad. UBC is a big place and it is very easy to get lost here but it is also very easy to find yourself, whether that be in residence or some place else on campus. Residence for me was the place at UBC where I felt at home, where people knew my name and greeted me with a smile. This feeling just increased when I started getting involved around residence. Some of my best friends are the people I was in residence groups with. Everything can be very overwhelming right now - adjusting to the independence, the academic world, and the new social groups - but take everything one at a time because it is impossible to do otherwise. Totem Park is particularly special because all the people you are eating with, living with and learning with are all going or have very recently gone through the same things that you are experiencing right now. So my advice to all of you reading this is to find your niche in residence; find the place where you fit in and love it because in goes fast and before you know it itâ€™s over. Take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities and wonderful people in residence because honestly living in residence in my first year was the best thing I ever did and it could be for you too. And donâ€™t forget to have fun, because if you are not enjoying yourself then whatâ€™s the point?
By Nick Leach
So you want to study, but your room is not cutting it and you are tired of cliché study spots like Irving and Koerner. You are a free spirit and where you study should reflect that fact. I get it. Fortunately you have a turbo-nerd on your side that has staked out the best underrated study spots around Totem and UBC!
Around Totem So you do not want to walk for more than 5 minutes to find that perfect niche? There some amazing and underappreciated places to study up right here in Totem! Silent Reading Room: also known as The Fishbowl, this is an ideal spot for the silent and studious. Open 24 hours, the wonderfully quiet atmosphere combined with close caf proximity make it a great spot to go for long, sleepless nights. Shuswap Silent Study Room: known by many, used by few, these is one of the most underappreciated locations available to Totemites! Located on Shu 2nd behind the elevator, this room sports an abundance of desk space, perfect silence and a great view of the changing seasons. Magda’s Lounge: not to be confused with the snack emporium, this is the couch-filled wonderland by the ping-pong table. While the lack of tables is a drawback, I have spent countless hours preparing for midterms on those couches. Since you can grab the day’s food without your seat getting cold, it can be good for sustaining through the long hours.
Off Totem If you are willing to take a trek, UBC sports study zones for all tastes. Listed are some spots you may not have heard of that are definitely worth checking out. West Mall Swing Space: head on to any floor in this building. There are miscellaneous desks about, but the main attractions are the giant, empty classrooms that you can always visit. It’s quiet, spacious and near Totem! What’s not to love? MacMillan Learning Commons: this may be THE best spot for group studies. Located by those creepy shortcut stairs, the LFS homebuilding is a magical place. The Learning Commons (room 360) sports gorgeous meeting rooms covered with whiteboards and filled with desk space. It is not too loud and the open space and late hours makes it great for study groups. Warning: if you bring any snacks that are not organic, sustainable and locally grown, you might get attacked by an angry unshaven mob. Aquatic Center: fondly known as The Womb, this is easily my favorite study/nap place on campus. Head upstairs and you’ll be greeted by an equal number of students furiously cramming and peacefully dozing. The carpeted amphitheater-like stairs, warm, humid air and soothing echoes are guaranteed to slow your breathing and calm your study-crazed mind. There are no desks, but there is enough lounge space to make it perfect for reading and essay-writing. This is only a fraction of the underused spots around UBC! Consider also checking out the Asian Center, Nitobe Garden (while the sun lasts!), Engineering Design Center, SUB basement, Forestry Building, and (for Science students) Abdul Ladha. Happy studies!’
TDH 100: Introductory Studies in Maximizing the Dining Hall Experience RJ Reid I cannot cook; it just does not work. Sauces burn, noodles get stuck to the bottom of the pot, watching me try to chop garlic is like watching popcorn kernels in a microwave. I am therefore extraordinarily grateful to the wonderful services that Totem Park Dining Hall provides, and I also am very aware of how to make the most of it. I have a whole array of tips, suggestions and pearls of wisdoms on the topic, (as I anyone who is returning to traditional style residence surely does), but here are the core essentials.
As we are students, with little to no income, saving money is a priority for us all. Meals can be cost reduced in several ways. First off, water is free so capitalize on that. Cut back on other drinks, such as pop and vitamin waters, and go with good oldfashioned H20. If you are addicted to Pepsi, go buy in bulk from a grocery store, keep it in your room and save money.
For those who love wraps, think of how many toppings you are putting on. Many of the vegetables are free so go for one or two paid toppings and then load up on healthy and free vegetables. A bowl of oatmeal is a great price and keeps your breakfast costs down. Salads are great (I'll come back to that in a second), and are measured by weight. Load up on spinach, mushrooms and sprouts, and sparingly add heavier items such as beets, tomatoes, and carrots. Desserts in the dining hall are awesome; the cookies, cakes, ice cream, and squares are all delicious, but do cost money. Limit the number of desserts you're having and on other nights settle for a slice of melon (also delicious and only 73 cents). That last suggestion segues well into the next portion of Dining Hall advice: healthy eating. The Dining Hall has a large array of awesome food, and it's important that you're eating remains at least somewhat balanced. Make sure you are eating fruits and vegetables, I am not a LFS student but I have been told on numerous occasions that they are good for you. A salad (especially in those nice big bowls) is a great meal especially if you add tofu, or an avocado from by the cash. The grill makes some mouth watering meals, but limit the fried food to only a couple times per week. Ponderosa cakes are my favourite thing in the dining hall, but sometimes an apple makes for a better snack. As last parting advice, know that you can always log on to UBC SHHS Online Service Centre to check your balance amount. Do so in the next week, and budget your money accordingly to eat a healthy balanced diet for the rest of term. Happy Eating.
October 16th and 17th @ 7pm
First Year Diaries
by Sunkwon Song
Day 36 of UBC: Wow, is it getting crazy! Like this ain’t good crazy... this is bad crazy. I feel like I’m doing nothing but school work these days. Why do they give us so many readings and quizzes? It’s insane! I wanna relax and have some fun, but then I feel like I won’t get the grades I want. Man I wish it was back to first week when everything was so chill. I am so stressed right now. What am I going to do?!? Day 37: Today after Bio 140, I came back to Haida and pulled out my CHIRP to do some pre-readings before tomorrow ‘s class, but then my RA stopped by and asked how things were going. At first I said the typical, “it’s all good,” but then he asked, “are you sure?” and I gave in. I told him how stressed I was about the amount of work that I had to do and how it was preventing me from enjoying life! I told him how school is taking up every minute of my life that I can’t find time to relax and have fun. He responded by saying, “I totally know how you feel! In first year especially, I felt the same way. However, it all started to change when I got some help.” I asked him what kind of help he got. He started to give me some great resources on stuff like how to manage time, studying, note taking and some other things. He also mentioned that taking time to exercise and relax everyday might help! After hearing these things, I felt a lot better. Now I know there are many resources for me to take advantage of to succeed. It’s also very reassuring that I can always go to my RA for help when I need it!
Involvement Get Involved!
By Gabi Diner
I was skeptical coming into first year. Neither of my parents had ever lived in residence, and from what movies had taught me, I figure all there was to do when sharing a cramped space with other miscreants was drink, play loud music, and pull pranks on each other. As enticing as this may sound to some, it did not strike me as a sustainable lifestyle: I was worried my first year of freedom was not going to pan out quite as I had hoped. To my surprise, I was immediately exposed to a bunch of committees, clubs, and ways to get involved in Rezlife. Unfortunately, I was stuck with the high school impression of “getting involved” being reserved for a certain type of kid - those who ran for student council, captained the soccer and rugby team, managed good grades, and wore very high ponytails. I quickly shied away from trying anything that was offered to me. One Saturday morning, waking up in the haze of a hangover, a friend came knocking on my door asking me to play Ultimate. Badly in need of a cup of coffee and sporting a fine, throbbing headache, my immediate answer was no. Pleading with me, he convinced me to get my runners on after saying that they would have to forfeit without enough girls on the team. Fine, I would play a game, but he better not expect me to be a welcome addition on the field. I had enough fun outside that day to get up early every Saturday morning for the rest of the year. In the playoffs, my team and I won the first Totem Ultimate League house cup. Ultimate was such a success, that I decided to get involved in the campus radio station as well. On Halloween I got into The Pit because I “knew the DJ”. I joined Sustainability at Totem, learned a little bit about the environment and met some crazy people I still love to this day. University is a time to explore. You might be a kick-ass pole-dancer, you might be a budding brewer of beer, you might have a knack for naming all the constellations in the sky - you will not know unless you try. Education does not just take place in the classroom: you might need that organic chemistry course to get a job, or that dreaded calculus course to graduate with a nice looking degree, but this is all a passive approach to learning. You are letting UBC mandate what you need in your life and how you go about getting it. You cannot expect to grow as a person without the trial and error of figuring things out for yourself. Let me propose a proactive approach to your education. Take an extra hour or two a week to try new things out, skip a class here or there to explore the hundreds of opportunities campus has for you. It will never be this easy again. Find something your passionate about and pursue it; these are your golden years, make ‘em count!
Committees’ Special The A+Team You might be wondering: who is the A+Team? What do they do? What are they here for? What does the A in “A+team” stand for? Awesome? Academics? Avengers? Well, like every superhero group, the A+team exists for the greater good: we are here to eliminate the enemies of Totem Park residents. We know you have a lot to deal with, but guess what? You are not alone! Procrastination! Bad time management! Failure! Watch out, because the A+team is on your case, and help will always be given at Totem Park to those who want it! We are here to help you: 1. Survive. We run workshops on time management and offer free and accessible tutoring during midterm season. 2. Succeed. We provide tips for learning, essay writing and editing; connect you to free and helpful resources on campus, and give you an opportunity to meet your professor. 3. Shine. We will help you through your job applications, provide workshops on resume writing and interviews, help you become the perfect applicant, and help to get you involved with research. 4. Support you. We give you the chance to meet peers in your faculty to work together and share information and offer free hot chocolate and coffee during finals. You can get involved with us and help us run Awesome events for Totem by attending our meeting, every Sunday at 6pm, in Nootka 107 (RC apartment). You can also send us an email if you have questions: Ateamtotem@gmail.com You will gain: -Leadership experience. -Time management skills. -Event planning experience. -A great network in Totem Park. Whatcha waiting for? Join the team of Awesomeness!
Coffee House Coffeehouse is that magical time once a month where Totem Park showcases its artistic talents. Singing, playing an instrument, dancing, and spoken word poetry are just some of the talents that were seen in the past. This year we want to take Coffeehouse to the next level. We want to include paintings, drawings, videos, photographs, and any other art form that you wonderful Totem residents create. So what is Coffeehouse exactly? In a nutshell, once a month, for a few hours at night, Totem residents gather together to express themselves artistically, as well as enjoy the talents of others around them. At all coffeehouse nights, there will be hot chocolate and coffee and maybe even something to snack on. We do encourage people to bring their own mug if they wish to have a beverage during the night. This is to help reduce our waste and make Coffeehouse more sustainable. How did Coffeehouse begin? Coffeehouse started last year as a new event for Totem. It has grown exponentially since the first night in September 2011. Since then, it has been turned into a committee in Totem. Last year, Derrick Pawlowski (Residence advisor in Haida) and Cathy Nguyen (Residence Advisor in HMSM) were the two core people who oversaw all of coffeehouse. They received help from other advisors as well - Ivan Yasterbov (Residence Advisor in HMSM this year) and Jenna Ostash (Residence Advisor in Salish this year). The nights were always a huge success and we looked forward to having it again for this 2012-2013 Winter Session. The first Totem Coffeehouse of the year will take place in the first week of October. Posters and announcements will be put up around Totem so keep a sharp eye out. If you missed us at the involvement fair and want to receive email notifications, send an email to email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Global Citizenship Are you interested in shaving your head to raise money for cancer research? Want to submit some artwork to be auctioned off for a local charity? Love the idea of an international movie night, or want to try your legs at a new international dance? Well then Global Citizenship is the committee for you! We meet on Thursdays at 6pm in the Salish/Haida link, and we would love input from any residents who want to get more involved! We’ll be planning an advisor auction, have some laughs, and probably eat pancakes. There are always pancakes. So get involved! Do not be afraid to think bigger than the Totem sphere around you! Our goal is to make the world feel at home in Vancouver, and for Vancouver to feel at home in the world!
Rec ‘n’ Rez Dodgeball champions from last year!
Rec ‘n’ Rez Bringing sexy back since 1964, Rec n Rez is a committee that strives for a healthier, more active student population and brings people together to have fun and get fit at the same time. In past years, Rec n Rez events like Totem’s Best Dance Crew and dodgeball tournaments have achieved just that. Currently, our committee is planning a surf trip to Tofino, a Totem Ultimate League, a ski trip to Whistler, a yoga series, soccer intramurals, a hike up the Grouse Grind, and much more. If any of that interests you or you have some great ideas, come out to our meetings on Tuesdays from 5:15-6:15PM and let us hear from you! Join us on our Facebook page for more information and weekly meeting locations at “Totem Rec in Rez Committee 2012/2013.”
Musical Welcome to the most theatrical committee in Totem Park. Each year, the musical committee puts on a full-length (~2 hour) musical comprised of an all-resident cast, crew, and band. Insert jazz hands here. Who are we looking for? Whether you are a well-versed thespian or looking to try something new, there are endless ways to get involved with the musical. Love the spotlight? Audition for our cast. Play an instrument? Be a part of the band. Can’t carry a tune? No problem! We need residents to help out with set design, costuming, lighting, sound, and much more. What does the timeline look like? The musical will be announced around the beginning of October, so keep your eyes and ears open! Auditions for the band and crew will be going down in mid-October, with the cast being announced before the winter holidays. Rehearsals will start in January, and the show-stopping performances are happening in March. Why join the musical? It is an amazing chance to showcase your talent, whether that talent is singing, dancing, playing the bassoon or painting amazing sets. It could also be a chance to step outside your comfort zone (and have an amazing time doing it). Most importantly, you will make tons of new friends and get to hang out with super cool theatre-minded people on a regular basis. Sounds pretty awesome to me. Looking to find out more? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also currently in the process of selecting our musical! If you have a show you would like to see, send us an email with your suggestion.
Health and Wellness If you are into being healthy and well (and let’s face it, who is not?), be sure to check out events put on by Totem Park’s Health and Wellness committee. As far as mental, physical and sexual health goes, we have you covered. Stressed out about exams? Enter our Relaxation Room on a study break for candlelight and tea, or perhaps a relaxing massage to calm you down. Got questions about sex that you aren’t sure who to ask? Don’t miss Sex With Your Advisors, coming at you this November. A panel of your very own Totem advisors as well as guests such as the Nurse or representatives from the Sexual Assault Support Centre will answer whatever questions you care to throw at them. Worried about the infamous freshman fifteen? Keep an eye out for yoga, zumba and workout groups right here in Totem. You can also talk to the nutritionist about healthy eating in residence. If you’re interested in getting involved with the committee, fire us an email at email@example.com Until then, stay healthy and well! To start you off, here’s the recipe for my very favourite homemade granola: You will need: Large flake oats Dried fruit (apricots, blueberries, craisins and raisins are all good choices) Walnuts Almonds Pecans Honey Margarine, oil or canola spray An oven, a big bowl and a cookie sheet. This is a fantastic opportunity to make friends with your RC. Chop the nuts into tiny little pieces and mix them into the oats. ( I’m not including actual measurements because there isn’t an exact right way to do it, and because this way you can make whatever quantity you like.) Use more nuts than you think you’ll need, because they tend to disappear into the oats. Next, drizzle honey over your oats/nuts and mix until the honey evenly coats everything. This can take a few minutes. Now grease the cookie sheet with the margarine, oil or canola spray and spread your granola across it. Bake at 250o for two hours. After it’s finished baking it should be golden brown. Let it cool before you put it into your storage container so it stays nice and chunky. For a final touch, chop the dried fruit into tiny pieces and add it in. Voila! Enjoy with fruit and yogurt, or nibble on it by itself. Give some to your friends and they’ll be wowed by your breakfast-making skills.
TFL The Totem Football League (TFL) trophy waits in anticipation for its future TFL owners to lay claim. Hundreds of players have contributed to the history held by the TFL Cup: mud, sweat, tears, joy, happiness, high-fives, friendship, competition, laughter, the list goes on. The big question is, what is TFL all about? TFL is a student run flag football league for residents in Totem Park. It is a highlight of life in Totem and unmistakably the best way to spend your early weekend mornings. In first semester, the men will face off allied with floor mates to compete in the weekly League. In second semester, the women’s season will take-off as they battle the elements of winter, and the fierce competition. TFL rivalries will develop from a positive competition that defines the practice of sport. Without a doubt a players perspective will transform into a loving relationship for the sport, because at Totem Park, TFL is life. TFL has been a long lasting tradition that has carried over through the years, and this is for a reason. The 9 AM games, after a sloppy drunken Saturday night, will stick with you. Not because you have to be dragged out of your hoggish slumber; or because the field you are playing on looks like a mud pie; not because of the 30 minutes you will have to wait after the game for a shower because the faster runners made it up to the bathroom first. These things are all memorable, however, TFL will become a great memory simply because of the great people you will play with, the friendships that grow from sharing a common goal, and the sheer excitement of waking up with a purpose. Living on in the muddy fields of memory, the stories you will tell will last longer than your time in Totem. It is bigger than us, and that is why TFL at Totem Park, is life. The season kicked off with TFL Super Sunday on Sunday, September 30th. TFL Super Sunday is an opportunity for everyone in Totem Park to participate. If you’re not playing you can join the field dressed in your house colour, cheer on your house team, and enjoy a complimentary BBQ. Can’t wait to see you there!
Communications Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Each month, the Communications Committee collaborates with RAs, TPRA, and residents like yourself to publish the very thing you are reading right now, the Totem Times! As a student run newspaper, the Totem Times is your opportunity to share your unique first year experience with the whole of Totem Park, and also to benefit from the wisdom of your peers and residence advisors. Find out the best places to study on campus, reviews of the latest movies/books/electronics, how you can become more involved in Totem, your monthly ‘House-roscope,’ fun things to discover around Vancouver, and so much more! In addition to the Totem Times, this year the Communications Committee will be collaborating with the Totem Park Residence Association to create a This Week at Totem video series, documenting the fun times in Totem all year long and giving you the inside scoop on any upcoming events. Look for more updates on this and other projects on our Facebook page (The Totem Times) and on Twitter (@TotemPark). If you would like to find out more about the Communications Committee and the Totem Times, please join us for a meeting Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:00pm in Room 110 of QXLN. We welcome all writers, readers, editors, online video enthusiasts, photographers, and anyone who’s just curious! Are you interested in writing an article for the November issue of the Totem Times? Send a short proposal explaining your article to firstname.lastname@example.org before October 10th. Submissions of original creative works (fiction, poetry, art work, photography, etc.) are also encouraged.
@TotemPark The Totem Times TheTotemTimes Sustainability Greetings fellow treehuggers, recyclers, bicyclers and climate change champions! Welcome to Totem Park’s very own Sustainability Committee, a place to gather with like-minded people and have your ideas for making residence life greener heard. With the sustainability committee, you will help plan and carry out residence-wide events that will impact the way the students of Totem Park live. Traditionally, these events include Do It In The Dark (DIITD), and the 100-mile dinner. DIITD is a residence-wide energy reduction competition, which pits Totem houses against each other, then collectively against Vanier. Altogether, we then form the UBC team, which is entered into competition against every other participating post-secondary institution across North America! We are proud to say that UBC came out on top last year thanks to the tireless efforts of our Sustainability Committees. You can be part of the legend! The 100-mile dinner is a bit more self-explanatory, but no less exciting. The committee (plus volunteers from all over) cook a 3-course meal for the good people of Totem Park, using only ingredients that come from within a 100-mile radius of UBC. It is an eye-opening process, and makes you realize just how far most of our food travels to sit on our plates. Of course, the Sustainability Committee is not just here to lead you in running events, we’re here to help you create and run your own. If you have an idea that’s just waiting to burst into fruition, we will help you realize it! So whether you’re an activist or an idealist, a closet gardener or just someone who wants to know and discuss with people about this climate change thing, join up! We promises you will not regret it. See you soon!
UBC Launches New Mobile Website!
Ever tried accessing the UBC website from your smartphone or tablet? So many tiny words! UBC recognizes that your eyesight has started to fail because of all those late-night exam study sessions and endless textbook readings. That’s why it's time you discovered UBC Mobile - the latest innovation to the already awesome UBC website. What is UBC Mobile? Think of it as your personal hub for everything UBC, right at your fingertips! Currently, the UBC Mobile platform consists of several core services for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors to UBC, including:
An Interactive Campus Map – Easily
navigate around UBC with the mobile campus map. Zoom in or out in any direction and instantly display the nearest restaurants, parking areas, libraries or gyms. Staff and Faculty Directory – Need to find your professors email address or office location? It’s easier than ever before with UBC Mobile. Search by first and last name for phone numbers, email addresses, and office locations for UBC faculty and staff members. (Contact details vary and are informed by individual privacy settings). Dining Listings - Whether you are craving pizza or a Frappuccino, UBC Mobile makes it easy to find any dining establishment on campus. A green dot beside the name of the restaurant indicates if it is open or not -- preventing you from disappointment.
News - Get the latest news from the UBC
newspaper, featuring stories about the UBC community, arts and culture, as well as science and research. You are also able to share interesting articles through email, Facebook, or Twitter. Transit Schedules - Find out when your bus is coming with real-time tracking. Select by community bus route and direction to view the expected arrival time at the stops on that route. Clicking an individual bus stop will show its location on the map. Event Listings - Find out what is going on at UBC today with the event calendar. Categorize each event by date, time, or location, ensuring that you never miss the next big event on campus. Emergency Broadcasts - Stay informed for critical information on the UBC campus and get quick access to important emergency contact information.
This is just the first step towards creating a better UBC mobile experience for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors. We plan to continue developing new features and important updates to the mobile website to foster and develop greater UBC community interaction. In the upcoming months, UBC Mobile will be working to create a more user-friendly experience for the admissions, alumni engagement, student services, and library modules. In addition, keep an eye on the Mobile home page for more information about the Digital*U Competition, beginning in October, which is focused on improving your mobile experience. With a grand prize of $5,000, this contest is one to watch out for.
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House-roscopes The month is going to have a rocky start for you. Too many things will fight for your attention and you will feel bogged down by challenges. Fight through this period and look forward to an enjoyable transition into November. Remember to make time for fun, and to be productive in your work. A particularly noteworthy event will happen to you in the Totem Dining Hall this month. October will be a month of romance for you. As you get more comfortable in residence you will start to branch out, and open your heart to someone special. This will seem thrilling and exciting, but beware of those who are only interested in a term one love affair. Expect to find love in your own home, specifically in your house lounge on the night of the full moon in October. October all things considered is looking pretty awesome for you. You will continue to develop the friendships you made in September, and find classes rewarding and interesting. Look for extra opportunities out there to balance out your current schedule, try something different! Dancing or playing sports in the rain at least once this month will lead to only pleasant consequences. For you, October should be about other people. Take time to catch up with friends and family from back home, as well as continue to support and engage the people on your floor. Especially try to help out friends from Shu, who may be grateful for the help you provide. Beware of making noise during quiet hours, as a dangerous force looms nearby.
Those who succeed are the ones who worked for it, and this month will belong to you if you actively apply yourself to it. Make time to study and exercise, and make concrete goals for October. Love too can be yours but will require you to actively pursue it all the way to Haida's house lounge on the night of the full moon (I know it's far but you can make it). Adventure is on your horizon this month. Take time to explore the city, eat at a new restaurant, or befriend someone on your floor who you don't know. When in doubt, do it. Beware of false friends from Nootka who may only be looking after their own interests. Ponderosa cake from the dining hall will have disastrous results this month unless a piece is given to someone from Salish. This month you will develop a beneficial time management plan, make sure to stick to it or face dire results. In your personal time, get to know your unit-mate better as it will lead to harmony in the future. You will also make an unexpected friend while doing laundry who lives either two floors up or down, though any love interests will be located in a different house. Leaving your door open to your room while you're studying will lead to three good things and one bad thing this month. A lifelong friendship will be made or strengthened through this, though you will not realize it at the time. A hidden talent will reveal itself to your floor and it will be your collective responsibility to ensure that the individual performs at the Totem Coffeehouse.
TOTEM TALES Story time! Here’s the part where you get published. Each month we’ll add another your Write ory! chapter to a story written by you, the residents of Totem Park! You can send in st own submissions for the first half of each month, after which one will be picked for next month’s issue. I’ll start you off, feel free to write more than I have. It was a dark and stormy night… Well no, not exactly. It was normal Vancouver weather; overcast, with ghostly fingers that could penetrate even the thickest of coats1. But I digress, it was the middle of the night and so the weather’s not important. It’s not as though I was stargazing or anything so novel as to require a clear sky; I’m actually pretty content unless the clouds decide to have a tantrum over my head2 in which case, not so much. Anyways, back to my story. The campus was deserted, everyone else having gone home for the holidays, and I found myself wandering the maze of blue fences. I could hear my footsteps echoing from time to time as I passed over the hidden world beneath my feet3. The streetlights tortured my shadow as I walked, repeatedly stretching it out, before squashing it once more beneath my feet. I watch them for a while4, noticing for the umpteenth time that the left one points outwards slightly more than the other. Suddenly, my shadow isn’t alone. 1
You know, the ones that make you look like Violet, the blueberry from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? 2 Which is pretty often if you live around here. 3 By this I mean the steam tunnels and all other labyrinth like networks and vaults that lie underground. 4 By them I mean my feet. This may seem mundane to some, but there’s something special about being able to look down without worrying that an out of control student on a long board is going to disembowel you.
Totem Park Sudoku
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It’s just like normal Sudoku except that there are no numbers. Instead, fill in the missing letters so that the letters in “Totem Park” are contained within each box as well as in each row and column. Don’t forget to pay attention to the capitalization of the T’s ___________ See next month’s installment for the solution.
TDH 100: Introductory Studies in Maximizing the Dining Hall Experience RJ Reid
The Totem Times recommends I cannot cook; it just does not work. Sauces burn, noodles get stuck to the bottom of the pot, watching me try to chop garlic is like watching popcorn kernels in a microwave. I am therefore extraordinarily grateful to the wonderful services that Totem Park Dining Hall provides, and I also am very aware of how to make the most of it. I have a whole array of tips, suggestions and pearls of wisdoms on the topic, (as I anyone who is returning to traditional style residence surely does), but here are the core essentials.
As we are students, with little to no income, saving money is a priority for us all. Meals can be cost reduced in several ways. First off, water is free so capitalize on that. Cut back on other drinks, such as pop and vitamin waters, and go with good oldfashioned H20. If you are addicted to Pepsi, go buy in bulk from a grocery store, keep it in your room and save money. Â
For those who love wraps, think of how many toppings you are putting on. Many of the vegetables are free so go for one or two paid toppings and then load up on healthy and free vegetables. A bowl of oatmeal is a great price and keeps your breakfast costs down. Salads are great (I'll come back to that in a second), and are measured by weight. Load up on spinach, mushrooms and sprouts, and sparingly add heavier items such as beets, tomatoes, and carrots. Desserts in the dining hall are awesome; the cookies, cakes, ice cream, and squares are all delicious, but do cost money. Limit the number of desserts you're having and on other nights settle for a slice of melon (also delicious and only 73 cents). That last suggestion segways well into the next portion of Dining Hall advice: healthy eating. The Dining Hall has a large array of awesome food, and it's important that you're eating remains at least somewhat balanced. Make sure you are eating fruits and vegetables, I am not a LFS student but I have been told on numerous occasions that they are good for you. A salad (especially in those nice big bowls) is a great meal especially if you add tofu, or an avocado from by the cash. The grill makes some mouth watering meals, but limit the fried food to only a couple times per week. Ponderosa cakes are my favourite thing in the dining hall, but sometimes an apple makes for a better snack. As last parting advice, know that you can always log on to UBC SHHS Online Service Centre to check your balance amount. Do so in the next week, and budget your money accordingly to eat a healthy balanced diet for the rest of term. Happy Eating.
Published on Oct 1, 2012
The Totem Times is Totem Park's monthly magazine. This is the first issue of the Totem Times of the 2012-2013 academic year. Recap Colour Wa...