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A full list of the best places to eat at UBC and in Vancouver. PAGE 26

Up for an adventure? See places to go and travel tips. PAGE 78

We’ll be your friend. We’ll also teach you how to make some. PAGE 54

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Editor’s message



Jack Hauen Coordinating Editor Welcome to UBC! You made it, which means it’s time to immediately start trashtalking your SFU friends. But that’s not all there is to do here. While this enormous campus might seem intimidating, you’ll quickly find that there’s a niche just waiting for you to fill it. From the varsity teams and competitive sports clubs (page 31), to the hundreds of AMS clubs (page 20) and maybe even going to class (page 10),

there’s never a shortage of things to do on campus. And while making friends with the horde of 60,000 or so students who go here might seem impossible, you’ll find that you’ll warm up to quite a few of them — some will probably become lifelong friends. Remember: everyone arriving on campus is just as  fresh-faced and nervous as you are. Introduce yourself! Swipe right! This campus is yours for the taking.

year 5 human geography An extremely tired but determined fifth year.

gurvir sangha

year 6 international relations I am the day President Ono wore his first bow tie.

katherine kirst

year 4 international relations I’m the person that says y’all a dozen times to cancel out any Canadian interjections I might have accidentally just used.

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The Panel john harvey

jessica su

sara chitsaz

year 6 engineering I’m a victory-lap engineering student with strong opinions about basically everything.

year 4 marketing Ambitious couch potato.

year 3 sociology I love dogs, burritos and first-year guides.

Aditya jariwala

jessica hohner

joel stadie

year 3 marketing & entrepreneurship I have a midterm in one hour, but I’m filling this out instead!

year 3 computer engineering I got in a fight with a pit bull and won.

mark mac lean

professor & undergraduate chair of mathematics I am a mathematician who writes children’s books. photo courtesy mark mac lean

year 3 mathematics Cannot say no to an adventure.

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EDITORIAL Coordinating Editor Jack Hauen

Video Producer Kate Colenbrander

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Design Editor Aiken Lao

Photo Editor Sam Barringer

Operations Manager Ron Gorodetsky

News Editors Sruthi Tadepalli & Samantha McCabe

Opinion & Blog Editor Bailey Ramsay

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Features Editor Olivia Law

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Science Editor Koby Michaels

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Culture Editor Samuel Du Bois Sports & Rec Editor Olamide Olaniyan

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Academics the guide to ubc

content Study Tips Professors The Basics Academic Resources Studying Abroad CO-OP

06 study tips


You can do it, we believe in you (put your phone away).

Studying is different for everybody. Some people are naturals at it, while others may struggle a bit (or a lot). For those who need some extra help, here are some tips to get you started: [1] Keep snacks handy, especially for late-night studying! Almonds, dried fruit and bananas are good choices. And water. [2] Get ahead as much as possible. It’s easy to slack on readings that seem boring, but you will feel so much better if you’re keeping pace with the class. [3] Come to class prepared! “Hard” classes get so much easier when you’ve already had a chance to partially digest the material in your readings, rather than reading them after. [4] Highlight or take good notes! [5] Don’t be afraid to ask other students to make a study group with you! If that’s how you learn, go for it. [6] Don’t assume that you know how to take good notes. See what works for you and what works for this new material.

[7] Don’t assume that the professor will lecture just on what is in the textbook. For a lot of classes, attendance is actually helpful. [8] Try to sit up closer in lecture halls. It will help you concentrate and maintain your attention. [9] Use your TA! That’s what they’re being paid for — they actually do want to help you learn. [10] Prepare for your papers. Make outlines, go over those outlines with your TA and do your readings thoroughly. [11] Follow up with your papers so that you can learn for next time. [12] Whether you choose to use one big notebook, separate notebooks or your computer to take notes, keep organized! Use labels or tabs so that you can easily find information later. [13] Don’t study with your best friend. It may seem like an awesome idea at first, but you’ll spend more time chatting than you will actually reviewing the material. Find a study buddy that you mesh well with!

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words from the wise “I’m a big fan of the Pomodoro studying technique, which breaks an hour of studying into alternating periods of 25 minutes of focused studying and five minutes to take a break.” - gurvir sangha

“Try to understand what style of learning works best for you. I thought for the longest time that by taking notes and re-reading them I would retain my study material, but the truth is that I’m a terrible visual learner and remember much more if it’s audio. I’ll record myself reading Powerpoints aloud from a class, then listen to them on repeat until an exam.” - katherine kirst

08 professors

from the panel “I like to encourage students to be curious, creative and independent thinkers.” - Professor Mark Mac Lean

“Cry in their office. If they offer you coffee, they’re good people. Alternatively, talk to them in office hours regularly and don’t be afraid to ask about things that aren’t directly related to class like personal projects and their research. ” - jessica hohner

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professors They’re human too.

Before asking a professor for reference letters or something similar, you first want to make sure that you have a reasonably strong relationship with them — and that the professor has a good opinion of you. To establish a strong relationship, interact with your professor and get to know them better. You can do this by: [1] Actually going to class. You can learn a lot about someone by being in the same room as them and hearing them speak for extended periods of time. [2] Going to office hours and asking questions. Office hours are time the professor has set aside especially for this purpose — find out where and when they are and fire away! What you can or cannot ask largely depends on the individual professor and your own intuition, but questions about course material or

matters mentioned in class are always a safe place to start. [3] Writing them emails. Professors are busy and they’re most likely to look favourably upon emails  that are  short, well-written and easy to read.  Talk to a professor just as you would to any person you’d like to form a working relationship with. Be lively in  your interactions,  but  stay respectful. Professors who teach first-year courses usually have many students, so if you want any kind of significant ongoing correspondence you should strive to be memorable to them. There will be some professors you just get along with better than others, and those are the ones you will want to build correspondence with — don’t be nervous, go for it and remember to have fun!

10 the basics


This sounds like a t-shirt catalogue. UBC can be a confusing place. These answers to a few FAQs should help your blood pressure. What is Credit/D/Fail and when should I use it? If you take a course as Credit/D/Fail, you’ll be awarded a Cr (credit) if you get 55 per cent or higher, a D if you get 50-54.9 per cent and an F if you get less than 50 per cent. You get credit for courses you get a D or Cr standing, but they will not be counted towards your GPA. Use this grading policy to explore subjects that you think might otherwise cause grievous injury to your GPA. What are the implications of withdrawing from a course and getting a W? There are two deadlines for course registration: the last date to withdraw without getting a W and a second date by which you can withdraw from a course with a “W” appearing on your transcript. According to UBC’s website, UBC graduate and professional programs do not believe a “W” conveys any admissions-related info, however, they recommend students concerned about the implications of a “W” for future opportunities contact those organizations directly. (TL;DR: getting one or two isn’t a big deal). I failed a class. Now what? If all of your courses average out between 50-55 per cent you’ll be placed on Academic Probation and you’ll only be allowed to take 12 credits in either term of the winter session and no more than 11 credits in the summer session. If you have an average lower than 50 per cent, talk to an academic advisor in your faculty immediately about what you can do. Students who are assigned failed standing in one faculty might be able to transfer to another, so find out what your options are.

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ACADEMIC RESOURCES No, they won’t do your homework for you.

AMS Tutoring in Irving The AMS offers tutoring sessions in math, physics, chemistry, economics, biology, engineering, commerce, writing, kinesiology, and land and food systems! Given that your tutors will be teaching you material they’ve very recently aced, this is a great resource if you want help from someone who remembers exactly what your upcoming exam will look like. Peer Coaching Unlike tutors, coaches are useful for helping you develop “soft skills” — things like studying, note taking and exam prep techniques. They’re also a great starting point and will help you analyze your strengths and weaknesses.

professor tip “Stress tends to build as the term unfolds. It is good to be sure to take time to step away from school and have some fun to help manage this stress. Building friendships with other students at UBC is a key to personal and academic success -- sharing experiences with friends helps students understand their personal situations and enriches their lives.” - Professor Mark Mac Lean

Student Toolkits Check out the UBC Learning Commons’ Student Toolkit. They have a guide for how to talk to your profs, properly use the library, prepare for exams and more. MyCademia MyCademia is a recent app that is meant to connect students with tutors and tutors with students. The brainchild of recent UBC alumni Eren Cubukgil and Peter Moonen the app allows UBC students to truly take advantage of their classmates, with every participant being able to both procure and offer tutoring services. UBC Writing Centre Get feedback and help from tutors on anything related to writing.

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Time to eat something that’s not poutine (or just better poutine).

what to do UBC is great, but students who have studied abroad will tell you that you can only really understand its unique qualities when you’ve spent a term or two at the other side of the world. There are a variety of programs — such as Go Global or International Student Learning Program — that you can apply to. Whether your heart calls out to Asia, South America, Europe or Africa, there is no better way to travel the world in the middle of your undergraduate degree. You can choose to study at one of the numerous partner universities around the world and come back a more globally educated student. With cultural changes inside and outside of the classroom, you’ll adapt to a new city and soon call it your second home — UBC being the first of course.

Follow these steps if you’re interested in applying to the GoGlobal Program. 1. Pick your top three schools and apply to Go Global. Make sure you take in consideration your program, the universities’ requirements, the country’s culture and the food (always the food). 2. Go Global will accept you and sponsor you to one of your three picks. 3. Apply to the school. It’ll take at least six to eight weeks to hear back so plan your time wisely!


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CO-OP Time to adult!

UBC’s Co-operative Education program — or simply “Co-op” — is a way to get some paid work experience during your degree. Apply to the program after you’ve completed 27 credits for the chance to be hired at a Real Company™ that does work in your field of study. The catch? You have to complete three four-month work terms, and the fees are pretty costly — $2,380 to be exact. The job you get will pay you, of course, but it’s still a pretty heavy investment when there are other ways to get jobs. Keep in mind you can leave UBC for up to a year and come back with no repercussions, so if you find a good company willing to give you an internship outside of Co-op, you should think about taking it.

more opinions “Co-op is expensive. Some of the co-ordinators are awful to work with. You can find your own job. But you should absolutely do it: coop gives you a leg up and you don’t have to finish it. Getting something on your resume is important.” - john harvey

“Co-op is a mixed bag. In engineering, a lot of companies don’t hire students who aren’t in the co-op program, but there are still plenty that will, and for me the bureaucracy and cost without much tangible benefit wasn’t worth it.” - jessica hohner

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the guide to ubc


content Alma Mater Society Map Clubs Fraternities & Sororities UBC Traditions Cheap Eats Cooking At Home Best Places To Eat On Campus UBC Sports Campus Activities 98 Things To Do Before You Graduate


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They do a lot of things. The Alma Mater Society (AMS) is the body of student government at UBC. Officially, their mission is “to improve the quality of the educational, social, and personal lives of the students of UBC.” Unofficially, it’s more like resumé-padding, but you pay them a couple hundred bucks in fees so it’s still worth it to know what they do. The AMS is responsible for running student clubs, running businesses like Pie R Squared and the Pit, providing services like the Sexual Assault Support Centre and Safewalk, lobbying the university and government for students, holding events like Block Party and generally representing and applying your interests on a broader stage. Also, you’re part of the AMS. If you’re a tuition-paying UBC student, you’re in the club. Congratulations. When people talk about “the AMS,” though, they usually mean Council or the Executives, so let’s define those terms. Council is the decision-making body of the AMS. It’s made up of the Executive committee, representatives from constituent societies like the AUS, SUS, etc., as well as regular ol’ students. They vote on motions, approve the budget amd appoint people to committees — stuff like that. The president (Ava Nasiri) is everything and nothing. Officially, their primary responsibility is to speak on behalf of the AMS. Depending on who’s elected, though, they can do anything from filling their plate with projects to sitting back and coasting on a platform of improving student engagement. The VP Finance (Louis Reteif) tries to make sure the AMS doesn’t slide into crushing debt every year by working with their food service outlets, student clubs and the administration. They’re responsible for creating an annual budget to guide everyone else. The VP Academic and University Affairs (Samantha So) is primarily responsible for lobbying the UBC administration for student interests — though

now that we have a president who responds so quickly on Twitter, their job might be in danger. They’re essentially a megaphone for students’ voices whenever folks get upset about tuition, safety and everything else. The VP External Affairs (Kathleen Simpson) takes care of affairs that are… external. They lobby the provincial and federal governments for stuff like helping with student debt and transit issues. They help make sure we don’t lose the U-Pass and they’re constantly on Christy Clark’s case about a Broadway subway line. The VP Administration (Chris Scott) is widely acknowledged as the hardest job in the AMS. They’re responsible for the AMS’ student organizations, clubs, room bookings, etc. — which doesn’t sound particularly difficult until you consider that everything that is not the explicit responsibility of someone else falls on their plate (e.g. the construction and opening of the entire Nest). There. Now you know more about the people representing you than 95 per cent of students at UBC. If you want to be even more informed, read the handbook they distribute to Council members at or get to know the real ins and outs by writing for us! Sign up at

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20 clubs


Don’t let them smell your fear.

For the full list of clubs go to Fresh meat coming through! Here. This map is gonna be your guide to UBC’s clubs (and other social organizations). Now, where you sit in the Nest is crucial because you got everybody there...

You got the people who drink too much (Brewing Club and the Tea Club).

Preps — which include the AMS, AUS, SUS, EUS and anything else that ends with -US. Beef up your resumé while making friends.

You got your freshmen, a.k.a any residence clubs. I’m talking rez plays, touch football, TPRA/PVRA, anything you can do without leaving the comfort of your home.

JV jocks — basically Rec sports. Like throwing balls at other people? There are others just like you looking to make friends.

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Kids with faces for radio (CiTR).

Actual varsity athletes aside, you got your Varsity Outdoor Club, which will probably make you bleed on the side of a mountain, Ski and Board (who host a healthy dose of rockin’ parties), Quidditch, soccer... everything.

Surprisingly awesome clubs you didn’t know existed — the Magician and Illusionists Club, Pottery Club, Blank Vinyl Project and more.

People who party the hardest — the UBC Calendar and the Chinese Varsity Club (no Chinese ethnicity needed).

The greatest people you will ever meet — shamelessly claiming this title for The Ubyssey. We are the best.

And the worst. That person you hooked up with during first week and somehow shows up everywhere you are on campus.

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FRATERNITIES AND SORORITIES Live the Greek life without going to Greece.

Greek life is a great way to get involved at UBC, and allows you to meet tons of new people right off the bat. Don’t worry —it’s normal to not know what that Kappa or Pi or that triangle letter is. The general consunsus is: if it sounds at all interesting, give it a shot. There’s no harm in going through the rush process. At the very least, you’ll get used to meeting a bunch of people at once — something you’ll do often in your first few weeks. And for those of you who are worried: no, it’s nothing like what you see in the movies. Being a part of the Greek system can provide you with a social circle, overall support system, and an enriching experience at UBC.

more opinions “I am in the professional engineering sorority, Alpha Omega Epsilon (a.k.a. the one everyone forgets exists), and it has been an excellent way to connect with other women in my very male-dominated program. We’re also a hell of a lot cheaper than the social sororities, and probably skew a lot nerdier.” - jessica hohner

“Fraternities and sororities seem to be something of a self-fulfilling prophecy: if the stereotypes turn you off, I would steer clear. No, not everyone will be a drunk bro with a bad haircut, but there will probably be at least one. The exception is professional sororities: if there’s a set of Greek letters attached to your major, then you should check them out. The connections with people working in your field and focus on your career path will make it worth it.” - john harvey

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sororities Alpha Delta Pi Alpha Gamma Delta Alpha Omicron Pi Alpha Phi Delta Gamma Gamma Phi Beta Kappa Alpha Theta Kappa Kappa Gamma Sororities provide students an opportunity to make new friends, find new leadership roles on campus and go to at least three kegger a week. Check out for more info.

fraternities Alpha Delta Phi Alpha Epsilon Pi Beta Theta Pi Delta Kappa Epsilon Kappa Sigma Phi Delta Theta Phi Gamma Delta Psi Upsilon Sigma Chi Zeta Psi The fraternities fall under the Interfraternity Council, which is the governing body of all collegiate fraternities on campus. For more information, visit


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UBC TRADITIONS The only opportunity you’ll get to run around campus naked.

Undie Run The Ski and Board club runs this, and if you know anyone involved in that club, that fact will make perfect sense. Strip down to your skivvies before final exams get started and run around campus with all your friends. Storm the Wall One of UBC’s longest-running traditions, Storm the Wall is pretty much what it sounds like — a 12-foot wall is erected on campus, and you and a group of friends (or you alone) have to get over it.

Day of the Longboat Once a year, Jericho Beach plays host to over 3,000 people taking part in the largest voyageur canoe race in the world. Polar Plunge Another clothesless activity, this one run by The Calendar, UBC’s premier party-planning team. Take it off and take the plunge into Wreck Beach’s icy waters. Pit Night Head to the Pit pub in the lower level of the Nest on Wednesdays for one of the sloppiest displays you can see at UBC. Fun game: try to count the number of firstyears making out on the dance floor.

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CHEAP EATS ON CAMPUS There’s more to life than instant noodles (well, not really, but here are some second choices). Food on campus can be expensive. The best way to really eat cheap is to pack your own food. If you live in Totem or Vanier, there’s always the dining hall, and if you live in other residences you can always head back to your place for a meal. Another way of getting cheap — and free — food is to keep an eye out on Facebook for posts about free food (thank you Class of 20XX social groups). Agora The Agora is a student-run volunteer café located in the Macmillan building. They are open Monday-Friday from 9:30 to 3. Food runs out fast, though, so it’s best to go early. You also receive a discount if you bring your own container and mug! Check out their menu at blogs.ubc. ca/agora/menu UBC Village Food Court The food court in the Village is one of the cheaper spots to have a meal on campus, and you can get stuff like pho, “3 items” and falafel there. Meals cost between $5-10. Mio Sushi Mio Sushi is also another place in the UBC Village that serves relatively cheap sushi, and according to them, they don’t use MSG. Their bento boxes are super filling and cost between $7-9. Sprouts    Sprouts is a volunteer-run student association at UBC. They provide a bringyour-own-container lunch that is by donation on Fridays between 11:30 and 1:30 P.M. They are located in the basement of the old SUB. Save On Foods  The buffet at Save-On has saved us (ha ha) a couple of times, especially during hell weeks. White Spot ‘Twas the night before Tuesday, when all throughout campus / All creatures were hungry, from Swing to Henry Angus / Their student cards were placed in their

bags with care / With knowledge that the next day soon would be there / The children were nestled snug in their beds / While visions of $4 burgers danced in their heads. (Triple O Tuesday rocks). BC Sushi It’s not on campus, but we have to throw this in just because. A 15-minute bus ride away from campus lies BC Sushi — $14 for an All-You-Can-Eat lunch that will keep you full throughout the day (like, I’m “too full for dinner” kind-of-full) is pretty reasonable. It’s also fun when you go there with friends at night for their late night special.

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panel favourites “Triple O’s Poutine Burger! It’s a burger with fries, cheese, meat!” - ADITYA JARIWALA

“I love the Delly’s curries — my favourite is the shahi paneer. They’re surprisingly good and you get a ton of food for the price you pay. I also go to Pearl Fever in the University Village unnecessarily often and to the dismay of my bank account.” - aFIE BOZORGEBRAHIMI


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panel favourites “Loafe Café and any salad and a flat white makes a perfect lunch.” - Professor Mark Mac Lean

“The Spicy Crunchy Rolls from Honor Roll.” - jessica SU

“The Boulevard Coffee Roasting Co. It’s a bit pricier but all of the sandwiches are delicious.” - sara chitsaz

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best places to eat on campus

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Loafe Though slightly pricier, Loafe is worth it for the amazing sandwiches and snacks. The Midnight In Havana sandwich is a particular standout, as well as the bacon-covered donuts. They have beer and wine on tap and make a pretty great Irish Coffee. It’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon, though seats are limited and go quickly. The Point Grill Boasting a warm vibe, everything from pasta to fish tacos and a nice selection of beer, wine and cocktails, this is a nice sit-down venue that’s close to home. Located on the bottom floor of building 4 in Marine Drive, this is always a good place for a night out. Though a little pricey, with a three course meal and drink costing upwards of $35, it still makes for a satisfying meal. The Boulevard Freshly roasted coffee and late hours

make this the perfect place to study and hang out. Their pulled pork sandwiches are awesome and a large cappuccino comes in a mug the size of a bowl. Mahony & Sons This place has pretty solid pub fare — bangers and mash, stew and fish & chips are good hearty meals to accompany a beer, and don’t forget about their spicy wings. Their whiskey sour is also delicious. The Delly The sandwiches are satisfying, but don’t overlook their curries, which are thoroughly enjoyable. Especially the butter chicken. Mercante Expect to eat here every other day for the rest of your degree. Their pizzas are around $10 and worth every cent. UBC Food Services Hahaha! Just kidding.



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Scream with hundreds of other blue-painted fans.

Last season was a great one for the Thunderbirds. The football team won the Vanier cup. Women’s soccer took the national title. Athletes from UBC are on national teams and represented us at the Olympics this year. Football, ice hockey and basketball broke attendance records last year. And the ‘Birds look poised to do it all again. The T-Birds are the most decorated varsity sports program in Canada. They’re also a dominant part of student culture on campus — at least, they should be.

Have nothing to do on saturday evening? Catch a game at Thunderbird Stadium or War Memorial Gym with your buddies and watch your varsity team face off against the best in Canada. Single game tickets are $2 for UBC students. Pro-tip: join the Blue Crew for $20, which gets you access to 100+ home games over the entire season and some Thunderbird swag (a.k.a. a shirt). If you’re looking for a good way to keep up with UBC culture, it’s worth it.


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more opinions “I’ve attended a home game almost every weekend for three years and I still don’t understand the rules of football. That said, tickets are only $2, and basketball and volleyball are usually men’s and women’s double-headers, so you get a lot of bang for your buck. Varsity games are so great and so under-attended by our apathetic student body.” - jessica hohner

“Hockey, hockey, hockey. If you’re new to Canada and its wondrous sport, know this: it’s fast paced, exciting to watch and a truly physical game. There’s a beautiful sense of joy one experiences when watching hockey, and UBC’s hockey teams kick ass. I highly recommend seeing a game or two, I promise you’ll love it. ” - katherine kirst

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Fish Farmers They Have Sea Lice (detail), 2014.

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories On view until October 16, 2016 Free admission with your UBC ID

Museum of Anthropology at UBC A place of world arts + cultures

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CAMPUS ACTIVITIES We’re a basically a mini city, just with more construction.

Even if you find yourself trapped in UBC’s bubble, there are loads of fun things to do that are a 10-minute walk from your residence. If you’re feeling active, learning a new skill like yoga or martial arts can begin with a club or UBC Rec’s classes. The Aviary — the climbing wall in the Nest — has a great social culture

behind a badass sport. For an afternoon break from classes, Wreck Beach and the famous cliffs await. To follow up with a night of drinking, the Pit and Koerner’s are popular choices. Overall, there’s probably a club or society for every interest you have, so go and make friends who enjoy the same things you do!

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from the panel “Storm the Wall rocks. The UBC Theatre puts on good shows.” - professor mark mac lean

“I honestly think studying outdoors (when weather permits) is seriously underrated. Reading outside is way better than reading in the Koerner dungeon/basement.” - AFIE BOZORGEBRAHIMI

“Explore everything. Campus is huge. There are like eight libraries or something, a farm and tons of hidden study spots.” - jOEL STADIE

Julia Feyrer & Tamara Henderson

The Last Waves September 6 to December 4, 2016

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98 things to do at UBC BEFORE YOU GRADUATE We double doggy dare you to finish this. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26.

Find The Ubyssey’s office Volunteer for The Ubyssey Write a regular column for The Ubyssey Come to a Ubyssey party Beat an editor at Smash Bros. (really easy) Beat an editor at drinking (impossible) Take a selfie with Santa Ono Go to Wreck Beach Be terrified at Wreck Beach Find a squirrel nibbling on Pie R Squared pizza Join a frat or sorority Start your own frat or sorority instead Slide into Ono’s DMs Go to McDonald’s wasted at 3 a.m. Start a fight at McDonald’s wasted at 3 a.m. Start a fight with Will McDonald wasted at 3 a.m. Get your bike stolen Steal it back Get kidnapped and chained to a light post by engineers Sleep in the Aquatic Centre Get tricked by a Syrup Trap article Cry because J.K. Rowling will never bankroll a real Harry Potter room in Irving Pour bubble bath in the fountain Bathe in the fountain Spend 24 hours straight in Irving Download porn on ResNet

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Get put in the penalty box Do the Undie Run Do Day of the Longboat Storm the Wall Join the Hempology 101 club Climb the Aviary’s climbing wall in the Nest Write an angry op-ed for The Ubyssey Attend an AMS meeting purely for the free food and leave immediately after Spend your entire meal card in just two months Make a meal from the free spaghetti and ketchup in the Buchanan café Take an elective because the name sounds cool Sleep on a couch in Buchanan Read The Ubyssey just for the crossword Lose your room key Lose your entire lanyard Get a stern talking to from the front desk for continuously getting locked out of rez Go to a frat party. Leave within 15 minutes Go back to said frat party Carry your friend home from said frat party Find at least five hairs in your cafeteria salad bar Complain about your residence’s caf food being the absolute worst Go and investigate the other residence’s caf

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49. Realize all caf food is equally shitty 50. Drink a PSL on Main Mall surrounded by the autumn leaves. ‘Gram it 51. Instagram the Rose Garden, clock tower, Wreck Beach and Main Mall all in one day 52. Tag your friends who go to SFU 53. Decide Adderall is a good idea 54. Develop your very own nervous tick because you haven’t slept in days 55. Have a bonfire on Wreck Beach and fear for your life 56. Post on /r/ubc 57. Get roasted on /r/ubc 58. Run as a joke candidate in the AMS elections 59. Win 60. Drink your face off at Block Party to make it bearable 61. Angrily tweet @TransLink 62. Get fined by TransLink 63. Go to class in yesterday’s clothes 64. Go to class in pajamas 65. Go to class naked 66. Get conned by “Connor” at the bus loop 67. Shotgun a beer during an exam. Get an A. 68. Get free condoms at the Wellness Centre 69. Go to a Norm Theatre beer garden 70. Dress in neon and sneak backstage at a Calendar party 71. Crash and burn 72. Pretend to be a superfan at Homecoming 73. Go to a football game other than Homecoming and be the only one there 74. Paint the engineering cairn

75. Get into the famed steam tunnels 76. Learn how to roll a joint from Ubyssey alum Pierre Berton 77. Brew your own beer with BruBC 78. Use “hack” as a derogatory term 79. Walk into the wrong dorm room after a hard night out 80. Collapse into someone else’s bed 81. Peacefully coexist 82. Plant something in the rooftop garden on top of the Nest 83. Buy shrooms from a hippie at Wreck Beach 84. Buy a longboard and use it for two days 85. Slackline outside the Old SUB 86. Start your own show on CiTR 87. Get kicked out of every campus bar in one night 88. Complain about your science/ arts/language requirement 89. Take an EOSC course with 80 other arts students to satisfy your requirement 90. Take a CRWR course with 80 other science students to satisfy your requirement 91. Convince yourself you can make a go of freelancing 92. Finally figure out where Sprouts is 93. Listen to your Engineering friends complain about how much harder their lives are 94. Get into an argument on UBC Needs Feminism 95. See a protest against raising tuition fees. Join in 96. Fuck in Nitobe Garden 97. Join the eSports team, become a millionaire 98. Get personally offended by an eror in The Ubyssey




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CAMPUS RESOURCES Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Centre for Student Involvement and Careers 604 822 4011 A great source of information in regards to how to write a resume, find a job and more. Counselling Services Brock Hall 604 822 3811 Free and confidential counselling for UBC students who need help with a variety of mental health concerns. AMS Food Bank The Nest, Room 3107 An AMS service that provides food and basic supplies for students in need. Student Health Service 604 822 7011 Health care service for registered UBC students by family doctors and nurses. Speakeasy The Nest, Room 3107 A peer support program where you can get non-judgemental help on issues such as relationship problems, stress and substance abuse. Sexual Assault Support Centre The Nest, Room 3127 An AMS service that helps those who have been sexually assaulted with emotional, medical and legal support.

Safewalk 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. 604 822 5355 Call Safewalk and a co-ed team of students will safely walk or drive you to your destination. The Pride Collective The Nest, Room 3107 A resource group that offers educational and support services dealing with sexual and gender diversity in UBC. Open to students, staff and faculty members. Access and Diversity 604 822 5844 A group that works with UBC to create an inclusive learning environment where all students can thrive.

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Adventure Around Campus, Complete Challenges, Win Great Prizes! AHVA Gallery, Audain Art Centre 6398 university blvd | The Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory (AHVA) explores the many facets of visual culture and practice. Meet peers and engage with art at the AHVA Gallery. collect stamp: Front Desk – Tue-Sat 12-4pm (starting 23 Sept) AMS Student Society | 6133 university blvd | The AMS officially represents the 50,000 students at UBC. We support 400+ clubs, provide food in the Nest, offer free services like Tutoring and Safewalk and host Block Party. collect stamp: Gallery Lounge, 4th floor AMS Nest – Weekdays 11am-6pm Beaty Biodiversity Museum | 2212 main mall | Fall in love with the diversity of life as you explore over 500 exhibits, and stare through the jaws of the largest creature ever to live on Earth – the blue whale. collect stamp: Whale Station – Tues-Sun 10am-5pm Chan Centre for the Performing Arts 6265 crescent rd | From classical, jazz and world music to theatre and opera, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC is known for its striking design, stellar acoustics, and exceptional programming. collect stamp: Chan Centre Ticket Office – Tues-Sat 12-5pm CiTR Radio and Discorder Magazine | 6133 university blvd | CiTR is the broadcasting voice of the UBC, offering students and community members training and access to the airwaves, and providing alternative coverage of every genre and perspective. CiTR also publishes Discorder Magazine, providing Vancouver’s best monthly coverage of the local music and arts scene. collect stamp: CiTR Lounge, LL-500 AMS Nest – Weekdays 12-5pm

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resume & cover letter We hate making them too.

This is not easy for anyone. We’re all diverse human beings with multitudes of interests and querks that make unique, but how can you fit that all in one page? The answer is: you don’t. Remember, you’re looking for a job — your boss doesn’t really need to know about what you did in eleventh grade. Here’s our tips for scoring a job that will feed you for the rest of your university life: [1] This cannot be emphasized enough, but make sure your grammar and spelling is correct. Your revolutionary research on how to produce higher milk quality in cows through screamo rock music will not be applauded if you don’t have correct spelling and syntax. [2] Make it look nice. If you think you have absolutely nothing to offer, find a nice template online or on Microsoft Word and at least make it pleasing to the eye. This would also be a good chance for

you to show off your design skills. Make sure the formatting is consistent. [3] Ensure that what you have is relevant and targeted towards the job you’re applying for. If you’re looking for an internship find what the company values and tailor yourself towards their company culture. [4] Know the difference between a cover letter and a resume. The resumé is an easy-toread page that focuses on yourself while the cover letter is a lengthier — but still easy on the eyes — piece that further focuses on why you’re a good match for them. Use stories to show your experience and development as a person. [5] Let a friend look over it. Feedback is always important. Plus an extra pair of eyes is always good for catching the mistakes that your coffee-fueled, bloodshot pupils have missed.

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finding a job We can’t all be Karadashians.

If you can get through four or five years of university without getting a job — good for you, and how did you do it? There are a huge number of jobs available on campus and most are flexible enough to fit around your schedule. Many faculties offer internships for UBC students which provide an opportunity to gain experience in fields relevant to your field of study. Although most are unpaid, they provide valuable opportunities to step into employment post-graduation. Co-op is also offered by most faculties. You can apply to the program and work full-time in a position relevant to your degree. This usually necessitates taking a semester (or more) out of classes to complete the position. The UBC Careers Online website lets you filter jobs by degree program, hours and location. It’s one of the best tools to find jobs on and off campus, and has positions ranging from Work Learns to volunteer shifts and casual roles. The AMS also has an employment site which features part-time and fulltime positions within the AMS and their related businesses.

from the panel “Be persistent! Be resilient! You will apply for 20 places, but only five will get back to you and of those five, probably two will call you in for an interview. The key is to not give up!” - aditya jariwala

“First, be honest with yourself can you manage your course load with an additional 10-20 hours of work per week? If yes, UBC CareersOnline, HR UBC, WorkLearn and Craigslist are great leads for jobs, and the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers can help you put some serious polish on your resume and interviewing skills. ” - gurvir sangha • GRADUATE


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tech essentials Increase your grades, not your Pokémon CP.

Mint Anyone moving out for the first time (and probably any adult ever) could do with some budgeting help. Mint lets you add multiple accounts to keep your spending in check by tracking your purchases and sorting them by categories, like entertainment and groceries. Because we all know that drawer full of receipts ain’t doin’ shit. Transit App Whether you’re Vancouver born and bred or it’s your first time in the Pacific Northwest, the aptly named Transit App will save you time and confusion navigating the city. Whatever your preferred mode of transportation – train, bus or car2Go – this app will simplify your explorations, giving you departure times for nearby transit lines, offering alternate routes and notifying you of disruptions. Perfect for the list-making, overcommitted student, this app helps you organize and rank tasks and lets you break them down into smaller steps. Sync it across devices, set reminders and automatically set recurring tasks. You’ll never forget to call your mom again! The UBC App The UBC app helps students stay on top of events and safety alerts, and offers a direct portal to the SSC. Be sure to check food service hours and look up which campus eateries take meal or flex dollars. Chances are you may only use this app for the campus map. Check your ego and look up which Buchanan building your class is actually in — it’s ok, we’ve all been there.

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Vendchat Developed by UBC students last year, Vendchat simplifies the process of buying or selling second-hand textbooks, bikes, clothing, plants, coffee makers… you name it. Snap and post a pic and chat with other users within the app. Maybe you’ll get to avoid all those messy buy/sell Facebook groups! iStudiez Keep track of assignments, grades, your course schedule and all of your club meetings in one place. This app acts as a schedule, calendar and academic calendar all in one. For $2.99, upgrade to the pro version and have the app remind you to start assignments, hand in papers and when all your exams are. Evernote/Penultimate Evernote is the ultimate note taking app.

Organize everything from class notes, essays, group projects and more in one place. You can annotate documents, use it as a word processer, chat with group members, build flashcards and so much more. Download the accompanying Penultimate to write notes on a tablet and Evernote will store and organize them for you. The whole database is searchable, so when you go to study you wont have to flip through notebooks for half an hour. Google Drive Drive is great for writing essays, creating spreadsheets and presentations. Everyone has an account and knows how to use it, so it’s a staple of group work. Plus, everything saves automatically and is stored online so you wont accidentally delete your term paper four hours before it’s due.

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friends No, not the TV show.

Starting university is challenging, whether you’re a commuter student or you’ve moved thousands of miles away from your hometown. On top of finding your classes, juggling coursework, and trying to squeeze in more extracurriculars than humanly possible, you might wonder how you’ll find the time to socialize as a new student. Throwing yourself into an entirely new social context can be nerve-wracking, and that stress can obscure what an amazing opportunity it is. But good news: it is probably easier to make friends at university than at any other point in your adult life. There is this strange thing that happens during first year where the “cold introduction” (introducing yourself to a stranger with nearly no contextual grounds to do so) is not frowned upon, and is in fact encouraged. You will get really good at introducing yourself to people, and will likely master the formulaic name + hometown + current residence + major intro by the end of Imagine Day. Make the most of it. People are interesting, have insightful things to say and generally love being asked about things they are passionate about! If you are a commuter student, join a study group or ask the person next to you in class if they want to work together (literally nothing bad can come of this). If you’re in residence, keep your door open and introduce yourself to your floor mates. Participate in res events and go sit with someone who is eating alone in the dining hall. If there is one time in your life when it isn’t weird to introduce yourself to a random stranger, it’s right now. Go do it! Friend-finding 101 can be summed up in two words: active participation. Foolproof! While it is hard to make friends from your dorm room, it is easy pretty much anywhere else. Attend homecoming even if you aren’t a sports fan, go to events hosted by

the AMS and the Calendar, and get comfortable being in rooms full of strangers (and future best friends?). Look at the list of clubs on the AMS website and write down the ones that interest you. Go to at least one of their meetings. Try the UBC Sailing Club’s free day, take a studio tour at CiTR, visit The Ubyssey’s office, volunteer at the SASC, join a student society, check out the climbing wall at the Nest… the list is endless. Remember: your mental health

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is of the utmost importance, and it’ll be affected by more than how you’re doing in class. Prioritize building a strong support system at university. It will help you cope with stress and look past your GPA — improving your academic performance in the long run! When midterms roll around, make sure to put down the books for an hour and catch a Wreck sunset with some friends – chances are you’ll remember the times you had together long after you’ve forgotten that crappy physics mark.

“Be yourself. Unless yourself is Regina George. Don’t be yourself then. No one likes Regina George.” - gurvir sangha

“Go join a thing! There will be people at that thing and they’ll talk to you!” - Jessica Hohner

“Bribes always work on me, so maybe try that?” - afie bozorgebrahimi

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relationships Relationships in university, especially first year, are a tricky thing. Everyone has different ideas about what they should look like: casually hooking up, total commitment and everything in between. When those ideas clash, that’s where words like “complicated” and “messy” come up. A few tips: It’s easy to get involved with people on your floor, since they’re often the first friends you meet, but be aware of the challenges that may result. You’re with them all year. Breakups in university can be hard, especially when you feel like all of your best friends and family are back at home and you’re alone. Grab some ice cream, put on some music and don’t be afraid to call your NEW friends to come over. This is how new friends become great friends. It’s not the end of the world if things don’t work out. You’re here to have fun and learn about yourself — not to get a ring on your finger.

Sex Respect and consent. The two most important components of any sexual situation. An enthusiastic “yes” means yes — and just because someone hasn’t said no, doesn’t mean that they have said yes. After consent is clear, maintain a healthy level of respect for each other in and out of the bedroom and everything will be more fun. You do you, boo. It doesn’t matter what your sexual preferences are! No, really! University is the time to explore, whether that involves exploring who you want to have sex with, what sex looks like, or even if you want to have sex. No glove, no love. Just kidding — there are tons of other birth control options out there other than the traditional condom. Just make sure you protect yourself from an unwanted pregnancy or STI.

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Love & sex

Find the moon of your life.

long distance

from the panel “Just cry it out boo.” - afie bozorgebrahimi

“It never ceases to amaze me how few adults understand the concept of USING YOUR WORDS. If you have a problem, or a question, or a concern, simply talk to your crush/partner/FWB — poor communication causes 90 per cent of unnecessary drama! ” - katherine kirst

Doing long distance during university can be extremely hard, but extremely worthwhile. It’s not for everyone, but if you love the person, it can actually strengthen your relationship. Some tips: Trust and communication is key. Be trusting but also do things that will reassure the trust of your partner! Set out boundaries, rules and no go’s so you don’t have to have feelings hurt and problems can be avoided. Boundaries may seem dumb at first, but roll with them. Set countdowns to dates when you’ll see each other so you have things to look forward to and work toward. Make sure you’re both on the same page at all times! If you only feel like a few texts during the day, but your partner wants to talk on the phone for a half hour, reach a compromise. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Always be honest with your partner about how you’re feeling. When you’re sad and lonely from long distance: Buy a boyfriend pillow (no matter the gendering, they’re the shit). Plan something fun at school, without your SO. It’s important to realize that you can have fun on your own, too — plan something special with your partner for when you’re both in the same place again! Did someone say ROAD TRIP?

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FRESHMAN 15 All that beer has to go somewhere.

The “freshman 15” doesn’t have to exist, especially living in Vancouver, a city surrounded by beaches, trails and mountains to explore. Vanier and Totem cafs have numerous healthy options (and treats – definitely consume those curly fries, but in moderation) so there’s no reason to forget your five-a-day or live

solidly on deep-fried everything. If you’re cooking for yourself, cook in bulk for the week #mealprep so you’re not tempted to hit the vending machines post-lecture. There are microwaves in the Nest, so bringing leftovers can be just as good as buying poutine.

panel tip “The freshman 15 are a myth, as far as I could tell. Don’t eat ice cream for breakfast. Well, don’t eat ice cream for breakfast more than once a term.”

“Try to be aware of when you are stress-eating, and when you are actually hungry. Honestly though, freshman 15 is not the end of the world. ”

- John Harvey

- Sara chitsaz

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EXERCISING Kale is not mandatory.

This is Vancouver. The weather is mild year-round and we have mountains, trails and beaches. Go for a run! Ride a bike! Paddleboard! Paddleboard yoga! Alternatively, UBC is full of gyms. Residence gyms are free for students and all have a few cardio machines and some weights – basic but useful. The Aquatic Centre gym is similar to residences, but also includes a sauna and use of the pool. The BirdCoop

is the most popular (and busy) of all campus gyms, and costs just $60 for the whole year. It has two squat racks, free weights, benches, a climbing cave and cardio machines – but peak hours are reminiscent of an actual birdcoop, so plan carefully. Gold’s Gym in the Village is definitely the most elite with the most equipment, but comes at a cost. Expect to pay $40-60 per month on top of membership fees.

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family Gotta love ‘em all.

Whether you’re from Vancouver, elsewhere in Canada or abroad, being at university can be difficult. You’ll be stressed, face new challenges and, for many people, have adult responsibilities for the first time. Keeping family close can be hugely helpful in navigating your time at UBC. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Who cares if you’re 18, 20 or 28? Asking family for advice, guidance and help is almost always worth

the time. That being said, it is okay to not talk to them for a while and to figure stuff out on your own. Stay in touch, but don’t be afraid of living your own life and making your own decisions. If you’re living very far from family, make a new one. Whether it’s with your roommates, friends or a friend’s family, having people to celebrate holidays, spend time with and go to for advice is important to succeeding in (and out of) university.

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Here’s everything you might not think of this year. What’s a dorm without a cute cliché poster or two? (“Keep calm drink wine,” anyone?) Handy snacks for when you need to cram all night. (Stuff that doesn’t go bad, and isn’t too sugary. Think jerky and trail mix!) Something soft, whether that’s a boyfriend pillow or a super-soft Homesense blanket. A funky bedspread / duvet cover — colourful or at least patterned, because trust me, you will regret that pristine white as soon as you eat on your bed and then spill on it which will be day two. A good study lamp (Not too bright, not too dim). Keep in mind that rooms in Totem and Vanier will come with lamps. Storage bins and organizers! Put these under your bed, they’ll save your life. You technically aren’t allowed candles (fair, I guess, since who wants to be responsible     for burning an entire dorm building down) but make sure you have something to make         sure your room doesn’t smell like your biology lab. Houseplants are all the rage right now — make sure you don’t kill anything by getting something low-maintenance and cute, like a cactus, or The Ubyssey’s coordinating editor. A laundry bag that doubles as a bin, so you have something to throw your clothes into and also tote with you on your way to the laundry room.

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FINDING A ROOMIE Your best friend, soulmate and other half (until they move out).


Find somebody with similar interests. It makes sense to live with somebody who has a similar lifestyle to you. If you like to stay up late and sleep in on weekends, it doesn’t make sense to room with an early riser. Rooming with someone who takes similar classes to you is also helpful for studying and keeping each other on track. Try to make an effort to spend time with your roommate, even if it’s just getting groceries or watching a movie together. This is the best way to bond and grow closer to your roommate Respect privacy. Living with other people definitely means you will inevitably have to resign some “me-time.” However, make sure that if you need an hour or so to yourself every day (hint: you will) that you communicate this to your roommate — and make sure they do the same. If you haven’t seen your roommate in a few days you should probably check that they’re doing okay, but also understand that you don’t have to be joined at the hip. Communicate. This is key. Communicate when you’re happy. Communicate when you’re sad. Communicate when you’re tired of seeing dirty dishes in the sink – and don’t leave passive-aggressive notes because your roommate will hate you.


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We’re not going to tell you to survive on cabbage.

University is stressful enough without having to worry about finances. Being mindful of your money can go a long way in relieving stress and stretching every loonie into a toonie. [1] First of all: don’t be afraid to ask for help. UBC has financial services for the sole purpose of helping students with their finances. Friends and family can also be a huge help, but in the mean time here are a few quick tips for saving money at UBC. [2] Budget. Figure out how much you spend every month and what you spend it on. Knowing how you’re using your money is half the battle. Once you know how much you’re spending, find things you can live without and things you can spend less on. [3] Food. Eating on campus isn’t always the cheapest but if you need a quick bite to eat, load money onto your UBC card to save five per cent on food at certain campus locations. The cheapest way to eat is to cook for yourself (and you can impress dates). Don’t even bother going into Whole Foods if you’re trying to save money and SaveOn-Foods is usually a little cheaper than Safeway. Go to No Frills for cheap bulk items. Food, bars, housing and restaurants all get cheaper the farther from UBC you venture. East Vancouver

has some really great, small and cheap grocers and restaurants. You can also find local stores with cheap(ish) items from clothes to books. [4] Fuck textbooks. You never need to buy a brand new textbook from the bookstore. Check the discount bookstore, the internet (I mean, duh), friends and Facebook for cheaper books. Some places even allow you to rent, though if you plan on reselling the book it isn’t always worth it. Facebook has some great groups for buying, selling, and trading textbooks, clothes, bikes and anything else you might need. [5] Drinking and dates. Drinking is expensive — if you really need to save money, don’t drink. If you have to taste the sweet relief of alcohol, buy from a liquor store, not a bar, or try and score free drinks from friends or club events. Dating is also expensive. If you really need to save money, just don’t do it. But you (most likely) will want to, so save money by never going on a dinner date (also they suck). Go swimming on Wreck Beach, take a bike ride around the sea wall, pack a picnic for Stanley Park, or cook dinner together. They are all free and way more interesting than awkward eye contact across a restaurant table for an hour.

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TRANSIT It’s not that bad.

Riding transit properly in Vancouver isn’t hard, and most things come down to the Golden Rule — think of how you would feel if someone was a jerk to you on a bus before you do it to them. That said, here are a few suggestions: “Please move to the rear of the bus.” MOVE TO THE FUCKING BACK OF THE BUS. NOT THE BACK DOORS. NOT THE STAIRS. RIGHT GODDAMN BACK. IT’S NOT THAT HARD. Don’t block the doors on the SkyTrain or the 99. People need to get on. If you’re not getting off, move. Leave the courtesy seats for the people who need them. That doesn’t mean, “Wait for the elderly lady to ask you to move,” it means don’t take it up in the first place. It should be noted that not everyone who has a disability looks like they have a disability, so try not to judge someone if they don’t happen to look like they should be there. Don’t play loud music. Even your earbuds, playing at a high enough volume, can be a nuisance to people around you. Don’t eat or drink on the bus. You’re a clumsy little shit and you’ll make someone very sad when you spill Slurpee on their loafers. Don’t talk to strangers. I don’t care how much you’re enjoying the cherry blossoms, I just want to go home. This goes double if the person you’re talking at has headphones on. Cell phones. It’s generally acceptable to talk on your phone at a level at which you’d talk to someone next to you. If it gets louder than that, you’re being an asshole. Be mindful of how much space you take up. Your enormous backpack is not appreciated when it is squished against someone’s face on a busy bus. Don’t manspread. Your crotch doesn’t need that much room to breathe (and yes, this goes for any gender).

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Cooking at home

You too can become a Martha Stewart.

Cooking in university is one of those things where cereal for dinner sometimes works because you’ve spent most of your money on textbooks and booze. People often avoid home cooking because they think it’s time-consuming or because they don’t know what to cook, but it’ll be easier if you follow these tips: Shop smart. Don’t blow all of your money at Whole Foods thinking that everything will be worth it to get healthy. No Frills on 2083 Alma Street is a great place for basically everything. IGA on West 4th Ave gives you a 10 per cent discount if you show your student card.  Young Brothers Produce on 3151 West Broadway is cash only, but their vegetables are so fresh and cheap that

it’s well worth it. Persia Foods on 2827 West Broadway is great for canned / dried food and condiments. Cooking in bulk is great when you’re on a budget – simply freeze your meals and heat them up throughout the week when needed. Easy things to cook in bulk include fried rice, chilli, and one pot pasta. Meal planning helps keep you on track health and money wise. It also saves you time because you can prepare a meal in advance, and you already have whatever you need in the fridge. There are apps and websites that help you to plan your meals, such or, where you can filter recipes by prep time, ingredients, and difficulty level. When in doubt, stir fry it out.

Redeem @ The Gallery for a free dessert with your entree. 4th floor of the Nest

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content Greater Vancouver What To Do In Vancouver Foodie Hotspots Cheap Eats Travel Tips Words of Wisdom Drugs

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greater vancouver

But which area is the greatest?

UBC/Point Grey It’s a general rule that the further west you go in Vancouver, the more expensive it is. Point Grey is no exception. Beautiful, full of beaches, wilderness and health food stores, the western peninsula of Vancouver is an amazing place to live, especially if you’re a UBC student (who can afford it). Spanish Banks to the north, Pacific Spirit Park to the south, Wreck to the west, and a lovely little commercial district along 10th Avenue — this place is amazing.

Kitsilano Home of boutique kombucha cafes, sailing classes and an abundance of yoga studios. It’s a paradise for those who love an active lifestyle, and in the summer, there’s nothing better than lounging on the beach by Chip Wilson’s house with a cup of carrot/ cucumber juice in your hand. Kits is beautiful, but like all beautiful places, very expensive. Dunbar/Arbutus Mostly residential and extremely safe, this neighbourhood is a top choice for UBC students and Vancouverites in general. Dotted with little cafes, parks and shops, it has a non-hipstery charm that makes you feel at home. It’s a little ways away from downtown, but still definitely accessible by bus. If that’s not a dealbreaker, Dunbar’s a swell place to live.

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$15 student rush tickets available!

A Sound Experience Tickets and info at Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue – SEP 25 Mariza – NOV 2 I Diego El Cigala – NOV 20 Dianne Reeves – FEB 22 I Noche Flamenca’s Antigona – MAR 12 I Anda Union – MAR 26 Max Raabe and Palast Orchester – APR 9 Bobby McFerrin – APR 29

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Downtown The core of Vancouver is a special place to live. Granville Street has all the live music and night clubs you could hope for, while the LGBTQ-friendly West End is one of the friendliest, cleanest and most beautiful areas of any major city in the world. North is Stanley Park, the Seawall and Vancouver Aquarium. Robson Square has food trucks and street performers. A little east is Rogers Arena and BC Place, where you can take in the Canucks, Lions and Whitecaps, as well as world-famous performers on tour.

Kerrisdale A little less “Kits-y” than Kits, holding a trendy vibe all its own, Kerrisdale is cool. All along 41st Avenue are little locally-owned shops and bigger fashion stores like Hill’s. It also boasts the best farmer’s market in Vancouver, which sells fresh, local produce every Saturday. Main/Mount Pleasant Heaven for hipsters (but also really interesting for normal people). Main Street used to be a lot more sketchy than the thriving arts and culture centre it is now, but it’s still got a death grip on the ancient antique shops and rundown little markets on the south end of the street that existed before gentrification, and will remain long after. Head north and you’ll find galleries and pubs before arriving in Chinatown.

Downtown Eastside Often referred to in the media as “Canada’s poorest postal code,” the DTES has some issues. Crime, drug use, sex work and mental illness make up a large part of the area’s identity, but if you’re looking for oldschool character, this is the place to find it. From stunning, cobblestone Gastown to the rich history of Chinatown, don’t let this book’s cover scare you off. It has its flaws, but the DTES is vibrant in a good way. Commercial Drive Speaking of vibrant, Commercial is probably the best way to spend an afternoon if you’re into live music and awesome food. This stretch of East Van is known for its multicultural eateries — especially Italian — and boasts the best foodie atmosphere in the city. The Drive’s proximity to the downtown core also makes it attractive, even for students who have to commute west. Marpole Almost purely residential, Marpole is pretty boring. Luckily, its large numbers of apartments mean that rent is pretty manageable compared to the rest of the city, and numerous bus routes exist to take you out. Its proximity to Richmond is enticing for people who have family there or just want easy access to the neighbouring city.

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what to do in vancouver Basically just trees here and there.

Whether outdoor or indoor adventures are your preference, there is enough to do in Vancouver that boredom is never an excuse. The winter is great for skiing and snowboarding on Whistler, Grouse, Cypress, Seymour and more. In the summer, hiking and sunsets at the beach dominate favourite Vancouver pastimes. Some who prefer less moving can go on an artful adventure around Granville Island — a foodie paradise filled with music, hand-

crafted foods and more. For those who prefer indoor activities, there is a world of local craft beer waiting to be tasted and escape rooms that need escaping. Another option is to visit one of the many musuems in Vancouver. Some of the popular ones include the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Maritime Museum and Vancouver Police Musuem. Remember: every adventure is made better with friends!

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foodie hotspots We triple doggy dare you to try them all.

Local • Burdock & Co Main Street • Wildebeest West Hastings Street • Meat & Bread Cambie Street • The Crab Shop Dollarton Hwy • Farmer’s Apprentice Restaurant West 6th Avenue • Go Fish West 1st Avenue • Nelson the Seagull Carrall Street • Dark Table West 4th Avenue • The Fish Counter Main Street • EXP Restaurant + Bar West Pender Street • Medina Cafe Richards Street European • Bestie East Pender Street • Les Faux Bourgeois East 15th Ave • Stepho’s Souvlaki Greek Taverna Davie Street • Cafe Il Nido Thurlow Street • The Fat Badger Alberni Street • Bufala Pizza West Boulevard • Au Comptoir West 4th Avenue • Bistro Wagon Rouge Powell Street • Simpatico Ristorante West 4th Avenue • Bauhaus Cordova Street

Street Asian • Japadog Various Locations • Fraser Court Seafood Restaurant Fraser Street • New Town Bakery & Restaurant East Pender Street • Au Petit Café Main Street • Shirakawa Water Street • Jinya Ramen Bar Robson Street • Marutama Ra-men Bidwell Street • Spaghetei Robson Street • Sura Korean Royal Cuisine Restaurant Vancouver Robson Street • Pink Elephant Thai Alberni Street • Legendary Noodle Denman Street • Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Various Locations • Peaceful Restaurant Various Locations • Vij’s Rangoli West 11th Avenue • Nuba Various Locations Pan American • Save On Meats West Hasting Street • La Belle Patate Davie Street • The Flying Pig Various Locations • The Red Wagon Cafe East Hastings Street • Memphis Blues Various Locations

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The Mexican Granville Street Tacofino Various Locations

African • Fassil Ethiopian Restaurant East Broadway • Simba’s Grill Denman Street Coffee & Desserts • Matchstick Coffee Roasters East Georgia Street • Caffè Artigiano Various Locations • Nero Belgian Waffle Bar Robson Street • Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe Alberni Street • Lee’s Donuts Of Granville Island Johnston Street • Beta5 Chocolates Industrial Avenue • Bel Café West Georgia Street • Musette Caffe Burrard Street • Faubourg West 41st Avenue • Thomas Haas Patisserie Harbourside Drive • Temper Marine Drive • La Casa Gelato Venables Street • Cheesecake Etc Granville Street • Earnest Ice Cream Fraser Street • Soft Peaks Ice Cream Alexander Street

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cheap eats

When your wallet and stomach are crying.

Sun Sushi The “Sun” in “Sun Sushi” might as well be referring to the beacon effect of their cheap prices, attracting students like flies to a porch light. Less than seven bucks gets you their sushi special: miso soup, a yam tempura roll, a California roll and a tuna roll. Candia Taverna Right next door to Sun Sushi is handsdown the most satisfyingly cheesy, thick-crusted pizza I’ve had in Vancouver. Share a medium roasted lamb pizza and a half-bottle of house red wine with a friend (or with yourself) and you will not be disappointed. Thai Basil Thai Basil has two other locations (one downtown on Thurlow, one on Cornwall

Avenue), but their Broadway location opened very recently. Thai food tends to be surprisingly expensive, but this is a lovely exception to the rule with no sacrifice to quality. La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop These are tacos at their most classic: chewy corn tortillas doubled up and straining to contain their juicy fillings. The taco menu ranges from beef cheeks (de cachete) to fish (pescado) to roasted poblano peppers with creamed corn (rajas con crema), with plenty of classics in between (like chicken, pork and mushroom). There’s also a quesadilla option, though if you’re seeking any other dishes, you’ll be out of luck — this is a taqueria only.

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Have a say in your future! Get in touch with my MP office and find out about upcoming events, services to students, and opportunities to intern or volunteer. @joycemurray

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travel tips Stay safe, kiddos.

The Pacific Northwest is one of, if not the most, beautiful places in the entire world. It would be a shame to go through your entire university degree without seeing it. It can be hard to find the time, energy, and money to travel but you wont regret it. Clubs like the VOC and Ski and Board are always hiking, climbing, skiing and paddling around the province. They are a great way to see the amazing wilderness BC has to offer. Buses (covered by the UPass) can take you up to the North Shore which has hundreds of hikes, a few small towns and lots of places to swim and paddle. If you feel like spending a little money, you can take the bus to one of the ferry terminals and catch a BC Ferry. Victoria is well worth spending a

weekend in, as is the Sunshine Coast. There are plenty of ferry routes to smaller cities and towns that are sure to be an adventure. You can also take a ferry from Victoria to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. Grab your passport and hop on a bus or train to Seattle or Portland. Both are relatively close and are great for a weekend adventure or a reading week trip. If you have access to a car you’re free to go a bit farther. The Rockies, on the BC/Alberta border are well worth a road trip. Camp, hike, and enjoy the mountains, lakes, and national parks. Banff is a tourist favourite and Jasper National Park — through slightly less popular — is equally beautiful and usually quieter.

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Stupid or not, know your stuff before you do anything.

Don’t do drugs, kids. Joking – you’re at university and will more likely than not come across a plethora of substances to play around with during your time here. While we’re not suggesting you experiment like crazy, it’s useful to have some background knowledge when somebody offers you a hit. Marijuana: Weed is a depressant that can induce giddiness, relaxation and an overall pleasant feeling. Technically not addictive, the worst that can really happen is an extreme case of the munchies, nervousness, paranoia, or a existential-like experience of cosmic interaction.

MDMA/ecstasy: Molly is highly addictive, and most users find that everything is suddenly right in the world. It can be damaging to your emotional and physical relationships, and many ecstasy tablets sold on the street contain little to no MDMA, so you can never be sure exactly what you’re getting. Effects last 4-6 hours, but the after effects can last up to a week. Adderall: This is one of the most common prescription drugs, but if it hasn’t been prescribed to you then you should probably stay away. The downsides to this “study drug” (insomnia, paranoia, heart palpitations) are definitely not worth the slightly higher grade you might get on your exam.

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Cocaine: A stimulant that is usually snorted and hits quickly. The effects are shockingly short-term and produce euphoria, energy and talkativeness in addition to potentially dangerous physical effects like elevated heart rate and blood pressure. Coke can get expensive (and dangerous) real fast, as the number one thing you tend to want when you’re on coke, is more coke. Magic Mushrooms: Shrooms contain the psychedelic compounds psilocybin and psilocin, and have been around since the prehistoric times (they’re depicted in cave paintings). A hallucinogenic drug, the probability of addiction is very low. They produce a distortion of senses and can bring about a deep, introspective trip. Take them in a quiet space with a few people you trust.


There have recently been a number of reported cases in which the dangerous opiate fentanyl has been found in less harmful drugs. People have died. Be careful what you put in your body.

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The Ubyssey

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2208-6133 SUB Boulevard Student Union Building Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1 Call us at 604 822 2301 or e-mail us at

The Ubyssey is the definitive source of news on campus. We’ve been the official student newspaper at UBC since 1918 and we represent the student voice because, well, everything we produce is done by students. We’re fully independent — meaning we’re not run by UBC or the AMS — so you can rest assured we’ll call them out when they screw up. We publish in print on Tuesdays and every single day online. Our team of editors is in our shiny new office (room

2208 in the Nest, beside the climbing wall) every single day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. if you want to drop by and say hello or get involved. Absolutely no experience is necessary — our office is open to everyone, no matter your skill level. If you like writing (of any kind), photography, design, illustration, videography, podcasting, etc. there’s a place for you at the paper. And if there’s not, you can make one.

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Design Wow everyone with beautiful things made by beautiful people like you. Designers and illustrators welcomed!

Features Do you want your articles to be the best-looking pieces in the paper? Pitch your own ideas for features!

Science Do you like superbugs, spaceships, sex, robots, Pokemon, drugs, dogs or poop? Read and write for our newest section — Science.

News Do you like knowing exactly what’s going on on campus? Are you a generally nosey person? Come write for us and cover everything from Board of Governors secret meetings to the housing crash.

Opinion Do you feel passionately about campus issues? Voice your concerns in a letter and send it to the opinions section. You may find that many other students will agree or disagree with you over social media.

Blog In a world of objective and formal news reporting, the blog section is not that. Exercise your funny bone and show the most-read section how clever and creative you are.

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Sports & Recreation The sports and rec section covers all of UBC’s Thunderbird varsity teams as well as everything recreation related.

Video Whether you want to be the next YouTube star or just want to put that camera of yours to use, there are plenty of opportunities in video.

Photo Visual communication is a big part of The Ubyssey. From breaking news to cultural events, the photo department sees all.

Culture Do you like the theatre and symphony? Do you want to write about clubs, food, alcohol and cool places to hang out? Write for culture and you could get to do all this for free!

















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