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TABLE OF CONTENTS Message from our President Meet your AMS Executives Join a varsity team Campus culture Where you come from 92 things to do before you graduate Budgeting your money Getting things for free Tips for commuters Know Vancouver Academic support Resources Calendar Map of the Student Union Building (SUB)

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Stephen Toope became the 12th President of UBC on June 1, 2006. Before becoming president, Toope served as the head and founding president of the Trudeau Foundation, which supported interdisciplinary research among social sciences and humanities scholars. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, specializing in history and literature. Afterwards, he went to Quebec, where he studied law at McGill University. There he completed two degrees in civil and common law. In 1987, he received a PhD from Trinity College, Cambridge. From 1994-1999, Toope served as dean of McGill’s law faculty, becoming the youngest person to hold that position. In addition to being President, Toope serves as chair of the UBC Senate, and lives in Norman MacKenzie house, located on the northwestern tip of campus.

Fall is a special time on a university campus. For new, first-year students, it is normal to feel both anxious about the transition to university academics, and excited about new experiences. This year, UBC’s Vancouver campus will be welcoming more than 5,600 of you, and faculty and staff are eager to support you and help you succeed. For returning students, I hope you are refreshed by your summer break, anticipating with relish the opportunities of the upcoming year. There is nothing I enjoy more than the palpable sense of new energy that arrives with our more than 36,000 undergraduates and 9,900 graduate students in September. When I speak with alumni, they sometimes reflect on two things: first, how pivotal their time at university was; and second, how they regret they didn’t take better advantage of all university has to offer. The menu of possibilities you have before you as a UBC student is, in fact, amazing. A globally influential university, UBC offers you the chance to meet and study with the best and brightest professors and classmates. The array of academic programs is varied and rich, as is the number of inventive outside-the-classroom learning and social initiatives. Our students alone have organized more than 300 clubs, which I am sure is close to the largest number on any campus in Canada. In the back-to-school buzz, I hope you will see the commitment of your university to enlivening your learning experience. This was a personal goal of mine when I joined UBC, and it is a core part of our university’s guiding strategy, “Place and Promise: The UBC Plan.” In that document, UBC commits to providing the opportunity for transformative learning. This means nothing less than creating programs that have the potential for dramatically affecting your life, by helping you acquire the knowledge and skills for personal growth and to give leadership in our global society. You might see UBC’s commitment, for example, in your science classes, where departments are changing the way complex science concepts are taught, thanks to the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative. You might see it in the Faculty of Arts, which is implementing new writing and research curricula this year to ensure you have an in-depth exposure to scholarship at the undergraduate level. In fact, in almost every faculty, there are examples of programs re-building curriculum. The university is also investing in efforts that enrich learning outside the classroom. This includes adding community service learning and international service learning options, where you can earn academic credit while delivering volunteer help in community organizations. I cannot overstate how much these programs can have an impact on your life. UBC now has a goal to have each and every student engage in at least two such opportunities during their studies. With all of these efforts, can UBC deliver on all of the excitement that comes at the beginning of a new academic year? I will be the first to say that there is much yet to do. But I find confidence in the creative energy I am seeing in every corner of this campus this fall to improve your educational experience. However, as our alumni will tell you, a satisfying university experience also depends on you. Embrace the opportunities before you this year. And I can promise you one thing for sure: You won’t regret it. Stephen Toope, President 3



At a campus like UBC that’s in a constant state of flux, only two things seem constant: the rain and Bijan. A 12 year UBC veteran, Bijan Ahmadian moved into Place Vanier from Iran in 1998 and hasn’t left UBC since. And now he’s the President of your Alma Mater Society. “Have you seen ‘That 70s Show’? That Fez guy, I was exactly that Fez guy,” jokes Ahmadian about his arrival to Canada. He fondly recalls when friends sat him down to explain the concept behind the colloquial saying ‘Who’s your daddy?’ He’d seen another student writing it on someone’s door and simply couldn’t fathom why anyone would want to make a big deal out of their father’s name. These friends remain his support system 12 years later. “We still get together and play poker. I once cleaned house, but I usually lose because I don’t like to drink a when I start drinking, well, I just lose,” he says. At 21, he got engaged to a girl that he was set up with through his family in Iran; it lasted four years. 4

“I grew up in a traditional family and when I was lonely my family was like, ‘Hey, why don’t you get married!’ And I was like, ‘That’s kind of cool. I can have sex every day!’” Ahmadian has worked in a variety of positions in the AMS and UBC, including as the AMS’s Ombudsperson, a research assistant for UBC President Stephen Toope, a student senator for five years, a member of the Board of Governors for two years, and now as the AMS President. “In order to do this, I put graduation on hold because I felt that the AMS needed strong leadership,” he says about his decision to run for President. For his term, Ahmadian wants to focus on two major goals: moving the SUB renew project forward, and pushing for a fee referendum for October. And after he completes his presidential term?   “Dancing was always a big part of me, growing up in Iran. But, now, there’s no time to dance!” laments Ahmadian, adding, “As soon as April 30 hits, I’ll be back to dancing!”

BEN CAPPELLACCI VP ACADEMIC AND UNIVERSITY AFFAIRS Ben Cappellacci remembers his first weeks in Totem Park’s Salish house as being “intense,” and was introduced to the campus through the Commerce Frosh. “It was overwhelming,” says Cappellacci. “I mean, I didn’t know a single person there. Every single night for the first week it was just drinking. I actually had a really hard time. For the first couple of weeks I pretty much stayed in my room. I didn’t know anyone, I didn’t talk to anyone.” Now a fourth-year Marketing & International Business student in the Sauder School of Business, Cappellacci was elected the AMS VP Academic and University Affairs. His advice to first years who are having trouble fitting in? “I think the best advice I can give is be true to yourself,” says Cappellacci. “When you come here you really have the opportunity to define who you are...Get out of your comfort zone, try things, and experiment...try to identify the things that make you who you are.”

By the end of first year, Cappellacci had joined the fraternity DKE. He entered campus politics in his third year when he took a job running SafeWalk and served as a student senator for the CUS. “In January of last year, I started asking myself, ‘What am I going to do next year?’” Cappellacci says. “I understood the AMS, but I also understood how the university works. The VP Academic seemed like a broad porfolio, so I decided to run [for it].” As the AMS VP Academic, Cappellacci’s job is to act as the AMS’s liaison between students and the university. Cappellacci says that the two projects he is working on which will impact students the most are the recently implemented Credit/D/Fail system,and changes to the accessibility of student evaluations. Currently, the student evaluations are not always made available to students.

EKATERINA DOVJENKO VP ADMIN She's lived in Kiev, New York and Montreal. She speaks four languages. And as VP Administration, she oversees 300 clubs, the AMS Art Gallery and a myriad of events and the building of a new $110 million SUB. Her name? "It's kind of long, so you can call me Kat," she says. Dovjenko and her family eventually settled in Surrey, where she went to high school. Her parents—"who are a bit of that foreign parent stereotype"— wanted her to stay close to home for university, so she chose to come to UBC. A fourth-year student in the Sauder School of Business, Dovjenko said one of her primary reasons for becoming so involved on campus was seeing the spirit and participation that is ingrained within the Commerce Faculty. "During Frosh week, I was starstruck, if anything, by the Commerce executive team," she said.

"They pretty much indoctri—" She pauses and laughs. "I don't know if I want to use that word. They introduce you to that has a lot of involvement...I saw these people and thought, 'I want to be just like them.'" This year, Dovjenko looks most forward to overseeing the new SUB project. The AMS has chosen HBBH + BH as the architects for the building, and Dovjenko is excited for the schematic design portion of the planning. "It's where the real fun happens. It's where everyone gets their input, where ideas are melding together and there's no such thing as a wrong design." As for advice to first-year students, Dovjenko says to get inspired, not overwhelmed, by student leaders. "The people you look up to and have done such amazing things really weren't any different than you four years ago." 5

ELIN TAYYAR VP FINANCE It’s hard to miss VP Finance Elin Tayyar when you’re walking around the SUB; he’s the one who’s better dressed than anyone else in the room. “I don’t know why [it happened],” replies Tayyar, who has a fondness for skinny ties and suspenders. “I was actually pretty bad in first year.” The Iranian native, who has also lived in Azerbaijan and Winnipeg, not only leads the AMS when it comes to fashion, he leads his Beta fraternity brothers in performing the culinary arts. “[When you’re cooking] I don’t think there should be a recipe,” says Tayyar. “At Beta, they cooked ten different meals on repeat for ten years so I had to find a way to make things different. “I do a lot of crazy cooking, random. It turns out pretty good. My staple is eggplant. Fried eggplant.” Tayyar is an international relations and economics student whose portfolio includes the AMS budget, monitoring the society’s

spending, sitting on the Board of Directors for CiTR and heading any sustainability initiatives. The first half of his term has been dominated by the new AMS budget, which, although it eliminated the deficit, caused considerable debate. “It was really hard because there were a lot of students being affected by things such as the equity program [which was cut],” says Tayyar. “It's pretty controversial, but I have to prioritize.” “The referendum is the key second part in fixing our problems at the AMS,” he says. “Essentially we want to change it so no one has to deal with the problems we dealt with. We want a one-time fix.” He also understands certain difficulties associated with being the AMS's money man. “The financial side is kind of boring for students,” he says. “You have to show how it translates into the actual AMS that students can see everyday."



“Join one of the AMS or departmental clubs. The departmental clubs have massive budgets so they can afford to throw away money on a party. If you want to see parties happen, make them happen.” So says AMS VP External Jeremy McElroy, a self-titled ‘Resident Old Guy’ and veteran of all things party on campus. McElroy got involved with the AUS in his first year, but changed his focus to the resurrection of the Radical Beer Faction (RBF), an oft-revived former slate and party club. “After the decision [to stop hosting Arts County Fair] was made, the slow and painful death of beer culture was starting to become really evident,” says McElroy. “The police were cracking down on parties and kids were going out into the forest— not so safe. So we decided to get together and start throwing beer gardens. We

created the beer garden bible. Essentially, it’s everything you need to do to run a good, legal beer garden.” And UBC loved it. McElroy and the RBF lent their services to all the constituencies and various clubs. Eventually, McElroy’s exploits led him to student politics. “I threw a lot of parties, ran as a joke candidate in the elections, and got more votes than I thought I would,” explains McElroy. “I ran for arts rep last year, and finally decided that the VP External portfolio needed a bit more work and I wanted to do that.” Now that the provincial legislature is coming back to session, McElroy says he’ll be spending more time lobbying in Victoria and Ottawa for the U-Pass, as well as student loan issues. “School’s starting, and the projects we’ve been planning are starting to fall into place.”

JOIN A VARSITY TEAM What?! You didn’t get recruited out of high school by a UBC coach? And still harbour dreams of playing for a varsity team? Don’t worry. Just for you, we’ve made a list of teams you CAN join with NO experience necessary.

Men’s/Women’s Rugby Coach: Spencer McTavish (Men’s), Lesley McKenzie (Women’s) Tryouts: For both teams, there are no cuts. Practice Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 6:30-8:30pm (Men’s), Tuesday, Thursday 5-6:30 (Women’s). All practices are at the rugby fields in South Campus. Ideal Candidate: “Size, strength, speed, agility and power are core traits we are looking for, along with an athlete that likes physical contact.” - McTavish Game Day: Every Saturday (Men’s), every Sunday (Women’s) Random Fact: Every year in the spring, UBC’s men play against UC Berkeley for the “World Cup”. With many starters injured last year, UBC lost the two games by a combined score of 80-17.

Men’s/Women’s Rowing Coach: Craig Pond (Women’s), Mike Pearce (Men’s) Tryout/Practice Schedule: Will be announced September 14 at Hebb Theatre. Ideal Candidate: “No experience is necessary but we are after tall, athletic men and women, preferably with 4-5 years left at UBC. We also need coxswain— men/women under 125 lbs.” - Pearce Game Day: Races are called regattas and are held sparingly. Random Fact: A rarity in Canada, UBC has a fierce rowing rivalry with the UVic Vikings. Each year, the two schools compete exclusively against each other for the Brown Cup. Both UBC’s teams lost last year to the Vikings.

Ski Team Coach: Student-athlete Ben Millar Tryout Schedule: There are no cuts. Practice Schedule: Term 1, dry land practice is held every Monday at Osborne Gym and Wednesday at War Memorial Gym at 5:30pm. Term 2, the team travels once on a week to train on the North Shore mountains. Ideal Candidate: “We are looking for skiers with significant race experience, as we only take five guys and five girls to our races.” - Millar Random Fact: UBC’s ski team competes in the Northwest USCSA , an American athletic organization. Bowtie Bri says... Remember, a Blue Crew membership costs only $10, and gets you access to every UBC game for the entire year! Go to War Memorial Gym to sign up today!


CAMPUS CULTURE The Ubyssey has prepared the following guide to campus culture. We hope it will encourage you to spend the occasional Saturday night a little differently. For example, maybe drop $20 on a play instead of $30 dollars on a case of beer? Hell, there’s no reason you can’t do both.

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Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Home of the notorious Pit Night, in which a bunch of first years spend a Wednesday evening getting smashed whilst listening to the shitty pop song du jour. The Pit manages to squeeze in some decent bands and DJs from time to time as well.

The Chan hosts a wide array of programming, ranging from roots to jazz to world music, to lectures by renowned authors. While the Chan’s pricing can hardly be called student friendly (even with the discount, some shows cost up to $60), it does offer some cheaper options. And for the audiophiles out there, the acoustics in this place will get your rocks off. Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

The campus movie house. It’s cheap! $4 for any movie and Film Society members get in for $2. The theatre also hosts lectures and presentations. The Pit

Koerner’s Pub If you want to get your Jack Johnson on, head to Koerner’s for Mellow Mondays. (And after allllllll/ you’re my wonderwallllll). The Gallery Lounge

UBC’s avant garde art gallery. The gallery works closely with undergrad and masters students in fine arts, and shows a good deal of student work. The Belkin also holds annual showings from the University Art Collection, the third largest collection in the province. Check it out, if you’re feeling particularly highbrow. Museum of Anthropology The most renowned collection of northwest aboriginal art in the world is a 10-minute walk from the SUB. Set aside an entire day for a visit here. Wander through halls that contain everything from day-to-day items of the Coast Salish people to the monumental works of Billy Reid. Admission is free with a student card.


If you’re looking for ambience, you will not find it at the Gallery. You will, however, find relatively cheap beer and bottom of the barrel entertainment. The Gallery hosts Karaoke on Tuesday night and an open mic on Thursday. Frederic Wood Theatre The Frederic Wood is where the Department of Theatre holds most of its premiere shows. These are big, polished spectacles that showcase UBC’s young talent at its finest. Also, tickets are priced with a student budget in mind.



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In a shocking move, two of the University’s oldest institutions, The Ubyssey Publications Society and its secret official drinking wing, have come together to create the first and only Disorientation Issue Drinking Game. You win when the circles align*.

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START HERE. START STARTHERE. HERE. Where did you come from?

FROM THE LOWER MAINLAND: 3,389 (Have a sip of beer and cry about never leaving home. Pansy.) THE REST OF CANADA: 1,380 (Pour a little out for your homies who couldn’t be here.) INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: 897 (Drink a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster and don’t panic.) Where are you going? (# of students) ARTS: 2076 (Take three shots and enjoy the fact that you don’t have to work for four years.) SCIENCE: 1485 (Drink now, because you’re never going to get another chance...Preferably out of a test tube.) ENGINEERING: 837 (Stay sober now, because you’re never going to get another chance.) COMMERCE: 562 (Sip Chardonnay from a crystal glass and try not to spill on your sweater-vest.) LAND AND FOOD SYSTEMS: 257 (Grow your mead on your dorm room’s new-age plantation.) FORESTRY: 185 (Shotgun a Kokanee as you raft down the majestic BC rivers, then piss in them.) HUMAN KINETICS: 131 (Have a Jagerbomb and do 30 laps around the track.) OTHER: 133 (There are other faculties? Drink because nobody notices you.) In 2009-2010, there were 6,804 international students at UBC. Here’s a selection of where they came from. UNITED STATES: 1,361 (Drink one scotch, one bourbon and one beer.) CHINA: 1,248 (Drink a pineapple beer and wonder why.) SOUTH KOREA: 536 (Take a shot of soju; chase with national pride.) JAPAN: 305 (Drop a shot of sake in a can of’re in the Great White North, now.) IRAN: 275 (Take a shot of anything and do it in public—just because you can. Kinda.) MEXICO: 252 (Complain about our sin tax and take a shot of bad tequila.) HONG KONG: 157 (See China.) GERMANY: 148 (Hold a personal Oktoberfest in your dorm room.) FRANCE: 69 (What do the French drink again?) SOUTH AFRICA: 29 (Welcome Commonwealth brethren! Grab a lager.) NEPAL: 15 (Do the Grouse Grind and down a beer at the Observatory) NORTH KOREA: 6 (Holy Shit! Six people from North Korea? We’ll buy you a beer!) AFGHANISTAN: 4 (Oh, God, we’re so sorry. See North Korea.) UZBEKISTAN: 1 (Take a shot every time someone makes a Borat joke.)** Did you know? Last year, there were 126 students at UBC over the age of 60! What was the average high school GPA? If you had a GPA lower than... SCIENCE: 88% (Drink now and drink hard. You won’t be doing any better here.) COMMERCE: 84% (It’s all about connections, anyways. Right?) ARTS: 84% (Drink now because you obviously didn’t in high school.) APPLIED SCIENCE: 83% (Drink a beer for every female in your faculty.) LAND AND FOOD SYSTEMS: 82% (Drink at the UBC Farm; the green Gods will save a tree.) FORESTRY: 78% (Just keep on drinking, because it’s obvious that’s all you did in high school.) *statistics for 2009/2010 come from UBC’s PAIR website

**Yes, we know he was from Kazakhstan. That’s the joke. Don’t write us.



CASH SAVING TIPS You will—hopefully—have paid off your tuition and residence by now. In a few more weeks, you’ll have maxed out your meal card. At that point, if you’re lucky, you’ll come back to this page to garner a tip or two on how to save your money. Tip One:

women in the SUB selling them. You just don’t need one. Yes, they’re convenient, but they’re also convenient for banks to make a pretty penny when you spend carelessly. Tip Three:

Learn how to cook. If you don’t live in Vanier or Totem, you have Make a budget, and stick to it. At no excuses here. There’s a plethora first, you won’t know your weekly of free recipes online that you can living costs. Over time, you’ll learn, experiment with. Not only will you and will be able to adapt. Keep track be eating cheaper, you will be eating of your receipts. Make sure you stay better. on target. You’ll be much more Try nailing down the easiest ones likely to see where your biggest first, but make sure you know expenses are, and reign them in. something fancy enough to impress that special someone. Tip Two: Now you’re well on the road to success! On this page and the Think twice about getting a next page, try writing your own credit card. Beware of the attractive preliminary budget.



COMMUTERS TRANSIT DOS AND DON’TS • Return everything you find left behind on a bus. We have had our faith in humanity restored countless times after having lost cell phones, wallets and even backpacks returned to us. • Please refrain from being the person who keeps two seats to yourself by placing your backpack on the seat beside you.

• Try to argue with the bus driver. • Eat a three-course meal on the B-line. A snack or a sandwich is acceptable, but please stay clear of anything that needs a strong fume hood. Yes, this means your smelly bag of McDonald’s. • Stand in the yellow box, lest ye block the vision of the holy bus driver.

• Remove the aforementioned backpack when standing in a crowded bus. We don’t want your Jansport in our face, thanks. • Pay with like a million coins. If change is all you have, count it out beforehand, i.e. while waiting for the bus. • Greet and thank the driver. Word on the street is they’re feeling neglected. • Outline the intricacies of your relationship(s) over the phone. • Help those struggling to get on. You will not only score • Cut in the line. It wasn’t pretty when that guy did it as the brownie points in the good human category but will also Titanic sank. It hurts our feelings in a similar way when you be the first on the bus. do it around us. • Turn down the metal/electro/world music. If we can hear it, • Sprawl. So not attractive. your ear drum will be weeping in the near future. • Quit your late-night Call of Duty career. Drool on our • Move to the back. And we don’t just mean inching toward shoulders when falling asleep on the bus. the stairs.





VANCOUVER GIANTS Spend that money you’ve saved by not watching the Canucks on extra beer and watch a bruiser tear a twentysomething to shreds. As a bonus, see future stars in action. (Pacific Coliseum, 100 North Renfrew St, Hastings-Sunrise)

THE KING’S HEAD Like the interior of a pirate ship, only rowdier—and with more live Sublime covers. Cheap pitchers and no-frills decor used to equal a student haven. Kids now welcome? (1618 Yew St, Kitsilano).

BILTMORE CABARET The epicentre of hipsterdom and a regular stop for many, touring indie groups. (2755 Prince Edward St, Mount Pleasant)

VANCOUVER CANADIANS Yes, Vancouver does have a baseball team, and they’re the closest athletic entertainment to campus. (Nat Bailey Stadium, 4601 Ontario Rd, Queen Elizabeth Park)

THE FRINGE Good food, friendly service, and a stereo playing all the songs you never knew you loved. Check out the specials; sometimes the separate sleeves are cheaper than the pitchers. (3124 West Broadway, Kitsilano)

DENTRY’S The definition of your basic, VANCOUVER WHITECAPS cheap bar. Dentry’s greatest Channel that leftover World feature is that it’s close to Cup fever by cheering on campus. Don’t expect much the soon-to-be-MLS ‘Caps. and you’ll leave happy. (Swanguard Stadium, (4450 West 10th Ave, 3883 Imperial St, Burnaby) Point Grey)


THE EATERY Japanese kitsch, North American cuisine, sushi with Astroboy posters. Music loud enough to have you shouting through the meal, which is a mixed blessing on first dates. THE RAILWAY CLUB Try the sake bombs. (3413 Grimy but intimate venue West Broadway, Kitsilano) that hosted early shows by the likes of the Barenaked BURGOO Ladies and the Hip. Music- Grandma’s home cooking lovers, buy a membership. with an extra emphasis on the (579 Dunsmuir Street, fondue. The mac and cheese Downtown) will permanently eliminate your desire for Kraft Dinner. (4434 THE ASTORIA West 10 Ave, Point Grey) Rough ‘n tumble, rock ‘n roll in a remodeled hotel. Cheap THE NAAM drinks, colourful clientele. Vegetarian “alternative” in (769 East Hastings St, a non-offensive, over-30 sort Downtown Eastside) of way. Great rice bowls, unbelievable miso gravy and THE CELLAR open 24/7. (2724 West 4th Live jazz under street level on Ave, Kitsilano) UBC’s doorstep. (3611 West Broadway, Kitsilano)




Arts D111­–1866 Main Mall (Buchanan) T: 604.822.4028

UBC Writing Centre T: 604-822-9564 E: W:

Commerce 102–2053 Main Mall (Henry Angus) T: 604.822.8333 Education 2125 Main Mall (Neville Scarfe) T: 604.822.5242 Engineering 1100-2332 Main Mall (Fred Kaiser) T: 604.822.6556 Forestry 2615-2424 Main Mall (HR MacMillan) T: 604.822.3547 Land & Food Systems 344-2357 Main Mall (HR MacMIllan) T: 604.822.2620 Music 6361 Memorial Road (Music Building) T: 604.827.5502 Science A150–6221 University Blvd (Chemistry & Physics Building) T: 604.822.3820 International Advisors Arts: Science: Engineering: Education: Forestry:

AMS Advocacy Office T: 604-822-4846 E: Accused of plagiarism? Got a large library fine? Too many residence points? The university registrar making life difficult? The advocacy office is there to help resolve disputes and give you support as you fight the large bureaucratic machine that is UBC.

Were you one of those students who managed to sneak into UBC despite a tenuous grasp of grammar, spelling and punctuation? Good god, there are more of you every year. You’ll still be required to use written English in university, so listen up. The UBC Writing Centre runs tutorial and non-credit courses to help you brush International House up on your writing skills, and will provide 1783 West Mall you with feedback on your essays. T: 604-822-5021 E: AMS Tutoring W: T: 604-822-9084 E: International students face a host of issues that domestic students do not. Having trouble in first year chemistry? Because of this, we have a centre set The AMS provides tutoring for free. up with International Student Advisors. Drop into SUB 249-–O for a session. The They’ll help you with study and work service covers a range of first and second permit issues, and teach you how to year courses, and paid appointments can navigate the delightfully polite Canadian be arranged for further help. bureaucracy.

Bowtie Bri Says...

Hey, students! Having trouble planning your academic career, or just need some one to assure you that your arts degree isn’t a waste of time? Why not talk to the qualified staff at your faculty’s advising centre? They’re advice-eriffic! International students are the apple of UBC’s collective eye, so we’ve tried to make sure that there are special advisors within most faculties to help you, specifically.

& STUDENT SERVICES AMS RESOURCE GROUPS Found in SUB 245, the resource groups provide a safe environment for people interested in making a stand against sexual assault, racism, sexism or homophobia. ALLIES AT UBC: E:

Student Environment Centre E: T: 604-822-8676 Social Justice Centre E: T: 604-822-9612

COLOUR CONNECTED AGAINST RACISM: Pride UBC T:604-822-1412 E: T: 604-822-4638 Womyn’s Centre E: T: 604-822-2163

HEALTH AMS/GSS Health & Dental Plan SUB 61 T: 1-887-795-4421 W:

Wellness Centre SUB 56B T: 604-822-4858 W:

SAFETY Counselling Services 1040 Brock Hall T: 604-822-3811 W: Do you need immediate, short-term counselling? UBC’s Counselling Services will provide you with emergency counselling, or first-time and follow-up sessions should you require further help. They provide group counselling programs for mood management, anxiety and other common student issues. AMS Speakeasy SUB North Concourse T: 604-822-9246 E:

Whether you’ve just broken up with your partner or you’re breaking down over exam stress, AMS Speakeasy is there for you. A help and information desk is Your health plan will cover some of The Wellness Centre provides students a located next to the northern main level your medical, dental and vision costs. discreet location to ask health- and sexentrance of the SUB; drop-ins are held in In addition, it gives you 120 days of related questions. In addition, it provides private and are strictly confidential. foreign health coverage, and access to at-cost and free condoms, and holds reduced rates at select Network health workshops for student health issues. practitioners. SafeWalk SUB 100A T: 604-822-5355 Do you feel uncomfortable walking around campus in the dark? Call the AMS’s SafeWalk for an escort back to your home, free of charge. You can reach SafeWalk at the number above, by asking security to direct you to them while using the Blue Phones scattered around campus, or by using the directline phones found in campus libraries.













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JAN. 17 Last day to withdraw from classes without a ‘W’ standing with full refund of tuition

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S 6 13 20 27

OCT. 15 Last day to withdraw from one-term courses with a ‘W’ standing, no refund

S M T 1 6 7 8 13 14 15 20 21 22 27 28 29

F 5 12 19 26

JAN. 4 Classes begin!

S 5 12 19 26

T 4 11 18 25

SEP. 8 Tuition is due! $35 late fee if not paid in full by this day

F 4 11 18 25

W 3 10 17 24

MARCH 2011

T 2 9 16 23 30


SEP. 18 UBC Homecoming vs University of Manitoba: T-Bird Stadium, 1pm

T 3 10 17 24

S M 1 7 8 14 15 21 22 28 29



W 2 9 16 23

S 2 9 16 23 30



S M T 1 6 7 8 13 14 15 20 21 22 27 28


S M T W T F 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 15 17 18 19 20 21 22 24 25 26 27 28 29 31






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