Family Afternoon Movies at Wesbrook

Kung Fu PandaImage: “San Diego Comic Con 2007 – Kung Fu Panda” by Joe Wu under CC By 2.0.

By Helena Zhu, Women Students Program Assistant, Access & Diversity

Starting on April 1, you and your family can enjoy all-time favourite animated films five Wednesdays in a row. All screenings are free of charge and take place at Westbrook Welcome Centre, located at 3378 Westbrook Mall. Below are short synopses and details of the screenings.

Happy Feet 2

Wednesday, April 1 4:30 p.m.

Mumble the penguin, who is a tap dancer, is frustrated that Erik, his son, is reluctant to dance. Instead of following his father’s footsteps, Erik discovers a new role model—a penguin that can fly. Mumble is determined to set things right.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Wednesday, April 8 4:30 p.m.

Mr. Peaboy, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his boy, Sherman, embark on exciting adventures using a time machine. One day, Sherman tries to impress his friend, Penny, by showing off the time machine, except he accidentally rips a hole in the universe. What happens now?

Monsters vs. Aliens

Wednesday, April 15 4:30 p.m.

A meteor full of space gunk strikes bride-to-be Susan Murphy. She finds herself turned into a giant, which the government wants to confine with other monsters. However, when an extraterrestrial robot lands on Earth and causes a mess, the government may instead want Susan to fight the alien.

Kung-Fu Panda

Wednesday, April 22 4:30 p.m.

Po the panda dreams of becoming a kung-fu master, but he is only an employee at his family’s noodle shop. His dream comes true when he becomes a chosen one destined to fight an evil kung fu warrior who is escaping prison.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Wednesday, April 29 4:30 p.m.

Five years after Hiccup and Toothless united the dragons and Vikings of Berk, they now adventure through the island’s unmapped territories. During one of their adventures, they discover a mysterious dragon rider who turns out to be Hiccup’s mother.

For more information on the afternoon movies, please visit


Halloween Costumes Don’t Need to Break the Bank

Holloween Costume

By Helena Zhu, Women Students Program Assistant, Access & Diversity

Halloween is right around the corner, which is also when Halloween costumes are most expensive, even for the little ones. With some creative juice though, and some ideas from this article, you can avoid spending the $80 without compromising too much on giving your kids costumes that they love. Even better, their friends and classmates will be jealous that they have such artistic moms and/or dads!


Remember that lab goggle from your first-year science lab? Cut out two circles from a white piece of paper. Secure them on the lab goggle using thin slivers of silver duct tape as the minion’s goggle frame. Use a black sharpie to complete the minion’s eyeballs. There you have the minion’s eyes and googles, which can be worn on your child’s forehead.

Your little one can now put on a yellow top, a pair of denim shorts or a denim romper, and a black pair shoes, and there you have your little minion.


Think about when your little one will be wearing this costume. If it is for trick-or-treating, then you can decorate an outerwear; if it is for a house party, then perhaps choose a dress, an old t-shirt, or a top and bottom. Once you have your outfit of choice, purchase different colours of crepe paper streamers at a dollar store. As an example, there is Dollar “N” Plus, the dollar store at the University Village.

Use scissors to cut fringes into their widths. If you want to be able to remove the layers of streamers from the outfit, you can sew the layers on. If it is an outfit you plan to toss or are planning on reusing, you can apply the streamers with fabric glue.

You may also choose to buy a party hat from the dollar store. Your little one can wear it as it is or have it decorated the same way with the streamers.

Mario and Luigi

If you have a denim jumpsuit, you have hopes for making a Mario or Luigi costume. You could also wear regular jeans with blue or denim coloured suspenders. With a red top and a red cap, you or your little one can be a Mario. If you have a green top and a green cap, you can be a Luigi.

To use Mario as an example, cut out a circle from a piece of paper. Use a red sharpie or marker to write a large letter “M.” Then pin it onto the front of the cap. To make the moustache, you can either use artificial moustache if you have any, or cut out one from black or brown construction paper, and secure it above the lips with poster mounts or double-sided tape.

If you have white gloves and brown shoes by any chance, they will make the costume even better.

Off you go for your adventure!


Look into your or your child’s closet. Identify an outfit of one solid colour, preferably one where you have matching construction papers for. Say that you choose blue, put on the blue outfit, and take out a blue construction paper. On the long side, use a black sharpie to write “crayon” or “Crayola.” On either end, colour in a black stripe along the width of the paper. Turn it on its side, use a hole puncher to punch holes at the top corners. You can then insert a string or yarn into the holes, and wear the “crayon” sign on the neck. You can adjust the string so that the crayon sign falls in front of the chest.

Take out another sheet of blue construction paper. Roll it up into a cone. This will be a hat or the tip of the crayon. You can secure the hat with bobby pins or another string or yarn to go under the chin.

Start colouring!

A Guide for Parents, Created by Parents

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By Helena Zhu, Women Students Program Assistant, Access & Diversity

Just after the first wave of midterms came the second wave of midterms. Amid all the studying, don’t forget to take some time to admire the beautiful changing colours on campus, especially on Main Mall. Fall is well underway, and so is the Parents on Campus blog.

This week, I would like to highlight the “Guide to Resources & Support for Parents,” a resource prepared by parents on campus for parents on campus. Now in its fourth edition, the guide shares the stories, challenges, and solutions from two single mothers at UBC.

Did you know that the overcrowded University Hill elementary and secondary schools are not the only options for your kids? The UBC school bus program also provides transportation to Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth elementary schools, in addition to University Hill. Queen Mary is just a stroll from Jericho Beach, while Queen Elizabeth is at the tip of Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

Did you know that the city has a free pass called Vancouver Inspiration Pass? The pass grants free access for up to two adults and four children under 18 to popular Vancouver attractions, museums, and recreational facilities, such as swimming pools and ice rinks over a two-week period. Vancouver Public Library has 140 passes available every two weeks, which you can apply for through the library website or in person at any VPL branch. This could make winter break more fun!

And did you know that UBC even has a community for families called UBC Families, and another for nursing mothers called Breastfeeding Café, which you can join? The upcoming meeting is on Thursday, November 20th from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge, Acadia Family Housing, 2707 Tennis Crescent. You can get to know the moms ahead of time through its Facebook group.

To find both the guide and more resources for parents on campus, please visit Access and Diversity’s page “Students who are parents.”

Hip vs Horrible Halloween Outfits

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Post by Hannah Barath, Access and Diversity Co-op student.

I get very excited about Halloween. Without a doubt, my favourite part is seeing fun and creative costumes. The one part that has never appealed to me is the horror, because I get scared way too easily. Fortunately, I can usually avoid all things scary. Unfortunately, the most frightening sight is one that is more difficult to avoid. Culturally appropriative Halloween costumes are surprisingly common but also horrifying, and if you’re unsure why, then read on.

What is cultural appropriation?

Cultural appropriation is a tricky topic to navigate, but a fairly basic definition is the unauthorized use of practices, items or symbols from a non-dominating culture that has typically been (historically and continuously) oppressed and exploited. The person who appropriates belongs to a dominating or different culture than the one they are mimicking. In the context of Halloween, if a person wears a costume that depicts a culture they do not belong to, that person is appropriating. In even simpler terms, the costume is racist.

Although there are so many bright individuals at our university, racist and appropriative costumes are sadly something that is common, especially this time of the year. The problem with these costumes is that they often represent a culture as a (negative) stereotype. Stereotypes fail to acknowledge the diversity within a culture, instead conflating the culture into a shallow depiction of what it truly is, while trivializing the history and significance of practices, items, and symbols. Often these costumes are also sexualized, which adds another problematic aspect as historically, sexualisation and the demonizing of sexuality has been used as a tool of oppression again non-dominating cultures. While all culturally appropriative costumes are equally bad, considering where UBC is located I think it’s important to spend some extra time on discussing appropriation of Indigenous culture(s).

The context

Geographically, the UBC Point Grey and Okanagan campuses are located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people and Okanagan Nation (Sylix) Territories, respectively. Most members of the UBC community are uninvited visitors and settlers, and as such I think our obligations to the Aboriginal communities whose land we occupy have to go beyond land acknowledgements. It is also our responsibility to learn about the past and continued violence these communities face and actively participate in decolonization work. Reducing Indigenous people to a one-dimensional stereotype is just one example of the ongoing oppression, silencing, and violence that Aboriginal peoples face.

Unnecessarily sexualized Halloween costumes are in themselves problematic, but in combination with appropriating Indigenous cultures it is particularly so. Aboriginal peoples, especially women, have historically been constructed as sexually deviant, so costumes and stereotypes that reinforce Aboriginal women as heavily sexualized are both disturbing and upsetting. According to a statistical report from 2013, Aboriginal females in Canada make up 4.3% of the population, but make up about 11.3% of missing females and approximately 16% of female homicides. The effect of perceived deviance combined with other aspects of colonization has led to devaluation and disregard for Aboriginal lives. I think that everyone can agree that this is wrong.

Other popular costumes that are culturally appropriative are dressing as a Mexican, a geisha or wearing blackface. Each and every one of these culturally appropriative costumes have real and damaging consequences for these groups. Although the intent behind wearing a costume that is culturally appropriative may not be malicious, it is still a choice that stems from ignorance, privilege, and racism. As part of a university that aims to “value and respect all members of its communities,” offensive and oppressive actions should be opposed by all members of UBC. Cultural appropriation erases the real life challenges that non-dominating groups face and is an inherently violent action that perpetuates negative stereotypes and oppression of these communities.

So what can you personally do? First of all, never wear a costume, on Halloween or otherwise, that is culturally appropriative. If you’re still unclear on why cultural appropriation is bad or if your costume is appropriate there are many online resources. Take some time to educate yourself, and then educate your friends by sharing this or other articles, or by talking to them. If it feels safe to do so, call someone out on their racist costume. In summary, keep talking and eventually the culture of acceptance toward cultural appropriation will shift.

Before wrapping up I want to acknowledge that cultural appropriation is not isolated to Halloween or dressing up. Incorporating practices, items or symbols that have a significant meaning from another culture into your own is also a form of cultural appropriation. Please take some time to educate yourself on respectful ways to appreciate other cultures, and what the difference between appropriation and appreciation is.

If you are interested in learning more or if you have any questions regarding cultural appropriation, make sure to attend the panel discussion that the UBC Sociology Students’ Association and Anthropology Students’ Association are hosting on October 30.