Category Archives: Around Campus

This should happen more often!

I was typing away at my desk in Buch C when suddenly, music broke out and a group of students in the courtyard started dancing in coordination.

The first flash mob I’ve seen!

It only lasted about a minute, but it certainly livened up the day. Anyone know what that was about?

Knigge Piano Competition

Knigge Piano Competition — Final Round
Sat Mar 3 | 9 am–6 pm
Barnett Hall, UBC School of Music

Knigge Piano Competition — Winners’ Concert
Sun Mar 4 | 4 pm
Barnett Hall, UBC School of Music
Free for students, $10 adults, $5 seniors

I’ve been looking forward to this for months and really hope that I’ll be well enough by the weekend to go. At the very least, I’d like to attend the winners’ concert. Prolonged illness can get a little tedious.

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing

Music should either move your feet or move your heart.

Today’s been a long day because of work and school. Tomorrow will be a very different kind of long day because of a work-related event — the very important Mental Health Networking Event that will be going on in Ladha (4-6 pm) — and some serious chilling out in the form of happy feet.

UBC Swing Kids are coming back this term with a free Welcome Back Dance in the SUB Party Room tomorrow, including free lessons!

7-8 pm: West Coast Swing beginner’s lesson
8-9 pm: Lindy Hop beginner’s lesson
9-11 pm: Social dancing! Yay!

Now there’s nothing like actually seeing a dance to get a glimmer of what it’s like. Lucky for us, we have YouTube. Check out the crazy Lindy Hop and improvised West Coast Swing (my personal favourite).

A note on the instructors for WCS: Emlyn and Kaedra are fantastic teachers. They’re clear, funny, and teach at a good pace that challenges everyone without leaving anyone behind. If they’re teaching tomorrow, I can guarantee it’ll be enjoyable. Heck, it’s going to be grand regardless of who’s teaching tomorrow — free dancing!

Bring yourself, your friends or clueless passers-by, it really doesn’t matter. See you there!

Coming Up: Coffee House & Literary Launch Party!

Taking a quick break from the cultural project I’m making for my Musqueam language class to share a couple of truly cool events that you should check out this week:

Wednesday, 30th November: Cuntalicious Coffee House (7 pm–midnight, Buchanan D MASS)

The fabulous V-Day team that brings us The Vagina Monologues each year are hosting their annual Coffee House. V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls, and this Coffee House is one of the ways in which proceeds are raised for relevant organisations, through a night of music, poetry and refreshments. Cover is $2 and refreshments are by donation.

If you’re a musician, performer or poet who would like to perform at the event, or if you’d like to contribute some baked goods, just email

Thursday, 1st December: The Garden Statuary Launch Party (5–8 pm, Buchanan D MASS)

The first issue of the English undergraduate literary journal is going to be published online this Thursday, and we’re celebrating with a launch party in the evening. There will be live music, readings from the authors, fruit and pizza (those last two are the most important)!

As one of the editors, may I just add how much I enjoyed going through the submissions? I love discovering other people’s work and am particularly excited about the poetry and multimedia we’ve got this term.

You’ll be able to read the new issue on The Garden Statuary website on Thursday.

Part of the reason I’m posting these is because I have exams on both those nights and can only live vicariously through other people — so please go and let me know how they went!

In the meantime, I’m also looking for suggestions for good songs and/or playlists by which I can burn the midnight oil. My brother recently introduced me to Sungha Jung, who plays a sweet cover of Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ that goes along great with my late night painting. It might, however, feel repetitive by the time I hit my fifth hour, so anything is appreciated!

Events on campus (also, a quick guide on how to traumatize children)

One of my favourite aspects of university is how there is always so much more going on than there is time to spare.

(And time — there is so much time in university, even though it doesn’t always feel like it. It’s easy to slip between classes to the Chan Centre for a lecture from Bill McKibben, the first of this year’s Terry Global Speaker Series, or attend part of the Robson Reading Series — or at least think about it. Nine-to-five work days just won’t be the same.)

Where do you find the events that interest you? My English department is quite good at emailing us with relevant information and events; I also enjoy subscribing to newsletters that do the work of finding and promoting the kind of events that I like to go to. Three of my favourites are:

And, of course, there’s always UBC Events, the centralized website for discovering campus activities.

Sample events that I wish I had gone to or would like to, if I can make it:

November 15, 4:30-5:30 pm (Global Lounge) – Occupy What? An open discussion about the social movement that has swept the world

November 18, 6:30-9:00 pm (111 W. Hastings) – Ignite the Light: Generational Expressions of Colonization, Social Justice, and the Legacy of Indian Residential Schools

Ongoing until February 12, 2012 (MOA) – ひろしま hiroshima by Ishiuchi Miyako: an exhibition featuring the colour photographs of clothing and accessories left behind by the victims of the 1945 atomic bomb at Hiroshima

There’s a Requiem for Peace at the Chan Centre tonight at 8 pm, presented in conjunction with the above exhibition. Student rush tickets are $10 at the door, but unless I can rush through my current pile of academic responsibilities, I shan’t be going anywhere (sad face).

On a completely different note, Jimmy Kimmel issued a challenge to parents to pretend they ate all their children’s Halloween candy and videotape their reactions. Here are the results, and I have to say, that last child is the boss: