Winter is Coming – Get Fit and Stay that Way

By Jojo Das,

Residence Advisor


It happens to us all. The cold air and pouring rain can dim the light inside of all of us, which includes our workout plans. Staying fit is vital for not only our physical health, but also for our mental and emotional health and happiness. Here are four of my own most used tips to get your toosh moving this winter.


  1. Find a buddy – a workout/exercise partner is something that I have found either makes or breaks my fitness routine. I personally have a tough time to self-motivated, but if you know that someone else is counting on you to be there, it provides just enough of that extra “oomph” to get you out there. Also, when you are out exercising, your partner can give you that encouragement to keep on pushing through your own self-set limitations and achieve your goals.


  1. Make a schedule – I know this one is kind of tedious, but look at your weekly routine and pencil in times where you can workout. Now here’s the hard part: actually use those times you set aside to workout. Having a schedule planned out means you don’t have to scramble for a time to get in your exercise, and also (hopefully) avoids the whole “Oh, I’ll just start tomorrow” scenario. If you already planned it through, go do it.


  1. Set a goal – Now that you have steps 1 and 2 done, pick somewhere you want this endeavor to head towards. Make this goal reasonable, and don’t get too discouraged if you don’t see progress right away. Like all good things, fitness takes time. Setting a goal is a good way to keep track of how you grow with your personal fitness, and gives you something to shoot towards. Also, when you do hit that goal, it gives you a pretty good reason to go celebrate!


  1. Repeat – There, you’ve figured out what works for you. You’ve found a buddy that motivates you, you know how to make a schedule that works, and you’ve just finished reaching that first goal. What next? Do it all over again and this time, reach even higher.




Proftalks March


6 PM Tuesday 11.25.2014 || Isabel MacInnes Ballroom

Medicine & Applied Science
Dr. Matthew Yedlin

Dr. Yedlin

Dr. Matthew J. Yedlin is an Associate Professor, jointly appointed in the Departments of Electrical Engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science and Earth and Ocean Sciences in the Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Yedlin’s research is interdisciplinary, focusing on the applications of techniques in electrical engineering to geophysical research problems and the application of multiple scattering to practical electromagnetic wave propagation problems. Dr. Yedlin is an expert in acoustic wave propagation, including acoustic diffraction, asymptotic expansions, numerical wave modeling, laboratory wave modeling and source signature generation for seismic cross-well tomography as well as applied digital signal processing.



Dr. Issy Laher

Dr. Laher

Dr. Laher specializes in the pharmacology of autoregulation, autonomic pharmacology, vascular smooth muscle, and cerebrovascular pharmacology. His interests are in understanding the function of small blood vessels in health and disease. In particular, he studies arteries from the heart and brain. Healthy blood vessels can regulate their diameter in an appropriate manner so that blood flow is kept near normal levels; this resting diameter is the balance of a number of constrictor (pressure, endothelin etc) and dilator (flow, nitric oxide, metabolites etc) influences. It is common for some or all such factors to be changed in diseases such as heart transplant, infectious disease, stroke etc. The level of resting blood vessel tone is intimately related to the availability of calcium and activation of enzymes that are sensitive to calcium within the cells. We monitor the diameter of calcium available to the cells of blood vessels and use agents to modify either the calcium that is available to the cell or the activities of enzymes that respond to calcium. Through this approach we can better understand the mechanisms whereby blood vessel diameter is modified on both a short and long term basis.


6 PM Tuesday 03.03.2015 | Ruth Blair C




5 rumours about cycling at UBC

By Sam Bowerman

Residence Advisor

1. You can’t bike in the rain.

If you’re a cross campus commuter a rainy day can be the difference between hoping on your bike and walking. Even a five minute pedal across campus can leave you soaked from head to drenched toe. However it still can be done, and in the driest of fashions. If you’re committed to cycling, even when the weather gets scary, here are my recommendations;

-Wear a raincoat; think function over fashion and leave the umbrella at home.

-Get some fenders; avoid wet bums, feet and face by installing fenders on your bike, they’re fairly cheep (around $30) and make a world of difference on wet days.

-Stay off pedestrian routs; if you thought Main Mall was crowded normally try riding it when everybody has an umbrella, talk about congestion.

-Keep your bike inside; show your bike some love and let it dry off, it will help prevent rust and will keep you bike rolling better longer.

2. The Bike Kitchen is unfriendly.

Some folks on campus say they get bad vibes from our local community bike shop The Bike Kitchen. Although the fine bike gurus under the SUB can be at times short, they are ultimately there to help. One of the most important things to know about The Bike Kitchen is that unlike other bike shops, it’s a co-op, not a business. While other shops may try to ‘butter you up’ in order to upsell you something you may not need, The Bike Kitchen will tell you exactly what you need and find you the option that fits your budget. Some may see this as cold but I prefer to think of it as ‘tough love’. The Bike Kitchen is also one of the only places in Vancouver where you can learn how to wrench on your own bike and work on your own bike with a full tool set for very little cost. Plus students get a 10% discount. So don’t be afraid to go to the Bike Kitchen, they love to see people cycling on campus and want to do everything they can to keep you rolling.

3. Main Mall is the quickest route between classes.

In my second year I often found myself sprinting between Buchanan and Forestry in order to be on time for my back-to-back classes, that is, until I started taking East Mall instead. On campus the shortest route between classes often involves Main Mall. For that reason everybody and their dog are walking on it when the clock strikes ten-to. Cycling is much quicker than walking but not if you’re too busy dodging and squeezing through groups of pedestrians it can be slow. If you need to ride down Main Mall by all means do, but if you have the option try riding East or West Mall instead. They might be longer in distance but they’ll get you there quicker, guaranteed

4. All used bikes are bad bikes.

As an avid up-fixer of old bikes, this statement makes me cringe. It is true used bikes can be neglected and often leave something to be desired aesthetically, but if you’re buying a used bike from a shop 99.9% of the time it is a good purchase. The same goes for buying a used bike online from a site like Craigslist, Kajiji or Pinkbike. People selling bikes online will most often get the bike fixed up prior to selling it. Used bikes may not look snazzy but they do their job, for the most part, very well and cost significantly less that good quality new bikes.

But I can buy a brand new bike for just as much at (insert major department store here).

You can but like many items you find at major department stores, these bikes are disposable and not built to last. Many people who buy these bike often have to spend more money repairing them shortly after purchasing them, so in the long term can be much more expensive than their low price tag would suggest. If you’re looking to buy a new bike you should start looking at bike stores and should budget to spend a minimum of $400.

5. Bikes have the right of way.

Nothing is more counterproductive to establishing strong cycling culture than a cyclist mowing down a pedestrian. If you’re riding through a busy pedestrian area slow down and even stop if you need to. Another bad habit cyclist get into is getting into a rhythm and zoning out. Do whatever you can to stop this from happening; take out your headphones, keep your head up and look far ahead. As a cyclist it is your responsibility to respond to the people around you, not the other way around.


Ten Tips to Help You CRUSH Your Exams

By Cynthia Naslund

Residence Advisor

With the exam season just around the corner, it’s important that you are equipped to tackle your challenges head-on! Here are some tips to make sure that this exam season is one of success:

1. Create a schedule complete with exam dates and daily revision tasks. Find a balance that is appropriate for your exams and stick to it!

2. Organize your study space and material. Get rid of distractions and organize each course’s material so that you are not fumbling through countless pages of looseleaf.

3. Review and re-do your old midterms and quizzes. Book an appointment if needed to access your previous exams. This lets you know what areas you need to focus on.

4. Find a study buddy! Explain concepts to each other and quiz each other.

5. Scatter your day with study breaks. Whether it’s a quick jog or phone call to a friend, make sure that you are giving your brain a break.

6. Make use of ‘brain food’. Although treats are nice, it’s important to consume nutritious foods like fish nuts, seeds—items that are have been said to improve concentration

7. Get enough sleep before your exams. Go into the exam well-rested, as opposed to exhausted from last night’s all-nighter. Chances are that the extra sleep will aid in a more efficient and unclogged brain.

8. Get a hold of past exams through friends, a Google search or talk to your professor about seeking resources for extra practice! Extra practice will help prepare you for potential questions.

9. Make your own notes! Instead of memorizing long blocks of text, condense the info by creating notes that retain critical points and concepts.

10. Never forget that positive attitude = positive results


How to purchase electronics at a discount

By Jerry Zhang

Residence Advisor

(shop locally by searching smartly)

Step 1

Search Far and Wide

Look online. Start at Newegg, Amazon and Shopbot. Check and consider the prices. Shopbot.ca is excellent tool that searches many Canadian internet retailers to find you the cheapest price.

Look locally and see what they have in their physical stores. With many big box retailers such as Bestbuy and Futureshop you are able to look at the amount in stock. You don’t want to go take the 99 and come back disappointed when that TV or laptop is sold out in-store.

Step 2

Price Match

Always look at multiple sources to find the lowest price. Many retailers with price match a competitor’s price. Both Bestbuy and Futureshop have excellent policies of not only matching but beating that price by 10% the price difference.

Step 3

Save and Enjoy, But of pitfalls

Beware of re-stocking fees

Retailers like NCIX may have a lower price than Futureshop or Bestbuy but beware that they also carry a 15% restocking fee. So if you don’t like something or simply want an exchange you will have to pay big dollars in the end. If you find something cheaper price match it and not only will Futureshop or Bestbuy beat that lower price but they won’t charge you a restocking fee.

Beware of added shipping and customs charges when shipping from the United States.

Beware of buying electronics from unauthorized dealers as that would void the warranty.


Brenthavent 13 inch MacBook Pro Sleeve

Bestbuy price of 49.99

Amazon.ca price of 10.99 with free shipping included

Total cost was less than 12 dollars including taxes saving of over 70%.


Caffè sospeso



“A man’s true wealth is the good he does in this world.”

— Muhammad (570 – 632 CE)

We entered a small coffee shop with a friend and ordered. As we were walking towards a table to sit down, two other people entered and ordered: “5 coffees please; 2 to go, and 3 suspended”. They only took 2 coffees and left. I asked my friend: “What is this suspended coffee about?” He smiled and replied: “Just wait and you’ll realize”.

More people entered. Two girls ordered one coffee each and left.

The next order was 7 coffees from 3 lawyers–3 coffees to go and 4 suspended coffees.

As I was thinking about this “suspended coffee” and enjoying the beautiful sunshine, a man with ragged clothes lethargically entered the coffee shop. With kindness, he asked the cashier: “Do you have any suspended coffees today?”

It’s simple! You pay the price of two or more, but only pick up one. The rest will be ‘suspended’ at the store as an act of charity.

This tradition started from the city of Naples in Italy, and slowly spread throughout the world.  This summer in Edmonton, an anonymous customer paid for 500 suspended coffees at Tim Hortons.

“How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment; we can start now, start slowly changing the world!”Anne Frank (diary entry, 1944)

By Ghazaleh Alamaki

Residence Advisor


With Midterms Ending

By Gabi Diner

Residence Advisor

With midterms ending, and finals around the corner (sadly), everyone is starting to think of their study crunch schedules. Along with late nights comes the wave of unhealthy snacks and high sugar/caffeine drinks to keep you awake during the early morning hours. Be nice to your body and brain this finals season, and dig into some healthy study snacks and drinks!

1) Frozen Grapes



Go to the supermarket and get some seedless grapes. Stick ‘em in your freezer overnight.

These crunchy, super sweet delights always make a fun study snack. You can also pop them into your water as delicious grape ice cubes.

2) Apple and Peanut Butter


Warm up some peanut butter in the microwave and slice your apples for a crisp’n’smooth study snack. This snack is perfect for keeping the hunger at bay, and satisfying your rich food cravings.

3) Trail Mix


Go to your local grocery store and dabble in the bulk foods isle – you can make your own scrumptious trail mix. It’s easy to sneak in some dark chocolate among the dried fruit and nuts, and good for you too, in small quantities. If you’re not sure what you like, there are many pre-packaged trail mix baggies to pick from.

4) Coffee and Tea


Yep, it’s time to ditch the energy drinks and caffeine pills. You can get all the wakefulness you need from a nice cuppa joe or tea. Coffee gives you a quicker caffeine fix, but caffeinated tea keeps your energy up for longer.