Musical Outlets within Gage

Are you the type of person who loves to have a spontaneous jam session? Do you love to sing or play an instrument? I’m that type of person. I started playing guitar and singing about 8 years ago and I have no intention of ever stopping. When I came to Gage this year, I was looking for places to play guitar or ukulele and sing. There were some areas that I thought were perfect for me and so I thought I would share them with you.

The first spot, and it’s really quite obvious, is in your own room; it’s private and you don’t have to travel too far. If you have a unit mates, make sure that they are okay with you letting it all out in the room. Another concern with playing in your room is that you have neighbors that might not appreciate you playing loudly. The best solution to this is to play more quietly and to make sure your door is closed. If they come complaining to you or to your RA, then it might be time to find a new place.

Another spot that I have found to be a wonderful place to play and sing is in the commonsblock. In Fort Camp Lounge, there is a piano available. You could make a friend and jam with them on the piano. I have also tried to jam right in the middle of the commonsblock; just play on one of the couches. You might just make a new friend and be there for over 3 hours.

If you’re looking to perform, what better way than with the Gage coffeehouse? It’s a great way to meet people and watch people perform. There are also many events that happen throughout the year that require some people to be a performer for the event. Keep on the lookout for these events on posters and on the Facebook group.

Lastly, there are the stairways in the different buildings. I find these places to be the best area to express yourself musically. The sound is amplified and you sound similar to when you would sing in the shower. The stairs provide you, and your friends and admirers, with seats. Since the sound carries through to the other floors, people will want to check out what you are doing and you can make new friends that way as well.

I hope this article was helpful in giving you an idea of where you can have musical outlets in Gage. I hope to see you in these spots jamming out and having fun.


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.



If you are like me and have intense FOMO, here are some tipds to deal with it! 🙂

1) Realize where you are now and where you want to be:

Short term fun can get in the way of long term gains, therefore before deciding to drop everything and go party, think about how that will affect your long term goal. Are you as focused as you need to be right now as this moment? I’m NOT saying turn into a hermit and dissociate from life. All I’m saying is it’s good to have balance, which I am trying to practice right now!

2) Turn your surrounding into your ideal (BEYONCE) zone:

If you are like me again and LOVE LOVE LOVE dancing, and like to go out to dance, here is my tip to you. Turn up those speakers, click on your favourite 8 tracks playlist and jam out with some friends in your room, or even by yourself. A good let loose session gets some blood flowing, gets you moving and allows you to express yourself! Also, this way you saved about 2 hours of your time showering, getting ready, looking good, etc, etc. I save money and time, which is every student’s dream.

3) Create a fun study group:

Sometimes your FOMO can be diminished by having some friends around you! Instead of trying to focus in your dungeon, might as well have some friends around to have some social interactions to decrease your FOMO.swerve

Hope these tips help you get over your FOMO!  For now, good luck to everyone on their exams and hope you have a fabulous year with us at GAGE 🙂

Your friendly advisor,

Sharon Sehrai


Quick n’ Easy Recipes with Chloe

On Today’s Menu:

California Cobb SaladCobb salad
The first recipe is a Cobb Salad which usually have for lunch after class, it is really light but will keep you going until dinner time! I also like to add avocados and substitute the chicken with some beef for added protein!

YIELD: Makes 4 servings


4 slices low-sodium bacon
3 large eggs
10 ounces baby spinach, rinsed and pat dry
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 cups cooked chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup chopped plum tomatoes or halved grape tomatoes
2 avocados, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1/3 cup crumbled feta or blue cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste

California Cobb Salad Recipe[6]DIRECTIONS:

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, fry bacon until crisp. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to soak up excess grease. Roughly chop into small pieces and set aside.

In a small pot, add eggs and cover with cold water. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook 10-12 minutes. Drain, rinse eggs with cold water, carefully remove shells, and chop into small pieces. Set aside.

Just before serving, toss spinach with olive oil and lemon juice in a large bowl. Add bacon, eggs, chicken, tomatoes, avocado, and crumbled cheese. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Enjoy and watch for a new recipe coming next week!

By Chloe Lam
Residence Advisor


What’s in my backpack?

Ju Young Photo
By Ju Young Park
Residence Advisor




If you are always on campus like me running from one class to another, it’s really important that you have everything you need in your backpack! These are the things I carry with me everywhere.

Laptop and its charger
Phone and its charger
Binders and some paper
Pencil case
Wallet with my IDs, room key, bus pass and some money
Thermos& tea bags
Healthy snacks
A pack of gum

Now, what do you carry in your backpack?


6 ways to be more efficient while studying

By Karimah Naguib
Residence Advisor

  1. Turn that iphone onto “Do not disturb mode”Karimah Picture

It is amazing how easily our phones can distract us. When you
schedule out a time to study make sure that time is solely dedicated to studying.

  1. Download “Self control” app on computers

This is an amazing app that allows you to choose websites (such as facebook, youtube, instagram) to block for a certain period of time. So if you set aside 2 hours to finish that econ assignment you procrastinated… make sure to set you self control on for two hours so you cant be distracted by your favorite websites. Check it out here.

  1. Make a study schedule

Planning out what and when you are going to be studying is a great way to keep you accountable and organized with your studying.

  1. Plan study breaks

Your brain can’t continuously study for 4 hours straight! Be sure to give yourself short 5 or 10 minute breaks to keep you sane.

  1. Do more active studying

Reading notes can be tiresome and the majority of the time your mind just wanders while you read. Active studying uses techniques like speaking, discussing, and drawing to help keep your mind active and is really useful when you have lots of material to memorize. A great example of active studying is testing yourself with flash cards.

  1. Don’t compromise your sleep

Pulling an all nighter to study for your midterms isn’t the best or most efficient use of your time. If you’ve crammed all your studying to the last minute just go over your keys concepts and go to bed at a reasonable hour.


6 PM Tuesday 09.30.2014 | Isabel MacInnes Ballroom


Dr. Assanand is a faculty member of the department of psychology, and inspires her students to think critically about issues around gender, culture, and personality. Dr. Assanand is passionate about the application of psychology to international development, and has created community service learning opportunities both in Vancouver and in Africa. She was awarded the 2014 UBC Killam Teaching Prize for her contributions inside and outside the classroom.


Dr. Douglas is a lecturer for UBC’s Vancouver School of Economics, and imparts a life-long interest in questions about human behaviour, social structures, disparities in economic outcomes, and the course of history. Dr. Douglas is passionate about teaching students relevant economic principles of the real world.


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