UBC NOW — 2014

Polar Bear Swim

December 29, 2014

Hundreds of #UBC students celebrated the last day of classes of 2014 with a polar bear swim at Wreck Beach.

UBC Polar Bear Swim

UBC Polar Bear Swim

UBC Polar Bear Swim

UBC Polar Bear Swim

UBC Polar Bear Swim

UBC Polar Bear Swim

Happy Holidays

December 22, 2014

To all of our friends in the UBC community, we wish you a wonderful holiday and a joyous new year.

Happy Holidays 2014

Janice Swings on Main Mall

November 3, 2014

Leslie Van Duzer, Director, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and Peter Fortune (March, graduated May 2014), share the history and process behind the Janice Swings project at UBC’s Vancouver campus.

Students helping students stay well this flu season

October 31, 2014

Each year, 3,500 Canadians die from influenza — or the flu — and 12,000 are hospitalized, but this month UBC Medicine, Nursing and Pharmaceutical students will help the campus community avoid the bug.

Starting November 3 in the Okanagan and November 4 in Vancouver, 116 students will administer flu shots as part of UBC’s free influenza immunization program. Shots are available (while supplies last) to UBC staff, faculty and students at clinics throughout November.

Matthew Pixton, Nursing Undergrad Society President, says the clinics will be a great learning opportunity for all participating students.

“It’s going to be great to put our skills into practice and to have so many Health Sciences students working together across disciplines shows how invaluable this is. Using our medical skills to help others is why we want to be in health provision.”

Pixton says he’s looking forward to seeing many staff, faculty and especially students at the clinics.

“As students, it’s easy to think we’re invincible but the flu can strike anyone. It’s no fun missing out on class, sports and social events for a week or more. Getting a flu shot is your best way to avoid the flu and passing it on, but it’s also extremely important to practice good hand washing, have a good sleep regimen and eat well.”

Dr. Patricia Mirwaldt getting her flu shot

Matthew Pixton, Nursing Undergrad Society President, immunizing Dr. Patricia Mirwaldt, Director of Student Health Services

Dr. Patricia Mirwaldt, Director of Student Health Sciences, suggests that people should be thinking about getting vaccinated as soon as possible.

“This year, there are signs that BC has been the hardest hit so far in Canada.”

“The flu is contagious and can spread quickly and easily, especially on university campuses due to the high-density working and living conditions.”

“That’s why these clinics are so important — come and get your vaccination to stay well yourself and to do your part to limit the spread of the flu across UBC and Vancouver.”

Vancouver (Point Grey campus): Register for a flu shot here
Okanagan Campus: Okanagan Flu Clinics

September Then and Now

September 8, 2014

For those of you just getting to know UBC, you may be interested to see what it was like for students on the Vancouver campus in the past. We’ve compiled some places you might recognize and a few that don’t look anything like they do now!

If you would like to contribute your ‘now’ picture for any of these, upload to Instagram and tag with #UBCstories and we will feature it on our @ubcaplaceofmind Instagram channel!

Registration on paper! Students sorting their fall courses in 1957.

Registration on paper! Students sorting their fall courses in 1957.

First food truck at UBC?

First food truck at UBC?

Students hanging at UBC's 'bus loop' back in 1940.

Students hanging at UBC’s ‘bus loop’ back in 1940.

Student body, 1925

When the entire student body could fit into one room. Note that students are seated because the chairs weren‘t even installed yet in the new auditorium of 1925!

Club days in 1950!

Club days in 1950 at the Old Admin Building!

Student hard at work in his dorm room in Place Vanier, 1959

Student hard at work in his dorm room in Place Vanier, 1959.

Tennis, Anyone?

August 11, 2014

UBC Tennis

Tennis? Football? Badminton? Soccer? Rugby? Track and field? Gordon Shields, affectionately known as ‘Cokie’, played them all at UBC from 1923 to 1930. He started out as a shining star on the tennis scene and by 1924 reached the Provincial finals while also competing in the UBC badminton championships. In the very same year, Cokie led the UBC rugby team to the provincials and played for the UBC soccer team!

But tennis was his first love and it showed when he went on to dominate the Western Canada Intercollegiate Tennis Championship in 1926 where he led UBC to victory. He also earned the British Columbia Tennis Championship, a title he captured again the following year.

Not to be contained in the tennis courts, Cokie took on the high jump, discus, shot put and broad jump and somehow excelled at all three. He soon established himself as a star in track and field and even set a broad jump record in 1928.

Playing contact sports didn’t deter this all-star athlete—Cokie took to football and rugby and during a game against Victoria he kicked his infamous 45-yard field goal, a record that remained unchallenged for 56 years.

Gordon “Cokie” Shields was an exceptional athlete in every way and is the epitome of the Thunderbird athletic spirit. For a complete history of this UBC athlete, read Gordon Shield’s story by Fred Hume, UBC Athletics Historian.

Strengthening The International Indigenous Academy

August 5, 2014

Margaret Mutu, University of New Zealand, keynote speaker at the Roundtable, on a history of Maori education at the UNZ

For the Musqueam people, who have called Greater Vancouver and its Pacific shores home for thousands of years, canoe-building has long-held immense cultural and societal importance.

Yet with a population decimated after European contact more than 200 years ago, one UBC scholar says keeping that traditional knowledge alive has been a significant challenge.

“They’re a sea-going people, and because of colonization, it’s our collective responsibility to provide resources to assist Musqueam to continue that [history], to teach those traditions to their children and their families,” says Dr. Shelly Mukwa Musayett Johnson, an Assistant Professor with UBC's School of Social Work and 2013-2014 Early Career Scholar with the university’s Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.

So when Dr. Johnson, herself of Saulteaux (Keeseekoose First Nation-Treaty 4) and Norwegian descent, began the process of writing a culture and language revitalization proposal with the Musqueam community —now located on a small portion of their traditional territory, known as the Musqueam Indian Reserve, close to UBC near the mouth of the Fraser River — she was adamant that community members take the lead in its development, structure and process.

The result was a $500,000 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant to support the strengthening of Musqueam culture and language through the revitalization of canoe-building tradition.

It’s a reflection of Dr. Johnson’s commitment to community engagement as one way to strengthen ties between Indigenous people and international academy.

Last fall, Dr. Johnson gave a talk at the UBC-hosted University-Based Institutes of Advanced Study Conference (UBIAS) titled “Embedding Indigenous Learning in Scientific and Academic Knowledge”. She expressed concern that in Canada, First Nations people still make up a disproportionately small number of students, academics and staff at institutions of higher education. She believes that institutions that benefit from their location on unceded First Nations lands have a responsibility to do more to address the gap.

Listen to an audio podcast of the full talk by Dr. Johnson online.

International perspectives support Indigenous inclusion


It’s not just institutions of academy in Canada that face these challenges.

According to Dr. Margaret Mutu, Head and Professor of the Department of Māori Studies at the University of Auckland, Indigenous Māori student enrollments are only half what they should be, Māori staff numbers are a third and Māori student course and degree completion rates are far less than those of non-Māori.

In May 2013 Dr. Mutu travelled to UBC to provided an overview of the current situation at the University of Auckland and discussed what an indigenized university might look like there. Her talk was part of a ground-breaking Peter Wall Institute International Roundtable, organized by Dr. Johnson, that included participants representing approximately 52 different First Nations or Indigenous groups from Canada, the USA, Australia and New Zealand, all focusing on how to strengthen Indigenous inclusion and participation in the international academy.

Watch Dr. Mutu's full UBC talk below.

Dr. Johnson’s current SSHRC project, titled “Awakening the spirit: Revitalization of canoeing is Musqueam”, will run from 2014-2017 and focus on rebuilding canoe-making expertise and knowledge transferring capacity.

Green Vines, Green Wine

July 28, 2014


From Bogota, Colombia, to Mexico City to the wineries of the Okanagan, PhD student Camilo Peña has been on a round-the-world research journey aimed at better understanding and documenting the relationship between marketing, consumer motivation, and social and environmental sustainability in agricultural.

His ambitions have lead him to Quails’ Gate winery in West Kelowna, where he has immersed himself in the day-to-day activities of the winery in order gather information about the extent and impact of sustainable viticulture practices in the Okanagan Valley — including water use management, chemical and pesticide reduction, soil and fertilizer management, waste management, energy efficiency, and the promotion of bio-diversity. He’s beginning in the vineyard itself, planting, nurturing and bringing the grape vines to fruition, for many hours a day in the blazing Okanagan sun.

grapes landscape

“The 2011 sustainability report on the British Columbia Sustainable Winegrowing Program shows there were only seven wineries out of more than 200 and five vineyards out of more than 850 in the Okanagan that participated in the first year of the program,” says Peña, an Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies PhD student at UBC’s Okanagan campus. “My research is about understanding what local wineries are doing in terms of sustainability, what products they are doing it with, why, and what impact sustainable practices have in motivating consumers to purchase sustainably grown products, such as organic wine.”

The consumer behavior side of Peña’s research is an area he is very passionate about.

“I hope to be able to categorize the wine consumer in the Okanagan – who is buying what and for what reasons. With this information we may be able to categorize the motives for people in purchasing a sustainable wine or socially responsible wine,” he says. “We want to contribute to the development of consumer research knowledge in the area of sustainability and consumer perceptions, which hasn’t been studied much.”

The research could also empower consumers. Easy and free access of information allows consumers an augmented voice, changing markets and redefining the nature of the relationship between corporations and consumers.

Long term, Peña’s research may help determine if there is potential for developing a sustainable wine industry in the Okanagan, similar to maybe what has been done with fair trade coffee or chocolate.

“Eventually, the research could provide information and recommendations for various stakeholders that could assist them in the process of thinking of Okanagan as a territory and, down the line, help enable the development of a territorial sustainability brand,” he says. “It may also serve as a global model for socially responsible wine production. I would be thrilled if my work could help ensure the viability of the Okanagan wine industry over time, benefiting current and future generations in the valley.”

Peña plans to continue his work throughout the fall at Quails’ Gate winery, focusing on processing, production and marketing. His research includes conducting interviews with key people within the winery – from those working the vineyards to those making and marketing the wine. He will also work in the Tasting room to get a sense of how consumers view the winery in terms of issues relating to sustainability. Over the next year he intends to expand his research to include other Okanagan wineries.

Peña is conducting research under the guidance of Annamma Joy, professor of marketing in the Faculty of Management, whose expertise include brand management, consumer behavior, wine consumption and wine marketing. Joy received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development grant to study taste culture development in the wine industry and the Provost's grant for wine marketing research in the Okanagan valley.

Peña’s research is also supported by Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit training and research organization. Mitacs provides services to both industry and university faculty with a focus on developing research-based linkages.

Empire Pool: A Vancouver Tradition

July 28, 2014

The Empire Pool at UBC became a local treasure when it opened in 1954.  The outdoor pool was initially built for the 1954 British Empire Games but after the games when the outdoor pool opened to the public it was an instant hit with both the UBC and broader Vancouver community. Soon, the Empire Pool became a summer destination for students and families alike. With an extra-wide deck, 5 and 10 metre diving boards and open until sundown, it was a place you could spend an entire day lounging, swimming, tanning (still popular in those days), or taking a swim lesson. When Empire Pool opened, admission cost only 50 cents for adults and 25 cents for students and a monthly pass from May through September was a mere four dollars. The only prerequisite to get in? You had to be over 40 inches tall.

Suntanning at UBC's Outdoor Pool
Deck at Empire Pool
Summer swim program at Empire Pool

The pool was a popular place for teens and young work-study students in the 70's and early 80's and quickly became the place to see and be seen during summer. Finding a vacancy on one of the white loungers poolside was a challenge as the deck was a popular sunbathing spot for locals and students alike.

In 1976, UBC built the Aquatic Centre to accommodate the growing student body and increased demand for swimming lanes and recreational space. In February of 2014, after over 60 years of operation, UBC’s Empire Pool was closed due to a critical system failure. The Aquatic Centre also reached the end of its life cycle.  In response, UBC is constructing a new aquatic centre estimated to be completed in 2016 which will continue to serve the UBC and Vancouver community.

Plans for the new centre can be seen here.

Talk and Tours is a new story series that looks inside the spaces at UBC where students, staff and faculty work and study, research and explore, and together form the day-to-day culture of the university. We invite you to step inside and take a tour of the faces that make UBC an inspiring place to be.

Talk and Tours Episode #2:
Liu Institute for Global Issues

July 21, 2014

Improving literacy around the world

July 21, 2014

The power of open-access digital content has the ability to revolutionize literacy education across the globe, according to one UBC scholar behind a collaborative initiative supporting multilingual children’s literacy in Africa.

“There isn’t any region in the world for which this would not be relevant,” says Dr. Bonny Norton, the project’s research advisor and professor in Language & Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. She notes that there is no region currently – from First Nations Communities in Canada’s far north to Indigenous groups throughout Australasia – that isn’t struggling with revitalizing or strengthening mother tongue languages.

The African Storybook Project, an open access interactive website that collects stories for download, upload and translation into a variety of African languages, is quickly gaining international momentum as more and more advocates for multilingualism learn about their innovative digital approach. All stories on the website are covered under Creative Commons licensing, allowing free adaptation.

In June, the website was formally launched with support from the European Union, after Comic Relief UK provided funding to the South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide) for this groundbreaking project. The user-friendly website now hosts more than 650 stories in 19 different African languages and English, translated from an original 120 stories.

What’s more, the African Storybook Project recently agreed to share the code behind their uploading and translation technology with Pratham Books, a community publisher in India interested in replicating the framework.

“We’re moving towards a multilingual world, and what we want is for people to maintain their mother tongue and learn languages of wider communication,” says Dr. Norton, who is also a Distinguished Scholar at the UBC’s Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.

Dr. Norton says that it’s the digital element of the project that has allowed so much potential for scalability, along with enabling UBC to be so actively involved with the project from such a great distance.

For more on using the web to revolutionize literacy education in Africa, watch this short video below from Dr. Norton:

The African Storybook Project is currently focusing its grassroots research efforts in Kenya, Uganda and South Africa, but is encouraging groups to start utilizing the website across sub-Saharan Africa, says Dr. Norton. Talks are underway with a group looking to add Kinyarwanda, an official language of Rwanda, translations to the database, and stories from Mozambique are being translated into Portuguese.

“People have said to us, ‘Oh, we can’t wait until the project comes to Ghana!,” she says. “We tell them the project’s already in Ghana.”

“All they have to do is go to the English version, and then translate those English stories into all Ghanaian languages.”

Ultimately, Dr. Norton says the most important aspect of the project now is making sure the stories are of high quality, and are actually reaching children in Africa.

She says working with local teachers to help them make best use of these resources while forging connections with other groups working with a similar focus in Africa are key.

Learn more about Dr. Norton’s take on the initiative in a presentation from the Peter Wall Institute, below.

It started as a shack...

July 14, 2014

It started as a shack...

Dr. Leonard S. Klinck – first Dean of Agriculture and later second President of UBC – relaxes beside the first building erected for the University at Point Grey. Dr. Klinck lived in the shack – originally built to store dynamite used to blow up and remove tree stumps – while he supervised the clearing of land for agricultural experimental plots in 1915. The site is today part of Fairview Grove on Main Mall, between the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

UBC helps Ghana folktales come to life in print

July 7, 2014


An interdisciplinary team of UBC students is researching the construction of an alphabet writing system for the Nabit people, and committing Ghana folktales to print for the very first time in Bolgatanga, Ghana.

Since the team’s arrival on June 5, 2014, each member of the interdisciplinary team has individual objectives—with the common goal of developing culturally relevant resources for the Nabit community.

UBC linguistic anthropology masters student, Robyn Giffen, is working with the Nabit Language Committee to research and establish the first Nabit alphabet and writing system. Giffen’s research will be a significant step towards including native speech resources in Ghanian curriculum. As Giffen’s work progresses with the oral language, the community is hoping to include a few Nabit words in the first editions of the folk tale books.

Cindy Bourne, PhD candidate, is conducting research on the development of policy and practice around sustainable and ethical international student experiences in Ghana. Bourne leads a team of education students, who are working with local junior high-school students to illustrate, write, and choose the folklore for storybooks—committing traditional stories to print for the very first time.

Follow the story on this project as it continues to evolve and learn more about the teacher candidates and their progress as they blog about their time in Ghana.

Happy Canada Day

June 30, 2014

We want to wish everyone a happy and safe #CanadaDay!

Canada Day animation

History of the President's Residence

June 30, 2014

UBC President's Residence

Originally built in 1950, it was designed by the official University Architects Sharp & Thompson, Berwick, Pratt. President Norman A.M. MacKenzie and his family moved into the house, from their war-surplus hut in Acadia Camp, that December. MacKenzie’s wife Margaret took a major role in its design – Dean Gordon Shrum estimated that she ordered eighteen major changes during construction. The official final cost was $83,980 – however, as much of the work was done by UBC tradesmen, the “actual” cost is unknown.

The house was the official residence for UBC presidents and their families until 1969. Walter Gage was a confirmed bachelor, and when he became president he declined to move from his apartment. The University initially offered to rent the house for $25,000 a year. When there were no takers, it was turned over to the Faculty of Education’s Division of Adult Education to be used for seminars, research, and offices. In 1975 it was transferred to the UBC Botanical Garden for office and laboratory space.

When George Pedersen was appointed president in 1983 he moved into the house with his family, which initiated a major renovation project. The intention was, according to a UBC press release, “that it will be used as a ‘town-gown’ centre for ensuring that the university has close contacts and a good relationship with a wide range of individuals and community organizations”. The ground floor was redesigned for public events, while the upper floor became the Pedersens’ private residence. The renovations and upgrades eventually cost $500,000, of which $400,000 came from private donations. The project turned the Modernist suburban home into a Mediterranean-style villa. Upon its official re-opening in 1984 it was named Norman MacKenzie House in honour of its first occupant.

Talk and Tours is a new story series that looks inside the spaces at UBC where students, staff and faculty work and study, research and explore, and together form the day-to-day culture of the university. We invite you to step inside and take a tour of the faces that make UBC an inspiring place to be.

Talk and Tours Episode #1:
St. John's College

June 16, 2014

Discover St. John’s College in this Talk and Tour episode with Dr. Henry Yu, Principal and Associate Professor of History at UBC. Henry tells the story of St. John’s College, including its history, and unique philosophy, and how the spirit of the original St. John’s College, built in Shanghai, China in 1879, still lives on today.

UBC Summer Session, 1924

June 9, 2014

UBC Summer Session, 1924

UBC Summer Sessions were originally started in 1920 as Summer School for Teachers, intended for teachers who wanted to enhance their credentials without having to commit to attending university full-time. The programme was expanded two years later to offer a wider selection of courses, and was re-named University Summer Session. Some courses were for credit towards a B.A., others were more general or informational in nature and were non-credit. Participants were also encouraged to participate in social and recreational activities, including golf, tennis, dances, and picnics:

“A certain participation in athletic and social activities not only increases the enjoyment of attendance at the Summer Session, but is conducive to greater study” (Summer Session Annual 1928).

The Summer Session programmes continued for many years, and were eventually absorbed by the Department of University Extension (later known as Continuing Studies).

The original image is from the Arthur Evan Boss photo album (PDF). More information about Summer Session can be found in the Summer Session Association fonds (PDF) and the 1924-1925 UBC Calendar (PDF, page 261, "University Summer Session").

For more interesting UBC history, please visit our UBC Archives.

1924 Grad Picnic

June 2, 2014

1924 Grad Picnic

Back in the 1920s, when members of UBC’s graduating classes still numbered in the dozens rather than the thousands, one of the traditional class activities was the grad picnic. Organized by the Alma Mater Society, it was usually held at the Wigwam Inn. Students would board the steamer Harbour Princess at the foot of Gore Avenue on Vancouver’s harbour, then steam up Burrard Inlet and Indian Arm to the Inn. Lunch would be served, either in the Wigwam Inn’s dining hall or outdoors if weather permitted. Students were then free to either relax in the lounge or wander the nearby woodland trails until the Harbour Princess sailed again, to arrive back in Vancouver in the evening.

Unlike those University grad picnics, the Wigwam Inn is still a going concern.

More images from past graduating picnics can be found at the University Archives.

Water and Innovation: An Interdisciplinary Exploration

May 12, 2014

One billion people worldwide live without access to adequate supplies of healthy water, according to estimates from the World Health Organization.

It's a watershed environmental issue – literally and figuratively – that threatens everything from global human health and economic suitability, to biodiversity and peaceful political processes.

With an estimated 80 per cent of the world's population facing a high-level water security or water-related biodiversity risk, the planet can't afford to wait for ground-breaking solutions.

To spur cross-disciplinary, international dialogue on innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing water security threats, the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC hosted “Water and Innovation”, a January 2014 interdisciplinary exploratory workshop.

Spearheaded by members of UBC's Program on Water Governance – Dr. Karen Bakker, UBC Department of Geography, and Dr. Leila Harris, UBC Institute for Resources, Environment UBC Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice – the workshop serves as an ignition point for identifying key targets for cutting-edge research and major grant application development.

Read an op-ed written by workshop attendees online here, via the Vancouver Sun.

The Institute's commitment to big ideas and creating the time and space to explore them doesn't end there.

In May, three International Research Roundtables took centre stage, bringing international experts to UBC in order to explore crucial research issues in the fields of clinical music therapy and cognition, infectious disease management and environmental sustainability.

Learn more by visiting us online here.

The Campus As It Might Have Been

May 12, 2014

If prominent Victoria architect Thomas Hooper had won the 1912 architectural competition to design the Point Grey campus, UBC might now look something like this:

Thomas Hooper design proposal for the Point Grey campus

Thomas Hooper was one of the most prominent architects in British Columbia during the late 1800s and early 1900s.  All but forgotten today, Hooper was a contemporary of the still-celebrated Francis Rattenbury and Samuel Maclure.  He was originally based in Vancouver, but moved to Victoria in 1890. He was responsible for the design of a number of prominent commercial, residential, and institutional buildings.

In 1912, the government of B.C. held an architectural competition, with a cash prize of $4,000, for the best designs for the new university campus at Point Grey. Hooper's design proposal was one of twenty submitted. However, the judging committee decided that "practical issues such as appropriate planning and cost of erection have been sacrificed to grandiose and pictorial effects". Instead, they chose the design of the Vancouver firm Sharp & Thompson, the overall plan and layout of which is still recognizable today.

E. coli vaccine needs political will, not science, to prevent outbreaks

A vaccine to prevent E. coli 0157 outbreaks, like last XL beef recall in Canada, has been developed, tested and licensed for commercial use in cattle, but is not currently being used in Canada.

Brett Finlay, Peter Wall Institute Distinguished Professor and Professor in the Michael Smith Laboratories at UBC, is the man behind the vaccine. He and colleagues in his lab discovered several years ago how E. coli 0157 adheres to intestinal cells.

“With this knowledge, we considered the unorthodox concept of vaccinating cattle to prevent human disease” says Finlay, who gave the spring 2013 Wall Exchange lecture entitled, Bugs are us: The role of microbes in human health, disease and society.

“The World of Microbes”

Approximately one half of all cattle carry E. coli 0157 in their intestines, although it causes no disease in cattle. Human disease comes from direct contamination in processed meat, and by irrigation using water that contains cattle fecal matter, or when fecal matter contaminates the drinking water supply, as it did in the Walkertown case.

Despite testing the vaccine and licensing it for use in Canada, it is not currently implemented, says Finlay.

Each dose costs three dollars and two doses must be given to each cow to prevent E. coli 0157 contamination. There are no incentives for farmers to use the vaccine as it will not prevent the cow itself from becoming ill – it will just prevent humans from contracting the disease, he explains.

Implementing the vaccine will take political will and an understanding that in the long run, vaccinating cattle against E. coli 0157 would save the government millions in health care costs.

The government currently spends $200 million a year on health care associated with E. coli 0157 disease, while vaccinating every cow in Canada would cost $50 million.

For Finlay, the last beef recall is just one example of how microbes continue to play an extensive role in our lives.

“We can’t see them, so we don’t necessarily think of them”, he states. Yet historically, they have influenced how we function as a society.

Brett Finlay gave the Wall Exchange spring 2013 lecture entitled “Bug ‘R Us: The role of microbes in Health and Disease”, presented by the Peter Wall Institute. The next Wall Exchange lecture on May 21, 2014 will be given by Stephen Lewis, eminent speaker, diplomat and Canadian politician. For more information, visit Peter Wall Downtown Lecture Series—2014 Spring.

"What are you up to, fellows?"
"Oh, just hanging around!"

Van Wilby

This and other images of student hi-jinks from the 1920s can be found in the UBC Archives.

George Van Wilby was a University of British Columbia student who completed his B.A. in 1921, and earned an M.A. in 1924. While on campus he was well known for documenting various aspects of campus life through his photographs. Some of Wilby’s photographs were also used to illustrate several editions of the UBC student yearbook.

Even more images of student life in the early days of UBC wait to be discovered in photograph albums originally compiled by Albert E. “Ab” Richards and Arthur Evan Boss.

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