Hip hop, horticulture and high achievers

1. UBC soil is host to which group of plants with a famous lineage?

A) Elm trees descended from the “Liberty Tree” of the American Revolution 

B) Sunflowers descended from those depicted in Van Gogh’s Vase with Twelve Sunflowers

C) Apple trees descended from the tree Isaac Newton sat beneath while contemplating gravity

D) Tulips descended from the flowers that inspired Sylvia Plath’s poem “Tulips”


2. UBC has had three Rhodes Scholars in the last five years. Rhodes Scholars attend which prestigious European university for graduate school? 

A) Cambridge University

B) Oxford University

C) The Sorbonne (Paris)

D) King’s College London


3. Which 80s/90s movie icon has an honorary degree from UBC?

A) Alicia Silverstone (Cher Horowitz, Clueless)

B) Michael J. Fox (Marty McFly, Back to the Future)

C) Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia, Star Wars)

D) Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)


4. The UBC Library houses a collection from which famous Vancouver location?

A) Vinyls from Red Cat Records

B) Movies from Videomatica

C) Illustrated books from MacLeod’s Books

D) Film from the Ridge Theatre


5. UBC’s 1994-95 school year was strange because…

A) The Ubyssey wasn’t published

B) The football season was cancelled

C) A bus strike shut down public transportation into campus

D) The old physics building burned down



6. Which famous New York-based hip hop group performed at UBC’s Arts County Fair in 2004?

A) Public Enemy

B) A Tribe Called Quest

C) The Beastie Boys

D) De La Soul








1: C) Newton’s apple trees

Grafts of the tree that is said to have inspired Isaac Newton’s law of universal gravitation arrived at the UBC campus in 1971 and were planted outside the TRIUMF physics laboratory.

2: B) Oxford

Oxford’s coveted Rhodes Scholarships are given to exceptional students around the world. Engineering student Brendon Tankwa is the most recent recipient from UBC. 

3: B) Michael J. Fox

Fox received an honorary degree from UBC in 2008 for his role as an actor and entertainer, and for his philanthropic work in support of Parkinson’s disease research.

4: B) Videomatica

Three years after the beloved Kitsilano movie-rental store closed in 2011, the UBC Library acquired its extensive collection of films, valued at $1.7 million. The collection is open to all library users.

5: A) The Ubyssey

 After disputes with the AMS meant that the paper was not published for the 1994-95 year, The Ubyssey won a referendum and became independent and autonomous from 1995 onwards. 

6: D) De La Soul

The trio played at Thunderbird Stadium in 2004, when Arts County Fair was one of the foremost music festivals in Canada.