Quaffles, quacks, and quirks

1. Which student club was popular in the 1940’s?
a. Stamp Collectors Club
b. Scrabble Club
c. Varsity Jokers Club
d. Jitterbug Club


2. In addition to book lending libraries, the UBC Vancouver campus also has a:
a. Clothes lending library
b. Tool lending library
c. Bike lending library
d. Seed lending library


3. The UBC skatepark:
a. Was visited by Tony Hawk in 1997
b. Was where Justin Trudeau (BEd’98) spent most of his time as an undergrad
c. Was the first campus skatepark in North America
d. Is the smallest official skatepark in Canada


4. The sororities at UBC conduct the largest and most successful recruitment in all of Canada. How many women joined last year? More than:
a. 250
b. 400 
c. 800
d. 1000


5. Which unusual competitive sports team does UBC have?
a. Quidditch
b. Bowling
c. Pickleball
d. Disc Golf


6. Before the name “Thunderbirds” was chosen, UBC sports teams were going
to be called:

a. The Eagles
b. The Seagulls
c. The Ravens
d. The Ducks

1: c) The UBC Varsity Jokers Club was a ragtag team dedicated to staging practical jokes on campus. Along with running an annual frog race, members of this zany club also staged protests by piling junk into the offices of their enemies.

2: d) The Seed Lending Library on UBC’s Vancouver campus has a mission to conserve precious seed varieties by allowing members of the public to sign out seeds in order to grow, harvest, and pass them on to other gardeners.

3: c) The UBC skatepark was the first campus skatepark in North America. Opened in 2013, the project cost $500,000 and was headed by the university in partnership with the University Neighbourhoods Association.

4: b) More than 400 women joined UBC sororities last year.

5: a) UBC has a quidditch team. Members compete at major events in North America, representing UBC and the city of Vancouver. Past players have also participated on the quidditch world stage as part of Team Canada in the World Cup.

6: b) Before “Thunderbirds” was finally chosen in 1934, the name “Seagulls” won a student-wide vote to determine the issue. The Ubyssey, which conducted the first vote, didn’t like the result, so in the finest tradition of democracy refused to accept it and held another one.