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Adam Sandler noticed UBC Improv on social media

The guys from UBC Improv had a go at the monologue ‘This is how I win’ from Sandler’s latest film Uncut Gems. Check it out here:

They posted it on Twitter and it looks like Adam Sandler himself saw it and retweeted it. He said they were all really good actors and he even added the video to his Instagram stories.


Way to go, UBC improv!

Creating Space for Black Students at UBC

Meet Savannah Sutherland and Maia Wallace two executive team members from UBC’s Black Student Union (BSU). The pair discuss the club’s success so far, where it’s headed, and the experiences they have had.

Sutherland, Co-President of the BSU, is in her fourth year at UBC, studying Anthropology and African Studies. Wallace was previously the BSU’s First Year Representative. Now, in her second year, she acts as the club’s VP External and hopes to major in Political Sciences and Sociology.

Savannah Sutherland (left) and Maia Wallace (right)


The Black Student Union

“The idea came up among myself and a couple of my friends about the lack of clubs at UBC for Black students and Carribean students.” explains Sutherland. “There was a discussion about bringing back the former Carribean African association, but then we just said we’ll start the Black Student Union. It’s a little easier because a lot of us are very international, so we found that having something a bit larger in scope would be what’s best.”

“Black is such a broad well rounded word that is so multifaceted that you can’t really put a pin on it,” adds Wallace.

The inaugural meeting had over seventy attendees, and Sutherland notes, “if you’re a black person on campus, seeing 70 other black people on campus…like that’s never happened at UBC before.”

So far, the club’s focus has been to develop a space for the Black community on campus. The events have been very community based because there really was no Black community at UBC. A lot of the focus is on just meeting other people and hanging out doing things together – mobilizing Black students at UBC and building a community.

The Club’s Impact

Reflecting on her experience before the BSU, Sutherland notes, “I wish I had this club when I was in first term, because they now have a first year group chat of sixty Black students, but being at UBC was really isolating for me…like, I knew three Black people in my entire year. it was just me, or just me and like one other friend.”

In contrast, Wallace has been at UBC for as long as the club has, and talks about how it has shaped her university experience so far. “Every day on campus I say hi to like 5 or 10 people that I know… I feel like, what more my year has been able to experience is kind of a testament to how real the total parallel experience is.”

Sutherland comments on being able to lead the change, saying, “a few of our other exec team members are also fourth years, so we’re all sort of in this together, but it’s been really good for myself and for the others just to see the community that the first and second years do have, because we never had that, so it has been very rewarding.”

Wallace also adds the impact she sees on other students. “We’re really big actors in our community. All of our members, they’re not just students – we’re doing everything. We’re doing sports, we’re in student government, we’re presidents on exec teams, we have people in the AMS, we have a lot of scholars. To compare that in contrast to the 60,000 where we’re probably less than 5,000…we’re a proactive community, so I feel like BSU is a great connecting space. And, if you see that there is a club, it gives you an unknowing sense of confidence, to step out and do the things you want to do at UBC”

Moving Forward

In closing, Wallace says “Now that we are sort of more known on campus…if we had a goal for the next upcoming year, I think we want to define the black experience, and like help solidify our space on campus.I really want to remind people that we’ve been here, like Savannah said, 14 months and actually the variety and scale of events that we’ve done is so many that we’re only trying to build from there.”

You can learn more about the BSU and their different events here.

Your new favourite place to chill on campus

By Natalie Chu 

January 8th marked the grand re-opening of the new Commons Lounge, previously known as The Student Life and Sustainability Centre. The event was complete with free food, excited students, and AMS committee members to answer your questions – all to showcase the new student space. If you didn’t make it out to the opening event or haven’t had the chance to stop by, fear not! The Commons Lounge is always waiting for you to drop in. 

If you’ve accessed the previous Clubs Resource Centre or any of the outlets on the Lower Level of the Nest, then you probably saw the old Student Life and Sustainability Centre. This was a less-than-ideal mix of two AMS resources: the Sustainability office, and the Clubs Resource Centre, which resulted in poor organization of the space. The Sustainability team was tucked away in the back corner of the room – separated by the same aluminum gates you might see in malls after they close. This meant the space seemed cold and uninviting.

After a much needed revamp, the space has been transformed in its appearance and purpose. Designed to be the perfect mix of inviting, modern, and cozy, the Commons Lounge is the perfect spot for you to spend time catching up with friends, working on a group project, or just relaxing between your classes.

The next time you’re grabbing lunch, sipping coffee from Bluechip, or just passing through the Nest, be sure to check out the Commons Lounge – designed just for you! 

How to pick a club

Let’s begin with age-old questions that new students annoy every upper-year friend with: “What is a club?” “How do they work?” “How do I join?”. In short, clubs at UBC help every single student find their like-minded peers and facilitate long-lasting connections that exist beyond their university careers. In simple terms, they help you find study buddies and friends to drink with. But clubs at the University of British Columbia are vast and diverse, proving quite difficult to navigate for new students who are looking to meet new friends and explore different aspects of life. Here is a quick guide about all that is clubs on campus and how you can find your rightful group.

AMS club categories

Now that we know the differences between AMS and Faculty associations, let’s start dissecting the different types of AMS clubs. There are over 350 clubs on campus registered with the AMS, WOW! This number continues to grow as students take initiative to create a group where students can collect and share passions together and possibly change the world… or they could just be skateboarding in the Thunderbird Parkade together at night.

How do you join these clubs?

The days to really commit to joining clubs is during Clubs Days, a series of days where AMS clubs booth all throughout the AMS Nest, from the Lower Level to Life Building, trying to pitch their idea against their rivals. During these days, you can join up to however many clubs you want to (or can afford) and receive all the great benefits of being a “Platinum Member” in the bubble tea club. Sometimes these clubs are giving away freebies, so even if you are not looking to join any clubs immediately, walk through the booths and look for free pens or lanyards.

How do I become more than a member?

If you feel like you have more to offer, that your potential is off the charts, that you want to become the next ruler of a club, then please keep reading. Along with being a member of a club, where you pay your membership fee, receive benefits, and attend events, you could also become an executive member of almost any club. While each club is operated differently, it is safe to assume that almost every club needs new students to help operate the organization as previous leaders graduate or move onto other endeavours. This is the perfect chance to REALLY meet new people, gain experience, and contribute even more to the campus community. Many AMS clubs openly invite students to join their executive team through either recruitment, which would be done online or in-person during clubs week. However, not everyone can be club presidents but there are many roles in each club that may fit your skills and passions, such as club treasurer, various VP’s, marketing, human resources, events, etc.

A Short History of The Norm Theatre

By Natalie Chu

When the Old SUB closed for renovations in 2016, the Norm Theatre said goodbye too. It was a well-loved place on campus that held film screenings and conferences for all. The Old SUB reopened as the UBC Life Building. And, after a three and a half year hiatus the Norm Theatre is also ready to open its doors once again this Friday, November 15th with a screening of an old classic: The Big Lebowski.

Sign welcoming movie goers (AMS Archives)

AMS Welcome Nornm

Historically, the theatre was operated by UBC’s Film Society (FilmSoc), an AMS club that unites students with a passion for film and production. FilmSoc chairperson Jin Li came to UBC in 2016, just after the closure of the building “all these years, we have been working on the maintenance and upkeep of the space.”

FilmSoc was also responsible for the projection in the theatre. Dama Correch, the club’s theatre manager was a member back when the theatre ran in the Old SUB. “We have been training everyone to operate the projection booth and manage the floor when events are running. We are planning to host weekly film screenings, production workshops, and even a beer garden every third Thursday of the month.”

Normand Bouchard

Normand Bouchard

Did you know Norm is short for Normand? The official name of the theatre is The Norman Bouchard Memorial AMS Theatre. This name was chosen back in 1995 in memory of Normand Bouchard who was a longtime Filmsoc member and Executive. He died of brain cancer shortly after he finished his studies at UBC and the theatre was named after him that year.

Li and the members of the Filmsoc club are looking to build on what the Norm used to be, and increase its potential. The club hopes to make it as useful for students as possible. “The AMS is helping us create the new space of the Norm, making it a more versatile and flexible venue. We will also host shows from other campus groups, like UBC Improv, the UBC Musical Theatre Club, and the UBC Jazz Club. We aim to provide a space for arts and culture that is student-based at The Norm”.

Come and celebrate the Grand Reopening of the Norm Theatre with the AMS, FilmSoc, and UBC Improv! this Friday, November 15th. You can purchase your event tickets in advance starting at $5.00 or at the door for $10.00. For more information, check out the event page.