The University of British Columbia, as anyone who has visited the campus can tell you, is a mini metropolis animated by athleticism, artistic fervour, social endeavours, and the pursuit of scientific innovation. Intimidating at times, the campus has housed great minds like Rick Hansen, Bing Thom, and Yael Cohen. Now, the beautiful, ever-evolving, ever-expanding campus has been put to pages in a new book by journalist Tyee Bridge. UBC: The Next Century explores the last hundred years of academia and energy that can only be found on a university campus, through photographs and short articles celebrating people and place. Bridge brings to life the personality and multi-faceted landscape of the school by capturing the long-standing traditions that bond the student body, faculty, and staff together long after they leave campus. Events like Day of the Long Boat and Storm the Wall are relatable to everyone at UBC, if for no other reason than these hard-to-ignore events blocking the way to class.
The book is foreworded by the incomparable Santa J. Ono, who, in his tenure as UBC president, has inspired students with his vulnerability and passion for their well-being. In the foreword, he makes clear his dedication to preserving the university’s history and humbly illustrates the vital role he has and will play at UBC. As the subtitle suggests, the book ultimately seeks to herald a new age for the university that honours and improves upon the past as the school enters its sophomore century.
The book will be released on September 17, just in time for the start of the school year.
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