UBC LipDub… Not How I Remember UBC!

A couple of days ago I received an email with a link attached to it with a caption reading, “Not quite how you remembered it, eh?”  Intrigued by the caption, I clicked the link and watched the corresponding video which was a video created to help University of British Columbia (UBC) students feel a stronger connection to their largely commuter based school.  As a graduate of UBC, I must say I thought the video was pretty well done; however, what I saw in this video is in no way shape or form a reflexion of what I experienced at UBC while obtaining either or my degrees.

It’s very possible that the culture of the Point Grey campus has changed since I graduate in 2009 (I hardly doubt it but I am willing to concede that it is possible). I have a lot of memories of my time at UBC but none of them include anything portrayed in this video.

It’s not raining once in this video, which is about as likely at UBC as Kirstie Alley not weighing over 250 lbs.  Furthermore, the people in the video are completely out off character and misrepresented.  There aren’t more than seven white people that actually attend UBC so I’m not sure where all the white people in the video came from, Asian people don’t stand in libraries, they sleep on their calculus textbooks, and the engineers wouldn’t be caught dead near an Arts building due to various pretensions.  To top it all off, students at UBC don’t make eye contact with each other.  They burry their heads, walk into each other, and continue on with their days without saying a word to one other.  I also didn’t see one frat guy aggressively soliciting a student to join their frat, which is odd because I think frats are obsessed with doing that.

Despite all these oversights, the two most obvious aspects missing from this video are that there isn’t one heroin addict mumbling to themselves on the bus and there isn’t one homeless person armpit deep in a garbage can looking for discarded treasures.  How these two aspects were overlooked when making this video about UBC are beyond me.  Interacting with drug addicts and homelessness on a daily basis is an entrenched aspect of life as a UBC student.  I think it would have been pretty cool to see a disheveled mess mumbling to themselves during the scene on the bus or to see a homeless guy with his entire torso in the garbage can outside the Aquatic Center.

Alas, you can’t always get what you want and I’m sure it is very difficult to get drug addicts and homeless people to cooperate with an artistic vision.

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4 Responses to “UBC LipDub… Not How I Remember UBC!”

  1. I also noticed some doors being held open for people in this video…also a first at UBC.

  2. Well that makes we want to enroll! I definitely saw Boot in one of those blue ponchos!!!! Raise your glass to UBC and the homeless guy armpit deep in the garbage can!

  3. I thought the video was pretty cool! But maybe you need to go back and make your own movie of life at UBC. This was UBC through rose coloured glasses. Where were all those people during hockey games?

  4. jeremy beirnes Says:

    Solid video! I’m guessing those people were used during frosh week. Some observations:
    1: Rolling recycling bins were used in video, although they were not homeless, i’m sure they are broke students with at least $300 worth of reefer stashed in the bottom.
    2: Bubbles attends UBC, Loo picked him out.
    3: There is some solid POA at that school if you pause the video and have a closer look.

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