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Storm the Wall! ► North America’s Biggest Intramural Event

This week is UBC’s massive intramural event – Storm the Wall. Friends form teams of 5 people: 1 Swimmer, 1 Sprinter, 1 Biker, 1 Runner, and 1 Extra Hand. In that order, they each complete one leg of the relay event. When the runner reaches the end of his/her section, the other teammates are all waiting there already. The team then runs up to one of two 12 foot walls, and one by one everyone goes over the top.

Today I took photos of one of the Science Undergrad Society (SUS) Council teams, so here they are:

Martin and Rebecca waiting for their respective sprinters to arrive. Martin was on one SUS team, but I was taking photos for Rebecca’s team

Here comes Cameron (Science Student Senator and Sprinter)

After Cameron arrived, Rebecca had to race around the bike loop 4 times:

Once the cyclist had finished, it was time for Alex (AMS Representative and Runner) to do a lap of the bike loop and then run around the Chem building to the Wall:

Once Alex had arrived the rest of the team, now including Diana Diao (Public Relations Officer and Extra Hand), headed for the Wall:

Ara Koh, the Swimmer, was the first to start climbing the wall for the SUS team:

But Alex got over the top first:

Next was Rebecca:

Then Diana…

And last, but not least, Cameron the leprechaun clicked his heels together and floated upward:

Of course, after all that effort, they got a team photo and a bunch of free milk (according to Alex, TOO much free milk).

A Man’s *Office* Is His Castle

This morning I was emailed by a guy I met a few weeks ago at a beer garden. He’s seen my website before and told me he had something to post. He attached several photos and explained a little story, so I’ve decided to post the photos he sent me and paraphrase his email. He requested that I not name him, and that’s a good thing cuz I only know his nickname anyways! :-D He has blacked himself and his friend out in a couple of photos, for obvious reasons.

Essentially, some people went to the UBC Alma Mater Society (Student Government) President’s Office in the SUB and decided to have a bit of fun with the incoming president. The old president, Spencer Keys, was to hand over power to the president-elect, Kevin Keystone, on Monday.

Apparently there is a tradition of welcoming new presidents to the office, and this year was no different. Someone decided to build a castle in the president’s office, and so a castle was built out of bricks and mortar.

The foundation was laid and row upon row of bricks were stacked with mortar to hold them together. It seems they didn’t do as good a job as a trained bricklayer, but from these pics it’s still fairly impressive. The middle stack – a buttress if I dare call it that – is quite interesting.

What really makes the buttress stand out, I think, is the sailor that has been mortared onto the top. Quite a nice touch.

When the castle had been built, the individuals involved proceeded to paint a large black hand and a small red E on the castle. The small red E symolizes the Engineering Faculty, which seems to have been involved in this endeavour. The symbolism of a black hand, however, is unknown.

Here’s a pic of the sailor from close up.

The masons left this message-on-a-brick for the incoming president, which explains some things a bit:

The black hand reference is still rather mystifying – is it one UBC’s clubs? Possibly the bricklaying or pottery club’s nickname?

I also received this photo, spliced together it seems, from two photos. It shows the perspective from the president’s desk. Sort of a fisheye effect, nifty.

I must say I’m impressed. In the photos, judging by the height of the corner towers (turrets?) in relation to the ceiling, I would guess their height to be a bit over 6 feet or so. The buttress with sailor is definitely my favourite feature. It must have taken quite some coordination and effort to carry this prank out.

The one real question I have, however, is: what does Kevin Keystone, the new UBC AMS President, think of his new office?