Group to trek to Robson Square
Great Trekkers inspiration for university's `Next Trek'
by Brian Lin staff writer
Students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the community are
invited to be a part of history tomorrow in a 12-kilometre "Next
Trek" from UBC to the official opening of the UBC at Robson Square
"The Great Trek has inspired UBC for decades" says Leslie Konantz,
associate executive director of the Alumni Association which is
organizing the event. "This trek back downtown continues that spirit
and shows our commitment to lifelong learning and lifelong connections
On Oct. 28, 1922, fed up with the government's procrastination
and armed with a 56,000-name petition, some 1,200 UBC students marched
in the "Great Trek" from Fairview Slopes through downtown Vancouver
to Point Grey, to urge the government to complete long-awaited construction
of the Point Grey campus.
Konantz says response to the Next Trek has been great.
"It's 7:30 on a Friday morning," says Konantz. "It's the last
day of classes, an unseasonable time of the year and it's a long
way, but people are abuzz all over campus and finding ways to do
UBC President Martha Piper, vice-president, Students, Brian Sullivan,
Board of Governors member Linda Thorstad and AMS President Erfan
Kazemi are among those who have signed up for the trek.
Participants will meet at 7:30 a.m. at Cecil Green Park House and
depart at 8 a.m. for Robson Square by way of Spanish Banks, Kits
Beach and Vanier Park. UBC at Robson Square officially opens at
Fuel for the Next Trek (cinnamon buns), a survival kit, map and
a pre-Trek stretch session will be provided.
A minibus will shuttle tired trekkers and their personal belongings.
Trekkers can join the march at checkpoints along the way. The bus
will also return trekkers to campus.
call Leslie Konantz at 604-822-0616 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.