1918-19 War Is Over:

Trek Magazine - - Late Return -

But at a cost. Another 11 UBC stu­dents died, bring­ing the to­tal to 78. And while the fight­ing wound down over­seas, the world­wide in­fluenza epi­demic struck Van­cou­ver: three more stu­dents died, and the Univer­sity closed for five weeks. One fi­nal blow landed in Oc­to­ber 1918: UBC Pres­i­dent Wes­brook died af­ter be­ing ill for sev­eral months. Still, the An­nual struck a cel­e­bra­tory note about the war, speak­ing of the pride that stu­dents could feel in hav­ing taken part in “the great­est cru­sade ever en­tered upon by men in the his­tory of the world.”

A new pub­li­ca­tion was born this year, a news­pa­per, the Ubyssey, a re­spelling and a reimag­i­na­tion of the old lit­er­ary monthly, the Ubicee. Skits and po­ems are all very well, the new pa­per com­mented, but what is needed is news while it is still “hot,” by which the ed­i­tors meant no more than a week old.

The Play­ers’ Club pro­voked con­tro­versy by stag­ing a pro­duc­tion of Os­car Wilde’s The Ubyssey ex­pressed “dis­gust”

at this “trash,” and said it would pre­fer some­thing with “a healthy moral tone.”

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