1945-46 Students to the left of them, students to the right of them:
UBC had never seen so many students: 5,200 showed up in September, and another 1,200 (mostly ex-servicemen) arrived in January. The Library was crowded, the buses were crowded, everything was crowded.
One of the downtown papers wrote a piece about the supposed division between the more mature returning servicemen and the younger “bobby-soxers.” The Ubyssey ran an article deriding the idea, but felt compelled to revert to the topic more than once, so there may have been something to it.
Founded in the fall with the slogan, “Come and make an ace of yourself,” the Jokers tried to liven up campus with their offbeat brand of humour. Members, all of whom were vice-presidents of the club, walked around carrying yo-yos. They organized goldfish swallowing contests to raise money for the new gym, along with a carnival, an egg auction in which students could buy eggs to hurl at one of the Jokers, and a roller-skating marathon for which the slogan was: “Break a Limb! Support the Gym!”