Getting back on track, I finally took a picture of the “Me Gusta Phelix” stencil that has been on campus for at least 5 months, maybe more.
Not too far away is a stencil of this set of years:
These 2 years clearly meant a lot to someone [notice that the hyphen is missing]. Was it a singular event that had occurred over the duration of the years between 1942-2012, or 2 disparate events that are somehow connected by these 2 years? Building onto the pop culture theme that is Phelix, I looked up a list of famous people who died in the year 2012. Surprisingly, none of them were born in 1942. My first line of investigation however, was whether something had happened at UBC in 2012…and nope. Nothing comes to mind.
If anybody has any idea, drop me a comment!
Edit (2/22/2013): explanation provided by a friend (thanks Gordon!)
1942: Japanese Canadians UBC students forced to enter internment camps. As a result, many couldn’t complete their degrees.
2012: Former students from 1942 are given honorary degrees as an apology from the university.
Location explanation: The UBC Library has been involved archiving the event with a digital collection, although there is nothing specific to Koerner to the best of my knowledge.