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So who is Phelix?

A picture of the fountain I ranted about in an earlier post about unnecessary construction at the University of British Columbia…

Squeezing a shot through a barbed wire fence. It’s ironic how there’s a crane in the background.

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.

Me gusta Phelix.

Maybe you remember my encounter with Phelix from an earlier post of mine? If not, there is always this tumblr. More central to our discussion, is that supposed to be George Harrison?

Not too far away is a stencil of this set of years:

1942 2012.

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.

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