UBC and SFU are in a meme war and nobody is safe — not even Douglas College

Our very tame Ubyssey meme to add to the war.

If you’ve seen an influx of memes on your Facebook newsfeed making fun of UBC or SFU, do note that this isn’t a coincidence or by chance — there’s an all-out meme war going on between the two universities.

The first few shots were arguably fired by us when a poster on UBC Confessions posted a picture of a “garbage truck” driving around downtown Vancouver.

The inciting incident of the meme war
The inciting incident of the meme war Screenshot/UBC Confessions / The Ubyssey

Content warning: sexual assault

A week and a half later, SFU Confessions decided to go right for the jugular and call UBC out on an issue that it admittedly has a terrible history of.

Screenshot/SFU Confessions / The Ubyssey

A few days later, someone on UBC Confessions fired back with something that many UBC student from BC would have related to back in Grade 12.

Screenshot/UBC Confessions / The Ubyssey

By the next day, both UBC Confessions and SFU Confessions were filled with memes attacking the opposite university.

Screenshot/SFU Confessions / The Ubyssey
Screenshot/UBC Confessions / The Ubyssey
Screenshot/SFU Confessions / The Ubyssey
Screenshot/UBC Confessions / The Ubyssey

The war has promoted alliances between faculties…

Screenshot/UBC Confessions / The Ubyssey

…while other, smaller universities are getting caught in the crossfire. Nobody is safe — not even Douglas College.

Screenshot/UBC Confessions / The Ubyssey

Even BCIT is trying to join in!

Screenshot/BCIT Confessions / The Ubyssey

Meanwhile, the UBC Class of 2021 Facebook group has gone on the offensive. Their group has been renamed to “UBC Class of 2021 (Meme War Frontier),” and it’s become a massive stockpile for memes bashing SFU.

Screenshot/Meme War Frontier / The Ubyssey
Screenshot/Meme War Frontier / The Ubyssey

So what exactly is each university criticizing each other for? Over at UBC Confessions and the UBC Class of 2021 group, the general attack line is that SFU students couldn’t get into UBC, so instead they’re stuck at SFU, no matter how hard they try to transfer.

In contrast, SFU Confessions is dragging UBC for its high tuition fees, endless construction, pretentiousness and history of on-campus sexual assault cases.

BCIT’s main argument is that their programs will give jobs to graduates while UBC and SFU grads will be unemployed — however, nobody cares about BCIT, so their contributions don’t exactly matter.

Although he’s the admin of the UBC Class of 2021 Facebook group, Luc Briede-Cooper’s thoughts on the outcome of the war might disappoint UBC students.

“I think SFU won the war because UBC’s meme quality was low,” he said in a statement to The Ubyssey. “Most of the memes are ‘reversible’ and not unique to SFU. That paired with UBC not posting as many [memes] means they had higher volume and quality. Why? I think they had to dig deeper into things unique to UBC since they don’t have as much of a reputation as ours to fall back on.”

You know what that means, UBC — step your game up.