This post is long overdue, but at last, here it is! 11 reasons why I don’t like UBC REC — you know, the organization that you, and each of the rest of the UBC student population are paying $200 (yes, two hundred dollars) of your student fees to. Every. Single. Year.
This list is in no particular order.
1. They get their dates (and other information) wrong on their website.
For many webpages for their events/schedules, the UBC REC often has misinformation or wrong dates. Taking Day of the Longboat as an example, the UBC REC page had, at some point, THREE different dates for the Day of the Longboat start of races day! And the wrong year as well.
Many other things were confusing on the Day of the Longboat webpage: in one section, it said 8 people needed to attend the mandatory practice clinic — and yet in another, it said only 7 people were needed. Confusion galore.
2. Broken links
Broken links everywhere. Nuff said.
3. Navigating their website can be a slow and painful process.
Sometimes, the layout simply makes no logical sense. Sort of like my blog layout.
4. Drop-in hours for sports are occasionally inaccurate!
I have come into the Rec centre several times looking to play badminton or basketball, commuting all the way from Richmond, just to find out that the gymnasiums upstairs were booked by some external party or by UBC Varsity. Why not update the drop-in schedule on your website so that it actually REFLECTS the real schedule? Wouldn’t that be fantastic?
5. Drop-in sports sometimes closes early without notice.
Great, I came all the way here to play for 30 minutes.
6. The wait at the front desk can take up to 15 minutes during peak hours.
Sometimes, there’s no one at the front desk at all. Or even worse, sometimes I see Rec staff casually stroll by behind the front desk, but they don’t help anyone because they’re not on front desk duty. Even though they’re so clearly not doing anything except chilling in the back.
7. The (new) locker system sucks.
Before, you could just bring your own lock to use at the Rec centre. If you didn’t have your own lock, you could borrow one from the front desk. But now? You HAVE to use their lock, which means sometimes, you have to wait 15 minutes for it. Congratulations, things are now 50% less efficient.
8. Drop-in is crowded.
Waaay too crowded.
9. Birdcoop is crowded.
…And there are only two full squat racks. WHY ARE THERE ONLY TWO FULL SQUAT RACKS. And, the sign-up process at the beginning of term takes forever because of the gigantic line. If there was an online registration system, things would be much smoother (if there is one, it hasn’t been advertised at the Birdcoop centre.)
10. Terrible campaigns, like Build the Walls.
I appreciate the frequent e-mail spamming campaign and the accompanying heartfelt messages, such as:“By putting your name to the new walls, you can help inspire future generations of UBC students to come together as a community and do the same.”
But if you think that will persuade me to pay between $100 and $2500 just so I can have my name in tiny font on the new walls that are being built, you are insane. (Their default donation options have a minimum amount of $100). I mean, didn’t you get the $200 from my student fees every year? Yes, you have other crap to pay for, but how much does it cost to build two 12 foot wooden walls that you’re going to be reusing for the next 30+ years?
11. Terrible planning, and terrible coordination.
Back to Day of the Longboat. It was an absolute nightmare changing my practice clinic day. I went in person, so the process would be expedited — sadly, they said it was NOT possible to change it in person, and I had to go home and e-mail them. Great. So I did. And then they didn’t get back to me for a few days. So then I went back to the front desk (my practice clinic was in a few days), and they said they would try to get it sorted out. And then they actually did! But then a while later, the person who I e-mailed a couple days back changed it to some other date/time, and chaos ensued.
Most UBC REC intramural games are announced approximately a week in advance. However, our FIRST playoff game was announced literally the night before. No one was expecting a game, and UBC REC had e-mailed captains saying that games wouldn’t start until the following week. And then suddenly NOPE, THEY START TOMORROW. And no e-mail notifications either, it was only by chance that someone on my team was checking the website the day before, and then saw we had a game the next day. Needless to say, most teams didn’t show up at all, and UBC REC was forced to reschedule the games (and hopefully reflect on their foolishness).
And those are the 11 reasons why I dislike UBC REC.