UBC’s president is better than your president.
UBC president Santa J. Ono proved it at the Homecoming Game on Saturday. Wearing a blue Homecoming t-shirt and a yellow T-Birds cap in amongst the students at Thunderbird Stadium, the usual bowtie-wearing president did something not many with his job title would try.
He went crowd surfing.
Taking photos with a selfie stick that was handed to him, he cruised through the stands to the delight of students.
“We are all a team,” he said. “If the university and athletics work together, the sky is the limit.”
School spirit appears to be on the rise at UBC, who drew a record crowd of 9,542 for the Homecoming Game. It was the largest crowd ever for a football game at Thunderbird Stadium, and the third-highest ever recorded in Canada West history.
The game was a success off and on the field, as UBC beat the University of Saskatchewan 31-10.
Homecoming, which is quickly becoming a must-see attraction on campus, included a pre-game march and an outdoor festival for fans outside of the stadium.
The kind of energy that only a university crowd can bring to a sporting event is a special one, and having the president on board like he was certainly made it extra special.
Here are some pictures from the rest of Ono’s day:
Remarkably, this isn’t the first time the 54-year-old has done something like this.
Ono went crowd surfing at a football game four years ago, when he was the president at Cincinnati University.