Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Special MUGS announcement

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Special MUGS announcement:

Because you have worked so far, we want to give you a little incentive for this last day of classes: PIZZA!
Starting at 11:45 am in the MUGS lounge, we will have some fresh and delicious pizza waiting for you at no cost at all along with some coffee or tea so you can kick the ground running. Keep an eye out for any changes through the FB page.

 

Elections

Tuesday is the last day of classes and the last day of elections. Exercise your right to vote and make sure your voice is heard! We will be taking votes in the MUGS lounge starting at 11:30 am but if you can't make it, please email your ballot (attached here) to mugs.elections.2015@gmail.com. All information will be kept confidential.
All current geography undergraduate students (majors, minors, honours) are eligible to vote.

 

Best of luck for your exams and keep an eye out for the last official listserv.

 

See you Tuesday! Keep going forward!

Phil Perez Aranguren

VP Communications


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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

MUGS Elections

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**Important message for all MUGS members. Please read in full**

 

MUGS Elections for 2015-2016

 

Elections will officially kick off on Thursday April 9th at 12 pm. Polls will be open from 12 pm until 4 pm every day until the end of classes on Tuesday April 14th. They are located in the GIC, right as you come in on the left side.

If you cannot be present to cast your ballot, either because you are on exchange or out of town, please email the attached ballot to mugs.elections.2015@gmail.com. Your vote will be counted with all the paper ballots by our elections team.

Voting is only extended to currently registered geography undergraduate students. You will get one (1) ballot containing all names, please make a choice for all positions (Yes, No, Abstain).

These are you candidates for the 2015-2016 elections:

-          Co-President: Laura Lyon

o   Hi MUGS! I'm currently your VP Academic and next year, I want to represent you as your Co-President. This year some initiatives I've been involved include the undergrad-grad geography mentorship program, Python tutorials, and brought up MUGS 'mugs' every meeting (they're coming!). Some things I'd like to pursue next year include revamping the MUGS website to make it a useful resource for students, create open discussions about the MUGS lounge and how we can better utilize the space (movie nights anyone?!), and continue making geography the best department McGill.

-          Co-President: Lillian Fradin

o   Greetings, MUGS!
My name is Lillie Fradin and I'm a U2 Honours Urban Studies major with a GIS/Remote Sensing minor. For the past two years I've been involved with Field Notes, the MUGS journal, most recently as Editor-in-Chief. My experience with Field Notes - managing a team of editors, applying for funding, and ultimately working towards a long term goal - will allow me to successfully serve as MUGS co-president for the 2015-2016 academic year. As co-president, I would strive to maintain the success MUGS has seen with initiatives like the mentorship program, Field Notes, and composing, while expanding the presidential portfolio with the organization and implementation of geography movie nights to diversify away from administrative tasks. Most importantly, however, I would strive to represent Geography students fairly and without bias at departmental meetings and AUS/SUS council meetings. If you have any questions or would like to contact me directly for any reason please email me at: lillian.Fradin@mail.mcgill.ca.

-          VP Communications: Katherine Keyes

o   Where is that perfect balance between informative and trolly, efficient and hilarious, meme and exclamation point? That ephemeral, divine harmony, they say, is held by Katie Keyes. Katie is a U2 student of Urban Systems Geography and Sociology hailing from Beautiful British Columbia. She has been lurking the GIC since January 2013, though you may not have seen her in recent times as she's gotten outta **MTL winter** dodge for a semester abroad in Dublin.  She would be ravished to stand as your MUGS VP Communications due to the aforementioned qualifications as well as a general passion for all things geography; an over-tendency of scheduling, organizing, and checking Facebook; and a desire to KEEP YOU, STUDENTS OF THE EARTH, IN THE KNOW.
N.B. Actual experience includes being Listserv Queen of 2013 as Douglas Hall's VP Communications, holding an unpaid internship in outreach and communications at Jane's Walk and working for a PR firm, and being the eighth official GICutie.  
N.B.B Katie has written this herself, but has chosen to use third person to emulate credibility.
x Katie Keyes

-          VP Finance: Mayumi Suzuki

o   Hello!! My name is Mayumi Suzuki, I am a U1.5 Geography major with an Arabic minor running for VP Finance. Having served this year on council, I feel like I am well-equipped to act as a liaison between students and MUGS council to provide students with opportunities and events throughout the next school year! My previous experience has involved managing a scholarship fund for youth to open access to extracurricular classes, and every previous cashier job has taught me to handle money well. I also really like writing cheques. As your current sustainability officer, I've had a great time getting involved with the MUGS community (and taking out the compost) and I would love to continue the wonderful legacy that current VP Finance Brock is leaving us with. If you have any questions, I'm 99% likely in the GIC or lounge, cheers!

-          VP External/AUS Representative: Ellen Gillies

o   Hey, MUGS! My name is Ellen Gillies, and I'm a third year student in Honours Geography with a minor in Political Science. I'm running to be your VP External – AUS (a.k.a. AUS Rep) for the 2015-2016 academic year. The AUS Rep represents MUGS on the AUS Legislative Council, and liaises between the two student organizations. I've served in this position for the past school year, and I think that knowing the ropes will allow me to do this job even more effectively next year. Feel free to say hi around Burnside or email gillies.ellen@gmail.com any time. Thank you!

-          VP External/SUS Representative: Matthew King

o   Communication needs to happen. I'm the guy to talk and listen, so you don't have to. I'll do a great job.
Thanks!

-          U2 Representative: William Gleckner

o   Hello Geographers!
I'm William Gleckner, a U2 to be Urban Systems Student running for MUGS U2 rep. I feel that the community we have built around Geography is a really crucial piece of our undergraduate experience. With MUGS I will work to strengthen and improve the spaces, events, and people that are associated with this community. More events, more social spaces, stronger connections.  Best of luck on finals and i'll see you around the GIC.

-          U3 Representative: Leslie Beedell

o   Dear MUGS,
Wow, what a year this has been!
Amazing that my time as U2 rep has come to a close, especially after all our wonderful achievements. I would like to continue to serve our amazing undergraduate faculty and believe that I could do this best as U3 rep. I think that my familiarity with the council as well as experience planning events will be an asset to the council in the coming year. I hope to improve event attendance through violence and coercion. 
-Thanks,
Yours Truly,
Sincerely, 
 Les

The purpose of the MUGS executive team is not simply to plan parties and bring you free food; we are committed to serve as representative to the department by taking part of meetings with faculty members, with the larger student associations like AUS and SUS, with the GIC Committee; this year, we have organized the Mentorship Program, we started a composting program, we published a great issue of Field Notes, we also started a Python tutor program open to all but all in all, we also enjoy organizing parties, including the MUGS apartment crawl, lunchtime and coffetime in the lounge, pumpkin carving, sugar shack and other seasonal small events. We put a lot of time and effort in these programs and we are always open for suggestions, comments or complaints about what we do because we work for you.
At the same time, we have an end-of-the-year survey that you can fill out by clicking in this link where you can anonymously give your opinion.

 

Thank you for your support,

 

Phil Perez Aranguren

VP Communications


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Food for your thoughts

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1.       MUGS Elections

2.       Open Discussion on Austerity Measures

3.       Clothing Drive

4.       Coffee Time

5.       "Out of the world" MUGS Party

6.       Message from the Chair of the Department, Prof. Nigel Roulet

7.       SSMU Policy Consultation

8.       Cool thing of the week

 

Food for your thoughts

So how about those pesky GIC rules? I actually managed to prank even the executives as they were unaware of my prank! With less than a week away from the end of classes, we are making sure you are well fed so you can tackle your exams.

 

MUGS Elections

After reviewing all nominations, we have decided to start voting on Thursday April 9th at 12 pm; polls will be open at the GIC table by the door from 12 until 4pm and for the rest of the semester (that is every day until Tuesday April 14th).
Given that we have many students not in Montreal because of exchange or other reasons, you can vote by sending your ballot to mugs.elections.2015@gmail.com (ballot to be sent on election listserv). If you won't be on campus to vote in person, you can also vote by email.
The positions for Sustainability Officer, U1 Representatives and Field Notes Editors will be appointed in the Fall semester as well as any vacant positions.
Only geography students are allowed to cast a vote.
These are you candidates for next year. A followup listserv will be dedicated to learning more about all the candidates and what they have to offer:

- Co-Presidents: Laura Lyon, Lillian Fradin
- VP Communications: Katherine Keyes
- VP Finance: Mayumi Suzuki
- VP External – AUS Representative: Ellen Gillies
- VP External – SUS Representative: Matthew King
- VP Academic: Vacant
- U2 Representative: William Gleckner
- U3 Representative: Leslie Beedell

 

Open Discussion on Austerity Measures and Undergraduate Student Associations

Following the many events, discussions, news, arguments, and reports, we are having an informal discussion with fellow geographers and SSMU representatives on austerity measures, provincial education policy, and students' responses.
This will be held in the lounge on Wednesday April 8th from 12-1 pm. This is not a general assembly of the MUGS student body but simply an open forum to learn more about what is going on. Since this is a sensitive topic, we remind you to be respectful of each other's opinions, comments, points of view, questions, and ideas.

 

Clothing Drive

The MUGS Clothing Drive for Dans La Rue is a big success! Thank you so much for those that have already brought clothes and those planning on bringing, come by, we are still taking donations until the pickup date on April 20th.

 

Coffee Time

As the semester quickly approaches, we want to treat you in these stressful times so on Tuesday April 14th, the last day of classes, we will have pizza, coffee, tea and other snacks for you in the lounge starting at 11 am.
Then on Wednesday April 15th, as you get ready to spend all day in the GIC working hard, we will bring you coffee and timbits in the lounge at 12 pm.

 

"Out of this world" MUGS party

You've spent all year studying the many places in this planet from the Artic to Barbados to Mile End and Griffintown so now we bring you the Out of this world MUGS party, a chance to send off our graduates out of the comfort of the McGill world.
On Friday April 17th, we are throwing you one last hurrah with drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options), snacks, photo booth, dancing, and other surprises. Since we want to make sure you are having a great time, we will provide the first few drinks so feel free to bring yours to share and as any good geographer, BYOM (Bring Your Own Mugs).
Big shout-out to Cam Roy for hosting us! I know we shouldn't worry about you but remember to be a good guest.

 

Message from the Chair of the Department, Prof. Nigel Roulet

Dear Geography Students,

The course evaluation period is now open and I am writing to encourage you to complete the evaluations of your courses this semester.
The Geography Department strives to offer our students the best possible courses. To aid this, we use course evaluations as essential tools that provide instructors with constructive feedback they can use towards improving the quality of the teaching and learning taking place in our classes, tutorials, laboratories and related activities.
Not only are course evaluations provided to instructors, but they are also carefully reviewed by the Department to monitor the quality of our undergraduate classroom experiences. Further, they are an important element in decisions made regarding the tenure and promotion of professors as well as the awarding of merit (i.e., salary increases). Finally, they form an important basis for rewarding instructors for particularly notable accomplishments in support of teaching and learning, such as teaching awards.  
 
I ask all of you to take advantage of this valuable process and tell us about your experiences in your courses in a thoughtful and constructive manner. Evaluations will be available for all GEOG courses from March 23 through May 1, 2015, and you can access them at https://horizon.mcgill.ca/pban1/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin?ret_code=f.

Thank-you for your participation in this important process.
 
Regards,

Nigel Roulet
James McGill Professor of Biogeoscience and Chair
Department of Geography

 

SSMU Policy Consultation

SSMU is going to be discussing three 5-year policies at its upcoming council session on Friday, and wants your input! Fill out this survey on the Policy on Consent Education, Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence-Related Policy Advocacy, the Climate Change Policy, and the 5 year Policy Regarding Support of a Campus Free from Harmful Military Technology Development. (link: https://docs.google.com/.../1lnn16619Mk1tko4LZyl.../viewform)

 

Cool Thing of the Week

Assassins is still going on! Do you know who you target is and what do they look like? Head over to  GICrushes for a quick refresher on who they are, or simply check them out for more GICuties.

With Finals coming, keep these handy: McGill Counselling Services, McGill Mental Health Services and McGill Nightline at (514) 398-6246.

As if you needed another reason to procrastinate, here's site with many map quizzes.

 

 

Have an effective week! YO! What's up!?

Phil Perez Aranguren

VP Communications


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Montreal, QC
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