Monday, October 27, 2014

Spooky Road Ahead

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1.       Halloween pumpkin carving

2.       Looking for apartments!

3.       GeoSpectives talk: Post-Communist Memory and the Soviet Legacy in Central Asia

4.       Relay For Life on Nov. 15th

5.       Cool thing of the week

 

Spooky Road Ahead:

Dà jiā hǎo! I'm trying to come up with something interesting to say here and catch your attention so you can read the listserv to the end but my brain isn't really working at this time so I'll just go ahead and tell you what is coming up and throw an extra gif:

 

1.      Halloween Pumpkin carving

It's that time of the year when it's normal to show up at some random person's home and get free stuff but since we are not kids anymore, we can't really get away with doing that.
In that case, we will actually having Halloween in the MUGS lounge. On Thursday October 30th, we will be carving pumpkins and giving out candy between 12-1 pm. You don't need to dress up for that but it'd be great if you do!

Also, the weather is getting colder by the day so make sure your head is protected with our wonderful tuques.

2.      Looking for apartments

The time is fast approaching for our biggest event of the year: the MUGS Apartment Crawl. We are aiming for the weekend of November 14th.
As some of you have experienced in the past, this is the event you won't want to miss and the best way to be part of the party is to hosting it! We are looking for apartments to host one of the stops during the crawl so if you are interested, send us an email or talk to any of the executives and we will give you more information.

3.      GeoSpectives Talk: Post-Communist Memory and the Soviet Legacy in Central Asia

GeoSpectives is a series of talk hosted by the Department of Geography that take place in Burnside Hall 426. Here's the next one on Monday Oct. 27th from 12-1pm. You can also find more information on future talks on their website.
Post-Communist Memory and the Soviet Legacy in Central Asia
Prof. Natalie Koch
Department of Geography, Syracuse University
Monuments are frequently targeted for replacement with new icons when societies undergo rapid political change. This process was evident in the collapse of communist regimes in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union from 1989-1991. The Soviet successor states in Central Asia – often treated as exceptional in the literature on post-communism – also experienced a process of "de-Sovietization," with dramatic changes to their symbolic landscapes in nearly 25 years of independence. The process, however, is arguably more complex than in Eastern Europe or even in Russia. I examine the general pattern of these changes, but focus on Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, where certain Soviet-era monuments remain, while some new post-Soviet monuments have already been torn down and replaced with yet another layer of memorials.

4.      Relay For Life on Nov. 15th

Relay for Life is a 12 hour, overnight event aimed to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. Fundraising teams come together for a fun-filled night of activities and entertainment, while sharing time walking the Tomlinson Fieldhouse track.

It will be held from 9pm on Saturday Nov. 15th until 9am on Sunday Nov. 16th in the Tomlinson Fieldhouse (in the McGill gym).
Individuals participate in teams of about 10 people, and take turns walking around a track for the duration of the event, demonstrating their solidarity with cancer patients battling this terrible disease. Participants and teams are sponsored by friends and relatives and/or do fundraising prior to the event, to raise money, which goes to the Canadian Cancer Society

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1544376362445026/

5.      Cool thing of the week:

Tired of the random links I post here, which I confess, come mostly from the r/geography subreddit? Then send the ones you find to mcgillgeography@gmail.com and I'll share them with anyone who reads this section of the listserv.

Here's an interesting article about crowdsourcing maps and the Ebola epidemic coming from fastcolabs.com.

 

Have an incredible week! If you're out of ideas for Halloween, just throw in a hat and call.

Phil Perez Aranguren

VP Communications


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Halway there!

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1.       Q&A with a McGill Geography alumnus

2.       Halloween pumpkin carving

3.       Looking for apartments!

4.       GEOG 202 tutors needed

5.       Free screening and Q&A: Lament for the Land

6.       Cool thing of the week

 

Half way there:

Buongiorno! I hope you are surviving your midterms and if you are still dealing with them, here's a little perspective: the 'mid' in 'midterms' stand for 'middle' which indicates we are half way there! You never thought about that, did you? Okay, fine. I'll just get on with the listserv for this week…

 

1.      Q&A with a McGill Geography alumnus

As homecoming is happening this weekend, we have been contacted by a McGill geography alumnus who is interested in having an informal Q&A this Monday October 20th at 12:00 pm in the MUGS lounge. He is Seismic Data Processing Analyst for Chevron, the oil company, in Calgary. He is interested in talking about job prospective, career possibilities, and how GIS analysts function within a company like this one.

2.      Halloween Pumpkin carving

It's that time of the year when it's normal to show up at some random person's home and get free stuff but since we are not kids anymore, we can't really get away with doing that.
In that case, we will actually having Halloween in the MUGS lounge. On Thursday October 30th, we will be carving pumpkins and giving out candy between 12-1 pm. You don't need to dress up for that but it'd be great if you do!

3.      Looking for apartments

The time is fast approaching for our biggest event of the year: the MUGS Apartment Crawl. We are aiming for the weekend of November 14th.
As some of you have experienced in the past, this is the event you won't want to miss and the best way to be part of the party is to hosting it! We are looking for apartments to host one of the stops during the crawl so if you are interested, send us an email or talk to any of the executives and we will give you more information.

4.      GEOG 202 Tutors needed

McGill Tutorial Service is looking for tutors for GEOG 202: Statistics and Spatial Analysis. If you had an A or A- in the course, you can apply for this position even if you don't have experience. Tutors are paid a rate of $15 per hour.
For more information, contact the Administrative Coordinator, Lorraine Bush, at tutoring.service@mcgill.ca

5.      Volunteers for Elimu, a research NGO

Professor Matthieu Chemin's research NGO, Elimu, is launching a cross-continental Skype "exchange" between students of McGill and students of Kianyaga, Kenya. McGill students will Skype weekly with Kenyan students, helping them with English (or other subjects)--and picking up some Swahili or Kikuyu in return! There are two ways to be part of this exciting new cross-cultural learning experience:

                                                   i.      Become a volunteer when the project launches in January. You will receive training from former Elimu interns on cultural sensitivity and cross-cultural communication in the context of Kianyaga. Then, you will be paired with a Kenyan student and will arrange with them a weekly time to Skype with them. Email jessye.kilburn@mail.mcgill.ca if you are interested in receiving more information when the project gets off the ground.

                                                 ii.      Help us fundraise for laptops and internet connection by donating at the link below, and/or sharing it with others whom you think might be interested. 100% of what you donate goes straight to the project, and even small donations help!

Find out more and donate here -- thank you in advance for supporting this important project!

6.      Cool thing of the week:

If you find something really interesting, let me know by emailing mcgillgeography@gmail.com and you could be feature in the 'Cool Thing of the Week' (well, not you but your link and a quick shout-out to your searching abilities)

Ever wondering how old you would be if you were in Mercury? Or how far have you travelled through the Milky Way? You need not to wonder anymore! The BBC has this cool interactive feature that will calculate it for you. Hey, I don't look that bad for a 103 guy from Mercury!

 

Have a fantastic week! When in doubt, just dance it out.

Phil Perez Aranguren

VP Communications


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Crazy Weather Ahead

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1.       Urban Symposium

2.       Compost bin in the MUGS lounge

3.       Free screening and Q&A: Lament for the Land

4.       GEOG 202 tutors needed

5.       Cool thing of the week

 

Crazy weather ahead:

Guten Tag! Happy belated thanksgiving! Hope everyone had a good time home with the family, friends, loved ones or cats; I personally could not move last Sunday after eating so much. Once again, thanks for joining us last Thursday in our little pre-Thanksgiving lunch and I hope you enjoyed it! (Shout-out to the chefs for a delicious chili)

 

1.      Urban Symposium

We have 13 Urban Studies undergrads presenting (6 from Tufts, 7 from McGill) their research on a variety of topics including transportation (Montreal, New York, Boston), social housing and the 'right to the city' movement in Argentina, queer urban spaces, sustainability, the informal economy in urban Vietnam, and a new master-planned city in Ecuador. Most of the presenters have been engaged in research over the past summer, either for professors and/or for their own honours theses.
It will take place on Saturday October 18th from 10 am to 3 pm in Burnside Hall 426.

2.      Compost bin in the MUGS lounge

As announced before, we have a compost bin in the MUGS lounge so you can bring your waster. It's a little black bin next to the big garbage bit. If you want more information about it, you can contact us or talk to Mayumi, our sustainability officer

3.       Free screening: Lament for the Land

The Climate Change Adaptation Research Group (CCARG) is happy to be hosting a free screening of "Lament for the Land" Thursday October 16th at 6:15pm in the Thomson House basement lounge. There will be a Q&A session after the film with director and CCARG collaborator Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo Willox. The event is open to the public. You can see the trailer and learn more about it on their website
About the film: Told through the voices of 24 people from Nunatsiavut, Labrador, Lament for the Land weaves together the voices and wisdom of Labrador Inuit with stunning visual scenery to tell a powerful story of change, loss, and hope in the context of rapid climate change in the North. A collaboration between researcher Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo Willox and the five communities of Nunatsiavut, this film brings attention to some of the most pressing climatic and environmental issues of our time, and the resulting mental, emotional, and cultural impacts on one of Canada's oldest and most enduring cultures.

4.      GEOG 202 Tutors needed

McGill Tutorial Service is looking for tutors for GEOG 202: Statistics and Spatial Analysis. If you had an A or A- in the course, you can apply for this position even if you don't have experience. Tutors are paid a rate of $15 per hour (enough for you to get a wonderful Geography tuque!).
For more information, contact the Administrative Coordinator, Lorraine Bush, at tutoring.service@mcgill.ca

5.      Cool thing of the week:

If you find something really interesting, let me know by emailing mcgillgeography@gmail.com and you could be feature in the 'Cool Thing of the Week' (well, not you but your link and a quick shout-out to your searching abilities)

A US-European team has discovered thousands of new mountains on Earth but they are in the bottom of the ocean. The BBC article contains the details on how they used radar satellites to discern their presence under water.

 

Have a wonderful week! Maybe go for one last splash in the pool?

Phil Perez Aranguren

VP Communications


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