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The Word from Burnside Today

What's upcoming, what's ongoing, and what's uplifting. 

  1. Election Results 
  2. Gerts Night At-las(t)
  3. General Meeting
  4. Geospectives
  5. Logo Contest 
  6. Barbados Field Course
  7. Redpath Museum and U 
  8. MSURJ is Looking for Editors and Submissions
  9. McGill Alumni Talk Series 
  10. Cool Thing of the Week

1. Election Results 

Thank you all for your applications! We are pleased to introduce your newest MUGS Execs:

Natalie Kang is your new VP Academic,
Brian Toy is your new Sustainability Officer,
Robyn Lane is your new U1 Rep,
Anders Turim is your new U1 and Mentoriship Rep,
Clare Heggie and Jeffery Sauer are your new Field Notes Editors in Chief

Their contact info will go up on our blog, feel free to get in touch! 

2. Gerts Night At-las(t)

You deserve a break. Muster the 3-minute walk from Burnside to Gerts, and meet you're your exec for a welcome chill-group-hang. Come fraternize with your fellow MUGS at Gerts on Monday, September 28th at 6 p.m. Get there early, the first few pitchers are on us! 

3. General Meeting

We'll be holding our General Meeting in BURN 426 at 4 p.m, followed by a reception in the MUGS Lounge with snacks at 5:30.
The Exec team will be introducing ourselves. Michelle Maillet, our geography undergraduate advisor, will outline some great academic and health-related campus resources for us. Then, the floor will be open to input from everyone about events, swag, projects, departmental musings, and anything to do with the upcoming year.

Come if you love pita and hummus, Burnside, transparency, and participatory planning (in that order?)! 

4. Geospectives

Geospectives is our department's lecture series – and it's awesome. Every Wednesday at 1p.m., BURN 426 fills with the buzz of knowledge and impending disaster. Geog undergrads are always welcome, and it's a great way to expand your geo-scope!
This Wednesday, September 30th, is a talk by our own Prof. Bernhard Lehner, titled Global Hydrography: Putting the World's Water Resources on the Map. To quote Prof. Forest, "It is sure to be a complete disaster and students will be entertained by the carnage." 

5. Logo Contest

Out with the old; in with the new. We're crowdsourcing for a new logo design because you all are so darn creative! If you'd like to take this chance to immortalize your vision of MUGS, please submit your design (as .ai or .tiff) to by October 31st. The winner will receive a free swag item sporting their design! 

6. Barbados Field Course

A reminder that tomorrow, Friday September 25th, is the last day to submit your application to this spring's Barbados Field Course. 

An attachment should include: 

  • Your name, program and year
  • CGPA or GPA from last two terms
  • Whether or not your program requires a field course
  • A short (150 word max) statement addressing how the field course would contribute to your program, what you would hope to get from the field course, and what you think you could contribute to the field study group

7. Redpath Museum and U 

Turns out Redpath Museum is not just for biologists and your parents when they visit! They have some cool things coming up:

If Trees Could Talk

Join a guided walk of McGill's leafy legacy. The tour is followed by the film Butterfly. 

September 25th from 5 – 8 p.m. Meet at the Redpath Museum front steps

Vanishing of the Bees Film Screening 

Narrated by Ellen Page, Vanishing of the Bees unfolds as a dramatic tale of science and mystery, illuminating the greater meaning surrounding the relationship between humankind and Mother Earth. 

September 27th at 3 p.m. in the Redpath Auditorium. Cost is free with a donation to the Museum.

Last Stones Beer Bike Tour 

Join an an exciting bike trip exploring local history, architecture, secret spots and building stones. The tour starts with ancient fossils at the Redpath Museum, travels west to the Grand Seminaire, heads up the old Indian trail on Côte Ste. Antoine, glides downhill to McAuslan Brewery for a tasting of 5 different micro-brews, and finishes with the ghosts of Griffintown.

September 27th, from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Meet on the front steps of the Redpath Museum. 

Tickets are $12 for students. This includes the beer tasting.
Reserve your spot and for more info email

8. McGill Alumni Talk Series 

This talk series has taken it upon themselves to tackle "the future of life." Is the future bleak? Do humans even have a future? These troubling questions and more will be addressed in a seven-week lecture series presenting some of McGill's top scientists in conservation, biology, chemistry, botany, forest ecology, and microbiology. 

Lectures are held Wednesday evenings from October 7th to November 18th.

Registration for the entire series is required, and costs $68.98 for students. 

For a complete list of speakers and to register, check out the event page. 

9. MSURJ Is Looking for Editors and Submissions

The McGill Science Undergraduate Research Journal is a student run initiative promoting and publishing undergraduate research. They're looking for new members for this year's editorial board, the application deadline for which is September 30th. They're also looking for submissions to this year's pub, with a deadline of Oct 8th

10. Cool Thing of the Week

This is old news, but will blow your mind regardless. In short, the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National park changed the course of rivers. The world is so interconnected and complex omg ecology geography hydrography. 
How Wolves Change Rivers

That's all, folks. 

Looking forward to seeing all your worldly faces at Gerts this Monday! 

Katie Keyes 
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 

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