Last Day of Class Email Blast

9:05:00 pm McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 0 Comments

Hello, Geographers, 

Another semester of sleeping through 8:30s and trying to figure out how the heck to actually use ArcMap is behind us. You've all done brilliantly, I can just tell. 

1. Cookies &Tea - 'Zam Edition 

This week's cookies and tea has been rebranded as exam reprieve sesh. You've been working extra hard, so this week's spread will be extra hype. Come and get it as usual this Tuesday, December 8th from 11:30 to 12:30. 

2. Clothing Pick Up

Clothing orders are coming in this week! Hoorah! You can pick them up Friday, December 11th from 12 - 4 pm in the MUGS Lounge. Make sure to bring your $$$$ if you haven't already paid. 

3. Field Notes Submissions 

Field Notes 2015-2016 is now open for submissions! There are no official guidelines – all submissions of any length will be reviewed! Preferred topics of papers pertain to areas of critical geography such as feminist geography, subaltern geography, colonial geographies, and queer geographies. Nevertheless, feel free to submit papers on environment, health, GIS, urban, and human geography! 


MUGS and GGS would like to invite all geographers and associated wannabes to join us at this year's GEOSPIEL. You won't want to skip out, it's gonna rock!

What on this geoid-forsaken earth is a GEOSPIEL?
It's curling.

When in this constructed time continuum is GEOSPIEL occurring?
Saturday, February 13th, 2016, from 1-6 pm.

Where in this concrete jungle will GEOSPIEL happen?
Baie d'Urfe Curling Club, accessible (contentious) via transit on the 211 Bus from Lionel Groulx.

What do I have to lug there?
Everything – rocks, brooms, sliders – are provided. Wear warm, layered clothing so you can cool off when the brushing gets really intense. Also, it is imperative that you bring (not wear) clean grippy running shoes.

Can I pay in "gratitude and hugs?"
No you cheapskate! The afternoon costs $10 for ice and food. Also bring a few bucks if you want to reminisce over the hilarious times you just had over a post-ice drink. (yes I know curling doesn't happen on skates but it's ice-related ok).

How can I get in on this sweeping success?
Sign-up is on a first come, first-served basis. To sign up or with questions, email the GGS, MUGS, or faculty

5. Tutors Wanted 

McGill Tutorial Services is in need of tutors for
GEOG 201: Introductory Geo-Information Science
GEOG 316: Political Geography
GEOG 216: Geography of the World Economy
GEOG 408: Geography of Development
Preference will be given to students who received an A or A- in the course. Previous tutoring experience is an asset, but not required. Tutors are paid $15 an hour. Contact Lorraine Bush, the Administrative Coordinator for more info. 

6. The G(e)ood Ol' Hockey Game 

Our fellow geographer, Simon Thomasson is starting a Geography Intramural Hockey Team – clever geo-name pending. The team will register in the open division, so there is no skill requirements and you can rent all equipment at the rink. Games will be once a week – 8 in total. Shoot Simon a message if you're interested! 

7. Course Evals

A reminder to please fill out your course evaluations on Minerva by December 24th. Course evaluations provide constructive feedback for the department in improving quality of learning and meeting the needs of the students. The evaluations are seen by both the professors and reviewed by the Department, so your voice can be heard at all levels.

8. Explore Nicaragua 

Mantis Environment invites university students to engage in sustainable development by looking at practical examples in Nicaragua, from February 26th to March 6th, 2016. Students visit a variety of development organizations to see how they plan, implement, and evaluate their work. The deadline to sign up is January 9th, 2016.
Join Mantis for an info session on Wednesday, December 9th at 8 p.m. in Thomson Hall. You can also visit their Facebook page, website, or email them for info. 

9. Cutting Edge Lecture Series 

December 10th, at 6 p.m., at the Redpath Auditorium, Redpath's Cutting Edge Lecture Series is hosting a talk on "Getting 'radically' practical about our economy and environment."
Few issues are more polarized in today's Canada than how best to improve the economy and the environment at the same time. Many think it is simply not possible, and that better environmental outcomes are only possible by paying a significant economic price.

Chris Ragan, an Economics professor at McGill and also the Chair of the recently created "Ecofiscal Commission", will discuss an effective and practical path forward for Canadian policymakers at all levels of government. He will focus on the creation of the Commission, the central findings from its first two reports, and the issues yet to be explored over the next few years.

10. Cool Thing of the Week

We all know how well travelled geographers are. If you don't know, it's, like, really well travelled. Prof. Sarah Moser doesn't believe it and wants proof - classic academic. She's proposed that the Geography Community - students, faculty, alum, and friends - send postcards to the department to have them displayed. We'll be able to show (off) how global our reach is! 

Department of Geography
Burnside Hall Building, Room 705
805 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0B9

Whether you're going home or on a trip, think of us during your 2016 travels! 

That's all, folks. 

Keep plugging away at those exams, for I'm your biggest fan.

Katie Keyes
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society