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Happy long weekend from MUGS, 

Wishing you many blissful hours in your PJs. 
  1. Cookies & Tea 
  2. MUGS Presents: Life's a Beach 
  3. Field Notes Launch: Wine and Cheese
  4. MUGS Toques
  5. Python & Java Tutorials
  6. Canadian Field Studies in Africa
  7. Barbados Field Studies
  8. Human Geography in BSc? 
  9. Philanthropy Awards Gala
  10. Cool Thing of the Week 

1. Cookies & Tea 

Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, March 29 for cookies and tea in the MUGS Lounge! Our remaining Tuesdays are few, come out and say hi! 

2. MUGS Presents: Life's a Beach 

Werk werk werk werk werk getting you down? Ri Ri feels you, and so does MUGS. To make the home stretch that much more bearable, MUGS is bringing the beach to you at our END OF YEAR GEOGRAPHY PARTY! 

You bring the waterwings, we'll bring the punch. Come in your crocs, your leis, your hawaiian shirts - hell, come in your bathing suit if you're so bold - and let's get sandy, geography.

This slippery event will be held April 1st at 8 p.m. at 4279 de Bullion. Find the deets here

3. Field Notes Wine and Cheese Launch

The time is now! This Friday, April 1st, at 5pm in BURN 426, Field Notes, our accoladed undergraduate journal, is launching its 2016 edition over some classy refréshments and appétizers. Expect a thick publication showcasing geography's brains and finesse. Expect wine. Bring your parents, bring an autograph book, bring your wittiest academic banter, and come celebrate your fellow students of the earth.

4. MUGS Toques

Toques are in! Drop in to our meeting/office hours Thursdays from 5:30 – 6:30 pm in the MUGS Lounge to pick up your order or to order one. We've plenty available at $15 a pop!

5. Python & Java Tutorials

Come by the MUGS Lounge Thursdays from 1 – 3 p.m. to ask Ruth Berkow – our enormously knowledgeable tutor – questions about python, java, and life. If you've got an ongoing project, or have questions from class – bring them by and find a helping hand. 

6. Canadian Field Studies in Africa

The CFSA is a full semester (15 creddies) program held every year from January to March in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. For more information, hit up their remaining info session on April 5th at 5:30 in BURN 426. 

7. Barbados Field Studies

Reading Week in Barbados: Geography 496 offers a unique chance to explore environmental management and sustainable development issues that are particular to Small Island Developing States (SIDS).  If you are interested in this 3 credit Reading Week course for the winter of 2017, please come to an information session, to take place at 4:40 PM, April 7, in BURN 426, or, contact Prof. Meredith with "Barbados" in the subject line.

8. Poll: Human Geography for BSc? 

Prof. Michel Lapointe is putting out feelers for the future of the BSc and BASc degrees. We're asking for student opinions regarding a potential future option of including some human geography classes as "complementary classes" that count towards degree requirements. The converse already exists in BA Geography. Students who don't want to take the listed human geog courses would not have to. Would this be something that interests you? Do you think this change would make the BSc program more attractive? Which of our human geog programs would best complement the training of a physical geographer? If you've any thoughts about this modification, email us

9. Philanthropy Awards Gala

McGill Students for Think Pink, McGill Students Supporting the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the McGill Community Health Alliance of Montreal invite you to their end of year philanthropy gala at 6pm April 2nd, at EVO Vieux-Montreal (777 Rue University). The gala celebrates their achievements and philanthropic endeavours with awards, guest speakers, and musical performances. There will be drinks, eats, and a photo booth. For more info, check out their Facebook event and for tickets, check here.

10. Cool Thing of the Week

In honour of Easter Weekend, some fun facts about Easter Island. Also called Rapa Nui, Easter Island is a small Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean that is considered a special territory of Chile. Easter Island is most famous for its large moai statues that were carved by native peoples between 1250 and 1500. The island is also considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
  • The famous moai are believed to represent status symbols and deceased leaders of the different Easter Island tribes.
  • The introduction of Polynesian rats and overpopulation is believed to have led to deforestation of native large broadleaf forests and the extinction of native birds. 
  • Internal warfare and sailor-born diseases dwindled the Rapa Nui civilization down in just 111 people in 1877. 
  • The first recorded European visitor to the island, Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen called the place "Easter Island" because he arrived on Easter Sunday, 5th April, 1722. 
  • With the nearest inhabited island (Pitcairn Island) 2,075 kms away, Easter Island is one of the world's most isolated inhabited islands, home just to 5,700 people. 
  • Just one quarter of the statues were ever installed. Nearly half remain at the quarry site or en route to an intended location. 

That's all, folks. 

As a reminder, if you want to get anything on the MUGS listserv, email us and we'll put in a word! 

Katie Keyes 
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 

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