The Burnside Tide

4:47:00 pm McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 0 Comments

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Hello, Geographers, 

and best of luck embarking on the chaos that is the next few weeks. 

  1. Cookies & Tea 
  2. MUGS Elections
  3. Field Notes Publication
  4. MUGS Toques 
  5. Python and Java Tutorials 
  6. Honours Poster Session
  7. GEOG 495 Application 
  8. Canadian Field Studies in Africa
  9. Cool Thing of the Week

1. Cookies & Tea

As always, join us tomorrow, Tuesday April 5th in the MUGS Lounge from 11 - 1 for cookies and tea on yours truly! 

2. MUGS Elections 


Looking to join MUGS for the 2016-2017 academic year? Election period is here! 

To run for a position in the MUGS office, fill out THIS FORM. You are responsible for soliciting 10 signatures from current McGill undergraduate Geography students – from any BA or BSc students (major, minor, honours) - who endorse your candidacy. Please submit your completed along with a blurb about yoruself to the MUGS Lounge or email it to no later than Thursday, April 7th at 4 p.m. Copies will be also provided in the MUGS Lounge. Elections will be held the following week. 

The following positions are open: 

(Co)President(s) : Responsible for the general organization and administration of all MUGS activities and shall reside as the chair (or co-chairs) at executive meetings.

VP Finance: Responsible for all cash flow into and out of the MUGS account and for keeping a record of financial transactions in a ledger.

VP Communications: Responsible for website maintenance, as well as promotion of all MUNGS events and projects.

VP Academic: Responsible for educational and curricular concerns of MUGS as well as representing MUGS at Faculty and Academic Committees. Oversees the Geography Undergrad‐Grad Mentorship Program.

VP External – AUS: Responsible for representing MUGS to the Arts Undergraduate Society and aiding in the running of MUGS events and projects.

VP External – SUS: Responsible for representing MUGS to the Science Undergraduate Society and aiding in the running of MUGS events and projects.

U2 and U3 Representatives: Responsible for representing the members of their respective years and informing them of all MUGS activities. They are responsible for aiding in the running of said events. The U2 Rep is also responsible for representing MUGS at the McGill Students Environmental Council (MESC) meetings.

3. Field Notes Publication 

Thank you to all who came out to our Field Notes Launch – twas a yuge success! Though we've no more hard copies available because *~sustainability~* we've published the journal online at We're very proud of this year's journal and of all the wonderful work that went into it by the authors and editing team – give it a look!

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 and Java Tutorials 

Come by the MUGS Lounge Thursdays from 1 – 3 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 classes – bring them by and find a helping hand.

6. Honours Poster Session 

The afternoon of April 20th, in Burnside Room 426, you are invited to come celebrate the hard work of our nine urban studies honours students at their poster presentation session. Refreshments will be provided!

7. GEOG 495 Application

The application deadline for GEOG 495: Local Field Studies, which runs from May 9th to 27th at Mont Saint Hilaire, has been extended to April 8th. You can find the course description application package here or in Burnside Room 705. Please return your application to June Connolly in Room 705. Feel free to email Melissa Ward, the course instructor, with any questions.

8. 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. There will be one remaining info session held April 5th at 5:30 in Burnside Room 426

9. MSGH Talk on Transport for an Ageing Population

McGill Students for Geriatric Health is hosting a talk on how Montreal's transportation systems can be safer and more senior-friendly. The talk features Emily Grisé, an Urban Planning PhD student and Dr. Rania Wasfi from UdeM's Hospital Research centre, who researches healthy aging and the influence of neighbourhoods' physical and social characteristics on seniors' mobility and well-being. The event will take place Thursday, April 7th from 6-7pm in Arts 145.

10. Cool Thing of the Week

Around the world, cities are tackling the 'big questions' of climate change, healthy living, equity, accessibility, smart governance etc. etc. etc. etc. Check out this showcase of cities who are killing it with urban initiatives geared towards changing the way we live for the better.

That's all, folks. 

Thanks for tuning in.  

Katie Keyes 
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 

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