MUGS Weekly Listserv

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Hello Geographers!

A listserv... on a saturday!? You betcha, enjoy your weekend and have some light, slightly haphazardly worded geography related reading over your cereal.





  1. MUGS Elections!
  2. Fieldnotes Journal Launch Party!!
  3. End of Year Party!
  4. GEOG495 Info Session
  5. Mercury Evaluations
  6. Office for Sexual Violence Response Open House
  7. McGill International Review Journal hiring
  8. Mildy Interesting Map of the Week
  9. Cool Thing of the Week



1. MUGS Elections!

Deadline's coming up future MUGS representatives! 
If you are interested in running for any of our MUGS positions for next school year, please download the form and do the following:

  1. Write a short personal statement about your qualifications and why you'd make the best VP ___. for MUGS.
  2.  Get 10 valid geographers (majors or minors) to endorse you / sign your printed nomination form.
  3. Submit the nomination form to the submission box (London tube map one) in the MUGS lounge, and email us your blurb along with a photo of yourself (optional for your campaign) to by the 28th of March. (This Tuesday folks).

Voting periods will then be from the 4th - 7th of April, which is when we'll tally up the votes and announce our 2017-2018 MUGS execs!

So be sure to get your nomination forms in by the 28th, and wishing all you nominees the best of luck!



2. Field Notes Journal Launch Party!!!
It's that exciting time of year where we get to see YOUR research in our very own Geography Field notes (almost brings a tear to my eye :') ). 

In addition to supporting your fellow geog cohort or basking in the glory of your own submitted paper, there will also be Indian food!!
(*Important to mention this implies more variety than Samosas for you foodies out there*)

Be sure to check it out, and look at the facebook event for more info! Though below are the where and whens of this event:

  • Where: BURN 308
  • When: March 31st 4:30-6pm (following the honours poster presentation.



3. End of Year Party

The MUGS infamous end of year party is just around the (TBD) corner people! I personally can't think of a better time than a night out in a cozy apartment with my best and soon to be best geographer buds. Did I say cozy apartment?

*insert smooth segue*

We actually still need a venue for the event, and would love it if someone in the department (preferably with an apartment that can fit a horde of geographers in it) could volunteer their apartment for the night. They will be forever recognized as the saviour of the end of year party, and be rewarded in good vibes and an enthusiastic (though probably tired) MUGS house cleaning service. 

Please email us, send us a message on facebook, or casually slide into our dms on instagram. Whatever floats your goat. 
Thank you!



4. GEOG 495 Info Session

GEOG 495 info session on Tuesday, March 28th at 5:30 pm in room 308. The course run from May 4th to 23rd inclusively, in Mont-St-Hilaire and Montreal, Qc. Please, contact course instructor, Melissa Ward ( for any specific questions or information. Applications are to be submitted to June Connolly ( in room 705 by Friday, March 31st. Notifications for course acceptance will be sent out by Friday, April 7th, 2017. 

Here's the goody bag of documents you may be interested in:

  1. Application form
  2. Course Outline
  3. Course Itinerary



5. Mercury Evaluations them. I've said it before, your profs definitely have too, though in the wise words of Labeouf a et al 2015, Just do it! It helps proffs advance in their careers, understand why they might have seen you drooling in the back row of class, and generally how to better themselves and subsequently the future generations of students that come out of McGill. 

So if you don't know how to do them, you:

  1. Go to Mnerva (down the rabbit hole you go)
  2. Attempt to log-in, only to remember you had to change your password.
  3. Go to the 'student menu' tab
  4. Scroll down to 'Mercury Online Course Evaluation Window'
  5. Just do it.

Lets make geography courses the ones with the most complete Mercury Evals!



6. Consent McGill: Office for Sexual Violence Response Open House to fostering a culture of consent at McGill, the new office provides confidential, non-judgmental and non-directional support and education to students, staff and faculty of all genders who have been impacted by sexual and gender-based violence. It will also act as McGill's main point of entry and contact for anyone wishing to report, or to enter into a formal disciplinary process. We have an event coming up that we think may be of interest to the students in your faculty! 
We are holding an Open House on March 27 from 11:30-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. in our new space, located at 550 Sherbrooke Street West, suite 585. We are inviting students and staff to come and meet the team, become familiar with our services, and find out how you can get involved in creating change on campus! Light refreshments will be served. 
This is the link to the Facebook event, and attached please find our promo posters. We would be very grateful if you could share this event with your students.



7. McGill International Review Journal Hiring

The McGill International Review Online is hiring for its 2017-18 publication year! MIR is a student-run, bilingual journal that publishes daily articles, videos, and interviews relating to international affairs. You can check out our website at The feature team is seeking staff writers, bloggers, and editors. We are also looking for video editors, camera people, podcasters, and a leader for our media team. Applicants should have strong writing and research skills, though previous formal writing experience is not required. Applicants should send a writing sample (no more than 1500 words) to, and fill out the appropriate form below. If you wish to be considered for the Summer 2017 publishing cycle, applications are due by April 3 at 11:59 pm.
Staff Writers (including bloggers):
Media Team:



8. Mildly Interesting Map of the Week

This is a beyond mildly interesting map of the moon, showing its gravity fields, which has never been seen in such detail until now!
This map's able to show: Tectonic structures, volcanic land forms, basin rings, and craters! now that's some cool remote sensing.



9. Cool Thing of the Week

I'm sure many of you have seen this one as it circulated the neogeo web / the single best thing on your news feed after that gif of a corgi race. This amazingly interactive web map shows the building age of most buildings in Montreal using Open Street Map building footprints, building records, from McGill and elsewhere, and Python and QGIS (wooh open source!).
Click the map, or here to check it out!
*The map info is in french, though i'm sure you'll be able to see the trends in urban expansion over the years through the nicely coloured polygons :)



And there you have it, 

Enjoy the weekend, and I hope you're not still eating your cereal as this took me longer than I anticipated it would to write haha. Have a good one :)

Noé Schultz
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 

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