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On the Agenda:

  1. Apartment Crawl
  2. Geospectives
  3. Barbados Field Study
  4. #changethename 
  5. Order a Good Food Box from SNAC
  6. Opportunities
  7. Events
  8. Featured Map
  9. MUGS has instragram!

Hello fellow MUGS,

Now that we are in the thicc of midterm season it can be easy to forget that there are other places to hang out other than the GIC. Hang in there kiddo, midterms are almost done! Remember to make sure you are practicing healthy work habits, ie., take adequate study breaks, remember to feed your body and brain and also get your beauty sleep! There are tons of services/resources McGill provides if you are feeling stuck. On a lighter note, Halloween is right around the corner!  Enjoy some geography themed halloween costume inspiration below.

Thanks to everyone who came out to our first general members meeting and Pints, Lines and Polygons bar night. We had a great time! If you missed this event, fear not! We plan on hosting monthly meetings, followed by a bar night. Another exciting event quickly approaching is... the APARTMENT CRAWL!! It's right around the corner and MUGS exec have been planning up a storm. We are super excited to see all of your 200 level geog class inspired outfits. Another exciting thing happening is the startup of MUGS snack club this year. Now on Monday afternoons, MUGS will be providing tea and cookies, so bring your MUGS! And if that's not enough MUG-tastic events to get excited about, the Geospectives seminar series will be making its comeback for the 2018-2019 academic year. This is a weekly seminar series hosted by the Department of Geography. YAY!

Sending all you guys good vibes through this busy time of the year, you got this! 

Lots of Love,
your MUGS team

1. Apartment Crawl

the apartment crawl is right around the corner and we are getting PUMPED. A date has been set and starting next week onTuesday you will be able to buy your ticket. For geography students, the price is $10 and non-geography students for $15. The tickets will include your crawl stamp and drinks. Tabling will begin Tuesday October 23 at 11:30. Check the event page to find out when we will be tabling.

The event will take place Friday November 2, 2018 at 7:00PM starting in the Lounge (BH305)

We are still accepting hosts for this event:
If you agree to provide your apartment, all party essentials (drinks, cups, food) will be provided by MUGS! You will get to keep any left over beverages, food and decorations (if you would like). You and your roommates will each get free crawl tickets.  We will provide all the cleanup services, your apartment will surely be cleaner than when we got it.

If you or any of your friends are interested in being the heroic apartment hosts we would love to hear from you. Email us at or message our facebook page. 


2. Geospectives

GeoSpectives is back for Fall 2018/Winter 2019 !
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GeoSpectives is the seminar series hosted by the Department of Geography that organises hour-long presentations by guest lecturers. They take place Fridays from 12:00-1:00PM in Burnside Room 426 (unless otherwise specified) around 4-6 times a semester.
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There have been three lectures so far this semester, and this Friday October 26th, the third seminar will be taking place !
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Our guest lecturer this week is Professor Maria Stack, a geography and environmental management specialist from University of Waterloo. The topic of the seminar is "Reclaiming the Oil Sands: Can We Put the Peatlands Back?".


3. Barbados Field Study
4. Change the Redmen Name
MUGS stands in solidarity with the Indigenous community here at McGill and the Change the Name campaign. 

EVENT: Change the Redmen Name- Demonstration  
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 2 PM – 4 PM @ Milton Gates

Check out the event page for more information about this important discussion. 
Be sure to show your support by signing the petition.



5. Order a Good Food box from SNAC club

The Good Food Box provides McGill students and staff with access to affordable boxes of surplus fruits & veggies, available for pick up at ECOLE from 3pm-6pm every other Tuesday!

Order form for the next pick-up: Payment can be done through Square or with cash, during the pick up before.

You can order boxes individually in 3 sizing options: small ($12), medium ($17.25), or large ($25.50).

For reference, a medium box should provide one person with enough fresh produce to last up to 2 WEEKS – about 50% cheaper than a regular grocery store!

Visit our website for more information and opportunities!

6. Opportunities

Branches, the McGill Undergraduate Environment Journal, is seeking submissions for its 8th issue! 
Branches strives to create a platform for students, regardless of background, to showcase their work related to environmental sciences or environmental studies. Submissions may take the form of research papers, studies or essays. Branches also accepts photography, art and other creative work.

Submission guidelines:
- Submission deadline is Saturday, October 27th at 11:59PM. 
- Email all submissions to 
- Please include a 2-sentence summary of your work in the e-mail
- Submit written work in Microsoft Word format
- Academic work must be from a course at the 300 level or higher

To see past issues of Branches, visit

7. Events

Interested in international climate negotiations? World Climate Negotiations Training (WCNT) is a public educational event that simulates the most current international negotiations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). For this year, the event will be presided by Alex Tyrell - Leader of the Green Party of Quebec and Justin McIntyre, former Montreal city councillor. Sign up for early bird tickets before they run out!


From the Ground Up: Milton-Park Citizen's Committee is holding a conference on housing rights

How can we renew and expand a movement for the community control of land and housing? How can we build an economy based on ecology and human needs? The Milton Parc Citizens' Committee (MPCC) is inviting housing activists, community organizers, and engaged members of the public to an afternoon of discussion, networking, and food. 

In the Milton Parc Community (CMP), the largest community housing project on a community land trust in North America, 1500 residents live without landlords, cooperatively self-managing their housing. And we want to go even further.

Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 12 PM – 10 PM

See event page for more information

Science Faculty Study Abroad Information Sessions
1)      Mini Study Abroad Fair

Explore the many opportunities to travel abroad and earn credits.  Meet incoming exchange students, McGill students who studied abroad and students from the Field Study Semesters.

Thursday, November 1st

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (drop by whenever you are free)

Otto Maass Chemistry Building


There will be international snacks available.

It is a good idea to start planning early for studying aboard.  For further information please go to: under "SOUSA Events".


2)      Making an application to the "McGill Exchange Program" for Fall 2019 and/or Winter 2020

Mary Gauthier will be hosting a number of information sessions on "How to apply for an exchange".   The dates are indicated under "SOUSA Events"


3)      McCall MacBain International Fellowship for Undergraduate students to study abroad for a year

For more information on this fellowship (requirements, etc.), please go to:  under "SOUSA Events".

Are you interested in an accessible McGill navigation service that finds you the best way around campus, despite construction, weather and accessibility barriers? Share your input for a project that promotes inclusivity and universal access on campus in one of our focus groups! Refreshments will be provided and participants will be rewarded $10 gift cards for all campus food services. Participants may also have a chance to be one of the beta service users before it is launched.
For more information or to sign up, visit the Facebook page or fill in the form at All students, staff and faculty are invited to the discussion.
Facebook page:

OMG is continuing last year's collaboration with McGill's Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) to create an accessibility map of campus. We will be building upon the success of May's Mapping Party and collecting data of McGill's downtown campus - this time with the help of Survey123, a simple and intuitive data-gathering app!

No previous mapping experience is necessary, and all majors and degree levels are welcome 😊 We will start with an introduction from the OSD, following an info session to give mappers an understanding of what indoor features to map and how they should be recorded onto Survey123. (We may also map outdoor features, weather permitting)

RSVP for FREE on Eventbrite or through Facebook:

8. Maps!
Check out this seasonally appropriate map of pumpkin producing countries.
9. MUGS has Instagram
Yes that's right, MUGS is on Insta. The account has been inactive, however we will be posting more regularly on the account. Look forward to some fun account takeovers, giveaways and other geo relateed content! 

be sure to throw us a follow 
PUMPKIN GOALS!!! how cool is this pumpkin carving of the Washington Metro?

Stay tuned for future updates on upcoming MUGS events and other fun stuff happening in the geography department. 

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