December 2015

SOGS Update, the official monthly electronic newsletter from SOGS, keeps you up to date on issues and events affecting graduate students at The University of Western Ontario. If you are looking for previous issues of SOGS Update please contact the office.

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In this month’s Update

Winter bus pass distribution

Winter bus passes will be available in the SOGS office (UCC 260) as of December 15. Please remember that you must present your student ID to collect your bus pass.

SOGS office holiday hours

The SOGS office will be open for extended hours at the end of this term and the start of the winter term. The office will be closed for the holidays December 23 through January 3.

For your convenience, our office holiday hours are detailed below:

  • Mon, Dec 14: 9am – 4pm
  • Tues, Dec 15: 9am – 5pm
  • Wed, Dec 16: 9am – 5pm
  • Thurs, Dec 17: 9am – 5pm
  • Fri, Dec 18: 9am – 4pm
  • Mon, Dec 21: 9am – 5pm
  • Tues, Dec 22: 9am – 5pm
  • Wed, Dec 23: CLOSED
  • Thurs, Dec 24: CLOSED
  • Fri, Dec 25: CLOSED
  • Mon, Dec 28: CLOSED
  • Tues, Dec 29: CLOSED
  • Wed, Dec 30: CLOSED
  • Thurs, Dec 31: CLOSED
  • Fri, Jan 1: CLOSED
  • Mon, Jan 4: 9am – 5pm
  • Tues, Jan 5: 9am – 5pm
  • Wed, Jan 6: 9am – 5pm
  • Thurs, Jan 7: 9am – 5pm
  • Fri, Jan 8: 9am – 5pm

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Call for papers — 2016 Western Research Forum: Advances at a Crossroads

The Western Research Forum (WRF) is an interdisciplinary research conference that provides students with the opportunity to present their work and to engage with an interdisciplinary audience on matters of importance to researchers in a variety of disciplines. Graduate students from all disciplines and levels of study are encouraged to apply.

The conference is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 4, 2016. Please submit a 250 word abstract to by January 8, 2016 and indicate if your proposed presentation will be in the form of a paper, poster or creative project. Authors will be notified of acceptance by February 1, 2016.

The full call for papers flyer is available online.

Western ranked #1 in sexual assault prevention

Congratulations Western, according to the recent Maclean’s rating Western ranked number 1 for initiatives to prevent sexual assault. Western continues to place the safety of their students first with staff, faculty and students actively working on educational materials and forums to assure Western can prevent and respond to sexual assault. Recently Western hosted their first campus wide Consent Forum and Western also posted a YouTube video on consent which has gone viral.

Take a look here and feel free to share the video:

Public Information Centre (PIC) for the Rapid Transit Master Plan

Wednesday December 2 | 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
London Public Library Central Branch
Formal presentation & discussion at 6:00 pm in the Wolf Performance Hall

Additional drop-in times
Shift Office, City Hall Lobby, 300 Dufferin Avenue
Saturday December 5 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tuesday December 8 | 12:00 pm– 6:00 pm
Thursday December 10 | 12:00 pm– 6:00 pm
Saturday December 12 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The City of London is currently conducting the Rapid Transit Corridors Master Plan study in accordance with the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process, which is an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. The first stage of the study will prepare a Master Plan for Rapid Transit in accordance with Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class EA process.The purpose of the PIC is to present the preferred Rapid Transit system including the corridors, vehicle technology and station locations. The session is a drop-in open house, with panels displaying information on the preferred Rapid Transit system, cultural and environmental impacts assessment, and potential impacts along each corridor. Project staff from the City and the consultant team will be available to answer questions and collect your feedback.The PIC notice is available online.

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Canadian Obesity Network at Western

The Canadian Obesity Network-Students and New Professionals (CON-SNP) is a division of the Canadian Obesity Network (CON) which serves as the conduit through which students and new professionals can connect across disciplines for the advancement of obesity education, research, treatment, and management.

Their first newsletter is now available.

SOGS monthly queer discussion group

Our monthly queer discussion group will be Monday, December 7 at 5:00pm in the Pride Library. This is a safer space event and any member of a gender, sexuality, or romantic minority is invited to attend, as are any allies.

This month’s conversation prompt is queer for the holidays. Do you have plans to celebrate anything over the winter break? Does you gender, sexuality, or romantic self-identification affect your plans? Do you have that one aunt who insists on referring to your same-sex partner as your “friend”, or that cousin who incessantly goes on about how brave you are to be a trans advocate?

Other topics, however unrelated, are also welcome; this topic is just a proposed conversation starter.
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Ugly sweater party

'Tis the season... to rock ugly sweaters!

On December 10 @ 8pm @ The Grad Club, the OSC is hosting its Second Annual Ugly Sweater Party!

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the SOGS Office (UCC 260). Ticket includes two holiday cocktails, appetizers, and prizes. Guests are welcome!

You can follow this event on Facebook:

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Board Game Night

Need your fix of Board Games before the Winter holidays? Join the OSC on December 16 for our monthly Board Games Night! Drinks, appetizers, and new games!



At the Grad Club


Mill Street Retro Fridge

Purchase a Mill Street product and enter to win a Mill Street Retro Fridge no purchase necessary. Must be 19 or older. Please see server for details.

Friday Holiday Lunch Buffet

The Grad Club will serve a Traditional Holiday Season Buffet: roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetable, vegetarian pasta bake, assorted salads, rolls and dessert.

December 4th & 11th from 11:30AM  – 1:30PM

$11.95 per person

Dinner & Movie
Purchase one of our dinner special and you can purchase a Western Film movie for $3.50. Voucher is good for any movie.

Grad Club Holiday Season

The Grad Club will be closed from December 23rd to January 3rd.

The Grad Club will return to regular hours Monday January 4th.

Monday to Friday – 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM (midnight)
Saturday – closed
Sunday – closed.

The Grad Club will open on weekends for events or conferences
Call 519-661-2111 ext 86386 or e-mail to set up your event.

Free parking after 7:30 PM.

Get Your VanHoutte Coffee Card

Buy ten coffees and get one free.


Trivia Tuesday: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Come early to get a good seat

Every Thursday: Mill St presents Rick McGhie – 8:00 PM start

Lunch Specials

Tuesday – 11:30am – 1:30PM
Pad Thai or Buffalo Chicken Wrap – vegetarian options available

Wednesday – 11:30am – 1:30PM – $10.25 one trip
Indian Buffet (South Asian Cuisine)

Thursday – 11:30am – 1:30pm – $8.50
Create your own Pasta; gluten free pasta available

Friday – 11:30AM – 1:30PM
Themed buffet

You can find all of our lunch and dinner specials on the Grad Club website

Book the Goblet

To reserve The Goblet of Knowledge for your upcoming defense party, call Marc 519-661-2111 ext 86386.


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December trivia

Each month, SOGS hosts a trivia contest featuring information from our annual day planner or our website. Correct answers are entered into a drawing and five students will win a certificate to the Grad Club! Please email your response to by December 31. Winners can pick up their Grad Club certificates in the SOGS office during regular office hours, and their names will be posted in next month’s newsletter.

December Question:

To be announced shortly

November Winners:

Congratulations to our November winners! You may collect your Grad Club prize vouchers from the SOGS office during regular business hours.

  • Chelsea Vaters
  • Daniel Glizer
  • Heidi Kellett
  • Chad Walker
  • Sonja Teichert

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