SOGS Update Newsletter
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.
Summer bus passes are available in the SOGS Office (UCC 260). Please remember to bring your student ID.
Items in this month's newsletter:
- Demonstration at Senate Non-Confience Vote – Friday, April 17th
- Accessibility Commission Meeting
- What is Feminism? Discussion Group
- SOGS Childcare and Travel Subsidies Deadline is April 30
- End of Term Poutine Bar
- End of Year International Graduate Student Party
- Graduate Student Input on Sexual Violence Prevention Education
- Callout for Cartoonists for Whiteboard Animation Video
- A Message from PSAC Local 610
- Western Alumni Urge Senate to Pass Non-Confidence Motion
- Columbia Employee Store Invitation Last Few Days - Ends April 19th, 2015
- Western News Readership Survey
- Visit the Grad Club
- This Month's Trivia – and Last Month's Winners
The Western Senate will consider a motion of non-confidence in President Chakma this Friday April 17 at 1:30 PM in New Ivey 1100.
Students, faculty, and staff that support the non-confidence motion will be gathering at Alumni Hall at 12:50 PM before marching to Senate in New Ivey.
The facebook event for the demonstration can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1583963701888803/.
Change.org petition for the non-confidence vote can be found here.
Latest statement from UWOFA on the Board of Governors: http://uwofa.ca/uwofamatters/id:144
Please join us on Monday April 27th for a drop in from 10:00 - 12:00 in the Women's Studies & Feminist Research Boardroom. This is a meeting to discuss accessibility and accommodation concerns on campus. This space is small but accessible and if turnout is large we will move to a larger location.
This is a time to discuss your concerns about accessibility on campus, and help work to create some improvements and solutions. It's also a place to meet other grad students interested in the advancement of accessibility here at Western University.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
SOGS Child Care & Travel Subsidies' deadline is April 30, 2015! Forms available in the SOGS office and online: http://sogs.ca/index.php/forms must be completed and submitted to the SOGS office with original receipts by the deadline to be considered.
SOGS Bursaries for Winter 2015 totalling $40,000 have been awarded. Congratulations to the winners!
Friday, April 24th @ 7:30PM at the Grad Club
Regular and vegetarian toppings will be available!
Tickets are $3 at the SOGS Office. Get them before they’re gone!
Wednesday, April 29 @ 6:30 PM at the Grad Club
Tickets are $5 and are available at the SOGS Office
Tickets include dinner (Chicken Parmesan and Roasted Vegetarian Pasta Served with Garlic Bread, Market Salad and Caesar Salad) and a Soft Drink ticket included.
SOGS is in ongoing discussions with SGPS about creating graduate-specific consent culture and sexual violence prevention education, in order to create a safer and more equitable campus.
SOGS, SGPS, and the Office of Equity and Human Rights are collaborating on a video about sexual violence prevention and education to be shown at graduate student orientation. The video will be done in a whiteboard animation style, following a script developed by SOGS, SGPS, and Equity and Human Rights. An example of this can be found here.
Members of both PSAC Local 610 and SOGS, alongside members of UWOFA, UWOSA, and the Western Solidarity Network joined forces at the university's Senate meeting on April 10th to collectively protest President Chakma's double-pay compensation and the Board of Governors' lack of judgement regarding how it organizes the university's spending priorities. Our demonstration showed that by uniting together, we can effectively organize to elevate our voices and to accomplish our collective interests. Video footage of the meeting and demonstration is available at http://london.ctvnews.ca/another-apology-as-protesters-express-anger-at-western-university-president-1.2321229 and you can hear our student leaders speak at the protest courtesy of footage from CHRW at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ex4xIZea_D8.
Members interested in getting involved with the union are welcome to attend the Local's weekly Negotiating Committee meetings, which are held every Thursday from 10-12 in the union's meeting room in Somerville House, room 1313. Coffee and snacks are provided.
In solidarity, The PSAC Local 610 Executive Committee
Dear Western Alumni,
If you are a member of Western's Alumni community and you want the University's Board of Governors to know that you disagree with the Alumni Association's position, as stated by Eberhard, please SIGN THIS PETITION AND DISTRIBUTE IT WIDELY TO OTHER ALUMNI YOU KNOW. This letter and the list of signatures on the petition will be sent to all Senators in advance of the vote so that they are better informed about the dissenting voices among Western's alumni.
They didn't bother to ask us what we thought before, but we can make them listen now. This is your chance to help create a more transparent and collaborative model of governance that focuses on teaching and research.
Working for positive change,
Karen Pennesi, Hons. B.A. 1996, M.A. 1999
Associate Professor, Anthropology, Western University
Ian C. Colquhoun, Hons. B.A. 1983
Assistant Professor, Anthropology; and, Chair, Master's in Environment and Sustainability (MES) Program, The Centre for Environment and Sustainability, Western University
SOGS members are invited to shop at the Columbia Employee Store from March 21st – April 19th, 2015.
This offer includes:
- SOGS members (all Western graduate students) are welcome to bring up to 4 family or 4 friends with them when they shop – although the invite is not transferable.
- To gain entrance to the store, members need to bring a printed copy of the invitation (no cellphone versions please), along with their UWO student ID and SOGS-issued bus pass.
- Wholesale pricing is applied store-wide and conveniently marked on every product tag.
- The store is stocked with inline, current season products from the entire Columbia Sportswear family of brands - Columbia, Mountain HARD WEAR, SOREL, and Montrail.
- The store accepts all forms of payment (cash, debit, credit) except AMEX and personal cheques.
Learn more and print out your invitation at: http://sogs.ca/index.php/benefits/columbia-employee-store-invitation.
Western News is looking to gather data about readership habits, content likes/dislikes, advertising attitudes, etc. to use across all areas of the publication.
The Western News Readership Survey, the first since 2008, will be accepting comments until May 31.
Western News is looking to increase graduate student readership, and hopes to receive feedback from graduate students in the survey.
It can be found at: https://uwo.eu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eyUgowtPHh9BkTH.
Check out the Grad Club website: gradclub.sogs.ca.
Live Entertainment at:
The Grad Club featuring
Friday May 8th - 9 PM Start
Congratulations to James Thayer
winner of the Mill St Guitar
The Grad Club patio is now open
Hours of Operation until April 30, 2015
Monday – 8:00AM – 11:00PM
Tuesday to Friday – 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Saturday – 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Sunday – closed.
Free parking after 7:30 PM.
Summer Hours of Operation from May 1st, 2015
Monday to Friday – 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Saturday – closed
Sunday – closed
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
Tuesday - Lunch special Pad Thai or Buffalo Chicken Wrap - vegetarian options available 11:30am - 1:30PM
Wednesday - Lunch Special Indian Buffet (South Asian Cuisine) 11:30am - 1:30PM - $10.25 one trip
Thursday - Lunch Special Create your Pasta - 11:30am - 1:30pm - $8.50
Gluten free pasta available
Friday Themed Buffets starting Friday September 26th - 11:30AM - 1:30PM
You can find all of our lunch and dinner specials on the Grad Club website
Download the MizPiz app on your Android to see our menu and get special coupons
Book the Goblet
To reserve The Goblet of Knowledge for your upcoming defense party, call Marc Extension 86386.
April Question: What are the names of two SOGS committees?
- Tamara Noor
- Golnaz Salehipourshirazi
- Joseph Chun Shui Choi
- Kathryn Nicholson
- Taylor Strande
- Chelsea Gambin
- Heidi Kellett
- Thalia Standish
- Lola Wong
- Victoria O'Meara