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.

You can also follow SOGS on twitter and facebook to get updates on events and issues relevant to graduate students and Western between editions of the newsletter.

Bus passes are available in the SOGS Office (UCC 260). 

 

Pick Up Your ISIC Card at the Grad Club January 21st or 22nd 

 The Canadian Federation of Students – Ontario will be tabling to issue International Student Identity Cards (ISIC) at the Grad Club on January 21st and 22nd from 10 AM to 4 PM. 

The ISIC card is free for SOGS members and ISIC cardholders get access to thousands of discounts in Canada and over 40,000 discounts worldwide, including with ViaRail and Porter Airlines.

Please remember to bring your Western Student ID in order to pick up your ISIC card. 

 

Call for Abstracts for Western Research Forum Extended to February 15th 

All graduate students are invited to submit abstracts to participate in the Western Research Forum, a day-long interdisciplinary conference that will be held in March 2015.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to practice attending a conference, and presenting your research to an audience with no specialized knowledge about your field. Also, there may be an opportunity in the near future to public your work.

 In the abstract, please describe your work from one of three perspectives 1) research methodology, 2) technology and ethics or 3) merits of skepticism, in no more than 250 words.

Full details available at: http://sogs.ca/index.php/call-for-abstracts

The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to February 15, 2015. 

Please send your abstract including a title, the topic you wish to submit, your name and department to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – or contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

The academic committee is looking for facilitators of round table discussions. Graduate students or faculty members who are interested to chair discussions with participants from different disciplines should contact the AC committee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . There are three facilitator positions available. Please tell us if you have previous experience chairing a round table.

 

Board Games Night at the Grad Club – Wednesday, January 21, 2015 @ 6PM

 

 

$3 for a drink ticket otherwise it's FREE!!

Some games are provided, or feel free to bring your own.

 

Darts Tournament at the Grad Club 

Wednesday, January 28th at 7pm
Win up to $150 in prizes

Sign up by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 26th.

 

SOGS Goes Skiing!

Get outside this winter! Go skiing or snowboarding at Boler Mountain
Wednesday Feb 4th
Event starts at Boler Mountain at 4:30pm!

$23 for a lift ticket, $45 for lift ticket and ski / snowboard rental.
Buy your tickets at the SOGS Office, UCC 260.

 

Stoplight Graffiti Night

Markers and mingling! Meet and mix with grad students at the Grad Club for one fine night of partying and fun. Tickets include one awesome white t-shirt (to be covered in writing from your new found besties by the end of the night) and one free drink (to help inspire your literary skills).

When: Friday, February 13th at 8pm
Where: Grad Club

Tickets will be sold through the SOGS Office in February.

For more SOGS event information, visit us at http://www.facebook.com/Western.SOGS.Socials

 

SOGS Appeals Review Commission (ARC) Seeking New Members

SOGS is seeking new members for the Appeals Review Commission (ARC), to be elected at January Council. The ARC is responsible for adjudicating any appeals made relating to the Society's presidential elections and referenda, as well as any appeals mader elating to rulings from the Society's Ombudsperson. There are five openings on the Commission - one in each of Arts and Humanities, Social Science, Physical Science, Biological Science, as well as an at-large position which can be filled by a graduate student from any discipline.

If you are interested in nominating yourself for this position, or have any questions, please contact the SOGS Speaker, Christopher Shirreff, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   by January 20th.

 

SOGS Seeking Nominees for Women's Concerns Commissioner

SOGS is seeking nominees for the newly-created position of Women's Concerns Commissioner. The Commissioner serves as an advocate for the concerns and issues faced by female identifying graduate students at Western, and facilitates meetings to discuss these concerns once a semester.

If you are interested in nominating yourself for this position, or have any questions, please contact the SOGS Speaker, Christopher Shirreff, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by January 20th.

 

SOGS Bursaries

SOGS Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fun and Out of Province Bursaries are available. Deadline is January 31 and applications are completed online: http://sogs.ca/index.php/benefits/financial-assistance

 

Health Plan Opt-In/Out for Students who Started at Western during a Winter Term is January 31

Health Plan Opt-In/Out Deadline for this term is January 31. Opt-In forms are available online, and must be submitted to the SOGS office with full payment; and Opt-outs must be completed online http://sogs.ca/index.php/benefits/health-dental

  

 

Graduate Career Day 

Learn how to tell your story at: Graduate Career Day. 

Develop skills at sessions such as "Creating Your LinkedIn Profile," "Translating Your Research Into a Business Idea," and more!

January 30th from 9 AM - 4 PM. 

Register for free at: westerncareercentral.ca

Hosted by The Student Success Centre. 

 

 

Three Minute Thesis Competition – February 27th

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a competition that takes place in the spring of every year at universities throughout the world. The idea started in Australia and has quickly spread to many other countries. The idea is simple, students who are completing their thesis research present a single slide and have three minutes to explain to a panel of judges how and why their research is exciting, important, and innovative. One slide, and three minutes exactly.

For more information, please the contact the competition coordinator, Dr. Minda at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

PS@W Speaker Series: Professor Alan D. Sears – January 22nd @ 1PM

Public Sociology at Western (PS@W) would like to invite you to attend its first 2014-2015 Speaker Series. Our featured speaker is: Professor Alan D. Sears, Professor of Sociology, Ryerson University.


Tuition Increases and the Assault on the Public University
Tuition increases are but one dimension of an assault on post-secondary education as a public service. Increased tuition fees not only burden students with overwhelming debts upon graduation, but also transform the relationship between students and the university. Education becomes a product for purchase. Students are then encouraged to regard their education as an investment leading to workplace readiness alone, rather than all-round human growth.


Quebec students showed through their 2012 strike that it is possible to defeat tuition increases, and resist this assault on the public university. This requires that we move beyond defending the university as it has been against the threat of neo-liberal restructuring. Rather, the fight against tuition increases should be linked to a transformative agenda for the public university, based on democracy, access, quality and decolonization. This talk will examine tuition fee increases in relation to the fight for the public university.

Date: January 22, 2015 | 1-2pm | SSC 5220
Refreshments: 12:30pm | SSC 5230

 

Information on Gender, Sexual, and Romantic Minority (GSRM)-Related Organizations at Western 

PrideWestern is a University Students' Council service dedicated to supporting and celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, two-spirited, intersex, asexual, queer, questioning students, and their allies at The University of Western Ontario. Run entirely by students, PrideWestern organizes speakers, support, and events such as its weekly Thursday night Coffeehouse at the Spoke, and Sunday matinee at Western Film.

PrideWestern also oversees The Pride Library housed in Weldon Library, which includes books, periodicals, videos, slides, and CDs, amounting to over 5,500 titles.

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Housed in the Faculty of Education, is a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). This group is for graduate students and undergraduate students to meet in a safe and supportive space, and engage in educational and activist work.

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Ally Western is a USC Program that works to create a more inclusive university campus, with a focus on understanding and celebrating campus diversity. As an outreach service, Ally Western organizes free educational workshops which promote the following objectives: creating a safe, accepting, and inclusive environment, where diversity is understood and embraced; reducing fear of discrimination or harassment; educating participants about challenging issues, and creating a visible support network for the entire Western community.

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

There is also a Queer Caucus mailing list if you wish to receive information related to GSRM-focused social and academic events. Please contact Wendy Pearson - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - if you would like to be added to the list.

 

 

Committee Call-Outs!

Committees are a great way to become involved in SOGS and with issues you care about.

  • The Graduate Student Issues Committee, which monitors, assesses, and responds to issues pertaining to the quality and accessibility of graduate education, and they work to keep graduate students informed of these issues.

SOGS members can join committees throughout the year.  If you are interested in becoming involved, please check out the list of SOGS committees and contact the executive or chair for more information.  

 

 

Come Visit the Grad Club

Visit the Grad Club

Check out the Grad Club website: gradclub.sogs.ca.

 

Spearhead

Hoppy Holidays ends January 31st

See server for details

 

Kronenbourg

Order a pitcher of Kronenbourg and get a limited edition designer glass. No purchase necessary – see server for details

Mill St Promotion

Join us on Thursdays for Rick McGhie and enter to win a Mill St Les Paul electric guitar. 8:00 PM start.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday 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.

Get your VanHoutte coffee card Buy ten coffees and get one free.

Entertainment

  • 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.

Kitchen

  • 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.
  • Friday Themed Buffets – 11:30AM - 1:30PM.

You can find all of our lunch and dinner specials on the Grad Club website http://gradclub.sogs.ca/

MizPiz App

Download the MizPiz app on your Android to see our menu and get special coupons https://www.mizpiz.com.

Book the Goblet

To reserve The Goblet of Knowledge for your upcoming defense party, call Marc Extension 86386.

 

January Trivia Question

April Trivia pic Each month, SOGS hosts a trivia contest featuring information from our annual Dayplanner. Correct answers are entered into a drawing and ten students will win a certificate to the Grad Club! Please email your response to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 31st. Winners can pick up their GC certificates in the SOGS office during regular office hours, and their names will be posted in next month's newsletter.

January Question: Where is one place you can get a discount with an ISIC card? 

November Winners:  

  • Susanna George
  • Sahab Zandi
  • Chandell Gosse
  • Brianna DeSantis
  • Mark McGregor
  • Rashed Al-Haque
  • Ileana Diaz 
  • Elaine Samuel
  • Olga Bilyk
  • Christopher Hewison 

 

Do you have a news item or announcement you would like to have included in the next SOGS Update?   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information!

 

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