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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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-Confidence Vote – Friday, April 17th

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: petition for the non-confidence vote can be found here.

Latest statement from UWOFA on the Board of Governors:


Accessibility Commission Meeting

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.

This is a wheelchair accessible space and Skyping into the meeting is also most welcome. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register, for more information about this event, or to discuss any accessibility needs you may have that will make participating in this event possible or easier. If you are unable to make the meeting but would like to discuss accessibility on campus, please contact me so we can find alternate methods of participation.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Melanie Stone
Disabilities Commissioner


What is Feminism? Discussion Group 

What is Feminism? Join us on April 23rd at 4:30pm in UCC 54A for a free dinner and discussion. Topics such as intersectionality, gender outcomes and implications and how that has an influence on our graduate student experience will be discussed in a safe space. Anyone is welcome to attend! If interested please email Taniya Nagpal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can get an idea for numbers because YES DINNER WILL BE PROVIDED!

To increase accessibility, we are hoping to have childcare made available as this is taking place in the evening, if you would like to volunteer to help out with this event please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This discussion group is brought to you by the SOGS Women's Concerns Commission. See you then!


SOGS 2015 Childcare and Travel Subsidies Deadline is April 30 

SOGS Child Care & Travel Subsidies' deadline is April 30, 2015! Forms available in the SOGS office and online: 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!  



End of Term Poutine Bar 

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!


End of Year International Graduate Student Party 

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.


Graduate Student Input on Sexual Violence Prevention Education

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 will also be presenting at the Ontario All-Party Committee on Sexual Assault and Harassment on the local context of consent culture and sexual violence for graduate students at Western.  If you have any input about ideas/questions/concerns to be represented at the committee, or ideas for graduate-specific sexual violence education prevention, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Callout for Cartoonists for Whiteboard Animation Video

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

If you have cartooning or artistic skills and would like to be considered for drawing this video, please contact the VP External, Alison Shott, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  If you are selected for the video, you will be paid for your work. 



A Message from PSAC Local 610 

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 and you can hear our student leaders speak at the protest courtesy of footage from CHRW at

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.

Finally, due to difficult and unexpected technical difficulties with the Local's computer system, there will be some delay in processing the UHIP Assistance Fund and Scholarship applications. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions about the UHIP Assistance Fund please contact the Local's Office Manager, Conan Masterson, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , while questions about Scholarship applications should be sent to Mary Deminion, the Local's Administration Chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

In solidarity, The PSAC Local 610 Executive Committee


Western Alumni Urge Senate to Pass Non-Confidence Motion

Dear Western Alumni,

We are writing to urge you to sign this petition stating that the Alumni Association did not consult its membership before offering their support to Western's senior administration, despite the fact that the university experience for Western students has been steadily diminishing under their leadership. John Eberhard, President of the Alumni Association, represented Western Alumni's position, despite not having had any consultation with the Western Alumni membership. We encourage you to find out what's been going on at Western (start by reading this letter), sign the petition, and write to the Alumni Association's appointees to Western's University Senate: Carol-Lynn Chambers This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , John Eberhard This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and Suzanne McDonald-Aziz This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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




Columbia Employee Store Invitation Last Few Days – Ends April 19th, 2015

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:


Western News Readership Survey

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:



Come Visit the Grad Club

Visit the Grad Club

Check out the Grad Club website:


Live Entertainment at:

The Grad Club featuring


Timeless Covers

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


MizPiz App 

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 Trivia Question

April Trivia pic 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 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 April 30th. 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.

April Question:  What are the names of two SOGS committees?

March Winners:  

  • Tamara Noor
  • Golnaz Salehipourshirazi
  • Joseph Chun Shui Choi
  • Kathryn Nicholson
  • Taylor Strande
  • Chelsea Gambin
  • Heidi Kellett  
  • Thalia Standish 
  • Lola Wong  
  • Victoria O'Meara   


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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