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.


Pledge to Vote in the October 27th Ontario Municipal Election

Ontario residents will go to the polls October 27 for municipal and school board elections. The outcome of the London election will impact the lives of graduate students at Western.

Municipal issues are student issues.

The election outcome will influence affordable housing, childcare, city services, and, of critical importance, the budget of the London Transit Commission.

Find out more about the 2014 Ontario Municipal Election, and pledge to vote on October 27, at:


#fundLTC Twitter Campaign 

Frustrated by unreliable and overcrowded LTC buses? Want a safe and affordable means of transportation after midnight? Been late to class or to work because of transit issues?  

London has the worst-funded transit commission of any major city in Ontario – and it shows. 

We believe that Western students, and the entire London community, deserve adequate public transit – and we're asking students and community members to pressure mayoral candidates to address the chronic underfunding of the LTC.

Whenever you run into a public transit issue or frustration from now until the election (October 27th), tweet at the mayoral candidates and let them know that London needs better transit funding.

Here is the suggested tweet template:

"____[issue]_______. London needs better transit funding! @Matt_Brown_@PaulChengLdn @SwanForMayor #fundLTC #ldnont"

Learn more on the #fundLTC page. 


Information on How to Vote in the Election

Need more information on how to vote in the municipal election?  

The City of London has all of the information you need to get out and vote on their website



New SOGS Women's Concerns Commission Looking for Members 

SOGS is launching a "Women's Concerns Commission," which will be a committee for female-identified SOGS members to gather and address their concerns and make recommendations to Council as appropriate. This committee will be an outlet for female-identified graduate students to join together to plan events and campaigns related to women's issues at UWO. Because this is a new initiative, the committee will also advocate for the creation of an official Women's Concerns Commissioner in SOGS.

If you would like to join this initial meeting to begin shaping what the SOGS Women's Concerns Commission will look like, please contact Mayme Lefurgey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Alison Shott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be included in the Doodle Poll for the first meeting which will be held the first week of November.


IGSIC Laser Tag – November 13th – Tickets Available! 

Hurry! Tickets may run out soon!

This is going to be a Blast! Get ready for some great fun and entertainment combining the classic games of hide-and-seek and tag with a high tech twist! Experience amazing simulated laser blaster battle games (LASERTAG) at Laser Quest London, the world's leader in the laser tag industry. Participants will each be equipped with a simulation laser rifle and combat vest. Shoot amazing (but completely harmless) laser beams at your colleagues and friends. Compete, score points, zap away stress, and have twenty-first century fun!

Thursday, Nov 13 @ 6pm Laser Quest 149 Carling Street London, ON N6A 1H5, located one block north of Dundas between Richmond and Talbot Streets.

Only $10 per student for two (2) games.

Transportation not included. However, the location is very accessible using the LTC buses 2, 6, and 13 from Western. Participants MUST be at the location at 5 PM sharp.

Tickets available in the SOGS Office UCC 260. Call 519-661-3394 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for inquiries. SOGS reserves the right to cancel an event if not enough people sign up. Only a very limited number of tickets available.

Visit for a more information.

Brought to you by the International Graduate Student Issues Committee (IGSIC) of the Society of Graduate Students of the UWO.


Women's Issues Network Screen MissRepresentation on October 23rd 

On October 23rd, the USC's Women's Issues Network will be screening the documentary MissRepresentation which explores women's under-representation in positions of power and influence in America and challenges the limited portrayal of women in mainstream media.

This is a free event at 3:15 pm for all students in the Mckellar Theatre (Western Film).

More information can be found on the event's facebook page



DELF-DALF Tests – Fall 2014 at Althouse, Faculty of Education 

The French tests « DELF-DALF Tous Publics » are coming up again this Fall at Althouse, Faculty of Education, from November 3rd to 7th, 2014.

If you are interested, visit their website for more details ( or write to them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Health and Dental Plan Credit Information

Full-time students eligible for the SOGS health & dental opt-out: Your refund has now been credited to your student center account. Students with a credit balance on their student center account will receive their refund the end of the second week of October. Please be sure to set up your bank account information so that your refund may be issued via EFT.

For more information how visit here.


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.
  • The Orientation and Socials Committee, which, in addition to hosting the SOGS Orientation Week events, plans socials for graduate students at Western throughout the year. 

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.  


Words: London's Literary and Creative Arts Festival, October 24-26, 2014

Coming this fall to London, Ontario, 24 – 26 October 2014 – Words: The Literary and Creative Arts Festival

Facebook event:

Words, London's inaugural festival of creativity through the written and spoken word, will bring the southwestern Ontario region together for a weekend celebration of creative ideas, artistic expression, and cultural diversity. The festival will feature emerging as well as established artists and creative thinkers from London, Canada, and beyond, showcasing new works and world-leading ideas to spark debate and ignite the imagination. The festival will also feature a range of activities for audience members to immerse themselves in the process of creativity, such as lectures, performances, public interviews and debates, workshops, readings, makerspaces, and masterclasses.

Join us for the opening reception at Museum London, 24th of October, 7pm, featuring Vincent Lam, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Joan Barfoot, James Bartleman, Joe Sacco, Jeramy Dodds, Mark Kingwell, Gary Barwin, and more.

Tickets will be on sale soon. For a preliminary schedule of the weekend's events (subject to change), you can visit:

Events on Saturday and Sunday are free and open to the campus and community.


Come Visit the Grad Club

Visit the Grad Club

Check out the Grad Club new website:

New Grad Club App 

Download the MizPiz app on your Android to see our menu and get special coupons

Upcoming Events

Enter to win a Mill St electric guitar on Mondays during our Mill Street Open Mic 8PM start – See your server for more details.

Friday October 24th Live & Free join us for some live music. 8PM start.

Friday October 31st Halloween Costume Contest Drop by the Grad Club in your Halloween Costume and get a chance to win prizes. 8AM – 11PM

Fall 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.


Mondays: Open Mic will be back every Monday starting September 22nd
8:00 PM start

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

Every Thursday: 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

Friday - Last BBQ of the Season September 19th - 11:30AM - 1:30PM
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

Book the Goblet

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

For more info, visit the Grad Club Online.


October 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 November 12. 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.

October Question: What is the hashtag being used to pressure mayoral candidates to increase funding for the LTC?

September Winners:  

  • Dolly Mehta
  • Josh Macdonald
  • Jennifer Anne Kozak
  • Shirley Ngai
  • Dana Gold
  • Janet Kim
  • Lisa Levesque
  • Taylor Strande
  • Chad Walker
  • Amanda Evans


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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