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.

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Activist Assembly and Mixer September 23rd

The Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) together with Western Solidarity Network (WSN) and the Teaching Assistance and Post-Doctoral Student's Union (PSAC 610) are organizing an activist assembly at Western. The assembly will be held from 12-5pm in UCC 315 on Tuesday September 23rd, followed by an activist mixer that evening at the Wave from 6:30-9pm.

The intent of the assembly and mixer is to introduce new and old Western graduate and undergraduate students to activism, activists, social justice groups and the various issues facing the student body on campus. The day will consist of a series of workshops and an informal, catered, all-vegan mixer in the evening/afternoon. The following workshops will be held:

  • Upsetting the Culture of Rape: On Rape Myths, Consent and Feminist Solidarity
  • Student Organizing at Western
  • The Corporate U and You
  • Introduction to Campus Activist/Social Justice Groups.

Register to attend:


SOGS Health & Dental Plan Opt-In/Opt-Out Period is September 1-30 

The SOGS Health and Dental Plan Change of Coverage period is from September 1st to September 30th for graduate students who started their program in September. If you are a full-time graduate student who is already covered by another extended health plan, you may choose to opt out of the SOGS plan.

To opt-out of the SOGS Health Plan online, please visit If you wish to add family members to your plan, or if you are a part-time student or a post doc and wish to enrol in the SOGS Health and Dental plan, please visit for more information."


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. The cost of the SOGS bus pass, the frequency and crowding of buses, and the overall functioning of the LTC is determined by budgetary allocations voted on by London City Council.

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


Columbia Employee Store Invitation

Members of SOGS are invited to shop at the Columbia Employee Store in London from September 15 – October 15.

 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 about the offer, find the store's hours and location, and download the invitation here.


SOGS Bursary Deadline is September 30 

The deadline to apply for the SOGS bursaries (SOGS Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund, Out of Province/Country Bursary, and Grad Club Bursary) is September 30. 


The OSOTF Bursary is valued at $1000 each. These bursaries are awarded to students from Ontario with demonstrated financial need.

The OOP Bursary is valued at $500 each. These bursaries are awarded to students from outside Ontario with demonstrated financial need.

The GC Bursary is valued at $500 each. These bursaries are awarded to any SOGS member with demonstrated financial need. (NOTE: This Bursary is available as funds permit.)

Learn more and apply through the SGPS Portal. 


Committee Call-Outs!

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

  • The Equity Committee, which advocates for equality and assists graduate students experiencing inequality at Western.  
  • 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.  


Graduate Student Representatives Needed for the Graduate Education Council 

The role of the Graduate Education Council (GEC) of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is to:

  • Serve as a central forum to propose academic policies to be approved by Senate
  • Guide the development of graduate and postdoctoral studies at Western, and
  • Provide a representative and open forum to give advice on any aspect of graduate education

Each faculty at Western has one Graduate Student Representative on the GEC.  The committee meets four times per year.  You can learn more about it on the SGPS website

If you are interested in serving as your faculty's representative, please contact the SOGS Speaker, Chris Shirreff


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

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.

September Promo

Enter to get a chance to win a Mott's Clamato cooler and two camping chairs
No purchase necessary - see server for details

Sleeman promo free t-shirt with every pitcher of sleeman product
No purchase necessary - must be 19 years of age or older - see server for details

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

Wednesday September 24th: Live & Free Jazz - 8:00 PM start

Every Thursday: Rick McGhie - 8:00 PM start

Friday September 24th: Oktoberfest kick off Live & Free Entertainment - 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.


September 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 October 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.

September Question: What colour is the gem on the goblet of knowledge, pictured on the Grad Club website?

August Winners:  

  • Zheger Hassan
  • Susanna George
  • Rafaela Lopez-Cobar


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