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 will be available starting December 15th.

The SOGS Office will be closed December 22 – January 2. 


SOGS Bursaries

Fall 2014 SOGS Bursaries were awarded to 43 students totaling $42,000. Congratulations to the recipients!


Child Care and Travel Subsidy Applications Due December 19 

Fall 2014 Child Care & Travel Subsidies' deadline is December 19, 2014. Forms can be found on our website: and must be submitted to the SOGS office, along with original receipts



Get Involved with Gradcast  

Did you know? SOGS members produce a biweekly ½ hour radio show that highlights the research of grad students here at Western. Gradcast is broadcast by CHRW 94.9 FM, with hosts Alex Moszczynski, Tyson Davis, Jina Kum, Joseph Donahue and others from different disciplines, including math, science, engineering and history.

Gradcast is currently expanding into a podcast and YouTube channel which the organizers hope to launch by late December, and are also working on getting more exposure through twitter and Facebook. If you're interested in being interviewed or getting involved, please email Alex at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Academic Committee Call-Out 

If you're interesting in helping organize a day-long interdisciplinary conference to take place late in March, and gaining valuable experience and a great CV line item in the process, please consider joining the Academic Committee. We are currently seeking members from all disciplines and will be holding our next meeting on November 20th to select a new chair. If you'd like more information about the Committee's activities and the time commitment involved, please email Mary Eileen Wennekers, VP Academic, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Todos somos Ayotizinapa 

Hispanic Studies organized a demonstration to protest the 43 young students from Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa "Raúl Isidro Burgos" went missing while being in the custody of the police force in  Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico.  


You can learn more about the missing students and the protests at: or sign the petition at:


IGSIC Laser Tag 

The International Graduate Students Issues Committee hosted their first event of this academic year, which was a FUN evening of laser tag at LaserQuest London. 15 international graduate students had a fantastic time! Stay tuned for the next IGSIC activity!


 Outstanding 2013-2014 Health/Dental Receipts Due November 21 

Reminder - any outstanding health related and dental receipts for 2013-14 must be received by Desjardins by November 28. If using the SOGS courier service, they must be in the SOGS office no later than November 21. 



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.  



Come Visit the Grad Club

Visit the Grad Club

Check out the Grad Club website:


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.


  • 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.
  • 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.


November 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 December 15. 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.

November Question: When are Winter bus passes available?

October Winners:  

  • Mark McGregor
  • Ilena Diaz
  • Olga Biyak
  • Chloe Benson
  • Melanie-Anne Atkins
  • Nicole Dalmer
  • Wilson Luo 
  • Tara Cinnamon
  • Maysam Shahedi
  • Patrick Fazari 


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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