Society of Geography Students (SOGS)

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The Society of Geography Students (SOGS) is the undergraduate course union for Geography at UVic. It is a sub-organization of the University of Victoria Student Society (UVSS).

SOGS is a democratic body; all undergraduate students taking a course in geography at UVic are automatically members. We occasionally lure honorary members, too.

Read SOGS Notes weekly to find out more about our current activities; email to join the mailing list.

For more information, visit the SOGS website.

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In fall of 2019, Starbucks will be opening in replace of Finnerty Express: a favourite sanctuary for many students at the University of Victoria. This is a contentious issue. Finnerty Express is a local spot that strives to serve local baked goods and coffee for a reasonable price, in a sustainable way. The University has traditionally been against corporate food services on campus. This allows for more autonomy over services and sustainability. Many students feel that the inclusion of corporations into the campus food scene eliminates their ability to express concerns over health and environmental issues impacting our campus life. However, there are also students who have voiced that there is a lack of food services at UVIC. There is not the diversity of choice that other institutions have in abundance. Therefore more corporate inclusion will be a positive step forward for some. The Society of Geography Students exists to represent the interest of undergraduate students at the University of Victoria. As an inclusive group, we represent a mosaic of opinions and perspectives, but our core values are unified. On the physical and human sides of geography, SOGS strives for environmental justice in the form of sustainability and community engagement. We support student voices first and will continue to advocate for our values. Thank you. Below are links to the issue at hand

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Starbucks Coffee is coming to UVic in September 2019. As students, we do not support the introduction of corporations on our campus. #StopStarbucks

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What SOGS does

SOGS is one of the most active course unions at UVic.

Some recent activities include:

  • Various speakers, films, and presentations
  • Field trips and field work pertaining to undergraduate course work
  • On-going publication of SOGS NOTES
  • Sporting events such as orienteering, soccer, volleyball, and hiking
  • Social events that usually involve beer, bad music, and geographical trivia
  • Fundraising through selling baked goods and books
  • Support for international development projects
  • Work on environmental causes in our bio-region and beyond
  • Bring geography into schools through our "Geographers - In - Schools" project
  • Advocacy on issues of concern to students, such as equity or cooperative education

SOGS mandate

SOGS seeks to promote and represent social and academic interests within the Department of Geography. This is expressed by four key goals:

  • To provide a forum for the discussion of matters concerning the quality and accessibility of education within geography
  • To provide a means of expressing a consensus of student opinion to departmental faculty through representation at departmental meetings and on departmental committees
  • To undertake arrangements for such activities as are for the benefit of students and are seen to be within the field of interest of students in geography
  • To act as a liaison through the UVSS and the Course Union Council with other student groups on campus