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What’s Up

What’s Up is an information bulletin with news of student-related on-campus events. Students are encouraged to make a habit of reading What’s Up, as they are responsible for knowing the academic content it contains, such as information about academic procedures, deadlines and exams. The submission deadline is 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays via the What’s Up submission form.


Monday February 18

Deadline to sign up: the Mari Orchestra Club is recruiting musicians! Any instrument (strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, keyboard, traditional instruments, obscure instruments…anything really) is a welcome addition to our orchestra. Composers are also welcome. Sign up online. For more information, please MIO Ke Ying Zhu or Thomas Jiralerspong.

Tuesday February 19

12:45-2 p.m., D-218, Third World Studies Certificate and Environmental Studies Certificate present “Foodies, Food Miles and Food Banks.” Dr. Amanda Wilson, School of Social Innovation, Saint Paul University (Ottawa) will speak about food as a way to understand society and a tool to change it. From the high rates of food insecurity, concerns over pesticides and climate change, to the declining numbers of farms and increasing diet-related disease, how we produce and consume food poses problems locally and internationally. But individuals and communities have responded with solutions and alternatives for a sustainable, healthy and socially just food system. All welcome!

1-1:45 p.m., I-214, Writing Group. Do you like to write? Do you want to write freely? With no assignments? No deadline? No grades? Come join the Writing Group. We’ll meet every Tuesday for six weeks. Fiction and nonfiction writing prompts will be given.
No commitment necessary, no experience necessary. Come write just for the sake of writing. All students welcome!

Deadline: Arts Fest Logo Competition: We are holding a logo design competition for this year’s ArtsFest (April 30-May11). The winning design used for ArtsFest publicity and the winner will receive an honorarium of $50. Please submit work to arts_trip@marianopolis.edu as a .ai, .eps, .ps, .psd, .jpg, .tiff, .bmp, .gif,  or .png file. The logo should include the words ArtsFest and the year and be original work. It could be used in different places, from posters to screens to t-shirts, and it needs to work in all of these contexts. If the logo is in more than one colour, it should also work in monochrome. See Selena Liss B-411 if you have any questions.

Wednesday February 20

10 a.m.-1 p.m., A-319, Canadian Computing Competition. Students with an interest in software and programming are invited to participate in the Canadian Computing Competition. Please contact Prof. Robert Vincent for more information.

2:30-4:30 p.m., D-416, Concours de l’Association Mathématiques du Québec (AMQ). Participants should arrive at least 10 minutes beforehand to fill out important student information and to ensure that the contest starts on time. Calculators and cell phones are not permitted in the examination room. Good luck to all participants!

Thursday February 21

12:45-2 p.m., A-310, the national student group Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) will talk about the importance of its Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and answer any questions. All welcome!


Interested in theatre or gender issues? Participate in Marianopolis’ very own Vagina Monologues, which will be performed at the end of February! We are looking for event coordinators, actors and technical staff to help make this a night we won’t forget. MIO Dolores Chew, Meghan Couture or Elizabeth Hua for more details.

February 28, 12:45-2 p.m., D-120B, Third World Studies Certificate and Native Studies Certificate present Our Voice: Indigenous Community Radio, Self-Representation and Social Change. Nipivut is Montreal’s first Inuktitut-language radio show, produced by and for the urban Inuit community. The show, features Inuit music, artists, students, politicians, elders, and news that takes a unique perspective on issues that matter to Inuit in the city and in Northern communities across the Arctic. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of producing community radio, and an understanding of the importance of self-representation for Indigenous resurgence and positive social transformation for all communities. All welcome!

February 28, 6:15-7:30 p.m., Library, Marianopolis launches Yasodhara: A Novel about the Buddha’s Wife, the first non-academic book by Professor Vanessa R. SassonA work of historical fiction, Yasodhara tells the story of Prince Gauthama’s wife, the forgotten woman behind the man who became Buddha. Professor Sasson has taught Religious Studies at Marianopolis since 1999. She will be introduced by writer, translator and editor Claire Holden Rothman, who taught literature and creative writing at Marianopolis for 14 years. The College’s many published authors will be celebrated. All welcome!


The Writing Centre (I-306) can help you to improve your English language skills. Office hours are Monday to Thursday 1-2 p.m. You may also MIO Writing Professional Dr. Suzanne Daningburg to make an appointment to discuss your individual situation. This is just one of the many free resources and support services offered at the College.

Teams of six students are needed for the Canadian Team Mathematics Contest (CTMC). Sign-up deadline is March 26. See Mathematics Prof. Louise Nobile (B-322) for more details. Contest to be held April 12 in the afternoon.


Smoking or using an electronic cigarette is prohibited inside the College and on campus grounds except in the designated area across from door 24 (east student entrance). Violators will be fined