What’s Up info bulletin

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.

Week of September 23, 2019

Monday September 23

Launch of the Marianopolis Origami Crane Project, in recognition of the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21. This community project is focused on building messages of peace and hope through a series of hands-on activities, which will culminate to mark the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the birth of Marguerite Bourgeoys (April 17, 2020), the founder of education in Quebec. This fall, we will be creating thousands of origami cranes from scrap white paper, and participating in an online discussion of the children’s book Sakako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. In the winter, the cranes will be hung across the barrel ceiling in the Library, East to West, a symbol of our connection with Sakura no Seibo Junior College, our sister school in Japan founded by the Congrégation de Notre-Dame. We will also donate a string of cranes to the Children’s Peace Monument in Hiroshima, Japan with a message from Marianopolis. How can you participate?

  1. Visit one of the Origami Creation Stations that are set up around the College and make (or try to make) paper cranes. Creation Stations are supplied with:
    • White paper for folding paper cranes
    • Instructions for folding paper cranes (there are also many online tutorials)
    • Collection baskets for completed and partially completed cranes
    • Several copies of the children’s book Sakako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
  2. Follow the Crane Project on Facebook and Instagram
  3. Drop off scrap white paper (blank or with printing on one side only) with Charlene Milne in A-267. Our goal is to complete the project using entirely reused and re-purposed paper.
  4. Coming up in October:
    • Add a wish to the Wishing Wall at the Library.
    • Join our Facebook Reading Circle discussion of the children’s book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments, please MIO Associate Dean of Programs Alison Crump or Library Coordinator Amy MacLean.

Tuesday September 24

12:45-2 p.m., Student Lounge, Paws For The Cause Club therapy dogs visit. They will also be selling homemade animal treats. Come and join today and Thursday, everyone is welcome!

12:45-2 p.m., A-306, Ice Cream Making Workshop. Have you ever made ice cream in a bag? The Chemistry Club invites all students to come and make ice cream by themselves using simple ingredients and an interesting chemical property. All materials are provided for a fee of 50¢/ice cream.

Thursday September 26

12:45-2 p.m., Student Lounge, Paws For The Cause Club therapy dogs visit. They will also be selling homemade animal treats. Come and join, everyone is welcome!

12:45-2 p.m., A-369, Being Chinese in Canada. The Third World Studies Certificate brings to campus William Ging Wee Dere, parent of Jessica Dere ’00, author and activist, who will read from his recently published book, Being Chinese in Canada: The Struggle for Identity, Redress and Belonging. A question and answer period will take place. All are welcome.

12:45-2 p.m., D-405, Critical-Thinking Workshop. Learn about weaknesses of the human mind, deceptive tricks used in advertising and media, and tactics for defending against them. Play educational games Sophistry and Half-Truth. Pinnacle Media founder Geoff Brown will run the workshop, which is sponsored by the International Studies Certificate.

Friday September 27

There will be no classes on Friday September 27, in order to allow students to participate in the Strike for Climate Change. The College will remain open for all other operations and services. To make up for the missed day of classes, Thursday November 28 will have a Friday schedule and Thursday December 5 will be a General Education evaluation day. The General Education evaluation period will begin on Friday November 29, instead of Thursday November 28; it will end on Thursday December 5, which was originally a teacher-student day.

Coming up

September 30, registration deadline for the Winter 2020 course Building a Sustainable Future: Lessons from Costa Rica. Taught by Geography Professor Jean-Michel Cohalan, this field course is open to all students. A multidisciplinary Social Science course, it ends by the end of March 2020 after a 12-day hands-on trip to one of the world’s pioneering nations in sustainable development. After studying on campus, students will travel to remote parts of the country most visitors never see. They will trek through tropical forest reserves; visit banana, coffee and palm-oil plantations; tour a hydroelectric dam; meet local experts on Costa Rica’s environmental policies and sustainable forestry programs; stay in an indigenous community; and engage with local students and community leaders. For more information, MIO Professor Cohalan.

October 3, 12:45-2 p.m., Auditorium, Cegep Students Speak on Stereotypes: Navigating Gender and Race. Binta Baldé, a graduating student in Health Science at Vanier College and former member of their Diversity Is Belonging team, will give a talk and present a video interrogating how cegep students experience racial and gender stereotypes. A brief question and answer period will follow. All welcome!

October 24, 2:45-2 p.m., A-365, Simchat Torah Lunch and Learn. Interested in learning about the Jewish holiday Simchat Torah? Join us for lunch with Rabbah Rachel Finegold of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim synagogue. Lunch will be provided. Everyone is welcome. Questions? Please contact Olivia Layman,  Isaac Bouhdana or any other Hillel executive.

November 7, 2019 Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC), time and location TBD. Official participation in this premier national math competition can lead to prize money, invitations to higher-level competitions, and recognition by universities during admissions and scholarship considerations. The COMC is open to all Marianopolis students from any program with an interest in mathematics, but space is limited. Please sign up today to reserve your spot. Drop by Room B-322 before 4 p.m. on Tuesday September 24 to submit your name.  See the Mathematics Bulletin Board outside B-322 for more information.

November 14, Young Women in Aviation Day. Interested in a career in aviation maintenance?  Learn what it takes to run an airline from the women who do it everyday. Limited space available, please register by e-mailing YWIA@aircanada.ca

Are you 18 to 29 years old? The School of Human Nutrition at McGill University invites you to participate in a food literacy study by filling out a questionnaire. You could win an IPad mini!

Federal Election

This October, take part in the Federal Election!

  • Visit elections.ca to find out how to register to vote, where and when to vote, and what ID to bring with you.
  • Chat with a community relations officer to learn about the electoral process and help spread the word. Stop by the info kiosk outside the Auditorium, 12-2:30 p.m. on October 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17.
  • Drop by the Student Lounge on October 15 to participate in our election day simulation. Experience the voting process first-hand and practice the habits of active and informed citizenship.
  • On October 21 election day, classes will be held as usual; polls will be open 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Local Elections Canada community relations officer Guillaume Thomas (brother of recent Marianopolis graduate Gabrielle Thomas) is hiring student ambassadors to work at the on-campus info kiosk. A commitment of 12-15 hours for the dates mentioned above is required. I know what you’re thinking, “I’m busy, I have class,” but fear not – most shifts are during AP outside the Auditorium and the pay is $17.57 per hour. If you are interested, email Guillaume at guillaumethom1@gmail.com or feel free to give him a call at 514-588-2783.

Elections Canada is also hiring for a variety of other positions during the advanced polling days (October 11-14) and election day (October 21). If you’re interested in these employment opportunities, visit elections.ca/jobs or call 1-866-218-9731 ext. 1005.


Scorekeepers wanted for basketball and volleyball. Earn some money and interesting work experience. To apply, see Sport Animator Véronique Champoux in room A-162.

Demons in action

  • Women’s soccer vs. Laurendeau, Saturday September 28, 11 a.m., Concordia University Loyola Campus
  • Men’s soccer vs. Valleyfield, Sunday September 29, 1 p.m., Cégep Valleyfield
  • Flag vs. Ste-Anne, Sunday September 29, 10:45 a.m., Parc Eugène-Dostie
  • Flag vs. Bois-de-boulgone, Sunday September 29, 3:45 p.m., Parc Eugène-Dostie
  • Women’s volleyball tournament, Sunday September 29, all day, Cégep Valleyfield

Demons practices

  • Badminton, Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. and Fridays 6 p.m., Gym
  • Basketball, Mondays and Wednesdays 6 p.m., Gym
  • Volleyball, Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 p.m., Gym
  • Rugby, Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 p.m., Villa Maria
  • Flag football, Tuesdays 6 p.m., Villa Maria field; Thursdays 6 p.m., Field
  • Women’s soccer, Tuesdays 6 p.m., Field
  • Men’s soccer, Wednesdays 6 p.m., Field
  • Women’s and Men’s soccer, Fridays 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Field


Support services are available to help you. All of these resources are centrally located on campus and easily accessible each school day:

  • Meet with an Academic Advisor (A-269) to discuss current or university studies
  • Explore career choices and personal and mental health matters with Counsellors (A-156 to 160)
  • See the Nurse for physical health questions and concerns (A-168)
  • Get support in English or French literacy from the Writing Centre (I-306)
  • Find a peer tutor for help with coursework at the Learning Resources Centre (A-256)
  • Boost your research and citation skills at the Library (C-200)
  • Discuss tuition-relief options with Financial Aid (A-164)
  • Buy a variety of supplies and get answers to just about any question at Wayne’s, the Campus Store and Info Centre (A-101)
  • Find out which study spaces are free during the day.

Learn more at marianopolis.edu/student-support

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.

During an emergency evacuation all stairwells and exits are available, even in construction zones.  If a sign on a door says “Do not enter, for evacuation only,” you can use this route, but only during an evacuation.