LSPIRG Weekly Update - November 21

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Tracey Wagner-Rizvi

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1. Buy Nothing Day - November 23!
2. Brick Brewery Tour
3. LSPIRG Volunteers GoogleGroup
4. LSPIRG Research Bursary
5. LSPIRG Presents... (Why not stick around afterward for a drink
and some socializing?)
6. Centre for Community Innovation
7. LSPIRG Presents... Community Drinks evening
8. Thanks for participating in the Unfacilitated Feedback Session!
Feedback welcome anytime
9. LSPIRG'S Facebook Group

10. LSAP meeting on Nov. 21, distributing care packages in T.O. -
Nov. 24
11. Beyond Words - Call for Papers - Deadline: November 26!
12. The Newsstand - Nov. 28, Concourse
13. Breaking the Wall of Silence Symposium - Invite and Call for

14. The Global Banquet - November 27 - RVSP now!
15. Cosmopolitan Islamic Identity and Thought -Conference Announcement
16. Amnesty International Write for Human Rights - December 10
17. Pinteresque: Exit Strategy - at The Multicultural Theatre Space,
Nov. 15-24



1. Buy Nothing Day - November 23
Visit the Cncourse all day for speakers, alternative consumption
ideas,a free store, a free hem/fix it centre and lots of delicious
free food! (Got an idea to add to the event? Contact
or come to LSPIRG Presents... on Thursday at 5:30 in the Grad Pub).

2. Brick Brewery Tour
LSPIRG wants to say THANKS to everyone who has volunteered in any way
with LSPIRG this term and to give working groups the opportunity to
get to know members in other groups. We think we can accomplish this
with a tour of the Brick Brewery -- and, yes, there will be tasting!
The tour is from 9:30-11:30. Meet up by the elevators in the Science
Building at 9:00, or go directly to the Brewery just before 9:30.
Everyone is welcome and it is free of cost, but we need to know
numbers, so let Randell know if you are planning to come

3. LSPIRG Volunteers listserv
We've created a new Google listserv for more active LSPIRG volunteers
for coordinating events and sharing information. The list will
generate significantly more traffic then our weekly email list and
will be largely focused on LSPIRG organized activities and events
(rather than specific working group activities).

Here is the group's description:
The list serve is for LSPIRG volunteers who wish to be involved in
LSPIRG events and activities on a corporate level. The list allows any
member to email the entire list. Those wishing to get updates on
events should join the laurier-students'-public-interest-research- list. Visit
to subscribe.

4. LSPIRG Research Bursary
The LSPIRG bursary is available to members who are participating in a
directed studies program at Wilfrid Laurier University. The bursary
is to assist students conducting research related to LSPIRG values.
The students will also be allowed to publish a completed version of
their research to be kept on file in the LSPIRG Resource Centre. In
return students participating in this project are required to add a
section to the final paper/report outlining policy recommendations.

Applications are available on the LSPIRG website ( and
should be submitted to The maximum grant is $500
however as funding is limited applying for funding does not guarantee
a bursary.

5. "LSPIRG Presents..." is held weekly on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 in
the Grad Pub. (Why not come `round for a drink and some socializing?)

Thursday, November 22: Preparations for Buy Nothing Day Bring your
creativity and be ready to have some fun while getting things all
ready for Buy Nothing Day the next day, November 23.

Thursday, November 29: What are you doing next term?
It's not too early to start thinking about how you will get involved
with LSPIRG in the Winter Term. This is a good opportunity to hear
about the events happening next term, like the Global Citizen
Conference (featuring Roméo Dellaire), the Wall of Silence Symposium
on violence against women, the winter issue of Beyond Words
undergraduate journal and more! Maybe you'd like to play a more active
role in shaping the direction of LSPIRG over the next year; LSPIRG
will be electing a new Board of Directors at the Annual General
Meeting on January 24.

6. LSPIRG Centre for Community Innovation
The LSPRIG Board of Directors has approved a business plan for
establishing a Centre for Community Innovation. The Centre will be a
shared office environment specifically designed for non-profit
organizations, charities, green businesses, social entrepreneurs and
artists. The Incubator will attract these diverse groups because of
their desire to benefit from lower costs through the sharing of space
and office services and will foster collaborations between social
ventures with varied purposes. Read more in the Business Plan's
Executive Summary available on the LSPIRG website

7. LSPIRG Presents ... "Community Drinks" evening
Mark your calendars! On January 17th at 6pm, LSPIRG will be hosting an
LSPIRG Presents "Community Drinks" evening. We are inviting community
organizations to join us for an evening of socializing and networking
within the social services sector. We will be drawing a door prize
from the business cards of those present as well as some other
interactive activities. The evening will foster a deeper sense of
connection and build cross-organizational relationships within the
community. The event will be taking place at the Huether in the
'Operation Room' and will start at 6pm.

All members are welcome and encouraged to join this unique event.

8. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Unfaciliated Feedback Session
in the Hall of Fame last week. We received some useful suggestions
both on the Feedback Wall, but also in discussions with people! It was
great to see the interest in upcoming training sessions and also new
ideas for future training packages.
Remember, you can always send feedback to any LSPIRG staff member or
drop a note in the envelope on the office door (Library Rm. 3-301).

9. Have you joined LSPIRG's Facebook Group yet? A great way to keep up
on what's going on where and when and to engage in discussion on
various issues! To join, copy this URL into your browser:


10. Laurier Students Against Poverty (LSAP) On November 24, LSAP will
be visiting Toronto to distribute care packages to the city's homeless
and stopping by Eva's Initiatives. Eva's Initiatives works with
homeless and at-risk youth ages 16 to 24 to get them off the streets
permanently. They operate three shelters in the Greater Toronto Area
that house 122 youth each night.

After delivering the packages, meet back at The Smiling Buddha for a
couple drinks and indie bands to end the day. If you are interested in
going to help out, contact LSAP at
Carpooling arrangements will be confirmed later.

LSAP's next meeting will be Wednesday November 21 at 7pm in the 24-
lounge; plans for Toronto will be confirmed at the meeting.

11. CALL FOR PAPERS for Beyond Words, a undergraduate journal for the
humanities Theme for the Fall Issue - BETWEEN THE MARGINS: oppression,
devastation and the fight for rights.

The submission deadline for the upcoming fall issue is November 26,
2007. Please check our submissions guidelines on the website
( for details on format. You can submit your
paper at

12. The Newsstand will be set up in the Concourse on November 28 from
12-4 pm. If you have a 'zine that you want to have displayed or handed
out, contact Graham at

13. Breaking the Wall of Silence Symposium - Invite and Call for
Volunteers On February 1st and 2nd 2008 Laurier will be host to a
national conference to discuss the topic of Sexual Violence on
University and College Campuses. There will be workshops and key note
speaker as well as delegates from across the country.

Currently we are looking for volunteers interested in helping run and
organize. Please contact for further


14. The Global Studies Club is hosting THE GLOBAL BANQET
Come out for a free dinner and great discussion and actions around the
topic of child soldiers.
DATE: November 27th 2007
TIME: 6pm
Please rvsp to This is important as we are
ordering food.
See you there!

15. Cosmopolitan Islamic Identity and Thought -Conference Announcement

The Association of Muslim Social Scientists of North America (AMSS)
3rd Canadian Regional Conference
DATE: Saturday November 24, 2007
TIME: 9am-5:30pm
PLACE: Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON
Senate and Board Chambers

In a context of increasing Orientalism, security certificates, no fly
lists and the effects of the "global war on terror ", contemporary
Muslims often experience a stark contrast between received ideals
about Muslim community and current realities of fragmentation and
conflict. This contrast has inspired many competing projects, some
focused on reviving past forms of Islamic community, and others
seeking new ways of being Muslim in the modern world. This conference
invites scholars to engage in debates about the nature of Islamic
belonging and identity, with particular reference to cosmopolitan
dimensions of historical as well as modern Islamic thought and

Opening Keynote (9AM)

Dr. Reina Lewis (School of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies,
University of East London) "Consumption and Cosmopolitanism: The Veil,
The Body, The Law"

Luncheon Keynote (12:30PM)

Dr. Miriam Cooke (Duke University) "Muslimwoman Cosmopolitanism"

Conference Panels include the following themes:
* Exegetes & Mystics
* Challenging Colonialism & Nationalism
* Transnational Feminist Engagements
* Modalities of Transnational Social & Political Control

Registration Is Free- Please RSVP to
Luncheon and keynote tickets $10.00
See conference details at

Conference Co- Chairs:
SHAHNAZ KHAN (Women's/Global Studies) & JASMIN ZINE (Sociology, AMSS

Cosponsored by:
Wilfrid Laurier University's Muslim Studies Program Committee,
Religion and Culture, Women's Studies, Sociology, Language and

16. Write for Human Rights - Amnesty International Kitchener-Waterloo
Group Nine
Take time on 'International Human Rights Day' to write a letter on
behalf of someone in urgent need of your support. Join members of
Amnesty International between 11:30 - 2:00 and 4:30 - 8:30 on Friday
December 10 at Queen Street Commons, located at 43 Queen St. South in
Downtown Kitchener.

17. This is the last chance to see The Multicultural Theatre Space's
latest creation "Pinteresque: Exit Strategy" returning to Kitchener
after its successful run at Toronto's SummerWorks Theatre Festival.

A multi-disciplinary work spanning dance, physical theatre, music,
sound and video. Motivated by Harold Pinter's 2005 Nobel Prize
lecture, Art, Truth and Politics, this collective creation follows the
journeys of refugees living in Canada as it explores issues of war,
death, injustice, mass media and power. (WARNING: Mature Content /
Brief Nudity)

Nov. 15 -24, 2007, Performances at 8 pm Thursday through Saturday;
Sunday Matinee at 2 pm

The Registry Theatre, 122 Fredrick St., Kitchener, ON

Tickets: $18 in advance / $20 at the door / $15 Students and Seniors
Call Centre in the Square Box Office at 1-800-265-8977 or (519) 578
1570 Or order online at Discounted Group
Bookings available: or (519) 585 7763 (Contact if you want to coordinate a group or if you would be
interested in going as part of a group - I'll put you in touch with on
another, if there is enough interest.
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