BY AFSHAN KABA
University of Calgary
Editor’s Note: Afshan Kaba is a fourth-year geophysics
student at the University of Calgary, who plans to graduate
in May 2005. She’s been on the executive of the Geophysics
Undergrad Student Society for the last two years, and this
year is vice-president, finance. This marks Ms. Kaba’s
first student contribution, as The PEGG begins coverage of
geoscience student activities at U of C and, on Page 18,
at the University of Alberta.
They say charity begins at home, and it sure did here at
the University of Calgary. A save-our-library fundraiser
party, Rock for the Gallagher, was held Oct.18 at the Den,
which is the local campus bar/restaurant.
Gallagher Goes On
A student makes use of a campus treasure trove, the
Gallagher Library of Geology and Geophysics. In October
geoscience students and others took in the most successful
cabaret of the year so far, to keep the library in
The evening featured two professors from the department
performing a duet, Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow
Up to be Geologists. Geology and geophysics students, faculty
and staff all attended,
as well as some of the librarians.
Students from the geography
and engineering departments also came to show support. Guests
also included representatives of the Calgary Board of Education.
This was the Den’s most successful cabaret of the school
year, so far. U of C President Dr. Harvey Weingarten asked
students to show their support for the library.
And they did. More than $4,000 was raised, all of which will
go towards keeping the Gallagher Library of Geology and Geophysics
open. The money will be put into an initiative trust fund,
set up by the department.
The initial threat of the library closing down occurred in
the summer. This is when it clicked in with the students
how much we actually value the good ol’ Gallagher.
These funds will provide enough funding to keep it open for
at least this school year.
However, next year the library may face the same threat.
Officials at the U of C proposed to shut down the library
and use it for com-media purposes, or perhaps to open a micro-computer
They obviously did not realize what a great asset this library
is to all students. Since we are a relatively small department
on campus, it is nice to have something that we can call
We hope that with continued fundraising our library will
not face the threat of permanent closure. The executives
of the geology and geophysics student societies would like
to thank the industry and everyone else who helped make this
Christmas Party News
The Geology and Geophysics annual Christmas party was fast
approaching, at the time of The PEGG deadline. Held Dec.
5, this is one of the biggest events that our department
has during the year. Students, faculty, and staff all joined
in the celebrations, which took place at the Scandinavian
Keep an eye out for details and pictures of the Christmas
party in next month’s issue.
Geological Conference Approaches
The Western Inter-University Geological Conference will be
held on the weekend of Jan. 10. This year it will be held
at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
The main purpose of this annual conference is to increase
student knowledge in various geoscience disciplines. Universities
involved are from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Keep an eye out for a report in February’s edition.
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