BY AFSHAN KABA
University of Calgary
Robbie Burns Day was
marked on Jan. 24 – a time to honour
the Scottish culture much as St. Patrick’s Day honours
the Irish. In particular, the day honours a Scottish poet Robbie
Despite -25 C weather and blowing snow, over 100 students and
staff from the Geology and Geophysics Department turned out
for the event.
Ironically, it was held at the Irish Cultural Centre.
Pie On Ya
Geo students at U of C
have joined the pieing game, helping raise money for
charity while targeting staff
A geology professor, Dr. David Pattison, P.Geol., led the event
with a piper and live Scottish band. Scottish dances were taught
to all and everyone had a great time.
Mark Danyluk, president of the Geophysics Undergraduate Student
Society, read the famous Ode to the Haggis. Dr. Rob Stewart,
P.Geoph., entertained the crowed by singing a song in Gaelic.
The cutting of the haggis took place as well. What is a haggis,
you may ask? It’s essentially entrails and barley stuffed
into a sheep’s stomach!
Surprisingly enough, almost everyone at the event worked up
the courage to try it. Sampling several different types of
scotch was also part of the evening.
For the past few decades engineering students have had their
annual pieing week. This year it was held from Feb. 11 to
13, and geo students decided to get involved as well.
Over the three days, students and professors pay money to have
a pie sent to someone in the department. The person getting
pied then has four choices: 1, take the pie in the face; 2,
pay $5 to redirect the pie to someone else; 3, for an extra
$10 buy the pie and eat it; or 4, make a donation and choose
not to participate.
The first choice is usually the most encouraged one!
This is a fun and exciting way to raise money for charity.
One of the chosen charities is Calgary Urban Projects, which
helps to provide food, shelter, education, and many other services
to the less fortunate in the city of Calgary.
The other charity is Engineers Without Borders. EWB is sending
two students to the Philippines this summer to establish ICT
centres, which will help educate underprivileged children.
All in all, our first annual geo pieing was a big success.
Students and staff alike ended up taking a pie to the face.
We hope to make this a new tradition in our department.
Watch the next edition of The PEGG for the exact amount of
An “anti-Valentines Day” Attitude Adjustment was
held Feb. 13. It was basically a party with pizza and beer!
It was great fun as the Attitude Adjustments usually are.
APEGGA also held a Practicing the Professions seminar on Feb.
11. It was basically an overview of what qualifications you
will need to be a professional in Alberta. Friendly people
put on an informative presentation and answered any questions.
Plenty of pizza and pop was on hand, too.