BY AFSHAN KABA
University of Calgary
Since Geology and Geophysics in the Mall was one of our most
popular events in the department this year, I’ll expand
on it in this month’s article.
This event was headed by the Geology and Geophysics Graduate
Society. Organizers were Lisa McCluskey, Sarah Travis, Geol.I.T.,
Joanne Archer, Geoph.I.T., and Karen Pengelly, Geoph.I.T. There
were a variety of booths set up, all of which involved hands-on
enjoyment for children as well as parents.
Tables included a rocks and minerals table where kids got the
chance to take a look at rocks in thin sections. At the gems
table, people could find out whether their diamonds were real.
Mowing the Mall?
student Karen Pengelly, Geoph.I.T., is actually doing
is a ground-penetrating radar survey in
Market Mall in Calgary. The demonstration was part of
Geology and Geophysics in the Mall.
The meteorite table featured real meteorites, and at the paleontology
table, kids could dig for their own fossils and take home their
There were also tables displaying more geophysical-related
things, among them a petroleum table where the public could
see and smell core samples from the oilsands. The structure
and tectonics table allowed children to build their own mountains.
Probably the most popular table was a geophysics table where
people created their own seismic waves.
All in all, the event was a huge success. A special thanks
to the graduate society team for making this event happen.
In hockey news, the Flames playoff games
only match-ups creating a stir around here! The two geo hockey
teams, Rockstars and Geology Team, played a game against each
other shortly before the playoffs.
The score was 5-2 for the veteran Rockstars, who placed first
in their division. They had six wins and qualified for the
The rookie Geology Team posted three wins but did not make
the playoffs. Unfortunately, the Rockstars lost in the first
round of the playoffs. They had the best record in their league
going in, but they failed to carry that success into the playoffs.
Overall, however, it has been a successful season for all involved
in hockey. Hopes are high for next year’s hockey season.
Graduation Day was held for the class of 2004 on March 20.
The morning started off with the traditional ring ceremony,
which was held at the TELUS Convention Centre. In total there
were about 70 graduates from both majors.
The grad banquet was held on the same day, in the evening,
at the Best Western Village Park Inn. Some of the students
put together a slide show of all the events over the last four
years. Gag gifts were also given out.
“A rocking good time,” it was said, was had at the after-party
at a student’s house.