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Social Life

There are many opportunities to socialize with other Political Science students and faculty members -- whether this involves attending special events on campus in St. John's, participating in field trips, or perhaps spending a semester on an international exchange.

Newfoundland and Labrador Youth Parliament

Each year the NLYP brings together youth who are interested in parliamentary procedure. It is a non-partisan, non-profit organization, run entirely by youth. For more information see our Newfoundland and Labrador Youth Parliament page.

Political Science Society

The Political Science Society at Memorial University is a student-run organization that is active between September and April. The Society engages in a number of events throughout the academic year including mixers, bus crawls, community service, movie nights, I Love Mundays and Winter Carnival, debates and discussions. Every semester beginning and end of term events are held – the former is a little messier and the latter is a little dressier. The Political Science Society at MUN also acts as a liaison between students and professors, and promotes the department informally throughout the campus.

Involvement in the Political Science Society is a great way for undergraduate students to engage in an informal Political Science atmosphere, exchanging course secrets, swapping books, rating professors, debating the latest political events and forming life long friendships. Society executive are elected in September to serve eight month positions. General membership is open to all students with an interest in Political Science throughout the year. Join our Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2247001544 or e-mail us (click here) for more information.

Historical Foundations

The following excerpts from the 1967-1968 Students’ Handbook may be of historical interest regarding student-run organizations that still exist today. Current information about political clubs and societies, some of which have designated rooms on the sixth floor of the Smallwood Centre, can be obtained through the Memorial University of Newfoundland Students' Union (MUNSU).

Political Science Club
The aim and purpose of this club is to co-ordinate, and set up some form of common meeting ground for the activities of the various political clubs on campus. Now in its second full year of operation, it will strive to provide items of interest to students from the field of politics, but not connected with any specific political group. Such an event last year was the invitation of one of the controversial 'draft' dodgers to Memorial. Also included in its scope of activities, is the annual Model Parliament. The purpose of the Model Parliament is to illustrate the workings of our political system, and to give aspiring politicians on campus a chance to air their views. A joint committee of the Political Science Club, and the political clubs looks after the running of Model Parliament. (from 1967-68)

The Liberal Club
We of the Liberal Club feel that each student is important to the political community of the province and our nation as a whole. We also feel that for a student to express himself he must be knowledgeable. This therefore is the purpose of the Liberal Club, to provide a situation for learning. Last year, our first, we got off to a good start. Our emphasis was on provincial politics since we felt that this was of the greater interest to the students. We held several 'hot seats' where students were allowed to ask any question they wished of a panel of prominent members of the House of Assembly. This coming year we hope to have several national speakers in plus we hope to use a new concept in the seminar method, the RAM-MER session.
All free thinking students are invited to join regardless of political thinking. No-one toes the 'party line' but as members of the Liberal Club you will have the opportunity of molding party platform, the government’s platform. Notices will be posted during Orientation Week and more information may be gotten from the members. (from 1967-68)

New Democratic Youth
The New Democratic Club, formed in 1966, aims to stimulate and promote a general interest in political affairs, both Federal and Provincial, among the students of Memorial, and more specifically, to discuss and evaluate the principles, policies and activities of the New Democratic Party. The Club is affiliated with the New Democratic Youth, the nationwide youth movement of the New Democratic Party. The fundamental principle of the New Democratic Youth is the belief in the sovereignty of the individual. Everyone has the potential to make a creative contribution to society, each man and each woman constitutes an end in itself, not to be exploited for the purposes of any individual or group of individuals. The New Democratic Youth rejects the worship of class, race, state, nation or ideology, which blocks the way towards the freedom of man himself. Today, more than ever before, we can afford to put the dignity and freedom of the individual before maximum material production. We believe in a strong Canada, and we believe that our bi-national foundation, put into effect genuinely and constructively, will enrich Canada. It will also reinforce Canada's legitimate defence against economic and cultural colonization from south of the border. Furthermore, we believe that Canada is under a strong moral obligation to aid in every possible way, the underdeveloped countries now struggling to overcome the lag produced by decades of ruthless colonial exploitation. Young people can play a vital role in building a strongly Democratic Canada through the New Democratic Youth. To young Newfoundland Canadians of all walks of life, let this be an invitation to join us and work with us for these ends. (from 1967-68)

P.C. Club
To a certain extent politics shape our way of life within a community, a province or even a nation. It is up to us as a progressive generation to take an active part in anything that can affect our lives as vitally as we all know politics can. For the formation of a more responsible body politic, it is imperative that the youth of today become more politically educated while they are still young and free enough to form new and more dynamic ideas. Our older parties have laid the ground work for us but part of what has developed from this foundation must be either discarded or brought up to date. We can learn by their experience and use the best of their ideas without accepting that which has become outdated. Your Conservative club on campus adheres to the principles and beliefs of the National Party but we do not do so blindly. We feel that tradition and experience are good guide lines for a progressive party but they should not bind it to the past. Our affiliation with the P.C.S.F. (Progressive Conservative Student Federation) which has been in existence only a short while has shown us how active it is and how active we must be if we hope to keep up the pace set by the other Conservative clubs across Canada. While keeping in touch with the other University Clubs and contributing to the national body, we can learn a great deal ourselves and perhaps learn to help our country in the future. Now is the time for a Conservative club to move forward with a totally clean slate and a wealth of minds from which to draw ideas. Our club plans to combine the best of the old and the new and we invite you to help us do this. We have been given the right to vote at 19 years of age and our club and its members hope to prepare ourselves and any other interested University students for the responsibilities that are involved. We want to invite all students to join with us, avoiding old prejudices and biases, to make our own decisions and form our own opinions. We feel that our club is in a position to put conservatism into the proper perspective and to adapt it to a new way of life. (from 1967-68)

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