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Winter 2013


Winter Carnival

Winter Carnival is a week long event taking place before mid-term exams in the winter semester. It is organized and run by the MUN Student Union (MUNSU). The week consists of a variety of fun filled competitions designed to promote spirit among on-campus houses. Each house competes for points awarded based on their performance in each competition. At the end of week the residence with the most points emerges the Winter Carnival victor and claims bragging rights for a full year. Some events include a food sculpture, the checkers decathlon, talent show and the always popular lip-sync.

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St. John's Winter Carnival
Credit to Ben J. King Photography for the photos.

mini International Bazaar

A mini International Bazaar took place in the University Centre on February 6 as part of Memorial’s Go Abroad Fair. The mini bazaar brought together students from every country at Memorial and showcased the different cultures and cuisines on campus. Students attending the fair enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by volunteers from the different international booths. A full international bazaar will be held in the fall as part of I love Mondays.

The March Hare

On March 8, this year’s Grenfell reading was held in the Fine Arts atrium featuring Grace Wells, John K. Samson and Russell Wangersky. The March Hare is Atlantic Canada’s largest poetry festival that originated in 1988 as an innovative but inauspicious winter entertainment in Corner Brook. It has since evolved into a unique trans-Canada celebration of words and music, attracting writers from all over Canada and the world.

Grenfell telescope offers public observing nights

Public observing nights at the new Grenfell Observatory resume on Saturdays in March (except March 16). Each session will begin at 8pm, with a short introductory talk followed by a tour of the observatory and then if the sky is clear an observation through the telescope. If the sky is not clear, a longer talk will precede the tour. Visit Observatory website for more information on the telescope.




Marina Schmidt is originally from Allgäu, a small town near the Alps in south Germany. After high school she spent her first year working in St. John’s and liked the city so much that she did not want to leave. She says she saw how nice Memorial’s campus was and immediately realized she wanted to study here.

“Coming from a small rural town I really enjoy living in a city like St. John's. It's much more vibrant and interesting than places at home and the nightlife is great too. Winter Orientation is still the best day I have had so far. The event at the gym where we got to meet the other students was so much fun and a great opportunity to make some friends.”

Rachel as Dorothy 

Rachel Joffred is originally from West Lawn, Pennsylvania, USA. Rachel graduated with a theatre degree from a US university and worked as an actress for a few years, but decided she wanted to return to school to get an education degree. She had a family connection here and the cost of attending Memorial was just too good to pass up, so she packed her bags and moved to Newfoundland.

“Corner Brook is my favorite place I’ve ever lived. Back home there is always this problem of “do we live in the city, or the suburb, or the country?” Corner Brook somehow magically encompasses them all.”

Rachel as Dorothy from 'The Wizard of Oz'  




Do you know someone who might be interested in attending Memorial in the near future? Let them know about our webinars that we have coming up later this month.

  • Prospective international students can join us on Friday, March 15 at 9 am & 12 pm (Newfoundland Daylight Time).

Visit for an access link to the webinar.

Deadline for Grenfell's theatre program

Enrolment in Grenfell’s theatre degree, bachelor of fine arts, is limited and selective. The application deadline is March 31. Depending on your specialization, you’ll be required to audition for acting or interview for stagecraft.

Important dates to remember

July 16 - Registration starts for the Fall 2013 semester. Check your email or Memorial Self-Service for your registration date and time.
September 1 - Move-in day for first year on-campus residence students.
September 2-3 - Fall Orientation

Talk with a current Memorial student

Keep an eye on your email in the coming weeks with information from the Establishing Student Relationships Program (ESRP) about life as a student at Memorial. If you have any questions about life at Memorial, or anything Memorial related feel free to email them back. Also, keep an eye on our ‘Get Social’ blog in mid-March for a guest post from Jennifer White, ESRP co-ordinator. She’ll be blogging about what’s next after you apply to Memorial.



New Science major announced at Grenfell

A new Science major was recently approved at the Grenfell campus. Starting in the Fall 2013 semester students can enrol in the four-year computational mathematics program. “Studying math here will provide students the critical thinking and analysis skills that will open many doors for these students in the future,” said Dr. Robert Gallant, associate professor of mathematics. “This degree is distinct and comprehensive, and we are all excited to welcome students to the program this fall.”

Investigating the feasibility of a law school

Memorial University will once again explore the feasibility of a law school, and option last explored in 1987. The review will examine the demographics of existing Canadian law schools, current and future needs for more lawyers, and benefits to Memorial.



The Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Women’s Volleyball Championship (sponsored by Subway) was held at Memorial University's Field House from Feb. 15 - Feb. 17. The top six women’s volleyball teams competed in a weekend-long competition to determine the top team for 2013.

In the quarter-finals Memorial’s Sea~Hawks (sixth-seed) beat third-seeded Université de Moncton’s Aigles Bleues 6-3, but lost a great semi-final game to the second-seeded Saint Mary’s Huskies 3-1. First-seed Dalhousie Tigers were crowned the champions when they beat Saint Mary’s 3-0 in the final.

Great crowds showed up all weekend long to support the Sea~Hawks.

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Volleyball Championship 3
Volleyball Championship 4
AUS Women's Volleyball Championship



Josh Quinton

Josh Quinton is a graduate of Memorial’s Bachelor of Commerce (co-op) program and is quickly moving up the ranks in the financial industry, while working for Bloomberg in New York City. Josh recently sat down with Memorial’s The Gazette for an interview:



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