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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.



Ryan Dwyer

Ryan Dwyer is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts at the St. John’s campus and plans to complete his major in Classics. Ryan always had a feeling he would study within the arts field, but was surprised at how many different disciplines and options there were at Memorial. He says that university has changed his perspective on many things.

“Memorial University is a university unlike any other. It’s a place where you feel safe, where the professors care, and where there is a community of young students just like you.”




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 students from Manitoba west to British Columbia can join us on Tuesday, March 19 at 4:00 pm (PDT).
  • Prospective students from Ontario east to Newfoundland & Labrador can join us on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 pm (EDT).

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

Current Memorial University students, working with the Establishing Student Relationships Program (ESRP) will be calling Memorial applicants over the comings weeks. If you have any questions about life at Memorial, or anything Memorial related get them ready for when your phone rings. 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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