Election Time!

Calling all Graduate Students!

The nominations are in and your candidates for President, VP Internal, VP Social, and Treasurer are listed below!

The election will be held on Wednesday, October 5. Although some of these positions only have one candidate, you still need to vote. All SAGE Council members must be voted in through election, or they will not be eligible to perform their duties.

Voting will be open in person from 10 AM to 5 PM on October 5 in the Graduate Lounge (locker room, LB-660), or via email at sage.elections@outlook.com any time between 12 AM and 5 PM on October 5. If voting via email, please write the name of your preferred candidate beside positions with multiple candidates, or write “Yes” or “No” beside uncontested positions. A ballot template has been provided!

Please include your student ID when voting so we can ensure no one votes twice and that all votes come from SAGE members.

Our CRO for the election will be Sandy Martin, and SAGE members who are not running for Council will be manning the physical polling station.

Once elected, the new Council members will begin their term on October 5, 2016.

Here are the nominees!

 

poo3Academic Representative #1: Jen Tracy

My name is Jen and I am a first year MA student in the academic stream. A fierce lover of democracy, for this blurb I have decided to let the people speak for themselves:

“What, you want me to just describe you? Okay, um, Jen is a funny, kind person who I’ve known for 11 years and… is good at snowboarding…? I don’t know Jen, this is weird.” -my friend Lauren.

“She can be a little too, well, she needs to remember, there are certain dates and things she needs to remember to acknowledge in other people’s lives, like her mother’s and her sister’s birthdays.” -my mum, Harriet.

Recently, I asked for some feedback on the TA conference I lead. A number of students described the conference as “good” and “relaxed.” Other students had “nothing much to say.” One glowing review said that “Conference seems great. I haven’t had a lot of experience with which to compare it.” -anonymous

“Jean makes mean chai from scratch!” -my roommate, Laura.

Hopefully these testimonials convince you why I would be an outstanding choice for academic representative on the SAGE council. This I do promise, that I will not forget to go to faculty meetings like I have consistently forgotten my sister’s birthday. Thank you very much.

poo1Academic Representative #2: Carmelo Marsala

I am a hard worker, with an eye for perspective. I do not take the thoughts, interests, or ideals of my peers, superiors or colleagues for granted, and have the greatest respect for others. I enjoy the prospect of thinking with others, and all but embrace the notion of being allowed to grow as a community in an environment of courtesy and equality. My interests lie squarely on prospects of thought, truth, and language, and the interrelation between meaning and sound. As such, I cannot help but appreciate the value of clear and concise communication, and admire the variance and quality of opinion. I believe that bias, however insurmountable, is an obstacle which is, although unconquerable, always meant to be opposed.

poo2Creative Representative: Emily Jane Crompton

 

I am a student in the creative stream. While my personal focus is poetry, I will indiscriminately represent fiction and non-fiction writers, and any incoming to outgoing student who is interested in making new and lovely things to read. My past experiences include helping at weekly writing workshops, acting as an editor-in-chief for 7 Mondays, and sitting on the selection committee for the Graham Atlantic Creative Writing Prize in 2016. I’m looking forward to drawing on the skills I’ve developed during my undergraduate and am looking forward to participating in a larger departmental community as the creative rep.

VP Administration: Kaitlynn McCuaigpoo4

Hello email list of the chosen,

I’m Kaitlynn McCuaig, I come from the Toronto area, and I have spent the last 20 years or so trying to decide on an artistic form (or at least narrow it down to a manageable handful). Prose writer, amateur photographer, visual artist, television and film enthusiast, social performer, musician that’s forgotten how to play, and general art- and school-lover, I’m in the English creative stream and am actively trying to make the most of an experience my solitary, ground-squirrel nature would otherwise have me retreat from.

I’m fascinated with art as a cultural influence that brings like minds together, invested in issues of advocacy and representation in the Canadian and North American context, and as I’m interested in training myself to be a more social creature, the position of VP Admin (as it has been described to me) sounds like an excellent exercise in social yoga (that may also benefit the program or something like that).

I also promise double recesses if moved from a nominated party to an elected one, and a more-or-less constant presence on the internet for contact, social media and blog-related purposes. Thank you for your consideration!


These are your candidates, SAGE. The choice is yours. On October 5, help us help you by choosing the first four members of next year’s Council.

Yours,

SAGE Council

Election Results!

Hello, SAGE members!
The results are in from Friday’s election and your first four 2016-2017 SAGE Council members have been chosen!
President: Ariane Legault
VP Internal: Torin McLachlan
VP Social: Liam Lachance
Treasurer: Brieanna Lebel
Thank you to everyone who voted and everyone who ran! These newly elected Council members will assume their positions onJune 1, 2016.
The election’s over, but we still have a few matters to wrap up. Don’t forget to come to our General Assembly this Wednesday, April 27 at 3:30 PM in LB 646 (poster attached). A friendly reminder that if you have something you want discussed in our last GA of the 2015-2016 school year, you need to ask us to add it to the agenda sometime today! We will send out the agenda by tomorrow afternoon.
Hope to see you there, SAGE members!
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It’s Election Time!

Calling all Graduate Students!

The nominations are in and your candidates for President, VP Internal, VP Social, and Treasurer are listed below!

The election will be held on Friday, April 22. Although some of these positions only have one candidate, you still need to vote. All SAGE Council members must be voted in through election, or they will not be eligible to perform their duties.

Voting will be open in person from 10 AM to 5 PM on April 22 in the Graduate Lounge (locker room), or via email at sage.elections@outlook.com any time between 12 AM and 5 PM on April 22. If voting via email, please write the name of your preferred candidate beside positions with multiple candidates, or write “Yes” or “No” beside uncontested positions. A ballot template has been provided!

Please include your student ID when voting so we can ensure no one votes twice and that all votes come from SAGE members.

Our CRO for the election will be Mona’a Malik, and SAGE members who are not running for Council will be manning the physical polling station.

Once elected, the new Council members will begin their term on June 1, 2016.

Here are the nominees!

 

PRESIDENT — ARIANE LEGAULT
List of reasons why you should vote for me:

  • A vote for me is a vote for chocolate – I promise to bring tiny coloured Easter eggs sporadically throughout the year and spread them around the department.
  • Democratic values will prevail, with an emphasis on inclusivity and tolerance – I promise not to turn into a dictator and conspire to take over the world.
  • A concern for aesthetics – I promise to brighten those atrocious grad study rooms. While destroying walls to create windows may be out of my power, I will attempt to make them slightly more bearable.

giphy2Most importantly, I am deeply invested. I care a great deal about this department – both in its current form and future manifestation. Over the years, I have worked in affiliation with social organizations such as QPIRG and Divest Concordia for the betterment of a campus that emphasizes the respect of diversity and the importance of social responsibility. As president of this upcoming year, I promise to maintain an unwavering commitment to equity; I am acutely aware that academic and creative growth is contingent on having a safe environment within which it can be nurtured. Tolerance, respect, and active listening are values that I will uphold and personally ensure that the department does so too.

As for my organisational skills, I am annoyingly meticulous about getting things done in a timely fashion. While this has its downfalls – most notably, on my stress level – it allows those whom I work with to maintain a clear and constant notion of what is happening and what remains to be done. I will inevitably carry this trait to my presidency as it is an integral part of my personality which I can’t get rid of – trust me, I’ve tried.

It all comes down to this: As president, I am mouthpiece working for you guys. I will ensure that your concerns are being heard and treated in a concrete and respectful manner.


VP INTERNAL — TORIN McLACHLAN

giphy1I would love to continue my involvement with SAGE Council by serving as VP Internal during the second year of my MA. Serving as the SAGE Academic Rep for the past year has given me a good working knowledge of faculty/staff/cohort relations, and I feel confident that I can put that knowledge to use in representing and mobilising the concerns and aspirations of SAGE members from both streams. Having sat on a few organising/sub-committees this year and co-developed a successful grant proposal to fund various initiatives within the department, I also feel well-situated to leverage my experience to support next year’s event organisers, schemers, and/or dreamers. I continue to marvel at the industry and imagination of the people in this program, and hope to work alongside them in developing important creative and critical contributions to the Concordia community and wider world.

VP SOCIAL — LIAM LACHANCE

giphy3I’m interested in helping out as the VP Social because an advantage of our program seems to be all the reading/writing events and the literary community here at Concordia and in Montreal. Some examples of events that stay with me include Jess Bebenek’s group poetry readings at the Centre for Expanded Poetics, Tess’ Writers Read, Monstrous Impositions and the truly amazing Off The Page festival, as well as the lovely Caterina Incisa’s Lit Pop series. I also had the pleasure of being with a gorgeous team of prom organizers who conspired to pull off quite a ‘unique’ prom, and I’d be interested in helping repeat a mild to significant variation of next year. I’ve also had the chance to host a series of creative writing events with Concordia Write Nights in a variety of random spaces such as the Biodome, and I’ll be hosting a similar series next year so that academic and creative stream students have a chance to write together.

As the VP Social I would also aim to welcome our arriving students with some key events, something along the lines of the ultra creative and very cool Tiny Room Series that’s been hosted by the always wonderful Karissa ‘LA-rock’ LaRoque. I would also like to make better use of the Richler Room. We hosted a successful event there this past winter due to the work of Chalsley Taylor, Kate Sterns, and Jason Camlot, so I’m optimistic that going forward we can continue to integrate the room into the program. Also, if we haven’t had the chance to meet, I’m very open to collaborating with others, and I’m invested in ensuring and learning about accessibility and diversity in the program. As VP Social I’d aim to bring forward these values of collaboration and creativity – feel free to contact me at word@wordandcolour.com if you have any event suggestions in mind!

TREASURER — BRIEANNA LEBEL

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I think supporting SAGE as treasurer would be great way to contribute to the English program. I even have a bit of experience dealing with budgets/payouts as I was the financial manager for my partner’s band when they a received a US grant to tour in the UK for a month in 2012. Embarrassing fact: I actually think that spreadsheets and all that jazz are a pretty good time!

 

TREASURER — JESSICA CADIEUX

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I am interested in getting more involved in Concordia’s student life and becoming SAGE’s treasurer gives me a great opportunity to do so. I see becoming treasurer as an opportunity to represent Concordia’s English grad department and as a chance to work with great people in the program. I’m organized and I work well under pressure so I don’t think this responsibility would interfere with my school work and I’m confident that I would be able to be a good treasurer.


These are your candidates, SAGE. The choice is yours. On April 22, help us help you by choosing the first four members of next year’s Council.

Yours,

SAGE Council

SAGE Special General Assembly: Race, Respect, Responsible Marking

On February 12 at 1:30 PM, all SAGE members (any MA or PhD student in Concordia’s English program) are invited to come for a Special General Assembly discussing the matters of representation of POC in the department, reducing bias in marking, and kitchen access for grad students. This SGA has been called following concerns raised by SAGE members on all of these counts.

The agenda is as follows:
1. Chair’s Remarks
2. Representation of POC in the department
3. Marking bias
4. Kitchen access
5. Adjournment

The agenda cannot be amended.

Supplementary materials will be posted here. SAGE’s introductory background material on the genesis of this SGA will be posted here shortly, and circulated to the cohort via email. SAGE members are encouraged to comment on this event with further reading that they believe is pertinent to these matters.

If you cannot attend, but would like to make your thoughts on these issues heard, you are free to express them here, or to send written comments to sage@concordia.ca to be read aloud at the SGA.

RSVP on Facebook.

Election Party

Join SAGE at McKibbin’s on Bishop at 7 PM on October 19 as we watch the results of the 2015 federal election come in!

Though we are unable to put forth any partisan messages, we can say with some certainty that on October 19, 2015, something or another will happen to our country, that may or may not be positive, and some students may be happy about that thing that happens, while other students may not.

Come commiserate and drink with us as we try not to mortally offend anyone with our politics! Don’t forget to use the buddy system to ensure no SAGE member gets into a bar fight. The pen is mightier than your pint glass.

Emergency General Assembly: Bill C-51

Due to concerns raised by members of the cohort, the Student Association for Graduates in English will hold an Emergency General Assembly on the issue of Bill C-51, how it affects the literary and academic communities in particular, and what courses of action the cohort would like to take to express our feelings on this controversial legislation.

The EGA will take place on Thursday, October 22 at 11 AM in LB-660. The EGA will be open to all SAGE members (all current graduate students in Concordia’s English Department). The agenda will be circulated via email as well as posted at the bottom of this post and on the Facebook event page.

If you feel strongly about Bill C-51, it is crucial that you attend. Votes on any courses of action will affect the cohort as a whole, whether they are present to vote or not. If you cannot be present for the EGA but would like your thoughts on Bill C-51 aired at the EGA, you can leave them in the comments on the Facebook event, or email them to sage@concordia.ca.

Quorum for the GA is 10 people.

Voting will be by secret ballot.

Please share this information with your friends in the department.

Agenda
Facebook event

Fall Election Results!

Hello, English grads!

In a shocking turn of events, every candidate won by a landslide, defeating their opponents without breaking a sweat! Eileen Holowka decimated the competition for VP Administration; Torin McLachlan took no prisoners in the brutal battle for Academic Rep; Liam Lachance left no one standing in the fight for Creative Rep.

Your full SAGE Council for 2015-2016 is as follows:
President: Colin Young
VP Internal: Caitlyn Spencer
VP Social: Sara Press
Treasurer: Rachel Burlock
VP Administration: Eileen Holowka
Academic Rep: Torin McLachlan
Creative Rep: Liam Lachance

We are eager to get to work at making this year the best it can be for SAGE members! Expect news soon regarding the upcoming federal election, as well as Halloween festivities, and don’t forget to keep an eye on our ongoing initiatives such as Wednesday Night Yoga and Concordia Write Nights, and to check out the SAGE Calendar for other events happening on campus and around Montreal.

Have suggestions for initiatives, events, or other points of interest? Write us at sage@concordia.ca, or track any one of us down!

Thank you for voting, SAGE. We look forward to serving you.

Yours,

SAGE Council

Fall Election — Candidate Blurbs

Hello, English grads!

Below are the blurbs for your candidates for VP Admin, Academic Rep, and Creative Rep. You may notice that we have only one candidate per position. However, you still need to vote. All SAGE Council members must be voted in through election, or they will not be eligible to perform their duties.

VP Admin, Academic Rep, and Creative Rep are all vital roles in Council’s structure, and without them, we will be unable to serve the cohort adequately. Please help us help you by voting in person between 10 AM and 5 PM on September 30 in the Graduate Lounge (locker room), or via email at sage.elections@outlook.com any time between 12 AM and 5 PM on September 30. If voting via email, please write either Yes or No beside each position:

VP Administration: 

Academic Rep: 

Creative Rep: 

Please include your student ID when voting so we can track who votes and ensure no one votes twice, particularly in the case of some students, who are dead set on becoming Queen of the Department. Please note that this election is not meant to determine Queen of the Department, and that if anyone really wants to become Queen of the Department, they should just march into the Grad Lounge and proclaim it so. You don’t need to rig any elections to do that. Honest.

Our CRO for the election will be Mona’a Malik, and SAGE members who are not running for or members of Council will be manning the physical polling station.

Once elected, the new Council members will begin their term on October 1.

VP ADMINISTRATION – EILEEN HOLOWKA

I am a new MA student in the creative writing stream at Concordia. For the last two years of my undergrad, I ran the University of Winnipeg’s literary journal and created a community space for the writers on campus. Thanks to this position I am really familiar with running and managing a web presence, organizing a group’s information for archival or informative purposes, and just helping out where need be. I would be happy to have the chance to assist SAGE as VP Administration and would do my best to make both our web and campus presence as accessible and welcoming as possible.  

ACADEMIC REP – TORIN McLACHLAN

Hail, SAGE!

Dear ones, friends, acquaintances, unknowns, elect me! Elect me, pretty please. I am very persuasive: support, consideration, growth, cohabitative autonomy, passion, economy, growth, support. As I am persuasive, you will trust me when I say I have virtues. You are generous and wise in your trust, making us dear.

As the heart moves, so the vote is cast.

Oh, SAGE, the committees I have sat! UBC Undergrad Representative, Research Policy and Development Committee: a direct voice of full presence to the creation and direction of research, a representative of students’ academic interests at the heart-cog of UBC’s administrative wheel-cage – an unbreakable bond between faculty and students. For Concordia? For SAGE? The same and more! Anything. Liaising, associating, academic streaming, cooperating, and very much carrying out duties.

I want to listen and to share experience and to be faithful to us graduate students in the academic stream when and where we have a mouth for the ears of faculty and staff. I want to understand the internal processes and broad structures of the department and share this understanding with you. Grant my wishes, Tinker Bells and Fairy Godmothers of the electorate, and I ain’t never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down.

And I will never, ever run around and desert you, SAGE.

CREATIVE REP – LIAM LACHANCE

To be honest, I’m really interested in fiction and social change. I have experience representing the interests of students, and so I thought the Creative Rep could be a good way to contribute my knowledge and experiences in our grad community. 

As Creative Rep, I would aim to incorporate as many of our ideas in improving the way the department works for everyone. I’m from Merrickville, Ontario, and I specialize in short stories. I believe that literature can change how we participate in gender, race, land, sexual orientation, and ability, and I’m often inspired by art that fuzes artistic writing with a political message.

These are your candidates, SAGE. They’ve stepped up to the challenge and are eager to put in the work to make your experience at Concordia the best it can be. On September 30, thank them by voting.

Yours,

SAGE

Colloquium Meeting — Monday, September 28

Hello all!

The first meeting of the 2015-2016 Colloquium Committee will take place on Monday, September 28 at 3:45 PM in LB-651.

This meeting is open to all SAGE members interested in organizing the 14th Annual Concordia English Graduate Colloquium. The bigger the Committee is, the easier a job it is, so please come out if you’re interested. 

Some members of last year’s Colloquium Committee will be present to explain more about the tasks the Committee performs, to introduce this year’s Committee to the resources available to them, and to answer any questions.

The Colloquium Committee is a valuable opportunity for grad students to gain experience in event-planning, grant-writing, networking, graphic design, and website maintenance, among other skills. Last year, the Colloquium had presenters from across the country, presenting academic, creative, and hybrid work, and our keynote speaker was George Elliott Clarke, Poet Laureate of Toronto.

To learn more about the Colloquium, visit the website at http://www.concol.ca. If you have any questions, or would like to be part of the Committee but cannot attend Monday’s meeting, drop us a line at sage@concordia.ca.

See you soon,

SAGE

Fall Election — Call for Nominations

Hello all!

This is official notice of SAGE’s call for elections! We are currently seeking nominations for the following Council positions:

VP ADMINISTRATION

6.5 The VP Administration shall: i. Record minutes at all Council meetings and General Assemblies; ii. Be the SAGE archivist and ensure the continuity of the association’s institutional memory; iii. Publish a newsletter twice per semester in the fall and winter semesters; iv. Develop online media and work with the media to advance the causes that Council deems important; v. Maintain the SAGE website including but not limited to updating current SAGE events, by-laws and minutes from Council meetings and General Assemblies; vi. Post relevant information on social media and maintain the SAGE social media accounts; vii. Liaison with the Graduate Program Assistant about SAGE events and affairs; viii. Carry out any other duty the Council deems relevant to the VP Administration portfolio.

ACADEMIC REP

6.7 The Academic Rep shall: i. Serve as the SAGE liaison with the faculty, staff, and undergraduate student associations within the Department of English for anything associated with the academic stream, in cooperation with the VP Internal; ii. Represent SAGE at Department of English faculty meetings; iii. Coordinate English graduate student representation on the University’s academic and administrative organs, along with the President; iv. Carry out any other duty the Council deems relevant to the Academic Rep portfolio.

CREATIVE REP

6.8 The Creative Rep shall: i. Serve as the SAGE liaison with the faculty, staff, and undergraduate student associations within the Department of English for anything associated with the creative stream, in cooperation with the VP Internal; ii. Represent SAGE at the Department of English creative writing faculty meetings; iii. Sit on the Speakers’ Committee, to help determine speakers for various academic events; iv. Carry out any other duty the Council deems relevant to the Creative Rep portfolio.

Nominations will be accepted until Thursday, September 24 at 11:59pm. You may nominate yourself or another member of SAGE. If a student is nominated by another, they will then be asked to accept or decline. A full list of the nominees will be presented to the student body after the closing date.

The elections will be held on Friday, September 30, 2015. More information on the structure of the election will follow.

If you have any questions whatsoever regarding the available positions, do not hesitate to get in contact with any member of Council, whether that be via email, FB, or in person. Getting involved with SAGE Council is a great way to get direct experience with the broader structure of your department.

We hope to hear from you soon!