Nomination Results

Nominations for SAGE elections are in. Read up on our candidates below and make sure to vote this Friday, September 29.

Academic Rep

Jennifer Breaux

When I was an undergraduate at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, I was a part of the undergraduate honors association for English majors titled “Sigma Tau Delta.” Part of my responsibilities was to attend departmental meetings that concerned undergraduates, and as a result, I was able to familiarize myself with the instructors within my department. Also, under Sigma Tau Delta, I shadowed the EGSA (English Graduate Student Association) specifically concerning their organizing the Global South Conference, a local academic conference held in Louisiana. I was then able to see the process of approving papers for presentation at the conference as well as the organization of panels up close.  Lastly, I was also a member of the sorority Gamma Rho Lambda, and once a month I attended a meeting with the Student Government Association, an undergraduate organization that involves all student-led organizations to vote on various issues such as funding attendance to conferences for undergraduates, amendments to the students’ bill of rights, and approval for organizations to program campus events. I enjoyed this work as an undergraduate, and I’m excited at the prospect of being an academic representative for SAGE. I believe I will be equipped to handle the responsibilities as a representative from what I’ve done as an undergraduate.

Creative Rep

Mia Poirier

I believe I’d be a good candidate because I am very interested in connecting more with the English Department. I want my time at Concordia to be more than just attending class. I’ve been in Creative Writing for a while; I am familiar with the faculty and students, and consider myself friendly and well spoken! I know this position is fairly introductory, still I would want to put my best foot forward and step up to the role.

Melanie Power

“I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass,” Walt Whitman writes in his poem “Song of Myself,” detailing a languid practice of lazy leaning and loafing. I have all the work-ethic that Whitman lacks in this poem. My passions include: trying to make the world more beautiful and dismantling the patriarchy, both mostly with poetry. I am also reliable, responsible and can write sonnets.

VP Administration

Miles Forrester

I have experience working with similar committees in undergrad (I was an executive member of the Visual Arts Student Association at York University) and after graduation (I was an executive member of The White House Studio Project (artist run centre in Toronto’s Kensington Market)).


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, or track any one of us down!

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


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 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.


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.  


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.


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.



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:


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.


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.


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!

SAGE Newsletter August 2016

Hello English Graduates!

This is SAGE’s first newsletter of the academic year. As such, there’s a fair bit of information to cover, but we’ll try to do it concisely so that you can digest it quickly and get back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Graduate Orientation!

All returning and incoming grads should have received the introductory email about Graduate/TA Orientation on Friday, September 4. This is a reminder that the session will start at 9:45am in LB-649 and will last through to the afternoon. There will be a wine and cheese event at 3pm following orientation which will be a good opportunity to meet both students and faculty.

Graduate Party!

On Saturday, September 5th, SAGE will be hosting a party for all English grads! This will be a more informal event than the orientation and reception from the day previous. The party will be held at 6065 Sherbrooke West, Apt. 5 and grads and partners are welcome from 8pm onwards!

(Note: There will be dogs present, so apologies for any people with allergies.)

Headlight Anthology!

Headlight Anthology, Concordia’s grad student-run literary and visual arts anthology, is offering a call for Editor-in-Chief positions for the 2015-2016 academic year. If you’re interested in getting involved, submit a CV and brief cover letter to by Sunday, September 6th, 2015.To view the position description, click here.

Colloquium Committee!

The English Graduate Colloquium Committee will be struck in early September. Interested students should email by Friday, September 11, 2015. The committee is responsible for organizing the English Department’s graduate conference, to be held in March 2016, and is a great opportunity to develop event-planning skills and network with students and scholars nationwide!

Concordia Write Nights!

CWN is a new SAGE initiative which gathers students from Concordia and elsewhere, along with community members, to work on their creative and academic writing in focused write-ins, as well as improve their creative writing through workshops. All are welcome! Dates have yet to be set, but information about meeting times through the Fall and Winter semesters will be posted here!

SAGE Council!

SAGE will be holding elections in September for the following positions on Council:

  • VP Administration
  • Academic Representative
  • Creative Representative

Getting involved with Council allows students to have a direct say in their academic experience at Concordia and gives members the opportunity to engage with faculty and administration. A solid stepping-stone for grads interested in student politics and administrative skill-building!

For more information about the positions and current members, please check out the team!

There you have it! The first SAGE newsletter of the 2015/16 academic year! In an effort to ensure all English grads receive adequate notice about the goings-on of their department, please keep an eye out for upcoming newsletters. (We will not spam you, honest.) Also, if you have not already, please join the Concordia English Graduate Students (SAGE) group on Facebook – there will be more frequent updates regarding official SAGE and English Department events, but also unofficial events from McGill, UdeM, and other local groups that may not be included in our newsletters.

Thank you for reading! We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones on Friday/Saturday! If you ever have any questions, concerns, or comments, please do not hesitate to email them to – let us know what you need from your department. Good luck with your upcoming studies!


April 14 Newsletter – Elections and End of Year Partay!

Hello Graduate Students,

It’s the end of the school year. Yay! Most of you will scatter and leave Montreal to visit loved ones or perhaps move to parts familiar or unknown. BUT before you head off, there’s one more shindig you must attend.

April 28 (Tuesday) is The End of the Year Party at Brutopia from 9 pm till they kick us out. We have a DJ and a trivia event planned. Please RSVP to SAGE ( for your drink ticket. Friends, partners, and family are welcome!

This school year has been maddening, hectic, and exciting. We’ve been elated, depressed, sad, angry and through all those experiences your fellow graduate students were there. Let’s all celebrate the achievements we’ve accomplished. Please join us for our big hurrah to bid adieu to the year and our graduating friends!

Reminder: TAs and graduating cohort members please give back department key(s) to Bonnie before the end of the semester.

Calling all Graduate Students!

Elections are happening. Although positions are uncontested, SAGE still needs YOU to vote to make it official. Please send in your votes via email or by showing up to vote on April 17 at the Graduate Lounge. Polling Station is open from 10 am – 5 pm.

You can email your ballots at – Voting closes at 5 pm on April 17. See below for e-ballot instructions.

CRO: Mona’a Malik

Polling Clerk: Megan Fitz-James

Here are the candidates’ bios and how they can contribute to your graduate experience.

President: COLIN YOUNG

The 2014/15 SAGE Council spent their year encouraging collaboration, communication, and community within the graduate cohort. As Vice-President of that Council, I was fortunate enough to work alongside some truly passionate students. I want to take my experience from the past year and make a commitment to further the academic, creative, and professional development of our cohort; to express our collective voice to faculty and administration; to facilitate transparency, inclusivity, and co-operation – for ourselves, and to those students who will inherit this space once we leave.

Please vote for me as President of your 2015/16 SAGE Council. Thank you!


In the 2014-2015 school year I have done my utmost to help the English Department and Concordia, serving as Creative Rep and de facto webmaster for SAGE, a member of the Colloquium Committee, and a member of the GSA Bylaws Committee. Sara Press and I co-founded Concordia Write Nights, a writing and workshop group that completed its first run earlier this month, which we hope to expand next school year. As your VP Internal, I would bring the same dedication I’ve displayed this year to ensuring all members of SAGE are fairly treated within this department and school, meeting the challenges that face us in the 2015-2016 school year as they arise. I like colour-coding, am a competent baker, and am still available for nail-painting parties and similar forms of catharsis.

In the interest of some spirit of competition, I have included blurbs for two opponents for the position of VP Internal, though I’d like it stated for the record that I believe neither of my opponents can bring the same level of dedication to the job that I can.

Albus Dumbledore
Apoptosis. Periapt. Frondeur. Spaghettification. If elected VP Internal I definitely won’t recruit your children for any wars I happen to be fighting at the time, or withhold valuable information from them or anyone else helping me, or hire anyone pedagogically irresponsible and prone to intense psychological abuse of children because those people happen to be politically useful to me, because I have definitely never done any of these things, and anyway, look how cool my phoenix is! If it cries on you it will fix your problems. Cool, right? Lemon drop?

Macrocystis pyrifera
1. The largest of all algae. 2. Can grow 50 metres long or more. 3. When was the last time you grew 50 metres long, let alone more? 4. One of the fastest-growing organisms on Earth, growing at a rate of 0.9 metres a day. 5. Bet puberty doesn’t seem so hard now, does it? 6. Found across the Americas, in Africa and Oceania – understands concerns of international students. 7. Form “kelp forests” that provide invaluable habitation for many marine species — you might be good at forest metaphors, but when was the last time you were a forest, huh? 8. Giant kelp is tired of your overreliance on similes to illustrate your points. 9. A valuable source of food, fertilizer, and potential biofuel. 10. Also used in toothpaste and ice cream. 11. “The sequoia of the sea.” 12. None of us will ever be as cool as M.pyrifera, and that’s okay.


When I first started at Concordia I had no clue what SAGE was. Carrie sent out a list of positions available for the fall election, and when I emailed her asking what being treasurer would entail, she responded asking for my bio. So I became treasurer. Due to a number of issues with our bank and previous signatories, we didn’t have access to our account until February. Because of this, my capabilities as treasurer were limited and I found myself drawn to organizing social activities instead. Having initiated Halloween specials study breaks, Concordia Write Nights, and having been consistent in harassing all of you for social contact during finals, I feel confident that moving forward I will be well suited to the role of VP Social. I’m in the process of planning our final grad party for the semester, and though you’ll have to vote before the party, you can rest assured that if you don’t vote for me, you won’t get free drinks tickets. Just kidding, SAGE does not endorse blackmail, and neither do I.


Rachel Burlock is a lover of serendipitous rhymes, and debuted her first full-length rap at the Colloquium Open Mic this past February. She is your punctual and reliable minute-taker, and served on the 2014-15 Colloquium Committee organizing the budget, grant applications, and end-of-project reports, demonstrating an aptitude for keeping track of receipts and e-mails. She hopes to bring these skills to the position of Treasurer on next year’s SAGE roster.

Again, to send in your electronic ballots.

Please add your Name and Student ID number as this is how we are tracking who votes.

Please Vote either Yes or No beside the candidate’s name.


VP Internal:

VP Social:


Questions, suggestions, or concerns? Let us know! Visit our SAGE office (LB 671.03) or email



Call for SAGE Executive Council nominations

Hello Graduate Students,


Please send your nomination for these positions (be it yourself or another cohort member) to by Monday, April 13:


Call for nominations from April 7-13. Campaigning will be from April 14-16.

SAGE will vote on April 17. Details on voting procedures will be forthcoming.

If you have questions, please email ( or approach any SAGE Council member.

Below is the list of positions available and their definitions, taken from the SAGE General By-laws, specifically articles 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, and 6.6. The General By-laws are posted on the SAGE website.

6.2 The President shall:
i. Act as Chairperson at the first regular fall Council meeting until the Council votes upon a Chairperson. Once voted upon, that person will act as Chairperson at all regular Council meetings and at the SAGE General Assemblies;
ii. Arrange for the Annual General Assembly in April;
iii. Oversee the day-to-day management of SAGE, and ensure all other Council members are performing their duties as defined below;
iv. Direct the implementation of Council resolutions;
v. Act as the liaison between SAGE and the GSA, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and all external organizations;
vi. Be the official spokesperson of SAGE;
vii. Publish an annual report summarizing SAGE’s achievements and activities during the President’s term;
viii. Have authority to create committees and delegate unto them the powers and tasks they choose;
ix. Represent SAGE at Department of English faculty meetings;
x. Carry out any other duty the Council deems relevant to the President portfolio.

6.3 The VP Internal shall:
i. Assume responsibility over the academic and departmental direction of SAGE;
ii. Represent SAGE at Department of English faculty meetings;
iii. Serve as SAGE liaison with the faculty, staff, and undergraduate student associations within the Department of English for anything associated with the academic and creative streams;
iv. Assume the responsibility of the President in the absence of the President;
v. Support and aid the President in the course of their duties;
vi. Appoint SAGE members as student representatives to committees within the department.
vii. Carry out any other duty the Council deems relevant to the VP Internal portfolio.

6.4 The VP Social shall:
i. Assume responsibility over the social events put on by SAGE;
ii. Organize events that connect SAGE members to students in other universities as well as events with the Concordia Association of Students in English (CASE);
iii. Support and aid the President in the course of their duties;
iv. Mobilize the SAGE membership’s participation in GSA, Teaching and Research Assistants at Concordia (TRAC), and other pertinent social and political causes;
v. Manage the Graduate Lounge;
vi. Carry out any other duty the Council deems relevant to the VP Social portfolio.

6.6 The Treasurer shall:
i. Chair the Budget Committee meetings;
ii. Be responsible for the custody of all records, ledgers, receipts, or documents dealing with the financial affairs of SAGE.;
iii. Be responsible for the SAGE accounting process and for all receipts and disbursements;
iv. Be responsible for the administration of funds according to SAGE and for the preparation of all financial statements;
v. Carry out any other duty the Council deems relevant to the Treasurer portfolio.

Spring General Assembly

The SAGE Spring General Assembly will take place on Tuesday, April 7 at 12 pm in LB 659.

The SAGE Spring General Assembly will be a year-end review of what has happened and what has been spent during the school year. There will be a report from the Budget Committee, Headlight Anthology, and the English Graduate Colloquium Committee. There will also be a vote on the changes/additions to the SAGE By-laws, and a discussion of further anti-austerity measures in the wake of the April 2 strike. Last but not least, there will be a formal call for nominations for some positions in a new SAGE Council for the 2015-2016 school year.

The Spring GA Agenda, last GA meeting minutes, and the new SAGE By-laws will be circulated by email and will be posted on our website.

Facebook Event

Agenda SAGE AGA 2015

October 21 SAGE minutes

SAGE General By-laws March 26 2015

Important TRAC Meeting Today!

Dear Fellow Graduate Students,

There is an important meeting on Monday, January 19 (5:30 at H-763)! This meeting is particularly pertinent for TAs next school year.

As many of you may know, the TRAC union has just gone through a tumultuous period. An investigation into recent issues amongst the TRAC Executives has just been released with three recommendations:

  • The investigation recommends that all of the current TRAC executives be removed from office and a new election takes place.
  • The investigation recommends that the current president be barred from running in a new election as “he does not understand the role of a President, and does not [know] how to work cohesively as a team member, leading to constant interference with the tasks and duties of other executive members.”
  • They further recommend that PSAC takes a more direct role in supervising and training the new executives going forward.

The entire report is only 10 pages and well worth reading for all TRAC members. The recommendations are those of the investigators but the report contains information and evidence that might help each TRAC member to come to their own conclusions.

The report and recommendations will be the subject of a Special General Assembly that will discuss and vote on these recommendations next Monday at 5:30 in room H-763.

The SAGE council has discussed this report and, in light of the seriousness of the issues, we are urging all SAGE members who are or have been TAs to attend the meeting on Monday.

TRAC is responsible for bargaining with the university over important issues like salary, class size, working conditions and much more. We are going into a bargaining year and it is crucial that our TRAC Executive be effective and cohesive. We are encouraging you to become informed with the details of the report and be present to vote for the result you wish to see.

In order to vote you will need certain documents: a pay stub, a student ID card and proof of registration. Further details are available on the TRAC website http://trac-union.caYou will need to register in advance, starting at 4:00 pm. If you have had a contract in the last 12 months you are still eligible to vote. Please show up and make sure that your voice is part of this important conversation.


Let your vote count!


Your SAGE Council