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.


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 headlightanthology@gmail.com 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 sage@concordia.ca 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 sage@concordia.ca – 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 (sage@concordia.ca) 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 sage.elections@outlook.com – 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, sage.elections@outlook.com 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 sage@concordia.ca.



SAGE Coffee Talk Series and a Grad Party (Oct. 7, 2014)

Hello Graduate Students,

Here are a few reminders and a Call for Papers from UdeM.

SAGE Coffee Talk Series

Andrew Burton, “Working at CEGEP”

Many students in the English Graduate program plan to teach English in CEGEP. Andrew Burton will be presenting a lecture filled with advice on what to expect from this career choice. Whether you plan to teach at CEGEP or you plan to teach at a community college outside of the province, then this lecture will have helpful, relevant information.

Title: “Working at CEGEP”
Speaker: Andrew Burton
When: October 15, 2015
Time: 11am-12:30pm
Where: LB 646

Dr. Cynthia Quarrie, “Academic Conferences: the How to Guide.”

Topics include how to apply to a conference, how to write an abstract, and how to network and make the most of your time at a conference.

Title: “Academic Conferences: The How to Guide”
Speaker: Dr. Cynthia Quarrie
When: October 24, 2014
Time: 1PM
Where: LB 646

Grad Party at Professor Andre Furlani’s House (Faculty and Graduate Students Invited)

Date: October 18th
Address: [in email]

Street parking. Doors open at seven. Food and beverages provided by faculty, but a contribution to the drinks would be a welcome courtesy. Faculty is very much looking forward to welcoming you.

EGSS-SAGE Scramble

Hello everyone!

As a way of fostering an inter-university relationship between Concordia’s Department of English and Université de Montréal’s Département d’études anglaises, we are excited to announce that the first official “EGSS-SAGE Scramble” (clever, eh?) will take place on Thursday, October 2, starting at 8:00PM at McKibbin’s Pub (upstairs room) on Bishop street (metro Guy-Concordia).

This is a casual social event, and it is meant as a way for students in both departments to mingle, get to know one another, and just relax outside of the classroom/library. Faculty have also been invited to join from both departments, so it will be a great opportunity to socialize with professors outside of the typical academic context.

EGSS and SAGE are both expecting a great turnout to this event, and there will certainly be more Scramble events to follow in the future. We look forward to seeing you all there, and we’re excited about what the future holds for Concordia-UdeM collaboration!