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!

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!

Best,
SAGE

Open letter to UQAM administration and François Blais

(French below)

April 23, 2015

To: the UQAM administration and François Blais

Re: Administrative response to student action against austerity

Concordia’s Student Association of Graduates in English (SAGE) condemns the UQAM administration’s recent decision to expel nine of their students. These expulsions came without warning or precedent, and caused animosity and conflict between students and administration.

These students’ actions, though controversial, were a reaction to the brutal austerity measures that have demolished our public sector and left us with an ailing education system. The UQAM administration’s response shows an unwillingness to engage in a dialogue to find solutions to an economic policy that adversely affects all members of universities: students, administration, faculty, and staff alike.

SAGE objects to the UQAM administration’s excessive use of security and police forces in an effort to silence the democratically elected strike mandate of UQAM students. These measures are an unacceptable response to student protest. Given the history of fatal police intervention in protests, and the growing problem of police brutality across North America, we are appalled that UQAM would risk the lives of its students to maintain the integrity of office furniture.

SAGE asserts that no governing body (whether at a university or elsewhere) has the right to intimidate protestors, to refuse to tolerate acts of civil disobedience, to deny the right to strike, or to silence the right to free speech.

We believe that universities should be safe spaces for students to voice their concerns without fear of expulsion, physical threat, or arrest. We believe that in Quebec, the status of universities as places of vital knowledge production and political awareness is being endangered by the shortsighted neoliberal politics of the UQAM administration and Education Minister François Blais.

The UQAM administration should be ashamed of their recent actions. These drastic punitive measures must be reversed as soon as possible.

SAGE calls for an end to the violent interventions of police and security on campus at UQAM, as well as to threats of expulsion.

Sincerely,

SAGE


23 avril 2015,

À l’intention de la direction de l’UQÀM et de monsieur François Blais

En réponse des décisions de l’administration à l’égard des actions des étudiants contre l’austérité

L’Association des étudiants et étudiantes des cycles supérieurs en anglais de l’Université Concordia (SAGE) condamne la récente décision de la direction de l’UQÀM d’expulser neuf de leur étudiants. Ces expulsions se sont faites sans avertissement ni précédent, en plus d’instaurer un climat d’animosité et des conflictuel entre le corps étudiant et l’administration.

Les actions des étudiants, bien que controversées, sont en réaction aux mesures d’austérité brutales qui démantèlent nos institutions publiques et qui causent les difficultés que connaît notre système d’éducation. La réponse de la direction de l’UQÀM démontre un clair manque de volonté à engager un dialogue afin de trouver des solutions à une politique économique qui affecte négativement tous les membres de la communauté universitaires : les étudiants et les étudiantes, la direction, les facultés, ainsi que l’ensemble des employés.

La SAGE s’objecte à l’utilisation excessive des forces policières dans un effort de faire taire des mandats de grèves démocratiquement votés. Ces mesures représentent une réponse tout à fait inacceptable aux protestations. Considérant l’historique d’interventions policières fatales lors de mouvements de contestation, ainsi que et le problème grandissant de la brutalité policière en Amérique du Nord, nous sommes consternées de constater que la direction de l’UQÀM pourrait risquer la vie de ses étudiants afin de préserver l’intégrité de son mobilier.

La SAGE croit qu’aucune autorité (qu’elle soit universitaire ou autre) n’a le droit d’intimider les manifestants, de réprimer les gestes de désobéissance civile, de renier le droit de grève étudiant et de réduire au silence le droit à la liberté d’expression.

Nous croyons que l’université doit être un espace sécuritaire pour les étudiants et étudiantes qui souhaitent exprimer leurs inquiétudes et leurs convictions sans avoir peur d’être expulser, d’être menacé physiquement ou d’être arrêté. Nous croyons qu’au Québec, les universités sont des endroits privilégiés pour la production et de transmission des connaissances, mais également pour la conscientisation citoyenne et politique. Ce statut est toutefois menacé par les politiques néolibérales de courte vue défendue par la direction de l’UQÀM et par le ministre de l’éducation François Blais.

La direction de l’UQÀM devrait avoir honte de ses récentes actions. Les mesures punitives drastiques doivent être renversées aussi tôt que possible.

La SAGE exige l’arrêt des interventions policières violentes et le rétablissement d’un climat sécuritaire à l’UQÀM, ainsi que le retrait des menaces d’expulsion.

Cordialement,

L’Association des étudiants et étudiantes des cycles supérieurs en anglais de l’Université Concordia

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!

VP Internal: CAITLYN SPENCER

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.

VP Social: SARA PRESS

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.

Treasurer: RACHEL BURLOCK

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.

President:

VP Internal:

VP Social:

Treasurer:

Questions, suggestions, or concerns? Let us know! Visit our SAGE office (LB 671.03) or email sage@concordia.ca.

Best,

SAGE COUNCIL