the arts and&humanities student council presents
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your guide to all things arts for 2010-11
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arts & humanities
Council Office: Rm. 112F University College
Publications E-mail: email@example.com (new)
Arts Alumnus: Alan Thicke Great Grad Student: Ashley Skinner First-Year Prof: Dr. Christopher Keep
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Get Published with Arts and Humanities Meet Your Soph Team How do I become a Soph? Helpful Services
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DISCLAIMER The sole responsibility for the content of this publication lies with the authors. Its contents do not reflect the opinion of the University Students’ Council of the University of Western Ontario (“USC”). The USC assumes no responsibility or liability for any error, inaccuracy, omission or comment contained in this publication or for any use that may be made of such information by the reader.
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Meet arts alumnus
The prolific actor, writer, musician and game show host graduated Western in 1967. He has written several books and starred in “Growing Pains” and has made numerous television guest appearances, including “How I Met Your Mother.” An active humanitarian, he is the namesake for the Alan Thicke Centre for Juvenile Diabetes based in London, Ontario. Established by Robarts at UWO, it is chaired by Western professor Dr. Paul Beamish. Q: How did you decide on your major and minor at UWO? A: I began in pre-med and didn’t have the stomach for it. It was my Dad’s idea - he graduated Western Meds. I was interested in becoming a sports journalist so English major made sense...and Psych minor should have prepared me for messing with people. Q: What is your fondest memory of UWO? A: Fondest memory would be a toss-up between performing in student variety shows, playing inter-fac football (not good enough for Mustangs), writing the football column for the Gazette, coaching girls’ ‘powder-puff ’ football, and living in residence at Westminster among a crazy but wonderful group of curious, wide-eyed newcomers like myself. (sorry if I didn’t list classes or lab work or other academic pursuits with the ‘favourites’ - I’m that shallow!) Q: How did your experience at UWO and in the Arts faculty shape your career? A: My ‘arts’ experiences taught me a great deal about writing and performing - what works and what doesn’t - that lectures and classes could not teach. Nothing trumps the actual experience of real audiences and their expectations, and I have always been grateful to have attended a school with such a rich landscape of opportunity for those ‘trial by fire’ stage adventures. Q: Do you have any advice for UWO Arts undergrads who may be interested in showbusiness? A: My advice for arts students would be to take every opportunity to participate in every aspect of production: performing, costumes, staging, audio/video, writing, make-up, scheduling, etc. so as to understand everyone’s job by the time you find your own calling. As an actor, it has helped to know what the producers, hairstylists, ‘gofers’, and ushers go through and the challenges they face in doing their jobs.
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Ashley Skinner Q: What undergraduate degree did you take? What graduate degree? A: I took an Honours Specialization Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies, with a minor in Greek & Latin Languages. My grad degree is a Master’s of Arts in Classical Studies Q: Why did you choose to stay at Western for your graduate program? A: Knowing the faculty--and the faculty knowing me-was a major factor; being able to pursue ideas that I had visited in my undergraduate with the professors that inspired them was also a big draw. Plus, UWO has an amazing Classics program, perhaps second only to Toronto (in Ontario at least, but it’s certainly one of the top schools in the country for Classics), and I hate the thought of living in Toronto. On a personal side, I really like London, and didn’t want to move! Q: What do you most look forward to about your program? A: I’m most looking forward to the thesis I will be working on in my second year (starting September). It’s great that UWO offers the opportunity to do a course-based M.A. or a thesis-based. Q: What advice do you have for students who may be interested in graduate school? A: I would say that there’s two things crucial: first, be sure that the faculty has someone that is interested in your area, and that is interested in working with you. It’s great to have an expert in the field on staff, but some professors aren’t very good or very helpful when working with students. Second--know what the course offerings will be during your time there. Hopefully you will be able to strengthen your weakness in addition to taking courses in your area of interest. Also, learn about the city where your campus is located. Make sure it not only has what you need, but that it has some things that interest you as well!
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Meet first-year prof
Dr. Christopher Keep
Dr. Keep is a professor in the department of English and the outgoing undergraduate chair.
Q: What courses are you teaching this year? What are you looking forward to about them? A: English 1027F (The Story-Teller’s Art I) and English 3444E (Nineteenth-century British Literature) Nineteenth-century British Literature is my area of research specialization, and I always look forward to finding new ways to teach the poetry and prose of the Romantic and Victorian eras. But I am especially excited about English 1027F, which is a brand new course designed to introduce first-year students to the rich variety of stories we tell, and the ways we tell them. We’ll studying everything from the first great epic of literature, Gilgamesh, to Bram Stoker’s tale of vampiric longing, Dracula, and Alan Moore’s graphic novel, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I hope the course will help students who might not be so keen on poetry and drama, but who enjoy reading, to better understand why literature is so important to our sense of the world. Q: What makes you happy as a professor? What irks you? A: Students who volunteer to read passages or respond to questions in class. What irks me? Students who twitter or facebook or email through lectures and discussions. Q: How can students succeed in their first year? A: It’s easy: Do the readings. Come to class. Everything else will follow. Q: What did you enjoy most about your first year of university? A: I adored my first-year of university. I enjoyed the independence, being away from home for the first time, and was thrilled to find teachers who really knew what they were talking about and fellow students who really wanted to learn. High school seemed like going to day care by comparison. Q: What is your advice about university overall? A: University is about more than acquiring a degree. It’s more than a mere stepping stone to a career. It’s an opportunity to expand one’s intellectual and cultural horizons, to free yourself from all that is narrow and limiting, and to become something more than you imagined. Make sure you do everything in your ability to take advantage of this opportunity: get involved, both in your studies, and in the university community as a whole.
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YourCouncil Executives and their goals President
Jennifer Tamse firstname.lastname@example.org -Building Open Forums: More Student Surveys & Opportunities for Feedback -Acknowledging & Facilitating Student Success: Increasing Awareness of Funding Opportunities & Scholarships -Creating a Community & Developing Partnerships: Embracing Cross Department Inclusion & Campus Wide Support -Ensuring the AHSC Functions at its Intended Capacity: Consistent Communication between all members & myself -Increasing the Visibility of the AHSC to better serve Students: Creating a Newly Defined Presence & Purpose -Initiating an “Open Doors” Policy: Recognizing Student Needs & Supporting their Concerns at all Levels of Governance -Fostering A&H Pride: Compiling a Diverse collection of High Quality Programming & Supporting their Inception
VP Academics Lindsay Trnkus email@example.com
- Promote the academics, education, and self-improvement of A&H students - Educate the AHSC Academics Committee on how to bring greater awareness of academic resources available to A&H students - Ensure that students are better informed of what academic resources relevant to A&H are available outside of the faculty (Student Development Centre, Writing Support Centre) - Putting ‘source’ back into resource: expanding our academic output and simplifying information - Implement a “Professor’s Bookshelf ” program, so that students are regularly informed of what their professors are currently reading and/or producing - Host Essay Clinics for first year students each term so that they may benefit from the tutoring and guidance of upper year student volunteers - Host speaker events and series events throughout the year that highlight unique and relevant career experiences of successful individuals that relate to the study of Arts and Humanitiesfinancial statements
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VP Finance Alyssa Kan firstname.lastname@example.org
- Profitability for Arts & Humanities Students Council but with A&H students’ best interest as a priority - Invest in promotions to create a brand for AHSC - Follow up with AHSC members to ensure they do not have any financial obstacles - Keep budget and all financial statements organized and updated monthly - Encourage students with great ideas to apply to the Student Donations Levy Fund, Grants Committee or Green Fund to obtain some initial funding - Help members better understand the basic structures of budgets and financial statements
Adam Carlin email@example.com -Focus on planning fewer, but bigger events that will involve more students and create more awareness for the AHSC -Launch “Arts Night” to celebrate arts in the Western community and provide a means for all students at Western to showcase and/or experience art -Work closely with promotions team to ensure events are well publicized -Monitor budgets closely to maintain good fiscal position -Listen to feedback to ensure events are having a positive, meaningful impact
Joel Szaefer firstname.lastname@example.org - Increased visibility for council - A clearly identifiable brand and colour scheme for the AHSC - To better acquaint students with AHSC merchandise and publications - Better, earlier, and more dynamic advertising for AHSC events - A fully functioning, useful, and entertaining website - To help students understand what AHSC can do for them as A&H students
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Publications Team Editor-in-Chief Caroline Diezyn
Fourth year Honors Specialization English Favourite Band: Brand New Favourite Quote: “I’d like to quit thinking of the present, like right now, as some minor, insignificant preamble to somethin’ else.” -Dazed and Confused (movie)
Academic Managing Editor Andrew Shaw
Third year Honors Specialization in Philosophy and Minor in Creative Writing Favourite Movie: Men With Brooms Favourite Quote:“But it’s been a long time since /and we must enquire the way/of strangers.” -Al Purdy’s “The Country North of Belleville
Creative Managing Editor Zale Skolnik
Fourth year English and American Studies Double Major Favourite Band: Phish Favourite Quote: “It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a packet of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses. Hit it.”- Jake & Elwood Blues
Layout Editor Inna Yasinska Second year bachelor of fine arts Favourite Writer: Louise Rennison Favourite Musical Artist: John Mayer Favourite Song: Ten Cent Pistol by The Black Keys
Copy Editor Kayleigh Wilson
Second year English Major Favourite movie: Cabaret, Inception, and every movie that Pixar has made Favourite quote: “If we could read our enemies’ history, we would find enough sorrow and suffering to disarm all hostlity.” -Longfellow
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Get a great keepsake and professionallooking addition to your portfolio with Arts and Humanities Student Council publications.
Creative Symposium and Propaganda accept submissions of poetry, short fiction, photography, artwork, drama and other creative work from University of Western Ontario students created for school or personal use. There is a 1500 word maximum. Symposium is an annual arts and literary magazine that is distributed around campus for free. It is published in black and white. Submissions are due October 8th. Established in 1993, Propaganda is an annual arts and literary journal that is sold for a recommended $5.00 in March. It is published in colour and bound as a book.
Submissions are due January 1st.
Please send all written documents as Word files and images as .jpg files.
Academic The Semi-Colon is an annual journal for undergraduate essays written for courses within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. We accept submissions of essays that have received an A-grade (80% and above). Feel free to make the changes your professor suggested before submitting the paper. Essays are then selected for publication according to anonymous ranking first by our editors and then by an interdisciplinary professor review board. There is no page limit.
Submissions are due February 1st.
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Head Soph: Sanborn Hilland
My favourite moment at Western so far was watching ‘That Guy’ kick a copy of Twilight to the roof in Alumni Hall during soph rally last year-- it was a pretty memorable moment. Besides having a great program for me, I chose Western because it is the perfect mix between large university campus and small school feel. When I walk around Western, I feel like I am on a university campus, not a small school plopped into the middle of a city, but I still can’t walk to class without running into friends on the way. My advice for O-Week is: Participate. Just do it all, you can sleep when it’s done. My advice for the rest of the year: Participate. Seriously. There is always time to join a club or an intramural team, no matter how busy you think you are. Get involved in some extracurricular stuff. I didn’t play intramurals for my first two years and I wish I had. Featured Soph: “Warning!” I’m a 3rd year Honours Specialization in Philosophy student, and the residence captain for Delaware Hall for O-Week 2010. I chose Western because I fell in love with the campus when I came for a visit in my last year of high school. My weirdest moment on campus so far was witnessing a mid-day walk of shame the day after St. Patty’s; she was still in all her green bling and garb! My favourite class was first year astronomy. It’s my second passion (after philosophy) and the course was absolutely mind-blowing. During my O-Week, my favourite experience was Opening Ceremonies as one of 6000 Frosh sitting in Talbot Bowl and realizing, “This is it: this is where I belong; I’ve been waiting so long to find a place like this. I’m finally here!”
Be a Soph!
If you think you might be interested in sophing sometime while you are at Western, let your soph know. We find it pretty exciting when people show an interest in sophing and are more than happy to guide you through the process. They’ll be able to keep you posted on important dates and give you advice along the way. Other than that, just enjoy yourself while you are here, keep your marks up and when the time comes, don’t get bent out of shape, just have fun with the process.
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Helpful Services to make your life easier
Arts and Humanities Student Council
Rm. 112F, University College E-mail: email@example.com -peer editing -department or course specific office hours -guest speakers and seminars -social events -portfolio building -advice from upper-year students
Weldon Library Phone: 519-661-3162 x83162 -help with your assignment to find and use the best scholarly information -help searching the library catalogue for books -help choosing and searching appropriate online databases for journal articles, and more -help with citation styles -remeber to ask for help early -check the Weldon website for more info
Student Development Services
Rm. 4100, Student Services Building Phone: 519-661-3031 Website: sdc.uwo.ca -writing support -indigenous services -international services -learning skills services, e.g. seminar on taking multiple choice tests -psychological services -services for students with disabilities
Rm. 112G, University College Phone: 519-661-3043 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org -academic advice, course selection -course changes, withdrawals, special permissions -progression requirements and mandatory withdrawal -requests for academic accommodation -requests for special examinations or extensions for term-work -requests for Letter of Permission to attend other universities -appeal procedures -interpretation of Senate regulations -graduation problems
Rm. 11 Lower Level UCC Medical - 519-661-3030 Counselling - 519-661-3771 Website: shs.uwo.ca -appointments necessary, but same-day appointments are possible -medical care, treatment, counselling, psychiatry, physiotherapy, sexual health, and more -covered by OHIP
Consult your department for contact info -advice on your program -advice on continuing education and grad school -grade appeals and concerns -department-specific awards and scholarships
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Upcoming Events Mark your calendars!
September 13th - Classes begin Sept. 13th-16th - Purple Fest,UCC atrium. Come meet your AHSC and check out our swag table. September 30th-October 1st - Homecoming. Join us at the parade! October 8th - Symposium submissions due. Late November - Arts Night. Details to follow. November 30th - Last day to drop a full course and full-year half course [on campus day and evening and Distance Studies] without academic penalty. December 8th - Classes end. December 9th - Study day. December 10th-21st - Mid-year exam period. January 1st - Propaganda submissions due. January 3rd - Classes resume. February 1st - The Semi-Colon submissions due. February 15th - Last day to drop a second-term half course, or a second-term full course without academic penalty February 21st-25th - Reading week (no classes). March - Arts and Humanities Formal. Details to follow. April 7th - Final day of class. April 8th-9th - Study days. April 10th - 30th - Final exam period.
Remember to stay tuned to twitter, facebook, and eventually our website for updates on events.
Best of luck for a fun and successful year from the Arts and Humanities Student Council!