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    Meet the Profs 2018

    A huge thank you to everyone who came out to our Meet the Profs event – both profs and students! An extra special thank you goes out to all the professors who stayed to chat with students, including: Elizabeth Hodgson Y-Dang Troeung Miranda Burgess Scott MacKenzie Deanna Kreisel We hope everyone enjoyed the icebreaker questions – who doesn’t want to know how much caffeine everyone else consumes on a daily basis, or what your profs’ biggest pet peeves are for student essays?   Our top event highlights: Finding out how late everyone else has stayed up to finish writing an essay – good to know we’re not alone (courtesy of…

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    Crabdance: An Afternoon of Dramatic Readings

    🦀 The UBC Department of English, UBC Library, and ESA are pleased to present a selection of dramatic readings from Vancouver playwright Beverly Simons’ Crabdance. 🦀 Crabdance is a tragicomedy in three acts in which a lonely, middle-aged woman plays elaborate, ritualistic games with three men whom she forces to play the roles of her son, her husband, and her lover. Please join us on March 22 in the Buchanan Penthouse at 4 PM for an exciting night of drama. Coffee, tea, and cookies will be provided. All are welcome! If you are interested in being a dramatic reader, please contact president@ubcenglish.com. No experience necessary! Crabdance is an absurdist play…

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    ESA Elections 2018!

    If you’re looking for a fun opportunity to get involved that looks great on a resume, then have we ever got an offer for you! We are officially seeking executives for next year’s ESA. This is a great way to develop new skills, meet new people, and have an influence on campus. The executive team collaborates to plan everything from ice cream cake socials to The Colloquium, supports initiatives like The Garden Statuary, and connects with students, other clubs, and the department. New ideas are more than welcome, and this is a platform that can help you realize them. What positions are available? We currently elect the following: President, VP Finance,…

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    Canon Cagematch! Couples Edition

    This Valentine’s Day the ESA is deciding, once and forever, who the best fictional couple of all time really is. This event is open to all, romantics and cynics alike! Come to Buchanan Tower in ROOM 599 at 4 PM on Thursday, February 15th for the following post-Valentine’s Day festivities: 💗 A BRACKETED TOURNAMENT to decide on the very best canonical couple 💗 A screening of Black Mirror’s SAN JUNEPIRO to melt even the most jaded of hearts 💗 Snacks!  💗 And more!  All are welcome. Bring along friends, romantic interests, partners, or enemies. If you have a favourite fictional couple, let us know and you might see them in…

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    Submit to TGS 7.2!

    The Garden Statuary (TGS) is the English department’s student-run multimedia journal. TGS publishes a wide range of student work, including academic essays, fiction, creative-non fiction, scripts, poetry, visual artwork, and more. If you’ve done some particularly stellar creative or academic — or perhaps creative academic? — work, TGS wants you! Successful submissions will be published online and in the beautiful end-of-year print edition. So what are you waiting for? Send us something today! The submission deadline for Issue 7.2 is February 16, 2018! Find out how to submit here! And keep an eye out for our end of term launch party, which will feature the printed 2017-18 issue.

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    The Fourth Annual Colloquium: Presenters and Abstracts

    The English Students’ Association is excited to present the fourth annual Colloquium! This conference features presentations from English undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members. The Colloquium offers the opportunity to share your work and discuss ideas with other students and faculty members in the English Department. Everyone is welcome to attend! When: 12 – 4 PM on Saturday, January 20, 2018 Where:  Dodson Room (3rd Floor), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre The Colloquium is free and will include a catered lunch with vegetarian options available. RSVP on our Facebook page and reserve a spot through Eventbrite! Faculty Presenters Ray Hsu is Faculty Supervisor at the Emerging Media Lab. Author of two award-winning books,…

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    HOWLween! with the ESA Recap: Part Two

    This is Part Two of our exciting HOWLween! with the ESA Recap. You can catch up on Kristinaville’s initial casualties here.  The two werewolves were still at large. Our town, on the other hand, was feeling not so large. Especially when we all woke up and discovered that Jessica, the nicest person in our whole town, had been murdered. Also, ever since Kevin died, we had all been running short on carbs. Our energy levels just weren’t what they used to be. * ‘What if we just don’t kill someone? What if I’m morally against killing?’ Ronnie asked, after leading three angry murder mobs. ‘No, you have to kill someone,’ said…

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    HOWLween! with the ESA Recap: Part One

    On October 30th, the ESA gathered for its annual game of Werewolf. We ate candy. We decorated cookies. We sharpened our pitchforks and ruined friendships. Don’t fret if you missed out on the fun and food. There will be more of it (with hopefully less bloodshed) on Friday, November 17 at the ESA’s November Board Game Night!  You can also hear some (far more expert) stories, poems, and more at The Garden Statuary Issue 7.1 Launch Party on November 30! In the meantime, Rebecca, Kristinaville’s town doctor, has provided an unbiased and totally accurate account of the village’s werewolf trials and tribulations. [Editor’s Note: We are currently negotiating with Rebecca…

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    Submit to the Colloquium

    The English Students’ Association is officially calling for submissions to our fourth annual conference, The Colloquium! This conference features presentations from English undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members. The Colloquium offers the opportunity to share your work and discuss ideas with other students and faculty members in the English Department. The Colloquium will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Please see below for more detailed info! Submission Information When can I submit? The deadline for submissions is currently Friday, Dec 23. Who can submit? Are you a UBC graduate or undergraduate student? Then you can submit! How long should my presentation be? Presentations will be approximately ten minutes long.…

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    🎲 ESA Board Game Night 🎲

    Have you written an essay before? Then you are probably an expert at finding many ways to say the same thing. Let your vocabulary skills shine by bringing your wits to the ESA Board Game Night on November 17, 4 PM – 5:30 PM, at Buchanan Tower 104A (Lobby). Featuring games such as: 🏅 Bananagrams 🏅 Taboo 🏅 Anomia 🏅 Apples to Apples 🏅 Pictionary …and more! Face off against your fellow English students to see who’ll emerge victorious. FREE snacks will be provided. RSVP on our Facebook event here.

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    Canon Cagematch: VILLAINS

    💀 The ESA executive team hopes everyone had a satisfactorily spine-tingling Halloween and thanks all the brave souls that made it to our HOWLween event! Fear not, however; there is one last treat in store before we must bid farewell to the spirit of Halloween. Gather around the cauldron as the ESA executive team put forth their most loathed villains (no, professors and essay deadlines do not count). 💀  Jia, President: For the collective “Monster Mash” blog post last year, I wrote about Victor Frankenstein. I was grappling with the task of finding out which villain I wanted to write with when it occurred to me that Frankenstein is still the dude for…

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    ✱ TGS Issue 7.1 Launch Party! ✱

    We’re back!!!! The English Students’ Association and The Garden Statuary, UBC’s undergraduate literary journal, are excited to welcome all of you to the launch of Issue 7.1!  Please join us on Thursday, November 30 from 5-7 pm for: 🍂 Free food!! 🍂 Readings from published undergraduates!! 🍂 Mingling with editors, authors, and artists! 🍂 A chance to purchase or win past print editions! This event is open to everyone from the UBC community and beyond. Please feel free to invite your friends, family, or even complete strangers! 🍂 TERRITORIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT 🍂 The Garden Statuary recognizes that this event is taking place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the…

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    HOWLween! with the ESA

    Join the ESA on October 30th for a spooky, scary, sensational afternoon of Halloween fun and games. Including: 👻 Spooky mad-libs stories 😱 Free, festive treats for all 💀 Cookie decorating for ESA members 🎃 And our annual, heart-stopping game of Werewolf Bring your friends! Bring your enemies! We’re going have a scary good time. WHAT: An amazing Halloween afternoon! WHERE: Buchanan Tower, Room 104A (Lobby) WHEN: 4:00 -5:30 PM RSVP at our Facebook event!

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    They Came From Buchanan Tower! Student-Professor Mingle

    In the miracle of perfected Three-Dimension, the ESA presents THEY CAME FROM BUCHANAN TOWER. What are they? Where do they come from? Who are these all-powerful creatures dwelling in Buchanan Tower? And what do they want on campus? You can learn the amazing answers only when you come to the most thrilling professor-student event this October. Meet the department, get to know your professors, and learn to see them less like terrifying aliens and more like friendly ones. When: Wednesday, October 11, 5:00 PM Where: Buchanan Tower, Room 599 RSVP at our Facebook event!   BuTo photographed by Jeff Hitchcock.

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    Submit to The Garden Statuary!

    The Garden Statuary (TGS) is the English department’s student-run multimedia journal. TGS publishes a wide range of student work, including academic essays, fiction, creative-non fiction, scripts, poetry, visual artwork, and more. If you’ve done some particularly stellar creative or academic — or perhaps creative academic? — work, TGS wants you! Successful submissions will be published online and in the beautiful end-of-year print edition. So what are you waiting for? Send us something today! The submission deadline for Issue 7.1 is October 20th! Find out how to submit here!

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    Searching for an AUS Council Representative!

    The UBC English Students’ Association is seeking an AUS Council Representative! The AUS Council Representative attends bimonthly AUS Council meetings and reports back to the executive team with meeting minutes. The executive will also collaborate with the Social Coordinator and other club executives to plan and executive events. If you are interested, send an email to president@ubcenglish.com. Tell us a bit about yourself! Why you’re interested in joining the ESA? What year are you in? Can you think of any cake puns?

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    Bloggers Wanted!

    The UBC English Students’ Association (ESA) is now accepting applications for bloggers for the upcoming academic year. As an ESA blogger, you will have the opportunity to regularly let your snarling wit and opinion be heard by being published periodically on the UBC ESA blog. If you have a passion for (or a very strong opinion of) any and all things English, we encourage you to apply. All undergraduate students of all backgrounds are accepted; this is a great opportunity to get published and involved! Here is a basic description of the blogger position: You will be published on https://www.ubcenglish.com. As a blogger, you will receive a WordPress login with the role…

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    ESA ELECTIONS 2017-2018: Call for Executives

    If you’re looking for a fun opportunity to get involved that looks great on a resume, then have we ever got an offer for you! We are officially seeking executives for next year’s ESA. This is a great way to develop new skills, meet new people, and have an influence on campus. The executive team collaborates to plan everything from ice cream cake socials to The Colloquium, supports initiatives like The Garden Statuary, and connects with students, other clubs, and the department. New ideas are more than welcome, and this is a platform that can help you realize them. What positions are available? We currently elect the following: President, Vice-President, Secretary,…

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    Should I Major in English? The Pros and the Cons

    This post is for all you baby undeclared Thunderbirds and baby English majors. 2017 marks my final year at UBC and  boy, it’s been a ride. A whirlwind of cramming readings, looking up MLA formats, and hitting word counts, to be exact. The first few English courses you’ll take in undergrad are amazing and so very different from high school, with brilliant academics as professors and a high degree of challenge. Upper-year courses are also great—you’re treated with more respect, and the wall between instructor and student crumbles away. At the end of second year, I applied for the Creative Writing program, the English Honours program, and the English Major—Emphasis Literature program.…

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    The Third Annual Colloquium

    WHEN: 12-4PM, January 21st, 2017 WHERE: Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC The English Students’ Association is excited to present the third annual Colloquium! This conference features presentations from English undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members. The Colloquium offers the opportunity to share your work and discuss ideas with other students and faculty members in the English Department. The Colloquium will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017. This event is free and will included a catered lunch! Read on for presenter abstracts and RSVP to the Facebook event to receive all updates and reserve your spot through Eventbrite! We can’t wait to see you there! The…