Monthly Archives: October 2016

Call for Associate Editors

Are you interested in putting your editorial skills to the test? Do you want to split hairs over comma splices? Do you want to make sure Plebeian never goes out of style (as prescribed in the Plebeian Style Guide)? We are hiring six associate editors. Click on the link in the title to see the official call for associate editors and check out Plebeian online for the application form and more info. Applications are due in on Thursday 17 November 2016 by 4:00 p.m.

Click here for the official Plebeian Call for Associate Editors 2017.

Study Abroad!

Shared from Professor Akrigg:

Experience the World! (Click for the Study Abroad Postcard)

Interested in learning about international opportunities? Join us at our annual Student Exchange Fair. We will be showcasing 150 exchange destinations in 40 countries and will be joined by partner representatives from — University College London, University of Liverpool, Maynooth University, University of Sydney, University of Copenhagen and Campus France.

Meet with our returning exchange students as well as current inbound exchange students who will share their insights on their global adventures.

CIE Student Exchange Fair (St. George campus)
Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 11am to 3pm
Cumberland House, 33 St. George Street

UTM Student Study Abroad Fair
Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 11am to 3pm
Davis Building, Meeting Space

UTSC Study Abroad Fair
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 11am to 3pm
UTSC Meeting Place

If you are interested in Summer Abroad (not Study Abroad) from a student’s perspective, feel free to contact Willem Crispin-Frei, CLASSU President.

ASSU Referendum Statement

Dear Classics Students:
The Arts & Sciences Students’ Union (ASSU) will be holding a Referendum on Wednesday, November 2nd and Thursday, November 3rd to increase the ASSU fee by $3 per term. The last ASSU Fee Referendum was six years ago in the fall of 2010. Since then, with the additional money from that referendum, they were able to increase funding to Course Unions, provide more programming for students, as well as create and increase the funds, bursaries, scholarships and awards they provide. Almost all of the funding for events run by the Classics Students’ Union (CLASSU) is derived from the ASSU fee.
ASSU traditionally operates on a five-year plan, of which they are in year six. With the growth of their programming and the increase in the number of Course Unions they support, they are now operating on a budget that far exceeds their income. ASSU still continues to operate on one of the lowest student levies on campus, $9.50 per term, but to continue the services they provide, and to expand the services and events we at CLASSU can provide, they are asking students to support a fee increase. As well, there will be a second referendum question asking for their student levy to rise with inflation, a practice that most student groups on campus (including UTSU, APUS, GSU, etc.) already have in place.
You may be asking why you should pay an additional $3.00 per term when you already pay so much money to the university, but the additional money will go a long way to serving yourself and other students in a much more immediate way. If you are reading this statement, then chances are that you already benefit from your ASSU fees whether it’s the free lunch at the Assembly of the Plebs conference, a hard copy of our lovely journal, Plebeian, one of CLASSU’s infamous cakes, or access to various resources the CLASSU offers, then this increase will improve your opportunities and those of your peers, just in the Department of Classics.
ASSU funds the other course unions that offer programming as well in addition to their own. ASSU awards bursaries and scholarships that enable your peers to travel and have new experiences that they can bring back to you and potentially open up new paths for you, or you yourself might be a recipient of one such award. ASSU advocates on our collective behalf—they have successfully lobbied the administration for services and policies that directly affect their students – such as, the option of CR-NCR courses, the ability to drop courses until the last day of classes without academic penalty, the policy about Repeating Passed Courses, the implementation of the Wait List, the 24hr Robarts Study Space, the Interest Relief on Outstanding Fees (until November), the Revised A&S Appeals Process, ensuring that students had other options beside Turnitin to prove their lack of plagiarism, and the review a number of syllabi to guarantee that key components—such as accessibility statements—become mandatory. They were also a large contributor to getting the Fall Reading Week passed last year, which will reward students with a week off during fall term effective next year.
All of these initiatives between CLASSU and ASSU have encouraged more participation in course unions in general, and since 2010, eleven new course unions have been created. ASSU has operated in a deficit the past couple of years trying to keep up, but now needs to either cut its programming our increase its revenues.
If you have ever come to a CLASSU event, or have enjoyed our Facebook posts, we hope that you will show your support for both CLASSU and ASSU by VOTING YES to increase the ASSU fee by $3 per term on November 2nd and 3rd.
Ex animo,
The CLASSU Senate

Plebeian Deputy Editor-in-Chief Position

This position (one only) is open to any person who is a member of ASSU (as defined in the ASSU constitution); however, applicants who have knowledge of Classical Antiquity will be preferred (i.e. you do not have to be a Classics student to apply, but you must need good editorial skills in addition to a broad knowledge of the Classical World).

The successful candidate for this position will work closely with the Editor-in-Chief, Willem Crispin-Frei. The main responsibilities for this position are listed below, but candidates should take a look at the Plebeian Organizational Charter for a fuller understanding.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Serving as the second-in-command, backup Chief
  • Advise on design, deadlines, and meetings
  • Hiring Associate Editors, and assisting with replacements
  • Reading and ranking of all paper submissions
  • Giving input on editorial decisions presented to the Editing Team
  • Editing two papers with a partnered Editing Team member
  • Observing deadlines for returning drafts to Submitters
  • Meeting with the authors of the two assigned papers at least once

Interview and Hiring Timeline:
6 October 2016: Applications Due
7-14 October 2016: Deputy Editor Interviews
14 October 2016: Decisions Made

The hiring panel is composed of the Editor-in-Chief (Willem Crispin-Frei), the CLASSU President (in this case a proxy for Willem Crispin-Frei), and CLASSU Vice-President (Sam Mazzilli).

Click here to download the application!


Dean’s International Initiatives Fund

Interested in international experiences? Check out this memo from the Faculty of Arts and Science!