Arts Undergraduate Society of McGill University
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Tel: (514) 398-1993
Fax: (514) 398-4431
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2T7
First-Year Events, Academic, and Representative Council
Welcome to your first year at McGill! This must be an exciting time - new classes, new environments, new people, and
for many of you, a new city. The Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS, www.ausmcgill.com) represents all students in the
Faculty of Arts and in the Inter-Faculty of Arts & Science program. Check out the website for more information.
Under the AUS, the First-Year Events, Academic, and Representative Council (FEARC, pronounced "fierce") is
here for you! It is an exciting opportunity to get involved in student politics, event planning, the McGill community, etc.!
According to Article 2 of the FEARC Constitution: "the mission of the FEARC shall be...
a) To represent all undergraduate students enrolled in the Faculty of Arts [or B.A.&Sc. Program] in their first
academic year at McGill University and to promote their welfare and interests, and
b) To provide activities and services to enhance the educational, cultural, environmental, and social aspects of
the lives of its members."
So, what exactly does FEARC do?
In previous years, FEARC has:
* Held a first-year bar night at AUS's Bar Des Arts - and sponsored free beverages for first-year students
* Held a toga party in Gert's, McGill's campus bar
* Held an apartment crawl to help first-year students find apartments after their first year in residence
* Held an open-forum for former CEGEP students to determine how to better integrate students living off-
campus into the Arts Undergraduate Society community
* Written the first-year handbook for first-year Arts students to help them transition to university life
FOR MORE INFORMATION, check out the New Student Info page: www.ausmcgill.com/newstudents2012.
Available Positions: For a description, please see the Appendix. Don't worry about choosing one; we'll discuss later.
* Co-President (2)
* VP Finance
* VP External
* VP Academic
* VP Communications
* CEGEP Representative
* Please fill out this application and either (A) drop off a paper copy in the AUS Office (the basement of Leacock
in the Arts Lounge, use your McGill ID to get inside) or (B) fill out an electronic copy and email it to the AUS
VP Internal, Justin Fletcher, at email@example.com. The deadline for applications is Tuesday,
September 18 at 11:59 PM. Because of the volume of applications we anticipate, late applications will not be
* Upon receiving your application, Justin will email you to schedule an interview. This interview will be with him,
another member of the AUS Executive, and a member of last year's FEARC.
For more information about AUS and FEARC, please refer to the following:
* www.ausmcgill.com and www.fearcmcgill.ca
* Attached appendix of FEARC positions
Please contact AUS VP Internal Justin Fletcher at
* AUS First-Year Handbook
firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
First-Year Events, Academic, and Representative Council
Name: _____________________________________ Year (circle): U0 U1
Student ID Number: 2 6 0 __ __ __ __ __ __
Anticipated Degree (circle): BA BA&Sc
McGill Email: ______________________________________________________
Phone Number: __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ Did you attend CEGEP (circle)?: YES NO
Do you live in residence (circle)?: YES NO / If yes, which? _________________________
Where did you attend high school? Which program did you complete (e.g., IB/AP/A-levels/diploma)?
Best way to contact you: ________________________________________________
OPTIONAL: Desired Positions, in order of preference, with 1 being the most desired. It is OK to not
have a preferred position!
See the attached Appendix for a
description of the positions.
REQUIRED APPLICATION QUESTIONS
Please answer all of the following questions. Please keep your responses to 250 words or fewer for each
question, but do not feel compelled to write 250 words.
1. How did you hear about FEARC, and why are you interested in getting involved in FEARC and student
life at McGill? What is your vision for the ultimate first-year experience at McGill?
2. What relevant experience do you have - either from high school, volunteering, working, etc. - that will
help you serve as an executive of FEARC?
3. What classes are you taking this semester? Why are you an Arts or Arts & Science (B.A.&Sc.) student?
4. Tell us about your first few weeks at McGill. What do you like so far? What don't you like? What
changes do you want to see? Please be honest, and don't be afraid to offend!
5. What can you tell us about you that we wouldn't get to know from the above questions? Show us your
creative side - draw a picture, write a poem, or tell us some unique things about yourself.
Thank you for applying to FEARC! We will get back to you shortly. In the interim, if you have any
questions, please direct them to AUS VP Internal Justin Fletcher at email@example.com.
APPENDIX: FEARC Positions
Don't let the descriptions of the positions overwhelm you. It will be a learning experience for everyone! Keep in mind: you need
not select a position when you apply.
Co-President: This would be a suitable position for you if you are interested in leading a team.
Coordinate and supervise the affairs of FEARC
Ensure that FEARC members are well served by the FEARC.
Call and preside over meetings of Council
Be responsible for spearheading the organization of social and academic events for the members of FEARC.
Be the official spokesperson for the FEARC in a manner consistent with the opinions of its members and executive.
VP Academic: This would be a suitable position for you if you are interested in the academic affairs at McGill
University. It is also a good way to get to know the administration and faculty.
Be responsible for the academic issues for first-year Arts students.
Actively seek feedback regarding curricula and professors of courses within the Faculty of Arts.
Work with the Vice-President Academic of the AUS to address any academic concerns voiced by first-year Arts
VP Finance: This would be a suitable position for you if you are interested in finances and budgeting.
Prepare and maintain the budget of the FEARC
Keep records of the FEARC's financial dealings
Be responsible for organizing fundraising efforts for the FEARC
Ensure that all events and projects of the FEARC are financially viable
VP Communications: This would be a suitable position for you if you are interested in social media, such as
Facebook and Twitter, to ensure that all first-year Arts students know about FEARC. It is not required, but
this might be a suitable position for you if you are proficient with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.
Be responsible for communicating to members of the FEARC (all first-year Arts students) the activities and goals of the
Set up and maintain a FEARC website and listserv system
Search out new opportunities and methods of increasing the FEARC's visibility, and of encouraging the participation of
the membership in FEARC activities
Oversee the preparation of minutes of the meetings of the FEARC Executive
Lead the FEARC Executive's efforts with the First-Year Handbook
VP External: This would be a suitable position for you if you are interested in getting more involved in
student politics at McGill and if you feel you are a strong spokesperson.
Be the representative of the FEARC at the Arts Undergraduate Society's Legislative Council meetings (meets biweekly,
approximately 3 hours per meeting)
Coordinate with other departmental-, faculty-, or university-level student societies to lobby for changes that advance the
interest of FEARC members and to organize events of common interest
Work with the CEGEP Representative to establish and maintain relations with members of FEARC not living in McGill
New this year: liaise with other first-year campus groups as part of SSMU's First-Year Undergraduate Network (FUN)
CEGEP Representative: This would be a suitable position for you if you attended CEGEP and are interested
in finding ways by which to integrate former CEGEP students into the McGill community. This position
was created last year because of a disconnect between students from Montreal and the McGill community.
Be the representative of former CEGEP students in the membership of FEARC
Be responsible for organizing academic and social events for former CEGEP students in the membership of FEARC
Work with the Vice-President External to establish and maintain relations with members of FEARC not living in McGill