Just a quick message before we get started on the term's meetings (termcard to follow shortly)!
I have recently received a couple of requests from ex-members wanting to be removed from our email list, and if there are others of you out there who no longer attend the society and/or don't want to receive the emails I would encourage you to follow their example before we add freshers to the group. There are two methods: email me and I can take you off the list, or you can go to our groupspaces page (link at the bottom of this email) and remove yourself.
We're reaching the end of what I hope has been a long and prosperous summer vacation, and Michaelmas is just around the corner. The termcard has been finalised and preparations for the fresher's meeting are underway, so now all we need is your help at Fresher's Fair!
The more people we can attract to join our society the better our meetings will be, so if you love Star Trek and have the time and enthusiasm to encourage first years to sign up, please do consider volunteering for one or more of the shifts below. Earlier shifts may involve an element of setting up just as later shifts will probably require some tidying up, but the main duty of both shifts will be to encourage as many freshers to join as possible!
Wednesday 5th October: 10am - 2pm/ 2pm - 6pm
Thursday 6th October: 10am - 2pm/ 2pm - 6pm
Friday 7th October (ReFreshers' fair): 10am - 1pm/ 1pm - 4pm
If you think you can help, please email me back with which times you could do asap. On Sunday I will then contact all the volunteers with the rota and details of how to get in.
The final list for those attending the meal on Monday 6:30pm at Noodle Nation is as follows:
We'll meet out the front, but if you arrive and can't see us check inside; otherwise my mobile number is 07702779307.
I hope that those of you who couldn't make the meal will join us for the termly meeting, taking place in the Old Lodge at Hertford College 8 - 9:30pm (meeting outside the current lodge at 7:45pm as usual). We will be discussing ideas for welcoming in freshers next year and reviewing how we currently run the society so please do come along and share your ideas with us. If you know you can't make it but would like to share a suggestion email me before Monday evening and I will be glad pass it on.
Once again good luck to those with exams, and I look forward to seeing a number of you on Monday!
The deadline for booking a place at our termly meal has passed and I have the following people down as attending:
However I did originally book a table for 10, so if anyone else reading this would like to join us in Noodle Nation at 6:30pm on Monday I will accept two more on a first come first served basis.
The location for the meeting following the meal has yet to be confirmed, and details will be sent out as soon as a room is booked.
Good afternoon Admirals, Commanders, and Ensigns,
This week's email is going out early because your Captain is taking bookings for our termly meal, this time at Noodle Nation, 6:30pm on Monday 20th, to be followed by a special termly meeting (time and location to be confirmed). For those of you who haven't been to Noodle Nation before (you poor, deprived people) it can be found off George Street down the road next to the Odeon and the menu can be read here: http://www.noodlebar.net/food.html, in summary cheap noodle and rice based food, generous portions and well catered for vegetarians.
I have made a provisional booking for 10 people; if you would like to attend you must reply to this email by 5pm Thursday.
After this time I will send out another email confirming who is coming to the meal, with details of the meeting afterwards. If you can't come to the meal I would encourage you to attend the meeting as we will be discussing ways to change and improve our society - get thinking as this is a great chance for you to put forward your ideas.
I hope to see as many of you as possible on Monday, and good luck to those with exams in the meantime!
Good afternoon Ensigns,
This week we will resume watching episodes after last week's quiz (congratulations again to the winning team, 'Elementary my dear Kirk'), with the theme of 'Time Travel'. Declared impossible by the Vulcan Science Directorate in 2154 we will laugh at their mistake as ships are trapped in times long gone and Captains strive to correct fatal mistakes. Suggest episodes on our facebook page; the episodes we have watched so far this year can be found in the wiki on our groupspaces site so try and give us some new ones.
We will be returning to Oriel College this Monday, meeting outside the lodge at 7:45 for an 8pm start, with the usual awesome snacks and drinks.
Start suggesting episodes!
This week's email is going out early because next Monday is a special meeting - the Annual TrekSoc Quiz! We'll give you the chance to show off your knowledge with specialist rounds on each series, interactive rounds to test your creativity, episode clips to test your memory and much, much more.
If you haven't attended any meetings before this is a great opportunity to get involved, so come along to join in the fun and meet some new people. Oldhands, take a break from revision/essays/punting and bring friends/fans to show us what you can do!
The quiz will take place at St Catherine's College, Monday 6th of June. We'll be meeting at 7:45pm by the porters lodge for an 8pm kickoff in the JCR lecture theatre. For this meeting we're going to bump up the refreshments, and of course there will be an extra special mystery prize for the winning team!
I can't wait to see you there,
Good evening Ensigns,
Just a quick message from your Captain: if anyone attending this Monday's meeting owns speakers/can borrow some we would really appreciate it you could bring them along. Otherwise we may be huddled around laptop speakers.
Please email me back if you think you can help.
Earlier this week you had the chance to choose the format for this week's 'Klingon' themed meeting and the votes are in....we will be watching the sixth Star Trek movie, 'The Undiscovered Country'.
'After an ecological disaster leads two longstanding enemies - the Federation and the Klingon Empire - brokering a tenuous truce, the crew of the USS Enterprise must prevent war from breaking out on the eve of universal peace'
This week you can join us at Hertford, meeting as usual at 7:45pm on Monday outside the lodge for an 8pm start (any latecomers wanting directions can phone 07702779307). As this is a movie night there will be popcorn and the usual array of snacks and drinks.
I look forward to seeing you there
Admirals, Officers and Ensigns alike, the choice is yours:
Following on from ‘Borg week’ of last term, the theme for the 30th of May (next week) will be ‘Klingons’.
We could do what we usually do and collect relevant episode suggestions, or alternatively have a movie night (regulation popcorn provided) and watch ‘The Undiscovered Country’ ; the sixth Star Trek film, arguably one of the most exciting, and very Klingon related.
If you would like a say in what we do on Monday, you have between now and Friday to vote by emailing me with your preference.
I will then send out the normal weekly email on Saturday with the results.
Good afternoon Ensigns,
As a loyal member of the crew, are you tortured by jealousy when watching your off-duty companions lose their heads on Romulan Ale? Are you the ensign who experimented with Maraji Crystals? Have you ever wished you could lay your hands on the Venus drug?
TrekSoc will give you the opportunity to live vicariously with this week’s theme: Intoxicants. We’ll watch crew members struggle against addictions, discover that even the Borg aren’t immune to the effects of alcohol, and shake our heads when Elasian tears give Captain Kirk yet another reason to chat up a guest.
For this Monday’s meeting you are invited to the Captain’s ready room, a.k.a. St Catherine’s College. As you enter the college down Manor Road you will see the porter’s lodge ahead of you in a glass-fronted room; we will be meeting outside it at 7:45pm for an 8:00pm start as usual. If you are late, enter the lodge and go up the staircase to the first floor; our meeting will be through the first door on your left. Otherwise the access code for my communicator is 07702779307.
As ever we will provide the usual Starfleet regulation food and drink.
I look forward to seeing you there, and in the meantime put forward your episode suggestions on the facebook event wall.
Hullo there Star Trek fans!
This week sees the maiden voyage of TrekSoc: The Next Generation, ready to boldly go where many other newly promoted ensigns have gone before. The Bridge reports ready for our first sortie into the unchartered territory known this week as Prime Directive Dilemmas. We will be watching our captains struggling to uphold Federation Law in the face of adversity; we will watch them try to defend the existence of pre-warp civilisations against alien technology; we will watch them attempting to right wrongs in the timeline made by shameless villains. It's exciting stuff.
Pease note, we are back to a Monday meeting, meeting at 7:45 PM for 8:00 PM as usual. We are still at Hertford College, the entrance to which is north of the Rad Cam opposite the Bodleian Library (it's the big door with painted shrubbery across the top). My number is 07527119639 for anyone who gets lost/is late, and if you've never attended a meeting before, there's no better time to come and give it a go!
There are still some awesome snacks left from the elections last week, including Pringles and cake, and these will be topped up with Starfleet regulation nibbles and drinks.
All that remains is a request for all crew members to suggest epidsodes!
First Officer Louise
It's my duty to tell you that not only will we be having elections and some excellent episodes at our meeting tonight (7.45 Hertford Lodge), but most importantly there will be AWESOME snacks.
To celebrate the promotion of our new Bridge Crew there will be Lemon Drizzle Cake all the way from Rigel V, Chocolate Indulgence Cake from Talax, Rocky Road from Risa, crisps from throughout the Cardassian Empire and Synethohol straight from Ten Forward.
See you tonight!
Live Long and Prosper,
(Soon to be ex-) Captain Nicola
The meeting this week sees the promotion of members to form a new bridge crew = committee! Remember, that no matter what we must be sure that there is one who is brave and happily goes into action, one who constantly recommends we raise the shields, and one who for some reason has no emotions. We hope that they will have at least one person supporting them by constantly saying that what they want to do is impossible because the hardware canna' take it. The remaining non-promoted members will be permitted to continue talking normally.
Since this is the last meeting Nicola and I will have as commanders, something which we're pretty sad about, we have decided that we get to pick the episodes! We seem to agree on four episodes, so maybe the society as a whole will have a token decision to make too. However, we will definitely be watching Inner Light and Trials and Tribble-ations! Two excellent episodes sure to have you singing and dancing with Star Trek happiness.
The meeting is tomorrow at Hertford. Hertford is just north of the Radcliffe camera, between it and the King's Arms, and the lodge is opposite the entrance to the Bodleian. We'll meet outside the lodge at 7:45 as usual, and start the meeting at 8:00. If you turn up late, ask the porters for directions to the Baring room.
The meeting will have a much-better-than-usual celebratory cake! The cake will take a whole three hours to replicate, in order to have every molecule produced with the highest quality and to reproduce exactly every flavour, both obvious and subtle. Anyone who is lucky enough to sample it will instantly be engulfed with the most intense mouth-joy that space can offer.
This will be an occasion of mixed feelings for Nicola and I. The meeting will be fun, but it will mark the end of a very awesome term of office. We've seen many strange new rooms, learnt some of the alien languages that the members speak, and led our crew through many crises. We've been cloned, split in transporter accidents, joined in transporter accidents, been through wormholes, and lived out a dozen alternate timelines for this year (although you won't remember them because your memories were reset in the last time-jump). I hope you enjoy the Trek Soc led by our replacements. It will be called Trek Soc: The Next Generation, and will feature better technology, more realistic make-up and less embarassing computers.
After we leave, Nicola will be promoted to Admiral Kirk, and I will either become Ambassador Spock or die saving the ship. So try to keep the ship out of danger for me. If I can become Ambassador Spock then I'll keep getting to come back, year after year, in circumstances seemingly designed especially for my convenience. That's the ending I'd like.
Nicola and I both wish Trek Soc: The Next Generation the very best of luck!
Live Long and Prosper!
Greetings, damage control teams!
Please note a change to our routine! The meeting this week will NOT be tomorrow, but will be on Thursday in the Baring Room in Hertford. Thanks to Louise for booking it. This is because we couldn't get the booking for the usual room at Oriel.
I will send out an email the day before the meeting as usual, featuring more detailed directions. This email is letting you know that if you turn up at Oriel tomorrow there will not be any Star Trek waiting there. I am also giving you a reminder of a stupendously important event - the committee elections!
Nicola and I will be retiring, and the society will need new leaders! Between now and Thursday please think about it and be sure if you'd like to go for a position or not. The time commitment isn't that much, and Nicola and I will be around to help you for the rest of term, or available via email for advice after that.
To ensure maximum attendance we are going to provide an expensive extra delicious wonderful cake for everyone to share. We'll also make sure that there are some especially good Star Trek episodes on offer. Similarly, drinks will be delicious and free.
If you want to run for a committee position please email me before the meeting, or speak to me at the very start of the meeting. I won't accept new candidates once the meeting proceedings have got underway. Thanks very much to the ensigns who've already expressed interest :)
The election will be a secret ballot, but the exact form hasn't been decided yet - it will depend on how many candidates there are and what positions they'd like. For instance, last year the candidates didn't mind what position they got, so we held elections for President, Treasurer and Secretary one after the other so that if someone didn't get elected as president they could still run for another committee role. But we'll see how many candidates there are for each position and what their preferences are, and decide on the day.
We're going to ask all candidates to make some sort of speech saying why they'd be good at the job, or why they want it, or why their Star Trek knowledge is more comprehensive than the other candidates, or why the other candidates' deficit reduction plans will instantly plunge the country into poverty and despair. Say or do whatever you like, long or short, or in whatever form, just give the voters some sort of reason why they should vote for you. Before you come to the meeting you should search your soul and have some idea of what you will say, but you needn't write a speech in advance (although you can if you like that sort of thing). No 'Powerpoint' presentations, please! :P
Candidates should be competent, enthusiastic, and aware that even running a light-hearted society like TrekSoc still sometimes needs some serious consideration and thought to get right. But so long as you really enjoy TrekSoc you'll find those other boxes tick themselves ^_^
To sum up, the meeting is at the usual time of 7:45 for 8:00, but on Thursday at Hertford instead of the usual place. There will be elections, speeches, episodes, luxury extra-great cake and a general Star-Trek-themed celebration. The usual colourful email will be sent out on Wednesday.
Be there! ^_^
Welcome to Trinity with TrekSoc :D
Have you ever wondered what would've happened if you could make yourself smarter, faster, stronger? Or if we bred a race of super-humans to do our bidding. To answer all these questions and more TrekSoc brings you Genetic Engineering Night.
Come along and be astounded by the dizzying heights to which science can bring us, and the catastrophic consequences this can cause.
This weeks meeting will be at Oriel, meeting in the Lodge at 19.45 for a 20:00 start. As usual there shall be snacks.
In Other News ask not what your society can do for you, but what you can do for your society!
We're looking for some enthusiastic ensigns ripe for promotion to the committee. If you're excited about Star Trek, and want to help make your society even more awesome send an e-mail my way - we'll be holding elections early in the term.
If anyone could help book a room this would be super-amazing. Currently we only have rooms booked for weeks 1, 4 and 7 and I for one need more Star Trek in my life than that. Please get in contact ASAP if you think you can help.
Live Long and Prosper,
It has reached the point in our mission where we the current bridge crew will be leaving to revise for their finals, and a new committee must be formed! This is a relatively long email explaining why you should volunteer and what it involves, with plenty of descriptive paragraphs, and finally includes a passionate call to anyone who can help book rooms this Trinity.
Running the Star Trek society has been great fun this year, and I'm sure that when you take over you'll find it to be great fun next year too ;) It's not a big time commitment, and you'll get to pick the themes of the meetings and decide when, what and where the socials will be. So you can bias it towards your favourite episodes and your favourite restaurants and pubs! (but don't do that too much, please do listen to members too... :P )
We require at the absolute minimum a President/Captain and Treasurer/First officer. There are a number of other committee roles, such as Secretary/Chief engineer, that have been filled in previous years that have helped divide up the work. In practice you can create as many positions as you like :P
Please email me to give me some sort of indication of your intentions, so we can plan the election and decide when it will be held, etc.
So what sort of Riker are you? Are you a young, headstrong lieutenant Riker, who powers through Starfleet hungering for promotion, or old, slightly creepy Riker, who keeps on passing up offers of promotion in order to continue to serve with bald men?
The plan is to meet with hopeful ensigns and write their crew assessments in the first week meeting, and then to hold elections in second week. For third and fourth week we will train you for your new command duties, and then in fifth week we'll give you manual control. Like how on Riker's first day he had to manually reassemble the saucer section and funny-shaped section of the Enterprise D, and he did it really well on the first try. He's an example to us all. You'll have a much nicer two-week transition period though, so it won't be as scary :)
I'd like to say that in the time I've been on the Trek Soc committee, I've had enormous fun and I've really enjoyed running the society, and helping make it much bigger and more enjoyable than it's been for a while. The general duties of the committee and the specific duties of different ranks are at the bottom of the email, for you to get an impression of what is involved. There are many bullet points but each one is a pretty small task ;)
We need help from someone to sort out the room bookings for this Trinity. You need not be part of the new bridge crew (although for the new bridge crew an ability to organise room bookings for at least next term is of course essential). Currently Captain Nicola has to be present at all meetings because they're at Oriel and she's the one who made the booking. However, the Captain would like to delegate this duty so that she can revise. For my part, I will probably have to skip meetings this term as well. So we can book and use the usual room for the first few weeks, but by fifth week (if not sooner) we'd like someone else to sort out the room so that we have the option of not attending.
Thanks! I hope that there are at least a few excellent officers among you who'll do great things with the society! ^_^
General society duties - at least one person needs to do each
- Making materials for the freshers' fair (such as termcards, signs and tribbles)
- Manning the freshers' fair stall (along with other volunteers, you don't have to do it all yourself)
- Booking the room to hold meetings in
- Deciding theme nights and events
- Buying and bringing the food and drink.
- Bringing the episodes, DVDs and/or laptop, or whatever is needed to get the episodes onto the projector or TV, depending on room.
- Looking after the society episode collection. There are three bags of VHS tapes and DVDs that the society owns, to compliment your own collection. They need shelter whether you end up using them or not.
- Booking the freshers' fair stall
- Organising the stall rota
- Writing the termcards
- Printing the termcards
- Organising special events
- Generally making sure everything gets done and that meetings go smoothly
- They should be enthusiastic, organised, and have some sort of ambition for the society
- Collecting memberships
- Recording all transactions in a CLEAR and UNAMBIGUOUS way in the ledger (something not done that well by some people who had it before me...)
- Recording people who've paid membership in the book of life members and the book of term/year members.
- Paying back the person who buys the food and drink
- Providing room deposit cheques
- Writing long and brilliant emails, each sparkling with more dazzling wit than the last
- Looking after the mailing list - keeping it accurate and up to date
- Maintaining the groupspaces page and facebook group
- They should most importantly be organised, but also able to support the captain however they need.
Tomorrow is the last meeting of term! We will celebrate by ordering a big group takeaway, and eating it in front of the best of The Original Series!
Guys, there is a reason Star Trek is famous, and it's not because of TNG. It's because of the adventures of Kirk and Spock in the 1960s future, and the cultural revolution that followed. We'll be taken back to when the phrase "to boldly go where no man has gone before" was new, and when the series truly lived up to it. There are no repeat visits to Vulcan or Betazed or Risa, no re-used guests or plot devices, and no constraints. Every episode will take us to a completely new situation, with phenomena as fantastic as you like, populated with aliens as weird and far-fetched as the writers could imagine.
The 1960s had a unique perspective on space travel. While the constant threat of nuclear death hovered over their heads, science rushed around them at an impossibly fast rate and confidently set human beings down on a heavenly body that had previously only been looked at. People couldn't help but believe that very soon mankind would reach Mars, then other stars, and then other intelligent species. There was nothing in all of history that could serve as a guide for what lay ahead.
That's where Star Trek came in! Its larger-than-life characters and detailed technology showed people that mankind's future in space would probably be far more thrilling and wondrous than they'd ever considered. We'll see higher-dimensional aliens masquerading as gods, remote colonies rediscovering the difficulties of keeping mankind civilised, and the dangers brought by meddling with technology that has advanced faster than humans' wisdom could keep up.
The meeting will be at 8:00, and we'll be meeting outside Oriel Lodge from 7:45. Please bring money for your takeaway, including plenty of change - as much as you can find down the back of your starfleet-issue sofa. Please do not use a replicator to manufacture forged currency, as this will not be valid, and it will just slow everything down while we wait for Nicola to do a spectroscopic subspace resonance trace on all the coins to check for replicator signatures.
Please also email in with suggestions for what sort of takeaway to get. Nicola has suggested Domino's, but if you'd like somewhere else please say. I guess we don't really need to all get a takeaway from the same place, if you have some crazy takeaway idea that we probably won't all agree on. Just one big order is easier to organise though :P
The society will assist with the revelling by bringing a fountain of a thousand types of fizzy drink, for us to guzzle until night turns into morning.
Please also email in with episode suggestions! I will be bringing *all* of TOS, so you can just bring your well-thought-out suggestion on the night, too.
See you all at Hilary Term's final meeting's final frontier ^_^
Greetings, members of the collective!
After being separated from the rest of our kind for so long, this week we will be restoring our link to the collective as we watch the episodes where the Borg first added our televisual cultural distinctiveness to their own, back in May 1989. And let me tell you, they certainly made an entrance.
There is a theory about the creation of the borg. Originally they were a natural humanoid species, and had minds that were quite separate, and used to communicate by e-mail, as we do. But somewhere around 40-50 Earth years into their information age, their internet had got so fast that they could send e-mails in a fraction of a second. They would receive hundreds of emails, skim reading each of them - still thinking about their work, but absorbing the information into their subconscious. Each of them received e-mails several times a minute, which became several times a second, and then it stopped being clear where the person ended and the internet began. Eventually the 'e-mails' could not be separated from the minds of the people, and the Borg collective consciousness was born. There are some who say the same thing could happen here, one day. And there are some who say that could be sooner than we think, like maybe in a couple of hours. And there are others who say that in Oxford, our e-mail collective consciousness has already been born.
Sorry that this email kind of, makes that situation worse, btw. :S
Anyway, on Monday we'll watch with the Borg equivalent of glee as some foolish members of species 5618 are assimilated into the collective and with every one, we grow more whole. Now that this species is brought to our attention, their fate is secured. We will assimilate every one of them. We will watch other episodes where our knowledge of species 5618 is increased, and the time when we join with them inevitably comes closer.
Together, with one mind, we will gather at the Oriel College Node for data transfer, at what species 5618 call "8pm" (as usual, please start arriving at 7:45). The purpose of the meeting will be to adapt species 5618's culture to service ours.
There will be samples of the biscuits and refreshments of species 5618, and these biscuits' biological and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own.
And mercifully, for the duration of the meeting, degree work will be irrelevant. Diligence is futile.
As always, we welcome new members hoping to be assimilated.
Alun of Eight.
[species 5618 = humans, in case you didn't pick up on it...]
Greetings, underappreciated geniuses!
This week we're celebrating a selection of the many hidden gems that Star Trek has to offer.
It's oddly appropriate that it should be in sixth week, because sixth week itself is generally one of the best weeks of term.
You'll have all heard the phrase "Fifth week blues". I find it really rather annoying because I've never noticed fifth week being particularly more or less miserable than any other week, and I suspect very few people do, yet people keep repeating the phrase over and over as if it's an unavoidable truth and a law of physics, which, as we have all learnt from Scotty, we cannae change. Therefore, I'd like to suggest a new phrase, "sixth week awesome", because sixth week is a hidden gem of term. Lots of student plays on, work generally comes together a little, the end of term comes into view, and TrekSoc celebrates Hidden Gems. The list goes on. But since the phenomenon of "sixth week awesome" isn't very famous, this makes sixth week a hidden gem of term. So I spent a paragraph trying to link the meeting theme with the time of term.
So write in with hidden gem episodes! We're looking for the underdogs, the brilliant subordinates of seasons. Episodes that are the Jeeves to the Wooster of "City on the edge of forever", and the Penny to the Inspector Gadget of "The best of both worlds".
I've been really wanting a hidden gems night for ages because when I sit down to watch Star Trek I often enjoy an episode SO MUCH that I feel a desperate need to share it with the world, as if I've stumbled across a lost but recently discovered archive of sci-fi, never before seen by anyone except the editor. It starts to bother me that there are some people out there who haven't seen this episode and therefore don't appreciate its brilliance. The injustice of it, the desecration of art. The idea that some people haven't seen every excellent episode makes me so angry that I just have to get out there to the world and start to set things right. That's why I joined the Star Trek society committee. Any of you thinking of going for a committee position next term, by the way, be aware that an irrational consuming passion for spreading the magnificence of Star Trek to every corner of the world until all people appreciate it the way it deserves, is an advantage.
So hidden gems night is all about fighting for justice. Making sure that episodes get the recognition they've earned. I'm sure that basically everyone reacts in the same way as me when they enjoy an episode of Star Trek, so we should have a selection of episodes fit for a king that will BLOW OUR MINDS. Having to pick just three to watch will not be an easy decision.
The nature of this week's theme makes it extra important that you
WRITE IN WITH EPISODE SUGGESTIONS!
Just think of an episode you watched recently (outside of TrekSoc) that you remember enjoying. Don't hesitate, just email!
Meet at Oriel lodge at 7:45 for the meeting at 8:00.
Food and drink will be there too!