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Week 7: "Heard you were Talkin' Shat"

E-mail sent by Callum Spiller, Monday, 8th June 2015 @ 12:51am

Hey there Trekkers!

It’s 7th week and the end of term is nearly upon us! This week the theme is celebrating the best (and worst) performances of William Shatner! Throughout The Original Series Shatner has provided some of the most scintillating performances, however the quality of which can perhaps sometimes be taken to task. Nevertheless he never fails to impress by the manner in which he displays the nature of his character’s predicaments! Suggestions will be taken for episodes which feature the most memorable of Shatner’s on-screen antics! Poll will be listed on Facebook for suggestions. Come along to Pembroke College on Monday at 7:45-8pm to find out which episodes are chosen!

As a reminder, the meal at Pembroke is on Tuesday meeting outside the college at 6:50pm not forgetting gowns, £7.30 for payment and optional bottle of wine! Look forward to seeing everyone there.
In other news which some of you may find interesting, this week Oscar and I got sent an email from a producer of BBC Radio 2’s Breakfast show which read something like this:

Hi Callum,
I’m a producer on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Radio 2.
We’re looking for someone to talk about Star Trek on tomorrow morning’s show.
Please call me on (mobile number) asap and I’ll tell you more.

As it turns out, they were looking for someone to talk about the philosophical aspects of Star Trek on the radio, unfortunately, when I called them up they had foolishly decided to cancel the idea so there was no radio appearance! I just thought I would share with you all to show how TrekSoc is actually recognised and appreciated as a source on Science fiction knowledge… that and it’s pretty cool to think someone on Radio 2 thought to look us up as a prominent voice for Star Trek!

A final reminder; those who wish to come to the concert in November please please PLEASE bring your money to the meeting on Monday or on Tuesday so I can get seats booked for everyone, will be an awesome trip, we already have a few takers so the more the merrier!

LLAP

Captain Spiller

Week 6: Victory!!

E-mail sent by Callum Spiller, Sunday, 31st May 2015 @ 10:36pm

Hey there Trekkers!

I would just like to begin by giving a HUGE congratulations to the team who attended the Trinity Term Geek Quiz for an excellent turnout and performance! I am delighted to say that TrekSoc has successfully DEFENDED THEIR TITLE in such an emphatic fashion that no other team had a higher score than us throughout the course of the quiz! Not to mention that they did their captain very proud with a stunning performance on the music round! Massive congrats and thank you to all who came; I hope to see you all and more in next term’s quiz!

With regard to this week’s meeting, we are continuing on from our cliff-hanger ending last week by watching ‘Descent Part II’. This means that there is no specific theme this week other than to bask in the glory of our Geek Quiz victory! So I’m opening suggestions for just good episodes that you like! Perhaps they can contain a victory for the Federation (or any other race for that matter) in honour of our glorious achievements!

In addition, following the results of the Facebook poll, the date for the meal will be the Thursday 9th of June for Formal Hall in Pembroke. Cost for guests is £7.32 and a gown is required! Although no formal wear is necessary, you can wear your gown over normal clothes! If you could mark in your diaries to meet outside Pembroke at 18:50, we can go straight into Hall and potentially college bar afterwards!

That’s all for this week, remember we are meeting tomorrow from 7:45-8:00pm outside Pembroke College for the meeting!

LLAP

Captain Spiller

Set Phasers to Quiz! Geek quiz this thursday!

E-mail sent by Callum Spiller, Wednesday, 27th May 2015 @ 4:56pm

Hey there Guys,

I have been informed that the Geek Quiz is in fact THIS Thursday and not in 6th week as I previously thought. So for all of you who wish to come and defend our title, we will be meeting outside the usual place (Magdalen College) for 8pm on Thursday.

Please let me know if you can make it or not just to get numbers. If you wish to bring any guest helpers along, it is not only welcome, but highly encouraged!

Sorry for the short notice everyone; you needn't worry too much about the questions as I have a round saved that was unused last term!

So; this Thursday for 8 outside Magdalen!

Cpt. Spiller

LLAP

Week 5: Dammit Jim! I'm a doctor, not a guest star!

E-mail sent by Callum Spiller, Sunday, 24th May 2015 @ 9:29pm

Hey there Trekkers!

This week suggestions will be taken for episodes which include a particularly memorable cameo role! There are a number of appearances from famous actors not in the usual Star Trek casts throughout the series’ span. These cameos, however; can quite deceptive and hidden so some research may be needed beforehand! Remember to come to Pembroke College between 7:45 and 8pm tomorrow evening to find out who will be making an appearance!

Just a quick reminder for those wishing to come to the Royal Albert Hall concert please remember your £36 to bring to the meeting tomorrow!

LLAP

Captain Spiller

Revision to the last email!

E-mail sent by Callum Spiller, Monday, 18th May 2015 @ 10:23am

Hi there Terkkers,


In the last email there were a couple of mistakes, the first being that I forgot to mention that tonight's meeting is to be held at Pembroke College and that we are meeting from 7:45-8pm outside the front of college.





The second revision is to say that the concert I mentioned is held in November, not in June!




Many Apologies,

Captain Spiller




 

Week 4: [CITATION NEEDED]

E-mail sent by Callum Spiller, Sunday, 17th May 2015 @ 11:00pm

Happy 4th Week Trekkers!

‘Technobabble’ is most certainly one of the main pillars upon which Star Trek is constructed. More often than not, the way in which the atmospheric flux actuator malfunctions or indeed how phased spatial disturbance interferes with trans-warp location signals can shape the way an episode is structured. Sometimes, however; the extent to which our disbelief must be suspended is so great that one cannot but shake your head in wonder.

Suggestions this week will be taken for episodes which contain, or are constructed upon, the most ridiculous of pseudo-scientific premises. One cannot help but foresee that The Original Series will be making an appearance this week (I mean come on they glued an ice-cream cone to a dog’s head and called it an exotic creature for goodness sake). So in order to address an imbalance, I shall also allow for episodes to be suggested which contain a particularly awesome technology as well. These are encouraged to be as un-realistic as possible (for now at least) but they should definitely be something which would be awesome to have around today!

In other news, this is a friendly reminder for all who wish to come to the concert in June, please bring your £36 to the meeting tomorrow!

LLAP

Captain Spiller 

Tonight's Meeting, Supplemental: Meet up at 8:00-8:15

E-mail sent by Callum Spiller, Monday, 11th May 2015 @ 9:52am

Hey there Trekkers,

As an update to the previous email, tonight's meeting will have to be pushed back a few minutes due to various unforseen circumstances in the musical world that require me to be somewhere else at 7:45.

So for tonight, meet up outside Pembroke from 8:00-8:15 and I should be with you to take you all to the new room!

I am terribly sorry for the short notice.


LLAP

Captain Spiller





 

New Committee/ 3rd Week: Keeping Up With The Cardassians

E-mail sent by Callum Spiller, Saturday, 9th May 2015 @ 4:26am

Greetings Trekkers!

As you may have heard, a rather important election has taken place this week… that’s right! The annual TrekSoc elections are now over and a new committee has been installed!

I would firstly like to introduce myself, Callum Spiller, as your new Captain along with Alastair Graham who will be our new First Officer. Additionally, since there were no candidates put forward, it is my knowledge that Nathan Donaldson will be reprising his role as Technical Officer this year. I think it goes without saying that the outgoing committee have done a cracking job and so I would like to thank Oscar and Anthony for last year’s meetings and activities; it was a real blast and I hope we can adequately fill the bridge seats that have been left to us!

With a new committee however, there is going to be a change of location for the meetings. Now, just like last year, meetings will be held on Mondays with a rendezvous between 7:45 and 8pm outside college. However, we will now be meeting at PEMBROKE COLLEGE! I shall attach a PDF of the exact location of Pembroke, but for those wanting a short description, Pembroke is on St. Aldate’s Street near G+D’s. To find it you will need to go down the street directly opposite to Christ Church College’s Tom Tower, past St Aldate’s Church and the college entrance should be directly ahead. The entrance should be quite visible at the moment due to the fact the porter’s lodge is undergoing renovation and there is currently a large yellow skip out the front which should be a good marker for trying to find the college! I will be waiting outside of the lodge at 7:45 and once it gets to 8pm we can head inside to our lovely new room!

So for 3rd week, the theme for our meeting is entitled ‘Keeping up with the Cardassians’! In honour of this somewhat enigmatic race who are probably best known for their hostile role in Deep Space 9, suggestions will be taken for your favourite episodes featuring Cardassians. Do you want to see them at their warmongering best as members of the Dominion? Or perhaps you might want to see an alternate perspective on them; showing that they aren’t just some angst-ridden spoon-heads from Cardassia Prime?! Make sure you come along this week to vote on the episodes you think will show them off the best!

Now this email is being sent a bit earlier than in the usual schedule but this is because I wanted to draw your attention to an exciting event happening this November. As a Music student it is, of course, my duty to keep up with new music events and I just happened to notice that an Orchestra are coming to London’s Royal Albert Hall to put on an Audio-Visual concert of purely Star Trek music! More details can be found here: http://www.startrekvoyagelive.com/

Now, I can guarantee that I will be going to this event as these Cine-Concerts are seriously, seriously, awesome. However, I thought it would be really cool if we could all go as a group if anyone else was interested in going. The concert is held on Sunday the 1st November in 4th week, Michaelmas, at 7:30 in London. If anyone else is interested, just send me a message or indeed, put a comment below on the Facebook post. However, if we are to sit together, I will need to book this sooner rather than later before seats sell out! So if you want to come, you will need to bring along £36 for the ticket at the next meeting so I can buy them as a group. If you want to do this as a bank transfer I can also accommodate that if you send me a message. Just remember to state your interest so I get the numbers of who and who doesn’t want to come!

Okay I think that’s it for this email, sorry it is such a long one but there was a lot of info to get through; I promise they won’t be so long-winded in the future!

To close, I’m super-excited about this year at TrekSoc and hope I can help in making it as fun for everyone else as it was for me in the previous two terms I have been here!

LLAP,

Captain Spiller

Outgoing Committee favourites and Voting!

E-mail sent by Oscar Acton, Sunday, 3rd May 2015 @ 12:24pm

Hey there Trekkers!

I’m sad to say that this will be my last email to you all as Captain. It feels like no time at all since I took up this post, and it’s been great fun! Thanks to you all from me and Nathan and Anthony for being such a good society this year, we all had a blast! Last meeting of term will be usual time and place, outside Jesus College main gates tomorrow at 7.45, and we’ll be watching some of our favourite episodes! Hope to see you there!

So, to replace us, we need a new committee! We’ve had a few nominations, and voting will happen for all three positions tomorrow! There’ll be plenty on it at the meeting, but if you’re not going to be there, you can still run, just send me an email with the details of which position you’d like to apply for. There’s Captain, Technical Officer and First Officer available!

LLAP,

Captain Oscar

Week 1: Battle of the Captains, Picard Week

E-mail sent by Oscar Acton, Sunday, 26th April 2015 @ 12:33am


Hey there, Trekkers!

Welcome back everyone, I hope you all had a good vac! Trinity term can be a tough one, and I know that many of you will have various sorts of exams and such coming up. So what better way to chill out after a hard day’s work than by watching a bit of Trek! This week we’ll finish what we started last term, and give Picard his shot at the Best Captain title. Then we’ll vote to see who our overall favourite is! Meet is same time and place as usual, outside the Jesus College Main Gates at 7.45pm this Monday for an 8pm start. Come along even if you haven’t before- can’t wait to see you all there!

Also, it’s coming round to that time of year where we will need to elect a new committee! We’ll need people to fill the roles that Anthony, Nathan and I currently fill; that’s First Officer, Technology Officer and Captain respectively. Job descriptions can be obtained by chatting to any of us, and you can email me with any questions. We’ll try and hold the elections in the 2nd week meeting, but it is liable to change depending on numbers.

LLAP,

Captain Oscar

Additional: TrekSoc Dinner

E-mail sent by Oscar Acton, Tuesday, 3rd March 2015 @ 10:10am


Hey there Trekkers!

Just a quick email to say, if you would like to come to TrekSoc dinner next week sometime, then please tell me your availability on the poll on the Facebook page! There’s a link at the bottom of this email that should take you straight there. If you do not have Facebook, then feel free to email me at oscar.acton@jesus.ox.ac.uk with your availability, and I’ll make sure to include you.

LLAP,

Captain Oscar

Week 7: Leonard Nimoy Tribute Week

E-mail sent by Oscar Acton, Sunday, 1st March 2015 @ 5:03pm


Hey there Trekkers!

In a slight departure from our planned theme, this week we are paying tribute to the late great Leonard Nimoy, who passed away on Friday. So please suggest your favourite Spock episodes for us to watch and enjoy together! Once again, we’ll meet at 7.45 on Monday outside the Jesus College main gates. Hope to see you there!

LLAP,

Captain Oscar

Week 6: Battle of the Captains, Round 2!

E-mail sent by Oscar Acton, Sunday, 22nd February 2015 @ 2:01pm


Hey there, Trekkers!

This week we are continuing our battle of the Captains with Sisco vs. Archer! After a shockingly good showing from Kirk last week, can the underdog Archer manage to wrestle victory from Sisco this week? Do we have enough collective Enterprise knowledge to make this a fair fight? Or will Sisco run away with it? Suggest your episodes, and let’s see how they do! We’re meeting at 7.45 outside Jesus College once again this Monday; I hope to see you there!

LLAP,

Captain Oscar

Week 5: Battle of the Captain, Hall Visit details and Geek Quiz!

E-mail sent by Oscar Acton, Saturday, 14th February 2015 @ 6:29pm


Hey there Trekkers!

We’re on the latter half of term now, so we’re starting what will be a theme for the next few weeks: The Battle of the Captains! The plan is to show the best episodes for each captain, as chosen by our members, and then see which one we think is our favourite. This week is going to be Kirk vs. Janeway, but if we get enough enthusiasm in episode suggestions, we’ll spread it out to a captain a week. So either message me with your suggestions in whatever form you wish, comment on the Facebook post or bring them along on the night. Meeting at 7.45 this Monday outside Jesus College main gates as usual!

The next order of business is this term’s Hall visit! Thanks to the generosity of Ensign Jenny, we are this term winging our way to St Cross for a special dinner on the 24th (Tuesday of 6th)! I have put the menu at the end of this message for you to look at, with all the necessary details. If you want to come, then please just send me an email at oscar.acton@jesus.ox.ac.uk with the subject line “TrekSoc Dinner” and your name before TUESDAY AT 6.00 and you can come along! I’m looking forward to it already! :)

Finally, Geek Quiz is this Thursday at 8.00, meeting outside the Daubeny Lecture theatre opposite Magdalen College. We had loads of fun last time, so feel free to come and try it out! The idea is that each team brings rounds of questions on all sorts and levels of geeky trivia, so if you want to make your own, do bring it along!

A busy week this week! Here’s hoping you all manage to avoid those 5th week blues!

LLAP,

Captain Oscar

St Cross Dinner Menu Tuesday 24th:

Chef's Hall

Dress Code: Daily Wear & Gowns

Price:
Junior Members & Ox Uni Guests £9.71
Junior Member's Non-Ox Uni Guests £9.71 + VAT
Senior Members & Guests £10.83 + VAT

Menu:

Twice Baked Spinach Souffle 

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Steak and Ale Pie with Mash Potato and Vegetables
(V) Roast Vegetable Yorkies with Mash Potato and Vegetables

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Fruits of the Forest Trifle  

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Coffee

Week 4: Alien Civilisations

E-mail sent by Oscar Acton, Sunday, 8th February 2015 @ 10:33pm

Hey there Trekkers!

There are lots of weird and inventive alien races in Trek, but what might be even cooler are their Civilizations! So which do you prefer? Are you all about logic and the Vulcans, or maybe you identify with the ways of our short tempered Klingon allies? Or maybe even those odd potato people from last week’s episode? No judgement! Just message me, comment on the Facebook post, or bring your ideas along to the meet! Normal meet at 7.45 outside the Jesus College main gates! Can’t wait! :)

LLAP,

Captain Oscar

Week 3: Why was Trek so successful? It had good Genes!

E-mail sent by Oscar Acton, Sunday, 1st February 2015 @ 12:07pm


Hey there Trekkers!

After the slight downer that was last week’s meeting, (episodes focussed on death are depressing? Who knew?) this week, we’re going for the opposite end of the spectrum, with fun and lighthearted episodes! They can be funny on purpose or by accident, but if they make you laugh, we want to hear about them! Meeting once again at 7.45 outside Jesus College main gates on Monday (tomorrow), either bring along your suggestions or post on the facebook page/ email me. As normal, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me by whatever method you prefer (although my communicator’s down at the moment)! Hope to see you all there!

LLAP,

Captain Oscar

Additional: Sorry about all of the attempted humour in this week’s email, I’m sure my committee won’t let me forget for a long time as punishment!

Week 2: Another one bites the dust

E-mail sent by Oscar Acton, Saturday, 24th January 2015 @ 12:47pm


Hey there, Trekkers!

After last week’s theme of members joining the crew, this week we’re going to honour all of those poor characters, named or not, who fell in the line of duty! Is there an episode with an absurdly large body count that you can recall? Or maybe there was a particularly funny/ poignant death that you want to share with the rest of us? Comment on the Facebook post or message me in whatever format you wish with you recommendations, and meet up at 7.45 outside Jesus College main gates this Monday to see the favourites!

Gazing into the distant future, Geek Quiz is on again this term, on the evening of Thursday of 5th week, so start preparing your questions! Even though we’re not exactly top league standard at TrekSoc, many people who have been to these before have told me how much fun they had, so feel free to come along and join the team! If you want to write a round, they’re supposed to be 10 questions long, and on some sort of Geeky material of your choice.

Hope you all have a good week!

LLAP,

Captain Oscar

Week 1: Welcome to a very Trekky 2015!

E-mail sent by Oscar Acton, Sunday, 18th January 2015 @ 12:32pm


Hey there, Trekkers!

Hilary term is upon us, meaning that the cold days of winter will slowly start disappearing. Also, things at Star Trek HQ are kicking back into gear! There’s another exciting Trek-filled term ahead of us, with the promise of a Geek Quiz sometime around the halfway point, a hall-swap opportunity to a mysterious, as yet undecided College, and, of course, our weekly meeting every Monday!

Speaking of which, meet up outside the main gates to Jesus College at 7.45 tomorrow for this week’s episodes, with the theme of New Crewmembers! We’re looking for the good introduction episodes of any new crewmates, whether they ever are seen again or not! So if you have any suggestions, either bring them to the meeting, or even comment on the Facebook post, or email me if you prefer! Even if you’ve never come to Treksoc before, the start of the new term is the perfect time to give it a try for the first time, so feel free to come along to the meeting!

If you have any other questions, feel free to email me! I hope you all have a good term! :)

LLAP,

Captain Oscar

Atomic Pizza 8th Week THURSDAY, please reply!

E-mail sent by Oscar Acton, Tuesday, 25th November 2014 @ 10:17am


Hey there, Trekkers!

Just a quick email about our termly Atomic Pizza trip in 8th week, the day has now been moved to Thursday to accommodate more people! It’s normally great fun at a cool restaurant, so do come along! If you would like to come, then PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL! I need exact numbers by the time I book on this Thursday evening, so I hope that’s enough notice. Just a subject line of ‘Attending TrekSoc Atomic Pizza’ will do! I’ll book the table for 8.30, so if you want to have me as your friendly guide to walk you there if you don’t know the way, then I’ll meet you (Surprise surprise!) outside Jesus college at 7.45 – 8.00. If you would like to walk as a group, could you please include that in your email also, so I can see how many people I’ll be waiting for! Otherwise, we’ll meet you at the restaurant itself at about 8.30. It’s going to be great!

LLAP,

Captain Oscar

7th Week: Who likes Enterprise anyway? And Atomic Pizza!

E-mail sent by Oscar Acton, Saturday, 22nd November 2014 @ 11:26am

Hey there, Trekkers!

This week’s deliberately provocative subject line belies a scandalous fact: here at TrekSoc, we have not watched a single episode of Enterprise this year! So, for all of you Archer fans out there, this is the time to show of your favourite episodes from this lesser known series! Alternatively, come along and see what it has to offer! Meet outside Jesus College main gates on Monday at 7.45 as usual. Hope to see you there! Any episode suggestions? Just fill in the episode poll on Facebook, or drop me an email!

Also, as we’re nearing the end of term, it’s time to start making plans for our traditional trip to Atomic Pizza! For those of you who haven’t been before, it’s a geeky restaurant on Cowley Road, decorated with loads of cool stuff, and with really good food! It’s a staple of many societies in Oxford, I know! So, if you want to come, it’ll be on Wednesday of 8th week, at about 8.00 in the evening, unless that’s too difficult for most people to make. Please email me to tell me that you want to come, I’ll be booking the table this Wednesday evening, so message me by then.

Hope you all have a good last couple of weeks of term!

LLAP,

Captain Oscar


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