The History Undergrad Society (THUGS)

The History Undergraduate Student Society (THUGS) executive.

THUGS exists to enhance the UVic experience of History undergraduates. THUGS is designed to facilitate student involvement in the study and interest of history by providing opportunities to network with peers and faculty members on both an academic and social level. It does this through regular events such as movie nights, special lectures, socials and pub crawls.

Position Name
President Jesse Bachmann
Vice President Allison Wardle
Director of Finance Jordan Crocker
Director of Academics Wade MacAulay
Editor-in-Chief of The Corvette Mariana Gallegos Dupuis
Associate Editor of The Corvette Pier Brown
Director of Records Lindy Marks
Director of Communications Pierus Bonnett
Director of Activities Ezekiah Ditoro
Majors Representative Katherine Lafrenerie
Director at Large Pat Knight
Director at Large Adele Liebelt
Director at Large Josie Gray
Director at Large Zoë-Blue Coates
Director at Large Rhett Mutschke
Director at Large Ari Finnsson
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The History Undergraduate Society is also pleased to be undertaking a number of other academic events over the course of the year, including a panel on the end of the Cold War, a joint ‘movie-night’ with the Department of History, and the resumption of its “Myth-busters” lecture series.

THUGS History

The Beginnings

THUGS is a Course Union under UVSS which is recognized by the Department of History. Since the start of the course
union, the namesake has changed many times. The earliest records of the course union is a Journal created in 1973. The
course union was called the Historical Association under the leadership of former President Robert McDougall. A journal was
also created with Derek Osborne as the editor. The 1973 Journal is considered by many as the first Historical Undergraduate
Journal at UVic.

The 1980s

The next active records start in 1981 with the course union name changed to History Students' Course Union (HSCU). The
HSCU restarted the publication of a History undergraduate journal under a new name, The Ascendant Historian. The
Ascendant Historian continued to grow with readership reach McGill University. It was during this period where HSCU
became more important. The HSCU pressed for policy and guideline changes which still affects History students to this day.

The 1990s

The HSCU continued to thrive into the new decade. The name changed once again to History Course Union (HCU).
However, the HCU was on the decline and before the middle of the decade the course union collapsed.

The course union was ultimately re-established in September 1994, under the name History Under-Graduate Society or
HUGS. Over the next few years, a new constitution was drafted over many revisions with the help of many faculty members.
The newly created HUGS helped re-established the the undergraduate journal with a new name, Blurred Genres.

The Early 2000s

With a stable organization, HUGS continued to re-established itself as an important part of the department and history
students. Lecture series, social gathers movie nights were created to help grow the membership. The course union changed its
name once again to its present form, The History UnderGraduate Society (THUGS). By 2004, THUGS once again was an
organizations with no direction and were led by a group of Honour's students.

The Present Form

THUGS was re-established as an active course union with in campus life and the department in April 2006. A new journal
name was established in 2006 called This Old Coast. However, the journal changed once more to suit the UVic style: The
Clearihue Review.

Today, THUGS is one of the most successful course unions with the support of faculty and staff members. With a mixture of
social (Pub Crawls, History Socials, Meet-n-Greets), academic (The Clearihue Review, Movie Nights, Mythbusters and
the Forgotten Histories Lecture Series) and administrative (faculty candidate interviews, departmental policy reviews) aspects
as the core foundations of THUGS, the future of the course union going to be more successful then ever before.

The Corvette is a peer-reviewed undergraduate history journal seeking to publish the best scholarship produced by University of Victoria students concerning the past. We are interested in all methods and fields of inquiry.

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