Events 1916 - 1969
1919 - 1920
In the 1920s , “Lits” were held every Wednesday afternoon following Students' Council meetings. These were amateur performances put on by students and staff – mostly individual performances, but sometimes short plays. They included musical renditions, ventriloquism acts, recitations and rope. These remained popular throughout the 1930s (Rosalie Pederson).
Dances were also popular, and included performances from the students’ orchestra.
1922 - 1923
The first Student Banquet was held in the Hudson’s Bay Company Elizabethan room during the school year, and continued to be held there until 1928. It was only attended by males, since the student population was exclusively male. (R.S)
1930 - 1931
Following the graduation banquet in the Elizabethan Room of the HBC store, there was a snake dance to Hickman’s Hall. There was some damage caused along the way, although it was apparently “caused by people not in the snake.”
1947 - 1948
This was the first year for the “T” awards given by the Students’ Association in recognition of meritorious work either in sports or in other extra-curricular activities. The “T” with bar would be awarded to a student who won two “T”s, and a crest with a scroll was awarded for a three time winner. “It is to be hoped that as time progresses these awards will come to be favourably compared to letter awards at universities” (R.S.).
1950 - 1951
1951 - 1952
1953 - 1954
1954 - 1955
1957 - 1958
Tech Frosh Week
This year was the first of the annual frosh week activities.
1958 - 1959
Frosh Week activities included the issuing of Frosh hats and cards to all freshmen. The freshmen were required to cater refreshments at the request of senior students. (R.S.)
1960 - 1961
Annual Tech Banquet
There was a break with tradition when the Annual Tech Banquet was held in the new East Block cafeteria on the campus instead of the Palliser Hotel. The main entertainment was provided by a student in the Art College, Joni Anderson, who captivated the audience when she played guitar and sang a number of original folk songs in a unique style. She later led a successful international career as a composer and singer under the name of Joni Mitchell. (R.S.)
1964 - 1965
In the 1964 to 1965 year, six candidates were nominated for Tech Queen, including Miss Joni Anderson, a student in the College of Art who went on to become a world famous composer and singer under the name Joni Mitchell. The annual Tech Banquet was held in the cafeteria with a Viking theme and a full-sized model boat included as part of the decorations for the occasion. One of the special guests was Mr. T Moore, First Editor of the Tech Art Record and Emery Weal in 1926. The entertainment included a number of folk songs rendered by Joni Anderson. Colour pictures were included in the Tech Art Record for the first time including photos of the Queen contest and the Banff trip. (R.S.)
1965 - 1966
The 44th Annual banquet and dance was held at the Glencoe Club with 450 in attendance. (R.S.)
1966 - 1967
Beard Growing Contest
There was a beard growing contest this year, much to the consternation of some of the staff who would have preferred clean-shaven students. (R.S.)
“Hootenannies” were popular events this year. (R.S.)
Jo Ann Hetherington, representing Merchandising Administration, was crowned Tech Queen. (R.S.)
1967 - 1968
1969 - 1970
Frosh Queen The winner of Frosh Queen, Shirley Thompson (11/21/69, pg 4) was announced at the Queen Ball which was held in the Tower Building. Don Entwistle was in charge of coordinating the week-long celebration (11/7/69, pg 2). Each Queen candidate was featured in the Emery Weal; a short article, including a photo was published about each individual. The students' interests, program of study, age, weight and height were featured in the article published by the Weal (11/7/69, pg 4 PHOTO).
On March 18th 1970, the Student Council created a referendum on whether or not the Queen Campaign should continue on (2/30/70, pg 3).
Frosh Week Financial Statement for 1969 (12/12/69, pg 4)
|Barbecue Ticket Sales||$1,023.80|
|Grant from Institute||$250.00|
|Beanies, Badges, Helments||$950.42|
|SAIT Food Service||$1,916.35|
|Security Services and Coat Check||$143.50|
|INCOME OVER EXPENSES||$306.74|
The Coffee House was a popular event in 1969. It cost students 25 cents and featured live music and fresh coffee. This event occurred every Sunday throughout the academic year and the event became so popular that the venue expanded into the recreation room. (10/24/69, pg 8).
Hotel Motel presented a dinner and dance for students by students, in conjunction with SAIT Radio, The Emery Weal, Secretarial Arts students and the Alberta College of Art. The event was held every Monday night for an entry fee of $1 and included a food buffet for $1.50, and live entertainment, which included skits. 250 was the capacity for the event and it was served on first come, first served basis (11/21/69, pg 1).
The annual Winter Carnival was held January 26 to the 31st. The event consisted of games and activities which included a snow shoe race, ice sculptures, log sawing, and a beer drinking contest. A casino and dance capped off the week long festivities (1/16/1970 pg 4).