Events 1916 - 1969

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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

Student Banquet
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

T Awards
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

29th Annual Banquet
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1951 - 1952

30th Annual Banquet
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1953 - 1954

32nd Annual Banquet
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1954 - 1955

33rd Annual Banquet
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1957 - 1958

Tech Frosh Week
This year was the first of the annual frosh week activities.

1958 - 1959

Frosh Week
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

Tech Queen
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

Annual Banquet
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.)

Tech Queen
Jo Ann Hetherington, representing Merchandising Administration, was crowned Tech Queen. (R.S.)

1967 - 1968

67 - 68 Dance
Tech Queen
Miss Sue Kell, representing the Business Administration Club, was crowned Tech Queen. (R.S.)

1969 - 1970

Frosh Week

Jerry Kolewaski was the frosh chairman for 1969. Students were to wear their frosh grubs at all times during frosh week, including frosh hats and ID pins. A booklet was handed out to students that was good for
Frosh Queen, Shirley Thompson
Frosh Queen
free admission to the dances, the BBQ, and the Big Sister Tea that was for the female frosh students (9/26/69, pg 3).

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)

Frosh Fees $4,765.80
Gate Receipts $749.00
Dances $274.00
Barbecue Ticket Sales $1,023.80
Grant from Institute $250.00
TOTAL INCOME $6,139.60
Band Fees $1,452.50
Rentals $900.00
Happy Valley $190.64
Transportation $1,090.64
Printing $181.79
Beanies, Badges, Helments $950.42
Catering $1,800.00
Club Cuisine $116.35
SAIT Food Service $1,916.35
Security Services and Coat Check $143.50
Miscellaneous $67.66

Coffee House
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
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).

Winter Carnival
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).

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