SEC 1916 - 1969

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1921 - 1922

The SAIT Students’ Association formed in 1921 to promote literary, athletic and social activities. It could be joined for a $2 fee (Rosalie Pederson).

1932 - 1933

Students' Association Budget 1932-1933

Yearbook $300.00
Athletics $218.00
Banquet $100.00
Field Day $50.00
Library $50.00
Dramatic Club $25.00
Secretary's Supplies $25.00
Emery Weal $25.00
Orchestra $20.00
O.T.A. $12.50
Argonauts $12.50
Model Club $10.00
Films for Lit. Programs $10.00
Charities $30.00
Micellaneous $12.00
Total $900.00

(10/8/82, pg 7)

1939 - 1940

SAIT During the War
During World War II, the institute was used to train “men to operate, maintain and build the equipment of war” (Pedersen, p. 17).

1949 - 1950

Students' Association Dues
The cost to join the Students’ Association was $5.00 (R.S.).

1953 - 1954

Students' Association Dues
The Students' Association fees jumped from $5.00 to $10.00 (R.S.).

1958 - 1959

Im Chang Sik
The Students’ Association adopted a Korean orphan, Im Chang Sik (R.S.).

1959 - 1960

Im Chang Sik
Tech Art Record included the dedication: “To Im Chang Sik, our Korean foster son. The Students of Tech have been his sponsor for two years now, and we hope this will continue far into the future” (R.S.).

1960 - 1961

Yuen Po Sun
The SAIT students adopted Yuen Po Sun, who came from mainland China to Hong Kong with his brothers and parents. They had to live in a ten square foot wooden shack built on the rooftop of an old tenement building. The students sent $190 for his upkeep (R.S.).

1961 - 1962

Im Chang Sik and Yuen Po Sum
The Students’ Association’s support for the Korean orphan, Im Chang Sik, came to a happy end when he was claimed by his aunt and provided with a home. The funds ($180.00) were transferred to a Hong Kong boy, Yuen Po Sum, who lived with his family in a dilapidated ten square foot wooden shack on the roof of an old tenement building (R.S.).

1969 - 1970

SEC Rules
Select positions on the executive committee were saved for male members of SAITSA. The Club Chairman and the Men’s Athletic Chairman were reserved for male candidates (10/3/69, pg 8).

SEC Events
SEC met the Minister of Education, Robert Clark, at the Capri Motor Hotel in Red Deer, to discuss student residences, attendance regulations, tuition fees, and the role of the institute in the post secondary system (10/10/69 pg 1).

Internal Vice President
Kathy McLean resigned from the Internal Vice President position on October 17th, 1969 as she felt that she was unable to give enough attention to her job at SAITSA (10/17/69, pg 1).

SAITSA President
The student representatives of SEC had little power over what happened in meetings as their decisions were often over written by Bob Oleniuk, the president of the Student Executive Council (11/7/69, pg 1).

Executive Assistant Application
In order to apply for the position of executive assistant to the Student President, applicants were required to have knowledge of the current Students' Association and were required to hand in an application, in their own hand writing (12/5/69, pg 8). Gordon Stobie, executive vice present for 1969-1970 school year, was responsible for the following (12/12/69, pg 4 PHOTO):

  • SAIT Annual Banquet
  • Student on the SAIT Safety Committee
  • General Council representative
  • Rotunda Decorating Committee
  • Dog watcher over Emery Weal
  • Member of Student Finance Committee

Student Residence
SAITSA president, Bob Oleniuk, was involved in the planning process for the future student residence building (2/20/1970, pg 1).

SAITSA Student Fees
In order to take full advantage of the $24 student union fees, students were welcomed to bring issues to the attention of the SEC. The following steps must be taken in order to voice a concern:
1. Presentation of a well prepared and comprehensive brief, 24 hours before the association’s next meeting.
2. Problems should be brought to the attention of the student's course representative, who will present it to the SEC.
3. Problem should be brought to the attention of a member of the SEC, who will then present it to the rest of the association. (9/26/69, pg 2)

For students enrolled at SAIT in 69/70, $24 from tuition went to the student union fees. The following is a breakdown of how the money was used (11/28/69, pg 1):

67/68 budgeted amount 68/69 actual expenditures 69/70 budgeted amount % of dollar
Administration $4,277 $10,336 $6,594 7.67%
Amateur Radio $889 $895 $500 .59%
Annual Banquet $1,355 $2,384 $2,369 2.77%
Athletics $17,733 $23,909 $26,150 30.46%
Banff Trip $412 $1,450 $2,680 3.34%
Drama Society $1,795 $475 $1,000 1.17%
Emery Weal $9,923 $9,781 $12,420 14.47%
Frosh Week $1,114 $4,338 $7,528 8.74%
Handbook and Telephone Directory $1,456 $1,367 $1,950 2.227%
Photo Directorate $1,690 $1,425 $2,511 2.93%
Queen Campaign $255 $205 $275 .32%
SAIT Radio $1,233 $1,918 $300 .35%
Yearbook $10,487 $16,338 $21,380 24.9%
Total $52,601 $74,821 $85,837 100%

Student Emergency Loan
A student emergency loan service was created by the Students' Association for students waiting for their government loan. Students had 60 days to pay back the money (2/13/1970, pg 3).

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