SEC 1970 - 1979

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1970 - 1971

Student Emergency Fund
The student emergency fund was created for students who needed help when money was tight. The money was to be paid back in 60 days and a payment plan could be set up in some circumstances. All money loaned out to students came from the profits of the Students' Association (2/5/1971, pg 7).

Funds Freeze
A freeze was put on all student funds when the Weal broke news that the elections for Executive Student Council for 1971 to 1972 were invalid. During the elections, an official voters list was not posted, which broke bylaw 8 Article I Section II of the SAIT Students' Association constitution (3/26/1971, pg 1).

Students' Association Hierarchy
The SAIT Students' Association was broken down into the following categories (4/16/1971, pg 3):
Student's Association

  • Student's Executive Council
    • President
    • Executive Vice President
      • Assistant (P.R.O)
        • Duties External Affairs Elections Club Activities
        • Public Relations Officer
    • External Vice President
      • Assistant
        • Duties External Affairs Conferences Research
    • Financial Vice President
      • Board
        • Accountant
          • Tech Shop
          • Coffee Shop
        • Auditor
    • Communications Vice President
      • Board
        • Emery Weal
        • On SAIT
        • Photo Directory
        • Handbook
        • Telephone Directory
    • Activities Vice President
      • Board
        • Athletics
        • Banff Trip
        • Annual Banquet
        • Orientation Week
        • Queen Campaign
        • Graduation

1971 - 1972

SEC Election Process
The Students' Association election campaign regulations for 1971 to 1972 government included the following (3/5/1971, pg 6):
1. Campaigning may not commence before 9:00 am Monday March 8th, 1971
2. Campaign expenses must not exceed $50 and all receipts must be presented to CRO immediately following the campaign
3. Regulations regarding campaign posters and other printed material must be followed

a. No posters may be posted on glass
b. Posters placed on walls must only use masking tape
c. No posters may be posted in the cafeteria
d. Posters displayed on bulletin boards must be attached with thumb tacks
e. No posters of a lewd or objectionable nature may be displayed

4. Campaigning must cease by 4:00 pm Tuesday March 16th, 1971 and all posters must be removed by that time
5. Candidates must not loiter the polling areas during balloting hours
6. Candidates must not remove the campaign materials of others

SEC Position Changes
Positions for the Student Executive Government changed for the 1971 to 1972 year. The change was to improve communication and facilitate the proposed program expansions slated for SAIT in the future. The following positions included:

  • President
  • Executive Vice President
  • External Vice President
  • Financial Vice President
  • Communications Vice President
  • Activities Vice President

1972 - 1973

In the Community
SAITSA planned to place 23 students from SAIT around the city to help at day camps designed to keep kids off the streets (4/13/1973, pg 1).

1973 - 1974

SEC Salary
The six members of student council received their salary from the Students' Association dues. The following information highlights key responsibilities for each role in the Executive Student Government (9/28/1973, pg 3).

Role Responsibilities


  • Manager of SAIT Shop
  • Interpreting and revising the constitution and bylaws for SAITSA

Executive Vice President

  • Public relations for SAITSA
  • Operating elections
  • Assuming president's role when absent

Financial Vice President

  • Chief financial officer for SAITSA

Activities Vice President

  • Formation and supervision of all social activities on campus, such as Shinerama and Frosh Week

Communications Vice President

  • Yearbook
  • Telephone Directory
  • Emery Weal

Athletics Vice President

  • Head man on student side of athletics

Club Money
The left over club money went directly to the surplus fund, which would be available for clubs to use the following year. SAITSA set aside a dollar from each student’s fees and allocated 35% to the Athletic Board and 10% to the clubs (10/19/1973, pg 5).

Telephone Service
A telephone service was introduced to inform students about upcoming events at SAIT. To use the service, students called a number and listened to the recording. This service cost SAITSA $12 per month (10/16/1973, pg 1).

SEC Conference
The Student Executive Council attended the Canadian Entertainment Conference in Kitchener, Ontario, as well as the Presidents' Committee which took place in Red Deer. The two conferences cost the Students' Association $777 (11/9/1973, pg1).

A conference trip for the president was re-evaluated after being approved as the budget for the year was extremely tight. The solution was to send two newly elected members for the 1974 to 1975 term and claim it for that year instead of the present year (2/22/1974, pg 2).

Semester Change
Talk of changing the quarter system was brought up in January of 1974. The students' year was broken down into three 12 week periods, beginning in September and ending in late June. Students found it difficult to find employment for the summer as the University and Mount Royal students were done much earlier than SAIT students (1/18/1974, pg 5).

Student Fee Increase
The Students' Association held a referendum for the increase of the Students' Association fees, which was expected to jump $6 from the 1973 to 1974 school year fee. The money would be allotted to the association clubs (1/25/1974, pg 1).

Vending Machines
Sheridan Canteen provided vending machines on campus and had a contract with SAITSA, where they were to receive a commission on the products sold. The contract was forgotten about by Sheridan Canteen and SAITSA never received the $77.97 from the commission of the sales. Once SAITSA brought it to Sheridan Canteen's attention, they received their money (2/15/1974).

SEC Elections
In order for a student to run for the Executive Committee at SAIT, the candidate must (2/15/1974, pg 7):

  • Be a SAITSA member in good standing
  • Have a good academic standing and cannot be deficient in more than one major subject
  • Post a $20 bond
  • Be a returning student for the 1974 to 1975 term

Out of the six positions in the executive council, four positions were taken by acclamation. The winning executives received a salary of $75 per month (3/14/1974).

Elections for the 1974 to 1975 term cost the Students' Association $168 in wages for the 15 poll clerks (2/21/1974, pg 1).

A 100% salary increase for the 1974 to 1975 term was under consideration in April of 1974 (4/19/1974, pg1).

Student Trip
Two students received $100 each from the student executive council for a trip to Central America (5/10/1974, pg1).

SAITSA Money Stolen
Roughly $400 was stolen from a drawer in the SAITSA office (5/10/1974, pg1).

1974 - 1975

SEC Goals
The Student Executive Government focused on the following topics for the 1974 to 1975 term (9/20/1974, pg1):

  • Updating the constitution
  • Adding and subtracting several bylaws
    • SAIT Shop and Pub bylaws enhanced
    • Queen Campaign bylaw omitted

Instructor Evaluations
The Student Executive Government went through instructor evolutions throughout the summer months and found that changes were needed. President Ewing felt that it was important to use the evaluations to help instructors with their teaching techniques rather than using the forms strictly to fire instructors (9/20/1974, pg 1).

Student Phone Directory
The student telephone directories made their first profit from advertising sales (11/6/1974, pg 1).

SEC Conference
Six members of the student executive went to Lethbridge to attend the annual Students' Association Fall Conference. Items covered in the conference included student budgets, news releases, club activities, and athletic facilities (11/15/1974, pg 8).

President Art Ewing attended the Canadian Entertainment Conference that was held in Kitchener, Ontario. The conference taught the executives about dealing with promoters and booking agents. They also learned about block booking, which would allow the colleges to book high calibre talent at a low cost (11/22/1974, pg 1).

Public Relations Officer
A public relations officer was needed in November of 1974. The duties for the job included(11/22/1974, pg 11):

  • News releases to the newspaper, radio and TV stations from the Students' Association
  • Press coverage on all important activities involving SAITSA
  • Maintaining close liaison with the information officer of the Institute
  • Be the official medium of communication between the SRC and the Emery Weal and a voting member of the Board of Publications

The new PR representative position was appointed to 2nd year Aircraft Maintenance Technology student, Dave Alston.

Instructor Evaluations
The instructor evaluations were found to be inadequate as many instructors did not hand out the forms to students (12/12/1974, pg 1).

SAITSA Money Stolen
$1400 of student cash was stolen from the Student Activities Building on December 13th, 1974.

Student Activity Fee
President Ewing felt that there was a need to increase the student activity fee, as the student council was responsible for handling the following (1/31/1975, pg 2):

  • Student newspaper
  • Noon hour concerts
  • Video tape network
  • Coffee house
  • Cinema SAIT
  • Athletic Program
  • Yearbook

Student Voter Turnout
Ten percent of the student population voted for the SAITSA elections for the 1975 to 1976 school year. Four of the six positions were won by acclamation. The president received a salary of $300 a month, while the other positions received $150 a month. The new executive government was given 3 weeks of onsite training from the old executives to prep them for the up coming year (4/11/1975, pg 1).

Transit Pass
SAITSA made an agreement with Calgary Transit that extended students' bus passes to be valid until the end of May (4/25/1975, pg1).

1975 - 1976

Important Issues
Issues that were important to the student government for the 1975 to 1976 school term included:

  • False fire alarms
  • Cinema SAIT
    • Due to poor attendance, Cinema SAIT was at risk to be shut down (10/31/1975, pg 3)
  • Food prices
    • A committee was formed to investigate the hike of food prices on campus (10/24/1975).
  • Daycare
    • A report was prepared for education minister Hohol, requesting a day care at SAIT(10/24/1975).
  • SRC
    • Poor attendance was a major issue with the SRC
  • Parking at SAIT
    • 18 parking spots, located close to the student residence, were saved for those living in residence. Each spot cost students $3 each month (10/24/1975).
  • Instructor Evaluation
    • The instructor evaluation, which was looked after by the student government, was simply a waste of time. The evaluation forms did not contain enough information to inform the instructors on their performance throughout the year.

1977 - 1978

Frosh Week
Foot in the Cold Water was supposed to play a free show at SAIT for Frosh Week. Unfortunately the band had to cancel their entire tour because of a family death. The agent that booked the show for SAIT showed little concern, which created drama with SAITSA (9/30/1977, pg 1).

Federal Students' Association
A referendum was scheduled to decide whether or not SAITSA should join the Federation of Alberta Students (FAS). If the majority agreed, a $1.50 fee per student would be added to student fees (10/14/1977, pg 1).

  • 92% of voters agreed to joining the Federation of Alberta Students
  • 14% of students voted in the referendum

Student Fee Increase
A $5 student fee increase was proposed for the 1978 to 1979 year (11/20/1977, pg 3).

  • $1.75 to athletics
  • $0.50 to cultural board
  • $2.75 to general budget
    • $1.50 to FAS
    • $1.25 for luxury items in the campus centre

The proposed increase was put on hold as SAITSA was unable to get the increase approved (1/13/1978, pg 1). If the SAITSA fee were to increase, the tuition fee was set to increase by $50 (1/13/1978, pg 1). The fee increase was ruled out for the 1978 to 1979 year.

New Start Date
SAITSA suggested a new start and end date for SAIT, along with a two semester system. They proposed that classes start in September and end in May. The new start date for the 1979 to 1980 school year was ready to be approved by administration, until NAIT decided that they wanted to switch to SAIT's system (1/13/1978, pg 1).

Executive Committee for 1978 to 1979 included the following positions:
1. President
2. Executive Vice President
3. Financial Vice President
4. Activities Vice President
5. Athletics Vice President
6. Communications Vice President
7. Cultural Vice President

Eligibility requirements for candidates included:

  • Must be a SAITSA member in good standing
  • Should have a good academic standing and can not be deficient in more than 1 major subject
  • Must post a $20 bond as per bylaw VIII, article II section VI

Campaigning took place from February 26 to March and campaign speeches were held in the main floor cafeteria in the Tower Building.

Purpose of the Students' Association
1. To act as the representative body for all association members attending SAIT
2. To administer the affairs of all members, including receipt and administration of all funds accruing to the Association from the fees collected by the Institute
3. To develop and maintain unity, and to encourage cooperation among the members of the Association
4. To provide the initiative for the promotion of cultural, social and athletic programs in the interest of the student body
5. To act as the liaison between the students and the Institute, other education institutes and society as a whole
6. To advance the cause of higher education in the province of Alberta and the Dominion of Canada (3/3/1978, pg 2)

Plans for SAITSA

  • Increased student input into program and instructor concerns
  • More studio time for ACA

1978 - 1979

Members of the Students' Association executive distributed yearbooks and sold athletic passes to new and returning students during registration (9/22/1978, pg 1 PHOTO)

Academic Adviser
An academic adviser position was created by the Students' Association. If students had a problem with a teacher or needed academic advice, the adviser would assist them wherever possible.

Semester System
SAIT used a quarter system that allowed students to fast track if they wished. Unfortunately students didn’t take advantage of this system and wished for a semester system.

A Federation of Alberta Students (FAS) conference was held at SAIT. Issues that were discussed included student issues, awareness of the student government on campus, student cutbacks, services and education. The group had been around for 3 years and was composed of the majority of Alberta campuses. Three people are paid each year and it is run by a student executive elected each year (11/20/1978, pg 3). SAIT student, Blake Weatherhead, a 2nd year engineering science student, was the first FAS representative for SAIT (12/1/1978, pg 2).

The SAITSA constitution was revised, printed and placed around campus to allow students easy access to the material. Twelve constitutions were distributed around the campus including one in the library, the SAB office and the ACA (12/8/1978, pg 13).

In May of 1977, the first financial computer system was set in place for SAITSA. This system informed SAITSA that $23,000 was lost since 1975. Money was kept in two accounts: One for the prepaid student fees and an operations account. SAITSA put a plan into place to be out of debt for August 31 1979. This plan succeeded and the Students' Association was under budget for the 1978 to 1979 school year (1/26/1979, pg 1).

Student Executives held their positions for a year and would begin at the end of March. The spring quarter would be for executives to get their feet wet and learn the ropes. After a summer away, executives would come back and spend some time getting into the swing of things for the fall quarter. The winter quarter would be for executives to wrap up their projects and pass information along. Because of the demands of the position, executives usually take three years to finish a two year program (1/29/1979, pg 2).

FAS created a petition for students against cutbacks and tuition hikes (2/2/1979, pg 7).

11 % of the student population voted for the 1977 to 1978 elections (2/16/1979, pg 1).

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