SEC 1980 - 1989

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1981 - 1982

FAS Executive Council
A student at SAIT was elected for a position on the Federation of Alberta Students (FAS) executive council. The student fee for FAS went from $1.50 to $3.00. SAITSA projected to earn $94,000 in advertisement sales, unfortunately they were unsuccessful and only made $61,300. As a result, several cuts had to be made including a 15% cut in the Emery Weal budget (10/9/1981, pg 1).

The Students' Association felt that they were wasting their money by being a member of the FAS. In addition, the provincial government didn’t recognize their efforts and protests (11/20/1981, pg 1). A referendum was held on February 18th for students to decide whether or not the Students' Association should be a member of the FAS (1/21/1982, pg 1). The students decided that the FAS would no longer be needed at SAIT and that their $5,000 organization charge would be better spent closer to home (2/19/1982, pg 1).

Student Activities Klub (SAK) was put on hold as there was not enough support from the students (12/4/1981, pg 3).

ACTISEC, the Alberta Colleges and Technical Institutes Student Executive Council, replaced the FAS (4/30/1982, pg 2).

SEC Positions
The duties for each of the SAITSA executive members during the 1981 to 1982 school year included:


  • Keep up to date with what was going on inside student governments across Alberta and with what was happening within the municipal, provincial and federal government with regards to students
  • Attend the following meetings:
    • Students' Association
    • Student representative council
    • Students executive meeting
  • Responsible for maintaining constitution and bylaws for SAITSA
  • Supervising campus clubs
  • Responsible for Students' Association membership activities
  • The power to break a tie vote
  • Enrolled in a minimum of 5 hours of classes a week
  • Ensured that the SRC was carried out

Executive VP

  • Arrange and run the Key Persons Conference
  • Issue parking stickers for the car pool and residence lots
  • Chief Returning Officer in any elections, by-elections or referendums
  • A minimum of 2 hours per day was to be spent at the job
  • Arrange the music listening room

Cultural VP

  • Attend the Cultural Board Council meetings
  • Responsible for presenting a budget to the Cultural Board in the spring
  • Execute and plan all events in fine arts and performing arts for SAIT

Athletics VP

  • Responsible for promoting intercollegiate events on campus

Activities VP

  • Responsible for the Board of Activities, the Student Board of Activities, the Students Representative Council and the Student Activities Committee and Board of Activities

Financial VP

  • Responsible for the Student Representative Council and the Student Executive Committee
  • Chairman of the Board of Finance
  • Most important duty was to budget the Students' Association funds (2/26/1982, pg 6)
  • A minimum of 10 hours per week was required

Communications VP

  • Responsible for the supervision of the Emery Weal and the Yearbook
  • Produced annual open House Magazine, Student Seeker, Awards Night book and Student handbook
  • Chairman of the Board of Publications

SAITSA Budget SAITSA’s budget for 1981 to 1982 increased by 20% to $155,000

  • The Weal and Cinema SAIT were expected to receive an increased budget
  • The student activity fee was expected to increase by $10
  • SAK and the music listening room were to be included in the budget
  • The president's wage went from $300 a month to $375 a month
  • The Finance and activities VP wages went from $200 to $300 per month
  • All other executives' salaries went from $200 to $250 per month
  • Salaries at the Emery Weal, Photo Directory and Yearbook staff increased
  • SAITSA employees and the Shop employees hour wage went from 4 to $4.50 (4/14/1981, pg 1)

However, by the end of the school year, SAITSA operated under a $20,000 deficit and was forced to make major cutbacks. Areas that did not receive any cut backs included the Key Persons Conference, new equipment, SAITSA Art Fairs and the Awards Night Banquet (4/23/1982, pg 1).

Student Association Fee $39

Allocated to Percentage of SAITSA Fee
Athletics 35%
Cultural Board 7%
Reserve Fund 1%

SAIT Students Association 1981 to 1982 Budget

Yearbook $6,940.00
Photo Directorate $9,150.00
Emery Weal $18,300.00
SAITSA Administration $63,800.000
SAITSA Public Relations $1,500.00
Social Activities $10,920.00
SAITSA Arts Fair $2,400.00
Key Persons Conference $1,475.00
Cinema SAIT $2,500.00
Natural Environmental Club $2,000.00
New Equipment $2,000.00
SAIT Shops $2,500.00
Music Listening $4,000.00
SAK $1,500.00
Cultural Deficit $7,000.00
Total $135,985.00
1980-1981 Deficit $40,000.00
Total $175,985.00

Student Fee
A quorum was held when students questioned the $16 student fee increase. The money was distributed throughout SAIT with $7.98 to SAITSA, $4.90 to Athletics, 98 cents to the Cultural Board, 14 cents to a reserve fund and $2 towards student insurance (5/7/1982).

Instructor Evaluations
Many students had problems with the quality of instruction at SAIT. SAITSA decided to create a committee to look into the issue. The association also looked into making instructor evaluations both mandatory and respected at SAIT (4/3/1981, pg1).

1982 - 1983

In 1982, SAITSA adopted SAITSA City, which had its own Mayor, Alderman, and Honourary.

SAITSA backed out of the Alberta Federation of Students (FAS) in the 1981 to 1982 school year.

Activities President
In October, Larry Addison took over the Activities Vice President position (10/8/1982).

Budget Cut Backs
Major cut backs took place in 1982 as SAITSA was worried about their $20,985 deficit.

Grading System
The SRC (Student Representative Council) researched and proposed a new grading system for students at SAIT. SAIT students were given an A, B, C, D or F (1/28/1983, pg 1).

Student Election The roles for the Student Election for the 1983 to 1984 term include the following (2/18/1983):

  • President
  • Executive VP
  • Financial VP
  • Activities VP
  • Communication VP
  • Cultural VP
  • Athletics VP

The SAITSA elections for the 1983 to 1984 term garnered a poor turnout (2/25/1983, pg 4).

SEC Compares Problems The student executives visited several different colleges throughout eastern Canada to compare notes about college issues. The main topics included (2/25/1983, pg 10):

  • Executive organization
  • Clubs
  • Yearbook
  • Student newspaper

SAITSA president Dan Gascon’s main objective was to open communication lines between SAITSA and the students (4/8/1983, pg 5).

SAITSA's Staff
The Students' Association at SAIT hired students to run several of the businesses on campus and included the following roles:

  • Cinema SAIT Manager, $160 monthly salary
  • Promotions Manager, $5 per hour
  • Projectionist, $5 per hour
  • Liquor Controller, $306 monthly salary
  • Bar Staff, $5 per hour
  • Parking Control, $130 monthly salary
  • Music, $5 per hour

For the first time, SAITSA held formal interviews for positions at its operations. Over 80 applications were received within two weeks (4/29/1983, pg 1).

SAITSA’s 1982 – 1983 Budget

Student Fees $121,100.00
Advertising $60,000.00
Games Room $25,000.00
Total $26,220.00
Advertising $121,100.00
Advertising $60,000.00
Games Room $25,000.00
Total $60,000.00
Cinema SAIT
Photo Directorate $8,967.00
Key Persons Conference $2,000.00
Activities $21,309.00
Public Relations $500.00
National Environment $1,290.00
Music Listening Lounge $2,501.00
New Equipment $2,500.00
SAIT Shops
SAITSA Art Fairs $2,600.00
Awards Night Banquet $1,500.00
Emery Weal $32,190.00
Administration $59,360.00
Total Budgeted $223,092.00
Budget Deficit $-16,872.00
Total $206,220.00

1983 - 1984

The cost and lack of adequate parking on campus continued to be an issue for SAITSA. In September of 1983 a committee, headed by SAITSA President Dan Gascon and Executive VP Ben Alcorn, was formed to look into the parking issues (9/23/1983, pg 5).

Satellite TV
SAITSA looked into installing satellite TV at the Spartacus Lounge for the 1983 to 1984 school year (9/23/1983, pg 5).

Athletic VP
The Athletic VP resigned from the so called “token” position in November of 1983 (11/3/1983, pg 1).

Executive VP
A by-election for the Executive VP took place between November 18th and December 13th (11/17/1983, pg 11).

Communication Issues
Several problems arose for SAITSA in the 1983 to 1984 school year. Some of the problems dealt with the community, communication, both internally and externally, and conflicts of interest (administrative and academic finances) (12/15/1983, pg 2).

Executive Council Changes
The SRC discussed possible changes to the Executive Council at SAIT. The idea was to trim the council from 7 members to 4 members (2/9/1984, pg 1).
This idea went ahead and the positions for the 1984 to 1985 year were (3/1/1984, pg 14):

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Director of Programming
  • Director of Finance

The executive members regularly went behind the bar on Pub nights. This disrupted the servers and bartenders resulting in the Executive Council being banned from behind the bar (3/8/84, pg 1).

The SAITSA Steering AD Hoc Committee
The SAITSA Steering AD Hoc Committee was a student board set up to research advice regarding operations of the SAIT SRC. They suggested the following (3/29/1984, pg 3):

  • Increase the Executive Council's pay
  • Change the frequency of meetings to biweekly
  • Extend free passes to SAITSA sponsored functions to all SRC members
  • Change paper files to computer files

SAITSA Structure
After a retreat in Banff, the Executive Council proposed several changes to the structure of SAITSA. They felt that it would be best to eliminate the present advertising sales/public relations position and replace it with a full time secretary and a full time business manager for the association. Other suggestions included buying a photocopier for the SAIT clubs and cutting out a hole in the wall that closed off the Students' Association offices from the hallway. A forum was held to discuss possible increases in student fees. 200 students were needed to stop the fee increase but, unfortunately, only 50 students showed up (4/19/1984, pg 1).

1984 - 1985

SAIT Grading System
SAITSA president Richard Cross had succeeded in getting SAIT to improve the grading system. For example, instead of a grade being listed as an A = 4.0 GPA, it would now be an A = 95-100 = 4.0 GPA (8/27/1984, pg 5).

Leadership Seminar
A Leadership seminar was held for the SEC (9/20/84, pg 6).

SAITSA Executives were told that their revenue could be cut by as much as $56,000, since 700 students had not paid their student fees. At this time, SAITSA recieved $80 for every full time student (10/4/1984).

SAITSA Cultural Board
The SAITSA Cultural Board held their first dinner theatre on October 18th to 20th, 25th to 27th and November 1st to 3rd. The play was The Man Who Came to Dinner by M. Hart & G.S. Kaufman and was performed at the Orpheus Theatre (10/11/1984).

Planning for the Future
$2 of the Student Activity Fee went towards a SAITSA building fund. This fund was created so that SAITSA could own their facility completely autonomous from SAIT (11/6/1984).


Expenses Revenue
SAITSA Administration $126,262.00 Communications $53,380.00
Communications $162,241.00 Student Fees $227,476.00
Programming $27,674.00 Games Room $15,000.00
Registration/ Orientation $600.00 Apprentice I.D’s $5,000.00
SAIT Shop 1 $27,870.00 Investment Income $6,000.00
SAIT Shop 2 and 3 $162,000.00 SAIT Shop’s 1, 2 & 3 $207,900.00
Pubs and Cabarets $150,000.00 Cabarets and Pubs $150,000.00

SAITSA Improves
Purchases made by SAITSA included a new cash register for Shop I, a used photocopier for SAITSA and club use and a portable stage for use in classrooms (01/31/1985, pg 9).

SAITSA Strikes
SAIT and SEC members participated in the Big Brother bowling for millions fund raiser. Together they raised $350 for the cause(2/14/15, pg 6).

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Executive Personnel Issues
In February of 1985, Greg Harris, the editor of publications, was fired on the recommendation of Vice President Lavina Wohlford due to his inability to communicate, administer and give guidance to other members of the Emery Weal staff. This move caused SRC Representative, Gary Prusakowski, to present a move to impeach VP Wohlford, claiming the firing was "a total crock". At a closed door meeting, the impeachment motion was voted against (2/21/1985, pg 1).

The SRC wanted to extend the deadline for accepting applications for the general election.

Candidates Express Views

  • Larry Bertola
  • Stan Gugate
  • Dan Wardley-Onerhelm

Director of Finace

  • Doreen Repp

Vice President

  • Sue Holt
  • Lynne Schroeter

Program Director

  • Vince Stevens
  • Tim Florence
  • Derwin Repchuk

By-Law Change
In March of 1985, the head of security no longer reported to the director of finance but instead to the bar manager. The bar manager reported to the programming director (3/21/1985, pg 4).

New Budget
SAITSA's new budget was set to $979,310 and was approved by the SRC (5/9/1985, pg 2).

SAITSA was approved to spend $9,416.52 for 2 new computer systems and new pub speakers, which were favourably approved by the SRC (5/9/1985).

1985 - 1986

The SAIT Rez was interested in purchasing the grocery store in Owasina Hall from SAITSA.

SAITSA Clubs Advertise
SAITSA VP Sue Holt presented a report at the SRC meeting suggesting that 1/16 of a page in the Weal be set aside for clubs to advertise their events or other money making ventures.

Logo Competition
SAITSA held a logo competition with a grand prize of Flames tickets.

1989 - 1990

Key Persons Conference (9/7/1989, pg 2)
All departmental executives were invited to a free conference which covered the following topics:

  • Leadership
  • Promotions
  • Policies and procedures
  • Finance

SAITSA Fights Tuition Rise
Bill C – 33 was expected to reduce funds to education by $900 million over 5 years. SAITSA, along with others, fought against this bill (9/28/1989, pg 1).
Throughout 1989, SAITSA executives actively protested Bill-33, provincial legislation that would reduce funding to post-secondary institutions. When SAIT raised tuition in order to off-set the Bill's effects, SAITSA lobbied on students’ behalf.

Environmental Week
SAITSA participated in Environmental Week with the hope of forming a group to promote SAIT as a environmentally concerned institution (9/28/89). Andre Mamprin was the chairman for the Environmental Group at SAIT and the group was formed to promote recycling within the school.

From Oct. 18-21, 1989, SAITSA hosted the annual Region 14 Association of College Unions International Conference. Student leaders from colleges across Western Canada and the northwestern United States met to discuss issues ranging from ending world hunger to legal issues in student activities (10/26/89). The event was a great PR success, even though they were unable to make money from the event. Sessions included creating a positive attitude, control of images in the media and effective uses of volunteer systems (10/19/1989).

Cabaret Tickets
SAITSA vice president, Dan Connors, was responsible for fraudulent duplication of cabaret tickets. As a result, he resigned from his position and all future tickets were sent away to be printed (11/23/1989, pg 3).

Council Meetings
SAIT Academic Faculty Association (SAFA) boycotted the Academic Council meetings (12/21/1989, pg 1).

Student Fees
Student fees for the 1990 to 1991 year were expected to raise by $80 (1/18/1990, pg 4).

Learning Skills Centre
A cutback of 60% was expected to hit the Learning Skills Centre. SAITSA informed the LSC that funding from the Students' Association was a possibility (1/25/1990, pg 1).

Security on Campus
The SAITSA president was interested in putting aside a fund for security on campus. The security would include cameras (1/25/1990, pg 3).

SAITSA president Andre Mamprin conducted a marketing survey to the student body to understand their needs and wants (1/25/1990, pg 3).

SAITSA participated in a rally at the U of C to voice their concerns about the possible raise in tuition (2/8/1990, pg 1).

The Learning Skills Centre received a one-time donation of $1,700 from SAITSA (2/8/1990, pg 1).

Executive Positions

  • Accountable for the success of operation and administration of the Students' Association
  • Dealt with other student unions, community and government
  • Sat on Board of Governors and Academic Council
  • Acted as a liaison with faculty and administration of SAIT
  • Travelled to conferences and seminars
  • Promoted SAITSA
  • Was paid $1,000 per month
  • Could take a maximum of 2 classes
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VP Student Affairs

  • Created activities for students
  • Responsible for marketing and promotion of SAITSA
  • Coordinated Shinerama
  • Accountable for the Emery Weal
  • Was paid $800 per month

VP Administration

  • Produced annual SAITSA budget
  • Chair person for the Financial Board
  • Member of the Student Athletic Board
  • Supervisor of the following positions:
    • SAITSA business manager and their staff
    • Sensations retail manager and their staff
  • SAITSA liaison between the lawyer and auditor

VP Programming

  • Sat on the Alcohol Awareness board and Calgary Winter Festival Organization
  • Sat on Cultural board
  • Sat on Programming Board
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