SEC 1990 - 1999
1990 - 1991
SAITSA Supports Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique
Through a letter in the Weal, SAITSA expressed condolences on behalf of 6,000 SAIT students for those killed in the massacre at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique. In 1990, SAITSA initiated a joint project with Campus Development to honour the 14 women who were killed. A plaque on the west side of Heritage Hall was dedicated to the victims. On the first anniversary of the massacre, SAITSA held its first ceremony to honour the victims. One hundred people attended, including Calgary mayor Al Duer and Calgary MLA Yolande Gagnon (Weal Dec. 13, 1990)
1991 - 1992
Student Health Plan
SAITSA began researching the need for a student health plan in 1991. A referendum that year found that 53 students were in favour of the plan, but a two thirds majority was needed to bring it in.
1992 - 1993
New VP Programming
In November, SAITSA’s Senate appointed a new VP Programming, Jeff Leonard, after Paul Laliberté resigned due to personal reasons. (11/19/1992 Weal). Leonard was then disqualified for not being a fully registered SAIT student and Kevin Zakall later took the position through a by-election. (4/15/1993)
1993 - 1994
SAITSA President, Steve Dyck, was appointed to the Canadian Program Advisory Commission branch of the Alberta Council of Community Colleges, becoming the first student to sit on that body. (10/14/1993 Weal)
SAITSA questioned the viability of its Environmental Committee, and considered disbanding it due to ineffectiveness (11/4/1993).
SAITSA Smoking Proposal Rejected
SAIT administration defeated a SAITSA proposal to allow a full-time smoking area in Sparty’s Lounge. (1/17/1993 Weal).
1995 - 1996
SAITSA Executive VP Finance, Marina McFarlane, resigned from her position to take a full-time job at Olds College (1/5/1995 Weal).
SAITSA President, Tracy Kuhn, rejected a Senate order to resign after a vote of non-confidence. (9/14/1995 Weal). The Senate called a new election on October 10th to 17th for the President position, even though Kuhn had not officially resigned. (10/5/1995 Weal). Rob Jaycock was voted in as the new President. (11/2/1995 Weal).
SAITSA Strategic Planning
SAITSA hosted its first ever strategic planning session, asking students for input, on December 2, 1995 (11/30/1995 Weal).
Student Health Plan
The student health plan received approval in a referendum on March 25, 1996 (3/28/1996 Weal).
Rally against provincial government cuts
SAITSA executives and students rallied alongside U of C and MRC students against proposed provincial government cuts to post-secondary education (Feb. 1, 1996 Weal).
1996 - 1997
Executive Council 1996 – 1997 (8/26/1996, pg 10)
- Age 24
- BA Accounting student
- 'Ran the show'
- Acted as a liaison with SAIT bureaucracy
Vice President Student Academics
- Age 20
- Journalism Arts student
- Student Academic Representative
Vice President Programming
- BA Marketing student
- Responsible for Social Programming and Marketing
Vice President of Finance and Administration
- BA student
- Responsible for monitoring Students' Association Finances
Controversy was raised when SAITSA purposed the idea of a mandatory insurance plan and did not follow through (9/12/1996, pg 1).
SAITSA Programming Director
The SAITSA Programming Director was fired after working only three months for SAITSA. The SAITSA team felt that it was best if he did not continue on (9/12/1996, pg 3).
SAITSA Deal with ACC
SAITSA signed a plan with ACC, a long distance calling company, to save students money and make some money for themselves. Students saved 20 to 40% on long distance charges and SAITSA received 3 to 8% of the profits (10/3/1996, pg 7).
An entertainment card was sold at the SAITSA offices. This card cost students $40.00 and gave them 50% off of activities around Calgary. SAITSA received a portion of the profits (10/3/1996, pg 16).
SAISA investigates lack of cigarette sales on campus
SAITSA looked in to why cigarettes were not available on campus as students complained that they had to go off campus to purchase them. No records were found as to why cigarettes could not be sold on campus (10/17/1996, pg 5).
Student Health Plan
The health plan was updated and SAITSA switched the organization (11/14/1996, pg 1).
The executives worked approximately 50 to 70 hours per week, which worked out to a pay of $3.50 an hour. A 10% increase in salary was proposed (12/12/1996, pg 1).
SAITSA Elections for SEC began on January 20th, 1997. The President's salary was $21,120 and the other positions earned $18,480. All of the positions included parking, full health and dental coverage and a private office. In order to qualify for the position, students must have received a 2.0 GPA from the last two semesters. In addition, the executives could only take one or two classes while holding the position (1/9/1997, pg 1).
Fourteen percent of the student population voted in the 1996 election (1/16/1997, pg 5). To increase voter turnout, the Students' Association offered a $200 cash prize to the program with the most voters. This year they upped the budget to $1000 and gave $500 to 1st place, $300 to 2nd and $200 to 3rd (1/16/1997, pg 5).
The SAITSA fee for 1996 to 1997 was $94 for both semesters (1/23/1997, pg 8).
The 1997 to 1998 elections were postponed because there were only 4 nominations for 3 positions and none of those nominations were for the VP Programming Position (2/6/1997, pg 1).
Constitution and Bylaw Changes
Several changes were made to the SAITSA constitution and bylaws. Changes included (2/6/1997, pg 6):
- Name change- The official title of the SEC would change from Students' Executive to Students' Executive Council.
- Yearbook- The yearbook no longer had to be hard cover.
- Term of office
- Each executive would be employed for 14 months, beginning the first day of March and ending in May, following the last day of the ACTISEC Leadership Conference. The first two months were a transition period for the new executives, who had no official powers during that time.
- No executive member could be in office for more than 3 consecutive years.
- Class Enrolment- Executives must be enroled in a minimum of one class, but with a maximum of 12 hours per week.
SEC Voter Turnout
The voter turnout for the 1997 to 1998 term was 15%, which was 1% higher than the previous year (2/28/1997, pg 1).
Voting booths were available on campus at (2/28/2997, pg 1):
- Senator Burns
- Thomas Riley
- Campus Centre
- Owasina Hall
- John Ware
Student Executive Council for 1997 to 1998 (2/28/1997, pg 1)
President- Mike Rott
VP Programming- Chris Parker
VP Finance- Kerri Tillett
VP Student Academics- Lisa Deisinger
SAITSA joins ACTISEC
SAITSA was a part of ACTISEC, which was the provincial organization that represented over 55,000 students (4/10/1997, pg 15).
$4000 was allocated to spend on microwaves around campus (3/13/1997, pg 3).
1997 - 1998
Student Health Plan
In a 1996 referendum, 70 per cent of students who voted approved the plan. The Health insurance program began in September of 1997. This included 70% prescription drug coverage (4/10/1997, pg 17).
A dental plan was proposed to be included in the student benefit package. The proposed plan was to be voted for on December 9th, 1997 (11/20/1997, pg 1). The dental plan cost students $115 and was voted in. Out of the 548 students who voted 90% were in agreement that the plan was a great idea (12/11/1997, pg 1).
Campus goes Pepsi
When SAIT switched from Coke to Pepsi, SAITSA operations had to follow. Unfortunately, SAITSA did not have a say in the decision (9/11/1997, pg 1).
SAITSA unsure of future with ACTISEC
SAITSA considered dropping out of ACTISEC because they felt that they didn’t get enough out of the association. To be a member of ACTISEC, each student at SAIT paid $1.30 (1/29/1998, pg 1).
Student Executives for 1998 to 1999
Twenty percent of the student body voted for the Executive Council for the 1998 to 1999 school year (2/27/1998, pg 1). The voted in executives were:
Lisa Deisinger- President
Kara Vatne- VP Student Academics
David Kenney- VP Programming
Stacey Raybatich- VP Finance
The first and only candidate for the VP Finance position was disqualified from the elections. However the Senate was able to find and appoint a suitable candidate, Stacey Raybatich.
For the 1998 to 1999 Executive Elections, students who voted had a chance to win $1000 towards their tuition. Although this was a great incentive, only 20% of students voted. In addition, there were duplicate entries found (3/26/1998, pg 1).</p>
1998 - 1999
VP Academic Resignation
The VP Academic resigned from the position in December of 1998. With only one semester left, her responsibilities were divided up amongst the remaining executive members (1/14/1999, pg 1).
SAITSA ended off the year with a surplus of $220,000 (10/22/1998, pg 1).
SAITSA Considers a Peer Support Centre
SAITSA and the SAIT administration discussed the possibility of creating a peer support centre that would be sponsored by SAITSA (5/18/1999, pg 1).
Student Insurance Plan
SAITSA became a member of Canadian Campus Business Consortium and qualified for the student insurance plan (4/1/1999, pg 2).
Academic Credit to SEC?
There was talk of giving academic credit to students involved in the Student Executive Council, but this idea was shot down (3/25/1999, pg 6).
SAITSA leaves ACTISEC
SAITSA decided to quit ACTISEC, which saved $16,000 (3/18/1999, pg 1).
Student Executives for 1999 to 2000
Fifteen percent of the student population voted for the 1999 to 2000 elections (2/25/1999, pg 1). The voted in executives were:
Randal Devlin- President
Rebecca Niven- VP Finance
Heather Rabatich- VP Academics
Christina Matisons- VP Programming
The President's salary was $23,450 and the Vice Presidents each earned $20,550 (1/28/1999, pg 1).
A new logo for SAITSA was introduced in January of 1999 (1/28/1999, pg 2).
Health and Dental Plan
The health and dental plan brought SAITSA a surplus of $17,000 (2/25/1999, pg 2).
1999 - 2000
SAITSA Denied Office Space
SAITSA did not receive any office space in the newly renovated Heritage Hall. SAIT said that they would be unable to give SAITSA a space because it was too costly (8/23/1999, pg 1).
SAITSA and Cityfone created a cell phone plan for students. Cityfone gave $10 to SAITSA for each student who signed up. The best part of the deal was that students did not need to sign a contact (9/16/1999, pg 12).
The student Senate was renamed to SAITSA Student Council (10/7/1999, pg 1).
SAITSA’s logo was redesigned by an outside contractor April Mains. The redesign of the logo cost the Students' Association $2,600. The logo was announced at the SAITSA annual awards banquet (10/7/1999, pg 3).
SAITSA Considers ACTISEC
SAITSA talked about joining ACTISEC in October of 1999 (10/28/1999, pg 4).
Students experienced problems with their school schedules. Some students were even double booked. SAITSA looked into this issue and created a subcommittee to look after the issue (2/10/2000, pg 1).
SAITSA Finance Committee
The Finance Committee was not in place for the 1999 to 2000 school year (2/24/2000, pg 1).
SAITSA decided to rejoin ACTISEC in April of 2000 (4/6/2000, pg 5).