40 years and counting…

April 1, 2006 marks the 40th anniversary of autonomy for the university of Calgary. Not surprisingly, the date also marks 40 years of student opposition to fee hikes, student debauchery and construction due to infrastructure shortages. The more things change, the more they stay the same. The following has been compiled from the Gauntlet‘s own 45-year archives

1945


Calgary Normal School (on what is now the SAIT campus) gets renamed University of Alberta, Calgary Branch (UAC).

1958


Construction begins on the current location of campus. First two buildings were the Arts and Education Building (what is now Administration) and the Science and Engineering Building (now Science A).

1960


1,082 students with 400 more expected in the following year.

1961


Current U of C English professor Dr. Maurice Yacowar founds the Gauntlet. Forced to resign later that year for a “questionable” editorial decision. The legacy begins…

UAC gets “computor.” Unwieldly machine occupied a small room, but only cost $2,000/month to rent, $30/hr to run. Even then, we were at the top of the game with only three “computors” in Canada.

1964


Students protest tuition.

Also, UAC Alumni Association founded.

1965


Two male students discovered by dean with “distinct odour of liquor” about them; would have been expelled if booze had actually been found.

1966


The birth of an era. UAC gains full autonomy from U of A, renamed the University of Calgary; gets an independent Students’ Union due to legislation.

Construction was rampant in the mid 60s. The existing buildings included the Dining Centre, University Theatre, Science B, Rundle, Kananaskis, Engineering E and the Red & Gold Gyms. (see below)

Rez rules were also relaxed, allowing women to visit men’s residence lounges for the first time. Of course, there were sign-in and curfew restrictions, but the kids probably found ways around those.

1967


Mac Hall opens named after John Walter Grant MacEwan, Lt. Gov. of Alberta. First debate at Speakers Corner focused on the pros and cons of… marijuana.

Sept. 1968


Gauntlet poll shows 76 per cent of male students and 69 per cent of women support U.S. action in Vietnam.

Sept. 1970


Frosh week event goes $11,500 over budget. SU resigns en masse and all expenditures frozen.

Nov. 1970


Dinnie’s Den opens; serves 1,000 students in four hours in bar designed for 300. Beer sells at three for a dollar.

Jan. 1976


Students protest tuition.

Mar. 1978


Students protest tuition, again, but this time to the tune of 4,000 people outside the Alberta legislature. U of A administration joins protest. WTF?

Oct. 1981


SU sanctions mud-wrestling event in Red Gym. Despite seven appeals, event goes on. Women beat men, but men surely let them win.

1985


MacEwan Student Center completed (everything west of Black Lounge). Tuition roughly $550 per year.

Dec. 1986


Student hero Michael O’Reilly falls six floors down open elevator shaft in Kananaskis Hall. Breaks multiple bones, but helps direct rescuers with beer in hand.

“I don’t know anything about elevators,” he said. “But I think they’re not supposed to open unless there’s an elevator there.”

1987


SU organizes rally to protest funding cuts by the provincial government. Protest grows to 5,000-strong throng, stops traffic on Crowchild. Police break it up.

1988


Car hung from the Chinook Arch by engineers. Perpetrators call for free parking.

May 1988


BSD goes without beer gardens.

Apr. 1991


U of C Board of Governors raises tuition by 16.7 per cent to a whopping $788 per year. Students plagued with apathy.

1991


University celebrates 25th anniversary, celebrates 20,000 grads to date.

Mar. 1997


SU signs exclusive deal with Pepsi behind closed doors. SU rakes in dough for 10 years. Agreement expires 2007.

Mar. 2003


Students protest tuition. Students erected approximately 100 tents, and proved their dedication to the cause by basically throwing a large party in front of MSC.

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