“I began attending SAIT in 1969 and graduated from journalism in 1971. There were about 15 in our graduating class.
At the time, we were primarily going into print media ― newspapers, magazines, this sort of thing. Even at that time we could see that the world of print media would be failing and that the world of digital media would be coming, but that it was a long ways away. And now, I know journalism is very different from when I took it ― I’m totally obsolete ― but I’m so glad to be a part of the SAIT family.
I have a great many memories. One of them was parading around campus, protesting for a new residence. It was a few years after that it was actually built, but I’d like to think those who protested with me were perhaps laying the groundwork in a small way. A lot of us were living in far flung parts of the city and community, others were living in awful accommodation in terrible parts of town. I definitely wasn’t the leader, but I signed petitions and we used to do our little marches. I think the residence would have been built anyway, but I think we had a final feeling that we participated.”
Marvin Maronda, JA ’71 | SAIT donor | Canadian grain producer, Fairview Ranch
Editor’s note: SAIT built its first student residence, Owasina Hall, in 1972. The 500-bed residence served as a hostel for summer travellers and housed Olympic athletes during the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Owasina closed as a residence in 2006 and was used by law enforcement as a training ground until 2015. The building was fully demolished by July 2016.