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September 08, 2005, vol. 34, no. 1



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In 1968, student council members wanted a student referendum to rename SFU Louis Riel University.
The referendum motion failed.

During a three-month period in 1968 SFU had three acting presidents: John Ellis (associate dean of education), Archie MacPherson (head of geography) and professor of economics Kenneth Strand.

In 1968, RCMP arrested 114 students involved in a protest in the administration building. Students were demanding fee transfer credits, open registration files, review of admission policies and provincial funding for higher education. More than 150 protesters barricaded themselves in the building while mass rallies were held in support of their demands.

In 1969, after a snowfall cracked panes of glass in convocation mall, the entire roof was replaced with reinforced glass at a cost of $70,000.

The colourful outdoor murals at the entrance to the academic quadrangle represent energy and growth. Artist Gordon Smith designed the murals, made up of approximately 89,760 hand-cut ceramic tiles.

In 1966, Rosalind Sinclair (pictured below), sister of Margaret Trudeau (nee Sinclair) was crowned as SFU's first Miss SFU.







Margaret Trudeau-Kemper, wife of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, is an SFU alumna

Three of B.C.'s premiers are SFU grads: Gordon Campbell, Ujjal Dosanjh and Glen Clark.

SFU's first pub didn't open until 1973. Beer cost 45 cents; coffee was a quarter. Before that, temporary pubs were set up in the east mall cafeteria and south court lounge, opening some afternoons and some evenings. The current pub in the Maggie Benston centre opened in 1996.

The built space on the Burnaby campus has increased almost five-fold since 1965, when buildings accounted for 736,000 square feet of space. By 2007 when several new projects are completed, the campus will have 3.525 million square feet of built space.

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