By Dale Johnson Posted: March 19, 2017 8:00 a.m.

The play Rosmersholm by Henrik Ibsen was performed at Darke Hall in March 1967, and directed by Eric Salmon, head of the drama department at Regina Campus.
The play Rosmersholm by Henrik Ibsen was performed at Darke Hall in March 1967, and directed by Eric Salmon, head of the drama department at Regina Campus. Photo courtesy of Heenan Studio, U of R Archives and Special Collections, 80-6 (75).

During the month of March in Canada’s Centennial Year of 1967, students at Regina Campus were getting ready for exams – as well as marking Canada’s 100th birthday.

There was an international flavour at Regina Campus half a century ago. The March 13, 1967, issue of the Carillon, reported: “The Food Services presents its Centennial Project – an international buffet supper representing the sources of our population to be held in the cafeteria. You are invited to come and bring your friends to ‘Foods of the World.’ ” Tickets cost $2.50 each.

There was also an international flavour with the launch of the German Students’ Society “to stimulate discussion, study and general interest in German culture, literature and language…Meetings are held on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m.” Included in the activities were viewing films “relating to the political and social aspects of a divided Germany.”

Flashback Feb 1967
Photo courtesy the Carillon, March 13, 1967, U of R Archives and Special Collections.

A guest speaker on campus was Douglas Mayer, the national secretary for World University Services of Canada. Mayer spoke in support of the SHARE campaign, which raised funds to aid universities in third world countries.

For university students who wanted to experience other parts of the world, Canadian Pacific Airlines was offering bus tours of Europe from 20 to 43 days or camping tours from 10 to 63 days starting at $7.50 per day. Air fare was extra. Canadian Pacific was also offering a six-day trip to Mexico for $92 – and that included hotels, meals, and sightseeing tours.

For students looking for employment, the Wascana Students Housing Co-operative was advertising for a general manager to supervise two houses that would be used as hostels during the summer, and then student housing in the fall. The salary was $300 per month, and room and board was included.

And for those who wanted to continue their education, Regina Campus was offering annual scholarships of $2,500 for graduates who wanted to pursue a degree in library science elsewhere.

In recognition of World Theatre Day on March 27, 1967 – as designated by the International Theatre Institute of UNESCO – the drama department at Regina Campus put on performances of Henrik Ibsen’s Rosmersholm at Darke Hall. Admission was $2.25

Showing at the Odeon-Centre movie theatre downtown was After the Fox with Peter Sellers and Victor Mature; coming soon to the Odeon-Roxy theatre was Georgy Girl with Lynn Redgrave.

There was an editorial in the Carillon against the Vietnam war, entitled simply Myth: “Perhaps it is time for the U.S. to reconsider their stand: the fact than many people in the U.S. are deeply concerned about the war is continually being stifled by bureaucrats and politicians who are afraid of losing their prestige because of their imperialistic mistakes.”

The editorial was written by Norm Bolen, who was born in Regina and earned his BA from Regina Campus in 1969. Bolen went on to a distinguished career in journalism with CBC and with Alliance Atlantis.

The Centennial Spirit was also visible in insurance ads in the Carillon for SGIO (Saskatchewan Government Insurance Office) – now known as SGI.  “HAVE A CENTENNIAL PROJECT” the copy read. “Insure your personal property for the next century with SGIO. WE’LL BE HERE THAT LONG – at least” the ad predicted.

The month of March 1967 wrapped on the 31st with awards night at the Hotel Saskatchewan. The banquet was in the Qu’Appelle room, with a jazz group providing the entertainment. There were awards handed out to the top sports teams, and a formal dance was held from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.  The cost: $3.00 per couple.

This year, the University of Regina is marking Canada’s 150th anniversary with the Making of Canada Lecture Series. The commemoration of Canada at 150 is an excellent opportunity to make Canada’s history relevant to all its citizens. The next lecture in this series is: Making the Canadian History Hall with Lisa Leblanc, Director, Creative Development, Canadian History Hall, Canadian Museum of History.

This event is free and open to the general public.

      Thursday, March 30, 2017
Time:       7:30 p.m.
Venue:     Education Building, Room 191

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