Taking Care: Alumni Stories about Life in the Original Residences and Lister Hall, 1911-2020
Taking Charge: A History of the SU and GSA, 1908–2021
I have always wanted to gather stories about residence life and the SU and GSA. “Taking care” was a phrase often used by the beloved Reg Lister, the first superintendent of residences. By the time I wrote this book, I knew a lot about the early residences and a little about life in Lister. I self-published these, my 4th and 5th books, in large part because I wanted to write abut the students’ lawsuits against the U.
Two things intrigued me about the residence life book. First, what was it like for students who lived in the three small brick residences when they moved into the Lister towers. Thanks to Alumni Director Sean Price, I met with alumni who were there at the time. We were all at a huge alumni dinner and Sean had the MC tell all the assembled that I was writing a book about residence life.
Second, what were the pranks like? Students told me all about it occasionally without publishing their names. What I also learned was that the residences produced many strong leaders.
As for Taking Charge, I worked with many SU and GSA presidents. I interviewed dozens for this book. Did you know that the Uof A is the only U in North America where the two student organizations are legal corporations separate from the university? Thus the University cannot directly interfere with either organization. Only the government can.
Books 4 and 5 are at Audrey’s Books.
I’m thinking about it!