From Conflict to Crisis: 1959-1974
ON THE OCCASION of his retirement from the board of governors in 1953, Arthur Moxon, the last surviving member of the original faculty, complained that too many people were trying to interfere with the work of the board of governors. Moxon died in 1963. Whether or not he knew it by then, "interference" or intervention was beginning to grow far beyond the limited input of the faculty and occasional public questioning that he did not appreciate.
In the fifteen years between 1959 and 1974 a number of governmental interventions and faculty, student, and administration disagreements produced a series of conflicts that led to an extraordinarily important crisis in the history of the University of Saskatchewan. There were three crucial periods during the decade and a half. The first was from late October 1966 to late September 1968, the second was during the first half of 1971, the third ran from January 1973 to the end of June 1974. In October 1966, the federal government decided to give the provinces control over the funds it had been giving to the universities. At the same time, the University of Saskatchewan administration which had been struggling to develop a method of governing a two-campus university began to relax, both because it thought reorganization was over and because it was basically unaware of the pressure for independence building on the Regina campus. Then the government of Ross Thatcher, which now had control