The Commercial Undergraduate Society
Back Row: S. Wright, R. Love, L. O’Donnell; Front Row: W. Keefer, G. Herring, C. Gale
The Commercial Undergraduate Society at McGill has been in the past and is today one of the most active organizations on the campus. Finance by the Student Council and managed by an elected executive of five, the Society carries out a program which is designed not only to strengthen the unity of the school but to create and maintain connections with Montreal’s Commercial and Business interests. Periodical Commercial Luncheons are arranged by the executive which are addressed by speakers who are representative of Montreal’s business section.
This year three very successful luncheons were run off and excellent speakers were in attendance.
At the first, Mr. Fergus Grant, former Marine and Aviation correspondent for the Gazette, spoke on the Canadian Commercial Intelligence Service.
The second luncheon was addressed by Mr. Harry Hayes, C. A., McGill Commerce graduate and present President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce.
At the final luncheon, Mr. Phil Johnson, Vice-President of operations of Trans-Canada Air Lines delivered a most interesting address on the future of Canadian Commercial Aviation.
The year closes on one of the most successful seasons which the Commercial Society has ever had.
The History of Commerce
During the life of a business enterprise there often comes a time when it must take inventory in order that it may determine whether its undertakings have been successful. Commerce ’38, in many ways a business enterprise, finds itself at present in that position. For four short years it grew within the walls of a great institution, absorbed its lofty traditions and its teachings, played a prominent part in its activities, and derived all the benefits which so famous an institution can bestow. It must now pause for a short moment in order to take inventory of its achievement.
Confronted with musty ideas of the past concerning the School of Commerce, the class of ’38 has bene instrumental in ridding the institution of false, unjustifiable accusations. It put its entire force behind the petition to make the School of Commerce a full-fledged faculty. It sought by its actions to show that the School of Commerce, admittedly one of the most important units of McGill, ranked high in university training, and that it should, for that reason, be represented in the Senate. Unfortunately, the authorities saw fit to refuse its demands.
Led by a competent executive, Commerce ’38 revealed an intense class spirit through its participation in interclass and interfaculty athletics and by the inauguration of a popular interclass and interfaculty bowling league. Its annual banquet further strengthened the friendship and feeling of cooperation existing among its members.
Commerce ’38 may well be proud of the achievements of its individual members. They have distinguished themselves in every branch of campus activity. To name but a few: “Bert” Love captured the Senior Intercollegiate Pole Vault championship in 1936, and due to his efforts the bowling league was organized; “Pete” Monk was Stadium Manager for the Scarlet Key Society last fall; “Bill” O’Brien played Senior Hockey and captained the Senior Tennis Team last year; “Bob” Dunn starred in the Players’ Club and played Intermediate Football; “King” Hushion distinguished himself in Water Polo and along with “Top” Emory played Intermediate Hockey for two years; Walter Murray managed Senior Basketball; Jean Bernier and Barry Porteous played Senior Soccer; George Duncan, our permanent class president, managed the Gym Club; Fenner Daley was on the Intercollegiate Golf Team. Every phase of university activity finds a prominent member from the ranks of Commerce ’38.
Inventory taken, Commerce ’38 finds that its efforts at McGill have indeed been prolific. It has set a high standard which it hopes its successors will maintain. At present its members, equipped with a thorough business training, turn their energies in another direction They will set out now to add lustre to the peerless reputation of Commerce graduates in past years.