Everything about 60 years of VSAE

The year 1963 was a wonderful year. An exciting year. The year in which the Beatles had their first big moments, Martin Luther King delivered his “I have a dream” speech and the Russians sent the first woman to space. Famous people like Quentin Tarantino, Michael Jordan, Johnny Depp first opened their eyes that year, and the list goes on. It was also the year of the killing of US president John F. Kennedy and the founding of the VSAE.

And it’s this that brings us all together 55 years after that memorable moment. To celebrate the anniversary of the VSAE we decided to tell you something about it’s origin. We’re no historians, but we tried our best to uncover the untold tale of the association you all think you know. Some of it relies on stories told on from generation on generation and might not be completely correct.

As you now all know we start telling our story in 1963. It was a cold spring evening when A.J. Thomas, R.J. Kloek, H.G. van Doorne, A.M. de Mey and A. Rutgers walked out of the Roeterseiland Library Learning Centre and past the Krater. Tired of their Econometrics 1 assignments and complaining about a lack of togetherness of their colleagues in the Actuarial Sciences and Econometrics programme.

While drinking a beer at The Roeter they looked at other associations and decided that this could no longer go on. They would be the ones to found the base of what is now the warmest and most exciting study associating of The Netherlands.

Years passed but getting a group of people to unite appeared harder than thought. The number of activities stayed low and the need to drink was not as present as these days. Study associations were meant for studying and even the yearly party at club Nyx wasn’t a big succes.

The VSAE experienced a steady growth. Sponsors were found and a partnership with the SEF ( Now SEFA ) created a bigger network. The opportunities for trips increased and businesses and banks were among the regular hosts of these excursions. The need for physical activities grew and sports and gaming events were starting to happen more frequently as well.

The 1980’s were a heavy period. Thanks to the oil-crisis and the death of John Lennon the number of member decreased to an all-time minimum of 8 and the future of the VSAE looked dark and non-existing. This led to a change in policies. From now on the associating would be more money-focussed and a KvK account was opened. The change it brought would make the association an unstoppable force with hundreds of members and more money than it could possibly spend.

And the rest is history.