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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 14, No. 5. May 24, 1951

V-P Reports Sharma Not Forgotten — Further Nzusa News

V-P Reports Sharma Not Forgotten

Further Nzusa News

I feel I should comment briefly on "Despard's" report of the NZUSA Council meeting as published in your last issue. In my view, a number of matters were over stressed in such a manner as to omit reference to other important matters. I realise the difficulties under which your reporter was working. He was only present for 2.3 hours of a Conference that lasted for 3½ days and the minutes were not available at the time he wrote the report.

I still stand by what I wrote in the report even on the question of the policy of "Salient," which I explained to a "Salient" deputation that waited on the Exec. one night. This deputation had nothing to say after I had given my answer.

On the Sharma issue, the position was, I suggest, not unsatisfactory "as far as the student press was concerned." Council wont into committee at 12.45 and reconvened at 12.55 when it adjourned for lunch. At 2 p.m., Council, resumed in open meeting when Salient's reporter, if he had been there, would have heard a motion passed to the effect that the Resident Executive was to continue its enquiries into this affair and, further, that the Resident Exec. was to investigate the whole position of overseas students in New Zealand, with particular reference to the employment position. I might add that VUC fought hard for this motion and, together with representatives of other Colleges, spent much of the lunch hour framing it. Further Congress remits discussed included the resolution relating to displaced persons. A meeting is to be convened between ISS, NZSCM, UCSNZ, and NZUSA to discuss ways and means of helping these people. Congress publicity sub-committees are also to be set up in all Colleges and steps to this end have already been taken at VUC. CUC will run Congress this year.

A very full discussion was held on the vexed question of Travel and Exchange. Steps are being taken to improve the scheme this year although it is impossible to guarantee work at the Australian end just as it is now impossible to do the same here. Students going to Australia should, however, have little difficulty in getting employment and fuller information on employment prospects will be circulated later.

There was a proposal that the College levy to NZUSA should be increased from £2 per 50 students to £3 per 50 students. No positive action can be taken on this at the moment but VUC abstained from voting on this issue. However, it looks as if the rise is inevitable. Matters arising from College remits included a proposal, later adopted, to ask the College authorities to synchronise the dates of conclusion of the second term, and an investigation into the advisability of holding NZUSA Council meetings in August.

Arising from the Miller Report. Council adopted some of the recommendations suggested by him for continuing and increasing co-operation with organisations genuinely interested in advancing the welfare of all students. Further contact with doings overseas was had through a report from Tom Fitzgibbon (CUC) who represented NZUSA at the NUAUS Council meeting in Adelaide in January. Australian representatives George Pittendrigh and Ken Long were also present and contributed to the delegates' knowledge of overseas conditions. Steps were taken to strengthen ISS at all Colleges.

Very little reference to the possible continuance of Winter Tournament was made at this meeting as the investigation, initiated last August, is still continuing. The most important sporting matters related to the final ratification of the Blues Panel constitution with the consequent recognition of the Blues Panel as a permanent fixture. There was divided opinion on the question of Rugby Blues and the attitude of the NZU Rugby Football Council. The course finally adopted is one which would place Rugby Blues in much the same position as other Blues. Whether this will work remains to be seen. The Rugby Football Council was also recommended to relate eligibility for NZU Rugby teams as closely as possible to the eligibility rules applying in other sports in an effort to see that only bona fide students were selected. In future, Sports Councils are to get NZUSA approval of their budgets before Colleges will agree to give financial support to overseas tours. So that touring teams can be garbed more or leas uniformly, Council adopted a Resident Executive remit that a "representative blazer" be instituted. This will differ only slightly in form from the Blues blazer but in such a manner that the knowing eye will be able to tell the difference.

The Arts Festival, originally a VUC baby, is not to be proceeded with at the moment. The Rhodes Scholarship scheme also came up for discussion and Colleges are to investigate ways of improving the method of selection with a view to discussing the matter with the proper authorities.

These were among the more important matters discussed during the long session and I bring them to your attention because I feel that students should be told what is going on at the higher levels on student administration.—M. J. O'Brien, Vice-president V.U.C.S.A.