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Salient: An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 12, No. 5, June 8th, 1949.



Dear Salient,

The Stud Ass Exec decided early this year to adopt a system of block applications for college club grants, all applications to be in by one of two set dates. The first batch of applications has already come before the Finance Committee, and presents a difficult problem. Approximately—1,100 bag already been applied for, far exceeding the—630 available for the purpose—with the summer sports clubs still to come in.

This is due partly to the fact that some clubs have chosen this year as an occasion for new and expensive ventures, and partly to what appears to be a certain competitive spirit among our more far-sighted clubs. It is clear however that the present system of club grants, whereby the amount to be allotted In left entirely to the discretion of the Executive, is becoming inadequate.

The Finance Committee has therefore recommended that a meeting of representatives of all affillated clubs be held on Wednesday 15th June to discuss the question of the relative proportions of the grant money to be allotted to each Club. A scheme will then be prepared by the Finance Committee classifying each club in a definite category according to what proportion or the grant money it should receive, and the scheme will be referred to the Annual General Meeting for consideration.

This will mean that in place of the present scramble or lucky dip, in which the most eloquent or influential club is liable to receive the best hearing, there will be a fairly rigid system confining each club grant within set limits, and each club will know beforehand what its chances are likely to be. As this is a fairly drastic modification of previous Association policy, it behoves all Club members to ponder deeply on the merits of their clubs, so that they can come to the Annual General Meeting adequately prepared.

H. C. Evison,

Hon. Secretary, V.U.C. Student's Association