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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 17, No. 5. April 15, 1953

O'Brien Heads N.Z.U.S.A

O'Brien Heads N.Z.U.S.A.

At one of the most interesting N.Z.U.S.A. Council meetings for some time, our President (M. J. O'Brien) was elected unopposed and by popular acclamation President of N.Z.U.S.A. He thus follows his brother's success in that he is at present President of both V.U.C.S.A. and N.Z.U.S.A., and student member on the V.U.C. Council. Fresh from his recent trip to Australia and with over five years of brilliant success in student affairs, Mr. O'Brien should prove the most capable President for years.

Popular Ken Phillips fills the position of sports officer: he has been a V.U.C. Tournament delegate and is at present Vice-President of V.U.C.S.A. The former sports officer (Mr. D. B. Horsley) was elected a Vice-president, not only as an acknowledgement of his services in that position but also to enable N.Z U.S.A. to have a fully accredited observer at national meetings and conferences in Europe. The newly-elected Secretary (Miss Audrey Cook) is a former Exec. member—women's Vice-President—and Congress 1953 Controller.

Canterbury Saves Day No Billeting Levy

The first item which aroused any argument was the question of billeting which has vexed the host colleges over the last low tournaments. [unclear: Canterbury] College lost over £100 on [unclear: billeting] for the last Winter Turnament. [unclear: C.U.C.] favoured the levy of ten Shillings for every tournament representative who could not find his own billet: they thought that the only satisfactory way of appealing to university students was through their pockets in general, however, Canterbury was against the imposition of a levy but could see no other way of forcing those people who could do so to find their own billets.

Otago University had favoured the imposition of a levy "for some time and now thought that a 10/- levy should be imposed on all people who could not find their own billets; this scheme to be tried for two years when the matter would be reviewed again.

V.U.C. opposed the levy on the old grounds in the strongest terms; at this stage of the meeting Victoria was represented by P. M. McCaw as the President (M.J. O'Brien) had not yet arrived from Wellington. The Sports Officer (D. B. Horsley) wondered whether the money would go into the billeting or home college account.

A.U.C. was still bound by the motion of their A.G.M. but thought that the levy would make no difference to the number of people who found their own billets. They were strongly against the levy as it bore most heavily upon representatives travelling from their college. They then moved a series of motions aimed at reducing either the levy itself or the amount of lime during which the scheme was to be tried. Those lapsed for want of a seconder; Auckland spoke again. The next Tournament was to be at Auckland which was opposed to the idea of a levy and did not see why they should have to be the first college to put the scheme into execution. Auckland had large travelling expenses at every Tournament and the levy would make a difference to her representatives. Otago still considered that four Tournaments were necessary to test the scheme, as did Massey College which remarked that as two years trial meant a Tournament in each centre the results would be statistically sound. An amendment was put and lost on the President's casting vote. An amendment "that commencement of the levy be deferred until 1954" was moved by A.U.C. (seconded V.U.C) which stated that they had no desire to administer a principle to which it did not adhere, this too was lost on the President's [unclear: vote].

Malcolm McCaw, for Victoria, then queted why the Agricultural Colleges were forcing the other colleges into that position when A.U.C. and V.U.C were strongly against the levy, O.U. against, and C.U.C. sitting on the fence. Evidently determined by this very good point by McCaw. Peter Sinclair, the Canterbury President, announced out of the blue that C.U.C. was definitely committed against the levy! The vote was taken on the unamended motion: M.A.C.. C.A.C., for the levy: A.U.C., C.U.C., and V.U.C. against the levy. The motion was lost on the President's casting vote, and there will be no billeting levy.

College Reports

Various matters rising from the minutes were then discussed. The N.Z.U.S.A. constitution is to be redrawn with its appropriate schedules. D. B. Horsley of Victoria and D. Stewart of Canterbury were congratulated on their Rhodes' Scholarships, after which the President presented the report from N.Z.U.S.A. resident executive: the most interesting item was that there was a loss of £33 because of the high travelling costs in the past year, costs of M. J. O'Brien's trip to Australia, and P. Cotton's to Europe.

The colleges presented their reports: O.U. reported that finances for the new Student Union building were increased by sixteen and half thousand pounds; they now had £40,000. "Critic" was responsible for a loss of £340; the liquor regulations had been considerably relaxed. A.U.C. noted a surprising increase in law enrolments; a second professor in Law is to be appointed. There had been a general improvement in publications although "Craccum" had lost £314. The Capping Ball was to be honoured by the presence of the Governor-General.

C.A.C. reported that their new hostel, "Hudson Hall." had been started; it had 160 bed-studies, a cafeteria, darkroom, billiards room, lounge and a library. Although its circulation was only 200, "Caclin" made £10 profit over thirteen issues, mainly because of good advertising. M.A.C. had incurred a loss of £219. They had distributed an orientation handbook in a cyclostyled formal. Their liquor regulations were similar to those of Otago but on an unofficial level. C.U.C.'s roll was down 4 per cent Their tearooms lost £70 but they were well satisfied "Canta" lost £120 approximately but it was expected that their loss would be greater this year as they were finding it difficult to obtain advertising. The shifting of the college to the other site would not be considered by Cabinet until money was available after the school-building programme was finished. Their International Club was considering a Board Bureau to place overseas students.

V.U.C. presented a brief plan of the Student Employment Service. Victoria's students were badly boused academically, but the seven-story science building was to be started next year. Although they had not been announced yet the Government had chosen the architect and contractor. Mention was made of the stationery celling service, of Victoria's successful year of sport, and of the successful Overseas Students' Evening recently held. "Salient" lost £270 with the literary issue thrown in.

Odds and Ends

Various remits were discussed; these will be given in full later, after the N.Z.U.S.A. minutes appear. From the Sports Officer's report submitted by the retiring Sports Officer (Mr. D. B. Horsley) the question of Rugby Blue and the Blues Panel provided the most contentious item but as the negotiations are at a delicate stage, we will omit mention of the discussion with the intention of crystallising the dispute once it has been resolved.

The Sports Council proposals brought forward a rehash of all the old arguments both for and against, no one college appearing to have changed its views on the matter. C.U.C. had envisaged a Sports Council analgous to N.Z.U.S.A with six resident members in Wellington and two delegates from each college. Mr. Horsley spoke on the drawbacks of such an idea. There would still have to be a separate Tournament Committee in each college, and there would be overlapping duties and responsibilities. C.U.C. moved and C.A.C. seconded proforma. "that a Sports Council be set up" and the old arguments were rehashed. C.A.C. withdrew its seconding and the motion lapsed. O.U. then moved: "That an N.Z.U. Sports Council be not set up as this body regards N.Z.U.S.A. as capable of administering all matters that such a Sports Council could administer." This was seconded by V.U.C. and passed unanimously.


The Congress report from the Controller (Miss Audrey Cook) was received, following which the Congress remits were taken. The majority (as you may ace below) required no further action by N.Z.U.S.A. but the first eventually aroused some interest, and opinions were expressed on the book-importing question.

More Odds, Ends and Reports

The Sports Officer's report was further discussed on Saturday morning, in particular the section on the swimming tour, and the Rugby Blues. M. J. O'Brien stated that the V.U.C. excet still did not know why the V.U.C. Swimming Club did not take part in the tour, the Government had subsidised it to the extent of £200.

The Travel and Exchange Officer's report was presented by Miss Marion Solly, of Auckland. Miss Pauline Hoskins of Wellington was appointed to be a has on in Wellington for the Travel and Exchange scheme. After this the Resident Executive presented a Bursary report from a sub-committee composed of R. S. Milne (Chairman), G. Brewster. E. Ireland and C. J. Paterson, all of Resident Exec. This report was considered by the council who thought it one of the most important reports to come before the Council for some time. We intend to print a summary of it in a future issue. Submissions are to be made to the Minister of Education and the Prime Minister before the latter leaves for the Coronation.

M. J. O'Brien's Australian report was also received and considered, and most of his recommendations formally adopted. A report of the success of the American debating tour was also received and each college reported on its section of the tour.

General Business

V.U.C. deplored the fact that C.M.T. weekend camps were held immediately before "finals," this disturbing swotting., No excuse that preparation for examinations was necessary during this weekend had been accepted by the military authorities.

M.A.C. reported that the N.Z Soccer Association wanted a representative of university soccer clubs on their council. Dr. Davey of M.A.C. was acting as the representative but his appointment needed ratification by N.Z.U.S.A.

O.U. wished a clause added to the auditor's statement to certify that the audit of Tournament accounts had been under the terms of the Tournament constitutions. This was moved and carried.

The vacancy on the Blues Panel was filed by the re-election of the retiring members. Mr. Daniels. Then followed the N.Z.U.S.A. elections, all being elected unopposed.

President: M. J. O'Brien (V.U.C.); Vive-Presidents: R. S. Milne (O.U.), D. B. Horsley (V.U.C.), T. Fitzgibbon (C.U.C); Secretary: Audrey Cook (V.U.C.); Sports Officer: K. M. Phillips (V.U.C); Treasurer: Mr. Matthews.