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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 30, No. 1. 1967.

Exec rebuts GE attempt

Exec rebuts GE attempt

Executive has refused Grand Establishment (GE) Student Union facilities on equal terms with university clubs.

The motion that "as the Victoria Grand Establishment Inc. is a charitable organisation run by members of the Students' Association, this Executive recommends to Management Committee that it be granted use of Union facilities on the same basis as affiliated clubs," was defeated 5.4 at a recent meeting.

Opposition to GE's use of Union facilities was directed more against GE's composition than against its activities.

Chief opponent, David Shand, did not quibble at GE's using committee rooms, but felt they should not be allowed use of the Memorial Theatre. He said GE was "a closed clique made up of members of a particular group of people in the university." In view of this, Paul Peretz said, it cannot be said to stand for a liberal way of life.

Roger Lawrence, speaking for GE, said GE was restricted to 50 members since it could only function effectively as long as it did not become unwieldy.

GE would assist in such things as tournament, and is involved in this year's tournament, he sad.

Trevor Crawford emphasised the charitable function of GE—half the profit from GE functions goes to charity in the name of Victoria students. Lawrence said GE would, if necessary, also be able to provide financial backing for university clubs.

Ge'S Activities Approved

John McGrath said that although he did not like what GE stood for. he was in favour of the motion because GE's activities in Student Union facilities (such as debating) would be aimed at students.

Although the motion was lost it is understood GE is considering establishing a "front club" to be affiliated to the Students' Association.