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matters of funding and administration. “This was a very important decision for the SA, and not one that was made overnight, “said Mike Daws, the SA’s Executive Officer. “But we believe it’s time to stand on our own two feet and deal directly with the university on such matters as sports funding,” Daws stressed that the move does not signify a deteriorating relationship between the SA and the Union. “Direct affiliation with the university is not disaffiliation with the AUU. We will still have a mature, open and working relationship with the Union at both staff and board level to ensure the flow of information is maintained between the two of us... But we believe that having a direct relationship [with the University] strengthens our role as an advocate for sports on campus.” The sentiment is echoed by David Coluccio, General Manager of the AUU, who regards the perception of a rift between the SA and the AUU as a disadvantage faced by the two bodies. Coluccio notes that the SA is already functionally autonomous. “[The SA] has always been independent with its own staff and its own management. In terms of daily operations and staff, the AUU had no control over the SA. It only had a financial relationship.” Although the handover officially took place on January 1, 2010, the agreement had been finalized since early April 2009, and had been in the pipeline for many years prior. Prior to disaffiliation, the SA obtained its funding from the AUU’s annual budget. Post-disaffiliation, the SA will obtain its funding directly from the University, eliminating the AUU as the middleman and giving the SA officers greater negotiating powers. Although the SA ate up $267,000 of the AUU’s $1.8 million 2009 budget (taking 14.8% of the pie). According to Coluccio, the handover is not expected to free up extra money for the Union, “There is no extra money in the union’s budget because we are not receiving the funds that we normally get for sports from the university.”

For incoming students keen on picking up a sport, signing up for the gym, or joining a recreational league, it’s business as usual. The change is not expected to impact the management or funding of sports activities. “We see ourselves as just growing up,” says Daws. “[We’ll] sell our own message, or own stories, to the powers that be.”

-Maureen Robinson

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O' Week 2010 Orientation Week is the annual student celebration for the beginning of the new academic year. This year O’Week runs from Monday the 22nd to Friday the 26th of February. A program of academic and social activities is concocted to involve all. Across campus, tents are set up to introduce academic services, sporting teams, faculties and clubs. O’Week officially kicks off at O’Camp. This two-night extravaganza is held annually for first year students. James McWha, the University of Adelaide’s Vice-Chancellor, starts the week with a new student welcome in Bonython Hall. The week continues with preliminary classes held in various

On Dit Magazine: Volume 78, Issue 1  

On Dit Magazine is a fortnightly Australian student magazine with an emphasis on exceptional writing, photography, and illustration.

On Dit Magazine: Volume 78, Issue 1  

On Dit Magazine is a fortnightly Australian student magazine with an emphasis on exceptional writing, photography, and illustration.