The two open discussions regarding compulsory membership in the Union held this week brought out several interesting arguments. One of the most important points considered was how, by compulsory membership, the smaller clubs and publications, which at present have no permanent location, could make their headquarters at the Union did everyone belong. This would mean a much more unified system of smaller activities and would, at the same time, give them a greater degree of accessibility.
Another argument presented for membership by compulsion was the fact that at Radcliffe they have a Union which is run successfully on this basis.
E. H. Clark '96, graduate treasurer of the Union, made the announcement that Major Higginson, the donor of the Union, had expressed the opinion that compulsory membership, to his mind, would be the one solution of the difficult problem of securing undergraduate support for the Union.
One scheme which was out-lined was that compulsory membership should be adopted for the present until the deficit was tided over, after which the voluntary membership system should be resumed.
The idea that the Union might prosper under a somewhat different form of management was suggested. The plan spoken of was a board of seven members: two from the Faculty and five undergraduates. In this way interest in the Union could be aroused among members, thus making the Union more like the Oxford Union, which is the university's social centre and acknowledged as such by the undergraduates and Faculty alike.
The third discussion scheduled for this afternoon has been postponed until next week. The day will be announced later.