CSC report reveals Hist and Phil as highest spenders

Many societies within the CSC recorded significantly less spending in the 2019-20 academic year

The Central Societies Committee (CSC) has released a report detailing expenditures from each society in Trinity in the 2019-2020 academic year.

As the body governing all of College’s societies, the CSC reported an overall surplus of over €8000 in comparison to the deficit in spending in past years.

The College Historical Society (the Hist) spent the most, at €12,651. Following closely was the College Philosophical Society (the Phil) at €12,530.

The next five highest society spenders were DU Players at €6,736, Trinity Arts Festival spending €5,029, Trinity Biological Society at €4,300, the College Dance Society at €3,892 and Trinity Orchestra, spending €3,270 in the last academic year.

Several societies were recorded as having cost no deficit to the CSC, in contrast to the 2018-2019 academic year, when they reported significant spending.

Among these were the Animation Society, Arabesque Society, Entrepreneurial Society, Italian Society, Student 2 Student (S2S), and the Workers’ Party.

The Trinity International Society reported no spending last year in comparison to €2,400 spent in the previous academic year. Similarly, the Politics Society spent €1,320 in the 2018-2019 year, the Psychology Society spent €1,670; and Trinity Singers €2,702, while they were recorded as having spent no money in 2019-2020.

Before the abrupt conclusion of the 2020 Hilary term in response to government shutdowns following Covid-19, events such as the College Philosophical Society (Phil) Ball, the Historical Society’s 250th anniversary celebration, the Winter Showcase hosted by the Musical Theatre, Music, Dance, Singers and Cancer Societies, and the DU Players’ Glitter Festival were held.

However, following the closure of College, many society events were cancelled. 

The CSC annual dinner was cancelled in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and AGM elections were postponed from March until September of 2020. 

Audrey Brown

Audrey Brown is a Senior Fresher English Studies student, and the Deputy News Editor of Trinity News.