Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 11, No. 4. April 7th, 1948
Concerning last Monday's Special General Meeting, I would like to point in your columns to a circumstance to which I tried to draw attention at the meeting but owing to atmospheric conditions I was largely unsuccessful. Some half dozen issues and the fate of an exexecutive were decided without a single show of hands.
It is true that on the voices [unclear: the] voting always sounded decisive, [unclear: because] such a deafening roar greeted each motion that the rational majority who do not scream their heads off when they say "aye" or "no" went through the whole evening unnoticed. About eight hundred students were present, but anyone who has been to a cattle show, or has witnessed a tribal war dance, knows that [unclear: every one] or two hundred voices make a hell of a noise.
It is unfortunate that a show of hands was not taken, because the only evident support to which the new Students' Executive can point is the ill-mannered shouting of a few hundred students.