Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 11, No. 7. June 23rd, 1948
Piers Abraham, graduated B.A. last year and hopes to complete his LL.B. this year. He was in Weir House from 1943 to 1946 and is a firm believer in the benefits to be derived from resident student hostels. He has taken part in several Extravaganzas, both on the stage and on the administrative side; he was Cappicade Distributor in 1944. Ticket Controller in 1947 and will be remembered as House Manager this year. He was Records Controller for last year's Winter Tournament and has been an active member of the Social Committee since the end of 1944. At present he holds the post of Secretary to the Law Faculty Club and would like to sec similar organizations for the other faculties. He looks for improved hostel facilities, the revival of the Student Medical Scheme, closer relationships betwen the university and the town and a new gymnasium within his lifetime.
Barney Butchers, a part-time student doing Dip. Ed., graduated 1941. He spent four years in the Navy and returned in 1946 as a full-time Rehab, student to complete M.S.C., at the same time acting as tutorial lecturer in chemistry.
He was a member of the 1947 retiring Exec. and Business Manager for Spike 1947-48. He is a past or present active member of several clubs, including Rugby Football, Dramatic, Photographic, Tramping—Chief Guide 1940, vice-chairman 1941, Vice-President 1946-47, Secretary 1948. Chemical Society committee member 1948, Extrav. props 1938-39-48. cast 1946-48.
Policy: "If we (the university) have any worthwhile contribution to make towards the progress of our community, and I claim we have, it is essential that we realize our responsibility to the community and the community realize their responsibility to the university. To this end I support a broad, libera! policy with regard to all College activities, and the formation of a more understanding relationship between Victoria College and the larger community."
Tom Heath has been to Victoria College on a full-time Rehab, bursary during 1946-47 and is now in his first year at Training College. He is a returned serviceman and hopes to complete his B.A. this year. He played Rugby for Varsity in 1946 and 1947. He has appeared in Extrav. in 1947 and 1948 and will be remembered for his role as Quid Dollarland in this year's show. He is on the Committee of the Training College Drama Club.
Returned soldiers' interests in University affairs have been a matter of interest to him as have student matters generally. Tom is very interested in rearing a stately students' Union Building in the shortest possible time, confident that our grandchildren will have better facilities than their progenitors. He is very [unclear: much in favour of closer co-oper-]tion with overseas student bodies, particularly those in Australia, whose problems must be ours in the essentials.
Vance Henderson is a final year law student, a member of the present Executive. He enrolled first at V.U.C. in 1938, spent four years in the armed forces, returning to V.U.C. in 1946, now on a full-time Rehabilitation bursary. Ex-resident of Weir House, ex-member Social Committee, ex-Secretary Rowing Club, ex-Captain Social Team football, participated in many pre-war haka parties; now President Defence Rifle Club, N.Z.U. Blue in shooting, twice V.U.C. Blue, Gymnasium Controller, appointed Junior Tournament Delegate for Winter Tournament 1948. Interested in the competing in, winning of and administration of Tournaments, the new Student Union Building, cafeteria, Extras. and all student affairs. Believes in the running of student affairs in a sane, expeditious and business-like manner for the benefit of all students as a whole.
Cathel MacLeod is a fourth year student completing B.Sc. this year. He has been a prominent member of several sporting clubs both in administration and as a player. In the Rugby Football Club he played in the 1st XV in 1945-46 and in the 2nd XV last year, and has been a committee member for the past three years. In the Cricket Club he is deputy club captain, and captain for the 2nd XI. He has also represented Victoria at several Tournaments at cricket and boxing. He is the present Secretary of the Executive.
He intends to give his fullest support to the sporting clubs and to encourage all undergraduates to play for the university clubs which are the chief instruments in fostering the community aspect of university life. As for general policy he is opposed to any outside influence in college affairs, but otherwise considers that specific statements as to objectives are hardly possible.
Oscar Melting, a returned soldier and a graduate in Arts is doing Dip. Ed. as a part-time student this year. On the Cafeteria Committee 1943-44; on Exec. as Assistant Treasurer 1947 and as Assistant Secretary, June, 1947-April, 1948; N.Z.U.S.A. delegate 1947; Gym controller from June, 1947 to April, 1948; on Salient staff 1947-48; in Extrav. 1947 and in Extrav. props 1948; committee member Socialist Club 1947-48; delegate to N.Z. Student Labour Federation Conference, 1948.
Oscar believes that the Building Fund Appeal is of the utmost importance at the present time. Most of our difficulties in the Caf and the Gym cannot be solved properly until the new Student Association Building is a reality. He is keen to see a better provision of bursaries, particularly for,-full-time students. He urges all students to support fully the N.Z.U. Congress next January and to give their co-operation to the organizers of the Jubilee, celebrations.
Jim Milburn. aged 23, returned soldier, fresher 1941, T.C. 1942 and T.C. again 1946. Committee experience T.C. included secretary ship of Debating and Drama Clubs and active experience on "Student Opinion."
Graduated B.A. in Political Science 1946. and is at present studying in the Law Faculty. His chief interest at V.U.C. has been Debating member of the Debating Committee, 1947-48. winner of the Plunket Medal 1947 and runner-up of Union Prize. Other activities include Rugby and Extrav.
A member Men's committee elected at [unclear: the] Special [unclear: Elections], is a member of the Student Appeal Committee and "liquor" committee.
Immediate aims—to raise the standard of all V.U.C. social functions—in particular college '"hops." and to interest students in Building Appeal. Would support all measures designed to improve student/citizen relations and is a firm believer in student participation in college government, in particular sees the need for student voice in the arrangement of courses [unclear: and academic regulations.]
Pip is a third year Science (chemistry) student after spending three years in the R.N.Z.A.F. He is at present a resident of Weir House." Secretary Men's Basketball Club 1947, Vice-Captain Swimimng Club 1947-48, Vice-President Women's Indoor Basketball Club 1948, Secretary N.Z.U. Swimming Council 1948-49 and Easter and Winter Tournament Delegate 1948. V.U.C. Blue in basketball and swimming.
He is very interested in promoting sport in all its phases, realizing this helps to keep Victoria more compact and united. Wants more co-operation with N.Z.U.S.A. towards forming a strong university opinion in New Zealand. Last but not least advocates getting more tangible support for the new Students' Building, which when completed will do more than anything else to make Victoria a university.
At present doing 2nd year at full-time Arts course. Takes an active interest in Drama, Debating and Rugby clubs. Member of the Procesh committee for this year. He has no political affiliations.
Although only in my second year, I believe that there should be a younger representation on the Exec. At present, there is no-one who can air the point of view and the grievances of freshers and second year students. There should be a greater and wider dissemination of information about such activities as the Building Fund Appeal and the Jubilee celebrations for 1949. To make these projects more widely known, there should be open forums, and discussions in which all students could offer criticism and bring forth new ideas. The students as a whole must take a more active interest in the college and the various clubs. Apathy on the part of the many will lead to slackness and degeneration.
Len Samuj is a third year law student. He is a member of the Debating Society. In 1946 he won the New Speaker's Prize and last year was second in the Plunket Medal Contest. For the past three years he has contributed to Salient under the pen-name of Omar Hjumas. He is also a member of the Political Science Club.
Policy: Setting up a publication branch for promoting literature and culture by publishing student work. Mixed Common Room serving refreshments throughout the winter term. Formation of a branch of the United Nations Association (as at Otago University) at the Varsity to study current international problems by presentation of papers. A weekly Salient is desirable encouraging literature and student opinion. Lastly, the ending of political feuds and participation in those avenues which are of no real interest to the university.
Fifth year student at V.U.C. is studying for a Music Degree. He has taken an active part in Extravs. since 1944 having acted in every show since. He wrote the original music for Utopanella and this year was coauthor and producer of Vot-thu-halla. He has played cricket, hockey and table tennis for V.U.C.
He thinks that students should be encouraged to take a more active part in student affairs and that there should be more inter-club co-operation. Only in this way can the proper social life of the Varsity be developed. He wants the Building Fund given more support as this would give the Varsity all the facilities which it at present lacks. It would also give the Varsity a chance to develop some life outside lecture rooms. He advocates greater activity on the part of the various clubs so that V.U.C. may one day win the Tournament Shield in-stead of the tenacious wooden spoon.
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