Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 18, No. 7. June 10, 1954
Throughout the academic year a certain group of ladies and gentlemen meet and discuss the various aspects related to the spending of some five thousand pounds, which amount represents the total sum paid by students in Stud. Ass. fees. That group of ladies and gentlemen is known as the Executive.
Naturally, the main activity at Exec meetings is talking. Not all of it is constructive, but in between the sarcasm and the complaints, the meanderings and the side issues, the facetiousness and the pomposity, the Executive manages the expenditure of the students' money in a way which is in the main prudent although we would hesitate to say that this is always the case. Fortunately, the Executive has this year wasted little time in the discussion of "matters of principle" with the result that it has been able to give its attention to the problems which beset any normal, if somewhat ramshackle, business organisation. Most of the mistakes have been due to either ignorance or inexperience, but as these mistakes have not been serious, with the possible exception of the Cappicade advertising incident, we do not feel impelled to consider them at length.
With the approach of Exec Elections, students should begin to consider the type of person with whom they wish to entrust the spending of their Stud. Ass. fees. A knowledge of the background of present college affairs is essential, as is some experience in club activities and the problems relating thereto. The most important attribute is, of course, commonsense.
So we leave the matter in the hands of you, the students, with this one exhortation—use your vote and use it wisely.