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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 8. June 13, 1957

Exec. Blurb: — I like me

Exec. Blurb:

I like me

For the Exec. elections "Salient" will publish a special blurb sheet stating the candidates qualifications for this high office. All Candidates, whether unopposed or not, should sent in a brief statement of Not More than 250 words by Saturday, 15th June. State your back ground and future plans, if any.

For the benefit of those who are not acquainted with past efforts we publish sample copies.

X.Y.Z. Pumperkin, (President. Secretary)

Xan is a vital member of the student community. Third year full-time divinity student, prays for the Exec. each night. Has been on the following societies: Socialist, G.S.C., E.U., Film. Photographic. Fencing. International. Rugby. Women's Hockey, Philosophical etc. Founder of the Anthropoligical Society (now defunct), participated in Extrav. (assistant sub-script writer), Proshesh (make-up). Tournament (photographer). Congress (supplies), "Salient" (office boy), fraternal delegate to the New Zealand Anthropoligical Conference. Has always taken a keen interest in female facilities. Failed in the Arts. Law, Commerce, and Science faculties.

If elected would press for better faculties, rapid completion of the Sub., higher club grants for cultural clubs, more student say on College Council, better (and mixed) hostel accommodation for students, fare concession on Cable Car, equal rights for both sexes improved relations with the city night life.

Last year the successful candidates made these promises.

C. J. C. Marchant—elected unnopposed, hence no blurb. (In 1955, he promised if made President to support:

The extension of Weir, and improvement in the existing common rooms and progress towards the new Student Union Building.

A marked improvement in the Capping Book.

Contributions to the public welfare by capping collections and further Extrav. tours for charity.

E. A. Woodfield Jr.—No promises.

Gay Jackson, Jill Le Fort. Rosemary Lovegrove, Jaette McCracken, Susan Mitcalfe all were elected unopposed and made no promises.

P. Caham—(resigned early '57) "Would like to see the student representative on the College Council as more of a representative than at present; favours the idea of a canteen open all day to sell confectionery, cigarettes, etc.; recognises the need for a common room.

H. R. Carver—"Would be quite prepared to listen to suggestions from the progressive and criticisms from the dissatisfied."

A. A. T. Ellis—offered experience.

Alan Ward—(resigned early 57) "concerned about the apathy of students college big shots towards physical education activities and certain sports. Would work for greater Exec. backing for these activities and seek to interest College Council in supporting efforts to secure better facilities until Te Aro is broken in.

Would also wish to foster better public support for V.U.C. by publicising the real work of the College—its faculties and its specialist clubs—through advertising, liaison with city organisations and perhaps a new periodical like a cross between Political .Science and Time.

Sees an urgent need for better common room facilites and would support the idea of a good common room with block."

B. Hume—elected unnopposed; no promises.

What does all this show:
(1)Like all election promises they are are largely unapplied or achieved without much merit due to the promiser.
(2)The most valuable members of the Exec. are not necessarily those who promise most. Much the same service comes from those who promise nothing.
(3)This year's candidates need not write out their promises in full e.g. they can say "I promise Ward. Time and Pol. Sci., Canham canteen. Shaw T.C. This would save much unnecessary repetition.

N.B. "Salient" requests all Exec. members whether they made promises or not, and whether they are standing again or not, to hand in a brief account of their activities this year, by June 15th. with specific reference to the promises of themselves and their successful fellows (sec "Salient", 1956, No. 6).