Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 11. August 1, 1957
N.Z. Students Representative Board
N.Z. Students Representative Board
Peter Boag, leader of the N.Z.U.S.A. delegation to the International Student Conference in Nigeria in September, will attend three regional and specialist conferences on his way there.
This was decided by Resident Executive after information was received that enees on his itinerary will be available, finance to include the additional confer The Executives had earlier turned down the proposal on financial grounds.
Bernard Galvin, N.Z.U.S.A's other delegate, hopes to attend an African student seminar in Ghana on his way to Ibadan, Nigeria.
Mr. Hoag's plans are to leave Auckland on July 25 by air for Amsterdam. After representing New Zealand at the World University Service (W.U.S.) conference in Holland he will fly to Helsinki for the Seventh International Student Press Conference—the first at which New Zealand will have been represented.
He will then attend the International Student Seminar in Stockholm, where members of the Asian student leaders' delegation to Europe are expected to take a leading part.
Mr. Boag. who has already established himself in overseas student affairs as a capable representative of New Zealand and an experienced conference man, will undoubtedly gain many contacts in Europe which will stand N.Z.U S A. in good stead at Ibadan. Mr. Galvin's proposed attendance at the Ghana conference is also recognised by N.Z.U.S A. as an important step in the association's policy of trying to fully appreciate the views of all sections of the international student community. Mr. Galvin will take to Ghana a special letter of goodwill from N.Z.U.S.A. marking the inclusion of the new state as a full member of the Commonwealth.
At a special meeting of the Resident Executive in Wellington on July 14. Messrs. Galvin and Boag were briefed on matters on which N.Z.U.S.A. had a stated or general policy. The application of policy motions passed at the Paster Council Meeting in Dunedin was discussed, and interpretation of some was clarified.
Council of Sport
A draft constitution was submitted to Resident Executive for a proposed N.Z.U. Council of Sport, to administer university sports matters at present under the jurisdiction of N.Z.U.S.A. and Tournament Committees. The Sports Officer. Mr. Alan Robinson, submitted the draft constitution, which Resident Executive decided to refer to the Blues Panel and to all colleges for consideration before the August Council meeting, where it will be fully discussed.
The City P.R.O. recently wrote to the Association suggesting that they meet members of the Exec. to discuss possible ways and means of giving Wellington citizens a greater appreciation of the University and its activities, and at the same time of increasing the understanding by students of the work of the Council. The Exec. wrote they were happy to agree and would like to meet them at some time in the future.
Partly no doubt as a result of various complaints one of the last acts of the retiring Exec. was to set up a Cappicade Steering Committee. The idea is that this committee should be similar to the Extrav. Committee, and should help get preparations under way much earlier than has been past practice. It will organise all Cappicade activities and will have the benefit, it is hoped, of the expert advice of past editors and others.
Break their Legs, Knock out their Teeth
"We want to make impossible in the future another war, another tremendous bloodshed between two brother nations. France and Germany. We want to make Siamese twins out of these two countries in such a way that they can't live without each other; to break their legs and knock out their teeth so that they can't do anything independently." This is how Prof. J. J. de Jong (of the Free University of Amsterdam), explained one of the major forces working for European Integration today. The Professor was giving an address on "European Politics" at V.U.C. He in effect defined "European" in this context as those countries desiring integration: namely the Benelux countries. Germany, France. Scandinavia, and Great Britain. It was perhaps a shame that the Professor did not have time to point out the importance of the countries of East Europe, the problems of a divided Germany, and the great influence of the Soviet Union on West European politics.
As well as the humanitarian and idealistic force described above, Professor de Jong pointed out that there are also economic, cultural and political forces: important for [unclear: early] at work or the last half century. (Since Professor de Jong is a Political Scientist it is not surprising, although unfortunate, that he did not take these factors even further back in time).
There are also obstacles to such a development: also cultural, political, economic and social. The Professor pointed out that there is a language difficulty in Europe, and there are the forces of nationalism to reckon with.
Nevertheless the Professor seemed confident that eventually the forces of integration will triumph.
Further comments on European Integration by Mr. S. H. Franklin, of the V.U.C. Geography Department, will he published in a future issue.