Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 22, No. 2. March 23, 1959
Whatever the merit of Mr Hampton's argument in his no-confidence motion he must have succeeded conspicuously in pricking the conscience of the student body.
For it could hardly have been brought home more dramatically just what and how much the executive committee is capable of achieving on the students behalf.
But in this the essence of achievement can be measured only in terms of student support.
If the executive is to function at its highest level and avoid becoming an autonomous body it deserves to have every student take an intelligent interest in its affairs. If it errs then any member of the students' association is accorded the right to say so.
But by the same token the executive, whose responsibility to 3,000 students is an onerous one, rightly requires active backing from every quarter of the student body.
Assuming the widespread enthusiasm shown by attendance at last week's meeting to be genuine it would appear that interest by Victoria students in their own affairs is in its ascendancy.
We are not, however, sufficiently optimistic to really believe this. What has happened is that the executive for the past two weeks or so has at last the appearance of a team. Only a constant watch will keep it so.