Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 27, No. 9. 1964.
David Shand is a third year part-time Commerce student. His activities in student affairs cover a wide field. He is currently a member of the House committee, Publications committee and the newly formed Accommodation committee. He was the principal founder of the Labour Party Club, established last year and is at present its Secretary. He is on the committee of the Debating Society, a member of the Vic. debating team and a Plunket Medal Oratory contestant.
These activities have brought him into contact with many downtown circles, and with his experience and organising ability he feels he has a real contribution to make towards improving Vic's public relations.
- Bring the Public on to the Campus to see student activities in action which will create better understanding between them and students. The University Festival was a step in this direction and will be improved and extended.
- Capping. Work in with the capping controller to ensure a favourable image of capping goes across.
- Co-operate fully with the new accommodation committee to make the public aware of the inadequacy of student accommodation.
- Investigate the formation of a Graduates' organisation to create further liaison between Vic and the public.
- Initiate social work projects by interested students.
- Request Wellington news papers to supply a regular column for student comment.
However, in no way do I expect or want students to compromise their principles for those people who complain that students are a decadent lot, wasting the taxpayer's money. Students should remain a distinct force in the community and I will attempt to convince these people that their idea of students is wrong. I believe that students should speak out on such matters as disarmament and racial discrimination, where they feel it necessary.