Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Student's Newspaper. Volume 31, Number 1. March 3 1968
The president of the Students' Association, Doug White, is in the United States on a State Department student leader "project."
Together with students from eight other countries in the Far East, Doug will spend 70 days travelling and getting a close-up view of American life and political, industrial and educational establishments.
The trips, though financed by the U.S. Government, are conducted by the Experiment in International Living, a private group now handling 5000 guests annually in the United States.
According to the handout from the American Embassy: "A strong characteristic of the American people is a deep faith in direct exposure and face-to-face experiences among peoples as a means of dispelling misconceptions and developing understanding.
Doug, who left on 9th January, had a day in Honolulu for "orientation" at the East-West Centre and the University of Hawaii.
From there he went to the mainland for three weeks' "home stay" with a family in Seattle, a week on a university campus near Boston, and, in all, 39 days of other activities.
In New York, Doug will study - management relations and urban developments as well as imbibing of American culture (plays, concerts, etc.); in Washington he will see government agencies in action; and in Niagara, he will inspect industrial progress.
Other stops include San Francisco, Kansas, and an all-Negro college in Virginia.
Doug, now in his second term as president, is expected back about the end of March.
In his absence, the men's vice-president, Dan Bradshaw, is acting president.