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Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Volume 31, Number 13 June 18, 1968


"Some so-called student activists need to reassess the channels of communication around themselves before they rush off to complain about others."

Students' Association President Doug White said this in a recent statement to Salient.

"In a short while we will be faced with the annual fraud —Executive elections," he said. "Few, if any, of the candidates will have much knowledge of Association affairs, let alone the University structure.

"Yet these candidates will promise to complete the Union extensions, increase bursaries, start a bookshop, and improve meals in the caf.

"These promises have been made before and they will be made again. An interested or gullible 25-30 per cent. of the student body will vote to elect these self-styled politicians.

"The successful candidates will, as in the past, conveniently forget their promises and try to run an association with 5000 members and an income of over $30,000.

"In providing services for students they will be equally as interested in the moral issues of the Arab-Israeli war as in the material to be used in essential night-shirts.

"Overnight they will become experts on all matters of university government and contact with the student body through dull sub-committees, frightening forums and general meetings, and an antagonistic Salient will be highly inconvenient.