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Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Volume 31 Number 16 July 16, 1968

Left Out Side

page 12

Left Out Side

So Its Exec elections coming up again, and all those soggy conservatives who administer — not govern — the association are on about how there's very little you can do on Exec, so lets stop candidates making wild promises and say if elected they'll write charming to the Administration and nothing else.

What this Column says to any exec candidates is make as wild promises as you can and you'll find you can implement half of them, because almost certainly nobody's had the imagination to think of them before and half exec, wouldn't dare say anything controversial to our nice new Vice-Chancellor anyway.

This column is not giving any advice to voters, not because it thinks they should De ignored, but because it's noticed they're usually prejudiced against candidates who say they don't want to do anything that hasn't been done before. Victoria voters KNOW this means they want to do what they like an Exec without any commitments to voters.

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Rumour is that Owen Gager has cancelled plans to go to Australia since he learnt Murray Rowlands and Mister Taylor would be waiting there when he arrived.

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Heard about someone who bought a print at the Wiles ton Galleries for 50 cents — and then found James Smith's were selling it, framed, at $8 a pop.

This week's guessing competition: how many times has Doug While threatened to resign as President this rear? Prize: an autographed photo of Dan Bradshaw (before his pre-election hair-cut).

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This week's campaign: to make the presidency of MZUSA elective. What's really responsible for the bursaries campaign but the NZUSA president? Who else makes the student image nationally—including all the national press statements? Who talks to MPs on our behalf? Now, we know of roursc, that none of these hings are really controversial, and we don't need any ay in them—why should John McGrath want to be NZUSA President after all inless there were no real ssues involved?

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Excerpt from unpublished Exec election blurb; Did you bear about the Exec plan not reported by Salients exec columnist) to turn the coffee bar into a discotheque? Defending you against this minister move Is House Committee chairman Helen Paske who'd rather have the Good Riotous old Telly (G.R.O.T. or short) any day than a lagan machine emitting Dave Brubeck, and the simple Image. (Helen fold rs we had to write some-thing about her, or people would think she wrote this column).

Lies, she says. Lies, all [unclear: lies]. Everyone knows outside eft is sent express from [unclear: Dunedin] by a would-be student politician (now calling himself Jamie, would you believe!

Unpublished Bert Brecht poem:

When troop withdrawals are announced from Czechoslovakia

The plan for the conquest of Prague is already made.