Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Volume 31, No. 25. October 8, 1968
Plan for new body
Plan for new body
The Executive of the Students' Association has received a report recommending the establishment of a council of about seventy students, with power to pass recommendations makinq association policy.
The Council would not be along the lines of the Otago Council which has over two hundred members, but more like Canterbury's which is doing useful work with a membership of about 60.
The report was prepared by a committee set up for the purpose by the A.G.M. of the Association in April.
The Committee consisted of the Students' Association, Doug White, the Student Representative on the University Council. John McGrath, the Chairman of the Election Committee. Mr Armour Mitchell, and the editor of Salient, Bill Logan.
"In a University of 5000 students it is obviously not possible for everyone to participate in student government and it is equally obvious that not everyone has any desire to. There is, however, a responsibility to provide opportunities for those who are interested to participate," the report stated.
"The greater number involved in a Student Council Association matters and thus more could feel a sense of involvement
"It would be extremely valuable to have a body which would have a broader sense of student opinions.
"The establishment of a Student Council would ensure close contact on Association matters between Executive and more students.
"It would also provide a wider range of ideas for the surveillance of Executive and provide personnel for Association activities.
"The Committee decided that the most satisfactory basis of membership was by election on a Faculty basis on the ground that this would ensure the widest possible representation of views.
"We do not believe that election on a Faculty basis will in any way reduce such contact or cause strong divisions between Faculties; rather the Council will become a place where interdisciplinary contact is publicly encouraged.
Membership of the proposed Council should include the Executive, two representatives from Sports Council Cultural Affairs Council and Publications Board, the two immediate Past-Presidents if available and the Student Representatives on the University Council, the Student Union Management Committee and the Professorial Board if this eventuates.
"The Committee considers that the Council should be given power to pass resolutions making Association policy. It should also be able to pass a vole of no confidence in the Executive or individual members.
"The Council should also have the power to elect members of Executive when vacancies occur on the Executive, providing that there is no automatic co-option under the Constitution. The Presidency should be dealt with as under the present Constitution.
"The University Administration has advised that a student roll including a student's faculty could be produced for election purposes in late March or early April each year.
"On the basis of a basic four members for each faculty with the balance apportioned on a pro rata basis one for every two hundred and residue of one hundred or more the membership would be as follows:
Arts 17. Commerce 9. Science 9, Law 7.
"It is clear that as the Arts Faculty provides over 50% of the student roll some subdivision is necessary to provide a sufficiently small community of interest for identification between elector and representative.
"At the request of the Executive the Committee is willing to investigate the possibility of voting groups according to groups of major subjects which will not necessarily fall into the present faculty divisions, e.g. , modern, languages, bio science, physical science, social science, etc.