Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Volume 32, No. 18. July 30, 1969
Mens Vice-President — Colin Knox
The position of vice-president of the association has never been clearly defined and has depended on the conscience of the holder as to the amount of work undertaken. I am not satisfied that the vice-president is merely a stand-in for the president at meetings of the association. I see the position as one carrying the responsibility for the routine work of the executive whereas the president carries the responsibility for the undertakings of the association. The vice-president should be a sort of information officer to the association via Forum and Salient and so should take the burden of keeping the association informed of "what's going on" from the president and the secretary.
The fossil that the executive has become is about to crumble. The demands of the newly formed SRC are for a group of people willing to take on the administrative work of the association and be directly responsible to it. I welcome the change in the role of the executive from an exclusive cocktail party to a group of students working in the interests of students, and will endeavour to see that this New Kind of executive body functions efficiently.
These elections have seen eight candidates elected unopposed. Two positions did not even attract a Single nomination. Fortunately, a positive policy alternative is offered by two candidates. Stephanie Du Fresne and Roger Wilde. The concept of a male Women's Vice President and a female Men's Vice President epitomises the ridiculous nature of the entire election. The indifference and lack of interest exhibited by the student body demonstrates the growing realisation that representation by Executive is an illusion.
The two positions involved have no significance or importance; they are convenient titles which formalise the social nature of the positions.