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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington N.Z. V.U.C. Students' Association Annual Elections, 1952



Maurice O'Brien

Maurice has been Vice-President since June. 1950, since which date he has represented V.U.C. on 'N.Z.U.S.A.S Resident Executive and at all Councils. He chaired the August Council last year, and was once Travel and Exchange Officer for a short period. On the V.U.C. Exec, he chaired the Blues and Exec-S.C.M.-E.U. Committees, and served on the Finance, Constitution and Cafeteria Investigation Committees. Deputy-Chairman of the Debating Society, after being Treasurer for three years, he has debated for V.U.C. on three occasions and won the Union and New Speakers' Prizes in 1948. One-time Secretary of the Political Science Society, he served on the I.S.S. Committee, and was Extrav. House Manager in 1950 and 1951. As Billeting Officer for Easter Tournament this year, he was responsible for the least expensive billeting organisation any College has had for years.

Maurice would seek to continue the present sound financial policy of the Association, re-institute Travel subsidies immediately and, if necessary, vote more money for Congress. Major policies include hastening the Student Building and Te Aro Park development schemes (as far as is practicable at any given time), and implementing whatever Common Room policy the Association desires. He would seek to expand the Public Relations policy, and encourage the student committee on academic problems' He believes that such activities as the overseas students reception, the Witwatersrand Appeal and I.S.S. contribute more to International student understanding than attempts to link the Association with phoney international, semi-political organisations such as the International Union of Students.

Nominator: D. B. Horsley.

L. B. ("Pip") Piper

"PIp" has a long association with the College, shown interest in sporting and cultural activities, and displayed outstanding ability in leadership and administration.

An Exec, member 1948-50; V.U.C. S.C. rep. at N.Z.U.S.A. Council 1950; ex-Training College and Weir House.

As a past Exec, member. Pip has been persuaded out of retirement by incompetence and aloofness of recent Executive officers. He will work for student representation on University Senate, and top level resistance to increases in exam. fees and other costs. He will also work for more and bigger full-time bursaries, a compulsory chest X-ray, student staff co-operation in Faculty management, and urgent priority for the New Building. Meantime he wants a more civilised attitude to Common Common Room, and student cultural centre restored from Little Theatre to Gym.

Graduated B.Sc. 1950; active in Extravs. since 1918; Salient" (as Distribution Manager, 1949, had sales at all-time high); Debating and Socialist Clubs (Chairman. 1951).

As a graduate, and ballet-dancer and co-author of Extravs., "Pip" believes Capping should be preserved as THE event of the year, with an Extrav. and a Procesh, come what, come may.

Senior Tournament delegate both Tournaments. 1948; represented V.U.C. in Swimming and Men's Basketball (Blues in both); represented N.Z.U. swimming in Australia, 1949; Swimming Controller last Tournament; present Captain V.U.C. Swimming Club; N.Z.U. Blues Committee, 1950; also active tramper and sider when time permits.

As a sportsman, he is opposed to abolition of winter tournament—would prefer to see it again include debating, [unclear: drama, chess], etc.

On active [unclear: service] with R.N.Z.A.F., 1942-45.

As a returned serviceman, "Pip" will bring responsible maturity to the Exec., as well as a combination of long-term vision and realistic efficiency. He is also determined to promote International understanding, bringing V.U.C. closer to students overseas by extending the Aussie exchange scheme, promoting a relief programme with widest possible pupport, and closer relations with International Union of Students.

A man with strong personal convictions, he is devoted to the welfare of students, and tolerant of the views of others.

"Pip's" record and personal qualities recommend him to the voters.

Nominator: C. V. Bollinger.