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SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1934. Volume 5. Number 4.

Returning Officer Speaks Out

Returning Officer Speaks Out

At the Annual Meeting of the Stud. Ass., Returning Officer Odell said many nasty things about the system of preference voting that is used. Interviewed by "Smad" in his cloistral Weir House retreat, he said many more. As his nose took on a pink glow of excitement he worked himself up to a fine Plunket Medal peroration :

"I propose to amend the Constitution so that the R.O. should think of a number, say raspberries, take its square root, kiss the scrutineers, take away the number just thought of, and the result will be either a lemon or the number of votes cast." Personally we would be on the lemon but he assured us that the electors' wishes would be more truthfully reflected by this method than by the present one, which is "sickening, heart-breaking, grossly unjust.

"Also provision is made for a blind student's vote, but none for the insane." Realising this great insult to the Student body, we departed, leaving his room-mate at the mercy of his rhetoric.