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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 18, No. 7. June 10, 1954


Voting for your representatives on the Executive of the Students' Association takes place next Friday, 18, Monday, 21, and Tuesday, 22. Results of polling will be announced at the Annual General Meeting to be held in the Upper Gym on Wednesday, 23 at 8 p.m. These elections are the most important part of the Association's year; the persons elected have the responsibility of running the affairs of the Association on behalf of the 2,300 members for the next twelve months.

It is good to observe that last year some 700 members cast their votes and thereby showed an interest in the Association. For many this was the only occasion in the year in which they actively participated in student affairs; but the 700 were one in three of the total student body, and proportionately the number of pollers against the number of persons eligible to vote was higher than it has been for many years.

Executive office is not something which should be sought simply for the honour of it: rather it is something which should be looked for only when a student feels that he is sufficiently capable and experienced to shoulder the responsibilities which will be placed upon his shoulders. The executive each year administers some five thousand pounds and largely shapes the policy of the Association.

It is necessary that at least some of the members of the executive have had previous experience. Several of the retiring executive are standing for re-election; some deserve to be re-elected, others do not. The student body should be well-informed on what has been done by the retiring executive and should bear in mind matters which deserve attention. It has been remarked to the writer that students are not interested in what the executive does and that they are not Interested in N.Z.U.S.A.'s policy on international student levels . . . this may be true—but it does not follow that students should not be aware of their duty to participate in these affairs.