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



Important to the Association is its representative on the College Council. He is a person appointed directly by the executive and is responsible directly to them. On the administrative side, too there is a lot of hard work to be done on the executive—the secretary is required to devote some 25 hours per week to his office and often new members bright ideas do not look quite so bright when considered in the cold light of economics.

The Association has been fortunate in having one gentleman in particular on the executive this year. This individual has been a leading star in almost everything connected with student affairs. Approachable, unassuming ready with sound advice,—a veritable power-house of enthusiasm, yet not sufficiently appreciated because he has never brought it to the fore for his own account. These things are acknowledged in their own way. To Malcolm McCaw we tender our own grateful thanks.

Among the women, we notice a lamentable lack of action in most fields excepting the domestic. And the conduct of certain of these at recent executive meetings has been unusual, to say the least. The chairman has done his best to control them—doubtless hoping that common sense would overtake them—alas, in vain. Perhaps they are not to be blamed.

The student body is to be blamed for their mistaken choice of representatives. The fact that male members vote for female members on the basis of their photographs is superficially humorous, but in reality is a perversion of the right to vote. It must be remembered at all times that student self-government is too precious a thing not to have. The number of suggestions which can only in all fairness be called harebrained, put forward at the executive meetings is amazing. The amount of time wasted at meetings, too, is a matter which deserves some thought. Of course all of this hinges upon the type of person who is elected, and that person's motive in standing for election. Readers will be mature enough to bear this in mind when voting.

The executive however, as a whole, has done many things of benefit to students this season. The continuation of the stationery scheme and student employment schemes Inaugurated by the previous executive, the scheme for providing text-books at reduced prices, are but three.

We have not dwelt at length upon the activities of the executive during the year. They are adequately covered in the annual report which is now available for inspection.

In conclusion we would give a warning. "Salient" has purposely refrained from vociferously criticising the executive during the last year. This will not now be the case. From now on, we will endeavour to be Just, but will criticise where there is reason to.