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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 1. 4th March, 1957

Exec . . . — Hard at Work

Exec . . .

Hard at Work

While most students were grinding away at vac. jobs before returning to the trials and tribulations of the academic life, Exec. members had already once more taken up their onerous tasks. The first meeting of the year was held on February 7, when 1957 Stud. Ass. affairs were set in motion. Nor did Salient escape our Tribunes' all-seeing eyes. After previous years have seen uneasy relations between Editor and Business Manager, and both and Exec., it was obvious that two Editors would break the much tried Exec's back. So the Business Managership was abolished and instead our affairs are directly under the watchful care of the Treasurer. Lest, too, we get bloated heads, the Editors now have only half a vote each on the Publications Committee. But the great blow was when, after it had been suggested that Salient have use of the V.U.C.S.A. Office facilities, former staff member E. A. Woodfield (Jr.) moved that "when the staff of Salient use these facilities they pay for them." Seconded by A. A. T. Ellis, eloquent pleader for better conditions for Salient at one or two of last year's S.G.M's.

(Carried). Other business was the co-option of Messrs. J. D. Bathgate and D. R. Mummery.

A further meeting was held on February 21, when Miss Anna Duncan was co-opted to the Exec., and the Liaison tasks of the resigned members were divided among the new. Mr. Mummery, after expressing keen interest in the activities of the Women's Hockey Club, was rewarded by being appointed their Liaison Officer in succession to Miss Love, grove. A report was presented by Walter Iles, a representative on the S.U.B. Planning Committee, describing the improvements made in the amended plans resulting in slightly more space, especially in the Theatre which now will hold 400 instead of about 347; also, some lavatories have been abolished (Cf, Letter from India), and a box-office added. It was also revealed that Vic. will be without tennis courts for about a year, and worse still, if anything goes wrong with the raising of money by public appeal we may end up with everything we have up till now lacked, but without almost the only facility now available—namely the Gymn. which will have to be demolished to make way for the Second Stage.

Despite the complaint of Mr. Carver that the Exec. accepts sub-committee reports without weighing them sufficiently carefully, several knotty problems were past onto yet more sub-committees ("There is plenty of time to consider"), either appointed on the spot, or agreed upon for the future. The Exec. then went into a huddle to consider the report from our College Council Representative, Maurice O'Brien. Although few present day students know of him, our records show that Mr. O'Brien was first appointed five years ago, at which time he had long been associated with student affairs. As our representative he reports to the Exec, on what has past at Council meetings. He has occasion consulted the EXEC., and is "always ready to bear their views in mind.")