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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 2. March 20, 1957

Not Agreed to

Not Agreed to

After a lengthy and heated diswords of the official minutes) "not cussion, the resolution was (in the agreed to".

The voting is not officially known, but it is believed that with a number of the Senate's 30 members absent, at least 9 members supported the resolution. "The vote was by no means overwhelming," a member of the Senate told a "Salient" reporter.

Among opponents of the proposal we are amazed to discover some of the comparatively enlightened academic personalities from the colleges, including Dr. Williams (V.U.C.'s principal) and O.U.'s Dr. F. G. Soper. Dr. Williams claims to have been converted in the course of the discussion, which in view of the level of the only opposition argument publicized (see box on this page) leaves us speechless.

On the students' side were the Chancellor (Sir David Smith), Dr. G. E. Archey, Mr. W. H. Cocker and Mr. E. C. Fussell—the latter saying he felt the stipulation that the representative should be a 2-years' graduate was unnecessary, that students were more or less grown up and should be able to select anyone they pleased to represent them. "Salient" endorses Mr. Fussell's remarks, but since the Senate turned down the proposal even with the limiting proviso, it is clear that too much democracy cannot be introduced to this august body all at once.