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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 13. September 12, 1957

S.G.M. Flops

S.G.M. Flops

Generous estimates are that fourteen people attended the S.G.M. called by the Exec. for August 8. At least half the Exec, were present. To many it will be a surprise to hear that an S.G.M. had been called. No congratulations are owing for the advertising of the event. Many object that this is a typical example of the cavalier treatment by the Exec, of their constituents. No organisation would even consider a function unless it were prepared to give at least three times the publicity sponsored by the Exec. The same can be said of the Students' Association elections. The Exec. financed the special issue of "Salient"—and little else. And even "Salient" staff were never officially asked to publish their "blurb" sheet.

It is time that the Exec. seriously considered its relations with students. A typical promise made in the Students' Association elections was to bring the Exec. more in touch with the ordinary student. The need is obviously strongly felt it would be a very good idea if the Public Relations Officer's functions were extended to inner-university relations as well as the outside press. More consistent use should be made of the students' paper, and far more attention paid to elementary publicity techniques. For example the modest notices explaining the Exec.'s attitude at me time of the closing of the Common Room were lorn down, and many students quite understandably felt that they were the victims of silent bureaucracy. Someone should have been on hand to promptly see that the Exce.'s position was known. Paternal broadsheets days later, or an unofficial article in the next issue of "Salient" were hardly sufficient to placate the general indignation of the innocent excluded for the crimes of a few hooligans.

Well over two thousand students, with the number rapidly increasing are a fair enough field for budding Dr. Hills.