Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University, Wellington. Vol. 22, No. 6. Wednesday, June 24, 1959
As candidates jockey for position in a new executive it is not inappropriate to say a graceful goodbye to present members whose faces may not be seen around the table in the near future.
Regardless of the brickbats that have been thrown, all men of goodwill will acknowledge that exec have tried very hard and deserve the gratitude of the students for coming forward to an arduous job. By now those who entertained illusions about the work will have lost them.
In particular thanks must go to David Wilson who will not be standing for president this year.
His work has been made more difficult by his unfortunate illness and the resulting operation, from which Salient hopes he will soon be fully recovered.
It is a pity he took the article on the state of the executive in the last issue as a personal attack (he has told us this was his reaction) for it was on the basic philosophy of the presidency that Salient disagreed with him and nothing else.
We do, however, want to apologise for one of our remarks—the snide reference to what we termed obscurely "a female member"—we thought at the time it was humorous.
There was no intention of offence, but it apparently [unclear: tr]used quite a lot. We hope our apology will to some extent relieve the unintentional slight.
This has not been an exceptional executive. There must be some cause for the unrest it has managed to stir up round the university. It is no use saying that the students don't know what goes on for it is an executive function to see they do.