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Salient: An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University. Wellington Vol. 23 No. 6 1960

[introduction]

Last year John Hercus was elected unopposed, President of the Students' Association. He will find the going a little tougher this year. Both his opponents have wide administrative experience.

Nevertheless "Salient" considers Hercus the man to beat. He has controlled Exec. well of late. The Executive might not be the most united of bodies, but Hercus's mediation always seems successful. He thinks and speaks clearly, if a little hesitantly, and does not try any "big brother" antics. He is content to be the Executive's chairman, not a presidential "strong man." His policies have been sound and the new Student Union Building has a lot to thank him for. If for no other reason it would be fitting that he be president at the building's official opening.

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Don Brooker has a strong personality. Don Brooker is very capable—he gets things done. He is a little inclined to bulldoze, no doubt the reason for his unpopularity in some quarters. He made a fair fist of Tournament this year—a pretty thankless task. He controls a meeting well. He makes a good vice-president. Would he make a good president?

Peter O'Brien is without a doubt intelligent, a quick thinker, a good debater no less. What's more he's sound administratively. It sounds almost too good to be true. It is. We don't like digging up the past, but O'Brien's last and short sojourn on the Executive was, to say the least, disturbing. He was secretary in 1958 for a few short months. Having shown himself capable to do a good job and appearing to agree with Executive policy, he suddenly resigned, supposedly because discussion of the relative merits of two duplicating machines had kept him from his bed. We hope that was not really the reason—we'd like to believe Mr O'Brien a steady and reliable man.