Salient: An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University. Wellington Vol. 23 No. 6 1960
[Candidates responses to 'Salient' Questionnaire]
This year we are publishing answers to a "Salient" questionnaire, not the usual "blurbs." We feel that they have more value, can be more searching and will give the voter some idea of a candidate's capabilities. Anyway, we're leaving it there—judge for yourself. We do draw your attention to the nominators and seconders—if they're reliable the chances are the candidate will be, too. Some candidates have failed to fill in questionnaires; the majority of these will be elected unopposed. For any other election material see the main notice-boards.
1—Should the University be entirely full-time, or should part-timers be encouraged? D. L. Brooker (President): "A complete full-time university system is the ideal. But under the present structure of education in New Zealand part-time study is an integral part of our educational system, Until such time as the pletely changed in their basic structure to a theoretical degree followed by practical study completely outside the university's sphere part-time facilities are essential. It is also necessary that as many people as possible be given the opportunity of a university education."
I. M. Chatwin (Men's Committee) : "It must of necessity include part-timers."
D. J. Davy (Men's Vice-president): "The university is for full-time reading but because of the curricula part-time students now form an integral part."
M. P. Dawkins (Men's Committee) : "Part-timers should not be encouraged, but should nevertheless be allowed to remain part-time."
Celia Frost (Women's Committee): "I think that part-time study should always be a part of Victoria University, but full-time study should be encouraged."
R. W. Heine (Men's Committee): "Ideally full-time, but I recognize that part-time study is essential for many."
J. O. A. Hercus (President): "Neither. full-time study is far preferable for those able to do so and should be encouraged by vastly increased non - bonded H.S.C. bursaries."
Bridget Kerr (Women's Vice-President and Committee): "No."
A. T. Mitchell (Men's Vice-President): "Full-time when possible, but some courses prevent this."
P. V. O'Brien (President): "The university should make provision for both, and leave it to the student to make the choice, provided he is prepared to work whether part-time or full-time."
S. O'Regan (Men's Committee): "I believe that full-time study is preferable, but when professional and financial considerations make it impossible, part-time study is better than no study at all."
L. W. Stubbs (Men's Committee): "A university cannot possibly be entirely full-time—certain professions (law and commerce) require the student to have practical experience."
J. A. Tannahill (Men's Committee) : "Neither, depends on the individual student."
Whetu Tirikatene (Women's Vice-president): "I would definitely not like to see students who hadn't the opportunity to study on a full-time basis excluded from taking university courses."
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2—Should the University offer a more comprehensive social life for students?
Brooker: "The 'social' life of the university at the present moment would seem to be as comprehensive as possible. If 'social' is used in the sense of 'cultural' then the university can offer more and the student should have a greater awareness of what is offered at the moment."
Chatwin: "Isn't it adequate at present?"
Davy: "This can only be done if the facilities are conducive. The new Union Building will be a big help in this direction."
Dawkins: "This problem is too complex to be dismissed summarily. Briefly it boils down to a question of whether the university should produce a well-balanced social animal or a thinker."
Frost: "I think that students should participate more fully in the social life already available."
Heine: "Yes, especially during the day."
Hercus: "The university, no, but the clubs and societies, yes. Greatly improved facilities will be available in the union for this."
Kerr: "No comment."
Mitchell: "Why are we getting a Union Building?"
O'Brien: "The function of the university is education. The social life is a matter for the student himself. The Association's activities in this field are, to my mind, sufficient, and therefore my answer is no."
O'Regan: "University social life is quite comprehensive as it is. But the cultural side of things leaves much to be desired."
Stubbs: "Yes—it would certainly help to bring students together and help to arouse student interests, which at the present are non-existent."
Tirikatene: "It a more comprehensive social life would be conducive to improving the quality of our work as students then let's put our heads together to see how we can effect such an expanded social programme. Personally, however, activities in the Maori Club and Fencing Club have been adequate for me. There are a number of clubs at Victoria catering for a variety of individual interests for those students who wish to join them."
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3—Is virtue rewarded?
Brooker: "Sometimes, but in university circles usually not enough. Too many are prepared to criticise without deep thought."
Chatwin: "In the general conception of the word."
Duvy: "More often than not it is popular appeal rather than virtue which is rewarded."
Dawkins: "Not being virtuous I am not qualified to answer."
Hercus: "In the case of executive members, no."
Kerr: "No comment."
Mitchell: "Define your reward!"
Stubbs: "The virtuous think so."
Tiritakone: "Virtue, if indeed it be true virtue, is surely its own reward."
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4—Do you support temperance?
Brooker: "Who knows—we all will on Sunday morning."
Chatwin: "In moderation."
Davy: "Drunkards are a crime.
Drinking is not. When prohibition was introduced to the U.S.A. a large outbreak of crime followed— illustrating well the dangers of temperance."
Dawkins: "Yes, but not abolition."
Frost: "I think people should be temperate drinkers, if they wish to drink at all."
Heine: "I believe in moderation."
Hercus: "In all reasonable things."
Kerr: "No comment."
Mitchell: "In what?"
O'Brien: "I don't support overindulgence. I appreciate the views of sincere temperance, but I don't support wowsers. In fact. I don't support temperance but I am not vigorously opposed to it."