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Salient: An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University, Wellington Vol. 24, No. 6. 1961.

President Hercus Stayed On

President Hercus Stayed On

As indicated in last issue's Stop Press, Mr Hercus persuaded executive to allow him to stay on till the end of his term as President of the Students' Association. An informal meeting was held with him during Easter Tournament at Dunedin. Present with Mr Hercus were Miss Picton and Miss Frost, Messrs. Mitchell, Fisher, O'Regan and Watts. (Mr O'Brien couldn't be present but he had talked to Mr Hercus beforehand). They each told Mr Hercus their attitude. The conversation was quite open and frank.

Mr Hercus intimated that he might have taken the wrong step originally in not resigning immediately upon being posted to Waihi and said that if he was asked, he would resign.

But he made it clear that his sole reason for not resigning was that there was so little time before the presidential elections that he felt it would be "absurd" to resign. He agreed that a president could be elected by executive, but he pointed out that this had never been done before, and that a president elected in this way might be less representative than he was himself.

All agreed that a full election for a president could not be undertaken only three weeks away from the annual presidential elections, and that a president elected by executive, although a constitutional president, would really have no more authority or prestige than had Acting-President Mitchell already.

At this point the more intransigent members were willing to allow the practical aspect to dictate to their principles. They agreed it would be poor administration, that is, a waste of students' money, to ask for his resignation now.

Messrs. O'Regan and Watts (and presumably O'Brien) agreed that although they could not, in principle. vote for the acceptance of Mr Hercus's apology, they would not vote against it.

Accordingly, when Mr Hercus's apology was accepted at the last executive meeting, there were no dissenters, but Messrs. O'Brien. Watts and Tannahill recorded their abstentions.

These four beauties represented Victoria in tennis hint Easter. From the left: Anita Greig, Sandra Parsons, Jenny Parker and Margaret Thompson.

These four beauties represented Victoria in tennis hint Easter. From the left: Anita Greig, Sandra Parsons, Jenny Parker and Margaret Thompson.