Salient: An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University, Wellington Vol. 24, No. 6. 1961.
This Week, we received a letter complaining about the large amount of space "wasted" on President Hercus and the Executive. The person who wrote that letter may have had two things in mind: the reporting on the Executive meeting was bad, or Executive meetings just do not interest him at all.
If the sole complaint were that Executive activities are of no interest whatever, then it is precisely our intention that All students should be made to become interested. We shall do our utmost to see that everyone pays better attention to what our Executive does.
Salient feels that it is our duty to generate "Executive-consciousness" because the Executive is our responsibility. We voted the members in; and through the medium of Salient we should be able to check on the usefulness of those who purport to be a true representation of Victoria University students.
New Zealand is a democratic country. And we may even say that our student elections have always been conducted along democratic lines. But No Democratic System on Earth Can Work Unless the People Make Use of the System. A dictionary defines democracy as "governing by the people." So how can our democratic system work when we refuse to be interested, refuse to exercise the rights we have? And to exercise our rights properly, we have to know what we are talking about—this is where Salient comes in. Hence, we try our best to create individual awareness. We "waste" space reporting on our Executive.
So readers, no matter who you vote in, Remember That Your Responsibility Does Not Stop There. Trace the steps of your successful candidate. Is he fulfilling: his function? And always remember this: it is not always fun administrating student affairs 1 a.m. in the morning while a pig-headed, apathetic mob slumbers peacefully.