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Salient: Victoria University Students' Newspaper. Vol. 24, No. 7. 1961.

Your Executive: Meeting May 8, 1961

Your Executive: Meeting May 8, 1961

The Executive Office Secretary

As a matter arising from these minutes Mr O'Brien and Mr Mason brought up the matter of finding a new secretary for the Students' Association Office, to replace Mrs Dunmore, who was resigning on May 15. They were engaged in interviewing applicants to this post. Could someone move that they be given power to appoint a secretary and fix a salary (to be confirmed at the next meeting) rather than have to make recommendations for the Executive to approve, in a fortnight's time. 'This motion was moved by Mr Dawkins, seconded by Miss Reidy.

Later, it was moved that Miss Picton be asked to show the new secretary round the job, and suggested that with the P.A.B.X. telephone system to be incorporated in the Students' Union Building, it will be necessary to employ a full-time office assistant.

The Presidency

Mr Mitchell moved that a letter be sent to Mr Hercus thanking him for his many years of service to the V.U.W.S.A. 'The motion was seconded by Mr O'Brien and carried unanimously.

It was then moved by Mr O'Brien that Mr Mitchell's appointment as President of the V.U.W.S.A. take immediate effect, that he be taken to have resigned as Men's Vice-President, and Mr Watts take his place, and that Mr Mitchell should be the official V.U.W.S.A. speaker at the S.U.B. Opening.

These three motions were seconded and carried.

It was decided not to co-opt a new member for the Men's Committee for the short time concerned.

The A.G.M. will be held on the last Wednesday, in June (June 28).

University Council Representation

Mr O'Brien moved that Mr Mitchell be appointed Students' Representative on the Council, and the motion was carried. President Mitchell thanked the Executive saying that he felt humble and apprehensive, also surprised, about the appointment, which has become very important because of the co-operation needed in the running of the S.U. Building.

The S.U.B.

Mr Mitchell announced this will be opened on June 10. [So they hope.—Ed.] Miss Frost enquired about whether a loud-speaker system for the Common Rooms had been provided for on the list of priorities, since she hoped that regular social functions—dances, etc.—could be held, perhaps in conjunction with one or other of the university clubs. A dance-band would need a speaker. Miss Frost reported that three out of four tins of Nescafe had disappeared from the building. [Extravaganza possibly.]

The meeting discussed progress in the plan for holding a Seminar on Students' Union Buildings in Wellington in September.


Mr Mitchell brought up the problem of what to do about two unfortunate incidents during Capping. The first was the Weir raid on the Bishop Bennet Girls' Hostel, and three others, for which two 17-year-olds were taken to court. The second was the trouble that occurred when a drunk student tried to walk round the balcony-rail in the Town Hall during the Ball. He fell, severely fracturing his arm. He was taken to hospital, and created a great row—pranging a nurse with a hypodermic needle, accusing the sister of being a virgin, etc. This can be attributed largely to shock and forgiven, but two of the boys who took him there in the middle of the night, made quite inexcusable pests of themselves, and refused to leave till the police were called.

As Mr O'Brien said, a few individuals, behaving so badly, could effect the reputation of three-and-a-half-thousand. Investigations are being made.


Mr Dawkins announced that a letter had been received from the Press Association denying that they had circulated a letter during the Hastings furore, as stated in the "Cappicade" article, and demanding an apology on this one point. Mr O'Brien noted that Mr John Gamby appeared to have made very sure of his facts. There would have to be some proof that the letter had not been circulated before an apology would be sent. Mr Dawkins noted that a certain publisher was interested in producing the article in booklet-form.


Mr O'Brien complained that Extrav. was leaving a terrible mess in the Executive room in the weekends. Miss Frost remarked on the difficulty in obtaining gowns and hoods for Capping, and it was suggested that the victoria University Students' Association could establish a stock.

Salient Reporter.