Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 29, No. 14. 1966.
V.U.W.S.A. Elections 1966
V.U.W.S.A. Elections 1966
Dick Grant it a third year Arts student, majoring in Modern languages. He has boon a NZU Hookey Rep and has a Viotoria Blue for that sport; he is a Wellington 'B' Hookey rep. He is also a keen squash, cricket and tennis player, with expertones in sports organisation. Dick feels that there should be an able and enthusiastic sportsman in the position of Sports officer; he has this qualification.
Dick considers it necessary to ally all Sports Clubs behind Sports Committee to give this body more administrative and organisational unity. This is vitally important as next year's Easter Tournament will be at Vio.
Following the increase in Students' Association fees last year, Dick will ensure that Sports Clubs receive an increased share of Students' Association funds.
Dick will advertise the diversity of Sports clubs to suit the diversity of interests, and thus bring Sport closer to the individual student. Amidst growing academic awareness Dick feels it is vital that the position of Sport should be emphusised; this means catering not only for the top sportsmen, but also for the average student. Emphasis can thus be placed on gymnasium facilities, which should be used to their fullest extent.
Dick will insist on improved organisation throughout university sport, increasing grants to help with this.
He will investigate the possibilities of improving the Facilities of Boyd Wilson field, and widening its scope.
Dick will ensure that the public are made aware of the sporting as well as cultural achievements of the University, and this he shall do by close co-operation with the Public Relations Officer.
Dick Grant - A Sportsman for Sports Officer.
Geoff Rashbrooke, aged 20, is a science graduate in Mathematics [unclear: oing] an Arts degree in the social sciences before advancing to [unclear: onours]. He received secondary schooling in Gisborne and at- [unclear: ended] Auckland University until coming to his senses he shifted [unclear: o] V.U.W. in 1964.
Salient Sports writor in 1964, Sports Editor in 1965, he gain- [unclear: d] a thorough insight into University sports administration, [unclear: ttending] Sports Committee meetings, and reporting '64 and '65 inter Tournaments, '65 Easter Tournament. In 1965 he was one [unclear: f] the few to believe that V.U.W. had a good chance of winning inter Tournament, and said so in Salient by way of offering to at his sports page. He served on Winter Tournament Committee [unclear: nd] was Harrier Controller. He is also on the 1967 Easter Tournment Committee.
[unclear: is] main sporting interest is in the Harriers; V.U.W. club [unclear: hampion] '64, runner-up '65, HB-PB representative 63 and '64. [unclear: s] a member of the V.U.W. Athletic Club, at school played [unclear: ssociation] Football, Hockey, Table Tennis and sailed P.Z, and Class yachts. At Auckland University he belonged to Judo, [unclear: sociation] Football and Harrier clubs, running ror A.U. at [unclear: unadin] in '63. Belongs to the V.U.W. Tramping Club, Harrier [unclear: ivision] has ployed Indoor Basketball for the V.U.W. 'D' team [unclear: ith] conspicuous lack of ability.
He belongs to the Folk Club and Social Science Club. His most spectacular contribution to the student image has been in collaboration with an alleged Mr Whitehouse to produce/perpetrate Cappicade '66.
|1.||Representation: My main duty will be to represent sports clubs and sports-playing students on the Executive. It has been my impression that there is a certain gap between administration and player; I hope to rectify this by making my phone number and address freely available for people to make inquiries and voice complaints.|
|2.||Grants: Through the efforts of the present Sports Officer, Tony Hassed, the grants procedure has been streamlined and grants pass through Executive with a minimum of fuss. I believe my experience in sports administration and wide sporting background will enable me to continue to improve this efficient system.|
|3.||N.Z.U.S.A: Having reported the inoeption of the Now Zealand Universities Sports Union in its present form, and followed its development into a fully autonomous body, I consider myself wellequiped to act in liaison between VUW Exec., NZUSA and the VUW Sports Committee.|
|4.||Sport Social Committee: I support the formation of the said committee as a stop forward to greater co-operation between sports clubs. This committee will also facilitate fund-raising for tours etc, and take charge of the successful Blues Dinner.|
|5.||New Clubs: I will give all encouragement possible to relatively new clubs like Volley-ball and Karate; I believe the wider range of sports available, the better-off the student community.|
Elections 20th, and 21st, June
Cultural Affairs Officer
Maryna Glowacki is an Arts student who intends to major in English and Russian. Her experience in the Students' Association is as follows: Assistant Secretary to VUWSA Secretary, Secretary to Arts Festival Committee, Secretary to Orientation sub-committee, member of '65/66 Cultural Affairs sub-commit tee, member of '65/66 Public Relations sub-committee. She has an A.T.C.L. qualification in music, is a member of the Chamber Music Society, and has played an active part in both the VUW Music Socity Choir and VUW Drama Club.
Policy: As Cultural Affairs Officer I will endeavour to administer the position as I interpret it in the total structure of the Students' Association. Since the primary function of this office is to co-ordinate the activities of the cultural clubs and societies, this will always remain my chief concern.
I feel that membership of cultural clubs can play an important part in the life of every student. I will work, therefore, towards the involvement of all students. Arts, Law, Commerce and Science, in these activities.
Although the previous committee has done much towards the purchase and hire of paintings for the Student Union, this project needs to be brought to fruition.
There is something lacking, a certain third dimension perhaps, in the diversity of cultural activities at the University. I am prepared, if sufficient people are interested, to initiate and organise an Art Club, whose main functions would be instructive.
If elected I will approach the Chief Librarian with a view to arranging exhibitions of students' arts and crafts.
I will endeavour to keep myself informed of all club and society plans and ensure that they get adequate coverage by the student press.
In view of my past experience of student organisation I feel capable of chairing the Cultural Clubs Council impartially, and ensuring that the allocation of grants is proportional to the industry and tally of the members.
I am sure, if I may quote Wallace Stevens, that "the aquiring facts will not exceed the squamous mind".
Chris Hector is a second year arts student aged 20. He is on the Cultural Affairs Committee and is a representative on the Cultural Clubs Council. He is the Secretary of the German Club, Secretary of the Camera Club, has taken part in several of the Drama Club's productions, is a keen member of the University Choir, has played in the University Orchestra, and is also a member of the International Club and the Philosophical Society. His interests include drama, musio, squash and photography.
|1.||As this is the first year that Arts Festival stands by itself, I feel that a special effort will be necessary. This can only be achieved by encouraging the cultural clubs to prepare ambitious work in plenty for presentation at Massey in August.|
|2.||The present system of cultural clubs' grants is far too elaborate to work smoothly. I should like to thoroughly investigate the entire operation of the Cultural Clubs' Committee and eliminate all unnecessary red tape.|
|3.||I would like to see many more workshops and courses, along the general lines of the recent successful debating workshop. I think these could be especially worthwhile in drama and the fine arts.|
|4.||I feel it is grossly unfair that there is such a stiff fee for the use of the Memorial Theatre. This is the only student union facility that clubs have to pay for, and soma are completely dependent on it for their work.|
|5.||Above all I want to give every encouragment to clubs to get down and do something. If clubs can be persuaded to get their work on show, we have something tangible on which to recruit new members from next years' intake, and build up even more enthusiasm. Good work can only be done by the clubs and will only work if they have the incentive of their work being seen and evaluated by the bulk of the student body and the public at large.|
Larry Stenswick is a second year Arts student in Economics. In 1963-1964 he was a student at the University of Minnesota where he was a committeeman in the Minnesota Students' Association and treasurer of the American Field Service Returnees. He has taken an active interest in University activities including this year's production of Extravaganza. He is an avid skier and enjoys the occasional game of rugby.
Policy: All too often those standing for the positions on Executive have put forward fancy and gradiose ideas which have failed to materialise after the elections. Instead students often only hear of the financial bungling which seems to tcke up so much of Exec's time. As Cultural Affairs Officer I would try to promote the one thing that effects all students - fiscal responsibility. I feel that this post, with initiative, can be one of the most important positions for the control of expenditure.
I want to work for the adoption of a rule requiring that all cultural clubs submit bi-monthly financial reports. Preferably, these reports would be given at meetings of delegates from those clubs. With better finance and collective strength, these clubs would be in a better position to obtain grants from Exec. As a member of the Exec. I will work for a more centralised means of expenditure so that up-to-date records can be kept. This may be possible only through the hiring of a full-time accountant/overseer. But even this would not be enough; I want to work for a much wider publication of all expenditure. Each student should be entitled to know where his £6.10.0. is going, and this has not been possible in the past.
Also, I hope that some new University activities can be started. For example, I have spoken at length with one student, experienced in band organisation, who hopes to organise a VUW Jazz Band, along the line of the University of Denver's. A project of this type could be a real benefit to the students and a credit to the University.
There is no shortage of ideas - an art competition and exhibition could be organised, the film society could be reactivated, coffee hours for touring entertainers could be held, and greater student concessions at cultural events could be arranged. I shall give encouragement and support to those types of projects, but will refrain from embarking on pie-in-the-sky projects which lack student support and end in financial ruin. This seems to be the case with many of the recent Exec. efforts.
If elected Cultural Affairs Officer, I shall work hard to help end the current pre-occupation with lost and mis-managed funds, and I shall do my best to see that Exec. decisions are made to the greatest benefit of all students.
Chairman, House Committee
John Moriarty is a second year Arts student, who has wide committee experience. He was this year's Charity Collection Controller and as such a member of the Capping Committee. He is also a member of the Social, Cultural Affairs and Public Relations Committees. John is seeking election as House Committee Chairman for two reasons. First he believes students should take an active part in the community at large through their Association, and secondly he considers there is much room for improvement in the running of the S.U.B.
As Chairman of the House Committee John will offer a better administrative service to clubs and individuals using Student Union facilities. Gone Will be those unsightly litterboards where students can rarely find a notice because of all the advertising for activities long sinoe ended. Instead, his committee will watch the noticeboards to ensure that everyone gets a fair go. Your candidate will press for more telephones in the Student Union. The present situation is quite ludicrous and energetic action must obviously be taken. Newspapers should be sold on the campus, and if elected John will encourage the establishment of honesty-boxes for Wellington daily papers. As a member of the Executive he will also be concerned with broader issues, and feels a particular concern for those affecting University education. He favours the inclusion of Teacher Training Colleges in N.Z.U.S.A., and will work for improved study conditions for students.
He is concerned at apparent enefficiency in N.Z.U.S.A. and in some areas of the Association. If elected John will support the reform of the Constitution, a work which cannot be safely delayed any longer.
John believes that urgent student problems need urgent action. Accommodation problems, study problems and other broader issues are all matters within the competence of the Executive. With energy, satisfactory answers can be found for all these matters. John Moriarty offers that energy.
Paul Peretz is a 23 year old, full time arts student majoring in Economics and Political Science. He was educated at a private school in England and prior to starting university worked for six years holding various technioal and executive posts in advertising. He was a member of last year's Winter Tournament committee and is at present a member of the Political Science Club and International Committees and Secretery of the Labour Party Club. His interests include International Affairs, tennis and art.
Policy - The job of House Committee falls naturally into two ports - the day to day running of the Union Building, and the preparation for the extension of Union facilities to cope with the ever increasing student roll.
Into the first part fall such activities as noticeboard allocation, room booking arrangements, club locker allocations, newsheet preparations and distribution, and coffee bar administration.
The second consists basically of research into the future needs of students and ensuring that these needs are met by the provision of adequate facilities.
Some of the more obvious where aotion is needed include:
The New Floor: During 1967 a new third floor will be added to the Union building. This will involve a complete reorganisation of the existing facilities. I would endeavour to ensure that the minimum of inconvenience was caused to students by this and that the maximum benefits were realized at the end of the process.
Noticeboards: A rationalisation of the present disorganised system is needed. I would replace this with a system of functional noticeboords, one for social funotions, one for personal advertisements, and of course a space for each club.
Cafetaria: While realising that some increases in cast are unavoidable I would do my utmost to keep these to a minimum.
Coffee Bar: Despite the difficulties, I would try to get the Coffee Bar running at a profit by (a) encouraging new ideas such as regular folk evenings (b) streamlining operating methods.
Student Bookshop: In the absence of a full-time student bookshop I would endeavour to organise a temporary bookshop for the peak buying period, the first two weeks of term.
General Policy: As an Executive member I would support closer links with N.Z.U.S.A. in order to avoid unnecessary duplication of work effort. I would, in view of the poor financial position of the Association, examine carefully proposals involving the use of student funds before voting for them. Generally I would endeavour to consider each question in as objective a way as possible and find out the facts before making a decision.
Ray Rawlings is a third year Arts Student and has often been caught up in the relentless vertex of student activities, and as a result has been to the odd lecture, in Extrav, Her Majesty's guest and over the usual hazy tour of Wellington. Last year he almost got a unit.
He lists as his personal reasons for wanting to be an Exec, member desires to:
|1.||Make statements of resounding noise - but only on controversial issues|
|2.||Wear a Prefects badge|
|3.||Take a free taxi home on wet nights|
|4.||Be the Vice Chancellor's 'Boy'|
|5.||Shake hands with the cops at demonstrations|
|6.||Qualify for free cups of coffee from the Student Union Coffee Bar every second Thursday night|
|7.||Gatecrash the Weir House Ball.|
|1.||The function of the Executive is to delay|
|2.||The Queen is a fink|
|3.||Security police should eat more rice|
|4.||Students are best|
|1.||Does not know what year it is|
|2.||Actually enjoys South African Wine|
|3.||Keeps forgetting which side to part his hair|
If elected as Accommodation Officer:
I shall endeavour to have all students' flats furnished with brass-bound spitoons (delux model bearing engraving of Varsity crest).
I shall have a motion to have Boyd's office converted to a 10 be hostel.
I promise to organise a mixed Marquee (overnight) to be held early in 1967 in Parliament grounds to protest student accommodation shortage.
Jimmy Wallace is a third year law student. He takes an active interest in rugby and tennis, is Secretary of the Debating Society, and is a former committee member of the French Club.
Coming from outside Wellington he is familiar with the accommodation problems confronting students. He has experienced both life in Weir House and flatting.
Jimmy's policy is developed on the following lines:
He believes that the present serious accommodation problem can best be approaohed by a vigorous three-fold attack, involving Liaison, Pressure and Research.
Liaison: He will aot as Liaison officer between the Government, University authorities, charitable and other organisations interested in student accommodation and the student body through the Executive, thus keeping all interested parties abreast of developments in the solution of the accommodation problem.
Pressure: He will work with the Public Relations Officer to keep the general public, the University authorities, the Government and interested organisations aware of the extent and seriousness of the accommodation problem, pressuring them for assistance in its solution. He will especially bear in mind that this is an opportune time for such pressure.
He will be available to students to discuss accommodation problems they might have and if required will make representations on their behalf to the appropriate authority.
Research: As Chairman of the Acoommodation Committee he will lead the Committee into research covering all aspects of present and future student accommodation. He believes that his legal knowledge will assist him in this task. Such information can then be used to enlighten those who seek to solve the problems of accommodation.