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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. [Volume 39, Issue 8. April 1976]


The Executive this year have shown a slightly paranoic tendency to go into closed committee at the drop of a controversy.

Last Wednesday's Executive meeting was no exception when Steve Underwood moved that the meeting do so. No reasons were given. All that is known is that the two remaining pieces of business at that stage were The Office and The Staff.

In the light of the Goodall affair this manoeuvre seems unfortunate and does not provide much encouragement to the feeling that the Student executive be made answerable to the student body.

The religious fervour raised up by the Moonist 'invasion' of the Executive Boardroom continued on Wednesday night when on the crest of the wave appeared a student representing the Christian Science group applying for club affiliation.

After parrying an attempted lunge by Steve Underwood (who asked whether the group had anything different to offer) he found himself sinking in the quagmire of the Constitution.

There must be twenty paying Association members as signatories on the application form. The Christian Science group had only about ten, with the remainder being those of graduates interested in joining the club.

His genuine attempt to get 20 genuine signatories looks positively refreshing. Usually, signatures are those of assorted diehards in the Cafe.

Gyles Beckford threw him a lifeline and sympathy, suggesting he come back next time with the appropriate changes.