The Spike or Victoria College Review, June 1906
At the Annual General Meeting of the Students' Association, the question of the election of Honorary Life Members again came up, and, the same weary round of discussion, as to whether a four-fifths majority could be obtained on a straight-out ballot, or whether a qualifying ballot must first be taken, ensued. Some members seemed impressed with the argument that no Life Members might be elected, but the majority appeared to think that if the members proposed did not stand out so clearly as to obtain the requisite majority, they ought not to be elected—the fewer elected the greater the honour. One or two speakers wandered very far from the idea of the framers of the constitution, suggesting that students, who, by reason of academic distinction, brought honour to the College, should be eligible, or rather, should without question be elected. This seems to us quite to ignore the reasons for which the constitution lays down Life Members should be elected. A student might possibly win the highest distinction, and yet be, during his whole college life, far less sacrificing, and of far less service to his fellow students than the last undergrad. who plays emergency for IIIB.