SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1934. Volume 5. Number 3.
At 8 p.m. on June 28th. the whole world will be straining in suspense. Foreign correspondents will be waiting, furiously impatient to dispatch their cables; all international notes will be held temporarily in abeyance and situations, crises, armaments, all will be as a mere nothing, when the great news of the V.U.C. Students Association elections breaks on the serried ranks of the world population.
Will the result mean a real war—not the childish playtime our ancestors held between 1914 and 1918; will it mean the disruption of the whole planetary system into caecophonous confusion?
This is for you to decide! Cast aside the Shavian dictum that "he once cast a vote just to see what it felt like" and! take an interest in the future of College affairs; consider the candidates carefully and choose an the interests of the whole Varsity You will marvel at their amazing effrontery and be sickened by their staggering hypocrisy, but you will love their appalling hebetude and their nauseating pusillanimity!
Already rumour is picking some starters. Dick Nankervis may be standing for the Presidency again; previous knowledge of the course may stand him in good stead. He is reported to be in capable hands and is an even-headed horse that will not baulk at the fences. R. C. Bradshaw is another probable candidate who comes along very quietly and steadily, but may need some working up at the last. Ah Treasurer he has kept his nose very close to the hay and done very good work for the Association.
A. H. (Bonc.) Scotney is a friskier horse who may be a trifle hard on the bit; he is reported to be in excellent health after the vituperations and praise hurled at him in the last "Smad" and has plenty of dash—an excellent horse unless you play bridge with him. There will probably be numerous candidates for the Vice-Presidencies, and it is impossible to pick them at this distance. Doug. Burns may stand for the V. Presidency, and he may stand for the Secretaryship again. At the moment the Treasurership is very open, as neither Bradshaw nor Desborough are intending to stand again.