Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 22, No. 10. September 14, 1959
Red Carpet for N.Z.U.S.A
Red Carpet for N.Z.U.S.A.
Maybe it was a mere passing whim which prompted Massey rep. Peter O'Brien to sweep out the N.Z.U.S.A. meeting room when the Resident Executive met last.
Anyway, the clean red carpet, along with the posters and the supper, were the bright spots during the following three dull hours.
While president Bernie Galvin was absent for the first three-quarters of an hour, Auckland rep. Ted Woodfield chaired the meeting, dealt swiftly with international affairs.
Mr Galvin arrived, leafed through the minutes of the August N.Z.U.SA. council meeting and had them ratified speedily, David Stone (Lincoln) being absent for a short time.
Few clues were dropped about N.Z.U.S.A's submissions to the Education Commission. Students are to seek substantial increases in the amounts spent on bursaries annually and to press for changes in the accommodation situation, especially concerning residential halls within the universities.
Once More Into the Breach . . .
Two motions on the Maori-All Black question were presented by Mr Stone in General Business. First was a motion that copies of the Citizens' All Black Tour Association petition be sent to constituent colleges for signing.
The petition protests at racial discrimination and demands the tour be abandoned if equality is not ensured.
"We have made our stand and this is one way of making practical implementation," Mr Stone said.
The motion was passed after Mr Galvin changed the wording to make signing a suggestion and not a directive.
Mr Stone's second motion was not passed—a letter should be sent from N.Z.U.S.A. to C.O.S.E.C., he said, "informing secretariat of the decision of the New Zealand Rugby Football Union and the circumstances pertaining to that decision.
"Informing the secretariat of the reaction of students, resolutions passed . . . requesting that all national unions be circularised, and expressions of solidarity with N.Z.U.S.A. policy be sent to the football union, the Prime Minister, and the Leader of the Opposition."
After being informed by the secretary, Brian Shaw, that C.O.S.E.C. and other national unions did not have such an elastic framework as N.Z.U.S.A., so that such matters would not concern them, Mr Stone said he believed there would be overwhelming support.
Mr Galvin vacated the chair to explain that this was a principal decision which could only be made by Council.
"You are asking us to go into a specific issue. Council policy must be referred to the constituent organisations."
Retorted Mr Stone: "Mr Galvin can always find procedural or pseudo-constitutional reasons to hang his arguments on."
He withdrew the remark on Mr Woodfield's request.
A motion was passed, moved by Mr Galvin, that the contents of the motion be forwarded to the constituent colleges.