Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 27, No. 7. 1964.
I did not know that Miss Bene-field had different motives from those of Mr. Baird in supporting the recision motion. I apologise to her for this misrepresentation. The report was, however, shown to Mr. Baird, who did not object to the contents at the time.
My heart bleeds for the hard working and unthanked executive members. From personal experience of an Executive job at another University. I can vouch for the truth of this complaint of Miss Benefield's. Since she is now serving her second term of office on the Executive, it is surprising she did not discover this fact before. So all intending Executive members take heed—do not run for office if you are looking for the heartfelt thanks of the student community.
I supported the move at the S.G.M. to allow Executive to take a stand on important issues, and was glad to see the motion passed. And if the Executive does take stand in a way I consider absolutely indefensible. I will tell you about it in no uncertain terms. When I talk of guided democracy, I am not criticising Executive for taking a stand that does not reflect the views of students 100 per cent. I am complaining of what I think are executive attempts to dictate who shall be allowed to influence student opinion. Executive members sometimes seem completely incapable of seeing the dangers of this for themselves, so others have to tell them. Salient, you will note, does not censor opinions the Editor disagrees with Consistency and standard of writing are the only criteria.
Your charge of witch hunting is a little far fetched. Salient does not hunt witches amongst the general student population as Executive members are sometimes wont to do. It keeps its vitriol and purgatives for those who push themselves into prominence in student affairs, and then expect to be able to do what they like with their newly acquired power. You put yourselves in the stocks when you ran for office. If you have any understanding of your responsibilities, you will expect and welcome criticism, even when it hits you like rotten eggs.
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