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The Evening Star FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 1889.

To-xifinr the graduates and students of the Otago University I'niversllv meot to cons i'Jer tlio iici'iimi.' Bill which Dr Inrcnmr intends to reintroduce this session with the avowed ohjecb of placing the constitution of the Otago University governing body on something approaching a popular footing. When (he measure was drafted we commented on its provisions, and its principal features met with our approval. We have seen no reason in the interval to change our opinion ; on (he contrary, the discussion that has recently taken place points strongly to the necessity for immediate reform in the direction indicated by IU Fitohetts Bill. Its scope and objects are well stated in the current number of the ‘ University Review,’ as under :—• When the University of Ot go was originally founded, one of the jirovisioiiH of the constituting Act was that the graduates, when their number reaclud thirty, should have the power of electing the members of the University Council, shortly afterwards, Otago waived her rights and consented to merge her college in the University of New Zealand, Consequently there are not now any graduates, and there only has been one, strictly so-called, of the Otago University. Those who study in Otago and pass degree examinations receive their diplomas from the Few Zealand University. The Otago Unlverity Council say. therefore, that Otago graduates of the New Zealand University have uo power to elect any of the members of Council. To amend this a Bill was last session introduced into Parliament by L>r Fltchett, of which the chief provisions J were—(l) That graduates of the University of Now Z aland who have kept terras at the University of Otago should have the powers and privl'egcs of election of the Council given by the original ordinance to graduates of the Otago University; (2) that all members of the Council should hold office for five years, the term of the present members to begin from the date of the passing of the Act, A meeting of graduates was held to consider the Bill, and the following modifications were suggested : graduates should elect only half the Council, the other half being-as all the members are at present—nominated by the Government; (2) that all the present members of Council should hold oflico for life, but that all succeeding members should bo appointed for five years-of course any member io bo eligible for reappointment at the expiration of his term of office.

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The Evening Star FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 1889., Issue 7933, 14 June 1889

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The Evening Star FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 1889. Issue 7933, 14 June 1889

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