Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 11, No. 1. March 17th. 1948
The attention of my executive has ben drawn to a number of unfortunate errors of fact made in your issue of the 27th February. The executive has expressed the wish that these matters be pointed out to you so that in a subsequent issue prominence can be given to the correction of what may cause a great deal of confusion in the minds of your readers, owing to the fact that this information is incorrect.
The first matter relates to the article on examination fees on page 10 of the issue. You discuss the examination fee question up to the stage of the case N.Z.U.S.A., acting through D. F. Lagan v. the Senate. You go on to say: "There the matter rested, until in 1947 it was quietly announced that a reduction of a whole two shillings per paper had been made." This is most unjust to N.Z.U.S.A. who, during the whole of 1946, negotiated with the Senate for a reduction which was finally made to the extent of 2/- per paper. There is a long report embodying the contents of a great deal of investigation that had been made into all aspects of this matter. Officers of the Association conferred with the Senate Finance Committee and as a result of this the Finance Committee recommended the reduction which Senate subsequently ratified. I might point out also that this matter is not even yet under consideration by N.Z.U.S.A. and a report is to be submitted to the A.G.M. at Easter time.
The next article to which I wish to draw your attention is on page 12 and is headed "Whither Goes Your Stud. Ass. Fee?" In the first place, you say, "The revenue from this source, after a small deduction by the College office of a collection fee ..." I wish to point out to you that there is no deduction of a collection fee by the College authorities at all.
The next point in this article concerns the item regarding wages. You state inter alia. "The wages of the office assistant, payments for upkeep of the gym. etc., are also charges met by this money, In Addition nearly £700 per annum is paid in wages for an accountant and office staff." This is absolutely incorrect and for your information the total wage bill is between £500 and £600, not approximately £1,000, which is the inference when the two sentences referred to above are read in conjunction.
I would be grateful therefore if you would give prominence in your next issue to the points I have mentioned.
K. O'Brien,Hon. Secretary.