Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 13, No. 5. March 30, 1950
Will you grant me space to rant and ridicule on the subject of the Student Union Building?
Regarding rooms for clubs? I regard this as senseless and insanitary, as such rooms once the first flush of enthusiasm has passed, tend to become mere receptacles for mouldering rubbish. Rather a room or rooms with amply proportioned lockers for the use of clubs, together with possibly four rooms well equipped, of sufficient size to accommodate 100 persons, these to be available for club functions. For activities needing greater seating accommodation the hall should be available.
The provision of a cafeteria is a feature of paramount importance and it should receive the most earnest consideration and forethought. It should, I suggest, be of the most modern design and appurtenances, for it may be required to do service for the next 100 years. It should feature a milk bar for all-hours service. (WPDY might be asked to have seconded to us a native American soda jerk to warrant the payment of our affiliation fee.)
Finally I would regard the installation of a large lift as a vital necessity in a building of the proposed dimensions. I take it that we are building for the future, and this structure will demonstrate that the spirit of progress still thrives in our academic surroundings. Modern equipment within, we are morally bound to supply, to justify a modern exterior.
Trusting that our successors may not live to curse us for being hidebound and lacking in foresight.