Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 13, No. 5. March 30, 1950
No Man's Land
No Man's Land
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.
Do it Now
Sir,—The idea for a Students Association Bookshop in the new Stud. Ass. building is an excellent one. But the Stud. Ass. building will not materialise for some time. This means that unless something is done we will be in exactly the same position next year, the year after and possibly longer.
Therefore I suggest the Stud. Ass. take steps now to obtain details of the books which will be required next year, together with estimates from the Heads of Departments of the number of students likely to be requiring them and forward them to the Booksellers' Association. If given time I am sure that these people would take reasonable steps to order the books required in sufficient numbers so that this irksome position will be at least partially alleviated.