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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 26, No. 9. 1963.

Relaxation only in SUB

Relaxation only in SUB

Richard Smith, the new Chairman of the House Committee, recently told Salient his proposals for the administration of the Student Union Building. His principal aim is the full utilisation of all the available facilities.

He said that perhaps the most severe problem in the coming year would be the maintenance of effective student control of the building. He preferred not to elaborate.

The House Committee is also responsible for receiving the student recommendations for the proposed second floor.

Some of the more imaginative Smith mentioned were:—
  • Sandwich and Coffee bar.
  • Soundproof Room for music, haka practices etc.
  • Larger Dance Floor for Balls and other functions.
  • Lockers, Telephones.

Smith said the proposed bookshop could be a valuable asset to the University but that it would not be able to operate economically throughout the year. After the first rush for textbooks, the shop could accommodate books of all description of general interest to students.

"It has been suggested" said Smith, "that the upper story be reserved for study. This is not the purpose of the SUB. It serves as a place of relaxation somewhere for students to meet and talk." It is his eventual aim, once the Arts block is completed, to prohibit study in the building altogether.

He anticipated the complete demolition of the new SUB in the distant future. It should be replaced with a new and far more commodious building to accommodate at least 12,000 students. Alternatively the Students' Association could take advantage of the dropping land values in Kelburn and plan for the construction of a SUB in the region of Kelburn Parade and Glasgow Street.

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