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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 5. 1965.

Pettipoint

Pettipoint

What a good idea are the concession cards! With what ease may we now be identified! Just flash the card and the world will believe that it is really you. And those concessions! How wonderful it would be to flash the card at a shop assistant and get a 10 per cent reduction! What a pity it won't come to pass! Never mind, we can always use them as bookmarks or something.

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The Department of Philosophy is one for examining points of view and bodies of thought, usually ruthlessly. Apparently very few Roman Catholic students go through this department. Hmmm.

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This place is getting goddam sophisticated. I know we have our share of debs and social women (and men), but when girls find it necessary to 'put a face on' before a tutorial, as did a friend of mine, things are becoming a little grim. What is this university—a training ground for executive's wives? I suggest that we initiate a new course, 'Social Techniques I.'

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SO only 87 per cent of New Zealand students are psychologically healthy. Hands up everyone who wants to be a nonconformist.

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The New Zealand Government, that well-meaning and much-maligned body, is being pressed to raise bursaries and generally raise the standard of living of students. The British Government pays its students sufficient money to live—the basic grant being about £320, with various additions and subtractions for wealth of parents, extra study, etc. It has been suggested that it would be cheaper for the New Zealand Government to give New Zealand students assisted passage to the United Kingdom.

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What a pity the boycott is no longer news. So many exciting things happen—General Tail-er generalising, Shand shamming benevolence towards the city's pensioners, McKinley muttering, Robins roaring. Still, the march was very satisfying to our egos— those drums! One girl had a worried parent ringing to ensure that she would not be taking part. She might appear on tv—goodness! What would the neighbours say! Marchers are not quite, you know, one doesn't. Poor lady, her daughter was as independent as charming young freshers should be.

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Spontaneously evolved over the remains of an oxtail stew (guess where) was the VUW Apathy Club. 'Apathy' is sort of one of those words, mutter it often enough in the right places and we know that you are One Of Us. Wonderful feeling. Anyway, the club, which will be non-inaugurated soon, will have the aim of stimulating apathy amongst the students of this university and in the outside world, so that the politicians can more easily run this university and the outside world. The Annual General non-Meeting is expected to be held about a year from now, after a year's inactivity, when the usual officers will not be elected. The year's inactivities are expected to include the organisation of non-demonstrations (the like of which we have seen in the past), and the lack of organisation of boycotts (likewise). I would suggest that the first thing to do would be a discussion with the Philosophy Department on the ideological basis of a Club which doesn't. I think this is a good idea—I hope that someone will do something about it sometime.

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I See that Otago University are having a Boat Race in the harbour. Good on them—it's about time the reactionary South got some ideas from the progressive North.—By Latent.