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Salient. Official Newspaper of Victoria University of Wellington Students Association. Vol 40 No. 11. May 23 1977

Whoever owns the pigs or let the vultures out of their cage — please own up!

Whoever owns the pigs or let the vultures out of their cage — please own up!

Dear Editor of Salient,

I am writing this letter in an honest attempt to point some subtle but broad diseases in the body of people in this campus. While universities were founded as institutions to examine the truth about the universe, I believe that we as students today have slipped Into a very dark and gloomy ditch from this high calling. I refer more specifically to the wide and blatant contrast between many of our academic and social lives.

While students energetically pursue the exploration of the realms of higher learning in their daytime hours, in their spare hours the cries echo through hostel corridors, library foyers, across cafetaria tables and everywhere a person is blessed to walk — of "Let's go down to the Boozer and get Pissed" or "Let's go down to the Club or to a Party and Pick Up a Bit of Crumpet"'

Do such cries come from our budding intellectuals or are they the snorts and grunts of the Makara Valley pigs at feeding time?

Still to be illumined on this issue and feeling the need to find out what kind of disease lies at the core of the matter, I thought that someone, somewhere, somehow might know.

But I guess that until this disease is eradicated or someone, somewhere, somehow lets me know what is going on I will have to face and bear the croak of those cries and the grunt of those animals.

Yours sincerely.

Donald Elley.