Salient: An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 12, No. 3, April 6th, 1949.
The President of the Students' Association. Mr. K. B. O'Brien, gave a fair idea of the problems which faced Victoria at the moment. There is no Gym space for any of the facilities which the Stud. Ass. would like to offer: there is no playing field at all and there are between eight and ten clubs competing for the four nights per week that the Gym is available. The Cafeteria facilities are inadequate (to say the least of it. Ed.) The common rooms are hopelessly small for the numbers and their comforts are non-existent. So the Appeal is asking for either plans to help raise the money, or cash. If any of those present thought they knew how bad things are, Mr. O'Brien's speech (well up to Plunket Medal standard) would have disillusioned them at once.
To rub the point home, the visitors were then taken on a tour of the college. We feel that it is rather a shame that they couldn't have, say, stood in the Caf. queue at 6 o'clock, or tried to make their way through the evening crush at the bottom of the main stairs. But no doubt the general idea got through. The Building Fund Committee is to be congratulated on this excellent move: we can help ourselves to get the £20,000 which is all that we now need, by getting into extrav. this year. We should not leave It all to the Committee to raise; last year Extrav. raked in about £750—we can do a lot this year to supplement the results of that Iuncheon.