Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 13, No. 11. June 8th, 1950
Sir,—"The Cafeteria is run with your money—patronise it" is a notice plastered on the walls of the College at present. I patronised it last night—May 24. There was a selection to choose from—tripe, pie or saveloys; how inspiring! I chose the tripe. For this, no soup, no sweets, I was asked for 2/-. My first mouthful nearly made me sick; the sauce was burnt to a bitterness that was far from appetising. I tried to eat a piece of swede, but found that my fork would not go through it—it was so hard. I made one more attempt to eat a piece of tripe, and I can eat most things without turning a hair; but the sauce was too much for me and I handed my plate back practically untouched. Two shillings for two mouthfuls.
Knowing from experience that the coffee in the Caf tastes like water an oily rag was washed in, I decided to have a glass of milk, only to find that the milk was sour.
May I through your paper, ask Just now the Caf is run We are told that it is our money that is being used; we are also told that all profits are returned to the Caf., and we know that rent, one of the highest costs of a Caf in town, does not enter into its expensed. And in addition, it is apparently given a subsidy from the Students' Associaion. Yet we are given inferior food, the cheapest kinds of meat that can . . . (cut) . . .
G. M Foden.