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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 14, No. 5. May 24, 1951

Letters to Editor

Letters to Editor

Cleanliness Again

Sir.—Having at last had reason to visit the men's cons, at this College, I was shocked to notice the primitive washing conditions. Throe towels were supplied for the needy and all were of the same delightful mourning tones.

Now, Sir, it seems to me that since the Prime Minister has promised the U.S. that we will follow thorn through thick and thin, that we might as well all be in the Swim together. ("That was a dirty one, was it not?") What about some paper towels, and, while we are at it, just a little bit of soap capable of raising a lather in our stead?

Castilian Knight.


Dear sir,—This a reply to the attack on Mr. Bollinger and myself in the last issue of Salient (No. 4 pg. 3) entitled "In re the Socialist Club, the Executive v Two meeting Organisers."

You say, if the Executive had insisted on us putting our assurance in writing, no confusion would have been possible. That is not correct, because we submitted that talking on the Waterfront Emergency Regulations included the background of these Regulations and the reason why they were gazetted.

You also state: "the speakers trespassed" on their subject. If they did then why didn't Messrs O'Brien and O'Brien stop the meeting, as the Executive had previously voted them that they might?

The article says "it is not possible to exonerate the Socialist Club representatives after hearing their attempts at explanation." The executive had far more to explain than us. They just haven't the moral backbone to come out openly against the regulations as have subsequent student meetings. It just so happens that the Executive does not represent the student opinion on this matter. In fact they condone the Regulations by acting like student policemen. "We'll let you have free speech, but we'll control it for you."

The Executive are elected, not as college prefects, but as a body to protect students' interests and to preserve their hard won freedoms. Contrast this shameful incident with a more recent meeting the Socialist Club had in the main college building. Mr. Barnes spoke to 130 students—there were no emergency meetings of the Professorial Board, and we weren't asked to give assurances.

Students will know what to do with the present Executive at the next elections in June.

Yours faithfully,

L. B. Piper.

Chairman, VUC Socialist Club.

They also Serve

Mr. algie in dominion, March 29, 1951. "too many students went to university .... many went unprepared to take full advantage of the curricula and not qualified to do so anyway." He might have mentioned that many people never stayed at varsity long enough to take an interest in extracurricula activities. A large number of freshers attend lectures not university. Perhaps this is the fault of the various college clubs.

It is pleasing to see that a lightbulb has been renewed near the telephone vestibule. However, a writing-ledge and an up-to-date, less dog-eared directory would be a convenience.

Too bad that more accommodation is not provided at Exec, meetings for those people who wish to listen to President O'Brien's pungent and occasionally amusing remarks.

£130 was spent on the magazine-rack and partition in the common common-room last year. Now, how about some magazines! Although there are many of this year's, and 1950 and 1949 publications, there are some which, date back to 1942. It seems that only one club takes any interest, in informing other students of their activities.

Where are magazines sponsored by the Charter Club, the Literary Society, and other clubs? Perhaps the Association could subsidise the purchase of some current magazines.

"Home wanted, for cat, good ratter and mouse killer. Apply Exec, room." Surely all the pests in Exec. room aren't exterminated yet.