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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 15, No. 5. April 3, 1952

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Salient Slugged

Sir,—In the first issue of your paper there was an article intimating that letters would be welcomed, so I have decided to set down in writing a fresher's opinion of Salient. For a start I must say how impressed I was with the first issue. There was much to commend the variety of topics dealt with and the valuable information for first year students, written in an interesting style with a certain amount of humour. On reading the issue I, like many other freshers, decided that Salient was well worth subscribing to, and looked forward to the next issue. But what a change! One had reason to doubt whether it was published by the same body of students. However there was nothing to do but browse through it and hope for a comeback in the next issue. Far from it, the third issue was even worse than the second, dealing solely with Congresses at Curious Cave, Raumati and sundry other places. I do not think that the details published were of sufficient interest to warrant the space allotted them. Moreover, the views put forward were to a large extent mere reiteration of opinions previously expressed by more competent speakers.

Surely articles more closely connected with Victoria University itself would have far greater appeal. One suggestion is that the sports results of the 'Varsity teams be reported and the activities of the various clubs be given a wider coverage.

In conclusion, I would be interested to know whether a special Salient meeting for freshers, advertised in your first issue for early in the term, has been held yet. Hoping your paper regains the standard set in the first issue, with a similar variety of topics.

Ex Alma Mater

Medical Scheme Again?

Dear Sir,—I was very pleased to notice when enrolling that the Students' Association is taking a keen interest in the state of this year's pupils' health. Yet much too my amazement there is no facility whereby a mass chest X-ray scheme could be carried out. This, I think, is a very necessary thing in a University of this size, and yet it has not been started here. Canterbury College has had a mass X-ray scheme going for four years and it has been highly successful, and as there is a high rate of tuberculosis in students this scheme has helped immensely in locating T.B. before it has progressed too far. I can vouch personally for this as I was fortunate enough to be found, by this scheme, to have T.B., even after having been passed by the Army A1 six weeks previous. Two years in a sanatorium was my penalty for not being found early enough, but anyone else who is found out to be a TB sufferer early can have that time cut down considerably and then continue their studies again as I am doing. Personally I hope that there is no T.B. at V.U.C. but it is better to be sure than sorry.

T.B. Or Not T.B.?

Our Controversy?

Dear Sir,—Here is your controversy is it good?

All talk of the high cost of living is without foundation for the following reasons:—
(1)Numerous students arrive to lectures by motor bike and car and some lecturers even, can afford them.
(2)John Q. Public spends a million pounds at race meetings and another two million some distance from the race course.
(3)The same gentleman and his girl friend pay a similarly large amount to breweries and others so that they can become sufficiently uninhibited on Saturday night to do various things that they may regret later.

On second thoughts, air, is it just the cost of loving that is too high?

Don Juan