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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 13. September 12, 1957


In the student union building plan there is a room enigmatically marked "Warden". We understand that such an officer is strongly urged by the Principal, but little enthusiasm is registered by our student representatives. The fate of this officer may be decided in the near future.

Student objection is largely on the basis that a warden would be something similar to, e.g., the Warden of Weir House, a combination of ruler and policeman. But this need not be. Recently a "Salient" reporter was able to interview the Warden of Adelaide and his equivalent at Sydney.

The task of these men is to help students in every way possible—but only as advisers, and only dealing with individual students who seek their aid.

It is our opinion that such an officer could perform a valuable function at V.U.C., and that it is up to us to see that we get one.

"Everything that affects students' welfare is my business," is how Mr. Scarllett, adviser to men students at Sydney University sums up his job. Attempts to provide some kind of help and guidance for students at Sydney goes back a long way. When women were first admitted to the university it was felt they should have a "chaperone. "so in 1891 a "tutor to women students" was appointed. Gradually the tutor became involved in all sorts of personal problems. It was only in 1921 that a male counterpart was appointed His task was primarily to interpret university regulations to the students. This job, however, fell through during the depression, and was only revived after the war when an "adviser to men students" was appointed. The then officer. Mr. Bateman, expanded his new job beyond his strictly interpreted duties: doing all in his power to help students with all types of difficulties.

Upon Mr. Bateman's death in 1955. Mr. Scarlett succeed him. Mr. Scarlett had long been interested in the problems of human relations, and had formerly been Guidance and Appointments Officer at the University of West Australia.