Salient: An organ of student opinion at Victoria University, Wellington. Vol. 23, No. 5. Wednesday, June 15, 1960
Mr O'Brien pleaded passionately for the affirmative when speakers from the floor were called. He believed that the university filled many important functions over and above degree grabbing. He instanced religion, politics and sex. "Of course," he slyly pointed out, "the part-timer can always stand at the corner of the G.P.O."
Mr P. J. Jenkins, a teetotaller, blamed the part-timer for V.U.W's ignoble performance in the drinking horn at Easter Tournament. The late lectures held for the benefit of part-timers had prevented anyone from practising, he alleged.
Mr Roberts having his say after "listening to the hot and cold winds of intellectual dispute from my warm little seat up in the auditorium," objected strongly to Mr O'Brien's principles and his "white, over-sexed face." "Friends," he continued, "let us all be honest; most of the people here are not really interested in a liberal education, they are only interested in that thing called a 'meat ticket'." He colled the full-time students "ivy-clad-full-time-cafeteria-s hopsitters."
Finally Mr Hercus, Students' Association President, called everyone's attention to the fact that while there were many part-timers on the Student Executive it was really the full-timers who did all the work.