Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 25, No. 3. 1962.
Sir.—In your Editorial "A Stab at the Right" you state that all those students supporting the S.G.M. are part of Mr. Dwyer's "herd", and infer that all are of anarchist leanings.
I will categorically state that I have never been in sympathy with Mr. Dwyer's beliefs and have no immediate prospect of joining his association. I moved one of the motions for the S.G.M. on my own motivation, not because Dwyer wanted me to. It may be of interest to inform you that, on many occasions, I have taken violent issue with anarchist opinions and have no sympathy with their movement.
It might pay you in future to investigate the situation before dashing off what was, after all, an irresponsible editorial.—I am, etc.
Robin J. Bromby.
Sir,—Until the beginning of this year, we used to have a cloak room in the Hunter Building, just underneath the main stairs.
Now that the room is no longer available, much inconvenience is caused to male students who now have to face two alternatives, both of which are equally unpleasant: They could either leave their coats in the Student Union Building (which are already over-crowded); or they could make use of the racks on the ground floor or in the passage leading to the Old Chemistry Wing.
If the Student Union Building is used, the students have to wait when it rains. And if the rain does not stop, they are marooned in the Hunter Building, minus their coats. If the racks are made use of, you get dark looks from satchel-owners; and you are furthermore confronted with the unpleasant prospect of a soggy, damp raincoat.
Perhaps this letter will remedy the situation.—I am, etc.
Sir,—I want to congratulate you and your staff for the fine performance which you have given this year. It is quite a change reading reasonably intelligent material after the sex and grog-infiltrated "literature" of 1961. Keep up the good work.—I am, etc.,
Sweat v. Perspiration
Sir,—I was delighted to read an article in "Salient" stating that it is "U" to play badminton. My ego has been considerably boosted by this marvellous discovery.
I shall alter the rules of the club according to its new status.
|1.||No one shall run, or stretch, for a shuttle which is out of reach. (Demonstration of physical prowess in mixed company is non-Uish).|
|2.||No sweating, only perspiring, is allowed.|
|3.||No shorts permitted. Ladies please wear dresses, men trousers.|
Finally, I wish to express my sincere thanks to the misinformed coot who gave our "glamour club" such an enlightened advertisement.—I am, etc.,
Sir,—Towards the end of last year, your paper contained much controversy about the attire of some of our female population at Victoria. Despite the many letters protesting against the shortness of the skirts worn by certain sections of our community, the situation is still just as bad this year.
Being a reasonable person, I believe that we all have a right to do what we want; but I also believe that, in exercising our rights, we should always remember that the rights of others should not be infringed. And one thing which I think we all are entitled to do is to study without being distracted (in the library). Sir, can something be done about this?—I am. etc.,
Sir,—A poster advertising the forthcoming visit of the internationally renowned organist Kenneth Goodman, placed last week on the music notice-board, was removed, and replaced by one of your revolting, obscene and scurvy yellow posters.
While it is perhaps natural for a minor organ to attempt the subversion of a large one, it is in exceedingly bad taste, and is, furthermore, pusillanimity of the most insidious kind.
In pursuing such a campaign of intolerance against good music, you do not represent the vox humana. In fact you are treading a base cleft, and are on the brink of a bottomless abyss. In the memorable words of Roget: "pish! tush! tut! pshaw! pooh! fudge! bosh! humbug!"
We warn you sir, you must face the music, it will be piping hot, and we will call the tune!
You cannot keep a goodman down.—We are, etc.
Malcolm A. Geard.
T. G. Aitken.
Sir,—Now that the S.U.B. has been in use for 12 months, surely it is time the kitchen opposite the Common Room was adequately equipped. Six teaspoons do not go far. The number of teatowels is appallingly few, and there is no teapot. If one is required it must be borrowed personally from the Cafeteria.
This is the time of the year when it is common for several clubs to hold well-attended meetings on the same night. Forty-eight cups and eighteen saucers are hardly adequate under these circumstances.
I would suggest that whoever is responsible for this matter looks into the situation, and remedies it as soon as possible.—I am, etc.,
[This matter is being looked into by the House Committee.—Ed]