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Salient. Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 26, No. 4. Monday, April 8, 1963

Hostel Raids' Early Death

Hostel Raids' Early Death

The popular Victoria sport of hostel-raiding has died an early death this year.

After several unofficial raids on women's hostels in the first few weeks, the students involved were warned off by the police, and the Professorial Board threatened summary action on any further offenders.

As one resident in a women's hostel put it: "After the second or third raid it doesn't seem quite as funny."

Raids reach their peak over capping week, when, due to the wariness of the Police, they are planned with stopwatch timing, adequate "getaway vehicles, and short-wave radios.

One raid in 1969 successfully reduced a hostel to a shambles in just over two minutes.

The raid was in retaliation for an earlier venture when soap powder, sugar and flour were used with abandon.

The Police said that they were concerned about the possibility of getting a student raid mixed up with genuine prowlers, who are a constant worry to women's hostels.

One hostel committee is planning an organised water fight in broad daylight as a substitute. Details about who is being challenged and the time and venue are not yet available.