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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 8. 1965.


page 12


I Note In Your Rag...
Lawrence Is Angry

Sirs,—I note in your rag of June 15 a somewhat backhanded snipe at myself under the heading of "I.D. Cards." To quote you— "a booklet (containing details of concessions) is to be published. It is all organised. (So was the boycott.)" As you well know, it is at present extremely difficult to obtain concessions with the Retailers' Association and one Businessmen's Organisation having flatly refused any concessions to students whatsoever.

I say "as you well know" because it was drawn to my attention at a recent executive meeting that Salient was running their own little concessions race and the present Publications Officer. Mr. C. Robertson, was pleased to announce that Salient had obtained no less than seven separate student concessions! It was pointed out to Mr. Robertson that I had obtained four of these, and that two of the others had already been brought to my notice. The remaining one was a cut-rate subscription to the Bulletin, which I fully realise is of simply inestimable value to students. However, it is extremely petty of Salient (1) to have even thought of having a race with the Concessions Director, and (2) to have seen lit to pass comment in a way that you no doubt feel reaches the acme of satirical journalism.

For the information of you news-starved folk up there in the Editorial Room it is somewhat uneconomic to publish a Concessions Booklet until there are at least 30 concessions of some value to students (and by this I do not mean low subscriptions to the Bulletin). At present I have 13 and sometime in July I should have the rest so as the booklet can be published. It is possible that a list of the concessions available to date will be put in the Newsheet, so that students can make use of these right away.

R. S. Lawrence.

Concessions Manager.

Salient has been is not/will not be running any concessions race with anybody. It was merely pointed out that in the normal course of Salient advertising, seven concessions for students had been obtained.

We are well aware of publishing economies. Mr. Lawrence, and you are equally well aware that Salient has on numerous occasions offered to publish a list of concessions but has been refused.

We hope that our readers, better acquainted with the Bulletin, will be aware of this weekly' excellence in the fields of reviews. South-east Asian news and financial notes.

It is, for example, recommended reading in Economics, and students of Asian Studies have found it very valuable.— Editors.


Sirs,—In the editorial initialled by co-editor Llewellyn, he has made a mountain out of a molehill in connection with a letter which does not concern him or anyone except Mr. Stone and the Labour Department.

If Mr. Llewellyn is blaming the Labour Department for sending such a letter, I would ask Mr. Llewellyn if he expects the Secretary of Labour to peruse every letter sent by a member of his Department for possible illphrased sentences. If he is blaming the writer concerned, is he suggesting that Mr. Irvine should be sacked in a similar manner to Dr. Sutch and with less reason?

Is Salient's editor making an implied assertion that overseas students (especially American) should be pampered? The American Government is also paid insurance premiums by our country in other ways!

I am not contending that the letter sent to Mr. Stone was courteous. But I do not agree that the writer is obviously not to be trifled with.

As to Mr. Irvine's qualifications. The only comment I can make to Mr. Llewellyn's snobbish attitude is that it is far better to work for an honest living than to rave for a dishonest one.

It seems to me that it is not Mr. Stone who is "not wanted here," neither Mr. Irvine, but possibly Mr. Llewellyn who uses in his editorial more "imperious" language than Mr. Irvine in his bona fide administration of New Zealand Law.

A. P. Lenart

My Caf. Blues

Sirs, On Monday, 31st May. 1965, I bought two 6d bread rolls in the caf. In one of them the filling consisted of one piece of lettuce! One piece of lettuce!!! In compensation for the deficiency in fillings, both pieces of the bread roll were buttered. I ask you—is this a fair go? Should we be subject to this type of exploitation by Mr. F. Levanbach? If this continues, what will we be paying for by the end of the term? This should be "nipped in the bud" Now. No doubt I am not the only person who would appreciate an investigation by the Students' Association.

M. J. White.

More Blues !

Sirs,—With reference to your interesting highlight in the article on Blues-winners at Christchurch tournament. I would like to say that full-time students need not feel too ashamed about the report that all winners were part-time students. At least one Blue was awarded to a full-time student.

J. G. Gibbons.

Phantom Judo

Sirs,—The Victoria Judo Club feels that it has a duty to publicly acknowledge a circular letter praising its fine performance at the recent Easter Tournament held at Canterbury.

Members wish to thank this apparently mysterious team which did so well. Not only were their phantom-like shapes victorious but they even managed to impress Victoria officialdom.

This success "in absentia" has lifted our morale no end. We await the team "in substantia."

VUW Judo Club,

per Peter J. Hannah.

Morris Dance?

Sirs,—May I reply to Miss M. H. Snell?

She may certainly view my credentials and testimonials.

One will establish my bona fides, and the other my sex. . . .

G. L. D. Morris

Student Voters

Sirs,—As a member of the Students Union and a candidate for the City Council. I am concerned that as many students as possible become voters at the local body elections.

How many realise that being over 21, British subjects, resident 12 months in New Zealand and three in Wellington entitles them to enrol on the Municipal Electors Roll, which is not, repeat not, the same as the Parliamentary Roll?

I am assured at the Council Offices that there will soon be 38 places at which to sign up. So help ensure a more sensible council, with a majority of the one group which is approaching the elections with unity and dignity— Labour!

E. O. E. Hill.