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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 29, No. 14. 1966.

On the grapevine

On the grapevine


Rostrum, a new National Party political quarterly, has just made its appearance. The university club hopes to escape the disastrous financial fate which overtook its earlier publication, Impact.


Ian Robertson, former South African student president, is now on a scholarship in London. (He left by an exit permit, which means he can never return to South Africa.) Back in South Africa his oppressor, new Prime Minister Vorster is weathering a storm of criticism. When he made public his reasons for the ban, he found every single allegation (membership of a bannod organisation. contact with a subversive organisation, not a bona fide student) convincingly proved wrong. Indeed. the subversive organisation turned out to be MRA! "It must by now be clear to even the most dedicated and myopic believer that something went grievously wrong in this case." editorialised the Johannesburg Star. But Vorster shows no sign of changing, and 500 people are now subject to banning orders.

NZBC concerts

If You've Had trouble booking seats at concession rates for NZBC concerts, listen to this tale. "I don't see why students should get the best seats when there are people willing to pay full price for them." snarled the ticket counter woman at the DIC at one student recently. Forced to take much less satisfactory seats. he wrote to the NZBC to complain. Back came profuse apologies and two complimentary tickets for the next concert. Moral—it's not a crime to be a student.


The Pensions Office is the frequent receiver of plaintive appeals for aid. Here are a few genuine statements:

  • • I am forwarding my marriage certificate and two children. one of which is a mistake as you can see.
  • • You have changed my little girl into a boy, will this make any difference.
  • • I want money as quick as you can send it. I have been in bed with the doctor all week and he does not seem to be doing me any good.

Funny money

So The Banks want to cut down overdrafts. How do the companies get the money required? They borrow' at higher rates from the major finance companies. And who's the biggest shareholder in the major finance companies? Why, the banks, of course. Small wonder that the Wellington executive who told Salient this was angry. He'd just had his overdraft limit cutbut the bank politely pointed out where he could get the money from.

Land's fate

Readers may recall an earlier feature on a 200-bed hostel plan which won't proceed because the Government doesn't give financial assistance to private persons for hostel building. We have been anonymously informed that the person concerned has been trying to sell the land involved. To the university? —not likely!

Student's ban

The Founder of the maverick Canterbury weekly magazine "Kobald" has been banned from the university campus. He is not a student. The ban followed protests to the university authorities over "Kobald's" publication of two articles on contraceptive methods. The university authorities say that, had the person involved (Mr. K. McAllister) been a student, a caution only would have been given.


The Accommodation Service has received inquiries from students who wish to rent flats after finals and to retain them for the 1967 academic year. It would help the Accommodation Service to find suitable flats for these students if students who intend to vacate their flats after: finals give particulars to the Accommodation Officer. Students, when giving notice to their landlord, could mention that the University has an Accommodation Service. This could help the University to retain accommodation suitable for students and by this means the Service may obtain additional addresses of landlords willing to house students.