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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 30, No. 7. 1967.


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Piggy Muldoon For King! This offbeat campaign financed itself—and left a couple of pounds over for charity.

Money from the button sales paid for them, and 1250 "paid Muldoon for King" posters as well.

For the statistically minded, there were 1000 buttons, 25,000 "Cappicade" posters. 1250 other posters, and various free boosts in Extrav and Procesh.

Thus, for a total expenditure of £36. it seems that the name has stuck.

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So The City Council wants executive to find out about damage to their property during Capping Week, does it?

If executive does its homework, it might find some rather interesting things to tell the City Council.

For example, the locking of the cable car gates. One bright evening, four youths descended the cable car carrying padlocks and chains.

The public stood and gaped as they calmly began to chain the cable car gates shut. One bystander actually helped with a difficult door.

They then strode off into the night, leaving a bewildered crowd on both sides of the doors.

It was nearly 5pm. Forth stepped a trusty citizen, weilding a hacksaw which he had borrowed from the locksmiths next to the cable car. Shortly, the chain would be broken . . .

But, good friends, here entered the City Council Bureaucrat, in the form of a Cable Car Man. "Thou shalt not cut the chain," he told the Trusty Citizen, "for the constabulary have been contacted, indeed, sent for."

There he stood, barring the way of the hacksaw man, watching as the queue stretched down cable car lane, out into Lambton Quay, on down past the Tab ...

* * *

And The Police Did Not Come! (They refused.) At 5.20, a full half an hour after the gates had been locked, an angry crowd pushed the little Cable Car man aside, and the Trusty Citizen with the hacksaw attacked the chain.

Five minutes later, the cable cars ran again.

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One Of The Delightful things about Salient is that they never Really tell you who writes it.

Thus last issue's eulogy of the law students' law conference was written by the '66-'67 president of Anzals.

And that delightful letter about the elections from one P R Rapp was written by Salient's executive reporter, Peter Rapp. Come now, Peter, surely you understand the elections a bit better than that!

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So Now House Committee is going to find us some paintings to brighten the Union Building.

Not so many years ago, a sub-committee was appointed with an even more important aim—to try and find a way to get rid of the "hospital - corridor"look which the Union building has always had.

This committee never met— and the antiseptic look continues . . .