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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 30, No. 11. 1967.

University insults eminent scholar

University insults eminent scholar

Sirs,—Insulting an eminent scholar is, to my mind, one of the greatest of academic sins. This sin was committed during Dean Griswold's recent visit. As a jurist and as an American he is not only well known but also well respected.

At his lecture on the American Approach to Taxation some six members of the law faculty staff and a mere 17 law students were present. Four others and eight officers of the Inland Revenue Departmerit brought the total of those present to a sparse 35.

Where was his interesting lecture given? In Hunter 145 (the old AI), one of the shabbiest and most noisy rooms in the University. Furthermore, a cackling crowd of students indicated that they wanted to use the room and the Dean's lecture was foreshortened and his hearers were unable to question him.

I was ashamed to be a law student and was embarrassed at the treatment given to the Dean, Lectures by important academics should be well publicised: this was not. Such lectures should be well attended: this was not. Visitors should only be asked to lecture in a presentable room; Dean Griswold was not extended this courtesy. Visitors' lectures should not be forcibly ended because the room is "needed": the Dean suffered this indignity.

Will the next such visitor be similarly maltreated?

J. M. von Dadelszon