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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 35 Number 6. April 11, 1972




I disagree emphatically with M.L. Wevers. David Cuthbert chaired the Apartheid Conference in the only way it could be done. He kept things moving and tried to keep speakers to the point. Sideline experts should try chairing a meeting with assorted factions of the left at each others gizzards and see how long it goes on and how little comes out of it. A decision taken when everybody is tired of talk and when half the meeting has gone home means very little. The Apartheid Conference made important decisions which involved nearly everybody at it and should result in commitment to action from now on. I say David Cuthbert did a hard job well.

J. Delahunty

President, N.Z. Race Relations Council.
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I am very distressed at certain trends I have noticed recently in the management of the Union Building. Far too often I have coma across the suggestion that the Union Building should be kept for the use of students and that we should discourage visitors from the city. "Students paid for this building, so they should be free to use it we are told. "If people start coming up from down town, they will crowd out all the facilities, and we're likely to get ell the rough element coming and breaking up all our nice peaceful entertainments".

Students should be glad that non-students are interested enough to bother finding out what is happening at the university. If the university wants to make people forget ell the crap about the ivory tower, than the only way to do this, is to make others feel free about coming at any time and taking part in everything, not only when the organizers feel that the only way to make a profit is to advertise to the "general public". To use them in this way, as a sure source of money, is merely insulting. They should be welcome at all times, even when a function is free.