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




Perhaps the best word to sum up my opinion of Salient issue no. 4. is 'pathetic' Other words such as self-indulgent, nauseous, childish and punie also readily flow to mind. The middle-page "Gro-up-oly" spread and the back page "Cut out the crap" — (Why don't you) — were pretentious and disappointing.

The magazine in fact merely adds to the personal disillusionment end frustration I have experienced over the last two years. Four years ago when I first went to University at Otago I soon became aware of the the self-important petty bureaucrats who organized end officiated at various functions. At least in those days they weren't hypocrites. Now the person who demands your money and rushed to prevent you sneaking in free has an Indian shirt, love beads, long hair, (woodstock) - and preaches freedom and individuality.

There always has been, and one hopes, always will be people who are genuinely concerned and involved with human relations social responsibilities and social concepts. However, having watched the rise of the so-called love-peace culture, end as one who initially believed that it was genuine and sincere, may I comment that your magazine, like so many students, is full of self-pretentious, self deceptive, hypocritical shit which does nothing to aid arty cause.

My only motive for writing this is to plead to people at Vic to see through the absolute crap that surrounds the youth movement (whatever that may be) in New Zealand and to recognise people for what they really are, not what they pretend to be.

Graham Cochrane.