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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol 35 no. 10. 24 May 1972

Arrogant Minorities

Arrogant Minorities


The anonymous writer of "Baby Bites Vice Chancellor" uses the arrogant tone of most tiny minorities. She (or he) admits that only 150 parents are involved — less than 2½% of the student population. Yet this little group wants its own building to be crowded into the already overcrowded campus — incredibly, on the only piece of grass left. This, it is alleged is "the only place ...suitable from a community planning point of view" Did she have a hand in designing Porirua and Otara?

She complains that they pay the $24 but don't see the facilities because they "haven't got the time" Whose fault is that? There are plenty of part-time and full-time students who also haven't the time or simply don't want to use the facilities Shall we let them all off the fee, or let them separate little building on campus?

One wonders who the university is for. Hopefully it is for serious students who spend several years working at their subject and only secondarily for part-time students whose primary concern is elsewhere. Are housewives doing a unit or two, or finishing off a degree, to be accorded special privileges when their standard of living is higher than that of most full-time students? I don't see why 97½% should support 2½% who want to have their cake and eat it.

Terence Coogan.