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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol 35 no. 17. 19th July 1972

Journalist Reveals All

Journalist Reveals All


In reply to your correspondent "Lawrence Knight", who recommends that I go to meeting read minutes, sneak looks at Prof. Board and Council papers, rifle the president's mail and rape his secretary. May I point out that I do occasionally attend meetings, indeed my speeches at those meetings continually provide me with great copy for my report on the meeting. I tend, it is true, not to read minutes but in my experience the interesting parts of meetings are never placed in the minutes.

As for sneaking looks at Prof. Board papers etc this is part of my regular beat. However for such information Salient tends to rely on sources of information closer to power such as our Correspondent in the Registry.

The Presidents mail is rifled regularly. (It can be found in an accessible pigeon hole in the exec. workroom). Pins are stuck through everything in plain brown wrappers. Over the last two days he has received three ads. for Time magazine, two for Readers Digest, a reminder that his subscription for Tablet is overdue, a letter from the President of NZUSA reminding him that NZUSA exists, and 400 bribes from law students asking him to revoke the decision to give 2000 dollars to the Vietnam Aid appeal.

I have been meaning to have a go at his secretary for some time. In my experience "rape" has never been necessary on such occasions. I am sure that Lawrence Knight, if he tries, will find that the office staff are most accommodating.

Cob Ramble.