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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol 35 no. 24. 28th September 1972

PBEC Lingers on

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PBEC Lingers on

The University administrators seem determined to drag the PBEC saga out of its logical conclusion. Despite a recent decision by the Professorial Board not to proceed further with attempts to discipline those students involved, the University Council this week resolved to take yet another legal opinion on the matter.

It seems as though the University lawyers in their original legal opinion on Prof. Campbell's 'objective' report decided that there were possible cases against six of the people involved, two of whom were non-students.

Poor old Danny Taylor the Vice— Chancellor just can't seem to oil his way quietly out of the whole mess.

Members of Council were understandably upset that he had not seen fit to give them a copy of the legal opinion. And as well as having the university conservatives still calling for his blood he admitted at Council that local PBEC head MacDonald has been in constant contact wanting to know what is happening. No doubt he wants to report to his bosses in the United States that we can handle disrupters here.

The main concern at Council so far as one can gather, is (quite legitimately) that the University Union staff do not feel that they are being ignored. A vote of confidence was passed in them. But its hard to see what benefit there is to the staff in the decision not to charge the PBEC for the hire of the building. Imagine being so naive as to think that you could buy your way back into favour with international big business with $2,000!