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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 2. 7th March 1973

Unsettling Seating

Unsettling Seating

Sir,

Last year I had the extreme misfortune to be allotted examinations both in one of the theatres in the Lecture Block and in a theatre in the new block just below Easterfield. It was my misfortune because;

(a)The desks are too high for sustained writing.
(b)They slope to such an extent that all books, pencils, pens, blotters, etc keep sliding off the desks.
(c)There is no ledge or groove to hold pens &c.
(d)The desks are too narrow to hold larger pads, which hang over the edge and poke the person below in the back of the head.
(e)The chairs, at least in Lecture Block, are spring balanced to bang up unless something heavy is placed on them. This causes great noise trouble, and also difficulty if you want to place books, pencils, pens, blotters, &c on the seat beside you because they fall off the desk.

I discovered that the only way to write an exam in these rooms is to have one foot on the seat next to you with your gear on it, and write on a book carried in for the purpose, and balanced on the other knee.

What worried me is that the same design of desks and seats has been approved of for the new buildings now being constructed around the university.

John Hales.