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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 37, Number 5. 3rd April 1974

An expert opinion

An expert opinion

Dear Sir,

On coming to this university from Australia, I was shocked by the catering standard of the university union. I do not propose to moan but to offer suggestions.

The upstairs coffee lounge is my first complaint. A University such as VUW should boast a good cup of coffee, the providing of Nescafe and hot water in a quagmire of sugar is appalling. The small area of the bar needs reconstruction, especially in the production of milkshakes. An expresso coffee maker would undoubtedly improve the quality. Snacks could be left as they are—their quality is o.k.

Now for the 'cafe' downstairs. The present number of students places considerably strain the catering, however it is not helped by the design of the building. The 'cafe' should have been placed upstairs, and students would not congregate and cramp the area. In the long run, attempts should be made in duplicating of hot food areas, even at the expense of the cold buffet race.

An increase in staff, or employment of students as cleaners would also be advantageous. Unfortunately also I believe that an increase in Union fees would benefit the most.

A union 'ad hoc' committee on food should be quickly formed, as the bubble is to burst, or somebody is to drown in gravey.

Terry McClafferty

Member of University of NSW Union Management Committee, Executive member, AUS,