Salient.The Newspaper of Victoria University College. Vol. 19, No. 4. April 6, 1955
"For many reasons," writes Mr. Marchant in his report to the Weir House Association lest month, "I often doubt the existence of any profound and active interest (on the port of some) who hove found themselves on the Management Committee."
"There is the legend," ho continues, "that a few of the members of this committee have never been inside Weir House and that there are others who are not at all sure what the building looks like. Though I cannot believe this, I am disturbed, because rumour is not often unrelated to fact".
The Chairman of Council, Mr. T. D. M. Stout, a member of Council since 1923, with 32 years knowledge of workings of Council, should now be in a position to take appropriate action to ensure that the Weir Management Committee is in future so constituted that those sitting on it have both an active interest in the House and the residents, and the time to deal with matters arising from the administration of the House. That ho has not done so this far invites strong criticism.
The story is told of a certain gentleman (a member of College Council) who attended the Weir Dinner lost year without the basic courtesy of replying to his invitation. Ho arrived unheralded and unsung. Another guest had to bo asked to step down from the official table in order to make room for him. This is doubtless an isolated case, but it indicates that not all members of the committee are fulfilling their obligations to the residents of Weir.
Last academic year a total of three meetings of the committee were held—the third to discuss solely the appointment of a matron. The total time involved in the other meetings was two hours and fifty minutes. Is then the administration of Weir so smooth-running, are the finances of Weir so perfect, are the residents so happy, that all the time the committee can afford to give them is less than three hours per academic year?
This idiotic policy must stop. Either reconstitute Weir Committee or, better, ensure that the committee has sufficient time to deal with the matters which it should consider. Those Council members who draw up the agendas for the meetings should in future ensure that sufficient time is allocated to this matter. The remedy lies in the hands of Council. We await their reply.