Salient. Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 26, No. 8. Monday, July 1, 1963
Travel Concessions… — AGM Controlled by Weir House
AGM Controlled by Weir House
"You have only seen the walls and heard the stories about Weir," said senior Weir-man Murray Boldt at the AGM. Weir had come to protest about life in the hostel. They moved, and it was carried, that the incoming Executive set up a sub-committee to investigate conditions at Weir, with Weir House's Student Association President and Vice-President as ex officio members.
Sitting in a block, the Weirmen were noticeable to all. Towards the end of the meeting, during which they had voted en bloc, a note bearing the motion was given to the Executive. In the following debate, impressions of Weir were given by Boldt.
Asked for more information, Pat Norris, Weir Vice-President, said a financial crisis was imminent. Next year it could be just a dormitory with no meals. Later he informed Salient that a £700 loss was possible. (Weir board is already £5/7/6.) He spoke of the "stuff that had been served up as food," and the inefficiency of the administration. One example: the warden had asked for repairs to the roof nine months ago. Only recently, and without his being informed, several workmen had appeared on the roof.
It's about time the Executive did something about the skeleton in their cupboard, cried Jill Shand.
Salient will continue to be sold as before. A motion that all students be levied 5/- then receive copies free was well defeated. Dave Preston was prompted to move this because of Salient's need for a £600 subsidy from Executive, difficulty in distribution, stealing from honesty boxes, and the overworking of the staff.
NZUSA is to press harder for a 25 per cent student reduction in national and international travel fares. This was moved on the prompting of Mac Hamilton. The aim of the motion was to "hurry up" NZUSA. "We can get better facilities if we become a little more vocal," he said.
The year of inaction forced on Cathy Benefleld as Women's representative on Executive need not be experienced by Margaret Kemp. As the result of a motion, Women's Vice-President shall also be assistant Secretary, giving her concrete duties and easing the burden of the Secretary, who can concentrate on longer term policies.