Salient. Victoria University Students Newspaper. Vol. 38, No. 2. March 11, 1975
It's quarter to twelve on a Monday evening, and Salient's being rushed into print again, ready for the 1 am bus to Wanganui. Bad organisation strikes again! (tho' it did allow us to cover the bursary press statements and a new ad) I once had dreams of doing most of the work on this thing on the weekend, but things don't seem to work out like that.
We've had a lot of help this week-often more than the work available (sorry about that). People are just dropping into the office and giving a couple of minutes to search out some graphics, or learn some proof reading, etc. If Salient's going to stay a reasonably democratic magazine this will have to continue-but that's largely up to you. One bloke dropped in a cartoon (p 15)-if there's more of you creative people out there, with cartoons or stories or photos please come in-I'd much rather run local talent than rip off the Furry Freak Brothers (and that might provoke some letters).
So far it seems pretty anarchic-and the way the office runs is often even more so-but there does have to be some control somewhere. You can't just call open slather-as the couple of libellous letters we can't print show. It goes further than this however; its impossible to get by without any political line of what's acceptable and what's not. To some extent this is determined by what we think students want to read (like four pages on the mating habits of llamas is Out), but its also a matter of the editors and workers ideas. For the moment (at least until a new editor is appointed, but probably after that) the 'line' is working towards a less exploitive and less antagonistic society. That basically means I won't print articles pushing sexism, or apartheid, or support for American imperialism. You may say that's one-sided - but then so too is the liberalism not recognising the suffering caused by these issues and trying to do something about them.
And if students as a whole want something different, you're welcome to do something about it. Some political debate around here might at least stir up the present lethargy.