The Spike or Victoria University College Review June 1926
Is there any objection to our establishing a hot water bottle depot outside the Library? The new lockers in the Women's Common Room are quite inadequate when it is a case of bed-socks, mufflers, blankets and comforters. These, and these alone, enable us to endure the climatic conditions of the Library. We would suffer willingly the inconvenience of the cold to ourselves if it were not that our neighbours are constantly disturbed by the irritating sound of our teeth chattering. We feel, too, that purple is a most distressing colour; and the countenances opposite us in various shades of mauve give us the blues.
May we even suggest, in addition to the above, that we are supplied with proper heating arrangements? We have never yet experienced the warmth of the heaters, as we are forbidden to sit actually on them. Nor are we permitted to put our feet in or under them, nor yet, again, turn our chairs towards them. Frankly, dear "Spike," we shiver in spite of ourselves, and we find it quite impossible to pursue our studies further under such deplorable conditions.—Yet we remain. O "Spike,"
[We are informed on first-class authority that the miners' strike in Great Britain was responsible for the cessation of activity on the part of the heating system, through the medium of a local sympathy strike. We have noticed that the same anti-British influences have been at work on the lighting arrangements of the Library, which have failed unaccountably and at most inconvenient moments several times of late. The fault is probably to be laid at the door of the Debating Society, which was responsible for first introducing the miners' strike into the College.—Editor, "Spike."]