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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 13, No. 5. March 30, 1950

The Next Target

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The Next Target

It is a Pity that the college, with so many part-timers, lacks the cohesion and sense of unity which would enable it to recognise fittingly the reaching of its Building Fund target.

As we point out elsewhere in passing, the appeal for money for this Student Union Building has been going now for over thirty years. The largest percentage of students whose effort and money has gone into this appeal have been unselfish enough to realise that they should work even though they would never see the end-product of all the striving.

It is a very big achievement, and the erection of the building—when it is finally raised—will do a lot to overcome the sense of nebulousness which pervades the students of Victoria, A home of their own will do much to act as a centre of activity and feeling. It would be easy for us now to sit back and say that the target has been reached, the building can now proceed—all's right with the world.

But there is still a great deal to be done before Victoria can even cope adequately with the numbers at the moment. Since the war, the roll numbers have pretty nearly doubled: the accommodation has been extended by a few huts. There is no need for us to point out to you how crowded the limited facilities of the college are—you must know only too well. The urgent need is for new buildings—new lecture rooms, new staff accommodation (the present chaotic staff rooming is appalling), new space for the activities which should go on in a university.

The achievement of this pretty state of affairs must be our next goal. The Council, the staff, the principal and most others concerned are aware of the problem. Students who are here now may never see or never use the buildings which must be raised. But we have got to work for this.