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Annual Report of the Delegacy xxix Clapham Junction on particular day produced majority in favour of taking all the seats out and turning them the other way round or whether it would be agreed that fares should be fixed by the travellers It was of Lord Curzon lordliest of lords that the story was told of how friend teased him over his ignorance of the lives of less lordly people He had probably never in his life travelled on bus for instance and would not know how to 'Utter nonsense said Lord Curzon and jumped on to bus to prove it saying to the conductor 'Take me to the Carlton Club have been making the point that if you elect to use system you may have to put up with it in the way it is have also suggested that change is sometimes better made in the longer term than in the shorter with the interests of those whom it will affect more in mind than the opinions of those who propose it especially if they will not themselves be there to experience the results and have suggested that there is in post-secondary education in Britain variety of services on offer and no compulsion to use this particular one rather than some other But having said all that must say again that teaching exists for students and not the other way round The attitude of the Swiss station-master simply will not do Our whole problem here is to identify the best interests of students so that they can best be served My own impression based on much informal contact is that for the most part people here are getting more or less what they expected and what they came for Not everyone of course and perhaps not all the time for anyone but for the most part What is sometimes described as King's apathy could be in large part an absence of widespread burning discontent There are some live issues in the student body of course have in fact never known the Union Society present livelier or more interest- ing appearance than it does right now and this welcome There has been much discussion for example on what is in Univer- sities commonly if not very accurately called sabbatical office The President of King's College Union Society is only asked to meet minimal academic demands during his year of office Is it enough it is now being asked to have only sabbatical President Should the practice be extended to provide year's partial exemption from academic requirements for other officers This is under active considera- tion Another proposal of great interest is that we should establish mixed halls of residence This too will be given close and would hope sympathetic attention though would not myself expect that it
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