Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 14. July 12, 1939
The great majority of contributors to the symposium seem convinced that politics have a legitimate place in "Salient," and that not too much space has been given to them. Mr. Hatherly expresses an opinion held by several others: "'Salient' has helped to fill a large gap in the description of current affairs that we find in the newspapers." The only ones who explicitly expressed their dissent to this view were two ex-Aucklanders. Messrs. Braybrooke and Stacey. Apparently they have different ideas about the function of a University paper at A.U.C. Mr. Braybrooke is quite definite in his attitude: "The weakest feature of 'Salient' is the political articles, particularly those on international politics—the average commercial magazine produces better and more valuable articles—the average article hasn't even the saving grace of being a representative expression of opinion." Mr. Stacey says "'Salient' ignores the vital object of any college rag: that of welding the various student activities into the nerve centre of College life. Student activities are relegated to back page news; instead, great emphasis is laid on certain conditions of social evolution and growth of little or no importance to us as students." Comment is made by six contributors on the one-sidedness of the political articles; but Professor Gould. Miss Pettit and Miss Bitossi (Arts) and Mr. Barker (Science) maintain that it is no fault of "Salient's". Mr. Parker (Arts) considers the one-sidedness could be overcome by a personal appeal to some of the more prominent students. In the eyes of Mr. Coddington (Arts) and Mr. Hatherly "Salient" contrasts markedly, in its freedom from restrictions, with the daily press.