Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 14. July 12, 1939
International Relations Club
International Relations Club.
It has been said with increasing frequency of late years that New Zealand is becoming "politically conscious." A very common manifestation of this rising interest is the increasing number of discussion groups, which take any one of a number of different forms; these vary from two wharfies over a pint of beer to a group of hard-smoking, frequently hard-swearing, students in a 'Varsity common room. The distressing feature of all such groups, however, is their lack of factual knowledge and of persistent pursuit of some definite question; the latter being usually lost among a welter of irrelevant issues.
Thus we welcome the formation of an International Relations Club at V.U.C. At a meeting held last week some 40 enthusiastic supporters elected a provisional committee and empowered it to draw up a constitution, so that the club might seek affiliation as soon as possible.
Professor Wood, to whose energy the calling of the meeting was largely due, explained the details of the scheme: The Carnegie Corporation of New York would provide the basis of, and a guide to, discussion in the form of regular supplies of suitable books and periodicals; but the organisation and control of the club is to be left in the hands of the students. The only proviso is that one member of the Staff be nominated by the club to answer to the Corporation us to the respectability of the club and the proper use of literature provided.
The committee elected consisted of a chairman, Mr. A. T. Fussell; a secretary, Miss M. McWilliams; and three committee members, Misses E. McLean, M. Sutch, and Mr. F. Corner. Professor Wood was appointed as the required faculty adviser. Two study groups were set up and the club decided to hold its first meeting in about a fortnight's time.