Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 6, No. 3 March 31th, 1943
The Training College column in this issue will be a hotchpotch of odds. First, and of greatest importance, is the annual tournament with Auckland Training Cohege Owing to the circumstances of the war, this was nt held last year. But negotiations are in progress for the reception of an Auckland team this August. It might be of interest to outline the composition of a Training College tournament team, since it differs considerably from that of a University team. First there are no athletic competitions, and there are rugby, hockey and association contests included. There are also drama and debating teams who compete for separate trophies. Should the August tournament be held, we hope that it will arouse the interest of University students. They are assured of a hearty welcome to the contests and accompanying social functions.
Full-time students may have noticed about three weeks ago the sale of duplicated periodicals in the passages, of the College. This was the year's first issue of "Student Opinion," better known as '"Stud. Op.", a monthly magazine which came into the world at about the same time as "Salient" and which has had just as stormy a career. We ask any Varsity student with threepence to spare to buy a copy of the next issue, and inquire further within.
Much of it is heavily professional, although not, perhaps, lacking in interest, even to the unbeliever. Much, again, will deal with internal politics—the man with the muckrake very much in evidence. Even so, a little of the writing is undefiled by shop, and will well repay reading, for as our motto says: "Lateat scintillula forsan."
Regarding debating we do not pretend to rival the University club, contenting ourselves with more modest panel discussions. Four or five speakers begin an intelligent fireside discussion and the result can be most enjoyable. The subject last Friday night—continued from Monday morning—was "The influence of America in the social and cultural life of N.Z." Some remarks were most enlightening; we were pleased to welcome several Varsity students and hope this aspect of a social life will continue to interest them We would like to see inter-College student debates and discussions taking place later in the year.
Culture Clubs are a feature of a curriculum in which University students can scarcely take part, but the scheme may interest you. We make a choice from drama, choral, Maori art and craft nature study and folk dancing. Two Drama Club performances and a choral concert will come later and we look forward to productions from similar University organisations. Of the other clubs we may hear later; I may say that the thought of Training College students folk-dancing with beautiful unself consciousness has in the past roused many of you to ridicule; we suggest that you attend folk-dancing evenings and find in them the same plea sure we do ourselves.
The year has begun well with generosity and co-operation from University and Training College students. We feel sure that this will continue to the benefit of both Col leges.