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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 7, No. 1 March 28, 1944

"Salient" Reviews "Spike"

"Salient" Reviews "Spike"

What should be the aim of "Spike"? To some extent it is a record of college activities, a filing spike; to some extent it has usurped the domain of "Salient" as a political rostrum, a spike or stimulus for the complacent and the reactionary. But its function as the University's contribution to the development of New Zealand literature has been largely ignored.

"Spike" has had to face difficulties, chief among which is the apathy of potential writers and the practice common among those who do write of cooking up something at the last minute. It is a pity that contributors do not develop ideas during the year and have contributions maturing and written early, and brought up to some degree of literary presentability by October. Failure to do this is probably the chief cause of the undeveloped ideas and lack of precise expression justly criticised by the judges.