Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 5. May, 7, 1947
1. A Talk by Miss Ralph on the Canadian Trip.—The biology room was well filled on the night of Tuesday, April 22, to hear this talk. Miss Ralph began by introducing Mr. Hall, who was secretary of the Biological Society when it initiated the trip.
There followed a description of flying fish which the party saw while on the boat. A discussion on the so-called "flying" of these fish was interesting. Miss Ralph then described the electron microscope which she saw in Boston.
A series of 60 coloured lantern slides was a feature of great interest. We saw Universities in California, New York and many in Canada. Most of these sported a beautiful campus, with long, tree-lined paths, to say nothing of swimming baths and sports grounds. All students are required to do a certain amount of Physical Education and to take part in sports as a part of their course. Most Universities have a compulsory medical examination of all students entering for a degree course. Other Slides showed places the party visited, such as New York City and the Rocky Mountains.
2. Anzac Week-end Trip to Tauherenikau Valley.—Sixteen biologists and geologists set off for the Tararuas on Friday morning, beginning a most enjoyable and productive trip. The main feature was the adoption of a new method of studying the biology of the valley. Two quadrants, each of 12 feet radius, were chosen, and every plant and animal in these areas was identified. Next day we went up the valley and studied aquatic life and birds, while Midge McLaughlin, geology adviser, stayed in the hut and cooked a six course meal. After the trip, Alleyne Crawford, botany adviser, stayed up till the small hours setting up fungi, while next day, Marshall Laird, entomology leader, was kept well occupied identifying bugs.
3. Film Afternoon.—Films were shown of the bird and marine life of the Great Barrier Reef.
4. A Trip to Kapiti Island will be held in the first week of the May holidays. The party will be limited to 20.