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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 7. June 11, 1947

With Regret

With Regret

It is with great regret, sorrow and all other feelings appropriate to such an occasion that we record the death of an affiliated member of the Student Association—the Music Makers' Club—between the hours of 7 and 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 24.

The Annual General Meeting dealt the final blow to a body, not exactly robust during the past six months, but certainly alive and kicking—particularly at the Clare-Page and Lili Kraus recitals last year.

Those who attended the meeting were an enthusiastic few—with emphasis on the "few"—and moderation and urbanity of expression gave way for a while to rather bitter personalities on those of last year's committee who did not attend. We thought they at least might have been there to make arrangements for the interment of the victim. "Victim" is a peculiarly appropriate word in this instance, because it was the quite typical and utterly effective weapon of student apathy that "did the job."

If any consolation can be drawn from the affair, it is that the deceased had some days of remarkable popularity, and served the College "faithfully and well" for four years. On the other hand, it is hard to understand how the Club could flourish in the lean years, and now in our days of revived interest in drama, music and art, it is starved out by our culture-conscious student body. Doubtless social psychology can supply the answer—we can't.

Perhaps from the ashes some phœnix like body—corporate, of course—will arise in future years. To it we bequeath the life history of its predecessor, now in the archives of the Executive: probably classified as Recently Deceased or Ancient History.