Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 15, No. 5. April 3, 1952
Sir,—In the first issue of your paper there was an article intimating that letters would be welcomed, so I have decided to set down in writing a fresher's opinion of Salient. For a start I must say how impressed I was with the first issue. There was much to commend the variety of topics dealt with and the valuable information for first year students, written in an interesting style with a certain amount of humour. On reading the issue I, like many other freshers, decided that Salient was well worth subscribing to, and looked forward to the next issue. But what a change! One had reason to doubt whether it was published by the same body of students. However there was nothing to do but browse through it and hope for a comeback in the next issue. Far from it, the third issue was even worse than the second, dealing solely with Congresses at Curious Cave, Raumati and sundry other places. I do not think that the details published were of sufficient interest to warrant the space allotted them. Moreover, the views put forward were to a large extent mere reiteration of opinions previously expressed by more competent speakers.
Surely articles more closely connected with Victoria University itself would have far greater appeal. One suggestion is that the sports results of the 'Varsity teams be reported and the activities of the various clubs be given a wider coverage.
In conclusion, I would be interested to know whether a special Salient meeting for freshers, advertised in your first issue for early in the term, has been held yet. Hoping your paper regains the standard set in the first issue, with a similar variety of topics.
Ex Alma Mater