The tradition of Congress is so well established and there are so many old Congress types up and down the country only too willing to give advice and encouragement that the job of controller is made very light. The mechanics of the organisation of Congress have been fully worked out in the past and the work of the Controlling Committee has not been to break in new country but to follow tradition.
|1.||Sites and Dates
- There now seems no likelihood of Congress being held anywhere except at Curious Cove. This site has fulfilled its functions so admirably and its proprietor has exhibited so much understanding in past years that to talk of change would be foolish.
- The dates tentatively suggested at last Congress and since confirmed by N.Z.U.S.A. are January 21 to January 30, 1955. Although there are arguments against holding Congress late in January any alternative dates suggested have greater disadvantages and there the matter rests.
|2.||Congress Controlling Committee
- The following committee has been set up: Mr. E. L. Phelan (Chairman), Misses P. Philp and C. Dennehy, Messrs. W. Smith, H. McLeod, P. Thompson. H. Clay. G. Adams and J. Irwin.
- Local committees have been or are being established in the other Colleges.
- Dr. Basil Howard, Liaison Officer at the University of Otago, has been appointed Chairman of Congress. Dr. Howard is very popular with students in Otago, to whom he is a cross between a fairy godmother and a Dutch uncle. The advantage of having the Chairman in the controlling centre is felt to be considerable by the Committee.
- The following have been invited so far, though, as yet, not all have replied: Dr. F. G. Soper, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Otago; Mr. Denis Grey, Lecturer in Philosophy at Otago; Mr. J. V. Trevor, Lecturer in Drama at Otago: Dr. Walsh, Lecturer in History at V.U.C.; Mr J. Bertram, Senior Lecturer in English at V.U.C.; Mr. G. H. Mirams, Government Film Censor; Mr. S. T. Barrett. Department of Justice; Professor W. Airey, History Dept., A.U.C.; Rev. J. G. Matheson, Knox Church, Dunedin.
- Of these, Messrs. Grey, Trevor and Airey have definitely accepted. Mr. Grey has just been appointed Professor of Philosophy at the University of New England, Australia and, while it is unlikely, it is just possible that the conditions of his appointment will prevent him from attending.
- V.U.C. applications with deposit of £2 should be in the hands of the V.U.C. Congress Controller, Miss P. Beck, by September 30. Approximate total cost £7: £5 payable at the Cove. Dates again are January 21 to January 30, 1955.
The King is a man and the Queen is a woman."—This week's great truth (N.Z. Listener).