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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 8. June 13, 1957

S.C.M. Talks

S.C.M. Talks

Throughout the first term. S.C.M. (Student Christian Movement) met on alternate Wednesday evenings with other interested people to hear speakers on topics we felt would be of general interest to students.

Mr. Arun Sircar, a Chemistry graduate from Calcutta University, spoke on "India since Independence", and if the questions and discussion afterwards are any indication of the interest aroused, the speaker was a complete success.

Rev. Peter Gamlen on "Church Aid to Sute Schools", presenting the case for both sides of the obverse topic, also went on to make not only a fair judgment of this dilemma, but to throw out a challenge to both teachers and University [unclear: peo] concerning more adequate and competios Christian eduction.

Rev. L. Clements, senior Chaplain to the Justice Department, had many provocative things to say—especially his parting shot. He said that the minimum educational requirement for a Prison Warder was a Standard Four pass. A man with only that attainment could not hope, however good a fellow he was, to understand the psychological problems and social difficulties underlying crime. When he taxed the head of the Department with this apparent paradox and suggested it would be more appropriate to give the job to graduates, the reply was "Find me the graduates willing to do it and we'll appoint them!"

This term was are continuing the fortnightly talks—the first on Wednesday of last week (5th June) was by New Zealand's chief delegate to the Asian Conference of the World Council of Churches. Others will follows watch the noticeboards.—J.D.M.

Helpful Motions

At its last meeting the Exec. directed "That the matters contained in letters from N.Z.U.S.A. on 11th and 27th May. 1957, be publicised in "Salient" and other appropriate ways."


Contributions on student [unclear: li] welcomed by "Student", the [unclear: attrac] CoSec equivalent of "World Student News". We are informed that they should not be sent direct to P.O. Box 36. Leiden. Netherlands, but through the V.U.C.S.A. P.R.O., c/o Exec. Office.

The National Union of Australian University Students (N.U.A.U.S) supports N.Z.U.S.A.'s application to hold the Asian Student Seminar in this country N.U.A.U.S. president James Thomas has informed the Co-ordinating Secretariat of National Unions of Student (C.O.S.E.C.) that Australia does not propose to apply for the seminar, but favours New Zealand as a venue.

Travel and Exchange Officer

Miss Gabrielle Jackson, women's vice-president of V.U.C.S.A., has been appointed N.Z.U.S.A. Travel and Exchange Officer with a position on Resident Executive. Miss Jackson has made all the necessary preliminary arrangements for the Australian Travel and Exchange Scheme next summer, and N.U.A.U.S. Travel Director Bill Lucas appears to have been equally active. The smooth ness with which preparations are being made on both sides of the Tasman augers well for successful 1957-58 T. and E. programme—which would justify N.Z.U.S.A.'s decision not to discontinue the scheme after last summer's debacle.