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Salient. Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 26, No. 6. Tuesday, June 4, 1963

"Cappicade" Ingredients Same Again

"Cappicade" Ingredients Same Again

The 1963 Victoria Cappicade is not much better and not much worse than usual. It is funny in parts.

New Zealand capping magazines traditionally cater for low brow, off colour humour. Why they do this is uncertain. Perhaps the egoism of the undergraduate mind dislikes the conferment of degrees of learning on the graduates. To distract the attention from the significance of this the undergraduate indulges in irresponsibility, tempered with levity.

Whatever the explanation behind the quality of capping magazines the plain fact remains that they are poor. Poor whether judged by the canons of literature or humour.

This is a pity. Capping magazines are the one opportunity in the year when the University student population has an opportunity to say something to the New Zealand public. Apart from imparting the latest stock of smut and attempting facetious but uniformed social satire, little is said.

Some years ago Cappicade made an impact—it dealt at length and convincingly with the Blossom Festival fiasco and the cult of modern advertising. That issue was, unfortunately, a drop in the bucket. But Cappicade can take what solace it likes from the fact that it is still better than the other magazines of its type in the country.

The main trouble with capping magazines seems to be that editors lack any coherent principle around which they mould their magazine. They wait for copy to turn up or write it themselves: but there is no plan.

Editing is an art. It requires time, and patience, and most of all ideas. The trouble with capping magazines in general. Cappicade included, is that editing is an art with which their editors are not familiar, and are unwilling to learn.—G.P.