SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1933. Volume 4. Number 5.
Other Days in "Spike."
Other Days in "Spike."
And We're Still Saying it.
"There is no student who cannot add something to the social welfare of the College through one or other of its institutions. We have no quarrel with those who think they have no time for anything but "swat." though we believe ourselves they are labouring under a profound mistake. They must however recognise that they reduce the College to the dead level of night-school, and their University degree is no earnest of a true University career. "—Extract from the Editorial in "Spike" of June 1903.
"The question of wearing gowns at lectures which was brought forward at the Annual Meeting of the Students' Asociation is a comparatively new one at Victoria College. The meeting, before which it was brought for the first time in concrete form, decided adversely against the proposal, but we think the verdict would have been different if the idea had not been so unfamiliar to students."—Extract from a leader in "Spike" June 1907.
True Club Men.
"Two of our players were picked in representative teams, Mr. Hunter (T.A.) against Wairarapa and de la Mare against Horowhenua, but neither was able to play on account of the match with Otago University." — From football report in "Spike," October, 1905. We wonder if any of our players would do the same to-day.
The Same Old Cry.
In the same issue of Spike (October, 1905) is an article entitled "The Decadence of Rugby," in which the writer says, "Unless Rugby can be made pleasurable it must decline. Its recruits will drop off and hockey, tennis, or association will reap the benefit . . . . . . . . I have no time to deal with the drinking and gambling which is said to accompany football. If this drinking and gambling does follow a match the wholesomeness of the sport is, of course utterly wasted on the men."
Wilding—the first champion.
In the "Spike" report of the first Inter-University Tournament at Christchurch, we read that Anthony Wilding, "the Champion of Canterbury, gave a line exhibition, and on the following Tuesday carried off the University Championship with ease." It seems most fitting that New Zealand's greatest tennis player should have been the first N.Z. University champion, and 'Varsity tennis champions of to-day can pride themselves on following in the footsteps of the truly great.