SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1933. Volume 4. Number 5.
Free Discussions Club Writers
Free Discussions Club Writers.
In view of your reply to Mr. Plank in the June number, and of the general nature of the paper, I am instructed by my committee to draw your attention to the fact that "Smad" does not appear to be fulfilling its true function. If, in carrying out your intention of fostering the College clubs, hoping thereby to help them to further successes, you find it necessary to use up most of the paper merely for reporting purposes, resulting in the absence of other matter through the consequent lack of space, then it most definitely cannot be said that "Smad" is "an organ of student opinion at V.U.C" as is presumably intended according to the title page.
If "Smad" is adequately to carry out its functions as a mirror of student opinion and a vehicle for its expression on matters of vital importance to the College, it must freely open its columns to all expressions of opinion from all sections represented in the College, no matter of how controversial a nature they may be, and I am asked to obtain from you an assurance that in future this policy will be carried out, thus making "Smad" what it purports to be, an organ of student opinion at V.U.C., and not a mere medium for the dissemination of sporting information and cheap literary jargon of a more or less feeble nature.page 9
It may be argued that suitable contributions are not made available to you, but in this connection it must be pointed out that the responsibility is yours, Sir, and yours alone; your paper will become only what you make it. If you are content to allow the reputation of "Smad" to remain at its present low level, you cannot expect to attract the talent for which you so appealingly advertise each month.
It is only fair to mention that your last issue in much improved, but it is hoped that the standard then set up will be far surpassed in the future.
A. McghieHon. Secy. Free Discussions Club.