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SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1933. Volume 4. Number 5.

Letter to the Editor of SMAD [From D. M. Burns, 1933, vol. 4 no. 5]

The Editor, "Smad."

Dear Sir,—

I forward for your information an extract from a letter recently received by my Executive from the Chairman of the Professorial Board. The reference is to the recent amendments to the Clauses covering publications in the Constitution of the V.U.C.S.A.:— "Facilities for the proper discussion of student affairs and student thought are eminently desirable; but that discussion must be under reasonable supervision, and this, I think, the proposals provide. I would express the hope that discussion be kept on the intellectual rather than the emotional plane, and that literary merit be a sine qua non. Cheap sneers and vulgar epithets neither advance the cause of the advocate nor reflect credit on the College; and we must bear in mind that matter accepted for publication in College magazines, whether under the direct supervision of the Students' Association or emanating direct from affiliated clubs and bearing the name of the College, are accepted as an expression of College opinion and College dialectics. Consequently a very great responsibility rests upon the Editor to exercise that supervision necessary for serious thought and at the same time to keep his magazine an open forum."

Yours faithfully,

D. M. Burns,

Hon. Secretary, V.U.C.S.A.