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SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1936. Volume 7. Number 8.

The College Cockpit ... — A Deplorable Apathy

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The College Cockpit ...

A Deplorable Apathy.

Sir,—

Would you allow me space to say how very unfavourably I have been Impressed by the general luck Of interest displayed by our students In the vital problems that face his and other communities at the present time.

This apathy has been most noticeable at several addresses given our College since of the opening the session, A short time ago excellent talk on current problems, was delivered by Mr. Sherwood, a visitor to N.Z. Recently Mr. Lex Miller in a brilliant address came to grips with the host Of problems that the threat of another world war is creating. Later in the week Major Pharazyn gave a stimulating analysis of the present international situation.

On each of these occasions the speaker was subjected to the ordeal of addressing a small group of students who occupied a few rows of seats on one side of a targe lecture room. The audiences were not nearly as large as the importance of the subjects and the ability of the speakers warranted. Surely the present economic of the world calls for the intelligent consideration of all University students worthy of the name! Surely, too, the serious nature of recent developments in the European situation demands the attention of those who are embarking on a course of what is called "higher education."

Many students exercise their minds only on their text books. They seem to consider that success in the exam, room and ultimate graduation is the be-all and end-all of a 'Varsity education. Do they ever reflect how many New Zealand graduates lost their lives in the Great War, or how many men with an honours degree were wedding a long-handled shovel on relief during the depression? Were they to do so they would perhaps realise that pure text book knowledge, in itself, does not rank very high in the scale of true values.

A single student cannot, of course, influence the trend of New Zealand or world history to any great extent; but public opinion plays a big part, and all students should immediately set themselves the task of helping to mould that public opinion. In order to do that they must refrain from limiting the scope of their mental efforts to the schemes of work prescribed In the Calendar.— Yours, etc.

OBSERVER.