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SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1936. Volume 7. Number 9.

From Capping Week

From Capping Week

Echoes and Reflections

Taking into account the fact that it came so close on Tournament's Junketing, Capping and its customary animation might easily have suffered by comparison.

As it was, the large majority who had predicted its failure, were agreebly surprised, and "Smad" for one, is prepared to guarantee its favourable comparison with any previous occasions.

Its impetus commenced with the success of the Extravaganza, which we have already reviewed. It gathered momentum as it continued through the most interesting Undergraduate Supper and the most provoking Procession for years, through an unimpeachably decorous Capping Ceremony, and it reached a care-free spirited climax at St. Francis Hall.

Supper in the Gym.

The Undergrad's Supper supplied many notable and one or two unforgettable things.

Obviously with the idea of making the students listen to the subsequent speeches, the Executive had arranged a supper very much superior to the usual one run. And on the face of things it seemed a pity that we were unable to hear any of Mr. McGhie's speech on the Professorial Board. We had already guessed, though, that cordial relations existed between Mr. McGhie's Executie and the Professorial Board, and in any case, Professor Rnkine-Brown told us so a few minutes later.

The Professor it was who gave us the first laugh of the evening, and assured for himself a quiet hearing for the entire length of his reply.

On his own acknowledgment, Professor Rankine-Brown had an unqualified admiration for a famous American screen vamp, but he modified his confession by remarking, that, having seen three of the lady's pictures, he was of the opinion that he had seen as muchof her as any gentleman ought to see.

The Chairman of the Professorial Board also expressed his pleasure at seeing women in the College revue, giving it as his opinion that they added to the aesthetic value of the production. It appeared that we had found a man after our own heart.

What appealed to us most about Mr. Edgley who proposed the toast of the Graduands was his positiveness. Had there been present a graduand whose achievement had gone to his head, Bob's unqualified debunking would have broken his heart. He caught, however, a Tartar in John White, who proceeded in his reply, to estimate Mr. Edgley's remarks in terms of the latter's statement that "Oratory is the harlot of the Arts." And then the most original effort of the evening was furnished by Nesbitt Sellers, entrusted with the toast of the Students' Association.

He commened with a thumbnail sketch of the members of the Executive. Shrewd, incisive pictures immediately recognised and heartily applauded by an appreciatively attentive audience. We remember that the President was "rather like Mr. Baldwin, Motto- Peace at any Price"; and that Dick Wild was "V.U.C.'S fairy prince, awakened from pleasant dreams by the kissed of a hundred geishas." And we agreed that "the hard-working Secretary's historionic excursion into popular Shavianism has led him astray into the chilly embrace of a less entertaining Calvinism."

We listened interestedly to Mr. Sellers's sound ideas on the "ideal" Executive and noted with amusement the confused reactions of our own.

And when it came to the President's reply, we confirmed our agreement with Mr. Sellers by extending to Bob the full measure of our sympathy at his insuperable task.

We really didn't settle down to the ecxellent speeches of Mr. chesterman, Miss Joy Stock and Mr. Brown after that, and we were in-ordinately thankful for the opportunity given us by Martin Liddle to join in a lusty chorus.

The Procesh.

The Procession, and the repercussions it set up, have been sufficiently well advertised to allow us to go on the final day of Capping, with the Ceremony and the Ball.