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

Banning Our Procession

Banning Our Procession

Again a Ban has been decreed and again we hope that it will be lifed. There is not likely to be the same general storm of protest as arose on the announcement that the Capping Ceremony would be a private ceremony but there is a storm none the less. We hope to show in our next issue that, due to a storm of protest, this year in a University such as Sydney, the ban on the procession has been removed.

From time immemorial a procession has been held and it has now become, instead of a right or privilege, a hallowed tradition to be honoured, respected and observed by our younger blood. Never an occasion in keeping with a gentleman's frock coat or a little black tie nor constitutionally for innocent jokes-although always there are many in a procession. There are limits to all questionable jokes, but where is that shifting line dividing the right from the wrong. We feel that the procession from an ethical aspect was no more to be censured than its predecessors.

We consider that the best and a practical suggestion is for the Professorial Board to appoint a censor to review the procession before it starts out on its journey through the city.

We feel that the trust lies in our Executive, as soon as the warmth of anger has subsided, to take up the matter with the Professorial Board as their impartial and unprejdiced judges. We have found in the past that they will listen to reason. How well we honoured our undertaking to preserve the peace at the Ceremony! How many Cappicades will be sold without the procession? How poorly will the Extravaganza be advertised, and how many people in the City will know that Capping Week is on, without a Procession? How will the Building Fund prosper? No longer a myth it will now become a legend.