SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1936. Volume 7. Number 17.
Previous writers have bewailed and confessed our miserable state of apathy, but so far no one has offered a practical solution to the problem. I would like to submit a scheme that, I think, is well worth consideration.
|(1)||Victoria has become just a glorified night school;|
|(2)||Victoria has no separate student life;|
|(3)||Few students know each other.|
These last two accusations seem to me to depend entirely on the first. The reason for, or rather the defence aganist, these charges is usually summed up by the fact that we have very few full-timers. Therefore most of our students have a limited time for swat, and, in consequence, most of our weeknight clubs are not a success. On Saturday night, howdver, nearly everyone does his little social something, and because of our general apathy, has to go abroad to do it. This is a disgrace! When 700 men and women co-students cannot entertain one another for one evening it is time something was done.
We all crave student life. We all realise that University education does not consist merely in study and examinations, but also in friendships formed, discussions contested, and life lived and shared with fellow students.
I suggest, therefore, that this Saturday evening of the students, should be utilised for the students, by the students. I propose that we should meet after games on Saturday—showers, etc., could surely be provided at Weir and Victoria. We should then have a communal dinner and a common-common-room evening. Here each must get to know the other. Let us sing our old college songs together, dance, play cards, talk, and mix together. Let us remember that we are all the children of the one "alma mater." Let this not be a club night but a college night—no starchy formality—a night of free informal discussions, games, songs, dances, cards—a night to weld us together.
This could be all arranged for the small sum of 1/6 per head (1/- for the dinner and sixpence for the evening—for tea and biscuits—perhaps a pianist, if necessary. Surely we would not grudge 1/6 a week when for every subject in the other phase of our college life we pay about £5 5s. 0d.
We are told that we have too many part-time students. We reply, "splendid"! When Varsity is closed and full-timers have gone home, then University life can live on, if we can keep together. This time should be Varsity's spring, Not its period of Hibernation.
I feel that we must refute these charges and that it is incumbent upon our chosen representatives to take some action—to initiate a movement from this slough of inaction
Surely there are not 700 apathetics at Victoria. Those students I have questioned are enthusiastic for a fuller Varsity life. "Executive," it is your move next!