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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 2. March 16, 1938

By Jingo!

By Jingo!

Dear "Salient,"

—To any thinking member of the Student [unclear: B], any student who has given consideration to the extremely critical state of World Peace today, it comes as a distinct shock to encounter such an example of blatantly undisguised jingoism as was placed before a student audience at the 'Freshers' Welcome this evening. I refer to the last verse of the College Song, which song, it was impressed upon the assembly, should be learned by every student.

This verse is nothing more nor less than a highly-colourful appeal to the more primitive emotions—both warlike and glory-loving—of the students, and as such is to be unconditionally condemned.

To the immaturely receptive mind of the junior student, this verse is a potential menace, to the politically-conscious, it is an insult.

Of what good, Sir, is a strenuous move for Peace on the part of the students of the world, if this type of Chauvinistic emotionalism is to be fostered in our universities?

I suggest that steps be taken to have this degrading survival of barbarism omitted from collections of College Songs, lest its sentiments be ascribed to the Student Body.

—I am, etc.,

Patrick McCaskill.