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


After the prelude of boisterous community singing in the mood of Extravaganza songs under the enthusiastic incitements of Dick Simpson and Derek Christensen, and a brilliant thought reading act by Ron Meek, with an interlude of light humour from Lava Sandford's style of presenting the "Company Sergeant Major," the Freshers and the Rest were all set to fold their hands and sit back to hear the President's words. By being brief, flippant and friendly he struck just the right note.

And so the masses surged upstairs to the gym.

Was it deep symbolism or was it a whimsical fancy to have rabbits frolicking around the walls? Who are the rabbits? And who are the elfmen luring them on? In his Presidential speech Mr. Edgely said:

"Free of the encumbrance of short pants and gym, dress. Freshers come here to enter a New Era of Life."

Are the leaping and frivolous rabbits Indicative of their coming? Then maybe the rising sun that sprawled, beyond the stage can, too, be interpretated in terms of symbolism and give support to the hope that Bright Ideas and High Aspirations and College Spirit will be surging up with the rising tide of youth and beauty. Tracing this line of thought further, did the overhead streamers shading from palest cream at the rising sun and ranging towards blatant gold, indicate the deepening loyalty for the gold of those who will be growing into the traditions of V.U.C.?