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Salient. An organ of student opinion at Victoria College Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 5 April 19, 1939



"Salient" has great pleasure in publishing the following carefully expurgated account of Tournament, by a reporter who visited Dunedin at great personal risk, impelled only by a sense of duty. Wrapped in blankets, his forehead in ice, his feet in a mustard bath, and showing unmistakably signs of the strain imposed on his mental and physical health, he dictated blotto voce to our beautiful stenographer, sipping, Worcester sauce at intervals. A doctor, three nurses, a detective and several policemen were present throughout the interview. At times the patient's mind wandered, during which periods he rolled his eyes and sweated neat spirit. He has been formally arrested, but cannot be removed from hospital for some time.

First of all (he said) I wish to protest very strongly against the action of the wharf authorities in not allowing our friends on to the wharf to farewell us. The poignant memory of a parting on the shore is not only the time-honoured right of every traveller, but it has the practical value of encouraging his virtue while abroad. Any lapses from our team's customary good behaviour is directly ascribable to this action by the wharf authorities.

However, some of our friends did succeed in passing the barriers of officialdom by force, charm or gulle, in particular I would mention two girls who fearlessly ran the gauntlet of police and wharf officials and reached the ship's side, accompanied by the cheers of those whose way was barred. Their determination and their contempt for red tape are to be commended. I can testify to the sobriety and purity of their friends during the trip.

Because so many were in training, the Journey south was uneventful. A few were sea-sick, but quite tidily. On arrival at Dunedin, we were met by a haka party dressed in kilts with beer mugs for sporrans. We were efficiently drafted into pens, according to the ribbons we wore, and then driven to our billets. At 7.45 p.m. there was a haka recital from 4ZB.

Next day there was a delegates' meeting, an official welcome, after which the Tournament photographs were taken and O.U. gave us afternoon tea. The annual conferences of N.Z.U.S.A. and the Press Bureau began.

Unenviable Experience.

On Saturday morning we saw the tennis and swimming preliminaries and the rowing; "Salient," encountering no opposition, boarded a convenient launch and watched the eights on their gruelling three miles from MacAndrew Bay to Victoria Wharf. The gloating manner in which O.U. received its victory was disgusting. Their cries of "Who won the boat race?—O—ta—go!" proved so disturbing that several members of the other teams betrayed symptoms of a nervous breakdown. John Bullock's condition, for example, caused us some anxiety for the rest of the Tournament; and A. B. Crane (V.U.C. cox) Is reported to have plunged next day into the turbulent waters of the Leith. He was rescued and resuscitated by members of the swimming team, taken home and put to bed. Later he seemed to have no recollection of his ordeal.

The swimming was chiefly [unclear: remarkable] for the number of disqualifications in the breaststroke events. The judge. Mr. D. Watson, claims to have disqualified some of the best [unclear: swimmers] in the world.

The Rendezvous at Allen Hod provided us with opportunities to find partners to take to church on Sunday.

On Sunday evening Knox College entertained us in the grand manner, with a film, items, and supper, all enjoyable and respectable. The respectability was somewhat strained by the museum and by "Shorty" Martin's rendering of "Public Sweetheart Number One."

On Monday we saw V.U.C. wade through blood and tears to victory in the basketball. Excitement ran high at the athletic finals, not the least enthusiastic spectator being Professor

Murphy, We saw a good deal of the professor during Tournament, and much appreciated his presence.

Big moments in the athletic finals were:

The two classic battles between Robinson (C.U.C.) and Nixon (O.U.) in the mile and between Bell (A.U.C.) [unclear: and] Ramsay (O.U.) in the quarter hurdle.

Eastwood, walking away with the 100 yards.

Irving's brilliant finish in the high hurdles.

Jack Adams' surprise win in the javelin.

Eastwood's 440 and [unclear: Cliffe] Adams' 220.

R. Scrymgeour's magnificent 3 miles.

In the boxing finals, Victoria's heroes were Ryan and McLaren, who provided two of the best bouts of the evening.

"Country Matters."

The Rendezvous on Monday night was a frantic rush for partners for the Pukekiki Cow-byre Ball. Buses left at 11.45 p.m.. The drivers were instructed to stop at a certain hotel, in case anyone wanted cordials for the rural junketing. Our bus stopped, but no one got out-no doubt a tribute to our temperance, though uncharitable people say forethought.

The hall was lit by kerosene lamps. Soon after arriving, some of the women students complained of the heat. It was raining outside, but fortunately there were plenty of cars where one might smoke a quiet cigarette and cool off. It is said that two members of the E.U.. with a deep conviction of sin, entered a near-by church for their devotions. The hall was left to a party of jitterbugs, who apparently had more time on their hands. The journey home was very quiet....

There were not many present at 9.30 next morning for the tennis finals. "Salient" made an appearance in time to celebrate Victoria's victory in the shooting; then, after the recount, had to start all over again. At the Drinking Horn contest we were sorry to see Jack Hott with his elbow in a sling.

The Ball

The Ball was like the Evening Before Waterloo, even to the presence of the Big Guns, in tails. Drinking, we heard later, was not allowed. Next morning we looked more like the morning after Waterloo, when we all left for home, except two or three who remained to follow up the ball.

"Scots Wha Haena."

As the train left the station, a vainglorious few waved tartan bonnets, while the Otago haka team, from whom they had been [unclear: rifled], danced on the platform in impotent rage.

After inspecting our sleeplng-quartors on the Wahine, we donned lifebelts and went on deck singing hymns for those in peril on the sea. By our coolness, panic was averted. However, the captain courteously assured us there was no danger; that the boat was seaworthy, if we weren't; and that we could safely put the lifebelts back where we got them, please.

[At this point our reporter collapsed. The torment of Tournament, libations and expiations, lunches and counter-lunches, had been too much.]—H.W.G.

N.Z.U. Press Bureau.

During Tournament the N.Z.U. Press Bureau held several meetings, when matters of interest to all students were discussed. One of the principal objects for which the Bureau was formed two years ago was the production of a N.Z. University periodical. The conference decided to make a start this year with a magazine to be published near the end of the middle term. A suggestion by A.U.C., that the periodical should contain interesting material from degree theses, will be acted upon if any interesting theses can be found. Every year, hundreds of theses, each representing at least 12 months' research, are printed and forgotten. It is just possible that among these a few paragraphs of more than academic interest may be found. The main objects of the paper, however, will be to provide news and literary work of interest to students in all the Colleges. It will not be decided until the first number is published whether it is to be an annual or a quarterly.

Student Press Conference.

C.U.C. suggested that a World Student Press Conference should be held in N.Z. in the Centennial year. Such a conference would be part of a congress representing all important student organisations. The possibilities of holding such a congress here will be investigated; and when one considers the success of the New Educational Fellowship Conference held in N.Z., there seems to be no reason why a student congress could not be equally successful.


A motion condemning the censorship of University papers was carried unanimously. "Salient" is its own censor, but "Critic," "Canta," and "Craceum" are not so fortunate.

"Salient" Takes Action.

Just before the Press Bureau Conference concluded. V.U.C. moved "that this conference of the P.B. views with horror and disgust the erotic photographs displayed on the 'Critic' walls." The motion was passed, O.U. refraining from voting. A recommendation to the N.Z.U.S.A. that an inspector should be appointed by that body to examine and report on the decorations in the rooms of all College papers, was also passed.

Refugee Students.

At the annual general meeting of the N.Z.U.S.A. during Tournament it was decided to establish funds to bring German refugee students to N.Z. to study. All the Colleges were prepared to organise such funds, the V.U.C. Students' Association being prepared to guarantee the money necessary to support a German student. O.U.. C.U.C. and A.U.C. will begin separate funds with the object of obtaining enough to support a student each, but if enough money is not forthcoming the funds will be pooled for the purpose.

The Secretary, Mr. J. B. Aimers, explained that the most suitable courses for such students would be agriculture, medicine and dentistry, because employment could be almost guaranteed at the conclusion of the courses.

Other matters dealt with by the N.Z.U.S.A. will be published later.