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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 5, No. 3 May 28, 1942

Undergraduates Supper

Undergraduates Supper

This was really very good. It was an example of real student co-operation and solidarity. The main work was shouldered by the people who looked after the actual supper. The supper was held in the women's Common room.

The most admirable function of the undergrads' supper is that it provides a free outlet for student opinion. Mr. Corner's slashing attack on a system which produced bad, or at any rate inferior, professors prior to his calling on the students to drink a toast in their honour, was memorable.

A conjuror performed some miracles with cards, and John Carrad sang two songs about "Down by the Railroad Track" and about a girl who would "dance with the boy what brung me."

There were other toasts to the Executive and such worthy people, dealt with seriously in the main, though with the notable exception of Pat Macaskill, who managed to include seven puns in a short toast to "The Ladies," including one about the difficulty in keeping up their Prestige. Jim Winchester called for the toast to "Absent Friends" in a speech which made us remember not only our immediate friends who were away, but why they were away and we were still here, and the song was sung with a certain solemnity.