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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 5, No. 7. September 24, 1942

Business Better Than Usual

Business Better Than Usual

The N.S.W. Aid Russia Committee sends us a copy of a cable received on June 19 from Professor I. Zvavich, Professor of History, University of Moscow. Full text of the cable is printed below. It tells how students of Moscow University, far from shrinking from military duties because they might interfere with their studies, have taken the obvious course of combining both activities and working especially hard at their studies to keep them at normal pitch.

"Perhaps it is because twenty-two years ago I was overcome by profound emotion as I entered the auditorium of Moscow University as a student," stated the professor. "Perhaps it is because fourteen years ago I was no less agitated when I delivered my first lecture within the walls of Moscow University, perhaps it is because during the first months of the present war I, together with other professors and instructors, was an air raid warden and, roused by evidence of Nazi barbarity, extinguished my first incendiary bomb, dropped by a German aeroplane on the campus, that I am so deeply interested in all that is going on in Moscow University.

"I am happy to report that despite Hitler's intentions, Moscow University is working in Moscow, and engaged in fruitful and varied activity. Since the present war against Hitler Germany began, Moscow University has expanded.

"The law Department, which existed as an independent institute, is now back in the fold of Alma Mater. A philosophy department has been incorporated in the University and the history department has been enlarged to include philology. The University is humming with activity.

"This is pre-examination season. In conversation with me, Professor Boris Orlov, rector of the University, expressed confidence that at this year's examinations students would make as good a showing as in previous years.

"This has been a hard year for students. Lectures have been occasionally interrupted. Students have combined study with guarding buildings, military training and work in industry. But they have displayed marvellous enthusiasm. They have taken books along with them to study during hours off duty, and the results of practical work this year have been more satisfactory than in previous years.