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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 6, No. 2 March 17th, 1943

"Salient Advises."

"Salient Advises."

Many Students to-day find University life in war time has problems of an exceedingly difficult nature. Accordingly "Salient" has decided to devote these columns to the solution of some of those problems which do so much to darken those years which should be the happiest of our lives.

Dear "Salient"—Why do people go on saying nasty things about University Reds? When I left school last year my father told me I would have to be very careful at Varsity (not because of the Tramping Club—my mother spoke to me about that) but because of Communists. Even then I stuck up for them and said, "Father, they are only like that because there has not been the redeeming influence of a good woman in their lives. If one of the unfortunate creatures accosts me I shall not repulse him but take him along to an S.C.M. study-circle (though I am sure the Evangelical Union and the Catholic Students Guild do very good work also).

But "Salient," University Reds Reds don't need changing. I met such a nice young man at Freshers' Welcome and it wasn't until people told me afterwards that I found out he was one of our most notable Reds. He didn't say anything nasty about God or cutting the throats of the bourgeoisie but was really patriotic and said the most exciting things about what the common people of the world would do to Hitler and some of the people in this University who live in ivory towers and fiddle while Rome burns and watch the lovely patterns the blood makes as it trickles down the barricades. It was just like the editorial from "Truth" that my father read out at dinner—only, of course, more cultured.

I may be only a silly little fresher-ette but if Reds are always like this I think governments are very [unclear: pid] to be so unfriendly to them.

—Yours, etc.,

Pleasantry Surprised.

Dear "Pleasantly Surprised"—It is indeed fortunate that you have met a genuine University Red. There have been some young women who have had their social consciousness permanently impaired by association with Trotskyites, Mensheviks, Kaut-skyites, and in one or two particularly painful cases, left-wing deviationists. We print your letter in full as it shows the spirit that will carry our to armies to victory over the barbarian Fascists. So pass the word round to all your friends, "The University Reds are just like the chaps from Weir House.

Wanted—News of all V.U.C. Students in the Armed Forces, extracts from letters, news from relatives, etc., for publication in "Salient."