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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol 6, No. 6. May 26, 1943

Follow British Lead

Follow British Lead

Roughly, it will take the lines of the famous British Conference of the National Union of Students at Cambridge last year. 1,500 students from 85 universities and colleges, one in seventeen of all the students in the country, attended that.

They divided the matter this way:
1.The immediate answer.
(a)Students and the War Effort.
(b)The Universities we want.
(c)The Universities as the centres of Anti-fascism.
2.The long term answer.

In general the Congress came to the conclusion that the long term answer to Fascism lay in the building of a society in which those anomalies and injustices on which Fascism thrives did not exist.

Faculty Committees were set up in Arts, Science, Engineering, Medicine. Social Science, Education, Architecture and Agriculture. They asked themselves what they could do to fight Fascism; what they could do to produce a society in which bestial Fascism would find no place.

Famous British public men, Mr. J. B. Priestly, Mr. John Hadham, and Professor J. B. S. Haldane addressed the Congress.

Our Congress here would go much the same way.

Problems which delegates see will, require particular reference are those of Rehabilitation, Utilisation of Science Students, Representation on the governing bodies of the University.

It is clear that a tremendous amount of spade work has to be done in the Colleges. This must start right away. The task of the Congress is to put the students of New Zealand on the map, to say for youth what nobody else will say for it.