Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol 6, No. 6. May 26, 1943
Should Training — Colleges Affiliate?
Should the Training College Students' Associations be affiliated to N.Z. U.S.A.? Victoria thinks so. Mind, this does not mean the affiliation of the Training College Student Associations in the various centres with their local University College Student Associations. We hope to see that later. But we did not press for it at the Conference.
Our Case. In Britain and in South Africa Training Colleges are affiliated to the National Union of Students, and the National Union of South African Students is one of the two liveliest Student Federations in the Empire. Everything that goes for them should go for us.
Anything that helps to make N.Z. U.S.A. the voice of all New Zealand students is to be welcomed. The Training Colleges have no national body of their own. N.Z.U.S.A. could be that body, could help voice those grievances which their present weak and disorganised position prevents them taking up.
The advantage of collaboration in the sporting field needs no mention.
What was the reaction to our proposal? Stupid and childish prejudice.
Otago thought that the T.C. students were of a very much lower intellectual standard. They had no Interest in the corporate life of the University. They were very much against it The Training College students could form their own national organisation. If there was affiliation the little interest shown already by T.C. students in University affairs would decrease.
C.U.C. saw "no real need for combining."
A.U.C. "no real advantage."