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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 6, No. 7. June 9, 1943

[Letter from P. B. D. de la Mare to Salient Vol. 6, No. 7. June 9, 1943]

Dear Sir,—Some rather severe criticism of the Executive appeared in your last issue, and I would be grateful if you could allow me space to express my opinion of certain points arising from this criticism.

1.—The Holding of an Extrav.

Canterbury University College, so I am told, succeeded in staging a full-scale and very successful revue, which they regarded as providing an excellent method of collecting for patriotic purposes. At Victoria, the Executive decided that this was impracticable. The modified Extrav. which they organised has been criticised on the grounds that in wartime students should devote all their time to study. It was only too obvious, however, that the time spent in the production of this year's Extrav. was inconsiderable and would have affected the war effort much less than many other student activities. Perhaps attending tea-dancea, writing for "Salient," and listening to classical music should be relegated to outer darkness for the duration, but I personally would prefer to see attention first paid to the discouragement of the common room poker school. And although I believe that it would have been better not to hold an Extrav. this year, I hold that view not because I think that the policy adopted was unpatriotic, but because it seemed a pity to stage a poor job of work, and because it would have been unfair to ask anyone to spend the necessary time to run a full Extrav.

2.—The Executive.

Finally, I would urge those of your readers who believe that the Executive is not doing enough to further the war effort to remember that the normal duties of an Executive member are arduous enough even in peace-time; that members of the Executive have their own personal obligations to their work and to themselves; that they are helping the Students' Association to carry on at even greater personal cost than in normal years; and that the Executive will no doubt receive suggestions for furthering the war effort with more enthusiasm if at the same time they receive equally generous offers of assistance to implement these suggestions.

—Yours faithfully,

P. B. D. de la Mare.