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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 6, No. 11 August 11, 1943


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Study for Victory! Have you heard the phrase? It was being bandied around the English Universities earlier this year, and the idea is beginning to spring up out here.

While our country is at war against the most bestial and powerful foe that has threatened our civilisation, we students are privileged to be able to continue our studies.

We are not ladies and gentlemen of leisure who sit round in the libraries and common-rooms of V.U.C. for part of the day, nor do we work by day to come up here for an evening's entertainment. Our University stands for more than that. We have a world tradition to maintain. Who has not heard of the Chinese students who followed their Universities three thousand miles into the interior, or the European students who have struggled constantly against Hitler and his satellites, and all that Nazism stands for?

What should we do?

Study for Victory!

What does this mean?

By this we mean—waste no time, map our your day, your week, and work hard and play hard—in your lab. work or in your job downtown—keep at it! In lectures, in the library, be alert, be critical—you are able to study; do not abuse your opportunity. Because we are fortunate let us use our good fortune for a common good. Keep your swot up to date, hand in your work on time—and find time to help in some war-work. Be active in student affairs—remember we are democratic, and we are responsible not only to ourselves but to fellow students in the forces.

Our staff is hard-worked enough, doing special work for the war effort, so why should we not pull our own weight? Where extra seminars are required, why cannot the projected faculty committees get to work? They could also take a hand and organise groups to help students who are keen to work, but who have for one reason or another got behind in their work. That is our job. That is what we must do.

Study for Victory!