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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 8, No. 12. September 19, 1945

Otago Take Joint Scroll After Enlivening Contest

Otago Take Joint Scroll After Enlivening Contest

Judgment in the Joynt Scroll debate went to Otago after an enlivening contest in the Concert Chamber of the Dunedin Town Hall, Canterbury Agricultural College taking second place. There was a fairly large audience, and considering that Dunedin was the home of "Speights" the dissertations on three subjects of topical interest were followed with close attention and very little interjection from the floor. Unlike former contests, gowns were not worn, and the chairman of the evening wore a natty sports coat with an even nattier tie. During the evening it was announced that the Joynt Scroll itself cannot now be found. It has apparently disappeared from the Canterbury Agricultural College at Lincoln, the last holders, who had it hung and framed.

Otago's winning team (Messrs. J. Brunt and P. O'Connor) took the negative of the subject "That now is the time for Britain's friendship with Germany" against Canterbury University College (Messrs. G. R. Leggett and G. R. Prampton). Leggett's masterpiece. "That doesn't ring true," came as the warning bell rang, much to the amusement of all present. O'Connor made a set speech with evident intent to bring home the bacon as best speaker, and he succeeded.

Second place went to Canterbury Agricultural College (Messrs. J. C. Taylor and R. H. Thornton) who took the negative in "That State controls in directions now evident in New Zealand are necessary in modern society." The affirmative was taken by Auckland University (Miss Honner and Mr. Wren). This debate was marred by a wrangle between the two teams as to the correct wording of the debate, and the inability of the chairman to decide the correct procedure, resulted in CAC giving way in order that the debate might proceed. Taylor's arguments hinged on the bill of rights, while Thornton went after O'Connor for the best speaker's honour.

The third debate was "That a policy of controlled immigration to New Zealand is desirable," the affirmative being taken by Messrs. J. Keenan and R. M. Gallagher of Massey and the negative by Mr. K. O'Brien and Mr. R. Jack of VUC. Keenan, despite a bad cough, spoke well, and his phrasing was good and some good line came from this speaker: "career potential," "biological suicide," etc., but his seconder was not up to University debating standard.

Messrs. Jack and O'Brien debated the subject as we understand it, but apparently not in the manner required by the judges.

As previously stated, Otago won, with Messrs. O'Connor and Brunt as the best speakers of the evening. It was Otago's day.

"Hear ye not the hum of Mighty Workings?"

Now that the Biology Soc. is planning a trip to Canada in the 1946-7 vacation, the rival Maths and Physics Soc. is reported to be investigating atomic energy with the view of controlled interplanetary rocket flights.