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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 9, No. 1. March 1, 1946


1946 will mean to so many a return to the normality of peace, but to the Society a return to the normality of aggressive, spirited debating. 1945 saw the re-enlistment of returned men in the club, and the inevitable and deserved lament "that things have changed since we were here." During the war the membership of all Varsity clubs was drastically depleted. But far more serious was the lack of enthusiasm, the apathy of students as a whole towards all Student Association activities. Yet 1945, in spite of the loudly-lamenting ex-servicemen, showed a most encouraging improvement on the previous war years. With two exceptions, meetings were very well attended, and the number of those participating in the debates showed a considerable increase.

This year should see a return to the pre-war activities and membership of the Society. The Victoria-Teachers' Training College annual debate was resumed last year with the honours going to Victoria. But it is proposed that other inter-club and inter-faculty debates, such as those with the Law Society, should take place this year.

It is also hoped that the new membership of the club will allow for a full-scale New Speakers debating competition. Before the club membership dropped, new speakers, besides taking part in the ordinary Friday debates, held meetings on Thursdays under the management of a subcommittee. A prize of a £1/1/- order for books is awarded to the new speaker who gains the most points in new speakers' and regular debates.

Two points of interest to the "old-timers." In your absence the society has become a member of the Wellington Union of Public Speaking Societies. In 1944 we took part in contest debates, but last year, owing to the pressure of other student activities, our membership was not an active one. Films have been introduced to our regular meetings, and one will be shown at 7.45 at the annual general meeting, which will be held, the Exec. willing, on Wednesday, March 6.