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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 11, No. 6. June 3rd, 1948


The National Union of Students have for the past twenty years' held an annual congress at Easter time. This year Leicester, the seat of a small university college, was chosen, and thither we travelled on a cold, wet, blustery day. I should explain that a congress is not an executive body, and is not entitled to make decisions or determine policy. It is a gathering of private members of the N.U.S. and exists solely to bring students together to discuss questions of common interest, although naturally the Executive take heed of the general feelings expressed. The nearest equivalent in New Zealand would be a W.E.A. Summer School.

The 700-odd students who squelched into the ugly brick University College were gradually sorted out and found digs, some in hostels and some in private houses. A fine job had been done here. We were paid four guineas apiece for everything except beer and they put us all up for a week in a city the size of Wellington (Tournament organizers please note). I was in a private home, but fed lavishly each day at the Domestic Science Hostel, (which has a vested interest. I suppose, in the supply of good food). The meetings were in the College lecture rooms or in the hall of a local grammar school, a large handsome airy building.