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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 11, No. 7. June 23rd, 1948

Time to Think

Time to Think

The Annual General Meeting of the Association on Wednesday, June 30, will be the sixth general meeting within a year. This would appear to indicate that there is a high level of interest in student affairs, that the apathetic attitude which is so often noted in N.Z. Universities is disappearing. There is other evidence, however, which is not so pleasing. The attendance at meetings of intellectual clubs in the college is smaller than it has been for some years. With the exception of the Biological Society, which seems to be enjoying an unusual popularity, there have been very few meetings of non-sporting bodies at which more than 50 students were present, and there is considerable overlap between most of these clubs. One would infer that only 40 students are interested in drama, that only a dozen think New Zealand poets worth discussing, and that only 30 think the present number and method of allocation of bursaries is inadequate. There are plenty of other examples that could be quoted, but the worst of all was seen when Dr. Coleman, World Secretary of the Student Christian Federation, gave a talk to 38 students.

Our view is that the majority of students do not really believe that the University has a part to play in the community. It is only through group discussion in college clubs that we can get any idea of practical democracy. We are not interested in boosting any particular club; what we want to see is all the clubs flourishing.