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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 13, No. 7. April 20th, 1950


The Annual Conference of the N.Z. University Students' Association held in Christchurch during the Easter Tournament saw Victoria (represented by Chris Pottinger, Pip Piper and Barbara Holm, with Con Bollinger and Jeanette Murray as observers), alone plugging a consistent line for the real needs of students. But by dint of sporadic support from other colleges, she managed to revive in NZUSA a liberal policy on bursaries, scholarships, Congress, hostels, academic freedom and relations with the International Union of Students—although Congress remits regarding WEDY, the Peace Manifesto, and free expression in student papers were dealt with rather summarily.

Under the eminently fair chairmanship of beefy President Bruce Miller, flanked by Treasurer Kevin O'Brien and Secretary Pauline Michael, Conference opened Friday morning. First issue to crop out of the minutes was whether the Drinking Horn should be abolished from tournament. It was resolved that it should remain if unofficial, orderly and with minimum publicity. Auckland President, thick, sardonic Michael Brittain, informed that Student Labour Federation organ "Student Vanguard" had accused NZUSA of not making public adequate reasons for disaffiliating from the I.U.S. AUCSA had demanded an apology, but Lincoln delegates led conference in vindicating SLF attitude.

College reports indicated that Vic was most active in maintaining connections with overseas organisations. She was also congratulated on completing the Building Fund. Canterbury's Health Scheme aroused much interest—compulsory X-ray of students by the Chest Clinic—and VUC suggested it might be made the basis of a national system, but AUC was truculently "not interested." Massey had been agitating for student representation on the College Council, and, with Price Control Division's help, against extortionate hostel rates.

VUC's vague suggestion that NZUSA hold a comprehensive Arts Festival embracing drama, debating and music was referred back for more concrete proposals. No truck was held with the idea of blues awards for drama or debating.

Massey was very vocal for its right to challenge VUC teams in all sports (including un-co-operative cricketeers and shooters) to give them a chance of representation at tournament as part of Vic teams.