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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 17, No. 7. April 29, 1953

Are you a Student?

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Are you a Student?

What does the average Wellingtonian think of you when you "say you are a Varsity student? He more than likely places you as one of those tweed hatted or shapeless gab, raincoat people who daily frequent that establishment "up the hill." You are a potential left wing radical who has lost all interest in the comings and goings of everyday life. You are a person with a perverted sense of humour (if indeed you have any at all). You are often noticed outside the Paramount Theatre waiting to see a foreign film.

Or alternatively you are n social gad fly. A person who goes to University to obtain an imported aal superficial culture. You have two much money and so snob those who have to work for a living. You spurn everything that has not been produced oversaw as worthless and not worthy of your attention, Your only association with Wellington is through the social columns of the local papers. In all you have become dissociated from the community of which you should be a vital and life-giving part.

Can you blame them for their opinion? The only time Victoria appears in the public eye is when some of our more virile left-wing brethren stage some political demonstration. The one day in the year on which we can exhibit the lighter side of the student what do we do? We show them a picture—obscene without being humorous disorganised but without individuality. Every capping day over the last few years has merely gone to strengthen this opinion. Only a small section of the university take part. Consequently any chance to change these ideas has been lost because of inertia on the one hand and lack of individuality on the other.

Procesh has merely been a resurrection of past ideas. The extent to which this is noticed by the people can be seen from an example from last year's capping pro. Look at the publicity given to the one student who showed that he did not conform to the usual mould. His antics were not hilarious. But they were original.

Another capping day is coming. Will it be any different from those of past year? We hope so. But it will not be unless greater Interest is taken in the activities. You have heard the cry of student apathy so often that it must now be penetrating even the most disinterested student. Help those who are trying to organise the activities, either directly or by taking part in proccsh.

You may consider this a great deal of feeling about a triviality. But capping is an example of an atmosphere which permeates the university. Perhaps by attempting to remedy this more obvious defect we may even have some effect on the basic cause of the trouble.