Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 18, No. 1. March 3, 1954
It is not to be wondered that sleep is the rarest luxury at Congress. Runmour has it that a 32-hour day is to be introduced next year: 8 hours for work. 15 hours for play, and 8 hours for sleep. The evening programme usually went: lecture, discussion, supper, dance or films, and party. The parties were generally organised by huts and the invitation was open to all. One of the most interesting get-togethers was in Hut 21, where some selected students bombarded Dr Sutch with questions on South Africa Dr Sutch was perhaps the most popular person at Congress, being always ready to discuss anything in his field with even the newest fresher. We would like to see more of Dr. Sutch. Our official nightwatchmen got to work smartly on the first night with "Two o'clock and a-ll's we-e-ell." but their efforts being received with some disfavour, they were discontinued to everyone's satisfaction until the last night, when the nightwatchmen performed the socially invaluable and important [unclear: Fnction] of waking everybody up-personally at 3 a.m to tell them the score of the All Blacks and the cricketers.
The Congress Olympics on Saturday were won for the second time since the Games' inception by V.U.C., which manages never to win a tournament and never to lose a Congress Olympics. Despite the inexplicable failure of Vic's crack volley-ball team in the last two games of the final. Vic won the handsome inlaid shield which has been returned to its domestic use by a majority of over ten points. The Vic tug-of-war team fled for the second time by Trev. Hill won easily this year, but a new venture in which Vic. participated, the boatrace, was declared a nocontest after (but not because) Chris Beeby, Kath Slocum and Peter Boag had been subjected to enforced immersion in the cold sea.
Commensurate with the dignity of the proceeding, Congress had its due measure of pomp and circumstance, culminating in the Mock Trials organised by Diana Lescher. In one of these, by some legal process unknown to the New Zealand legal system. Dr. Sutch was subjected to the over-vigorous penalty of 10 kisses. What a way to die! Earle Robinson sanctified the position of Lord Chief Injustice with Roger "S'welp me" Harris as Clerk of the Court. We have mentioned the oath-taking which commenced the Congress. Congress Forum failed to produce any unexpected notions.
One interesting aspect of Congress was that the majority of students appeared to be either graduates or to be doing advanced work. Quite a number were due to commence the year with the Post-Grad. Teachers' Training Course. A disturbing feature was that apart from Earle Robinson the V.U.C. staff was not represented.
Well, there it is. Not very coherent because things didn't occur to a pattern. The spirit which evolved from this crucible in the Sounds we can perhaps describe as a conception of high moral obligation to the community. If that sounds to highfalutin' let us just say that these students felt responsible and wished to undertake responsibility in the community. But we must remember that these were not students representative of all other students. We look to Congress lofty ideals: we gained even loftier aspirations. So if you wish to go to Congress you must, have something to offer—and if you have you shall receive ten-fold.