Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 18, No. 12. September 6, 1954
Winter Tournament—or any Tournament, for that matter—must not be regarded merely as a battle of the sporting giants of the colleges. In a very important sense the social aspect of tournament is the one by which its success can be gauged. By meeting members of other colleges in a non-competitive atmosphere we not only increase our knowledge of students affairs, and conditions elsewhere, but at the same time we make tournament much more enjoyable.
From a social standpoint. Winter Tournament was an outstanding success. Besides the programmed dinners, hops, and Tournament Ball, there were many impromptu and half-planned private parties, and before the week was out such addresses as the Charnel-House and 12A wore as well known to our visitors and ourselves as the Winter Show and the Upper Gym.
The three hops in the Upper Gym on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday nights were well attended, and apart from an unfortunately large predominance of males over females, were a success. Music by Garth Young kept the shows going with a bang until the early hours a.m. when the meeting adjourned to other private addresses.
Dinners were held in connection with the various official sports, and were very much enjoyed sometimes over enjoyed by all.
The chief social event of the week was of course the Tournament Ball on Thursday night at the Winter Show Cabaret, For its undoubted success we thank Diana [unclear: Lectuer], and those who helped her in the great job of preparation. The maestro was again Garth Young, and a really high standard of music helped tho show on to an even greater success.
Chicken supper was served, and in the course of the Bail V.U.C. president Bernard Galvin announced the N.Z.U. Blues and presented special awards—such as the Wooden Spoon—where they were merited.
When the National Anthem brought the show to a close at 3 a.m. there were many who wished that this might be one good thing which did not have to come to an end.
And so, as the tumult and the shouting dies, the captains and the teams depart, we congratulate ourselves on a spectacularly successful week for V.U.C.—but more than that, we cherish memories of friendships arising out of it and look forward to renewing them all again in Auckland next Easter.—N.R.T.
Standard Press, Wellington