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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 1. 4th March, 1957

Ninth Annual Uproar at Curious Cove

Ninth Annual Uproar at Curious Cove

"Congress is a stimulating intellectual experience." "Congress is one long magnificent party." "Congress is an absolute disgrace—bottles, drunkards and other nonsense. . . " "Congress is a pleasant, quiet, relaxing holiday." But whatever Congress is it is a memorable experience. It is an institution, an abomination, a riot, a time for discussion and controversy, a time for sun and sport, and one of the highlights of the extra-curricular year.

Congress controller Mr. P. D. Gibbons, as well as proving an organizational success, was a hit in his morning attire of pyjama trousers, gabardine raincoat and green beret at a dashing angle over one eye. Ably assisted by Ted Woodfield and Harry Chambers, business manager, he provided a smoothly running Congress with lecturers who were not only a success in the lecture hall but who led the social life with riotous abandon.

Maori life and customs came very much to the fore under the forceful leadership of Peter Gordon of Auckland and Jim Ritchie of V.U.C. who entertained the populace with vigorous hakas and action songs: They even succeeded in training half congress to follow them with conspicuous [unclear: cl[gap — reason: illegible]iness,] They contributed to the [unclear: we[gap — reason: illegible]nit] social life this year's congress, notable for the comparative absence of parochialism which has come much to the fore in past years.

The usual congress activities such as the trip to Ship's Cove, the Olympics, the fancy dress ball and the items by the colleges proceeded with their accustomed hilarity. We regret to announce that V.U.C. failed to win the Congress Olympics being beaten by Auckland because of lack of coordination and parochial spirit; the latter was by no means lacking amongst the former who were strongly defensive.

Professor Buchanan, his wife and Mrs. Lenart took the prize at the fancy dress ball by appearing as the Middle East situation. Mrs. Lenart as the Middle East, and a most seductive Middle East, appeared flanked by a vigorously seducing swashbucking communist proletarian Professor Buchanan loaded with roubles and Mrs. Buchanan representing the U.S.A. seditiously rattling her dollars.

Peter Cape staged a comeback of "Under the Wooden Mountain", a play for voices about the daily doings of the Congressites, "sleeping in the lectures", "drinking in the cabins" and "climbing in the yard arm" of Captain Charlie's "Rongo" while "the sun slips down the frying-panned sky."

Neville Beach and Peter Gordon who recently represented the "New Zealand University Students' Association" at a COSEC conference in Ceylon spoke on their experiences. COSEC is an international student body which meets each year to try and gain a world-wide understanding of student affairs and to help each other by an exchange of experiences in student politics. Neville Beach brought before Congress the long debated issue at N.Z.U.S.A. as to how much interest should be taken at conferences at a student level in international affairs. Although New Zealand seems to think that there is too much discussion of international politics at overseas conferences it is noteworthy that N.Z.U.S.A. spends