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

The State of the Union

The State of the Union

The President issued the following statement, last week (or was it some else?):

"Some Freshers will have already dipped their hands deeply in the mire of adulthood, but moat come to University still relatively innocent. They are likely, then, to be bowled over by a tidal wave of sex and drink. As students we can to a very large extent chuck off the inhibitions and codes of childhood without accepting the responsibilities of adulthood.

"There is a wonderful licence about the University which tempts many to plunge right into the cesspool. This is the testing-ground: those who keep their heads after floundering around for a year o rtwo will eventually pull through. The unfortunate minority will either grow permanent blinkers, become narrow-minded and intolerant, or will so like it in the cesspool that they remain there always—indecisively poised between being children and being grown up.

"So let's be frank. University is not all clean fun and games. Nor could it ever hope to be. We are men and women trying to find out what it is to be adults—and a certain amount of sin and grime are the inevitable background to our individual gropings."