Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University, Wellington. Vol. 22, No. 6. Wednesday, June 24, 1959
Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor
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Sir,—May I record a resounding affirmative for the breeched women. Prospective wearers should ignore the grumblings of the Puritans who find the accentuation of female charms disturbing to the peace of their archaic minds.
Slacks are the only sensible wear for winter, Wellington and the studious occupation.
Sir,—I'm glad some "freezing females" have had the courage to raise the slack issue. It is high time we males came down from our lin. thick corduroy and long-woolly-underpant-clad pedestal, to say nothing of multi-coloured shirts and sweaters paraded about Vic., and tried to "sit where they sit."
Would I care to wear a skirt in the winter around the draughty catacombs at Vic? Not on your proverbial!
Slacks for the dolls? Amen sister, Amen!
Sir,—Any discourtesy shown to your reporter at the recent lecture sponsored by our Organisation was quite unintentional and is sincerely regretted. We were very grateful for Salient's attendance at the meeting and for the report which appeared.
Graham Evans.Secretary Christian Science Organisation, V.U.W.
(Apologies gratefully accepted.—Ed.)
All this and Bill
Sir,—Miss Anderson should note that sincerity does not imply anything more than being true to oneself—one can be a sincere rogue.
No one would deny that Billy Graham is being true to himself and there is no harm in that; every man should act out his own part to the utmost. But let us be honest about it, don't pretend that he is making great sacrifices or producing momentous effects. He is doing what he wants to do.
Evangelism enables him to travel widely, to meet the great personalities of the day; above all it gives him self-expression (as Salient so kindly gives me the same privilege) in the peculiarly felicitous circumstances of vast tumultuous crowds.
If no one else benefits from Billy Graham's preaching, he does.
It is well to remember Wesley's peculiar efforts on the last century when much was made of his tremendous efforts; riding great distances on horseback, studying as he went, rising at 4 a.m., preacning as many as five times daily.
But he himself said what enabled him to do all this was that he preached five times daily; it released his internal energies so that there was always at every sermon one certain benefitter.
Too much is made of sacrifice— in the end all men do what they want to do. Schwietzer has not really sacrified anything by leaving cultural Europe for the Congo; that is what he most wants to do, it provides the most congenial outlet for his energies.
Even Christ in ascending the Cross was doing what He wished to. He could not have lived with Himself if He had failed to face this challenge. A man must live out his destiny or live in remorse.
I wish that some of our Colombo Plan students would raise their voices to proclaim the plain trouble that Christianity is not the only way to the spiritual life, it is but one of many—perhaps the greatest perhaps not. Certainly Buddhism has a much worthier record as far as tolerance is concerned.
No religion can do more than set us on the road. The spirit is within and the guidance that we need is to be found there.
B. C Walsh.
War or Peace ?
Sir,—For some time now there has been a kind of cold war between a certain member of the university staff and students who own motorcycles. This situation has arisen largely through the failure of the House Committee to do anything constructive about requests and complaints from motorcyclists.
However, be that as it may, the latest episode in the battle is as follows:
student turns in at the staff car entrance and cuts motor as soon as he is on level ground so that his momentum will carry him round the side of the building to a parking place; just at the last moment he sees a length of white string (tied 5ft up on the wall but with a two-foot sag in the middle) stretched in front of him at a convenient height to cut across his face;
brakes are jammed with irate student wondering who the infantile practical joker can be; piece of cardboard is then seen to one side flapping in the wind with "Motor Cycles Stop Your Engine, Offenders Will be prosecuted" scrawled thereon; as engine is stopped anyway student laughs and pushes machine on thereby severing cotton and removing an unauthorised hazard.
Immediately staff member dashes from hiding place and demands all personal statistics etc.
"No doubt the student will be summarily dealt with according to the medieval laws of Tibet, but the whole thing reminds me of the A. A. Milne story about Pooh Bear and "Trespassers will."
No doubt the staff member concerned has been plagued in the past by noisy motorists but he alone has reacted consistently in this manner and his is not the only study in the vicinity.
If the university chooses to relegate motorcyclists to a parking place very close to lecture rooms and studies, then staff members will have to put up with a certain amount of noise. Let us be reasonable on both sides.
Threats and playing at "By Order, Town Clerk" will only aggravate the situation.