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Salient: An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University of Wellington. Vol. 24, No. 5. 1961

Too Much Emphasis on Social Ife

Too Much Emphasis on Social Ife

Secondly, the emphasis of Tournament is swinging from sport to the social life. This is because of the large number of non-participants who do not justify their presence by turning up at the various sports to barrack their university teams. Their's is exclusively the night life—parties, hops, rigger strings, parties—any appearance in broad daylight is purely to visit a certain bowling green—or the equivalent. (Those to whom this applies—do not take this as a personal attack—someone else was more drunk and behaved in a worse manner: you were only one of the milling males.

This importance on social habits, namely dancing or drinking, is unfair to the people who are expected to compete in the sports.—i.e., how can one get a good night's sleep while a hundred busy fellows are blundering through the flat in search of grog? More often the competitor gives way to temptation and offers the excuse (quite legitimately) that a heavy night-out before the game is a sufficient explanation for poor play.

Perhaps this is connected with the fact that an outstanding career at parties is more widely acclaimed than an outstanding performance in sport. And what acclamation does a N.Z.U. blue receive when he arrives back at his Alma Mater?