The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, June 1904
There is a kind of impression in the air that we are all trying to cut one another's throats, or at best endeavoring with a well-sharpened spike, to induce others to follow our little hobbies to the exclusion of the fads of the other people. We are not such a large community that we can have Football, Hockey, Tennis, and all the rest of it without overlapping somewhere, and though the competition has at times been keen it has been generally carried on in a fair and friendly spirit. It has been recognised by the conflicting parties that neither side can lose, for both are striving with one end—College. That such a unity in the annual combined Hockey, Tennis, and Football Dance.
That friction should occasionally occur is, perhaps, natural. There are always some enthusiasts who are spoiling for their page 6 alleged rights, forgetful of that generous give-and-take policy which is the secret of harmony in every Union. We do not wish to attack any College Society—nor do we know of any. College Society which has the least claim on our ferocious "Spike." It has, however, been represented to us that certain individuals, forgetful of their youth and beauty, not only failed, on a recent occasion, to share the joy of their fellows and accept the hospitality of one of the Clubs, but, forgetful of the higher and more transcendent virtues of social relationship, even ruled the entertainment an "Opposition" and escorted some of the more timid and retiring devotees of good—fellowship from the festive hall.
Now we do not wish to press indictment in this behalf against any student. But we do wish to impress upon all the value and necessity of co—operation in their dealings with kindred Societies. One member cannot suffer without the whole College suffering and anything approaching factious opposition will only minimise the value of the Institution as a whole but must more immediately react on the opposer. It is a many—sided world we live in and there's room for most of us. But there's a good deal more room for those will give a little here and there for the sake of others than for those who will not. It is more blessed to give to receive.
We would then, have every student remember that he will not best develop his own Club or his own character by any aloofness or one-sided devotion. One he contrary, it is by creating an atmosphere in which all may flourish in health and warm affection, that the best ideals of individual, Club and College may be attained. Most of us depend largely on others for our finest growths, and we conceive that this fact was in the mind of Cecil Rhodes, when he demanded that his scholars should be leaders, and men who had gained pre-eminence by faithful service in all departments, by moral strength and devotion to others, by kindness and good-fellowship.
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"Why, here's a change indeed in the Commonwealth!"
The Rules that govern the Inter-University-College Tournament are made by a Committee consisting of two delegates from each of the University Colleges. The meetings are held at Easter, while the Tournament is in progress. One of the home delegates is Chairman and the other Secretary. At the meeting this year, three changes were made in the Constitution, each of which calls for more than passing notice. The first, which deals with changing of Rules and declares that "no alterations shall be made in the existing Rules, except by a three page 7 to one majority" will probably commend itself to all. The Tournament is past the experimental stage, and it is best to have some fixity about its Constitution. Under the old Rules when a motion was supported by two Colleges and opposed by two, the Chairman exercised his casting vote. Now three Colleges must be agreed before any proposal can be carried. The second change is of a more debatable character, but will, we believe, prove to be in the best interests of the University. It deals with the still—vex'd eligibility question. The old Rule consisted of a long list of exceptions whose object seemed to be to give statue to men whose misfortunes did not qualify the as present University. The whole Rule has been simplified and reads as follows:—
"All graduates and undergraduates who have attended two-thirds of the lectures in any one University Subject, within the twelve months preceding the Tournament shall be eligible to compete,"*
All competitors, then, must be matriculated Students, a reasonable stipulation warmly advocated by Canterbury College. The Rule, however, brings about another change, which, we venture to think, is of much more practical moment, and of wider usefulness. It recognizes the fact that the Easter Sports are the consummation of the previous year's work, and refuse to allow new students to compete. In three out of the four Colleges these freshmen have usually not attended a lecture before Easter, and their exclusion cannot, we think, be called a hardship. As much of the trouble of previous years has been caused by new students their exclusion will probably do away with all cause for unpleasantness.
The third, and, we believe, the most debatable change consists in limiting, after the Wellington Tournament of 1905, the number of entries for each event to two from each College. It will probably put the visiting teams at less disadvantage, it will probably make the honour of selection greater, and it will probably tend to specialization and economy of effort—all very desirable ends. We doubt, however, whether the time is ripe for the alteration. It seems to us that it is desirable to get as many students as possible practically interested, and we believe that the last places say in the tennis, often Crete more real keenness than the first four. There is this to be said, too, that the limitation cuts down the representation of the ladies of each College disproportionally. As their co-operation is essential to page 8 the home team, it is wise to consider their claims. The number of entries for the 220 yds, and 440 yds. Championship might quite well be reduced, as on a round track a large field spoils the race. In the other events, however, we think the advantage of large fields overbalances the disadvantage. We think that the tennis could be finished in time if there were no waste time. Our Tennis Club must attempt to prove this next year. The whole question is not free from difficulty, but we think this change might well left over to future generations.
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"Ring a Hunter's peal
That all the Court may echo."
It is our duty to give greetings to the new lecturer in Mental and Political Science. Mr. Hunter hails from Otago, and it was playing for the ' Varsity Fifteen that he made his name and gained his Representative Cap. He also got First Class in Mental Science. Mr. Hunter at once gained the respect of the Victoria College. His interest in the Football Club, and his skill at the old game largely contributed towards the first win of the First Fifteen. His students speak him a man of marvelous energy, as also do the members of the Poneke Football Club. We have very much pleasure in welcoming Mr. Hunter on behalf of the Students.