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The Spike or Victoria College Review, June 1906

Notes From Other Colleges

page 73

Notes From Other Colleges.

"Distance sometimes endears friendship, and Absence sweeteneth it."

Sketch of men in mortarboards pulling cart

The Otago University team bids fair to have as successful a season this year as last. Up to the present the First Fifteen has played six matches, won five, and drawn one. Of last year's team six represented their province, and two (Gilray and McPherson) played for New Zealand against New South Wales. Our footballers may have to do some hard training before they can equal this record, but they think the possibility is quite conceivable—if they had a gymnasium.

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If one may judge from the report in the Argus, Melbourne University students appear to be quite as far below the high standard attained by Leland Stanford as even the undergraduates of the noisiest of our own colleges.

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We have much pleasure in congratulating R. A. Farquharson on his election as Rhodes Scholar for 1906. His attainments appear to be such as to make him specially suitable, for both in the class-rooms and on the athletic field he has figured prominently. In 1904 he was Senior Scholar in Geology; in 1905 he passed the examination for M.A., obtaining second-class honours in Physics and first class honours in Geology, and in 1906 he obtained the 1851 Exhibition Scholarship. He page 74 is a keen footballer, being a New Zealand representative in the Association game, and has played senior grade cricket for Carisbrook.

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At the November Examinations Otago obtained the bulk of the Honours and Scholarships—five First Class Honours and four Senior Scholarships. However, as the number of candidates for Scholarships and Honours from our College is almost equal to that from any other two, we are in hopes that our present position near the foot of the ladder will be improved next year.

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Aberdeen University students have sent fraternal greetings to students of the University of New Zealand, inviting them to send two representatives to the quatercentenary celebrations to be held in September. The executive of the Students' Association have decided to support the recommendation of Otago, that the two Rhodes Scholars who are now in residence at Oxford should be asked to represent the students of New Zealand.

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It is pleasing to find that with each successive gathering, interest in the Easter Tournament is increasing in all the four centres. This year V. C. invaded Christchurch with a contingent almost fifty strong : 22 representatives and 22 'barrackers' went from Wellington; one student journeyed overland from Greymouth and another from Dunedin. To these might be added three or four other ex-students now resident in Christchurch whom we were glad to meet again. One of the latter, Mrs. Longton (who won the Ladies Singles, and with Miss E. van Staveren the Ladies Doubles, for V. C. in 1902), was this year representing Canterbury College, and though history did not repeat itself in the Singles, Mrs. Longton and her partner, by winning the Ladies Doubles, won the only tennis championship that did not fall to V. C.

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At this year's Capping Ceremony Auckland College upheld its reputation for good behaviour, and listened to the speakers with laudable patience. The Hon. C. C. Bowen, vice-chancellor (in the absence of Sir Robert Stout), officiated as bestower of degrees, and this fact rather nullified the points of the introductory Capping Song, prepared with loving care for the said Sir Robert. Mr. E. de C. Clarke, in speaking page 75 from the gallery on behalf of the students, complained of the little interest taken in the college by business people, and also of the lack of a "playground."

In the evening high carnival was held, and a musical comedy written by one of the students, performed. So complete were the arrangements made, that the proceedings did not terminate till half-past eleven.

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This year, for the first time in the history of the New Zealand University, a degree was conferred on a blind student, Mr. E. Chitty, of Auckland. All the speakers on Capping Day made mention of this fact, and we join them in wishing Mr. Chitty, B.A., every future success.

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In welcoming to Christchurch the visiting students attending the Tournament, the Mayor, Mr. C. M. Gray, M.H.R., stated that he had it on the very best authority that fine weather could be expected during the tournament. Students of ancient history, he said, would be pleased to hear that stowed away among the archives of Canterbury College there had recently been found documents which showed that an eruption of Mount Vesuvius was invariably followed by fine weather in Canterbury.

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