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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, June 1910


(Published Twice in the Session)

The Editorial Committee invites contributions, either in prose or verse, on any subject of general interest front students or officials connected with the College All literary communications should be addressed to The Editor, Victoria College, Wellington.

Subscriptions are now due, and are payable to Mr. G. M. Cleghorn, Financial Secretary, Victoria College.

Sketch of inkpot and quill next to booksyouth the years bring great changes with startling rapidity, and this is true not only of individuals, but also of institutions. Our own is no exception to the rule. It is a far cry from the days—they seem almost medieval times—when the gloomy portals of the Girls' High School reluctantly admitted the pioneer students—and only after the shades of night had fallen. The building was approached by a side-entrance, and everything proclaimed aloud the temporary nature of our abode. The staff comprised four Professors and four Lecturers, and the students were comparatively few in number.

From this transient state have we progressed step by step. Each year has marked a great advance, and now we seem to have reached completion—not perfection, but completion. We stand a College equipped on every side. The additions to the building and staff, combined with a reduction in the number of students (due to the raising of the matriculation standard) have placed us in a state of unexampled efficiency as far as facilities for study are concerned. Fresh Clubs page 8 have been formed, and whatever a student's interests may be—athletic, social, or intellectual—they can be met within the College walls. The erection of a social hall and gymnasium has provided a home for College meetings and athletics. A committee room is available, and common rooms have been furnished: scantily indeed, but still furnished. No longer does the dread stroke of 9.30 o'clock disperse all gatherings, nor does the College guardian wait with anxious face till the last student is off the premises.