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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, June 1910

[report on the Women Students' hostel]

Women students' hostel

The Women Students' Hostel, now entering on the third year of its existence, seems to have fully justified its establishment, and many students, both past and present, have cause to be thankful to the energetic committee of ladies and gentlemen who worked so hard to establish the hostel. Not only to the founders are our thanks due, but also to the Hostel Council, who still have an arduous task in administering affairs and directing finances.

We have at present thirty-three students in residence, in spite of the fact that a large number left us last year; and several old students have spent their winter vacation with us. The annual meeting of the students was held at the beginning of the term, and a Committee was elected to help the Council in the management of affairs. The election resulted as follows:—Misses G. Cooke (Captain and Secretary), R. Palmer, O. Cook, G. Everett and H. Jenkins.

The latest and most interesting addition to the Hostel is the telephone, and in this connection we may state for the benefit of this girls' numerous friends, that the hours allowed for conversations or messages are from 12.30 to 2.30 p.m., and from 9 to 10 p.m. (supper time). Another item of interest to our friends may be that we are always at home to callers on the afternoon of the first Sunday of each month, and have the pleasure of dispensing tea, from 4 to 5.30.

We have had one social evening and dance this term, which we hope our guests enjoyed as much as we did. The Committee wish to thank all those who help to make our evenings so enjoyable by providing music, singing, recitations, and dance music.

The annual supper given by the Council as a re-union for all women graduates in honour of the Victoria College graduates of the year, is to be held on the 28th instant, two days before capping.

The afternoon tea and supper parties in the girls' own rooms are still as popular a feature of Hostel life as ever, page 69 as many as twenty girls having been known to enjoy (?) a feast en masse in a single room. Although we have spoken at some length on the lighter or more frivolous side of the life at the Hostel, the more serious side is by no means neglected, and every opportunity is given to those who wise to work hard. We hope that the examination results at the close of the session will give some slight indication of the amount of energy and enthusiasm expended on this, the real object of our residence here.

As there are a few vacancies, owing to several girls not being admitted to the Training College, applications for rooms may be made to Mrs. Salmond, Kelburne, or Mrs. Thornton, the Hostel.

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