The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, June 1913
Women students, we are told, know all too well the effects of the first climb to the heights of Salamanca. Breathless and aweary after their strenuous "pull" up the hill, they find them-selves—upon arrival at the Gates of Learning—prey to the essentially feminine longing for a cup of tea; and doubtless it is with this memory of their "freshmen" days uppermost in their minds that the Students' Association's "better half" every year prepares a welcoming tea in honour of new women students. The function this year was held on Thursday, 27th March, and proved,, like its predecessors, to be an undoubted success—the new students entering cheerfully into the spirit of things, and finding themselves, at the end of the afternoon, dismantled of their shyness and fortified, by means of the "cup that cheers," against the dryness of the Chairman's address.
Early in April, on a certain Saturday evening, the opening social—an official welcome to new students of both sexes—took place, and the old bare walls of the Gymnasium once again rang with the sounds of hilarity and mirth. We have no need to describe this entertainment. All new students who were present will not easily forget it, and those of the "has beens" who were unavoidably absent have but to recall the breathless, palpitating moments of their first V. C. social, and before them lies the scene in all its novelty. That "the old order changeth, yielding place to new," does not apply to Victoria College entertainments.
The next event of social importance was the Cricket Club's annual dance, at which the number present was unaccountably small; but despite this fact (or perhaps on account of it), the select few who found time to put in an appearance managed to enjoy a very pleasant evening's amusement.
On the 23rd May the Victoria College Men's Club—an entirely modern institution—gave vent to the high spirits of its members by holding a concert and dance. The management of the musical portion of the entertainment was most generously undertaken by Mr. Robert Parker, and to him and to the talented musicians who came to his assistance all music-lovers amongst the audience must feel that they owe a debt of gratitude. That such a concert should perforce have to give place at an early hour to dancing was a regret that filled many minds when the time of occasion to have penetrated even the rafters of the top floor, and there followed an enjoyable dance—much enlivened by the caprices of a certain "wicked" Prof.