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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, June 1915

The Editors Uneasy Chair

page 104

The Editors Uneasy Chair

This year, the outstanding feature of College life has been the abandonment of the annual Capping Carnival in honour of the Graduates of the year. Though this step was one which was to be expected in the circumstances, it is nevertheless one which we whole-heartedly regret. Since the Carnival was established some ten years ago, its career has been one of progress from strength to strength. It has flourished as few other institutions at the College have flourished; its annual performance, with the inevitable accompaniments of rehearsals, capping songs, and the other joyous features of the Carnival, has provided many students with unforgettable, glad memories, that will ever remain with them "most distinct amid the fever and the stir of after years." Honestly, we regret the abandonment of the Carnival.

While, however, sympathising with the reasons that led the Executive to abandon the Carnival, there is, it seems to us, at least one good reason why a Carnival should have been held as usual. For the last three or four years the Students' Association has cleared nearly £100 from the Carnival. The takings have been in the neighbourhood of, £230. The chief expenses have been hire of hall and loss upon the Graduates' Dinner and Capping Dance. Our suggestion is that if the Extravaganza had been held, and the other festivities dropped, a substantial sum could have been handed over by the Students' Association to one of the numerous and deserving charitable funds. At a low estimate, at least £150 so could have been cleared, and this result alone, in view of the urgent need of money to-day, would have justified the holding of the Extravaganza. As it is, the Students' Association is doing-less than the very smallest and least important primary school in Wellington. This fact is as deplorable as it is indisputable.

We do not wish it to be thought that we are singling out this year's Executive for attack. We think last year's Committee to have been equally culpable. Apparently no effort was made by it to arrange for a Carnival, or other entertainment, and the annual meeting of the Students' Association was held so late as practically to preclude the new Committee from tackling the problem. However, be it as it may, the position is that the Students' Association is the sole body in Wellington page 105 that has failed to assist in the charitable works that are being organised. We look to the Executive to repair the omission.

This is the first number of the 14th volume of "The Spike," and we want to draw your attention to a scheme, which we suggest would improve the College magazine. "The Spike" is published twice a year, one number appearing at the end of each College term. At present Club reports and literary matter are published cheek by jowl in each number. Our suggestion is that the first number of "The Spike" in each year be a purely literary number, and that the second number contain the Club reports and matter of purely College interest, such as the reports on the Carnival and the Easter Tournament.

We do not propose at this stage to go into the pros and cons of this suggested reform, but we would point out the most obvious advantages that seem to spring from it, viz.: every club would have, complete in one number, a faithful record of its doings for the current year. The work of club secretaries would thus be considerably simplified. Under the new arrangement the reports could be enlarged, and a far more complete synopsis of College activities be presented than is now possible. But the most important gain to be expected is this: "The Spike" might justly be described and would in fact become a purely literary magazine. It seems to us that this has been the goal of all our predecessors; it seems to us that this should be the goal of all our successors; but we cannot see that this goal can be attained except in some such way as we have outlined. We commend the suggestion to all students for consideration. The success of such a reform depends on them.