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The Spike or Victoria College Review October 1929

Haeremai Club

Haeremai Club.

There has in past years been very little opportunity during the latter part of the year for the usual Haeremai Club activities. Even more so has this been the case this year, for the reason that the newly-instituted system of term examination without notice has kept the students' noses to the grindstone. For all this, however, the club has been able to conduct two functions at V.U.C., apart from the usual "god's parties."

During the second term the Club, in conjunction with the Women's Club, conducted an after-lecture evening. The show consisted of several items, followed by an informal dance and a "fish and chips" supper. A large attendance enjoyed the items, the most noteworthy of which was Messrs. Bishop and Read's "Scurrilous Satires on College Events." Altogether a very successful function and enjoyed by most more than the formal Saturday night dances.

At the beginning of the third term the Club, again in conjunction with the Women's Club, held the annual Haeremai dance. This year we departed from precedent and instituted a fancy dress dance. Some of the costumes were humorous, especially the living skeleton, the Roman senator, and the numerous Waitaki boys. The dance was the most lively affair of the year. With this successful function the Club virtually closes its year.

For the balance of the year there is, of course, no opportunity for the activities of the Haeremai Club. It may therefore be advisable to issue through the columns of "Spike" one or two remarks for the future welfare of the Club.

Some five or six years ago the Club became defunct, mainly on account of the lack of interest taken by the older students of the 'Varsity in its activities. Three years ago it was revived, and revived by students who had been at V.U.C. for five or six years. The mainstay of the Club and of the College is not the " fresher," but the student of three and four years' standing. It is on these more experienced students that we depend not only for the management of the Club but also to form a solid basis of leadership in the activities of the College.

While the present system of examination and the night-school methods in the law faculty are against the regular attendance of these older members, there are nevertheless too few of these veterans among our members. We impress on the older and more experienced students the need for their taking an active part in the Club's activities and for taking the place of the students who have left the College. They will thus exercise a controlling influence on the buoyant and boisterous spirits of the younger members, and in the affairs of the College as they affect the men students.

V.U.C. at present lacks the college spirit found in the other Varsities, and the first object of the Club should be to instill this college spirit into the students. This can be done only by the combined efforts of students, and the Club suggests to the students as a whole that the only means to attain any degree of college spirit is for every student to take part in the activities not only of the Club but of the College. The Club cannot last without the support of the men students. It is run for the benefit of the men students and it is worthy of their support.