The Spike or Victoria University College Review 1931
Not for many years have we had to record the deaths of so many past and present students of this College.
There passed away on 18th August a deservedly popular graduate of V.U.C., Evelyn Hardy, B.A. In the social life of the College she took a prominent part and endeared herself to a large circle by her geniality and unselfishness. She represented Victoria at basketball at three successive Tournaments. As Secretary and then as Captain of this Club she won, by her kindliness and impartiality, the esteem of its members. To those privileged to know her intimately her thoughtfulness, her sweetness of disposition and her strength of character made her a friend worthy of the name.
It is with profound regret that we have to record the death of Leslie Blades Dinniss, who only a short time ago completed his legal studies at this College. The late Mr. Dinniss was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Dinniss, of New Plymouth, and died suddenly in Wellington on Saturday, the 6th day of June, 1931. Mr. Dinniss was extremely popular with his fellow students and took an active part in the social activities of the College. His early professional success held promise of a very brilliant future. Mr. Dinniss was prominently associated with social and sporting bodies in the city and was an enthusiastic golfer and badminton player. He was a man with a very charming manner, polite and courteous, and ever ready to help, and his death at the early age of twenty-six years will be universally regretted.
Ivan Larnach Hjorring graduated in Law at Victoria College in 1927, but during his career at the College he found time between his studies to take a keen interest in student affairs, and held several important offices whilst at the University. In 1924 he was Secretary of the Students' Association, and in 1925 he was President. A most popular figure at the College, he is affectionately remembered by his contemporaries. His management in student matters was both tactful and efficient. On gaining his degree he took up the practice of his profession, which he continued until his death. He leaves a young widow and a child, and to these and his relatives we extend our sincerest sympathy.page 23
Early in the session Professor T. A. Hunter left us to go to England. Together with Dr. Hight, of Canterbury College, he represented the New Zealand Universities at the Congress of Universities of the British Empire held at Edinburgh in July. We understand that they are returning via America, as they accepted the invitation to confer with the authorities of the Carnegie Corporation, New York, on important matters affecting the University of New Zealand.
A new honour at this College was gained recently by Mr. C. L. Bailey, M.A., who was successful in obtaining the first award of the James MacIntosh Travelling Scholarship in Education.
A fellow traveller with Mr. Bailey was Mr. E. H. McCormick, M.A., the Editor of "Spike" throughout 1930. This year Mr. McCormick won a Post-Graduate Scholarship in Arts, and will carry out research in English Literature at Cambridge University.
Dr. R. M. Campbell has honoured us by returning to the scene of the interests of his earlier years. It will be recalled that Dr. Campbell was at one time President of our Students' Association. He was closely associated with all student activities, and was particularly prominent in the Free Discussions Club and the Debating Society.
A distinguished ex-student of Victoria College who has recently come back to New Zealand is Mr. Gordon Troup. Under the auspices of the Student Christian Movement, Mr. Troup has been working in Paris among the foreign students.
Students selected as the Victoria University College nominees for this year's Rhodes Scholarship are: Mr. M. E. Mahoney, LL.B., Mr. B. A. Paetz. To both these students we extend our congratulations on their nomination and our best wishes in the contest.
We extend our welcome to Dr. Ian Henning, who has taken up the position of Lecturer in Modern Languages, assisting Professor Boyd- Wilson. Dr. Henning proceeded to France from the University of Sydney, and obtained his Doctorate at the Sorbonne. In addition to making his presence felt among students of commercial French, Dr. Henning has delighted us by entering whole-heartedly into the activities of the Colley. We assure him that we keenly appreciate the new critique which he has applied to College institutions, and the fresh point of view he has brought us by his review of our University life.
An innovation for the women students this year has been a Physical Culture Class, conducted gratuitously by Nancy Webber. Each Saturday morning some twenty or thirty barefooted maidens may be seen—and heard—prancing with abandon in the Gym.
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The Prize offered through "Spike" for the best original lyric was awarded by the judge to Miss C. E. Drummond for her poem "Sale." We wish to congratulate the author.
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No notes could close without reference to the sterling services of Mr. L. Pritchard. All persons and clubs who use the Gym and the Hall will know how considerate and painstaking he is despite the many times his patience must be tried. For his quiet help with and steady interest in all student activities we wish to offer him our grateful thanks.
Past Students' Notes
H. L. Richardson is at Rothamsted Experimental Station, working hard and happily. In 1930 he attended the International Conference of Soil Scientists in Russia.
Until recently Max Richardson was doing research work at University College, London. We have heard that he has now accepted a scholarship at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, Kensington, London.
R. M. Dolby completed research work at King's College, London, and has returned to a position at Massey Agricultural College.
Miss R. Strand left New Zealand last August to enter Newham College, Cambridge.
C. R. Barnicoat has been doing research work at the Low Temperature Research Station, Cambridge, and is now on his way back to New Zealand.
Mr. W. Gillanders, a past President of the Students' Association, is at present in Oakland, California, U.S.A., where he is General Secretary of the Y.M.C.A. His ready assistance to the progress of students and others from New Zealand and Australia visiting America must be greatly appreciated. He is also quietly assisting to make New Zealand known by his educational addresses there.