SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1934. Volume 5. Number 6.
A. McG. Hits Out.
If there were any hope for the future of N.Z., we should look for it at the University. For from three to five years the undergraduate is used as a target for a carefully prepared, planned and organised barrage of what is known as higher education. Here we should look for unity and leadership.
Yet, within this very College itself, society is hopelessly split. There are more than a few conceited little pups who regard themselves as intellectuals, and there are also others. The former have the effrontery to withdraw themselves behind the bulwarks of self-righteous detachment, whench they look out with an ill-concealed contempt and a supercilious scorn upon those lesser people whom they are pleased to regard as of little account. At V.U.C. there is no exuse for anybody considering himself an intellectual as distinct from anyone else, just as there is no excuse for anybody allowing himself to be regarded as a lout or a yob, or to be known by any other term which disparages mental prowess; there should be no room for intellectualism as distinct from any other "ism," and the sooner those responsible for constituting themselves a hierarchy of mental monopolists are brought to see that such a state of affairs is foreign to V.U.C. the better.
Boarding House Astronomy.
Tea talk at Weir.
E. (intelligently.) "What is the ring round Saturn?
G. (being helpful.) It is the disintegrated matter of the planet's moons.
S. A sort of dirt track.
D. Why do you want to talk about Saturn? Venus is much more interesting.
E. ft depends upon which Venus you mean.
S. He means the heavenly body of course.