SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1937. Volume 8. Number 5.
Easter Saturday afternoon was V.U.C.'s afternoon out. Our readers have possibly heard that the Wikitria eight won the boat race, but they have probably not heard that V.U.C. was Public Entertainer No. 1. The Canta Haka Party fell down on its job—its members were too busy drinking beer. So were Wikitorians, but not so busy to forget their duty to the Christchurch public. Songs, hakas, ceremonies! And did the public like it.? With our customary modesty we shall content ourselves by saying that the public was favourably impressed. As the eight entered the sacred waters of the Waimakariri, Archbishop Aimers blessed it and spake thus: "May Fate pour down its blessings upon you, and give you speed." The prayer was not in vain. The boats were approaching the finishing point . . . a crew in dark singlets in the lead . . . Auckland winning . . . dark blue . . . no . . . yes . . . isn't it Green ? . . . no . . . yes . . . Green! . . . Green!! . . . Green!!! At this stake V.U.C. supporters either waded into the Waimak., or were cut off by the rising tide . . . wet feet . . . who the hell cares ? And so to the nearest alehouse.