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The Spike or Victoria College Review 1937

Victoria House

Victoria House

Victoria House, like the Royal Family, has its traditions. Our roll of honour indicates the large number of graduates that have slept, eaten and made a noise here. Then there are certain untabulated things that have always been done here—and, we grant you, some few that have never been done before. In fact, we are so steeped in the tradition of the place, and each year is so much just a repetition of the one before, that conventional notes for Spike could well be drawn up, with a few blanks to be filled in as each new copy appears. It would simplify matters for us—but perhaps that is more or less what is done! [Apparently.—Editor.]

The customary dance this year was the customary success. The common room was transformed into an orange and yellow spider's den—wherein were trapped many flies. The pillars of the House, conferring later, voted it the best dance that ever resounded round them.

There have been some new additions to the House itself. A coat of paint is perhaps the most noticeable. The gate, as a result, no longer advertises the 282 women students. Within, rejuvenation of the plumbing arrangements has added to the material comforts of the place.

Nor are the water-pipes the only new thing that the year has brought to the House. We have not been too burdened down by tradition to prevent us from drawing up a constitution and forming an association. Or was it that these had become necessary to support the weight of tradition? At all events they now exist; but apart from such innovations, Victoria House has been the customary hive of industry and activity. We have been represented at both Varsity and Training College Tournaments and have supported most of the clubs at Varsity. Thus we have taken our share in the University life.