The Spike or Victoria College Review 1942
Here is the essence for 1942 of Victoria College thought, a miscellany, as it should be, of no definite polity. Its only aim: to fulfil the humble duties of a university in wartime, to maintain its standards, to stay alive.
Love and indeed all emotional disturbances have been well kept at home where they belong. This last aphorism, incidentally, has been fashioned by the sage in front of this year's Rostrum, and is a genuine N.Z. product.
But so are the articles and as a consequence all we have to offer you are unadulterated fruits of the brain: You will find few statements here that have to their authors a meaning of the first order. You will find "love at home" and in this paper only the non-essentials, the intellectual waste products, largely of lives focussing in set books and walks home from the pictures. You will find a galaxy of articles inspiring, amusing, instructive and miscellaneous, quite readable even though we admit it, and also sundry verses partly by "our modern poetlings" and other people who have no outspoken communist sympathies and some who have the sympathies but not the guts, partly by the forces of the future.
In spite of all, this issue has its cultural value though less creatively than as a preservative. And no one should suppose that the editorial staff lacks appreciation for all articles promised, submitted, or printed, or that Spike is not worth its very reasonable price.