Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 14. July 12, 1939
V.U.C. at Massey
V.U.C. at Massey
Some thirty members of the V.U.C. Science Association made an enjoyable excursion to Massey on Sunday, July 2nd. No excursion run by the 'Varsity would be complete without the traditional behaviour of 'Varsity students, and this was no exception.
Most of what we saw was of interest only to those of the Science Faculty. Both at Massey and the Plant Chemistry Lab. D.S.I.R., the main feature appeared to be the use of modern methods and a plentiful supply of efficient apparatus. Those who have spent their scientific lives tying up condensers with pieces of string may well wonder whether the complex apparatus is really essential, as good work can be done with very few facilities. Everywhere there was a keenness and enthusiasm, essentially dynamic, and not always present at V.U.C.
After a meal modestly described as afternoon tea, several short speeches were made. Mr. Terry, President of Massey College S.A. welcomed us as ambassadors from V.U.C., expressed regret that the visit was so short and hoped that many such interchanges of visits would take place in the future. The final speech by Prof. Peren could very well be reported in full. His main points were, firstly, the close bond that exists between Massey and V.U.C., one which should be felt especially in the Science Faculty, and secondly, the importance of Biochemistry (that subject involving a synthesis of biology and chemistry) in the scientific development of N.Z., and the great requirement of expert research workers in this subject at Massey. Mr. Barker replied on behalf of V.U.C.
Those who went on this excursion are very grateful for the work done by Dr. F. W. Dry in arranging the visit.