Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 14, No. 8. July 12, 1951
Yes, Extravaganza for 1951 has received an enthusiastic review—yards of it, lyrics and all. The June "N.Z. Transport Worker," published by the deregistered watersiders, thought it was a great show, appreciated by those "workers who could afford it, or were lucky enough to get complimentary tickets." (Note of surprise, is our House Manager in league with the "workers," dishing out free tickets?)
Seriously, though, the watersiders were probably among the few who appreciated the technicalities of the script. There was an immense amount of clever stuff which really made up a sort of ritual which was lost on those who did not know the sacred cows and pet hates of those of the authors' political persuasion.
John Platts-Mills, Rhodes Scholar, ex British M.P., and now prominent in the "Peace Movement" is to revisit New Zealand this year according to the "People's Voice." Present day V.U.C. students will welcome the opportunity to see in person one of our most distinguished—and discussed—graduates.
Working on "Salient" is no recommendation to V.U.C. electors. Of the seven candidates who have been associated with the paper recently, none was elected to the new executive. One commiserated another with: "Ah, well, we can at least be free to attack the new Exec."
So that's why "Salient" is against the student government.
In ending up many years of fine work of administration Kevin O'Brien was embarrassed by a temporary difficulty in finding the list for the new exec. at the A.G.M.
Pro Bono Publico, Mother of Ten and others had their worst fears confirmed by recent "Evening Post" advertisements for lectures at Unity Centre to be given by "a member of the University Branch of the Communist Party."
There is, of course, no official connection with V.U.C. and the branch referred to consists of a dozen or so students and graduates who are communists, as the wording of the advertisement makes clear.
Unlike most of its contemporaries, "Salient" has not raised its subscription rate this year, and losses on its operations are met out of the funds of the Students' Association.
Salient staff do not get any pay for their work—your support with a subscription will encourage their efforts in trying to make it a better paper.
Mr. Patterson defends Henry George; recommends further study. This writer took as a guide Roll: History of Economic Thought:
"The writings of Henry George (1839-97), although still enjoying a wide circulation, have ceased to command much attention or to be an important force in the world of today. They are no longer considered so dangerous by the academic economists as to be worthy of vituperation or rebuttal. And in the working-class movement they have long since been superseded by other and more comprehensive theories."
We hear that Mr. Nash has since been invited by the Debating and Political Science Societies to address VUC students. It pleases us to know that all the clubs are not so dead as to ignore the chance to hear the Leader of the Opposition.
Shouting Out the Battle Cry of . . .
"Freedom" chided VUC for not getting someone other than Mr. Barnes to address it. Club officers have done their best to get Mr. Sullivan to speak, unsuccessfully so far. Could "Freedom's" editor please help us to hear the other side of the argument by prevailing on a worthwhile Government speaker to come to V.U.C.?