The Spike or Victoria University College Review June 1926
Victoria has been honoured in the doings of her sons and daughters on the academic field. Mr. J. C. Beaglehole, M.A., and Mr. R. F. Fortune, M.A., gained post-graduate scholarships in Arts; Mr. J. O. J. Malfroy, LL.M., is the holder of a post-graduate scholarship in Law; and Miss Una Castle, M.A., has won a travelling scholarship in French.
The following were granted Senior University Scholarships: G. E. Parker (in Latin); F. Mackenzie (in French); G. M. Richardson (additional Scholarship); R. O. Whyte (Zoology).
The "Spike" hastens to bestow heartiest congratulations, on one and all.
A College Hostel.
Salvarm Lassie: Excuse me. but are you saved?
The Individual: ME? I come from the Hadfield Hostel!
Salvarm Lassie: Oh. I beg your pardon.
—Capping Carnival Programme, 1914.
"We cannot think of any form of benefaction directly affecting student life which would have a more wholesome influence than the budding and equipment of a Students' Hostel,"—Report of Reichel-Tate University Commission, 1925.
We are in the happy position of being able to report definite and promising action towards the establishment of a Varsity hostel. For some considerable time ways and means have been discussed by a special committee representing the College Council and Professorial Board, the Graduates' and Past Students' Association, and the Students' Association. Now a definite proposal has emerged in the form of a suggestion that the College should acquire that piece or parcel of land commonly known as the Martin Kennedy site, which is situated immediately over the Salamanca cable car stop. The Government has made a grant of £5,000 towards the cost of its acquisition, and the Council is negotiating with the Hospital Board for a clear title.
Now all this is admirable, but it has far-reaching implications which must cause us furiously to think. The hostel is for the students, and we must be ready to take an active share in providing it. The building will not drop ready-made from heaven, nor even from the Government. At the most we shall get a subsidy on funds which we raise ourselves. There is not the slightest doubt that it can be done, when we recall what has been accomplished here in the past. The year 1904 saw less than two hundred students at the College, yet when an appeal was page 53 issued for funds to erect the main building the Students' Association voted £25 from its meagre funds and raised a further £200 in a few days from individual students. Four or five years later, when funds were needed to clear the debt on the gymnasium, students—no less impecunious than ourselves—responded with debentures, commonly for the sum of £5, which were redeemed within six months. Possibly some such scheme might commend itself to this generation of students.
We hope to be in a position in our next issue to record substantial progress. Meanwhile we wish to express unbounded gratitude to the Government for its grant, and we earnestly exhort every student to do his utmost towards providing funds if and when an appeal is made.
But I will sit beside the fire.
And put my hand before my eyes.
And trace, to fill my heart's desire,
The last of all our Odysseys.
The Right Hon. J. G. Coates, M.P., has risen in the estimation of Victoria, and we dare look shortly for substantial justification of this opinion. On Thursday, 17th June, Mr. R. M. Campbell, M.A., LL.B., was appointed to be a private secretary to the Prime Minister. The nature of the post and the method of making the appointment are such that no inconsiderable distinction attaches to our fellow-student's promotion. Three or four of the important College executives have lost their most energetic member, and every progressive cause in University life will miss an enthusiastic and untiring worker. We humbly tender our congratulations and stand in awe with admiration and envy.
We hail Mr. N. A. Foden, M.A., LL.M., as Lecturer in Evidence; Mr. L. C. Hemery, LL.B., Lecturer in Procedure; and Mr. Miles, M.Sc, Assistant Lecturer in Mathematics. Mr. Hemery's advent means the departure of our old friend, Mr. G. G. G. Watson, M.A., LL.B., who has escorted most of the new generation of lawyers through the mazes and pitfalls of Procedure. Good fortune to them all!
It is useless to put your heads together if you cannot put your hearts together.
Hinemoa Bennett to Leslie Alexander Tracy, LL.B.
Olive Marie Hickling to Edgar Charles Wiren, B.A., LL.B.
Flora Morison Cameron to John B. Yaldwyn.
May Joyce to P. Martin-Smith, B.A., LL.B.
Then a sleep there fell on Adam,
And a tiny rib Was took.
Out of which there blossomed Madam.
Given to man to be his cook.
- Margaret Harris to Horace McCormick, LL.B.
- Marion Whitehorn, B.A., to D. O. Williams, M.A.
- Lily H. V. Keeble, M.A., to Felix J. Grigg. M.Sc.
A three-act farce entitled "Just as You Say, Dear," was staged in the Opera House on June 23rd to June 26th. It was an innovation in several directions—for example, not more than a score of students were concerned with its production, and the play was, to use the words of its author, Mr. G. H. R. Young, "musicless, danceless, songless." The first three nights amounted in essence to three dress rehearsals in public view, and the final performance was given before a large and genuinely appreciative audience. In another part of this magazine will be found a critic's impressions of the play. It is unnecessary to add (nevertheless we add it) that it is not to be taken as an expression of editorial opinion.
It is with sorrow that we record the death of Kilvert Lewis Matthews. A motor accident in December last was responsible for his sudden and tragic passing. An appreciation of his life by one who knew him well appears on an earlier page of this "Spike."
Graduates' and Past Students' Association.
Mrs. John Hannah has kindly written a brief note on the doings of the Graduates' Association:—
The Graduates' and Past Students' Association held a sparsely-attended general meeting at the College on Thursday, April 29th, and unless a little more active interest is shown in the Association it will be impossible to achieve anything noteworthy, or bring to conclusion any of the plans now before the Committee.
The only activities of the Association at present are social ones. An At Home for the graduates of the year was held in the Gymnasium on Thursday, May 13th, and proved a bright and successful affair.
It is proposed to hold one or two Bridge evenings and parties during the winter, and it is to be hoped that graduates and past students will take these opportunities of meeting together.
Owing to the rush involved in getting out the last "Spike" (September, 1925) in time for the promised date, it was not possible to obtain a sight of the final proofs. A number of misprints, therefore, occur in the issue, and, with one exception, may be detected by the least observant of readers. The exception is the word "economics" in line 7 on page 2 of the Editorial. This should read "mnemonics."