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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 22, No. 8. August 3, 1959


A former judge of the Plunket Medal contest once made the observation that it did not sound well for your men to set out to discredit and criticise men who had achieved some degree of fame during their lifetime.

This piece of advice could well have been borne in mind by the contestants in this year's contest held in the Concert Chamber on Friday, July 17, for of the eight speeches delivered four were violently critical of men or their institutions and there was also Mr Trehey.

It is implicit in oratory, almost a definition of the term, that the audience should be elevated and enlightened by what they hear—perhaps to the point of awakening some fire within them. If a speaker can do that, he is an orator.