The College Council has completed its deliberations in all these various matters; and if the other authorities in the University have been equally diligent and expeditious, the whole scheme may very well be ready for submission to the Government in the course of a few months. The signing of the Armistice is already exercising a great and pleasant influence on College life. Students and members of the teaching staff are returning from the Army and Navy in considerable numbers. The University Senate has made the necessary arrangements for the relaxation of certain conditions as to residence and number of courses for those students whose studies have been interrupted; but many individual cases occur which cannot easily be dealt with under general regulations, and for these special provision is being made by the University and the College. The arrangements so far have worked extremely well. The movement to provide a suitable War memorial in the College is gradually taking shape. Various suggestions have been canvassed, but the most widely accepted is that buildings for a Students' Union should be erected, containing a permanent memorial record of the names of those who have served and of those who have died. This plan has been brought before the Association of Past Students, and it is hoped that it will be authoritatively launched within a few weeks. ABERYSTWYTH. Aberystwyth-Student Officials President of Students' Council-Cyril Roseboume, B.Sc. President of Women's Sectional Council-Miss May Evans. President of Literary and Debating Society-W. H. M. Bufton, B.A. President of the Christian Union-We A. Bebb, B.A. Editor of The Dragon "-Arthur 0. Roberts. The prospects of this term are very bright. Even at the beginning of the Session there was a large number of students, and now that the men Reconstruction has achieved something of the importance of that blessed word Mesopotamia-it is long, difficult and shrouded in mystery. Much is being published and written on the subject generally, but vague ideas seem to be prevalent both as to the nature of the problems and the forms of their solution. Thanks to the enterprise of the Editor, who has generously offered space for the consideration of questions affecting Wales, it is proposed to discuss on this page the numerous government papers, and other local schemes which are engaging the attention of central and local governments. During the early months of the year 1917-18, the Welsh National Association for Reconstruction was formed to investigate problems of s Reconstruction with special reference to Wales, and to publish the result of these investigations; to examine proposals for Reconstruction put forward, and to stimulate, and if possible direct public action on the most important matters of public policy. Most significant, however, is the last of the objects of the Association To secure public recognition of the need:- (1) For the awakening and developing of the Spirit of Service in which everyone is recognised as belonging to one Brotherhood, having duties and rights in relation to the well being of the Nation as a whole, and in which religious, educational, industrial, political and civic activities are regarded as essential features of the whole life of the community. (2) For the deepening of the sense of solidarity between all sections of the community. (3) For securing the fullest possible opportunity for the realisation of the highest forms of personal life, and for the development of individual capacity. Two Branches were formed, one in South, the other in North Wales. The two branches have up to the present worked upon similar lines of policy. They have endeavouied to stimulate public opinion by frequent Conferences, and they have appointed expert Committees which have investigated some of the most pressing of Welsh problems. In South Wales public conferences have been held to discuss the following subjects: (I) The Report on Industrial Unrest in South Wales (opened by Mr. E. L. Chappell, the Secretary of the Commission). (2) The Whitley Report *The Secretaries of the South Wales Branch are :— H. J; W. Hetherington and E. Drew, 111, Queen Street, Cardiff. The Secreatary of the North Wales Branch is :-Miss M. E. Haworth, University College, Bangor. are being demobilised from the Army, the quadrangle is getting pleasantly crowded. The College was closed for the greater part of last term owing to influenza; and so the usual meetings of the various societies could not be held. Hence the enthusiasm is all the greater just now; there is moreover a contagious feeling of light-heartedness, due to the fact that the oppressive sense of war-time gloom has disappeared. The old students whose studies were interrupted in 1914, and who are resuming their studies now, especially are anxious to bring things back to their pre-war state. They at least have realised the war is over, and that we are at liberty to resume the old joys of College life. It is due largely to their influence that preparations are being made for an Eistedd- fod on St. David's Day. The Literary and Debating Society Committee are busy drawing up a programme of debates, one to be on the League of Nations. The Inaugural Lecture of the Literary Society will be delivered by Professor J. W. H. Atkins, M.A., on Francis Thompson," and another meeting is to be devoted to modem poets, when readings will be given from Poems of To-day." The Students' Council is making preparations for its soiree, to be held on February 28th, and generally for the Inter Collegiate week. The Celtic Society is also active, and we are looking forward to debates yn yr hen iaith once more th's term, and an all-Welsh entertainment in a month or so. Interest in athletics is kindling, and we are promised by Inter-Colls week Association, Rugby and Hockey teams worthy of our College. The Dragon is in Press and will be published soon Dr. Thos. Quayle, a distinguished old student contributes an article in praise of the old College days his object is to ensure that our traditions shall not be lost in spite of the chaos of the last four years, and he urges us to revive as quickly as possible all the splendid College functions dropped during the war. Judging from prevalent enthusiasm this will not be difficult, and next year we hope to have the old life of the College in full swing again. A.O.R. PRO BONO PUBLICO on the relations between employers and unemployed (on which spoke Mr. John Andrews, of Cardiff, Mr. Frank Hodges of the South Wales Miners' Federation, and Mr. J. J. Mallon, a member of the Whidey Committee). (3) The Project of a Ministry of Health. (4) Education in Citizenship. (5) Miss E. P. Hughes' proposals for the "Education of the Majority." (6) The Functions of local Reconstruction Associa- tions. The attendance and discussions at these meetings were very satisfactory, and revealed the wide-spread interest which problems of reconstruction appear to have aroused. Two large and representative meetings were organised. At the first, the late Viscount Rhondda, Major Waldorf Astor, M.P., and Mr. J. H. Thomas, M.P., spoke on the need for a Ministry of Health. At the second Lord Leverhulme expounded his proposals for a reduction of the working day to six hours. The South Wales Branch has further initiated some important in- vestigations. Committees have been set up to consider (1) the use and conditions of leisure in the South Wales coalfield (2) the organisation of public services in Wales, and (3) the possibility of establishing civic guilds in various centres. The Branch in North Wales was founded in January, 1918. Two Conferences have been held: the first on Reconstruction, when Mr. J. L. Hammond of the Ministry of Reconstruction emphasised the need of enlightening public opinion, and the second on Housing, when Messrs. Lleufer Thomas, Walter Jones, John Owen, and Dr. Parry Edwards spoke. The Conference was attended by representatives of the Local Authorities of North Wales, and of the Welsh Housing and Development Association. In the investigation of special problems, the North Wales Branch has been particularly active, and has done exceedingly good work. An Agricultural Committee has been investigating the wages and conditions of agricultural employment in North Wales. Special memoranda have been prepared and submitted to the Central Wages' Board on the Board and lodging of agricultural labourers in Anglesey, and on the rise in prices of goods supplied to agricultural labourers by village shops. The position of the agricultural labourer, obviously of great importance in rural life, has received special attention. The proportion of agricultural labourers who become farmers and small holders has been estimated, an investigation has been begun on the reason why this proportion is so low, and the means by which capable persons may be given suitable
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