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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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