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Press p u b l i c i t y reached the C o l l e g e of E s t a t e Management t e l l i n g them that" I.C. had t h e i r owl l o n g before most. I m p e r i a l C o l l e g e students knew o f i t s existance. ,_ •• The Royal School of Mines was t h e f i r s t t a r g e t of those hoping t o r e g a i n the owl, but the c o o p e r a t i o n o f the P r e s i d e n t , S e c r e t a r y and C l e r k o f the Union p r o v i d e d an adequate i n f o r m a t i o n ' s e r v i c e as t o the marauders' whereabouts. C h i e f of S t a f f K i t c h e n e r , \ telephone in, each hand, s a t i n the Union o f f i c e d i r e c t i n g o p e r a t i o n s . Groups o f students accumulated i n s i d e the entrance h a l l s o f v a r i o u s p a r t s o f the C o l l e g e and routed the e s t a t e men. One Guildsman who pursued them too f a r went f o r a r i d e i n one o f t h e i r cars.He was redeemed f o r two of' t h e i r own men and two p a i r s o f t r o u s e r s , t h i s r e f l e c t i n g the c u r r e n t market value of technicians. The owl has s i n c e been d i s p l a y e d i n v a r i o u s p a r t s of the C o l l e g e . _____

Tt was on Thursday, 9th. February at lunchtime t h a t two students, one from R.C.Sj, the other from G u i l d s , entered the l i b r a r y of the C o l l e g e of Estate Management. The o t h e r two occupants looked up and l e f t t h e room, l e a v i n g t h e i r cement owl undefended on the mantel p i e c e . I t was promptly c a r r i e d out under a coat, long before t h e o f f i c i a l p a r t y o f twenty I.C. men c o u l d a r r i v e , complete w i t h wedges t o jam the s w i n g doors and spare t r o u s e r s f o r any casualties sustained. The, two students who took the owl were members o f the Dramatic S o c i e t y who have taken a great i n t e r e s t i n other London C o l l e g e s t h i s s e s s i o n . They decorated the owl i n appropiate c o l o u r s and c r e s t t o d i s p l a y a t the n o c t u r n a l f r i v o l i t i e s the f o l l o w i n g n i g h t when the Royal School o f Mines were h o l d i n g t h e i r C a r n i v a l "Dreamland"

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s I f "Love should always come before duty" i s a good debating motion, i t almost c e r t a i n l y i s even b e t t e r when d i s c u s s e d on S t . V a l e n t i n e ' s day, and I.C. were even l u c k i e r i n t h a t they had a chance t o see and hear the two-man American U n i v e r s i t i e s debating team, at present t o u r i n g U n i v e r s i t i e s and C o l l e g e s i n t h i s country. The American p a i r , Joseph T r a t t n e r and P h i l i p McCellan, opposed each o t h e r , T r a t t n e r beginning hi s speech by doing an impression o f a " t e r r i b i y > t e r r i b l y , E n g l i s h v o i c e , don't you know'' and proceeded t o present t o the Chairman (Les A l i e n ) 'as r e p r e s e n t a t i v e o f the house' w i t h an American f l a g , a b r i g h t red t a r t a n g o l f cap (cheers as •the Chairman put i t on), a p a i r of m u l t i c o l o u r e d socks, ('ideal, f o r evening Wear') and l a s t but by no means l e a s t a f u l l - l e n g t h p i c t u r e o f La Monroe. The cheers f o r t h i s turned t o c r i e s of, disappointment c h a g r i n o r p o s s i b l y f r u s t r a t i o n as Mr^ T r a t t o e r r o l l e d up the p i c t u r e a g a i n and put i t back i n t o h i s nag. He and h i s opposite number? then s e t t l e d down t o t a l k and show j u s t why they were p i c k e d from the many American U n i v e r s i t i e s , both p l e a d i n g t h e i r cause s i n c e r e l y and at the same time l i b e r a l l y b a c k i n g t h e i r speeches w i t h anecdotes. The second proposer, Raphael Berenbaum, showed as always t h a t he was no mean speaker, and he t o o was s u c c e s s f u l w i t h such remarks as "The other day I drove i n t o an American c a r — h a d t o d r i v e out again though, there wasn't enough room t o park." He achieved the neat balance o f p u t t i n g a case and a t the same time being p l e a s a n t l y amusing. M i c h a e l Be'rnstein seconded the o p p o s i t i o n , p r o v i n g on h i s way t h a t even speakers o f S a n s k r i t understood a C e r t a i n motto w i t h r e f e r e n c e t o a dinghy, a l a d d e r and a gent named Jacob. There was only time f o r f o u r s h o r t speeches from the f l o o r . John Bingham's was the b e s t , but Mr. Webb and one other who pleaded f o r a b s t e n t i o n had t h e i r reward when the vote came, the motion b e i n g c a r r i e d by 110 votes t o 33 w i t h no l e s s than 35 a b s t e n t i o n s . I t was an e n t e r t a i n i n g debate even i f i t was not a p a r t i c u l a r l y s t i m u l a t i n g one. 1

On Thursday, 16 February, the College., r e presented by s i x boxers,won the ' t i l o t t ' Cup f o r the h i g h e s t , s c o r i n g team i n the U n i v e r s i t y Championships. The s c o r i n g was on the b a s i s of 5 p o i n t s f o r the winner i n each weight c l a s s , 3 p o i n t s f o r the runner-up, and 1 f o r the l o s i n g semi f i n a l i s t s . The C o l l e g e ' s c o r e s were: I.C. 22, Royal V e t e r i n a r y C o l l e g e 15, S t . B a r t s . H o s p i t a l 7. TEAM: L.E.Palmer ( C a p t a i n ) , J.G.Baker, B. C o r b e t t , G.Halsey,M. S .McKenzie, W.II. Shepherd. I.C. UNION MEETING NEXT THURSDAY, MARCH 1 s t . , 1.15 P.M ROOM 17 C & G (FIRST FLOOR) THE ROOM IS CERTAIN TO BE VERY CROWDED. ALL MEMBERS ARE EARNESTLY REQUESTED TO PREVENT ANY DAMAGE t o THE SEATS 6ft BENCHEST AGENDA Minutes o f the l a s t Meeting. Matters a r i s i n g . Correspondance. Students Grants. C o n s i d e r a t i o n o f a motion by Mr John Cox and seconded by Mr Fred S p r i g g s : "That I m p e r i a l C o l l e g e Union should apply f o r r e - a f f i l i a t i o p t o the N a t i o n a l Union o f Students." 6. Any o t h e r Business.

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We ha—s here a phrase book with a difference ,af inestimable use to vacation workers and to those who require translations of the menu i n Queenies before making thalr choice.

More Hoatel Accommodation The University Grants Committee visited I.C. i n December. Some members of Council were given the opportunity to submit a written memorandum and to meet the 0.G-.C. Council's recommendations were concentrated on the provision of more residential accommodation for J.C students i n the Kensington area as soon as possibleI t was 'urged that accommodation for at least 1,000 students should he available by the completion of the college's expansion i n 1962.

This book gives 4049 everyday phrases similar to ' l a plume de ma tante' i n four languages but i f you are unable to pronounce the word there are illustrations a. g. show the person you are addressing the illustratiom of 'plume' and a photograph of your aunt and you w i l l gst what you deserve. The illustration N. 3151 shows a person drowning - presumably Brian Oggy swimming the Thames.

C'onmeiaoration Day. 1956This w i l l take plaoe on Thursday, October 25th, 1956. The Commemoration Ball w i l l be held on the evening of the same day, i n Claridge's. November 5th. Complaints had been received from the Athletic Ground Committee that after each year's celebrations much broken glass, china and even pieces of jagged twisted metal had been found strewn across the rugger pitch. Some fragments were extremely d i f f i c u l t to find and might cause serious injury to players. Most of this had been caused by a few irresponsible individuals who had exploded home-made devices and fireworks.inside bottles and glasses. It was agreed that special precautions should be taken i f November 5th celebrations were held at Harlington again, including a printed reminder on each ticket. Phoenix Phoenix lias been discussed a great deal on Council this year. It i s f e l t that Phoenix should he regarded as an outlet, or club, for those i n the college who feel the urge to do creative writing. A l l clubs meet periodic fluctuations i n membership, and Phoenix has passed through a particularly lean phase recently. I t was agreed that Phoenix should be continued provided the financial loss which i t incurred did not become prohibitive. An annual report to Council on the state of Phoenix i s to be submitted by the editor each summer.

The only phrase of use for work abroad for a c i v i l would be under 'at the dentist'. l:'.y bridgewiork has broken loose do you think i t can be fixed? With a s i t of practice you can become adept i n choosing ' l a mot juste'. As the whole reason for going abroad i s to become better acquainted with the local attractions whether they be Fraulein, Mile., Froken. Senorita . . . (otherwise you would go and work at Butlins). I w i l l give an example of useful sequence of phrases. Lat oss dansa igen (Swedish, pity i f you have not danced before but there i s no phrase for that.) Becoming romantic. 5678 There i s moonlight to-night. (Under bridge) Let us draw for partners. 3615 5447 Puis je vous reconduire a l a maiden? 3507 Ich muchte zu Bett gehen. 5073. Baissez les phares (Dim the lights.)(in Garage Weigenheber. (German for Jack) repairs) 5444

This book i s the Sohlman Conversation Guide i n English, French, German and Swedish hut i t osn' &e obtained i n other languages. - hours of happy reading. (411 } Pommes de terra en robe de chambre to you

Overseas Freshers Overseas Freshers are to be invited to the ordinary Freshers' Receptions, but after the usual speeches they w i l l be invited to a separate room to hear talks about their particular problems. This year's special reception for overseas freshers was too sparsely attended to make i t s repetition worthwhile. Mew Union Most of the Union's recommendations for the interior deooration for the nevr Union were completed last session. However, one or two details and problems have been considered. The combined recommendations of several committees with regard to the new Bar have been amalgamated and th latest plans and drawings from the architect are considered satisfactory. Wooden panelling of a suitable nature has been obtained for the Upper Dining Hall. The floor of the Union entrance hall and the stairs w i l l be made of. tarrazzo, an a r t i f i c i a l stone, and not wooden blocks as recommended by the Union. The enlarging of the absurdly small windows un the north-east side of the f i r s t floor w i l l be oompleted without delaying the work as a whole. Reciprocal Union Membership ( The question fo I.C.'s reciprocal membership with other.college and university Unions i n the B r i t i s h Isles w i l l be f u l l y reconsidered before the end of the session. I t i a felt that I.C. should make i t s own arrangements for reciprocal membership, independently of U.L.U.

? Christopher Shoies was tht tfrst man to produce a really workable typewrite*-. In 1873 he contracted the f i r m of E- Ren* ington and Sons for i t s manufacture , and now the name is A household word. We buy, even loan and repair not only Remingtons, but also many other makes. We havs speciaiitcrms f o r students and our name le TUCKER OF H8ct CROMWELL ROAD, S.W-7MACHINES HIRED WEEKLY OR MONTHLY

E More than forty attended the last Touchstone Weekend at Silwood Park when the subject for discussion was 'Understanding the U.S.A. as a WorUt Power. This was introduced by Professor Koening, the cultural Attache to the U.S. Embassy i n London. In opening the discussion, Professor Koenig pointed out that the United States have developed in, sixteen decades whereas Europe has taken as many centuries.- In considering the states one must bear i n mind that during this time the country has risen from insignificance to dominance, from uncertainty about i t s e l f to leadership. The people tend to be provincial i n outlook whilst they are also internationalists and have rejected intemationrj. responsibilites yet have had i t forced on them; they have had no desire for world power yet have attained i t . The discussion, was thrown open to the .louse and the •speaker was attacked by questions covering a wide range of toplos. Later the company divided into two groups and the Americans present were called upon to defend their way of l i f e , this they managed to do without conceding a single point. I t was decided that both sides of the Atlantic had far to go to attain mutual understanding; i n the summing up a stucjy of 'Marx and Lftvin dogma was recommended to obtain understanding of American foreign policy. This was the f i r s t Touohstoae Weekend that the subject was of a p o l i t i o a l nature. 1

L C , CXROTTT HUB The Film Society has been l i v i n g up to i t s reputation this term i n presenting an interesting and varied seleotion of films. Following "Seven Samourai", which drew a capacity house of 120 came a classics programme of "The Cabinet of Or Calagarl" and"Don O,, Son of Zcrro", the latter a real romp with Swashbuckling Fairbanks everywhere. Last Friday came the Spencer Tracy-Kathleen Hepburn •Adam's Sib", accompanied by three of Norman McLaren's cherts on Doodling toJaxz. Next Friday the Society i * shoving "rfbe Good Earth" which vividly describes l i f t i n China before the war,last Anglian Holiday", a companion film to "My Heart ia Highland", and the "Romance of Transportation", a McLaren short which was an Edinburgh Film Festival prizewinner.


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In the l a s t f o r t n i g h t , I m p e r i a l C o l l e g e has e n t e r t a i n e d v i s i t i n g Americans. The f r o n t page r e p o r t s a debate, the f i r s t one i n London i n which the t o u r i n g American debaters took i p a r t . An account o f the Touchstone weekend its given elsewhere a t which the U.S. C u l t u r a l • Attache was guest speaker. i The American people have a sense o f humour. They r e a l i s e t h e i r p o s i t i o n i n the w o r l d today and expect t o be taunted a l i t t l e , e s p e c i a l l y by Europeans, about t h e i r way o f l i f e . T h e y even make j o k e s about themselves, l o c a l i s i n g the r e g i o n o f b o a s t e r s t o Texas. T h i s i s h a r d l y a reason f o r b a i t i n g our guests c o n t i n u o u s l y , and t h i s d i d occur i n a few i n s t a n c e s r e c e n t l y . I f proper h o s p i t a l i t y had been extended t o ' the v i s i t e r s by the Union, i n s t e a d o f l e a v i n g i t to those w i t h an axe t o g r i n d , our guests might not have l e f t I m p e r i a l C o l l e g e w i t h t h e i m p r e s s i o n t h a t i t was a hot bed o f communist agitators.

!?Plain (J~ane thinks Since, because of t h e i r rowdy behaviour g e n e r a l l y , men are not f i t t o Oe i n r e s i d e n c e , the H o s t e l should be e n t i r e l y inhabi t e d by women. Strange men would then be welcome i n strange p l a c e s . Continuing i n t h i s v e i n , we might w e l l ask why some of the males of t h i s I n s t i t u t i o n of Learning manage t o be 8d n i c e w h i l s t others are l i t t l e b e t t e r than teddy-boys . As a preview or t r a i l e r t o subsequent instalments of t h i s column in,which we hope t o p o r t r a y the d i f f e r e n t types of I.C. man, we present here our broad* c l a s s i f i c a t ion j L 1

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Members of the botany department who, due to Mr. Mooney's failure to provide pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, cooked their own, have suggested a pancake-tossing competition i n the bar next year. Let us hope the new bar i s ready by then as there i s hardly room to eat a pancake i n the present bar. Nevertheless the usual elbow-bending would appear to be drying up the supply faster than ever: on Saturday night' the bar ran out of brown and Worthington and at the extension upstairs there was so l i t t l e choice around ten o'dock that I had to (try to) drink ginger beer. I t was also unfortunate that the Carnival bar was very nearly dry at one o'clock and i t was impossible, to get a drink without f i r s t finding a glass. As there were very few glasses i n the hall i t was obvious where most of them were and i t was easy to deduce where the drink had got to from the fact that a far smaller proportion of people than usual lasted the night out i n good form. Last year i t was l e f t to R.C.S. to show that a Carnival does not need to be a r i o t ; l e t us hope that this year they can show that you do not have to be drunk to appreciate i t . This year has seen the appearance of noticeable numbers of attractive secretaries on the college scene. I t is generally accepted that Guilds leads i n quantity « , least. Any offers for running a survey - or a competition? +

The mountaineering community was very much i n evidence at the Carnival following a dinner which many of them had attended. Ascents were made on the front of the Union . and on the Albert Hall. Some men from C.E.M. thought that the former climb was to hide some kind of owl. While tackling the Albert Hall they observed a young lady running away from the Carnival pursued by an agitated-looking fellow with a red beard. :

Congratulations to the men who painted Reggie a fortnight ago. Any form of attack on this, perhaps the most famous of college mascots, i s always news, even i n "Sennet". Reggie was acquired by a group of King's women some years ago when they sawed i t off a pub i n Chiswick, Perhaps Herbert could achieve such fame,, I f could persuade the rest of the Universi t y that he came out of an egg l a i d by a member of I.C.?.A. Incidentally Herbert, who disappeared mysteriously last Maroh, is expected to re-appear shortly. w e

A contingent of R.C.S. men made up a highly successful theatre party to Chelsea Palace last Friday night to cheer on Phyllis Dixie, who i s s t i l l performing the same old antics. A l l were sufficiently well oiled to approve highly of the show,' but the' management, for some reason or other, appeared somewhat i l l at ease. .Afterwards, as a reward for livening up a certain Chelsea coffee bar normally noted for being rather d u l l , seven cops, the Maria and a rather disinterested looking Alsatian honoured the company with their presence.

From the "News of the World"report an the court case following the recent rag at Liverpool: "Assaults occurred wheh students resisted arrest or when others,acting through misguided loyalty,went to the aid of those being arrested." I.C. GOES MIDDLE EASTERN The I s r a e l i .evening organised by the International Relations Cltib and the Jewish Society begun etth a tourist film on Israel-They Met i s Galilee. This f i l m was good with i t s v i v i d contrasts of old and new. Then came an interesting talk by Mr L.Savir, the Israel Embassy's Prase Attache. Everyone had been waiting for the free produce, and at the interval there was a rush to the tables with requestspeanuts- more oranges- lets try that sherry- what about another glass. The liberal supply of nuts, fruit and wine was a l l gone i n ten minutes. A group of young dancers pounded the floor of O^iaenies accompanied by two hundred pairs of stamping feet, most of whose owners were loudly singing to the music, and afterwards the display of Israeli handicrafts was carefully examined. This was one of the beet attended social meetings so far this session. m.CS. MOTOR CLUB. About JO men turned up at a meeting i n the R.CS. l a s t Friday to disouss the formation of a Motor Club. Derek Toms, i n the chair , emphasised that the fire-engine was i n need of cere end neintenenoe and i t sounded as tbcufh. another bigend was em the way out. Furthermore, the three at jreeent qualified to drive i t would Be leaving at the end of the year, so i t wos necessary for more go learn. I t was decided to form a Motor CU_ with the primary purpose of looking after the fire-engine, but which would also organise r a l l i e s , v i s i t s and other stwHsr create. A oommittea was set up *a enquire into ways and means, end the club w i l l Be put on e regular footing.


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n t_i r S i c According to your BditoriaJ i n the last number of Felix, you seem to share the view held by a numbeir of other people, that I.C. should keep out of H.F.3. at a l l costs because of the "politics" of the latte r body. I f a i l to find i n your artiola any details whatever of the alleged p o l i t i c a l affiliations of the N.U.S., although, by saying that "The Union Officers have always f e l t i t their duty .... to avoid connection with anything bearing a p o l i t i es! tag" you oertainly imply that the N.U,S. has a definite p o l i t i c a l colour, although the possibility of this colour changing abruptly i s not ruled out either. To support this view, you give precisely two instances of " p o l i t i c a l activity by the N.U.S. The f i r s t i s that, at the outbreak of the last war, i t advised a l l students: to avoid! Military Servioe by becoming Pacifists. Pacifists are not members of any particular p o l i t i c a l party, as you probably know. The second instance you quote i s that the N.U.S. defied the Cold War by "sending i t s officers to Mosoow". Apparently, by this you mean that i t sent a delegation to Moscow. I think I am right i n sayin," that several bodies, including nearly a l l the p o l i t i o a l parties of this country, from the Conservatives to the Communists, have also sent delegations to Mosoow. Whatever can have prompted I.C. to leave N.U.S. because of this attempt at promoting international understanding I oannot "imagine. lorn mention the advantages of being a member of N.U.S. although, because of your fear of the "politioal" bogy, I feel that you b e l i t t l e these .advantages. The excuse that other travel bureaux also offer cheap tours and travel i s a p i t i f u l one. N.II.S. offers the chanoe to meet STUDENTS from other parts of the worla. Xou consider that the Vacation Work Scheme i s unnecessary because most of us do technical work i n the summer vacation, anyhow. I would point 3ut that jobs i n the Christmas and Easter vacs, are also advertised and these are by no means insignifioant. The only other criticism you can make i s that i t "appears to be bureaucratic". I think this shoves how hard-Tjressed you are to find fault with the scheme. The most important reason.why I.C. should join N.U.S. is that i t i s the only recognised representative body of students i n the United Kingdom. In my view, this overrides a l l other considerations, as i t means that this College can make i t s voice heard, through o f f i c i a l channels, i n any matter affooting students as a whole. Take the question of grants as one example. Our I.C. Union President could only attend a reoent N.U.S. conference on that subject as an observer, and although he expressed the opinion that the Conference f u l f i l l e d no useful purpose whatever, I feel that "sour grapes" entered into that viewpoint. If the R.S.M. Union wishes to remain outside N.U.S. i f I.C. joins i t , l e t them. After a l l , their job includes putting themselves ( and their heads ) into the ground. lours faithfully,

G Friday 24th February. This day. FELIX on sale. I.C.S.C.M. 1.10 p.m. Boom 128" C and 6. 'Problem of E v i l and Pain' by Rev. J. Martin. Talk followed by discussion- Sandwiches on sale. I.C. Fhotographie Sooiety. Zoology Lect. Theatre Portraiture* by Paten Grugeon 5.15 pvn. I.C. Gliding Club Annual Dinner. Ayrton Hall. Z.B.A. weekend - Jordans and Henley Hostels. Saturday 25th February. Hyde Perk Road Relay I.C.O.C. I.C. Skating Club. Arosa Meeting. 7 - 1 0 p.m. Monday 27th febrnary. I.C.C.U. Open Meeting. 'Why Believe i n Christf" Dr. O.L. Barclay. Tuesday 28th February. S.C.M. Annual General Meeting. Committee Room A. 5.40 p.m. (Followed by Hall Dinner). Railway Society. O.S. Nock Esq. 'The Drummonds and Their Influence on B r i t i s h Locomotive Design.' Debate on, General Studies. Wednesday 29th February. I.C.W.A. please note. Engineering Society. V i s i t to B.E.A. Maintenance Hangers - London Airport. Prints for the Photographic Exhibition handed i n by to-day. Musical Society - V i s i t to Sadlers Wells. Courtman Shield Compete ion. I.C. Rifle Club. Thursday 1st March. I.C. Union Meeting, Room 17 C and G. Engineering Society N.E. P.owe C.B.E., Followed by Annual

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Presidential Address. F.C.G. I Dinner.

Friday 2nd March. I.C.S.C.M. 1.30 p.m. Room 128 C and G. 'Origins of Life'. Talk by Dr. D. Spanner. Sandwiches on sale. I.C.S.C.M. Study Weekend, details J.R. Bottom Subject 'The Church' I.C. Film Society. 'East Anglian Society' 'The Good Earth' Paul Muni Sunday 4.th March. I.C. Mountaineering Club.

Prank Thilo I.C. Union. Dear S i r , Our personal experience of N.U.S, has l e d us t o r e p l y to c e r t a i n p o i n t s i n your e d i t o r i a l o f F e l i x No. 87. We would l i k e to draw a t t e n t i o n t o the f a c t t h a t the N.U.S. c o n s t i t u t i o n f o r b i d s d i s c u s s i o n o f p o l i t i c a l o r r e l i g i o u s questions not connected w i t h student a f f a i r s . In our own p e r s o n a l experience we s e v e r a l times d i s a g r e e d w i t h c e r t a i n aspects of N.U.S. p o l i c y , but we were s a t i s f i e d t h a t by d i s a f f i l i a t i o n we would do n o t h i n g to improve the p o l i c y of the N a t i o n a l Union By r e a f f i l i a t i n g I.C. Union c o u l d e x e r t our c o n s i d e r a b l e i n f l u e n c e to ensure t h a t through N.U.S. the r e a l views of the students of t h i s country are made known. I t i s f o r t h i s reason t h a t we c o n s i d e r the p o l i c y of N.U.S. at a p a r t i c u l a r time t o be no v a l i d reason f o r n o n - a f f i l i a t i o n . The t r u e i s s u e i s t h a t a s t r o n g n a t i o n a l union i s e s s e n t i a l and the absence o f I m p e r i a l College i s hampering i t s . effectiveness. Yours s i n c e r e l y , Henry C. E l l i s Be. Acton Theehnieal C o l l e g e John Heading Ex Birkbeck 16th. f o b .

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Dear S i r , I ÂŤmould be p l e a s e d i f you would publjmise to your readers the f a c t t h a t we now Have a complete Bet of bound volumes of 'Phoenix' i n the Union l i b r a r y , These go back to 1886 and are a v a i l a b l e t o L i b r a r y . Members on a p p l i c a t i o n t o the L i b r a r i a n . Tours s i n c e r e l y , P e t e r Rows. Chairman, Union L i b r a r y Committee

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Monday 5th March. . I.C. Photographic Society Annual Exhibition Committee Room A. Until 10th March. Photographic Society Annual Dinner. Tuesday 6th March. Rectors Cup Boxing Tournament. Thursday 8th March. I.C. Photographic Society. V i s i t to Ilford Ltd. Engineering Society. 'Electric Traction' Brush Electric Ltd.

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Dear S i r , Hawing the d o u b t f u l p r i v i l e g e of three years' experience of a product of I.C., I am s a d l y l e d to b e l i e v e t h a t the m a j o r i t y o f students there are s e x u a l l y s t a r v e d o r n e u r o t i c . Please are there any normal men w i t h i n those l e a r n e d w a l l s ? I am about t o e n t e r the t e a c h i n g p r o f e s s i o n and I should l i k e the assurance t h a t a l l my l i t t l e boys i n t e r e s t e d i n s c i e n c e w i l l not be doomed to the same f a t e . As the Teaching P r o f e s s i o n i s so short o f Seeenee Teachers I am w i l l i n g to show any i n t e r e s t e d student around my establishment o f l e a r n i n g , where we are made so e n t h u s i a s t i c about our f u t u r e j o b s . Perhaps t h i s may woo some more f o o l s i n t o a good c a u s e â&#x20AC;&#x201D; t h e education o f f u t u r e s c i e n t i s t s . Sincerely, S c i e n t i s t admirer Eileen Taffa. ip.S. Kieaae p r i n t t h i s and you sstjr see t h a t some etfasxre agree w i t h me .


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THE BTDB PARK g E L t f ga.cc Should be. B e s t Ever The I.C. I n v i t a t i o n Road) Relay s t a r t e d as a feix team . / v a f f a l r i n 1949, and has s i n c e e s t a b l i s h e d ! i t s e l f as Y probab l y the most popular event i n the c r o s s country \\ calendar of most B r i t i s h u n i v e r s i t i e s . I t cou14 h a r d l y 9 f a i l , f o r no o t h e r c o m p e t i t i o n has such appeal as t h i s - a race of over 30 teams i n the C i t y of Westminster, w i t h r a d i o communication between those at the tape 5 and o f f i c i a l s l i n i n g the r o u t e , and w i t h a SDlendid e n t r y of t r a c k a t h l e t e s and c r o s s country runners

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This year L i v e r p o o l , the O.A.U. cross country champions, w i l l compete, t o g e t h e r w i t h t i e i r runners-up fp' Manchester and Reading and a l s o Loughborough (the present h o l d e r s of the Relay t r o o h y , the Roderic H i l l Cup). But none of these can hone to c h a l l e n g e X U.C.L., who p r o v i d e d 4 of the 6 London men who f i n i s h e d i n the f i r s * 9 out of ,a f i e l d of 140. On the s t r e n g t h of t h i s a s t o n i s h i n g performance they are almost c e r t a i n to s h a t t e r Loughborough's 1955 r e c o r d of 82 min. 28 sec. ( s i x men i n each team), I.C., w i t h Evans and P a i n , might have been able t o c h a l l e n g e them, but are now without Locke and Conway. John Evans (I.C.) i s the f a v o u r i t e amonej the i n d i y iduals. Last year he was 1 second slower than J . Knopf -"CTX (Selwyn, Camb.), who set the r e c o r d of 12 min. 55 sec. The chances o f C. Suddaby (L.S.E.) would perhaps be b e t t e r but ^_ "•** ~^"^2£_SEi?f^ i s u n l i k e l y to compete. A. Jackson, the new O.A.U. winner, w i l l a l s o be absent because of the t

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Once again t h i s season has John Evans been v i c t o r i o u s i n the b a t t l e of the g i a n t s . The occasi o n t h i s time was the London C o l l e g e s Trophy Race, h e l d at Walthamstow under the auspices of SJV.E.T.C. The going was t r e a c h e r o u s , and a Slow time was a n t i c i p a t e d . However, one had t o move f a s t t o \ keep warm, d e s p i t e the mud and i c e , and most people turned i n e x c e l l e n t t i m e s . Evans beatRichards (U.C.) by 30 yards t o win the race i n a new r e c o r d time Chas C o t t e r i i l ran b r i l l i a n t l y t o f i n i s h 3rd R e s u l t s . 1. U.C. ' 26 p o i n t s 21 i . e . 42 " 3. U.C. 2nd. 126 " 4. King's ' 152 8 5. I.C. 2nd. 156 " F i v e other teams f o l l o w e d i n more o r l e s s quick succession. F r i d a y . 24th. February - TONIGHT U n i v e r s i t y Lacrosse Inaugural Meeting. 6.30 pm. Men's Lounge, U.L.U. Malet S t .

R I.C. LOSE IN EXTRA-TIME The s e r a i - f i n a l of the jU.,L', cup was p l a y e d on Wednesday, Feb. 15th.,, a g a i n s t i,.S.R. at Shenley, the U.C. ground. The grouh$ was f r o z e n underneath but had thawed out on the surfjace, which uaide the p l a y e r s look l i k e budding b a l l e r i n a s with, t a c k e t y boots. P l a y was very even t o s t a r t w i t h , but was more robust than c l e v e r , owing to the c o n d i t i o n s underf o o t . L.S.E. scored f i r s t w i t h a w e l l - t a k e n goal from a c o r n e r . B e t t e r marking by the I.C. defence would have prevented t h i s ' g o a l ' . Being a goal down spurre/d I.C. t o g r e a t e r e f f o r t s , as u s u a l , and g r a d u a l l y became j u s t "on t o p " of L.S.E.. For the remainder of the f i r s t h a l f I.C. looked dangerous and goals were w e l l taken by Holgate and May, MANY MORE .VERE MISSED. The second h a l f commenced w i t h I.C. i n cont r o l w i t h a 2-1 l e a d . However, L.S.E. took advantage of a not uncommon h a b i t of I.C. - s i t t i n g back when i n the l e a d . The L.S.E. h a l f - b a c k s took more c o n t r o l o f the game and soon scored a f t e r o u t s k a t i n g the I.C. defence i n one of the many pas de deux,scenes. From then on the game was very even a g a i n , p l a y swinging from end t o end and n e i t h e r side looking l i k e scoring. Cup-tie tension b u i l t u i f the game proceeded and s e v e r a l p l a y e r s tended to k i c k b l i n d l y r a t h e r than t h i n k i n g l y p l a y the ball. In t h i s s i t u a t i o n I.C. would have b e n e f i t e d by a seasoned p l a y e r l i k e Jim Anderson i n the s i d e . J i n had a set of t a r t a n k i t t e n s on the touch l i n e ! Twenty minutes of e x t r a time were olayed much i n the, same v e i n and T..S..E. scored a w e l l taken goal a few minutes before the end. Play throughout was t y p i c a l cup t i e robustness and never reached a s p e c t a c u l a r l e v e l . The, I.C. team was v e r y d i s a p p o i n t i n g as i t d i d not p l a y uo to standard. U n f o r t u n a t e l y , Les Locke who had played i n an i n t e r n a t i o n a l t r i a l i n S c o t l a n d the previous e«ening d i d not s t r i k e ^ torn and was a "marked man" by L.S.E. Hope s p r i n g s e t e r n a l and perhaps next year I.C. w i l l surmount the s e m i - f i n a l hoodoo- i f o n l y they w i l l put more "guts" i n t o t h e i r f o o t b a l l . C o n g r a t u l a t i o n s t o Les Locke who has been capped for Scotland against Ireland.

Published by FELIX BOARD, Imperial College Union, London. S.W.7. Printed by S'lL VOL'S PLAIT Ltd., 307», Telephone Pltce. London, W.I4.


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