Leila Stein: Ending off the first term of 2014 Monastery hosted DJ Das Kapital. As one of South Africa’s premier DJ’s, he has played at almost every festival in South Africa. Most recently he has drawn attention, not as Das Kapital but rather through his new charity fund, the Kyle Brinkmann South African National Cleavage Day Breast Cancer Survivor Project.
Stuart Thembisile Lewis: At six graduation ceremonies at the 1820 Settlers National Monument over the past week, Rhodes University graduated 2367 students, a new record for the institution, and maintains its position as the leading South African university in graduation rate.
The graduating class of 2013 came from a student body of 7485 students, meaning that nearly 32% of students enrolled at the beginning of the year completed their degrees.
The Oppidan Press recently ran a collection drive at the Kaif in the week leading up to National Cleavage Day on 27 March. Donations were collected in support of the Kyle Brinkmann South African National Cleavage Day Breast Cancer Survivor Project. The Project, in collaboration with activism and charity organisation PinkDrive, focused on providing breast augmentation surgeries to breast cancer survivors who have undergone mastectomies as well as transgender women in need. The Oppidan Pressraised R1808.95 towards the Project and offers its thanks to all who donated over the course of the week.
Joshua Stein: A recent blood drive by the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) saw Rhodes University students donate over 100 units of blood in one day alone. The drive also raised awareness of the importance of donating blood.
On 18 and 19 March students were given the chance to go to Eden Grove and donate some of their blood to the SANBS. The organization supplies blood to hospitals and patients in need around the country. Transfusions are typically given to patients undergoing surgery, with cancer or anaemia, or people involved in severe accidents.
Staff Reporter: Grahamstown residents as well as Rhodes students gathered for the ‘Global March for Lions’ to protest and raise awareness about canned lion hunting, on 15 March. The march began on High Street at the Drostdy Arch, then proceeded to the Cathedral. “There was a good turn up,” commented Jenny Copley-Forster, head of Farm Animal Centre for Education and organiser of the protest.
During the march the drum beats of Kestrel Raik, chairman of Drum Soc, and Emma Thompson were accompanied by struggle song, ‘Lion Song’ composed by Siviwe Mafani. Once outside of the cathedral protestor and local poet Harry Owen read the poem ‘Best Selling Father and Son Hunting Package Deals’ by Valerie Laws to the protestors.
Mitchell Shaun Parker: Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor Dr Saleem Badat announced his resignation from the position in a message to staff and students at the University about his time at the institution.
A date has not yet been announced for when Badat will step down.
Binwe Adebayo: This week the student newspaper at North West University (NWU), Wapad, was closed by university management over an alleged debt amounting to R80 000. This move was taken despite editors at the publication asserting that the paper’s debt amounts to just R7000.
In light of this and content which was to be published in the next edition of Wapad, which did not reflect a positive image of management, the closure seems remarkably like an act of censorship. This is especially the case as the university is barring the content from even being published online. This would cost the paper nothing and incur no further debt.
Stuart Thembisile Lewis: Editorial staff at Wapad, the official student newspaper of North West University (NWU), were greeted on Monday morning with the news that their publication was being shut down by university management.
University management cited the paper being R80 000 in debt as the reason for its closure. Wapad staff and journalism lecturers at the NWU Potchefstroom campus have labelled the movement an act of censorship and an affront to media freedom.
Emma Atkinson: Insufficient security and an overbooked venue at Intervarsity 2013 is considered by witnesses to have led to students being injured in a stampede outside the event's official afterparty last night.
At least one Rhodes student was injured with many laying blame at the feet of the Student Representative Council (SRC) of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), who hosted and organised this year's event.
Chelsea Haith: The very nature of community engagement came under scrutiny last week as key speakers at a panel discussion spoke about the flawed and exclusionary nature of Rhodes University’s Community Engagement’s (RUCE) projects. According to the speakers, the act of community engagement is not a simple one, and can tend to be hurtful to those they try to help.