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Zero Dark 370

Written by Monday, 14 April 2014 01:06

Clint Webster: What do you mean we lost a plane?

This was my reaction upon hearing about the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines MH370 flight. It is difficult to grasp that even in all its ubiquity, technology still isn’t able to find an object as gigantic as a Boeing 777-200ER.

Surely we should have located the Boeing by now, equipped with its indestructible black box, its transponder-ma-jig and all other aviation tools that were technologically groundbreaking in the 1940s. But how exactly do these devices work?

Textbook Revolution - a Lost Cause?

Written by Thursday, 03 April 2014 16:57

Claudia Harrison: You may have seen the advertisements on VULA (complete with a mainstream Ché Guevara image) about the “Textbook Revolution” but what is it really about and how can it help you?

Any UCT student will be able to tell you where second-hand textbooks are available from. Why don’t they just buy from the UCT store? Buying brand new textbooks is very expensive. This is even truer now that Protea Bookshop is managing the store and consequently increased all the prices.

Blame it on the alcohol?

Written by Friday, 28 March 2014 16:08

Megan Thomas: UCT students enjoy their drinking. We need only take a moment to reflect on the various societies that meet under the pseudonym of a sport or cultural event who proceed to get mindlessly drunk at their “meets”. Such activities are not entirely pointless: they unite people and vastly extend the number of people they encounter at university.

Being broke is a staple of student life. The diet of energy bars and two-minute-noodles is practically mandatory for anyone getting a degree.

But what is the craziest thing you would do to get your hands on some cash? Wits Vuvuzela asked Witsies around campus.

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Nkandla Breaches Human Rights

Written by Tuesday, 25 March 2014 00:00

Vikash Gajjar: “We can’t work in any way we can’t explain. We try to stay within the law and within the facts. That way we don’t worry about how we will explain ourselves if we are taken to account.” These are some of the remarks made by Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, at Wits University last Thursday, where she addressed hundreds of learners regarding her report on the findings of Nkandla, President Jacob Zuma’s upgraded homestead.

#Teamvuvu #Neknominated

Written by Monday, 10 February 2014 08:33

Pheladi Sethusa: The Wits Vuvuzela team (#teamvuvu), was challenged in a #NekNomination from Wapad, the student publication of the North West University. We had 24 hours to take on the challenge of making a difference and recording it.

Exams? I think not

Written by Monday, 21 October 2013 05:43

Exam stress comes from a variety of origins - from the lack of DP to the huge amount of pressure from the volume of work you need to remember. Tension headaches and anxiety attacks are just two symptoms of exam stress. Studies from the American Institute of Stress show that symptoms include forgetfulness, not being able to concentrate and being unable to learn new information – all of which are bad news for exam situations. This leads me to wonder why we are put through this torture.

Red October: Deepening the Divide

Written by Friday, 11 October 2013 05:23

Red October does nothing but deepen the racial divide that is already so problematic in our country. The campaign calls on citizens of the world to unite and speak out against the oppression of and violence against white South Africans. Is the oppression of and violence against any citizen of the world not equally deserving of such recognition, then?

OPINION: We the disabled, the invisible

Written by Friday, 20 September 2013 08:30

Leigh-Ann Carey: THE ISSUE of disabilities has always been a sore point for the university and, barring a few extraordinary individuals, it has been treated with reluctance and a measure of reservation.

Everybody in management knows how to talk the talk to impress university stakeholders and guests. But the reality is much different.

OPINION: The great Alex Ferguson rule

Written by Friday, 20 September 2013 08:27

Jamie Mighti: SOUTH Africa is a strange country, where the level of sports excellence is hilariously inconsistent. On the one hand, Bafana Bafana keep losing games and can only dream of the World Cup, while in contrast the cricket and rugby teams rank amongst the best in the world.

The answer can be found in Sir Alex Ferguson, the greatest coach of all time. The answer to how to create a Wits that ranks in the top 100 universities lies in the Alex Ferguson rule.

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