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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.

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.

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?

Time to make our own Madiba magic

Written by Tuesday, 23 July 2013 04:30

Parusha Naaido: “I know this is going to sound bad but I can’t believe Mandela is still…” my friend hesitated as she searched for the right words.

I decided to help her out, “What? Alive?” I didn’t blame my friend for her scepticism. Since Mandela’s admission into the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on June 8th this year, the world has been on death watch.

The Other Side of Exchange

Written by Monday, 08 April 2013 18:52

Jackie Zvoutete: “What is your good name?” – one of the first questions I was met with on arrival to India.

There I was, in the midst of a new social group, so much occurring around me; three wheeled rickshaws (which I've fondly grown to call Tuk Tuks), the sound of mucus and spitting shocking my ears and making my stomach churn; standing in front of an Indian man waiting to register me and again he asked, “What is your good name?” 

Call me lazy

Written by Tuesday, 02 April 2013 08:51

Call me lazy, but when I watch a movie, I want the screenwriters to have made the ending obvious. And by that, I don’t mean that I want the ending to hit me over the head screaming “Hello, it’s me you’re looking for”. All I’m asking for is to know the movie has finished before the titles roll up.

Capitalism: the laser tag monster

Written by Tuesday, 02 April 2013 08:32

As far back as the 14th century, a simple idea was created by not so simple minds. A monster it was, with no sex or gender. Still a foetus in the age of the Protestants, it sprung to adolescence in the 19th and 20th centuries with a face so vile and a heart so violent, its creators had to shelter it with some sort of glamour so the world would choose to look upon it.

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