Jena Ascough: Thanks to my family, I’ve been through it all. I’ve been through periods of carb-loading during Pick ‘n Pay Argus season where we’d have spaghetti bolognaise for four nights a week. I’ve been through dinner conversations about how important it is to cut the fat off your meat. And I’ve been through endless lectures about how important it is to eat “balanced” meals that include carbohydrates, protein and fat (except for fat, of course).
The Paperight Team: Thank you very much for profiling the #textbookrevolution campaign in an opinion piece on the 3rd of April 2014. We’d like to take this opportunity to correct some inaccuracies in the piece.
Paperight is a small, Shuttleworth funded publishing startup with the ambitious goal of putting books within walking distance of every home – starting with educational material. Turning copyshops into print on demand bookshops allows customers to buy books quickly, cheaply and legally. This method of distribution cuts the costs of textbooks by up to 40%. And the business model works with publishers to broaden their reach while still ensuring they make the same profit margins, so everyone wins.
Tyra Overmeyer: Privacy is a cryptic concept. Many would argue that a person’s personal life should not necessarily define the way others see them because of their entitlement to privacy. The nature of a person’s marriage, whether traditional or unconventional, should not affect their friendships with others or their professional relationships with colleagues because of their entitlement to privacy. If the nature of their marriage becomes a template for a law in which their female friends and colleagues would be disrespected, then privacy is no longer a justification.
Perivi John Katjavivi: Rage and uprising have always been closely intertwined with the mines in South Africa. The mining industry prioritises protection of resources over the protection of labourers. Black workers unionising in the 1970s led to violent repression from the government, which led to corporations putting pressure on SA to adapt its policies towards the black majority.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 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?