Leah Solomon: Avoid sounding obviously like a first year and learn this Rhodes lingo.
A – Arb: If you find that you haven’t passed all your subjects and you need a credit to get your degree, look around for ‘arbitrary’ subjects to make up the shortfall. These are usually first-year subjects and are often found in the Humanities.
B – Bot gardens: The Botanical Gardens, found near Eden Grove. If you want some time to yourself, or you and your friends want to chill for a while, you could easily lose yourself for a few hours in the expansive lawns and trees.
TEBOGO TSHWANE: Last Friday the Sci-Enza hosted the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) driving experience.
Attendees had the opportunity to drive a simulated version of the Bloodhound SSC. The simulator instrumentation was an accurate copy of the car. The only difference is that people do not experience the +2 times force of gravity when accelerating or -3 when decelerating.
JOHAN SAAYMAN: Using music’s healing abilities still seems like an obscure alternative to therapy for many people despite music being as old as it is diverse. Music therapy is a growing form of treatment in South Africa, though many are unaware of it.
Some of the main reasons why music therapy isn’t considered a valid form of treatment is because the majority of people don’t know what it is and how it works. According to a definition by the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy is “the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional”.
Taahir Ahmed, currently a first year medicine student at Shandong University in China, was initially accepted into Rhodes and intended to study a BSc in Computer Science which was his second choice as he had found studying medicine in South Africa to be a lost cause. A few weeks before registration, he was told of a university in China that offered medicine in English and jumped at the opportunity.
Raymond Ndhlovu: The exchange rate is referred to by analysts and the media on an almost daily basis. Referenced in such a context, it is difficult to imagine how these figures influence you, but both local and international students may in fact benefit from paying attention to exchange rate fluctuations.
Kate Jennings: A five week long strike by lecturers and university staff, caused by wage disputes, has resulted in the indefinite closure of all four campuses of Walter Sisulu University (WSU).
In a statement released on Tuesday morning, WSU administrator Lourens van Staden said, “It has become clear that the labour deadlock is taking much longer to resolve than anticipated. The volatile situation that is unfolding has made it impossible for management to risk or to guarantee the safety and well-being of our students.”
Ruan Scheepers: Are you a student thinking about buying a car or do you already have your own? Well, as you’re studying at Rhodes, chances are that you have in fact been blessed with a brain. Your ball of grey matter is going to tell you that with a litre of petrol now costing more than a Captain and Cola mix, you need to find ways of cutting down on motoring expenditure.
Bad news, folks. Owning a car is seriously expensive. With last week’s fuel price hike of 30 cents per litre, it’s now more viable to breed some donkeys and buy a tow rope. And that’s only the beginning.
There has been a lot of talk on the radio recently about the state of entrepreneurship in South Africa and especially what young people need to do to be self-employed. A lot of this discussion has been triggered by the R34.1 million loan given to Khanyi Dhlomo by the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) for her luxury store, Luminance.
Many people have questioned why somebody who is already successful should have been lent such a huge amount of money for a boutique selling luxury goods, especially when many small businesses might have benefitted from the R34.1 million being split between them, much less entirely given to one of them. Accusations of political connections and hand-outs have been made.
I must confess that initially my reaction to this was similar to most other people. But then listening to Allon Raiz of Raizcorp talk about it on the radio, I quickly learnt that I shouldn’t jump to conclusions without gathering the facts.
Jessica Breakey and Cara Mazetti Claassen: Don’t just Google the Whitehouse, visit Google and the Whitehouse
For a young person, few experiences can compare with being an intern in the “Capital City.” There your responsibilities range from (passive-aggressively) photocopying 6 000 sheets of paper, schmoozing through lunch with ambassadors or painfully sprinting across the city in heels trying to make sure not to drop the giant cheese platter resting on your right shoulder – a real Devil Wears Prada moment.