LIESE-MARIE HEYNS: South Africans are moving away from traditional news sources and are accessing news from a variety of online media, and UP students are following suit. In a campus survey conducted by Perdeby, 51% of students said that they access news from digital platforms, while only 16% still read newspapers.
JOANÉ OLIVIER AND ORENEILE TSHETLO: This year people born around the end of apartheid will be able to vote for the first time.
The amount of young people actively involved in politics indicates that the youth vote will have a great impact and make a large contribution to the upcoming elections, SRC Deputy President Taymoon Altamash told Perdeby. Rochelle Oosthuyse, chairperson of AfriForum Youth, feels that because the born free generation is more integrated and informed than previous generations, voters may make their decisions based on the way they want the country to develop rather than “historical facts and influences”. Prof. Bernard Bekink, professor of public law at UP and attorney of the High Court of South Africa, believes that although the born free generation will influence the upcoming elections, the extent of this will “depend on their commitment to make an effort, as they should, to go out and vote on election day”.
CRAIG HORRMANN: Extension courses are viewed differently by different people and just as they have their pros, they also have their cons. Is it worth prolonging your studies, keeping in mind the ever-rising costs of further education, to get the degree you want?
NAISARGI PATEL: It is a natural instinct for humans to associate physical appearance with certain qualities. Good looks and physical appeal is usually equated with intelligence. Professors, lecturers and tutors are judged on their looks when the question of teaching ability is raised. Sometimes it seems that the more attractive the lecturer or tutor is, the fuller the classes get and the earlier the students seem to settle down.
LIZL LOMBAARD AND TIISETSO TSOSANE: With Freedom Day just around the corner, it is important to ask how much freedom of expression South African artists and entertainers are allowed today 20 years after South Africa’s first democratic election.
Everybody remembers the great uproar in 2012 over The Spear painting, in which artist Brett Murray depicted President Jacob Zuma’s exposed genitals. This satirical piece was intended to be a comment on the state of the country and spark discussion among the people of South Africa. However, it generated a lot of criticism from ANC supporters and the ruling party itself, who saw the painting as a personal attack on the president and labelled it demeaning, racist and a violation of his dignity. Civil rights groups, however, argued that there was a place for freedom of expression in the new South Africa.
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”.
MARKO SVICEVIC: Picture the following: you have three assignments due this week, are writing two semester tests and are preparing for an upcoming exam. To top it off, you have a social with friends and are going clubbing on the weekend. A busy schedule is nothing new to students, but then again, neither is sleep deprivation. Although it is often not seen as a serious concern, lack of sleep has several detrimental effects.
DESRÉ BARNARD: Zahra* is a 23-year-old Tuks student. Last year she got a phone call from her gynaecologist. “They phoned me and said my pap smear showed it was cervical cancer and they had to operate immediately,” she says. Zahra’s cancer developed under exceptional circumstances attributed to stress, but she is just one of the countless women who have developed cervical cancer.
CARMI HEYMAN: For most students, university life can be directly linked to drinking alcohol – legally, that is.
However, if Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has his way, students who are 21 years old or older may be the only ones who are allowed to drink legally. At a recent World Health Organisation meeting in Boksburg, Motsoaledi addressed numerous issues concerning alcohol and said that raising the legal drinking age from 18 to 21 is one of a range of measures being considered to reduce the harm caused by alcohol consumption.