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.
ANLERIE DE WET: Single people are known as the third wheels, the best friend or the brother or sister. They dread being asked about their supposed love lives at family gatherings and sometimes respond with a tilt of the head or an “ag, shame” when they hear about the problems of others in committed relationships.
NOLWAZI MNGADI: Social media and social-networking websites were created with the idea of giving people a platform on which to express opinions, share thoughts and ideas, and to create platforms in which people around the world can connect with each other. Social media not only benefits individuals but businesses too.
According to SocialMediaExaminer.com, 65% of small business owners believe that social media helps them to engage better with their customers. The freedom that people have online allows a large number of opinions, whether positive or not, to be expressed, sometimes with far-reaching consequences.
Perdeby investigates some of the negative aspects of social media.
Last week, Perdeby wrote about the issue of rape in South Africa. We were interested in knowing why students think people rape and what could be done to prevent people from committing rape. We start our debate with a note from the University of Pretoria’s head of Student Support Dr Madeleine Nolte about rape and abusive relationships.
MARGEAUX ERASMUS: Before discussing the issue fully, Dr Nolte wanted to point out that even though violence and rape are linked, they are actually two different issues. She said that Student Support deals with trauma and that they have a lot of students coming to them after they have been raped. She said that crimes of physical violence and rape are increasing and that it is becoming a big problem (as has been evident in recent media reports).
DITSHEGO MADOPI: Students only hear or read about methods of adjusting to life away from home when they begin their tertiary education. However, there is also the less explored idea of adjusting to home again after years of studying and living away from parents or guardians.
Some students may cringe at the thought of becoming a permanent resident at their parents’ house again, while others may enjoy the luxuries of home and may choose to settle there for longer.
DEON BOTHA: What could wild warrior chiefs possibly have in common with film star Angelina Jolie?
Initially, you might think that this is a trick question. However, the answer lies skin deep. They have both succumbed to ancient practices, known to satisfy those who decide to undergo permanent body alteration.
In 1991, archaeologists found a 5 000-year-old frozen corpse in the mountains between Austria and Italy. The corpse had over 30 tattoos and both its ears were pierced. Permanent alterations such as these are older and far more culturally significant than most would think. Perdeby investigates where and when these sometimes controversial practices began.