Nicholas McGregor: The South African government has condemned the situation in Ukraine and Russia’s involvement.
They have urged the two countries to reach a peaceful solution before conflict ensues. The Department of International Relations recently released a statement.
Dr Badat has been vice-chancellor since 2006 and was the university’s first black vice-chancellor. It is as yet unclear who will replace him.
Mitchell Shaun Parker: Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor Dr Saleem Badat announced his resignation from the position in a message to staff and students at the University about his time at the institution.
A date has not yet been announced for when Badat will step down.
Youlendree Appasamy:Living in digs can be a great opportunity to incorporate eco-friendly tips and tricks into your student life. Activate has put together a short guide to help you live a more eco-friendly life this year.
Recycling is a cost-efficient way to reduce waste. Since 2011, Rhodes University has instituted a recycling collection service. The recycling service routes and drop-off points can be seen on this map. Alongside this university initiative, the Makana Municipality has a two-bag recycling system in place.
By David Mann: The annual Picture Pot event took place this Wednesday 2 October and saw a great turnout of students come through to check out some local art, have a few drinks and raise funds for a good cause.
Taking place at the Long Table on High Street, the event was organised by the Masincedane society to help raise funds for the work they do at soup kitchens within Grahamstown. Cameron Cordell, events manager for Masincedane said that although this was the first Picture Pot he’s been involved with, he was very happy with the night and with the way things went.
Binwe Adebayo: This week the student newspaper at North West University (NWU), Wapad, was closed by university management over an alleged debt amounting to R80 000. This move was taken despite editors at the publication asserting that the paper’s debt amounts to just R7000.
In light of this and content which was to be published in the next edition of Wapad, which did not reflect a positive image of management, the closure seems remarkably like an act of censorship. This is especially the case as the university is barring the content from even being published online. This would cost the paper nothing and incur no further debt.
Stuart Thembisile Lewis: Editorial staff at Wapad, the official student newspaper of North West University (NWU), were greeted on Monday morning with the news that their publication was being shut down by university management.
University management cited the paper being R80 000 in debt as the reason for its closure. Wapad staff and journalism lecturers at the NWU Potchefstroom campus have labelled the movement an act of censorship and an affront to media freedom.
Leah Solomon: The month of August saw RMR celebrate 32 years of running, and the crowd at the party were feeling prouder than ever.
With good entertainment, ample drinks and great company, everyone at the event seemed to have a great time and ensured that the celebration was one to remember.
The SRC inauguration took place on Wednesday 28 August at Eden Grove. Once the Councillors were announced, the outgoing SRC said their oaths and took part in a candle-lighting ceremony, symbolising the passing on of the Rhodes leadership spirit. There were several musical items from the Rhodes Chamber Choir, Signature Sounds and Rhodes Melodies, which kept the tone of the evening light and ensured that candidates were not too nervous.
When Bense’s position was announced, he was visibly excited, speaking with a constant smile on his face. “The right people won and I have a lot of faith in the Council,” he said. “This year we did well, but I look forward to what we can achieve next year. I’m very excited.”
Rhea MacDonald: It’s Water Week at Rhodes University this week. With recent water outages causing much discontent across the campus and throughout areas of the town, the focus on water could not come at a more relevant time.