Stuart Thembisile Lewis: In a Tuesday night seminar hosted by the Humanities faculty, Professor Jane Duncan, presented statistical evidence clearly showing that protests in South Africa are being regulated in increasingly violent ways, particularly under the Zuma administration.
The seminar, entitled "The Regulation of Protests under Jacob Zuma", was based on evidence Duncan, along with Politics Masters student Andrea Royeppen, had gathered in order to begin writing a book, set to be finished in six months, that she has tentatively named The Rise of the Securocrats?
Chelsea Haith: Promoting his book A Bantu in my Bathroom Eusebius McKaiser spoke to an audience at Rhodes University on 3 May about the topics he tackles, the idea of living the authentic life and his fears surrounding Rhodes students’ lack of critical engagement with political and social issues.
An old Rhodian himself, McKaiser explained that he has thus far chosen not to promote his book in Grahamstown, his hometown, reasoning that he perceives critical disengagement and apathy as being particularly prevalent amongst Rhodes students for the issues he address in his book.
Leah Solomon: The heavy metal community has recently lost one of its founding fathers. Jeff Hanneman (49), guitarist and co-founder of thrash rock band Slayer, died of liver failure last Thursday.
Hanneman had been off the road and not performing since 2011, when he had contracted a very rare skin disease which eats away at the flesh. Reports have said that he contracted this disease after he had been bitten by a spider.
Chelsea Haith: A small business owner exchanged gunfire with three armed suspects in a high-speed car chase across Grahamstown on Monday.
The business owner dropped off one of his employees at the Standard Bank on High Street mid-morning on Monday. The employee was accosted by two men near the entrance of the bank and relieved of an undisclosed amount of cash.
Ben Coullie: Spurred by the confusion surrounding the recent Boston bombings and the Federal Bureau of Investigations’ appeal for citizen help, online communities such as 4chan and Reddit resolved to help authorities identify and locate key suspects.
Sifting through the thousands of photos, audio-clips and films circulating the web, these online communities generated wave after wave of hypotheses, ranging from credible to blatantly racist; insightful to intentionally provocative.
The seventh annual Sexual Violence = Silence protest taking place on Friday 19 April has gone beyond Rhodes University's campus for the first time as awareness efforts are raised in other parts of South Africa.
Wits University, the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and a Speak Out Cape Town event are also a part of the initiative which stands in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence.
Jordan du Toit: Anti-fracking activist Jonathan Deal was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize on Monday 15 April for his work with the Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG).
Deal and TKAG are heavily involved in the fight against hydraulic fracking in the Karoo.
Xand Venturas and Kellan Botha: Two powerful explosions rocked the finish line of the famous Boston Marathon on Monday evening killing three people, including an 8-year-old child, and injuring 140 others.
As of yet, no one has claimed responsibility for the bombings and major cities around the United States were put on high alert.
Mitchell Parker: A tweet by Rhodes Dean of Students Dr Vivian de Klerk caused a wave of confusion last week when she warned students to always carry ID books or driver's licences amid a Grahamstown police crackdown.
Many students felt this was reminiscent of apartheid-era pass laws where black, coloured and Indian South Africans faced detention if they did not carry pass books when travelling in areas designated to other race groups.
Matthew Kynaston: Rhodes’ Vice Chancellor, Dr Saleem Badat, addressed local and student on the topic ‘Rhodes: who we are, where we are today and where we want to be in 2020’.
The talk took place on Friday, 12 April, where he introduced Rhodes’ new Institutional Development Plan (IDP). This will act as a compass for where the University wants to go in the coming years.