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.
Leah Solomon: This year we celebrate the country’s oldest campus radio station’s 32 nd birthday. Formed in 1981, Rhodes Music Radio, better known as RMR, has come a long way. RMR was the first non-State radio station to be allowed to broadcast legally – in all of South Africa’s broadcasting history.
Not only that, but RMR has produced many household names too. I’m sure some of you know Sherwin Bryce-Pease from SABC, CNN sports presenter Graeme Joffe, 5fm DJs Nicole Fox and Mlungisi Dikulu, SuperSport presenter Leigh-Ann Paulick and Talk Radio 702 reporter, Stephen Grootes. All amazing RMR alumni.
32 years down the line and RMR is still going strong. In celebration of another year of excellent student journalism, they’ll be hosting a birthday party at Union this Thursday.
Megan Ellis: Activate sat down with SRC President Sakh’usomeleze Badi and Vice-President Brad Bense to discuss the current student transport issue, their term in office and the upcoming induction process.
Emma Atkinson: Insufficient security and an overbooked venue at Intervarsity 2013 is considered by witnesses to have led to students being injured in a stampede outside the event's official afterparty last night.
At least one Rhodes student was injured with many laying blame at the feet of the Student Representative Council (SRC) of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), who hosted and organised this year's event.
Julia Fish: Reports of a stampede and injured students can be confirmed from Saturday night’s field party.
The Rhodes SRC was forced to bring in buses to evacuate traumatised students. The event began to spiral out of control when the perimeter was breached by students unable to get tickets to the party. Venue restrictions allowed for the sale 4 500 tickets, of which 3 000 were exclusively for NMMU learners, despite the university having a student body of approximately 24 000 people.