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                  This special edition of The Oppidan Press will tell you all you need to know about student life, the University and Grahamstown


How safe RU? New students with ‘risk free’ attitudes make easy targets
Ndileka Lujabe                             digs rely on Hi-Tec Security, as well as    especially on Somerset and African            place of a cellphone, electrocuting the       stolen items in digs break-ins were lap-
                                           the local Grahamstown Police Station,       Street. Hi-Tec Security had cases             thief when it is held.                        tops, clothing and cell phones. He said
An increase in crime levels last year,     for protection, while students living       where items were stolen directly out of           “If you’re working late at the library,   students weren’t “being sensible” and
with increased reports of break-ins,       in residences are encouraged to report      vehicles, as well as students’ cellphones     don’t walk home alone,” Wille added.          tended to be careless with their posses-
car thefts and daytime muggings, has       all crimes to the Campus Protection         reportedly being snatched in broad            “Contact CPU and we will dispatch             sions. “Simple things like locking doors
caused concern amongst local crime-        Unit (CPU). Despite the increased           daylight.                                     guards to make sure you are safe. (Fur-       and not putting your laptop near the
prevention agencies about the risk-free    threat of crime, Wille noted ways in            With regard to muggings, Wille said       thermore) female students should never        window where it can easily be grabbed,
attitudes that are employed by new and     which students can remain safe and          most incidents occurred late at night or      walk alone at night, it is much safer to      can help a lot,” he advised.
returning Rhodes students.                 help protect themselves. “New students      in the early hours of the morning. He         walk in groups.”                                  Wille also warned that criminals are
    “Students come to Grahamstown          aren’t familiar with the campus and are     suggested that students not speak on              Student negligence was also a major       known to target drunk students at pubs,
from big cities, such as Johannesburg,     not streetwise, which makes them easy       their cell phones in isolated places but      concern last year, with students arriving     following them to their homes. He said
expecting not to be victims of crime       targets for thieves,” he said. “[Students   rather get to a safe place first before us-   and leaving digs without properly lock-       students should always be wary and
here,” said André Wille, Manager of        need to] familiarise themselves with        ing them. Alternatively, a device called      ing up. Wille strongly advised students       responsible.
Armed Response at Hi-Tec Security. He      their surroundings to decrease their        a stun gun can be purchased from the          to keep burglar alarms activated and              Hi-Tec Security can be contacted on
said students mistakenly assume that       chances of being victims.”                  Hi-Tec offices on New Street. Stun guns       doors locked. “People have woken up           046 636 1660, the Grahamstown Police
because Grahamstown is small, crime            Last year theft was a major concern,    have the exact physical features of a cell    to find their doors open and their stuff      Station on 046-603 9111; and CPU on
levels are not high. Oppidan students in   with an increase in reports of muggings,    phone and can be given to a mugger in         gone,” he said. Wille said that the most      046 603 8146.



                                                                                                     R85m library expansion completed for 2011 students
                                                                                                     Tsholofelo Tlhoaele                      London. According to the Univer-         near the possible café location.
                                                                                                                                              sity’s press releases, the new library       The press release noted a
                                                                                                     Vice Chancellor Dr Saleem Badat          has almost doubled its original          number of environmental consider-
                                                                                                     has described the R85-million            size with the expansion adding ap-       ations that have been included in
                                                                                                     Library Expansion Project,               proximately 4500 square metres to        order to make the building more
                                                                                                     completed in time to accommodate         the building.                            eco-friendly. “Environmental fac-
                                                                                                     the new students of 2011, as the             The library now offers four          tors include the use of thicker walls
                                                                                                     “biggest single project in the           levels that include seminar rooms        to provide sun shading, the use of
                                                                                                     history of Rhodes University and         and study cubicles, computers and        solar glass, (and the) energy-effi-
                                                                                                     Grahamstown.”                            printers, and faculty-specific librar-   cient use of air-conditioning,” the
                                                                                                        Construction began in Septem-         ies. “It was a proud moment and an       release said. Other construction
                                                                                                     ber 2008, and although expected to       exhilarating experience to be able       work around campus completed for
                                                                                                     be finished in July 2010, was only       to finally enter our new library. The    2011 includes the building of three
                                                                                                     finally completed in November last       returning students are bound to be       new residences behind Kimberley
                                                                                                     year - a four-month delay from the       in awe. The new library exemplifies      Hall that are expected to host 87
                                                                                                     original date of completion.             what can be achieved by the combi-       students each during the 2011
                                                                                                        Local contractors C.M. Heunis         nation of vision, creativity, purpose,   academic year. The residence con-
                                                                                                     Building Contractors and MBB             planning and hard work,” said Vice       struction reportedly cost roughly
                                                                                                     Consulting Engineers headed the          Chancellor Badat.                        R57.4 million.
                                                                                                     project, while University of Cape            The main library building now            Two additional residences are
                                                                                                     Town campus architect Geoff              includes a new parking facility as       planned to be built each year over
                                                                                                     de Wet handled the design. De            well as a basement level, which          the next two years, in order to
Chelsea Nelson
                                                                                                     Wet also designed custom-made            according to the University, will be     accommodate an increase in the
A sneak peak of the new highly advanced library. Schematic drawings of the planning, the             furniture for the library that was       converted into a Learning Café. An       University’s student numbers in
final product and new services it offers are inside.                                                 developed by TJ’s Joinery in East        ABSA ATM has also been added             future years.




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                 Tel: 046 622 2223
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O-week Special Edition                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    O-week Special Edition
The death of the Compact Disc                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 O-Week for the country                                                                                                                                                             Collapse
Matthew de Klerk

Nearly 30 years since its in-
                                                        that, “people just prefer to have
                                                        more control over their music.”
                                                        He also said that CD’s limited
                                                                                                                 such as Tower Records (now an
                                                                                                                 online music store), have ceased
                                                                                                                 physical production and have
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Leigh Hermon                                can expect an SRC function or a play
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          about diversity at the Rhodes Theatre.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alised trolley. Later on in the week each
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      residence puts on a play or performs a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ing the town’s residents for donations.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The parade would include a float for the
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Carina Truyts
troduction, the Compact Disc                            space and lack of portability are                        moved online. Some websites,                                                                                                                                 Orientation Week at Rhodes University           At the University of Pretoria (Tuks),   group dance in an event known as ‘Ven-       Queen and Princesses of Rhodes and a
seems to be heading the way                             contributing factors- highlighted                        such as Qtrax.com, even offer                                                                                                                                has become bigger and better each year.     Stellenbosch University and University      sters’. “During one evening everyone         group of drum majorettes performing           Some call me the ‘procrastination
of its predecessors: the e-waste                        clearly by the popularity of iPods                       music free for download paid for                                                                                                                             New students can expect a week of early     of Cape Town (UCT), Orientation             walks to each of the houses and watches      for the crowd. The day would conclude         queen’. To demonstrate, it is now 5:30
graveyard.                                              and other Mp3 players.                                   entirely by on-site advertising.                                                                                                                             morning sing-alongs, introductory           Week is all about introducing students      their plays or dances. It’s quite a nice     with a RAG ball in the evening and was        in the morning I have been hitting
    Linn Products, a company                                This development has gone                               Billboard.com’s Paul Caulfield                                                                                                                            lectures and various SRC events. At the     to the university through various activi-   way to get to know campus,” said Jurie       considered to be a worthwhile event on        the snooze button on my alarm since
that has, since 2002, held the                          alongside industry rumours                               said that so far this year, about                                                                                                                            end of the week a huge party is either      ties that take place on campus and in       Jean Van De Vyver, a Prim from Wil-          the Rhodes calendar.                          4:00. My attempts at being an early
Royal Warrant (making it sole                           and ideas of reducing the cost                           44 million digital albums have                                                                                                                               held on Prince Alfred street or on the      residences.                                 genhof residence. Tuks hosts a similar           However, as the years the event           bird are spurred by the fact that
provider of electronics to Her                          of CD’s to one British pound                             been sold, compared with 40                                                                                                                                  Great Field. But what does Orientation          RAG (Reach out and Give or Re-          event called ‘Ienk-Melodienk’ where          seem to deteriorate in quality. Students      my November exam timetable was
Majesty the Queen of England),                          (about R12).                                             million during the same time                                                                                                                                 Week hold for others around the coun-       member and Give) is a huge commu-           the first years learn the lyrics and dance   arrived drunk and disorderly and little       conjured up and spat out of hell. I
has ceased production of CD                                 The music industry itself                            frame last year.                                                                                                                                             try? Whilst we are in the midst of early    nity driven project where students raise    moves to a song.                             effort went into the making of the floats.    write six papers in one week, starting
players as demand plummets.                             is going through some huge                                  But while digital sales have                      Compact discs succeeded vinyls 31 years ago, and are now giving way to online music stores.             morning choir practice, what are other      money for various charities and benefi-         So what do we do at Rhodes besides       The event was considered to be too al-        in five days. I should be knee-deep
The sheer drop in demand has                            changes: the introduction of                             increased slightly, CD sales have                                                                                                                            campuses doing?                             ciaries. A week is spent raising money      sing early morning songs? Our Orienta-       cohol orientated and so the residents of      in work by now. This column should
been attributed to more and                             music download websites such                             dropped from 147 million last                        public exposure is much lower      ming from the falling prices of     any media and format, the CD         First years at Rhodes can look for-     through the sale of magazines and other     tion Week has rather been associ-            Grahamstown were no longer interested         have been written two days ago.
more people heading online to                           as Napster sent shockwaves                               year to 114 million this year for                    and the means of recording         the CD’s will increase listener-    is going through some huge       ward to early morning serenades, where      events. One of the major characteristics    ated with the best drinking fest in the      in supporting the event.                          Moreover, I should not have
download their music fix.                               through the industry, paving the                         the same time period.                                and distributing music is much     ship and profits.                   changes. Will they ever vanish   girls and guys will sing a set of popular   of RAG is the parade of floats. Ashleigh    country. And what about Rhodes RAG?              But breaking away from tradi-             stayed up late last night reading Jared
    Founder Ivor Tiefenbrun                             way for online music.                                       The cheapening of CD’s                            cheaper.                              However, Caulfield argues        completely? Well, look at LPs    songs to each other from the lawns          Kromm, a 2nd year at Tuks recalls her       Each of the major universities host such     tion is not always a bad thing. Rhodes        Diamond’s Collapse. It’s not one of
has stated that CD’s are clearly                            Major international record la-                       bears good news for aspiring                             Also, the likelihood of so-    that there are still a few good     and old records: they’re still   of their houses. The serenade is then       O-week: “Each res teams up with an-         an event so what happened to ours? In        University still remains close to com-        my regular acts of procrastination,
limited in their uses, saying                           bels and distribution platforms,                         musicians, as the cost of getting                    called “impulse buying” stem-      years left in CD’s. “Just as with   around,” he said.                followed by a quick meet and greet and      other guys res and you build a float by     1992 Rhodes University’s RAG fell away       munity based projects and there is an         reading historical science books (I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              an embarrassing question and answer         making blommetjies.” At the end of the      due to drunken debauchery. RAG was           atmosphere of community engagement            usually tend to watch series, drink




2011: what to expect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              session, over a nice cup of coffee. From    week a parade is held where each team       once a highly anticipated event amongst      that is present all year round. There are     wine on weeknights, and abuse my
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              there, the first years will be rushed off   shows off their float.                      Grahamstown residents. Rhodes RAG            a number of societies and student-based       Internet quota), but the book is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              to lectures about the library, different        At Stellenbosch, ‘Trollies’ is a race   would be hosted on a Saturday morn-          projects that can get a student active        excellent.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              subjects and the various faculties and      that sees student teams race down           ing where students would parade their        within their community - we just don’t            Learning about the rise and fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              facilities at Rhodes. In the evenings one   Victoria Straat in their own person-        floats around Grahamstown whilst ask-        need to build a float to prove ourselves.     of empires is absorbing. From Easter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Island to Mayan cities, it shows how




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Digs-hunting: get a win-win deal
Matthew de Klerk                                    by the end of this year all US                        than the Moon: possibly to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             people in the past accomplished great
                                                    troops should have left Iraq.                         Mars.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  feats: erecting massive stone temples
2011 (or MMXI in Roman                                  2011 is also an exciting year                        Also, this year Pakistan is                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and creating flawless artifacts and
Numerals) will be a common                          in terms of sport: the Cricket                        supposed to launch their first                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         vast industries that eventually (and
year: that is, not a leap year.                     World Cup is set to be held in                        space satellite.                                                                              Student friendly                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         often literally) fell to the ground in
    Starting on a Saturday (for                     India, Sri Lanka and Bangla-                             On a darker note, 2011                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the wake of human-induced environ-
the first time since 2005), this                    desh, and The All-Blacks plans                        (though just short of the 2012                                                                                                                                                                                  depending on demand, will normally          ‘legal advice’. A wide range of measures     aspects of the lease that might need          mental crises.
year has been designated by the                     on taking a home-ground                               dooms-year) is a year of death:                                                                    Affordable                                                       Johnmark Kajese                             give a two week grace period for one        are discussed that one needs to take         amending. The extent to which                     Diamond shows how humans
United Nations as Internation-                      victory at the Rugby World                            the film Aeon Flux theorised                                                                                                                                        Home away from home, the moment             to read and fully understand what one       into account before committing to an         amendments can be granted depends             always go that one step too far. We
al Year of Forests and Interna-                     Cup that will take place in New                       that 99% of all human life is                                                                                                                                       has now come: being out of residence        is getting into. This is done to ensure     agreement. Grahamstown is home to            on the estate agent, but it is important      expand our empires in times of good
tional Year of Chemistry.                           Zealand.                                              wiped out by a deadly virus                                                         Student accounts available                                                      accommodation and moving into               that a win-win agreement is reached         the National Arts Festival, and this         to make use of this platform where            climate and cannot shrink or support
    In terms of the Chinese                             On the subject of the things                      this year.                                                                                                                                                          digs definitely is a daunting task. It      between all parties concerned.              event held annually during the June          possible. Some terms and conditions           them later. We chop down the last
calendar, which cycles and                          astronomical (i.e. the All-                              In a similar fashion, K. A.                                                                                                                                      is important to look carefully at the           There is no need to rush into           vacation is one to consider in relation      are negotiable, so see what you can have      tree on the island to build a canoe,
begins again every 19 years                         Blacks’ chances), we can also                         Applegate's Remnants book                                                                                                                                           issue of lease agreements as you can        signing an agreement because of the         to the lease agreements. Some estate         amended to suit you.                          deplete the ocean of stocks, mine
(meaning that if you are 19                         look forward to a Solar Eclipse                       series tells that 2011 is the                               Nutritional supplements such as USN, PVM and Evox                                                       potentially sign away your rights.          appeal of the place. Being an Oppidan       agents/landlords will make use of the            With regards to issues to do with         and leave our waste lying around to
years old this year, you are in                     on the 15th of June.                                  year life on Earth (excepting a                                                   in stock                                                                          Freedom is not free so keep the             student, various resources are at your      properties that you might be renting         possible legal action, it advised to seek     poison the soil.
effect beginning a new cycle                            In other space terms, this                        handful of survivors) becomes                                                                                                                                       following in mind and increase your         disposal, free of charge, to ensure         so it is crucial to consider whether the     the guidance and assistance of the Legal          In pursuing our goal of economic
of life), 2011 is the year of the                   year holds the last launch of                         extinct after a 73-mile-wide as-                                                                                                                                    chances of having a good time in digs.      that you get what is legally in your        place you want to get into will be rented    Aid Clinic, provided one meets the            growth we taint the survival chances
Rabbit. In the Chinese Zodiac,                      the Space Shuttle. After 135                          teroid (nicknamed "The Rock")                                                                                                                                           The legal aspect of digs life is        best interests. Before signing a lease      out during the Festival, so as not to be     criteria for assistance, as this platform     of our children and line ourselves up
the Rabbit is meant to be a sign                    launches since 1981, the Space                        impacts Portugal.                                                                             Friendly service                                                      something that most people do not give      agreement, ask for a suitable grace         left stranded should you decide to stay      caters only for those unable to afford        for collapse. (Yes I know I’m sound-
of good luck.                                       Shuttle will go into retirement,                         Only time will tell where                                                                                                                                        full consideration to and more often        period, say three to four days to study     around for it.                               the services of a lawyer. SRC Oppidan         ing dramatic but did I mention that
    This should be of great val-                    ushering in a new era of space-                       2011 will feature in the history                                                                                                                                    than not, find themselves on the ugly       what is contained within. It is also            It is crucial to note that a lease       Councillor Silvanus Welcome is around         I’m not a morning person?)
ue to Barack Obama, because                         craft designed to travel further                      books.                                                      Safe location and secure parking at Peppergrove Mall                                                    side of the law. The important thing        important to look at the Oppidan            agreement is a document that can             to cater for the needs of the Oppidan             The point of Collapse is that we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              that one has to take into consideration     Union webpage on Student Zone and           be negotiated upon, and it is highly         students and should also be one of the        should learn from the past and from
                                                                                    Pic supplied                                                                                                                                                                              is lease agreements. Most estate agents,    follow the guidelines provided under        recommended that one highlights              first people to get hold of for assistance.   the mistakes made by those nations,
                                                                                                                                                                                                Deliveries free of charge                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        empires and individuals that came
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 before us. If we don’t, history will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 inevitably repeat itself.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     I’m really not keen on a war over
                                                                                                                                                                        Confidentiality when discussing any health problems                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      resources, but it might very well hap-
                                                                                                                                                                                           or other issues                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       pen in a few years time. I optimisti-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 cally reckon that I might be one of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the last of the population to survive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and I don’t want to have to resort
                                                                                                                                                                            B12 injections available as a great energy booster                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to cannibalism (as has happened in
                                                                                                                                                                                     during stressful times or exams                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             plenty of societies in the past).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Check out http://www.earthday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 net/footprint/ and see what your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 effect on the planet is. If everyone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 lived like I do, we would need the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 regenerative capacity of 1,8 planets a
                                                                                                                                                                               Open 7 days a week                                    Peppergrove Mall                                                                                                                                                                                                            year to survive.
                                                                                                                                                                     Mon-Fri from 8:30am to 7pm                                      (Opposite Pick ‘n Pay)                                                                                                                                                                                                          The other moral of the story is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 that at University, if you do not plan
                                                                                                                                                                     Sat from 8:30am to 2pm and                                      African Street                                                                                                                                                                                                              ahead, Collapse is likely to find you.

                                                                                  The Springboks will defending their title
                                                                                                                                                                     5pm until 7:30pm                                                Tel 0466227373                                                                                                                                                                                                              You will end up on the night before
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 your exam with your brain fried,
                                                                                  at the Ruby World Cup in New Zealand in                                            Sun from 10am to 1pm                                            0466227320                                                                                                                                                                                                                  guzzling Red Bull and contemplating
                                                                                  2011.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          whether or not sleeping with your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 book under your pillow will help (It
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 won’t).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Letters                                                                                                                                                                                                            I wish I could be a shining
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 example at this point and say that I
 Editor: Lauren Granger                                         Assistant Chief Designers: Stepanie Pretorius and Claire Smith   Business Editor: Neo Khanyile
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 have my study timetable pinned to
 Deputy Editor: Mikaila Thurgood                                Marketing and Advertising Designer: Amy Slatem                   Sci-Tech Editor: Muhammed Bemath
                                                                                                                                                                                            Letters to the Editor:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               my door and I’m on my way to the
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                                                                                                                                                                                            letters@theoppidanpress.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          library as we speak.
 Marketing Managers: Jamie Bezuidenhout and Siân Rees           Sub-Editors: Sarita Pillay, Nadia Moore and Wilhelmina Maboja    Pictures Editors: Chelsea Nelson and Storme Sydow                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The best I can do, however, is to
                                                                                                                                                                                            Editorial complaints: r.brand@ru.ac.za
 Financial Manager: Munyaradzi Chapereka                        Acting Online Editor: Maricelle Gouws                            Politics Editor: Leigh Hermon                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   tell you that under no conditions
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                                                                                                                                                                                            Advertising details:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 should you ever follow my example
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 Community Engagement Managers: Enathi Mqokeli and Zikhona      Features Editor: Bakhulule Maluleka                              Ombudsman: Robert Brand                                    Distribution queries:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Did I mention that I’m going
 Masala                                                         News Editor: Benjamin Katz                                       Printers: Dupli-Print                                      distribution@theoppidanpress.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     on an excursion to Shelly Beach at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 9:30am?
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O-week Special Edition                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         O-week Special Edition


This is NOT a movie!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Campus or
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Bakhulule Maluleka

Suddenly, something weird happens...
As Rusty feels the weight of failure on
                                              no mountains of beer kegs waiting for
                                              eager drinkers. There are no fraternities
                                              (although some residences wish they
                                              were), no sororities (thank goodness
                                                                                           nights, but see them the next morning.
                                                                                           Go to the library. Knock on a res door.
                                                                                           You’ll find someone with their nose in
                                                                                           a book. Also, lecture attendance is not
                                                                                                                                         goodbye. The rest you’ll learn as the
                                                                                                                                         year goes on. Fun exists – you’ll see

                                                                                                                                         Pic supplied
                                                                                                                                                                                     that. But always keep it in mind: This is
                                                                                                                                                                                     NOT a movie.                                                                                                                      canvas?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Johnmark Kajese                              “arb” subject. Having a creative outlet
his back, a shout from Beaver sends           ), no crazy antics where one person          always a choice. There’s a simple piece of                                                                                                                                                                                                                               tends to spur achievement in other en-
him stumbling into reality: “It’s raining     does completely insane things but            paper that goes by the alias of ‘register’.                                                                                                                                                                                 Few South African universities can           deavors and employers often seek out
beer! Oh my gosh! It’s raining beer!”         still manages to get away with it and        If you don’t sign this paper regularly,                                                                                                                                                                                     match Rhodes’ reputation for produc-         graduates with diverse interests.
Everybody raises their lips to the sky        there are no days of lazing around by        according to your course specifications,                                                                                                                                                                                    ing world-class artists, the core of             Though departmental enrollment
and drinks in the droplets of alcohol.        the swimming pool or nights of utter         you lose your duly performed certificate                                                                                                                                                                                    which can be attributed to an active         is the simplest route to participating in
The advanced ‘precipitator’ that Rusty        debauchery – none of these things.           (DP). Without this certificate you                                                                                                                                                                                          arts community on and off campus.            student productions, avenues do exist
stole from the physics department has         Now, I’m not trying to make tertiary         cannot write exams. If you don’t write                                                                                                                                                                                      Involvement is just a few steps away for     for students that don’t have the time or
finally done its job. It’s precipitated       education sound boring, it isn’t. What       exams, you’ve automatically failed.                                                                                                    Pic supplied                                                                         the budding student artist.                  inclination to pursue the arts full time.
every fluid within the vicinity into an       I’m trying to do is take away some of        AUTOMATICALLY... Who wants that?                                                                                                                                                                                                For a taste of the artistic talent on        The Drama Department, for in-
alcoholic’s dream. Rusty realises that        the glamorous notions you may have               Besides registers and DPs, there’s                                                                                                                                                                                      campus, joining a society is a great way     stance, offers relatively open auditions
he didn’t fail – far from it. He’s just       about the year ahead.                        also a few other things:                                                                                                                                                                                                    to start. Groups like Live Music Society     for many of its student-directed plays
made this the most epic Vesuvius party             Where to start? I guess with the            1. Residences AND digs have rules.                                                                                                                                                                                      and Ballroom Society command a large         and choreography pieces, including
ever. His fraternity brothers chant           obvious: THERE WILL BE WORK.                 You can’t do whatever you want. You’ll                                                                                                                                                                                      following and host smashing events,          the popular annual student-produced
his nickname, “SPITTER! SPITTER!              Haven’t you ever noticed that in all         get kicked out.                                                                                                                                                                                                             but don’t forget about the smaller           show “Innovations”. One simply needs
SPITTER!” as they hold him up so that         these shows and series (think “Van               2. You can’t drink day in and day         Chelsea Nelson                                                                                                                                                                groups. Circus Society, for instance,        to inquire at the relevant department
he too can taste the wonder. What a           Wilder”, “Greek”, “American Pie II”)         out. It’s called alcohol poisoning. Get                                                                                                                                                                                     is a relatively new initiative aiming to     to see what kinds of involvement are
party! What a night!                          nobody ever studies? Not even one            with the program.                                                                                                                                                                                                           bring acrobatic and performance skills       available
    If you haven’t watched the series         person in the entire movie is seen               3. Not everybody walks around                                                                                                                                                                                           to the campus body. Society member-              Scattered throughout town are nu-
“Greek” before, then you probably don’t       touching a book. If he or she does,          trying to be sexy or wanting sex. This is                                                                                                                                                                                   ships may be pricey, but benefits often      merous arts shows organized through
recognise the above anecdote. But if you      it’s either because of some plot device      a complete myth.                                                                                                                                                                                                            include support for personal artistic        churches, schools, and citizen societies.
have, you know that what I’ve written         like cheating on a test. Or its some             4. More about intercourse: you will                                                                                                                                                                                     endeavors and reduced entrance to            Those with particularly refined talents
doesn’t even come close to the emotion        miraculous fact, like that despite           not get laid by random girls/guys. There                                                                                                                                                                                    society events.                              should look out for opportunities to
of this particular moment. If this is         waking up ten minutes before the             are no ‘randoms’ here. You’ll probably                                                                                                                                                                                          For a more formal approach to the        showcase their talents at the annual
what university is like, you think, then I    exam, after studying the night before        see each other at lectures, Pick ‘n Pay or                                                                                                                                                                                  arts, one might consider enrolling in        National Arts Festival, a surefire way to
really want to be there. Or maybe you’re      because he missed all the lectures this      society meetings. Remember, Rhodes                                                                                                                                                                                          the Fine Art, Drama, Music and Musi-         start building a reputation.
of the opposite mindset: if it’s like this,   semester, the protagonist is still able to   is small and you’re here for three years,                                                                                                                                                                                   cology, or even English Departments.             Above all, don’t be afraid to try
then I want nothing to do with it.            pass. The protagonist is always a winner     not just O-Week.                                                                                                                                                                                                            Apart from obtaining a theoretical           something new. A keen eye and an
    First off, let me set things straight.    somehow, despite his laziness and                5. Things don’t ever just work                                                                                                                                                                                          background, courses always provide a         open mind are crucial for maturing
This is NOT a movie! There is no              careless attitude. That’s not real! Here,    themselves out. You get what you put                                                                                                                                                                                        practical component and give students        artists.                                    Rhodes offers students opportunities to
such thing as a Vesuvius party – or           we graft – hard! You may not see people      in. Don’t attend lectures? Don’t hand         University is not like it’s portrayed in movies and on TV. But if you can work                                                                                                access to creative resources. Don’t be           After all, the competition in           get involved in everything from ballroom
anything remotely like that. There are        actually doing much studying on Friday       in work? You are the weakest link,            hard, you can also learn to play harder.                                                                                                                                      afraid to enroll in the arts as a one year   Grahamstown is tough.                       dancing to drama productions.




The legend of the university dropout                                                                                                                                                                                             Broke and bored
Bakhulule Maluleka                                       understanding which advice to follow and which           are rules here too. But the onus is on you to follow    you’re an oppidan: cooking for yourself, cleaning,
                                                         rules to break. Think of a hypothetical young man,       them. You make each and every choice. That’s a          budgeting, balancing a social life and having to       Melinda Alvarez
We all have this illusion before we come to              Jimmy. If he becomes a dropout, it will mainly be        big burden to bear if you’ve never done it in your      do schoolwork. It’s a lot, but you can ask for help.                                             Pic supplied
university that it takes certain things to become        because he’s never had to balance anything in his        life and therein lies the possibly of becoming          In fact, you should. Not asking for help is what       Whether or not it’s your first year
a dropout: you need to be lazy, you have to be           life. School is regimented for you. You have rules       a dropout. It’s a fear of the unknown; a loss of        ultimately makes people fail. Ask for help, don’t be   at Rhodes, living in digs is always
into partying, be promiscuous, and take drugs –          at home because your parents make them. There            agency as decision-makers. This is worse when           afraid. It’s a life-skill.                             an entirely new experience that
the whole shebang. I use the word ‘illusion’                                                                                                                                                                                     raises a frightening prospect:
because this is not what it is. It’s far from                                                                                                                                                                                    budgeting. Holding on to hard
being a reality, neither is it a fact. You can’t                                                                                                                                                                                 cash until your next payday is a
even call it a mass correlation. The truth is,                                                                                                                                                                                   struggle we’ll all undergo at one
dear young ones, most of the people who                                                                                                                                                                                          point. Thankfully, Grahamstown
advocate your being against these things                                                                                                                                                                                         makes it relatively easy to have
possibly and probably did try them in their                                                                                                                                                                                      a good time without burning
university heydays. What they’re doing is                                                                                                                                                                                        through your wallet.
not trying to stop you; they’re trying to slow                                                                                                                                                                                       The first step to inexpensive
you down. Instead of binge drinking, drink                                                                                                                                                                                       entertainment is simply to be
responsibly. Instead of all manner of hard                                                                                                                                                                                       aware of your spending limit.
drugs – rather exercise. They are giving you                                                                                                                                                                                     Good practice involves keeping
alternatives.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tabs on how much you spend on a
    What they are advocating is obviously                                                                                                                                                                                        night out. Taking out just enough
in your best interests but the key is                                                                                                                                                                                            cash for a single night will ensure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 you don’t overspend. Becoming
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 aware of prices around town can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 take time, but it’s an excellent        The Observatory Museum is a cheap alternative to a usual day out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 strategy that helps you recognize a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 bargain when it presents itself. It’s   a few of the fascinating museums       night BP runs, or you’ll soon find
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 been said that the best things in       around town. The Cathedral on          yourself wondering where the last
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 life are free, and Grahamstown is       High Street is also a wonderful        of your cash disappeared to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 no exception. Nature spots like the     example of the many amazing            night before.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 botanical gardens can be enjoyed        heritage sites in Grahamstown.             Other entertainment can be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 alone or with friends. You can              When you’re desperate to get       found on campus, including
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 spend hours exploring the lawns         out of the kitchen, look out for       drama productions, music perfor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and river bank, relaxing in the sun,    food specials at places like Rev's     mances and art exhibitions. Free
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 or enjoying a good hubbly session.      Diner, Pirates, Olde 65 and the        performances and exhibits are par-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Picnics can be supplemented by a        numerous other restaurants that        ticularly evident near the end of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 trip to inexpensive supermarkets        cater to student crowds. For those     each term, when Rhodes’ artistic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 like Pick ’n Pay and Checkers, but      party animals out there, drinks        students showcase their talents in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 don't forget the Kaif and the Block     specials can really take the strain    front of willing audiences.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 House.                                  off your wallet. Watering holes like       Though student life is all about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     For a more stimulating after-       the Rat and Parrot, Café Blanca,       getting the most fun out of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 noon, then you might want to take       and Equilibrium offer especially       least money, don’t be afraid to
Chelsea Nelson                                                                                                                                                                                                                   a gander at the Albany Science          tempting student specials during       splurge now and then. Above all,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Museum, the Observatory Mu-             large sports events, functions,        live the life you always wanted –
Jonty Allen realised too late that being a                                                                                                                                                                                       seum, or the International Library      public holidays and society events.    even if you have to stretch your
student means being studious.                                                                                                                                                                                                    of African Music – just to name         Plan ahead to avoid those late         budget a little to get there.
                                                                                                                                                                                          The Oppidan Press 07.01.11          7

                                                                                                                                 O-week Special Edition
That ‘stuff’ called ‘water’
                                                                    stages of filtration to remove all harmful elements found in
Matthew Feldman
                                                                    water. The first step is the removal of dirt particles by running
You’ll hear very strange things about the tap water in              the water through a sand filter; next is the salt tank which kills
Grahamstown. Most of them are true (except the thing about          E-coli and breaks down the minerals and heavy metals so that
it being completely safe for you to drink), which leaves us         they can be removed by the micron filters in the next stage.
Rhodents with three choices: either risk it and drink the stuff,    This is followed by a reverse osmosis process which removes
travel to the spring outside of town, or (as a last resort) buy     the salt and the last of the minerals. Finally, the UV light filter
water.                                                              kills any bacteria in the water. This makes it very clean.
    Drinking the tap water isn’t really an option as most of the         The people from Oasis go a step further, however, and
time it tastes horrible, and the colour suspiciously changes        filter by a process which adds Ozone (oxygen) in the water.
from milky white to a murky brown in a couple of hours. It          It’s this stage that makes their water so good for you. So take it
is also treated with high levels of chemicals to make it safer      from the experts, filtered water is the way of the future.
for us to drink but reportedly still contains heavy metals like
Aluminium and Zinc. A quick trip to the Department of Ich-           Chelsea Nelson
thyology can tell you why these heavy metals are bad for you.
    Going out to the spring on the Port Alfred road where
the water is free is an option, but this requires a good friend
with a car and several hours free as many people in the
Grahamstown area rely on the spring (don’t start picturing
waving reeds and dancing water sprites) for their water. This
leaves us car-less and timeless students with no other choice
but to buy water. But what type of water should you buy?
mineral or filtered?
    The myth is that mineral is better for you but after talk-
ing to Douglas Green, store manager at Oasis Water in
Grahamstown, it can be ascertained that the myth has been
busted. You see, mineral water is pumped straight from the
spring to the bottling plant and although this means that it
does not contain any of the chemicals found in tap water it
still has all the heavy metals. In addition, you would have to
drink 400 litres of mineral water to get any use of the miner-
als so it’s easier to eat a plate of vegetables.
    Filtered water, on the other hand, uses a series of different   Oasis, a shop in Pepper Grove Mall, sells filtered water.




The great water myth
 Matthew Feldman                              unlikely, because of the huge amounts
                                              of energy that will be required for
                                                                                           Finding the internet
                                                                                           Brad Bense                                     to the interesting odour of the Jac Labs    gives you fast internet speeds (unless
 Water has always been seen as a renew-       this process and the large amounts of                                                       (something no one should every have         you’re on the cheapest package,then
 able resource. The truth is, at the rate     brine that will be created to desalinate     As any Rhodent will tell you, the two          to endure). So here’s some handy advice     you might as well be using dial up).
 the expanding population of the world        seawater.                                    most important things needed to suc-           about internet service providers in         The problem is there are high monthly
 use water, it appears people will soon           This concept will be shrugged off by     ceed at Rhodes (besides attending your         Grahamstown.                                fees and if you’re in a digs of five there
 be saying farewell to their swimming         governments who find that recycling          tutorials and studying for tests) are: a)          The basic facts on Internet service     is no way of knowing who used up all
 pools, Jacuzzis, even the refreshing         used water (industrially and domesti-        knowing how to use the library and             providers in Grahamstown are: there         the cap. To get ADSL, all you have to do
 glass of water from your kitchen.            cally) is simply so much cheaper than        b) access to a computer with internet.         are three main options, with a variety of   is get Telkom to install a land line and
     People are using this renewable          establishing multiple, brand spank-          Being without internet access at your          different product types. The three op-      phone up M-web (or anyone of their
 resource too quickly: over-pumping           ing new desalination plants along the        digs means a trip to the computer labs         tions are Asymmetric Digital Subscriber     competitors).
 groundwater, rivers, dams and lakes at       coastline. This makes you think twice        on campus, and if its going to be an           Line (ADSL), 3G, and wireless.                   3G is internet coverage provided by
 a greater rate than it can be renewed        about drinking 8 glasses of water a          all-nighter, then it means being subject           ADSL is a fixed telephone line that     your cellular phone service provider
 through nature’s process. Don’t forget       day, doesn’t it? This is especially when                                                                                                (namely MTN, Vodacom and Cell-C).
 to take into consideration that global       the water can be flowing out your tap         Chelsea Nelson                                                                            It is a cheap option (and as a student,
 warming looms its oven-hot head on           from a sewage plant that is poorly run                                                                                                  that makes it very attractive) as all you
 the last fresh water supplies in the         by your local municipality. Someone                                                                                                     need is a cell phone that can connect to
 world, melting freshwater glaciers into      might forget to add enough chlorine to                                                                                                  your laptop/desktop or a dongle, and
 the ocean, rendering it useless and          the concoction, or forget to close the                                                                                                  a parent to sponsor the airtime. The
 salty. The arid areas of the world are       filter sleuth.                                                                                                                          downside is that it is more expensive to
 becoming drier and the humid areas               Our abundant freshwater resources                                                                                                   download data and the speed of your
 are becoming wetter, leaving our future      may be a thing of the past if we carry                                                                                                  internet depends on signal strength
 South Africa (a semi-arid area with a        on rapidly wasting and tainting water.                                                                                                  (just like a cell phone).To get 3G, pop
 sparse water supply) in dire straits.        Water conservation is only a small step                                                                                                 into your nearest cellular phone shop
     This bleak reality has seen the es-      to take - installing a rain water tank                                                                                                  and ask one of the lovely sales people
 tablishment of a great myth: salt water      outside your digs may sound extreme                                                                                                     (Try MTN in Peppergrove Mall or
 from the ocean can be desalinated and        but soon there might not be a choice in                                                                                                 Nashua mobile in New Street).
 used for consumption. This seems very        the matter.                                                                                                                                  Wireless is the last option. Its best
                                                                                                                                                                                      described as your first cell phone con-
                                                                                                                                                                                      tract: really cheap. All that you need to
                                                                                                                                                                                      do is get in touch with a wireless service
                                                                                                                                                                                      provider in Grahamstown, who installs
                                                                                                                                                                                      your antenna, then it’s simply a case of
                                                                                                                                                                                      buying credits (or airtime) as required.
                                                                                                                                                                                      It’s the cheapest option as the installa-
                                                                                                                                                                                      tion fee is once off and the amount of
                                                                                                                                                                                      credits you buy depends on you. You
                                                                                                                                                                                      get the same speeds as ADSL (because it
                                                                                                                                                                                      runs on the fastest form of ADSL) with
                                                                                                                                                                                      the only problem being that not all ar-
                                                                                                                                                                                      eas are covered and there is a slight lag
                                                                                                                                                                                      (a delay between your computer send-
                                                                                                                                                                                      ing a command and it being executed).
                                                                                                                                                                                      To get wireless Internet, go to TTS in
                                                                                                                                                                                      High street or IT Solutions in Pepper-
                                                                                                                                                                                      grove Mall.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Armed with this knowledge, all you
                                                                                                                                                                                      have to do is pick an option that suits
                                                                                                                                                                                      your budget and lifestyle. In no time at
                                                                                           Oracle is among the popular Internet Service Providers in Grahamstown and                  all you’ll be surfing the Internet from
                                                                                           is located behind Yellow House in High Street.                                             the comfort of your digs.
8      The Oppidan Press 07.01.11                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The Oppidan Press 07.01.11            9

For the Parents                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       For the Parents
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Innovative infrastructural and spatial development
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pic supplied                                                                                                                              that only 25% of the land currently         university in South Africa, Rhodes has




            Parents’ O-week Edition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              in use is covered by buildings is often     grown substantially over the last few
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cited as one of the big selling points      years, and already it utilises the bulk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              of Rhodes. Our University is a hu-          of Grahamstown’s water and electric-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              man space, with trees and green lungs       ity supplies. Projecting to 2013, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              throughout. The Working Committee           total envisaged enrolment will be 7645
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              is very aware of this unique feature.       students, with 5329 undergraduates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Additionally the brief has been to keep     and 2273 postgraduates. While more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the academic core of the University         infrastructure may be needed to cope
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              as closely knit as possible, because of     with increased growth, future buildings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              transit times from residences to lecture    cannot go up independently of back-up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              theatres, and from one academic venue       infrastructure such as roads and recre-
               A special supplement introducing new parents to Rhodes University, the campus, staff                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           to another. The use of cars on campus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              has been increasing steadily over the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ational spaces. Hall Wardens have been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          very specific about needing both passive
                                        and facilities available to students                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  years and the Spatial Development
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Plan outlines, as a future goal, an inner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and active recreation space associated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          with the new residences, especially as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              campus core which is completely pedes-      they are further away from the campus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              trianised. In the long-term, peripheral     core. The Spatial Development Plan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              parking can be planned for, with pos-       for further infrastructure therefore
            Brought to you by the Communications and Marketing Division                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       sibly even a park-and-ride situation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              being created. To measure transit times,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          incorporates cycle tracks, cross country
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tracks, recreation areas around water
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mark drew 15-minute walking circles         features, and so forth. It is also essential
                                    in conjunction with The Oppidan Press                                                                                                                                                          The aerial view of the Rhodes University campus.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              from different points on the campus.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Greater than 15 minutes’ walking time,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          that the inner core remains an attractive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          place to be, both in the day and in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              it has been found, stresses students and    evening. For inspiration, the Commit-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The overarching Institutional Plan,          the University should be putting in            allowed the Committee to not only              creates a larger traffic flow.              tee looked at photos of London, where
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   as outlined by Mrs Sandy Stephen-            place to ensure that the campus is able        visualise what the campus currently                While some of the proposals for fu-     ambient light is frequently utilised.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   son, Director: Institutional Planning,       to meet the needs of relevant parties,         looks like, but also to properly question      ture expansion place residences further         The new Library has subdued light-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   consists of a number of sub-sections.        both now and in the future.                    what it will need to add or alter in the       than 15 minutes from the academic           ing with a wash effect, and the success
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   One of these is the vitally important            This led to further questions on           years to come, if it is to continue fulfill-   core, the Plan does provide for a shuttle   of this has resulted in a desire to revisit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Spatial Development Plan which is,           changing demographics, emphasis                ing the needs of students, staff and com-      service in these cases. Another possible    the lighting over the entire core of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   like the other areas, a work in progress.    and values. When looking ahead, it             munity. A Spatial Development Plan             future development would be a system        campus and to look at creating a living


Planning to meet challenges and manage opportunities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   A Working Group was established              is necessary to ask if the values and          is essential. New buildings, roads and         of pedestrianised biodiversity corridors,   centre where it is safe and enjoyable for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   around mid-2009 under the leadership         requirements we are experiencing in            even trees have a long-term impact on          which would create safe movement            people to meet. The new Learning Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of Mark Hazell, Manager: Grounds and         2010 will still apply in 2020, or indeed       the land and the area around them. The         passages between areas of development       at the Library will function as the core
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Gardens, and consisting of people with       in 2030. With this in mind, Mr Hazell          brief which the Working Committee              not only for people but also for small      of a space that students will want to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   technical, aesthetic, engineering and        and the Committee sketched out the             received from the Vice-Chancellor was          animals, birds and butterflies. These       come to in the evenings, bringing their
Rhodes University recently set the            One of these is the fact that the way          Zamuxolo Matiwana                                                                                                                     architectural knowledge.                     current land plan of Rhodes Univer-            to stay within the current 244-hectare         would have cycle routes which are well-     cups of coffee and their laptops and
wheels in motion to create a compre-          students are now funded is based on                                                                                                                                                      Their brief was to discuss the fol-      sity, using colour-coding to define the        land plan, and therefore thought had to        surfaced and well-lit.                      sitting at the picnic tables to study and
hensive Institutional Development Plan,       three-year rolling plans which are nego-                                                                                                                                             lowing: What does Rhodes University          front, client-facing end of campus and         be given as to how the University could            When considering these possible         socialise. Many of the ideas outlined
loosely termed Vision 2020. This came         tiated in advance with the Department                                                                                                                                                currently look like? What should it look     then moving on to define the academic          expand within these constraints.               future developments, the issue of how       above are already becoming a reality.
about as a result of the challenges faced     of Higher Education and Training. The                                                                                                                                                like? What is it going to look like in the   and residential zones (in which there              Densification is one option. But, as       much Rhodes University is going to          What is perfectly clear is that the future
by the University and opportunities           plans also need to respond to the Na-                                                                                                                                                future? As Mr Hazell explains, the goal      is some overlap) in other colours.             Mr Hazell points out, people like the          grow over the coming years had to be        for Rhodes University is an exciting and
presented by the new higher education         tional Priority Areas, indicated for each                                                                                                                                            of the committee is to determine what        This was a vitally important step as it        feel of the University as it is. The fact      considered. Despite being the smallest      vibrant one.
landscape. The plan deals with shape          planning cycle by the Government.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Naming of new
and infrastructure issues, staff and              In this current cycle, the national
student make-up, transformation and           priority areas are widening access and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sarah Shäfer
the ability to attract and retain staff,      increasing undergraduate output in en-
amongst other things.                         gineering and life sciences, human and
    Vision 2020 is a living plan, to be re-   animal health, teacher education and



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and old residences
assessed and amended as necessary, and        output in all postgraduate programmes.
its aim is to position Rhodes in such as      Rhodes gets funding on the basis of this
way as to ensure that its future trajec-      plan, which makes enrolment plan-
tory meets the challenges, and reaps the      ning a delicately balanced and critical
rewards, of the 21st century.                 task. Each university has to predict how
    In the areas of learning, teaching,       many students it aims to enrol in the                                                                                                                                                The three shiny new residences gracing       University was happy to honour the
research, transformation, community           years up to and including 2013, break-                                                                                                                                               the hill below the newly-refurbished         decision of the community and students
engagement and infrastructure, the            ing it down into categories such as field                                                                                                                                            Kimberley Dining Hall are opening            and name the buildings after these com-
Institutional Development Plan (IDP)          of study, undergraduate and postgradu-                                                                                                                                               their doors for the first time in Janu-      mitted liberation struggle activists. In a
aims to ensure that the capacity ex-          ate figures, as well as race and gender.                                                                                                                                             ary 2011. Collectively known, for the        further tribute, the opening ceremony
ists for attention to be given to these       Another ongoing challenge is the                                                                                                                                                     time being, as Hilltop Hall, they stand      was conducted during Human Rights
areas in a way that “ensures congru-          decrease in funding relative to inflation                                                                                                                                            squarely against a backdrop of wild          Week, and members of the Ngoyi,
ence between enrolment planning,              and the cost of living.                                                                                                                                                              scenery and are the proud possessors of      Mxenge and Slovo families were invited
academic planning, staffing, physical             Adding to the challenge of prepar-                                                                                                                                               one of the best views of the entire city     to attend.
planning and the allocation of financial      ing this plan, is the fact that Rhodes                                                                                                                                               from campus.                                     Larissa Klazinga, Warden of Ruth
resources.”                                   remains one of the few universities                                                                                                                                                      Dr Iain L’Ange is the Director:          First Residence and former Lillian
     The University has recently              that offers a wide range of potential                                                                                                                                                Residential Operations at Rhodes             Ngoyi Hall Warden, explained that as
finalised its enrolment plan for the          combinations of major subjects. Most                                                                                                                                                 University, and the person ultimately        approximately 60% of the student body
period 2011 to 2013. “Formal institu-         other universities have elected to go                                                                                                                                                responsible for the residences, new          at Rhodes is female, it has become
tional planning is a relatively new field     the ‘programme route’, where a degree                                                                                                                                                and old. He is also the best person to       important for women’s residences to be         Oriel Hall received a new name in 2009: Ms Yvonne Marais, great-niece of Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer and Ms
in South African higher education, and        programme has a pre-determined cur-                                                                                                                                                  explain why ‘Hilltop’ is a temporary         named after women achievers. And a             Albertina Jere, former warden, at the renamed Courtenay-Latimer Dining Hall.
is now directly linked to State fund-         riculum. This range of choices is one of                                                                                                                                             moniker for the new Hall. The process        name is not just a name. Time is spent
ing,” Mrs Sandy Stephenson, Director:         Rhodes University’s great advantages,         Students learn about and join University societies after registration in 2010.                                                         of naming a Residence at the University      at the beginning of every year educating       marked for the development of social           students.                                   Hall has been enlarged and now has two
Institutional Planning, explains.             but it does make it difficult to predict                                                                                                                                             is an interesting and slightly prolonged     the new intake of students about these         spaces and informal sports facilities.             The Hall and House Wardens have         new Dining Halls serviced by the same
    Whereas in years gone by the              what courses students will be choosing        Vice-Chancellor Dr Saleem Badat out-         higher education, in terms of outputs,       been introduced.                             one. An official naming policy exists        women, and the contributions they              Housing 87 students per residence, all         been appointed. Dr Swantje Zschernack       kitchen. By refurbishing and extend-
State was able to fund whomever the           to study in future years and also creates     lined the projected figures in his speech    to borrow a cliche, Rhodes punches               The Institutional Development Plan       which guides and regulates the naming        made to South Africa and the lives of          students will have a room to themselves,       is the Hall Warden and House Wardens        ing this existing Dining Hall, Rhodes
University enrolled, there are now far        time tabling challenges.                      to the University Senate in November         well above its weight. While the number      is growing, changing and expanding to        of University buildings. However, the        others.                                        a rarity among universities in South           are Jono Bellingan, Shannon Stone and       has saved in the region of R15 million.
more stringent requirements in place.             The University increasingly has to        of 2010: “Next year’s enrolment target       of enrolled students may be relatively       incorporate new goals as they arise. Mrs     process involves input not only from             Currently, the plan is for Hilltop I, II   Africa and an advantage which Rhodes           Vicky Heidermann. Rhodes University         Students are able to choose from eight
This is not unique to South Africa; the       cap admission numbers for certain             is 7390 students, hopefully comprising       smaller, Rhodes graduates a higher           Stephenson is particularly keen to stress    the University community, but also           and III and Margaret Smith Residence           students enjoy.                                residences are still separated into male    different types of diet at Rhodes; some
movement for more transparency and            courses, because of finite resources.         5329 undergraduates and 2018 post-           proportion of students than most other       that transformation is a substantial goal    from the students who will be living in      to comprise the Hilltop Hall. Margaret             An additional plus is that Rhodes          and female, and Hilltop has one men’s       of these include Vegetarian, Halaal,
accountability in public spending on          The IDP is firm on this, aiming to            graduates. We expect our first-time en-      universities. Additionally, the University   on which Rhodes is looking to expend         the new residence. Once consultation         Smith Res will be moving away from             ensures that all its residence rooms have      and two women’s residences.                 Hindu Halaal and Health African.
education began in the United King-           retain Rhodes’ niche of smaller classes,      tering undergraduates to number some         has an ideal environment for postgrad-       further resources in the future. Aca-        has taken place with these two groups,       Kimberley East to join the new Hall.           a wired internet connection, which                 The security of residences is taken         The residences at Rhodes each have
dom and Australia, and South Africa           personal contact with access to lecturers     1500 students. Projecting to 2013, our       uate study, and South Africa desperately     demically, Rhodes is doing extremely         a recommendation is made to the              Once the new residents are settled, the        students who are signed up to ResNet           extremely seriously at Rhodes. During       a unique character, and the men and
has followed suit. The issue of account-      and Heads of Department, as well as           total envisaged enrolment will be 7645       needs increased numbers of Masters           well, allowing attention to be focused       Naming Committee, who will assess the        process of choosing a suitable name can        can access at all times.                       2010 all residences had fingerprint ac-     women who live in them carry that for-
ability for the expenditure of public         its tutorial system which contributes         students, with 5329 undergraduates           and PhD graduates. To this end, Rhodes       on the issues of transformation and          choice and make a recommendation to          commence.                                          While you might assume that the            cess control installed. The Blue Route,     ward into their future lives. Hilltop Hall
funds is particularly pertinent in this       significantly to the University’s excellent   and 2273 postgraduates. This is in line      is looking at building residences ear-       infrastructure.                              the University Senate and Council.               The Hilltop residences are still           new residences would consist mainly of         which is patrolled regularly by Campus      will in its turn develop a character of
country, with the amount of redress that      pass and throughput rates which remain        with our overall institutional trajectory,   marked for more senior students, and             The Rhodes motto is Where Leaders            A recent example of this process is      within the 15-minute walking circles           first year students, this is not actually      Security and which has panic buttons        its own and the students who, in 2011,
needs to take place in relation to past       amongst the best in the country.              which is to become more postgraduate         creating a postgraduate centre. New          Learn. As a small university which al-       the naming in 2010 of Lillian Ngoyi          outlined by Mr Mark Hazell, Manager            the case. Dr L’Ange and his team have          installed along its length in case of       are the first to live there and the ones
discriminatory practices.                         The University is looking to keep its     and more research-oriented.”                 Masters programmes, such as the MAs          lows future leaders to shine, it is moving   Hall, which incorporates the Ruth First      of Grounds and Gardens, in the Spatial         tried to get as many senior students as        need, has been extended to incorporate      entrusted with choosing its name, have
    Mrs Stephenson outlines some of the       undergraduate numbers fairly constant             Rhodes is the smallest university        in Creative Writing, Integrated Devel-       forward into the future with all its flags   and Victoria Mxenge Residences. These        Development Plan, but parking for              possible to make the move into Hilltop         the new residences.                         an exciting and fulfilling time ahead of
changes which have occurred since the         for the next few years, while growing         in South Africa and whilst it might          opment and Health Journalism, and a          flying and the scene set for continuing      three women gave their lives in the          students’ cars will be available. Areas        Hall, to ensure the balance is kept                In terms of feeding the students liv-   them on the hill with the spectacular
advent of democracy in South Africa.          the postgraduate student numbers.             only have around 1% of all students in       PhD in Higher Education, have recently       success.                                     struggle against apartheid, and Rhodes       between the buildings have been ear-           between newbies and more experienced           ing on top of the hill, Kimberley Dining    view over campus and town.
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For the Parents                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For the Parents
Rhodes one of the most productive research institutions in SA                                                                                                                                                                   Sophie Smith



Although the smallest University in          fessor Catriona Macleod of the Psychol-      Sophie Smith
South Africa, Rhodes has always had a        ogy Department and Professor Louise
reputation for producing fine research.      Vincent of Politics and International
In line with the Vision 2020 plan aiming     Studies; and in Visual and Performing
to increase our postgraduate numbers,        Arts of Africa, led by Professor Ruth
and looking to play to our strengths,        Simbao of Fine Art. Each focus area
research is receiving a great deal of at-    will receive financial support for three
tention and encouragement within the         years to cover research and masters,
University.                                  doctoral and postdoctoral scholar-
Dr Peter Clayton is the Deputy Vice-         ships. A fourth research focus area in
Chancellor: Research and Development         the Humanities Faculty was initiated
at Rhodes University. He is passionate       last year in the field of Transformative
about his role and about increasing the      Social Policy, headed by Professor Jimi
output of high level research carried out    Adesina of Sociology.
at the University. “Rhodes is a univer-          In addition the Humanities Faculty
sity of scholars; we are good at research.   has new Masters Programmes in Cre-
There is an excellent intellectual space     ative Writing, and Social Policy and
across a range of disciplines,” he says      Democracy Studies, and a new Honours
enthusiastically. The per capita research    specialisation in Health Journalism,                                                                                                                                              A night time view of Rhodes University’s new Library and recently renovated old building.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Minister opens new library
output of the University, as measured        starting in 2011. Rhodes University has
by the Department of Higher Education        already a very strong research output in                                                                                                                                          Zamuxolo Matiwana
and Training, places Rhodes consistent-      the Faculty of Science, with established    Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Development, Dr Peter Clayton.
ly in the top three research universities    researchers such as Professor Tebello
in the country, alongside Stellenbosch       Nyokong and Prof Christopher Mc-            with great success being achieved in us-      programs across the university ensure       sustainability practice in Southern Afri-
and UCT.                                     Quaid receiving international attention.    ing insects to control water weed across      the ongoing productivity of Rhodes          can community-based natural resource
    Looking forward into the future, Dr      Medicinal Chemistry is a massive re-        the African continent. The Science            in terms of scholarly outputs. In an        management and poverty contexts’;                                                                                           The Minister of Higher Education and       up as, ‘a voyage centred on the pursuit,   “Despite its size, Rhodes University
Clayton emphasises that, in terms of         search area for our University, examples    Faculty has new Masters Programmes            illustration of the University’s commit-        ◆ Professor Jane Duncan of the                                                                                          Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, marked        making and sharing of knowledge,’” she     contributes almost 4% of total output
the size of the student body, Rhodes is      of which include Prof. Nyokong’s use of     being launched in Bioinformatics, and         tment to top notch research, Rhodes         School of Journalism & Media Studies,                                                                                       the beginning of a new era for the         said.                                      in the higher education system and
looking at keeping its undergraduate         photodynamic therapy in cancer treat-       in Applied Computer Science.                  submitted eight proposals in 2010 to the    carrying out a ‘study of youth identity,                                                                                    Rhodes Library when he unveiled the            “The Library Service’s vision of an    has consistently produced above the
numbers constant over the next three         ment, and the work in cancer stem cell          Not to be left behind, the Fac-           South African Netherlands Research          media and consumption, and the pub-                                                                                         official plaque on 4 November 2010.        enhanced and revitalised Library for       expected norm over the past five years.
years. The focus will be on growing the      and malaria research being carried out      ulty of Education is moving full steam        Programme on Alternatives in Develop-       lic sphere in South Africa’;                                                                                                    Addressing about 250 invited guests    Rhodes University was first articulated    This means that Rhodes academics
postgraduate numbers, in line with the       by the BioBRU group.                        ahead with new or expanded research           ment (SANPAD), of which seven were              ◆ Dr Michelle Cocks, of ISER,                                                                                           such as the Deans, Heads of Depart-        as early as 2004 by the late University    have a high per capita research output.
desire to increase the research output           Allied to Medicinal Chemistry is        initiatives in a number of areas: a new       successful – the highest success rate of    “Untold Stories” - Assessing African                                                                                        ments and Institutes at the University,    Librarian, Margaret Kenyon, whose          I have no doubt that the improvement
coming from the University. In support       an area called Marine Biodiscovery,         doctoral programme in Higher Educa-           applying universities.                      environmental perceptions in relation                                                                                       members of the Rhodes Council and          memory is honoured today in recogni-       of the Library will allow this output to
of this drive, various initiatives will      which is starting to grow rapidly. Led      tion Studies has recently been initiated          The seven successful applicants are:    to past and present’;                                                                                                       Board of Governors, as well as represen-   tion of her tireless work to influence     continue,” he said.
come onstream in 2011 and subsequent         by Professor Mike Davies-Coleman in         within the Centre for Higher Education            ◆ Professor Robbie van Niekerk of           ◆ Professor Charlie Shackleton, from                                                                                    tatives from donor organisations and       and incorporate the new Library onto           The Minister has made a commit-
years.                                       Chemistry and Professor Rosemary            Research, Teaching, and Learning; two         ISER, whose research looks at ‘Effecting    the Environmental Sciences, research-                                                                                       those involved in building and design-     the University’s agenda. We are espe-      ment to the President to work towards
    The desire to increase our profile       Dorrington in Biochemistry, this            NRF funded chairs have been awarded           social citizenship through social policy:   ing on ‘The contributions of trees to                                                                                       ing the facility, Dr Nzimande spoke        cially pleased to welcome her husband,     key outcomes such as improved teach-
in areas in which Rhodes is already          research focus area looks at medicinal      to Rhodes in the area of Mathematics          policies, contestations and practices’;     local livelihoods along urbanisation                                                                                        about the importance of the Library.       Dusty Kenyon, at this celebration where    ing and learning and increased post-
a strong performer has resulted in           attributes in marine natural products,      Education; the Environmental Educa-               ◆ Professor Catriona Macleod of         gradients’; and finally,                                                                                                        He said the significance of a top      Margaret’s ‘hope’ is our reality,” added   graduate student numbers. He believes
three new research focus areas being         and is a relatively unique area of study    tion and Sustainability Unit has recently     the Psychology Department, who is               ◆ Dr Olaf Weyl, SAIAB Research As-                                                                                      quality library, which combines access     Ms Thomas.                                 that Rhodes is an important contributor
established within the Humanities            on the African continent. Marine Biol-      expanded operations and moved into a          researching ‘Life Orientation sexuality     sociate, who is conducting research on                                                                                      to electronic and printed resources, and       Dr Badat reminded the audience         to teaching and research outputs.
Faculty. These are: in Southern African      ogy is a particular strength of Rhodes      purpose built facility; and new research      programmes and normative gender nar-        ‘assessing impacts and benefits of alien    Minister of Higher Education Dr Blade Nzimande opened the new Library.          space for study, for both academic edu-    that a vibrant and well-equipped library       The size of the library has doubled
Literature, headed by Professor Dirk         University with the work of Professor       initiatives in curriculum theory, and in      rative, practices and power relations’;     fish introduction’. Do biodiversity costs                                                                                   cation and research purposes, cannot       is an indispensable corollary to the       with an additional 4500 square meters
Klopper of the English Department;           McQuaid and the Southern Ocean              primary and foundation phase educa-               ◆ Professor Heila Lotz-Sisitka, En-     outweigh the economic, food security         Sophie Smith                                                                   be underestimated. “Good libraries are     pursuit of the core purposes of a uni-     added on. It has more study space, a
in Critical Sexual and Reproductive          Group receiving widespread acclaim.         tion are being mounted.                       vironmental Education Chair, working        and recreational benefits derived from                                                                                      at the heart of knowledge building and     versity. He added that the new Library     24-hour access reading room, group
Health Studies, headed jointly by Pro-       Entomology is another very visible area,        Additional successful research            on ‘Community learning, agency and          alien fishes in South Africa?                                                                                               are a key of continued investment for      is intended to further cement Rhodes’      study rooms, an Information Commons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               universities,” he said.                    standing as one of Africa’s leading        to support undergraduate students in


Environmental Education Learning Centre heralds a new era
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   He added that a strong library         teaching and research institutions.        accessing online resources and the Re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               contributes to strengthening teach-            “It embodies our determination         search Commons for senior postgradu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ing quality and high-quality research      as Rhodes University to continue to        ate students and academic staff. It also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               output, and can benefit every student,     provide a high-quality education and       offers collections arranged in Faculty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               researcher and academic. “I hope that      experience to our students, who come       sections: Science & Pharmacy, Com-
 Zamuxolo Matiwana                                                                       contribution as needs change due to the                                                                                                                                                                               this new Library will be a central sta-    from diverse social and national back-     merce, Humanities & Education.
                                                                                         challenges inherent in the growth of our                                                                                                                                                                              tion for knowledge building at Rhodes      grounds; to continue to push forward           An interesting design feature of
                                                                                         young democracy.                                                                                                                                                                                                      University,” he said.                      the frontiers of knowledge and under-      the new building is the main staircase,
                                                                                             Many partnerships have enriched                                                                                                                                                                                       The Director of Library Services, Ms   standing; and to continue to possess the   which is a steel structure suspended
                                                                                         the work of the Chair, including,                                                                                                                                                                                     Gwenda Thomas, delivered a speech          best undergraduate pass rates, the most    from the roof with rods. The building
                                                                                         among others, Goldfields South Africa,                                                                                                                                                                                focussing on the theme of hope. “The       outstanding postgraduate graduation        itself is regarded as a high-tech build-
                                                                                         the Worldwide Fund for Nature, the                                                                                                                                                                                    story of the Rhodes Library is one         rates, and among the highest per capita    ing, fully computerised and designed to
                                                                                         Department of Environmental Affairs,                                                                                                                                                                                  of hope. The birth of a new library        research outputs of any South African      minimise energy usage.
                                                                                         the Wildlife and Environmental Society                                                                                                                                                                                celebrates a community of hope formed      university,” he said.                          The multi-million rand Library
                                                                                         of South Africa, UNEP and UNESCO                                                                                                                                                                                      around a common sense of purpose               Dr Nzimande praised Rhodes for         Building Expansion and Refurbishment
                                                                                         and, closer to home, the Makana Mu-                                                                                                                                                                                   at Rhodes University – that which our      playing a vital role in contributing to    Project was started in September 2008
                                                                                         nicipality and the Umthathi Project in                                                                                                                                                                                Vice-Chancellor Dr Saleem Badat sums       South Africa’s quality research output.    and took 26 months to complete.
                                                                                         Grahamstown.
                                                                                             During the early days, the Chair                                                                                                                                                                                   Sophie Smith
                                                                                         and its then partner, the Goldfields
                                                                                         Environmental Education Service Cen-
                                                                                         tre, participated in educational policy
                                                                                         development, working to make sure that
                                                                                         the new curriculum incorporated envi-
                                                                                         ronmental education. The focus is now
                                                                                         on implementation, as the Chair works
The new Environmental Centre situated opposite to Eden Grove, behind                     with educational and other institutions.
Alumni House building.                                                                   Today, the Chair has an active research
                                                                                         programme, with 16 PhD and 33 Mas-
Rhodes University marked its 20th            partment of Environmental Affairs.          ters students currently registered, and
year of Environmental Education in              Why was establishing a Research          with a throughput rate in the Masters
2010, commemorating the fact that the        Chair in Environmental Education            programme of 85%. Research produced
Murray and Roberts Chair of Environ-         such an important step to have taken?       in and through the Chair is intellectual-
mental Education was established at          “Environmental Education was diffuse        ly rigorous, but also translates well into
the University in 1990.The current in-       and lacked a theoretical basis,” says       real-world situations, creating sustain-
cumbent is Professor Heila Lotz-Sisitka;     Professor Pat Irwin, the first incumbent    able solutions for communities.
prior to her assuming the Chair, Eureta      and founder of the Chair. The Chair,            Environmental education is a new
Rosenberg held the role.                     and thus environmental education,           field, born out of a new social move-
   In October 2010, a truly wonderful        developed alongside South Africa’s new      ment and, says Prof Lotz-Sisitka, is
new Environmental Education Learn-           democracy and, says Professor Heila         always likely to be “on the margins,
ing Centre was unofficially opened.          Lotz-Sisitka, “it was through the early     engaged with the critical social change
The building is situated opposite Eden       work of the Chair in this period that       necessary for sustainable societies... Per-
Grove and on the outskirts of the            we began to think of Environmental          haps this is what we are most proud of -
Botanical Gardens. The R12 million           Education as a process of social change.”   research that has meaning in the lives of
for this building was donated by the De-     The Chair has successfully changed its      ordinary South African people.”                                                                                                       The main staircase is an interesting design feature of the new Library.         Invited guests gather at the entrance to the newly renovated Library.
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For the Parents                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              For the Parents
Creating a conducive learning                                                                                                                                                                                                  New Deans and HODs for 2011
environment to ensure student success
Rhodes University remains by far the         Centre for Higher Education Research,        Sophie Smith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sophie Smith                                Sophie Smith                                  Sophie Smith                                Pic supplied                                  Pic supplied




smallest university in South Africa, a       Teaching and Learning. CHERTL is an
position which Vice-Chancellor Dr            academic centre working on the devel-
Saleem Badat embraces. As a Univer-          opment of academic staff as profes-
sity, he says, “we take great pride in our   sional educators, and the development
academic reputation and are well-            of student learning in conjunction with
known for our academic excellence and        academic departments. CHERTL’s work
producing high quality graduates.”           in teaching and learning is recognized
    In his November 2010 report to           nationally and its staff members regu-
Senate, Dr Badat reiterated that Rhodes      larly provide courses for academics at
enjoys the distinction of having the         other South African universities.                                                                                                                                                 Dr Di Wilmot                                Dr Bruce Brown                                Professor Rose Boswell                      Professor Jean Baxen                         Associate Prof. Robert van Niekerk
best undergraduate pass rates and                 When Prof Boughey came to Rhodes
graduation rates in South Africa, and        in 1999, the University had an Aca-                                                                                                                                                Pic supplied                                Sophie Smith                                  Sophie Smith                                Sophie Smith                                 Sophie Smith
outstanding postgraduate success rates.      demic Skills programme, which was not
This he attributes to the quality of         producing the desired results. The idea
academic provision and to the commit-        that academic skills could be taught and
ment of Rhodes staff to student learn-       then applied to whichever discipline
ing, development and success.                one chose to study in, was fast being
    Fifty percent of the academics at this   disproved. As Prof Boughey says, “We
University have Doctoral degrees, and        have enough theoretical knowledge to        Professor Chrissie Boughey, Dean of Teaching and Learning.
Rhodes produces among the highest re-        know that there are not generic skills
search output per academic staff mem-        which can be learnt and then applied        demics do this by documenting their        the benchmark tests.                          the Extended Studies Unit, which is
ber of any university in South Africa.       to different disciplines. Rather, what is   assessment practices and the rationale          This system allows the University to     part of CHERTL. Some credit towards
This of course means that students at        required is discipline-specific.”           behind these. CHERTL offers an As-         identify those capable of attaining a de-     the degree will be earned in this first
the University have the opportunity to            Current practice revolves around       sessor Course to support academics         gree but at risk of struggling academi-       year. In this way, Rhodes offers a secure
learn amongst and with academics who         the belief that if the teaching within      with the theory and practice of assess-    cally, and make them an offer of a place      learning environment in which all
are leaders in their disciplines. Overall,   a Department or Faculty is good and         ment. As a result of this, there is now    on the Extended Studies Programme.            students can flourish.                       Professor Greg Foster                       Professor Larry Strelitz                      Professor Herman Wasserman                  Dr Jeffrey Brukman                           Professor Michael Guilfoyle
Rhodes University performs very well         if lecturers are cognisant of who the       a considerable body of people teaching     Extended programmes allow a student                Students are not ‘ghetto-ised’ into
on all the key and meaningful perfor-        student is, and what he or she can          on campus who have engaged in a very       to complete a degree over four rather         separate streams, but are nurtured           Every year brings a certain amount          in French and the Indian Ocean Creole         Economic Research (ISER) in 2011.           ing on the role of Head of Department:       number of editorial boards and holds
mance indicators.                            and can’t do, then learning challenges      serious way with teaching and learning.    than three years. Students are registered     within the general student population.       of change to the University. Rhodes         dialect, she is particularly interested in    Robert’s area of research and teaching      Journalism and Media Studies from 1          an Honorary Senior Lectureship at the
    According to the Centre for Higher       should be able to be addressed through      This has had a huge impact on how staff    with the University in the usual way and      This has led to a distinct reduction in      would like to congratulate the follow-      the dynamics of identity construction         interest is in the institutional history,   July 2011. Prof. Strelitz’s primary re-      University of Sheffield in the UK.
Education Transformation (CHET),             mainstream teaching, and support and        at Rhodes deal with students and their     the programmes are located within the         attrition rates.                             ing members of staff who will be taking     in post-colonial states and the African       ideologies and understandings of social     search focus is in the area of qualitative       Dr Jeffrey Brukman will be taking on
on the basis of these indicators Rhodes      development should take place within        learning challenges.                       Faculties.                                         As a research-friendly institution,     up new posts within their departments       diaspora communities of the Indian            policy and social change in South           audience studies. The focus of his PhD       the role of Head of Department for Mu-
is among the top three universities in       the Faculties. In 2004, Rhodes made it          In 2009, all incoming students were        In the first year of a four-year          it is important to the University that       and faculties in 2011, and wish them a      Ocean region. Her teaching topics             Africa. He also has an interest in social   in media studies was on the relationship     sic & Musicology from 1 January 2011.
South Africa and held in high esteem         a condition of employment that anyone       tested using benchmark tests, and the      Extended Studies programme, for               the incoming first years are aware that      successful tenure in these roles            include applied anthropology, national-       policy in a post-apartheid South Africa     that local youth have to global media.       He is a Lecturer in Music Theory within
on the African continent and beyond.         coming to teach at the University           results were matched with their test       example, a student in the Humanities          Rhodes provides a supportive learn-              Dr Di Wilmot has been appointed         ism, heritage, identity and ethnography.      - particularly polices aimed at overcom-    He has published extensively in journals     the Department, where he teaches
Professor Chrissie Boughey is Dean of        needed to demonstrate their ability as      results throughout the year. In 2010,      faculty will do half the coursework but       ing environment and a route through          Dean of the Faculty of Education, and           Professor Jean Baxen has been ap-         ing inequality and developing social        on a variety of media-related subjects.      courses in Music Theory, Analysis and
Teaching and Learning at Rhodes Uni-         an assessor of student learning before      every student who did not meet the         have double the tuition time. The ad-         to postgraduate research and study for       commenced her duties on 1st October         pointed Deputy Dean of the Educa-             rights of citizenship and the “good         He has also worked as a print media          Composition.
versity, and Director of CHERTL, the         their appointment was confirmed. Aca-       automatic entrance criteria completed      ditional tuition is provided by staff from    those who wish to follow this path.          2010 on her return from sabbatical.         tion Faculty. Prof. Baxen moved to            society” - and the factors which account    journalist and a television cameraman.           Professor Michael Guilfoyle will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Co-ordinator of the PGCE programme          Grahamstown from UCT in 2009, and             for success and failure in policy imple-        Professor Herman Wasserman will          taking on the role of Head of Depart-




Financial Aid at Rhodes University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               from 1996 to 2009, Dr Wilmot also           her interests lie in curriculum theory,       mentation. His PhD was completed at         be taking on the role of Deputy Head         ment for Psychology from1 July 2011.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               teaches Educational Theory modules,         pedagogy, social identity (especially as it   Oxford University and is on the history     of Journalism and Media Studies from         Registered with the HPCSA as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               on Assessment, Critical Thinking,           relates to teachers and their work), and      of social policy, social citizenship and    1 January 2011. Prof Wasserman heads         Clinical Psychologist, Prof. Guilfoyle’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Curriculum and Pedagogy, HIV and            HIV/AIDS. These diverse interests have        contestations over the development of       the Research Unit for Media in the           teaching areas are Narrative Therapy,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               AIDS Education and Cooperative              led to her heading a variety of research      inclusive, de-racialised social policies    Global South (RU MIGS) and his pri-          Psychopathology, Community Psychol-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Learning, in the PGCE and BEd(Hons)         and textbook projects. Dr Baxen’s PhD         since the 1940’s.                           mary research interests are media eth-       ogy and Interpretive Phenomeno-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               programmes. In addition she teaches re-     focused on factors that shape teachers’           Professor Greg Foster will be taking    ics, global journalism and the intersec-     logical Analysis. His research interests
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               search methods, particularly case study     understanding and experience of, and          on the role of Head of Department:          tions between journalism and popular         include understanding the therapeutic
The National Student Financial Aid           Rhodes University Senate that our         of the available scholarships. It was a          The fields in which awardees are          is taking the lead by providing such         and participatory action research, at the   responses to, HIV/AIDS. She is a mem-         Information Systems from 1 July 2011.       culture. He is a former print media          relationship; discursive, narrative and
Scheme of South Africa (NSFAS) seeks         top students also continue to perform     similar story in both 2009 and 2008,         studying need to be those with a strong       a scholarship because it is honouring        MEd and PhD level, and Geography            ber on a number of editorial boards and       He is the IS 202 Course Manager and         journalist, has authored and edited          constructionist approaches to therapy;
to impact on South Africa`s historically     admirably in open competition for         with three and four Mandela Rhodes           social and human rights orientation,          someone who was radical, critical and        Teaching Method in the primary and          chairs a number of NGO boards that            the MSc & PhD Manager. Prof. Foster’s       books on tabloid journalism in South         the politics of clinical psychology and
skewed student, diplomate and graduate       scholarships and prizes.                  scholarships awarded to Rhodes stu-          and the scholarship is designed to            brave.”                                      secondary school PGCE programmes.           work with young people.                       research interests include Usability        Africa, popular media, democracy             therapeutic practice; discourse theory
populations by providing a sustain-              In 2010 two Rhodes students entered dents respectively.                            support candidates whose work poses               Rhodes University is currently           Her sabbatical took her to Wolfson Col-         Associate Professor Robert van            Engineering, Medical/Veterinary Infor-      and development in Africa and global         and post-structuralism; power and
able financial aid system that enables       Oxford on Rhodes Trust Scholarships,          A new Scholarship was launched in        difficult social questions and who link       striving towards growing postgraduate        lege, Cambridge University, where she       Niekerk will be taking on the role of         matics, and Mobile Computing.               media ethics, and published widely in        dialogue, and implications for identity,
academically deserving and financially       namely Chris McConnachie and Clive        2010. Seen as a way of continuing the        knowledge, politics, scholarship and          student numbers and making funding           was a Visiting Scholar.                     Director of the Institute of Social and           Professor Larry Strelitz will be tak-   international journals. He serves on a       social interaction and therapy.
needy students to meet their own and         Eley, who join 2008 Rhodes Trust          legacy of Ruth First, the United King-       action.                                       available to all postgraduates. As the re-       Dr Bruce Brown has been appointed



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Grahamstown Pharmacy
South Africa`s development needs.            Scholarship winner Evan Ford. Others      dom based Ruth First Trust and Rhodes            Ruth First, an anti-apartheid activist,   sult, the University postgraduate fund-      Head of Education. Dr Brown has been
    At Rhodes University, total enrol-       have proceeded overseas on Flanagan       University have partnered to contribute      journalist and scholar, was assassinated      ing has risen over the years from 52%        at Rhodes University since 1989, start-
ment in 2010 comprised of 7,1 92             and Commonwealth scholarships.            funds to establish a Scholarship in her      by agents of the apartheid regime in          in 2000 to 75 % in 2009 per average, to      ing as a lecturer in the Department of
students, with 5,309 of these being un-          Rhodes University continues to        honour. The Ruth First Scholarship           1982. Judge Albie Sachs, a personal           keep up with the postgraduate num-           Mathematics (Pure and Applied) and
dergraduates and 1,840 postgraduates.        dominate the prestigious new Man-         will run from 2011 and will support          friend, said at the launch of the schol-      bers. The students are funded through        moving to the Rhodes University Math-
In 2011 Rhodes expects the first time
entering undergraduates to number
                                             dela Rhodes scholarships, awarded for
                                             postgraduate study at South African
                                                                                       students studying full-time at Rhodes
                                                                                       University towards either a Doctoral or
                                                                                                                                    arship: “She looked the truth in the
                                                                                                                                    eye, which is the spirit imbued in this
                                                                                                                                                                                  various sources such as bursaries, loans,
                                                                                                                                                                                  scholarships and both internal and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ematics Education Project in 1997. He
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               has been a staff member in the Depart-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        117 High Street • P O Box 475 • Grahamstown 6140
some 1,500 students.                         universities. The Mandela Rhodes          Master’s Degree.                             prestigious scholarship... The university     external donors.                             ment of Education since 2006, teaching                                     Telephone (046) 622 7116 • Fax (046) 636 1047
    As can be seen from the tables to the    Foundation (MRF)                                                                                                                                                                  mathematics and mathematical literacy
right, there has been a distinct upward      is a partnership                                                                                                                                                                  education. His research interests are in
                                                                    2009 NSFAS Loan Awards                                                       2010 NSFAS Loan Awards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Photo processing
trend over the last two years, at Rhodes     with the Rhodes                                                                                                                                                                   rational number learning and teaching
University, in terms of financial funding    Trust, which sepa-     Gender No Value                 Faculty         No      Value                Gender No Value                    Faculty         No     Value               and learning for the development of
by NSFAS. In 2008 there 636 students         rately administers     F         467 18,469,337.59 Commerce            253 10,322,904.00            F          565 24,624,424.00      Commerce         301    13,848,256.00       rich conceptualization in mathematics.
received NSFAS funding, growing to           the Rhodes Schol-                                                                                                                                                                 Dr Brown is the convenor of the ACE
814 students in 2009. In 2010, 910           arships to Oxford      M         347 14,132,377.20 Education           2       52,052.50            M          345 16,158,133.00      Education        5      195,952.00          Coordinators Committee in the Depart-
students received this funding, equating
to over 12% of the student body.
    There are methods of financial
                                             University.
                                                 In 2010 four
                                             out of 27 of these
                                                                    Total
                                                                    Race
                                                                              814 32,601,714.79 Humanities
                                                                              No Value              Law
                                                                                                                    318 12,883,070.29
                                                                                                                    13      450,023.00
                                                                                                                                                 Total
                                                                                                                                                 Race
                                                                                                                                                            910 40782557
                                                                                                                                                            No Value
                                                                                                                                                                                   Humanities
                                                                                                                                                                                   Law
                                                                                                                                                                                                    375
                                                                                                                                                                                                    19
                                                                                                                                                                                                           16,570,559.00
                                                                                                                                                                                                           737,110.00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ment of Education.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Professor Rose Boswell has been ap-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               pointed as Deputy Dean of Humanities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Beauty clinic
support other than NSFAS available.          scholarships were      A         17   591,665.00       Pharmacy        56      2,282,830.00         A          21    850,406.00       Pharmacy         54     2,620,226.00        from 1 July 2011. Prof. Boswell is As-
In 2009 approximately 1333 students
at Rhodes University were awarded
bursaries earmarked for South African
                                             awarded to Rhodes
                                             University students,
                                             the largest number
                                                                      B
                                                                      C
                                                                              705
                                                                              31
                                                                                     28,838,725.29
                                                                                     1,161,419.00
                                                                                                         Science
                                                                                                         Total
                                                                                                                      172
                                                                                                                      814
                                                                                                                            6,610,835.00
                                                                                                                            32,601,714.79
                                                                                                                                                B
                                                                                                                                                C
                                                                                                                                                          770
                                                                                                                                                          31
                                                                                                                                                                 35,381,232.00
                                                                                                                                                                 1,314,120.00
                                                                                                                                                                                   Science
                                                                                                                                                                                   Total
                                                                                                                                                                                                    156
                                                                                                                                                                                                    910
                                                                                                                                                                                                           6,810,454.00
                                                                                                                                                                                                           40,782,557.00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               sociate Professor and Head of Depart-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ment for Anthropology. She has an MA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               in Anthropology from the University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The closest pharmacy to campus
citizens. A further 275 foreign student      awarded to a single      D       61     2,009,905.50        Year of Study No   Value               D         88     3,236,799.00      Year of Study    No     Value               of Cape Town and a PhD from the Free
bursaries were given, and the second
child credit accounted for a further 307
students receiving a form of financial
                                             university. Rhodes
                                             regards it as a testa-
                                             ment to the quality
                                                                      Total   814    32,601,714.79 ESP1*
                                                                                                         ESP2*
                                                                                                                      93
                                                                                                                      67
                                                                                                                            3,696,326.00
                                                                                                                            2,709,033.00
                                                                                                                                                Total     910    40,782,557.00     ESP1
                                                                                                                                                                                   ESP2
                                                                                                                                                                                                    100
                                                                                                                                                                                                    66
                                                                                                                                                                                                           4563724
                                                                                                                                                                                                           2,839,577.00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               University of Amsterdam. Her PhD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               focused on the situation of Creoles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               (the descendants of African/Malagasy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Delivery to your digs or residence
aid. In 2009, therefore, a total of 1915     of its teaching and                                         First        266   10,827,851.00                                          First            248    11,412,354.00       slaves and Indian indentured labourers)
students received financial support          learning that we                                            Second       188   7,561,167.00                                           Second           260    11,510,478.00       living on the island of Mauritius. Since
other than NSFAS.
    Scholarships:
    The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Saleem
Badat, mentioned in his report to the
                                             make up less than
                                             one percent of the
                                             national student
                                             body, but win 15%
                                                                                                         Third
                                                                                                         Fourth
                                                                                                         Total
                                                                                                                      184
                                                                                                                      16
                                                                                                                      814
                                                                                                                            7,236,167.29
                                                                                                                            571,170.50
                                                                                                                            32,601,714.79
                                                                                                                                                                                   Third
                                                                                                                                                                                   Fourth
                                                                                                                                                                                   Total
                                                                                                                                                                                                    211
                                                                                                                                                                                                    25
                                                                                                                                                                                                    910
                                                                                                                                                                                                           9,409,437.00
                                                                                                                                                                                                           1,046,987.00
                                                                                                                                                                                                           40,782,557.00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               completing her PhD, Prof. Boswell has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               been researching heritage management
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               in the Indian Ocean islands of Sey-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               chelles, Mauritius and Zanzibar. Fluent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Open your student account today
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For the Parents                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        For the Parents
RU Well? The Health Care Centre and Counseling Centre
Rhodes University students are unique
in a number of ways, one of which
is that most of you have specifically
                                             Monday to Friday between 08h30 and
                                             09h30. Should students need to see her
                                             outside of these hours, an appointment
                                                                                           students are welcome to visit when the
                                                                                           stresses and strains of life on a busy
                                                                                           campus get too much to deal with.
                                                                                                                                        Sophie Smith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             RU Sport scoops Lotto grant
chosen to be here. Grahamstown is a          can be made and she will either come to       With four psychologists and five intern                                                                                           2010 was an extremely exciting year for        of activities from hiking to competi-           Melissa Awu
small city, and most of the student body     the HCC or you will be able to see her        counseling psychologists available,                                                                                               the sportsmen and women of Rhodes              tive climbing and outdoor adventure.
comes from elsewhere, whether it is          at her rooms.                                 the Counseling Centre staff are fully                                                                                             University, due in part to the fact that       There are also a number of martial arts
from other parts of South Africa, the            The HCC provides HIV Counseling           equipped to help students to work                                                                                                 a National Lottery Distribution Trust          disciplines practiced on campus.
African continent or, indeed, the world.     and Testing every weekday afternoon           through the myriad of issues which may                                                                                            Fund (Lotto) grant of R4.5 million was             If you are interested in taking part in
This, along with the fact that around        between 14h00 and 16h00. The intern           arise.                                                                                                                            made to Sports Administration.                 any of the sports on offer, but are con-
half of all students at Rhodes live on       psychologists from the Counseling Cen-            The Health Care Centre and the                                                                                                    The grant has been particularly            cerned about not being first team mate-
campus in residences, means that             tre provide pre-and post-test counseling      Counseling Centre both work on a                                                                                                  beneficial in that it has allowed for the      rial, stop worrying! Rhodes approach is
looking after the health and wellness of     to ensure that no one is left unsupport-      Wellness Model. Students are often con-                                                                                           refurbishment of the Astroturf, a vital        one of mass participation, and the clubs
the student body is a duty that Rhodes       ed during either testing or diagnosis.        fronted with specific age-related health                                                                                          component of the hockey programme.             are very open to first-timers getting
University takes extremely seriously.            Another area in which the HCC             challenges and risks, such as excessive                                                                                           The grant has also assisted the Universi-      involved. As Mr Adams explains; “We
    What was once the old Sanatorium,        looks to care for students is that of         alcohol use, drug abuse and high-risk                                                                                             ty to build a futsal pitch. Futsal is an ex-   have a wholesome balance between rec-
affectionately nicknamed the San by          Female Reproductive Health. There             sexual behaviour, as well the pressures                                                                                           tremely fast-moving and exciting game,         reational and competitive involvement.”
generations of past students, is now         are a wide number of contraceptive            of studying, high expectations, living                                                                                            a variant of association football which is     So, how do you join a sports club here
the Health Care Centre (HCC). The            methods available to students, including      away from home for the first time, and                                                                                            played on a smaller playing surface and        at Rhodes? Sports Administration and
building on Lucas Avenue has under-          Emergency Contraception. All women            depression. The Counseling Centre                                                                                                 mainly in a fully net-enclosed area. Un-       the individual clubs communicate their
gone extensive renovations, and a full       who are sexually active are encouraged        helps students to overcome these chal-      The newly refurbished Health Care Center on Lucas Avenue.                             like soccer, there are only five members       activities widely. This includes through
complement of staff are now on hand,         to undergo a pap smear at least once per      lenges by adopting a holistic view of                                                                                             in a team, including the goalie, and the       a Sports Extravaganza, run through
consisting of four registered nurses, two    year, and the HCC encourages female           students’ needs. A student will generally   in either individual or group therapy.    act as peer counselors, helping students    emphasis is on creativity, improvisa-          the SRC, where all the clubs are on
clinic assistants and an administrative      students to contact them in this regard.      have six to eight sessions with one of      Group therapy is a new concept here       to help themselves and referring them       tion and technique.Mr Roger Adams,             display. There is also a sign-up evening
assistant. Head Nursing Sister, Heather          Other services include the treatment      the core interns, which aims to mobilise    at Rhodes University. The realisation     for professional assistance if necessary.   Head of Sports, says the rest of the           which the clubs actively promote. And
Ferreira, reminds students in the RU         of minor illnesses; the long-term treat-      them in a crisis. Dr Vassiliou says that    that others have similar problems and     Wellness Leaders help get ‘wellness con-    Lotto grant went on a further 17 items         for those who prefer their exercise to
(Physically) Well booklet that the HCC       ment of chronic illnesses such as dia-        the Centre is not problem- focused;         issues can be as valuable as individual   versations’ going on campus, and assist     of sports equipment, including big             take place under a roof, Rhodes has a
is there to take care of you – the whole     betes; emergency assessment and crisis        rather they look to build solutions.        therapy. Groups are not bigger than       in organising projects and campaigns.       items like a new rowboat, which cost           well-equipped and staffed Health Suite,
of you! As with the Counseling Centre,       management, for example in the event          Academic wellness, social wellness,         eight members, and those currently        You will know who they are from the         in excess of R200,000, a sailboat, a new       which is located next to the Human
which can be found upstairs in the Steve     of rape; and appropriate treatment for        anxiety and depression are very com-        on offer include stress management,       badge they wear, which says ‘RU Well?’      dojo mat and various other items of            Kinetics and Ergonomics (HKE) Build-
Biko (Student Union) Building, the           HIV and AIDS patients. The HCC also           monly experienced challenges amongst        healthy relationships, study skills and       As Sister Ferreira says, “Irrespec-     capital equipment. The money was not,          ing on African Street. The Health Suite
HCC maintains a holistic approach to         runs awareness campaigns and provides         students.                                   depression.                               tive of whether you are experiencing        however, used solely on equipment for          has gone from strength to strength over
the services they offer, and is on hand to   free literature on health issues.                 Students can walk into the Centre           First-year students who are go-       physical, emotional, spiritual, social or   Rhodes students. Funding was also al-          the last few years and, under the current
provide any help that you might need.            Dr Colleen Vassiliou, Head of             and see the on-call psychologist without    ing into residence will find that each    financial challenges in your life, we are   located to eight outreach programmes,          management of Mr Felix Munyai, a               Above: The hockey Astroturf and futsal pitch during the construction and renovation phase. Below: The completed
    Dr Barbara Bull, from the High           Student Counseling, and the staff of          making an appointment. They will then       Res has a Wellness Leader. These are      here to provide the necessary help that     which members of Rhodes sports clubs           great wave of positive energy envelops         hockey Astroturf and futsal.
Street Medical Practice, is the sessional    the Counseling Centre are based in the        be confidentially dealt with to allevi-     students who have been given basic        will make your experience as a student a    co-ordinate with schools and other             whoever walks through the door. There
doctor at the HCC and is available from      Steve Biko Building - a place where all       ate the immediate stressor, and placed      training in counseling skills and who     positive one.”                              entities in the community. Among these         are a variety of exercise options on offer.    Zamuxolo Matiwana
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             eight programmes, a couple stand out,          Group fitness has always been popular,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             one of which is the Distance Running           and the range of classes rivals that of
 Sophie Smith                                                                                                                                                                                                                programme. This will be open to mem-           any franchise gym: resistance train-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             bers of the community, along with the          ing classes to tone and shape the body;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Cross Country league, which will be a          Taebo classes which include kicking and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             new initiative to the Grahamstown and          punching movements; choreographed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Rhodes community.                              dance-style step classes; skipping/box-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Another highly anticipated outreach        ing workouts – all are available and up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             programme is the leadership training           to five different classes a day are offered.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             which Rhodes is setting up for com-                The Weights Facility is the pride of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             munity sports club administrators and          the Health Suite. New students who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             those from local schools, with train-          may not know what to expect, will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ing taking place here at the University.       find a truly comprehensive range of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Mr Adams feels that there is a lot of          equipment available, including cardio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             potential for developing running and           workout machines such as treadmills,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             walking programmes, both among                 walkers, steppers and cycles. Resis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the student population and within the          tance machines and free weights are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             community. A practical component               also available. Staff is well-trained and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             which will involve the organization            always around to help when asked for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             of a sports tournament will make this          assistance; they also ensure that safety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             programme unique. Rhodes prides                protocols are observed. One of the more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             itself on its approach of offering a truly     exciting and recent innovations of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             diverse range of sporting codes. The fact      Health Suite has been the introduction
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             that we offer 30 different kinds of sport      of personal trainers. Enthusiastic post-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             puts us among the very few universities        graduates from the Department of Hu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             in the country to give students such a         man Kinetics and Ergonomics will offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             wide choice. Among the more unusual            you an hour of personalised training at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             sports offered by Rhodes are sailing &         a fraction of the price you would expect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             kite-surfing, fly fishing, underwater          to pay. The focus of the gym has shifted       Pic supplied
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             sports and canoeing. Archery is a very         from an emphasis on body building to
The Health Suite offers a variety of work out options to its members.                                                                                                                                                        big sport at Rhodes, as is shooting. The       one of overall health and wellness. The



Health Suite gets a facelift
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             University, in fact, has its own shooting      Health Suite staff can offer advice on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             range, located in a quarry above Jan           health, dietary and lifestyle issues, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Smuts Hall. In addition, Rhodes has its        all you need to join is a pair of takkies, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             own Mountain Club, offering a range            towel and a smile.

The Health Suite has gone from strength to        Resistance machines and free weights are
strength over the last few years and, under       also available. Staff are well-trained and are
the current management of Mr Felix Munyai,        around to help when asked for assistance.
a great wave of positive energy envelops          They also ensure that safety protocols are
whoever walks through the door. There is a        observed.
variety of exercise options on offer. Group           Speaking of staff, one of the more exciting
fitness has always been popular, and the          and recent innovations of the Health Suite
range of classes rivals that of any franchise     has been the introduction of personal train-
gym. Resistance training classes to tone and      ers. Enthusiastic post-graduates and third
shape the body, taebo classes which include       year students from the Department of Hu-
kicking and punching movements, choreo-           man Kinetics and Ergonomics will offer you
graphed dance-style step classes, skipping/       an hour of personalised training at a fraction
boxing workouts – all are available and up to     of the price you would expect to pay for such
five different classes a day are offered.         a service.
    The Weights Facility is the pride of              The focus of the gym has shifted from an
the Health Suite. New students who may            emphasis on body building to one of overall
not know what to expect will find a truly         health and wellness. The Health Suite staff
comprehensive range of equipment available,       can offer advice on health, dietary and life-
including cardio workout machines such            style issues, and all you need to join is a pair
as treadmills, walkers, steppers and cycles.      of takkies, a towel, and a smile!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rhodes Sport Community outreach, Nelson Mandela Township (NEMATO) started with the lotto funding in Port Alfred
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Something for everyone
                                                                                                                                                         Chelsea Nelson




                                                   level. Last year, Natalie Ross and Michael-        a gym and studios for spinning and aerobics
Fabio De Dominicis
                                                   John Cannon, who received the 2010 Rhodes          classes.
                                                   Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year                  Inter-varsity is an annual event that sees
It is finally upon us! The year 2011, and the      respectively, participated in the South African    Rhodes University participating in a number
start of another academic year here at Rhodes      Duathlon Championships.Both were placed            of different sports against the University
University. A warm welcome to all first year       in the top 10 finishers. The Rhodes Archery        of Fort Hare, Walter Sisulu University and
students, who embark on a new and exciting         team took part in the South African National       Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
journey of university life, which includes         and All-African Continental Archery Cham-          (NMMU). The much-anticipated 2010 “tri-
sport, of course. With the pulsating fever         pionships, winning a total of 12 medals,           var” took place at NMMU, which saw Rhodes
of the 2010 Soccer World Cup that gripped          including three gold.                              finish second behind the hosts, yet achieving
the country slowly starting to wane, there is          Other sporting codes worthy of a men-          victory in a number of codes, including pool,      Above: Sailing is one of the many sports students can
no need to despair as there is much to look        tion include the Rhodes rowing team, who           rowing, volleyball, men’s squash and women’s       participate in. Here, Ania Barma and Rosa Hurford sail out of
forward to in 2011. This year’s highlights will    consistently performed well in all events over     tennis and table tennis.                           the Port Elizabeth harbour. Below: Join the Underwater Club
include the Cricket and Rugby World Cups.          2010, while the Pool Club were a dominant              The Inter-Res League is an enjoyable and       and see the other types of watersport available.
On the local front, though, Rhodes Uni-            force in the province, recording victory in a      entertaining sports event, which sees the
versity is anticipating a year of even greater     number of competitions. The Rhodes Women           different residences on campus pitted against      Pic supplied
success than was achieved in 2010.                 Basketball Team had a fantastic season, end-       each other, participating in a different sport
    The Rhodes motto states, “Where leaders        ing up as winners in their league.                 each week. The 2010 Inter-Res winners were
learn”. This includes learning on the sport’s          Rhodes University offers a variety of          Graham House for the men and Atherstone
field as well. Rhodes University offers over       sports on different levels. On the competi-        House for the women. Team Oppi prides
30 different codes of sport, ranging from          tive side, there are a number of teams who         itself in Inter-Res success, where the males
the mainstream rugby, soccer and cricket to        train regularly and take part in a number of       finished second and the females fourth – a re-
underwater hockey, mountain club, archery,         events, playing against other universities and     sult that both will be keen to better this year.
table tennis and karate. This allows students      clubs in the Eastern Cape. Yet for those who           As the cliché states, “A healthy body
to display their skills and talents over a         feel that the competitive scene just isn’t for     leads to a healthy mind”. Yes, we are here
number of sporting areas, ensuring that there      them, there are a number of sports that can        for academic purposes but it is a question of
is something for everyone. Despite being one       be played on a social level, giving students a     balance. With so much on offer at Rhodes
of the smaller universities in the country,        chance to meet new people and take part in         University, we hope to see as many students
Rhodes University is still able to produce         different sports in a more relaxed atmo-           as possible taking part in as many sporting
sports men and women of the highest calibre        sphere. Rhodes University also boasts the          codes as possible and contributing to the suc-
who compete at both provincial and national        fully-equipped Health Suite, which includes        cess of Rhodes University Sport.




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                                                        take place on a competitive as well as social level,
Fabio De Dominicis
                                                        therefore one should not feel intimidated when
As a tertiary institute of education, Rhodes            trying out a new sport.
University primarily serves an academic purpose,            There are a number of sports bursaries avail-
where students are given a wide scope of subjects       able for sportsmen and women who perform at
to choose from in order to obtain their desired de-     the top level and record outstanding performances
gree. On the sporting front students are also spoilt    throughout the year. This is something to aspire to
for choice, with the Rhodes Sports Administration       for students who look to use their sporting talents
ensuring a full and well-organized sports program       to receive assistance for their academic pursuits.
for students throughout the year.                           Rhodes University Sport also recently received
    Roger Adams, the Head of Sports Administra-         a massive cash injection from the National Lotter-
tion at Rhodes University, extends a warm wel-          ies Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), which do-
come to all new students, especially the first years.   nated R4.5 million to contribute to the upgrading
Having experienced a successful 2010 on the             of a number of sporting facilities on campus. This
sports field, Adams hopes that the new students         money will be spread over a number of sport-
at Rhodes will help continue this trend. “Univer-       ing areas, benefiting the seven internal league
sity can be a complex place with many different         programs as well as eight outreach programs that
activities. Students should decide what they want       Sports Admin is involved in. The money will be
to involve themselves in, and I encourage them          used to purchase sporting equipment such as
to invest any available time early on in the year to    hurdles, volleyball posts and nets, scoreboards,
gather information of the available programs, and       landing mats, as well as tennis balls and a cricket
see where their interests lie,” Adams said.             bowling machine. A large portion of the money
    According to Adams, the main objective of           has also been used to resurface the Rhodes hockey
Sports Admin is to give students who are inter-         Astroturf, which will now also incorporate an all-
ested in sports an opportunity to become involved       new futsal arena, an exciting prospect for many            SUPPLIERS OF BRANDED SPORTS EQUIPMENT AND FOOTWEAR
in a wide range of sporting codes catering for vari-    indoor soccer lovers.                                             BEST WISHES TO THE 2011 RHODES 1ST YEARS
ous interests. He urges new students to try out as          Adams urges students to look out for the
many sports as possible, encouraging individuals        launch of the Sports Admins’ annual sports maga-
to attend practices of various clubs to familiarise     zine later this month. The magazine will provide a
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themselves with the many options available. Ad-         useful reference, elaborating on the array of activi-       21 PEPPER GROVE MALL. EMAIL: albanysales@insightnet.co.za
ams emphasises that sports at Rhodes University         ties available on campus.

				
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