Orientation Week Special Edition 3 >> Oweek in SA 8 12 What first years get up to at other universities >> Parents’ Oweek Edition Brought to you by Rhodes University Communications and Marketing Division >> Rhodes gets results The learning environment that ensures students succeed Welcome to Rhodes University! 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. Come get your Student Supporters card in store! Available Feb 2011. Scooters Pizza Grahamstown Shop 38, Pepper Grove Mall Allen Street, Grahamstown Tel: 046 622 2223 2 The Oppidan Press 07.01.11 The Oppidan Press 07.01.11 3 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 Pic supplied 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 101 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 Managing Editor: Lwandlekazi Gaga Designers: Shavaughn Haack, Gabi Zietsman and Chevawn Blum Opinion Editor: Matthew de Klerk firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com Financial Manager: Munyaradzi Chapereka Acting Online Editor: Maricelle Gouws Politics Editor: Leigh Hermon tell you that under no conditions Distribution Managers: Ntombifuthi Phakathi and Arts and Entertainment Editor: Benjamin Greaves Politics Assistant Editor: Tanaka Johnmark Kajese Advertising details: should you ever follow my example Mildred Chanhuwa Environment Editor: Carina Truyts Sports Editor: Fabio De Dominicis firstname.lastname@example.org of procrastination. 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 email@example.com on an excursion to Shelly Beach at 9:30am? Chief Designer: Tselane Moiloa Assistant News Editor: Relebone Myambo 4 The Oppidan Press 07.01.11 The Oppidan Press 07.01.11 5 O-week Special Edition O-week Special Edition This is NOT a movie! Campus or Pic supplied 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. 10 The Oppidan Press 07.01.11 The Oppidan Press 07.01.11 11 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. 12 The Oppidan Press 07.01.11 The Oppidan Press 07.01.11 13 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 14 The Oppidan Press 07.01.11 The Oppidan Press 07.01.11 15 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 Sports << IF YOU READ NOTHING ELSE... Digs hunting: get a win-win deal Page 3 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. Positions now available at Pic supplied P The Oppidan Press Advertising Manager Webmaster Online Editor Picture Editor For more information, check out www.facebook.com/theoppidanpress Applications are open to students from any department or degree and Oppidans and Roger Adams, manager of Sports Admin & Andrew Matatu, Chair of Rhodes Student Sport Council non-Oppidans alike. Applicants for the online editor position need to submit a CV, letter of Sports admin welcomes you motivation and a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation. All other applicants must send in a CV and letter of motivation. E-mail applications, queries or requests for job descrip- tions to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Tel: (046) 622 3146 themselves with the many options available. Ad- useful reference, elaborating on the array of activi- 21 PEPPER GROVE MALL. EMAIL: email@example.com ams emphasises that sports at Rhodes University ties available on campus.