2 Te Oppidan Press 23 October 2012
By Jenna Lillie
hodes University’s Student RepresentativeCouncil (SRC) has decided on a year-long probation period, which all the Univer-sity’s societies will endure, in order to determinetheir efectiveness and activeness in 2013.
2012 SRC Liaison Ofcer, Eric Oei, stated, “Teobjective o such a drastic change is to identiy which societies deserve to remain active due totheir consistent hard work and participation, andwhich others will need to improve in order to meetSRC standards.”“Despite the ear o being unpopular, the newly elected SRC eels that regulations are importantin sustaining active societies which will use theirbudgets wisely,” Oei said.According to the 2012 SRC Societies Council-lor Mundo Makana, societies will be given a oneyear probation in which they must supply sufcientevidence that they meet the SRC’s expectations.Makana explains that the intention o the year-longprobation is to allow the Societies Council an op-portunity to monitor each society’s activities, whichrange rom their community engagement work tointernal management and conduct.Te Council and the SRC will make their deci-sions using inormation provided by reports andeedback given every semester, nancial statementsand the general ullment o the objectives eachsociety sets out to achieve.“I support the idea that societies should be heldully accountable or the proper use o their undsand should have to submit regular reports in thisregard,” explains Dean o Students Dr Vivian deKlerk. “Tere is little purpose in sustaining ineec-tive and ineectual societies,” she said.Te SRC hopes to keep society numbers constantin years to come. Makana said that the rules oraccepting societies will be the same, with the maxi-mum number o societies limited to 60.Despite the additional ltering system or nextyear’s body o societies, Makana still expressedsome concern. “Te lack o adequate supervisionwithin previous societies hinders student aith inthe management and quality o each society,” hesaid. He was also sceptical about some societies’ability to rise up to the SRC’s standards. “Due tothe number o societies, documentation presents aproblem, as well as costs or maintenance. Te SRCis in a decit,” Makana said. Te SRC has in actclosed this decit (see page 3).Oei, however, asserts that the multitude o socie-ties the University oers is reective o the diversity o the student body. He believes this is somethingo which Rhodes can be extremely proud. However,the question o quality versus quantity has nally orced the SRC to examine the current societies, o which over 80 are supposedly currently active.Oei adds that it is a privilege to be given the op-portunity to be part o a vast array o societies. “Wewant students to gain as much as they can rom thesocieties they join. Tat is their purpose,” he said.Oei praised the Law Society or providing an op-portunity or law students to gain work experienceon vacations using the network created by theirsociety. Te society plays a sufciently active role intheir lives.Te amended policy will be circulated andpresented next year to the new student orumby Amanda Green, the SRC’s incoming SocietiesCouncillor or 2013.
Rhodes societies tobe put on probation
Societies will be put on probation next year in order to monitor their efectiveness. Picture:MICHELLE CUNLIFFE
By Alex Maggs
Reports incidents o violent alterca-tions between Rhodes University students and security guards at theFish River Canoe Marathon, whichtook place in Cradock rom 5 to 6October, have been recieved by
Dean o Students Dr Vivian de Klerk has received complaints concerningthe behaviour o Rhodes students,identiable by their overalls, at theevent. De Klerk apologised on behal o the University. “Teir concern wasthe impact o this sort o behaviouron all the amilies and young childrenwho were there,” said De Klerk. “Tey indicated that they were thinking o banning the Rhodes students romparticipation in uture which would bea great pity. Essentially, our spectators’behaviour would prevent our studentsrom playing sport,” she said.However, a number o students whoattended the event hold a dierentopinion to that expressed in the com-plaints, claiming to have been aggres-sively manhandled by security guards.Student Luke Carlyle-Mitchell claimedto have witnessed a violent brawlinvolving ten security guards and ourRhodes students. Te students hadbeen attempting to jump over the enceinto the main arena when they wereturned away by the security guards.As they made their way back tothe entrance to pay, one o the guardsallegedly swung a st at the student,which ultimately set o the clash. “An-other Rhodes student went to see whatwas happening and was immediately assaulted with a punch to the noseand had a knie pulled on him,” saidCarlyle-Mitchell.“One o the boys involved in therst incident has just got out o acialsurgery as a result o the assault by theguards,” he said. He was unsure aboutwhether legal action would be taken.Te security company in questiondeclined to comment.Captain Steanie Smith o the SouthArican Police Service (SAPS) in Cra-dock, who was on duty the weekend o the race, explained the reason behindthe arrests made at the event: “Cradock has quite a high crime rate in termso muggings and assaults, so whenwe arrest drunk students it is oenor their own saety and in most casesnot because they are doing somethingagainst the law. We would rather keepthem sae than have something happento them,” Smith said.De Klerk had not yet heard any reports o students being assaulted by security. In response to the complaints,De Klerk said that the University would be happy to work with studentsin the uture to prevent this behaviourrom occurring and promised to ollow up on any disciplinary issues.“Tere is going to be a meeting withthe management team o the canoemarathon organisers next week wherethey will discuss the problem andrevert to me with a written report.Our university management will thenconsider the problem and respond,” DeKlerk said.
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There is littlepurpose in sustaininginefective andinefectual societies
-DoS, Dr Vivian de Klerk