Te Oppidan Press 25.08.1132Te Oppidan Press25.08.11Rumours that students registered ora BA degree (with Journalism as amajor) pay less than those studying towards a BJourn degree, have beendiscredited by the Rhodes Journalismand Media Studies (JMS) Department.
“Te price or the use o equipmentis added to the BA so that it equals theBJourn ees,” said Belinda De Lange,Administration Manager at the JMSDepartment.Te uition Fees document avail-able on the Rhodes website states that“a student not registered or a BJourndegree who takes the Journalism 2, 3 or4 course will be charged the tuition eeor the Journalism 2, 3 or 4 degree.”In addition, the price a student paysor their third and ourth year o theJMS course is equal regardless o theirchosen specialisation. JMS students arerequired to choose between specialisingin Radio, V, Communication Design,Photo Journalism and Writing andEditing in their third year.Rumours that Writing and Edit-ing students can claim a rebate romthe Department because they do nothire specialised equipment were alsodebunked.“Writing students have 24 houraccess to the Department’s computerlabs,” said De Lange, adding that thecomputer equipment is “state o the art”with 24-hour access to ast internet andonline resources that make up or the‘extra’ ees paid by those students.Te Department works on a ‘roll-over’ system whereby new equipment isreplaced every our years. “Video equip-ment is expensive but it needs to bepaid o,” said De Lange. Te University does not aid the Department when itcomes to repaying the loans that it lendsto them.
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A recent project initiated by studentsstudying towards a PostgraduateDiploma in Entrepreneurship (PDE)at the University o Cape own (UC)has seen a loan o R50 make a recordturnover o R200 000.Te course, oered to a diversegroup o students, some o whomhave no prior business knowledge,aims to teach students how to builda successul business in the space o a year.“What I like about this programmeis its ability to take young peopleand, in a short time and acceleratedmanner, turn them into successulentrepreneurs,” said lecturer andcourse convenor Stuart Hendry.“Te underlying problem inthis country is unemployment, andentrepreneurship is the way to go,” hesaid.
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TUT placed underadministration
Te shwane University o echnol-ogy has been placed under admin-istration aer recent controversy surrounding newly appointed ViceChancellor Proessor Johnny Molee.Te decision was supported by theDemocratic Alliance (DA) and theSouth Arican Union o Students.Tis comes aer DA EducationSpokesperson Junita Kloppers-Lourens requested that HigherEducation and raining MinisterBlade Nzimande, prevent the thenacting VC, Molee, rom beingemployed ull-time.It is alleged that Moleecontravened the Higher Education Actwhen he presented an unrecogniseddoctorate when he initially applied orthe position.Acting Director GeneralGwebinkundla Qonde said thecontroversy surrounding Moleehad compromised the university’sacademic integrity and reputation.
DUT hosts SANDF
Durban University o echnology recently hosted the South AricanNational Deence Force (SANDF)at their Steve Biko campus wherestudents were oered opportunitiesto urther their careers in the nation’sarmy.Marketing and Recruiting OcerColonel N.P. Mkutuka said theaim was to inorm the youth o theopportunities available in the SANDFand to deconstruct alse perceptionsabout the army.“Te SANDF is not about shootingonly, there are other avenues to beexplored here,” said Mkutuka.Other speakers includedrepresentatives rom the SA Army, theSA Air Force and the SA Navy.Teir message was aimed atexposing the opportunities availablein departments such as engineering,human resources, health and cateringamongst other careers.Tey also oered a two-yearprogramme which oers studentsstudy bursaries with the assurance o apermanent job in the SANDF.
UCT student entrepreneurbreaks record
Nine Rhodes students are thisyear’s Brightest Young Mind(s)
ine students out o 85 nation-ally picked candidates, chosento participate at this year’s an-nual Brightest Young Mind Summit,were students at Rhodes University.
Te summit, that took place inJohannesburg rom 4 to 9 July, bringstogether “the country’s brightest minds”or a week-long conerence that workstowards innovative solutions to prob-lems acing South Arica.According to the summit’s website,“Delegates must all be between theages o 20 and 30 years and are selectedbased on criteria o innovation, leader-ship and academic accomplishment.”Te aim o the summit, o which thisyear’s theme was Climate or Change,is to get young academics rom variouselds o study to brainstorm ideas basedon a certain theme through a week long course, to bring about sustainablechange.Amongst the ideas required to besubmitted by candidate groups duringthe summit, eight are chosen by a panelo judges to be presented to the sum-mit’s sponsoring companies, such asBMW, Vodacom, Media24 and Dime-sion Data. Anesu Chingono, a Postgrad-uate Diploma in Media Management(PDMM) student, presented an ideathat was chosen as one o these eight.Other Rhodes candidates whoattended this year’s BYM summit arePatrick Curran, Bruce Haynes, ChristieMorord, Olek Kaminsky, Liza Smith,Gcobani Qambela, John Rob Pool andAlexandre Lenerna.“Trough BYM you can get abroader perspective on the corporateworld and create good connections,”said Lenerna, Second Year MastersPhilosophy student. “I also ound adeveloped company called -Systemseager to take on my idea.”“It is a privilege to be a part o theBYM summit,” said Chingono. “BYM isa melting pot o diverse thinking peoplerom dierent backgrounds. It providespeople with a platorm to tackle issues[in our country].”“BYM teaches you that you are apositive change agents,” said Pool, aBiodiversity and Conservation Honoursstudent. He said that through BYM onecan develop a responsibility or one’scountry.
Muslim students oncampus have beenusingthe OppidanDiningHall tobreak theirastduringthe monthoRamadan.Duringthis time,Muslim students ast duringthe day andcometogetheratersunset orthe eveningmeal.The mainobjective othe ast is tobringMuslimsclosertoGod,andtoremindthemselves oHis omnipotence.The ast ends withthe celebrationoEid,which,because the aithruns accordingtoa lunarcalendar,will all eitheron30or31August (aterthe sightingothe moon).The Muslim Students Society (MSA) is organisinga lunchonEidday where Muslim students will gathertocelebrate the endothe ast.
Tis year’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Week isaimed at promoting prevention, testing and treatment amongst students in an e-ort to ‘spread the word and not the virus’.
Student Services Ocer Larissa Klazingasaid, “HIV awareness is an area that is poorly addressed in Rhodes University.”“You may nd this hard to believe buta lot o students hate condoms, they hatetouching them and they eel ashamedwhenever they look at them,” explainedthe Student HIV/AIDS Resistance Cam-paign (SHARC) Health Monitor, MbongeniNgwenya.Te week began with the ‘Lover andAnother’ poetry slam which took place onSunday, ollowed by other events such as asexpo, a candle light vigil, a same-sex saesex talk hosted by OutRhodes, and a ‘wearred day’.Furthermore, a ‘go red wall and carpet’has been placed in the library quad wherestudents are encrouaged to write messages orplace hand prints on the wall.SHARC President amarin Perks, said,“all we ask o students is to spread the wordnot the virus, to be aware o what we aredoing and help out wherever they can. It isalso their responsibility to get tested duringthe week.”Diana Hornby, the Director o Commu-nity Engagement said, “those working andstudying at Rhodes are privileged and havethe agency to shape a gentler, more equitablesociety.”“We hope the events, talks, activities,publications and posters will motivateindividuals and groups to use their power,capacities and networks to make a dierenceand become agents o change,” she said.According to Perks, SHARC seeks to stopthe spread o HIV, aid those already inected,and work to de-stigmatise the virus.“We just want there to be awareness allover campus and have an awesome HIV/AIDS awareness week,” she said prior to theweek’s launch.
Te world o digital mediain Grahamstown is set or a very ‘rude’ awakening with thelaunch o a new online newspublication,
According to Alex Gaillard,one o the people behind theconcept o
, theocus o the online publicationwill be on producing contentthat is entertaining and “o thewall” with stories submitted by students.“Te hope is that the maga-zine will provide a platormor many journalism studentsto ex their creative musclesin terms o content - as ourrules and ideals or the kind o content we will allow is quiteexible,” Gaillard said.“Te ocial launch is not yetset in stone, but we hope to havethe site launched by the end o next week,” he continued.Te website, open to anyoneto visit, will also incorporate di- verse content in dierent ormso media, including writing, videos and photography.Te site is managed by agroup o Rhodes University Post-Graduate Enterprise Man-agement students, but is open toinput rom students across thecountry.
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