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The Oppidan Press Edition 8 2011

The Oppidan Press Edition 8 2011

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Edition 8, 25 August 2011
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>> Dawn of the Undead
Revamp planned or Mandelacapture site
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Pop culture mags down and out
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>> Another monument
Humans vs. Zombies
set or campus
Te three new Hilltop residences,as well as New Res 2 (NR2), havereturned to the drawing board and arecontinuing the process o name selec-tion or their residences.
Te renaming process was approvedon 8 August, ollowing a procedure cre-ated by the Rhodes Naming Committee.Previously there was a delay in therenaming o NR2 due to a disagreemento names by the residence and the Nam-ing Committee. “Te University is sen-sitive about names because they want toembrace diversity and create an instituteo culture,” said Kimberly Hall WardenDr James Gambiza. “Chris Hani andPiet Retie alongside each other is theepitome o diversity,” he said.Te Naming Committee states onthe Rhodes website that, “Names pro-posed by members o a particular resi-dence have been questioned at higherlevels o authority. Tis has led to delaysand rustration.” Tis contributed to theprolonging o the renaming.“Students were initially upset aboutthe decline o our rst choice in resi-dence name and the delay in re-naming[NR2] as we already went through thewhole process o voting,” said NR2Senior Student Vuyokazi Burwana. “TeVice Chancellor and Deputy Chancellorcame to our residence and spoke to usabout the delay. We then understoodwhat they want to achieve,” she said.Names were submitted by sta andstudents to the Naming Committee,and names which met all the stipulatedrequirements were then listed and givento the respective residences to choosebetween. “Each residence was givena list o 30 senate approved names tochoose rom,” said Gambiza.Te residences then ollowed a dem-ocratic process allowing each student to vote or their preerred name.NR2 allocated two nights in whichthe voting process could take place andeach person was permitted to choosetwo names they preerred rom thegiven list. Te residence then submit-ted two names as their rst and secondchoice to the naming committee.“[Te] top three name choices wereRosa Parks, Miriam Makeba and FatimaMeer,” said Burwana.“New Res 1 and Hilltop were giventhe same set o Senate approved names,”said Registrar Dr. Stephen Fourie. “Tetwo houses recommended the samename but ortunately both had alternaterecommendations,Fourie said.No names have been nalised yet.Te naming o the houses will go aheadaer the senate has approved the nameson 2 September.
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“Farewell
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Fazzie”
Minister in the Presidency, Trevor Manuel, attended the uneral o Henry Fazzie on Saturday in Alexandria.Fazzie was a ounding member o the Umkhonto Wesizwe and a celebrated ANC stalwart. He passed away inhospital in Port Alred on Sunday 14 August ater a short illness. Manuel presented the poem “So is my lie” byPablo Neruda in his honour to a large congregation
here are many things thatRhodes students know aboutthe Drostdy Arch. One is themyth that i you pass between the twinwooden poles at the Arch, you will ail your rst year. Another is the near-permanent presence o the tradersoutside the Arch who oen sit and selltheir wares in the sun, cold and wind.Many can appreciate the beauty andskill present in their work: jewellery,hats, handmade leather bags, shoesand other items craed every day andsold to a market comprised largely o students and tourists.
Many Rhodes students believe thatthe area outside the Drostdy Arch is theproperty o Rhodes University, when inact it belongs to the Albany Museum.Over recent weeks this short stretch o land has become the ocus o a conictbetween traders, the municipality andthe museum. Tese traders have beenserved an eviction notice by the Albany Museum and ordered to vacate theproperty on the grounds that wherethey are currently situated is not a trad-ing site. Tere is a municipal by-law, ap-plicable to the whole o Grahamstown,stating that no trading may take place ata heritage site such as Drostdy Arch.Te manager o the Albany Museum,Bongani Mgijima, said that he hadnothing personal against the traders.Mgijima understands they were theretrying to eke out an honest living.“However, they are in violation o twolaws, and aside rom that, there is noway to regulate the presence o the trad-ers because o the act that their pres-ence at the Arch is not legal,” Mgijimasaid. “Tis is out o my hands.Te second law also has to do withlocation: the Arch is located at a tracintersection. Inormal trading (suchas hawking) is orbidden within vekilometres o an intersection. It posesa danger to traders, pedestrians andmotorists.Mgijima says he is unable to allowthe trading to continue, because hawk-ers gathered there to sell without re-questing the permission o the museum.Tey can’t be protected as they are nottrading in a legal spot.Mgijima said that he had met severaltimes with the traders and twice beorethe National Arts Festival (NAF). Heagreed to allow them a grace periodduring the NAF because o the money that stood to be made by the tradersat the Festival. Aer this they metagain, at which point the traders wereoered endorsement letters by themuseum to back their application tothe municipality or a new trading spot.Mgijima also stated that the museumwas willing to assist the traders inputting together a marketing planto ensure they did not lose valuableclientele.However, Nothemba Makinana, oneo the traders, is upset because they have been selling at the Arch or morethan a decade. She hersel has beentrading there since 1992. She reers tothe words o ormer President TaboMbeki: “
Vuk’uzenzele
”, which means,‘Get up and do it or yoursel.“We have been here or so longand we are doing an honest thing by working here every day,” she said. “Why should this change now?”One o the traders, QondiswaNdwayana, has been working thereto support her daughter, who is nownishing high school. She said she wasdeeply saddened by the letter becausethe traders had no other place to tradewhere they were as visible and had asmuch potential to sell their wares.
Arch traders servedwith eviction notice
Roxanne Henderson
Ater more than a decade o peaceul trading inront o the Drostdy Arch, entrepreneurs have beenordered to vacate the heritage site
New residence names await approval
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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 eeor the Journalism 2, 3 or 4 degree.”In addition, the price a student paysor 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, oered to a diversegroup o students, some o whomhave no prior business knowledge,aims to teach students how to builda successul 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 successulentrepreneurs,” said lecturer andcourse convenor Stuart Hendry.“Te underlying problem inthis country is unemployment, andentrepreneurship is the way to go,” hesaid.
SA Campus News
CompiledbySeniorReporterKhangelani Dziba
TUT placed underadministration
Te shwane University o echnol-ogy has been placed under admin-istration aer recent controversy surrounding newly appointed ViceChancellor Proessor Johnny Molee.Te decision was supported by theDemocratic Alliance (DA) and theSouth Arican Union o Students.Tis comes aer DA EducationSpokesperson Junita Kloppers-Lourens requested that HigherEducation and raining MinisterBlade Nzimande, prevent the thenacting VC, Molee, rom beingemployed ull-time.It is alleged that Moleecontravened the Higher Education Actwhen he presented an unrecogniseddoctorate when he initially applied orthe position.Acting Director GeneralGwebinkundla Qonde said thecontroversy surrounding Moleehad compromised the university’sacademic integrity and reputation.
DUT hosts SANDF
Durban University o echnology recently hosted the South AricanNational Deence Force (SANDF)at their Steve Biko campus wherestudents were oered opportunitiesto urther their careers in the nation’sarmy.Marketing and Recruiting OcerColonel N.P. Mkutuka said theaim was to inorm 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 oered a two-yearprogramme which oers 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)
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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 conerence that workstowards innovative solutions to prob-lems acing South Arica.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 variouselds 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, ChristieMorord, Olek Kaminsky, Liza Smith,Gcobani Qambela, John Rob Pool andAlexandre Lenerna.“Trough BYM you can get abroader perspective on the corporateworld and create good connections,”said Lenerna, 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 peoplerom dierent backgrounds. It providespeople with a platorm 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 theirastduringthe monthoRamadan.Duringthis time,Muslim students ast duringthe day andcometogetheratersunset orthe eveningmeal.The mainobjective othe ast is tobringMuslimsclosertoGod,andtoremindthemselves oHis omnipotence.The ast ends withthe celebrationoEid,which,because the aithruns accordingtoa lunarcalendar,will all eitheron30or31August (aterthe sightingothe moon).The Muslim Students Society (MSA) is organisinga lunchonEidday where Muslim students will gathertocelebrate the endothe ast.
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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 Ocer 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 saesex 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 dierenceand become agents o change,” she said.According to Perks, SHARC seeks to stopthe spread o HIV, aid those already inected,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,
Rude Magazine
onthe web.
According to Alex Gaillard,one o the people behind theconcept o 
Rude Magazine
, theocus 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 platormor many journalism studentsto ex their creative musclesin terms o content - as ourrules and ideals or the kind o content we will allow is quiteexible,” Gaillard said.“Te ocial 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 dierent 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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Rhodes hosts annualHIV/AIDS Awareness Week
Joshua OatesSmoke rom a wildre envelopes a vehicle just outside Grahamstownalongthe N2.This blockedthe visibility onthe roadbeore the GrahamstownFire Department hadsuccessully managedtocontrol the blaze.
Undead expected to rise in Grahamstown:Humans vs. Zombies comes to Rhodes
Rhodents have been urged to “Jointhe Resistance” in light o a ZombieAttack Warning released on Facebook earlier this month. It is eared thatGrahamstown is soon to be over-run by the undead and students areadvised to mark their socks.
Humans vs. Zombies is coming tocampus.Essentially an extended game o tagscheduled or the nal week o term,Humans vs Zombies will see classmatesturned enemies as the University isdivided into two opposing teams.During the game, zombies will try totake as many humans into their ranksas possible by ‘eating’ or tagging a non-zombie player. As the week progresses,the odds against mankind increase andhumans will have to band together andtake part in missions to survive.“Te game started in America andwas initially designed or Ner gunswhich shoot small rubber missiles,”explained William Walters, one o theevent organisers.“It’s since been played in army bar-racks, in schools and on campuses allover the world. We thought it lookedcool so decided to run with it.”Precautions are being taken to makethe week as sae as possible. Humanswill be armed only with Anti UndeadProjectiles – clean, rolled-up, un-modi-ed socks that stun the zombies upon adirect hit.“We’re going to have a sock tradingstore in the English department andprobably also a Lost and Found. I’drecommend that people label theirs!”Walters said.In keeping with University regula-tions, although this is not an ocialUniversity event, it has been given thego ahead by the Dean o Students O-ce.“Te organizing committee havetaken great pains to ensure that we arenot disruptive,” said Zombie ApocalypseConsultant Amy Goodenough.“Larissa [Klazinga] was happy withthe measures the committee have taken,and promised to inorm Viv[ian deKlerk], so that everyone who needs toknow what's going on does,” she said.Moderators in orange bandanas willbe visible on campus and available to re-solve any disputes that may arise duringthe course o play. Te Campus Protec-tion Unit (CPU) will also be inormedo what is taking place.“We don't want CPU getting worriedwhen there are twenty students scream-ing “Brains!” and running aer oneterried survivor,” Goodenough said.“It’s really just about having un andmaking riends,” Walters said. “We don’twant anybody to panic.”Registration gures continue to riseas Zombie ever takes hold. “We wereoriginally aiming to have about 50people playing, but are already lookingat over 200 who want to take part! It’screating quite a buzz,” Walters said.At the time o going to print 342people had registered on the website.“It’s going to be so epic. Sort o likeone major adult game o tag,” said Mela-nie Herholdt, a First Year BA studentwho has registered to play.“We hope it will be a sae, un, hilari-ous apocalypse,” said Goodenough.Walters hinted that an End o theWorld party can be expected to mark the close o third term and mourn theall o mankind.Walters added that it is vital orplayers to attend Saety Meetings whereimportant inormation will be given.o get involved, players register onthe site http://rhodes.hvzsource.com/register.php which can be accesseddirectly or via the “Tey are Coming…Facebook event.Rules and urther details o play canbe ound on the website.
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This year’s Bright YoungMindsummit was heldinJohannesburg.Studentsrom across the country were invitedtobrainstorm ideas orsocial change
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Te Oppidan Press 25.08.1154Te Oppidan Press25.08.11Watching im Chey’s movie
TeGenius Club
, I waited expectantly tohear the seven geniuses’ answer to aquestion which would decide whetheror not they’d ace a nuclear explo-sion. Te question posed was, “Why does printer oil cost so much?” Andthe answer given was that companiesproduce machinery that ails so thatconsumers have to come back andreplace their aulty products.
I thought: surely thenuclear bomb wouldblow up the US.But to my (dishearten-ing) surprise,the geniusesgained 15 points.Tat made meponder on the sub- ject and it came tomy realisation that thegroup was right.During rst semesteralone my hair iron had beenrepaired twice and I had already bought my seven month old phonea new battery. Ever heard the saying“Tey just don’t make ‘em like they useto?” Well, that’s true about most prod-ucts we use today.“Everyone is competitive and they try to produce products as cheaply as possible,” says Rhodes University Electrical Manager Wally Bue. “Tismakes or lots o disposable productsnowadays.”MP3 players, cell phones, comput-ers and cartridge ink jets are someexamples o ‘built to ail’ machinery.Tis machinery is either built to stopworking aer a pre-determined periodo time or it’s built with poor com-ponents (such as lithium cell phonebatteries) which will ensure thatthe producer will always have aconsumer market. Tis is called‘planned obsolescence’.“Most cell phone problemsoccur within the rst two yearsthe cell phone is bought,”says MN ranchisestore managerLeachimaOliant. “Wereceive 13-14cell phones in orrepairs daily.”“Laptops with actory aws are quite eminent. Somewould come back or repairs aer acouple o months or even weeks,” saysMark Sunners, a sales assistant at TeInsight Store.Te second biggest computercompany in the world, Dell Computershad a 97% chance o ailing due to badcapacitors in 2005. Dell sales sta weretold to mislead customers about ail-ures, according to released documentsstated in the article Built to Fail on theDaily ech website.Te University o exas purchaseda large amount o computers rom thecomputer company and every singleone went bad at the same time. Dellblamed the University or “overtaxingthe machines”, but evidence shows thatthe ailures were caused by aulty elec-trical parts that leaked chemicals.‘Planned obsolescence’ does not only negatively aect our pockets but it alsonegatively aects our environment. Ink cartridges, or example, do not only costalmost as much as an actual printer butit also takes “three quarts o oil and 2.5pounds o plastic to make,” states theDaily Green website.By printing less, greyscaling pictureswhen printing, as well as buying ink rell packs, you can save both ink andmoney.For aulty cell phone batteries, o-the-market batteries could work (justbecause it’s not original does not meanit will not work just as well).A sign o ‘planned obsolescence’ is ashort warranty, so take caution to check your warranty as a ‘bargain’ may end upcausing you plenty o headaches in theuture.
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The ghost in the machine
Athina May
A home away from home
Michelle Cunlie
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magine going to a new country,or even a new continent to study,leaving behind your parents,riends, home and culture as well asa language that you are accustomedto. Well, that’s what 20% o studentsat Rhodes have done. Tey have leall that they are amiliar with to comeand study here. What better way to ex-perience lie in another country thanby studying with a number o peoplerom diverse countries?
Te majority o internationalstudents come rom Southern AricaDevelopment Community (SADC)countries. Other international studentscome rom places like Russia, China,the United States o America, Canada,Australia, Pakistan and several coun-tries in Europe.So, why is there such a large numbero international students?According to Orla Quinlan, theDirector o Rhodes University’sInternational Oce, there is a generalrecognition that internationalisation isa key component o education quality in a higher education institution. Shealso went on to say that,“challengesacing our world today do not recognisenational boundaries. Poverty, climatechange, security, malaria, HIV/AIDsand many other aspects o our lives areglobal in nature. Solutions will requireworking collaboratively across bound-aries. Many networks are ormed whenstudents rom dierent countries study together. Tese can be very benecialin later lie or example, when proes-sionals want to engage in collaborativeprogrammes or research.”Having international students is anasset, as students adopt dierent per-spectives rom each other and everyonebenets.So clearly, having so many inter-national students is a great thing orRhodes, but the question is why do stu-dents choose to come to South Arica,and why Rhodes specically?As an international student I havebeen asked those two questions severaltimes, and I posed the same questionsto Vimbai Midzi rom Zimbabwe. Midzisaid that not only is Rhodes aordablebut it is also close to home. She also saidthat Rhodes has an amazing reputa-tion or Journalism and Media Studieswhich was an added incentive or her.Midzi nished o by saying “at Rhodes,no matter who you are –you will nd aplace to t in, there is always someoneto relate to”.Rhodes is very welcoming to in-ternational students, I know this romexperience: international students areoered the same range o services as allSouth Arican students, making themeel more at home. Te InternationalOce also organises advice on medicalaid schemes, through independent con-sultants, and support on visas, as wellas a range o activities that highlight theamazing diversity that Rhodes benetsrom, or example the International Day parade.What i an international studentisn’t coping well or needs support? AnInternational Student’s Support Grouphas been initiated by the RU Counsel-ling Centre especially or the groupmeets at 11:00 on Fridays at the HealthCare Centre.Another interesting aspect aboutRhodes is that there is an exchangeprogramme that allows students rom anumber o dierent countries to comeand study at Rhodes.aylor Shaw, rom Kentucky in theUS, is here on an exchange programme.When asked why she chose SouthArica she said that Rhodes oers agood volunteer programme, which ap-pealed to her. She was also happy thatno additional costs were incurred interms o tuition ees. Shaw also said thatshe immediately elt very welcome aseveryone at the International Oce wasextremely helpul. In terms o culture,Shaw elt that Rhodes is much morediverse than the university she is rom.She also believes that there is a stark dierence between what is portrayedin the media and the actual reality inSouth Arica. She said that had she notdone her research on South Arica shewould have had very dierent expecta-tions. Although there are well-o stu-dents on campus, this does not apply tothe whole country. She believes poverty seems to be more recognised in SA asa whole.“Back home there is poverty butpeople choose to ignore it, but here thetownships are so close that poverty ismuch more acknowledged,” said Shaw.She gets to see both sides o Arica andnot what is simply portrayed in themedia.Te International Oce also encour-ages and supports outgoing studentexchange programmes, and the optionsin the International Oce in EdenGrove will remain on display.Rhodes seems to be building up astable, sure and impressive reputationwhen it comes to international students.
The Rhodes International ofce is locatedinEdenGrove.
 
KirstenMakin
Grahamstown has been known as thelocus o more than a ew droughts inits day, but recently we’ve been blessedwith a slew o good weather, leaving our dams ull and our rivers bursting.How is the recent change in weatherimpacting on those who rely on rainand good soil?
We spoke to Jocelyn Coldrey, thehead o Masincedane student soci-ety which assists in the upkeep o acommunity-based soup kitchen and itsgarden.Apart rom children’s workshops andbread-making initiatives, the society is heavily involved with gardening.Te society is linked with CommonGround, another community-basedsociety, through their mutual inter-est in creating sustainable community cooperatives. According to Coldrey,the current rainstorms have oodedmany houses in the area even thoughthey have le the soil soer and easierto manipulate. “Because Grahamstownhas been prone to drought over the lastdecade or so, the drainage systems can’tcope with this much water, making ev-erything rather soggy,” she says. Whilethe drought lasted, the soup kitchen waslucky enough to have a rain tank ull o water, which was routinely topped-upwith water collected through severalcondensation asks. Coldrey says thatthere are no measures currently in placein case the weather turns bad again,but they are working with CommonGround and their community partnersto set up a system.It seems that the good weather cameas a surprise to many and preparationsor the rain were underway while theweather itsel was persisting. Apartrom the ew ooded houses, let’s hopethe municipality has made urther plans just in case things turn sour.
KirstenMakin
The international ofce goes a longway inencouraging‘internationali-sation’at Rhodes
Ain’t nothing like good weather
Bakhulule Maluleka
Picked up any litter recently? Pickedup a chair, or a nice mattress or a loa o bread? Probably not... You’re prob-ably the one who threw them away.Most o us don’t even recycle. It’sthings like this (and, perhaps, peoplelike you) that have driven some to thepoint that many see as being “o noreturn”. Ask the Freegans. Troughthe eyes o conventional society,Freeganism is an anti-establishment,hippy orm o being a hobo: volun-tary hobo-ism. But it’s more thanthat. Freegans have an ethos and asense o justice that ar surpassesmost o the masses.
“Aer years o trying to boycottproducts rom unethical corporationsresponsible or human rights andother violations... We came to realisethat the problem isn’t just a ew badcorporations but the entire systemitsel,” reads part o the maniesto ontheir website (http://reeganism.ino).Freeganism, according to the samemaniesto, is a total boycott o an eco-nomic system where prot has eclipsedethical considerations and where mostproduction processes are so complex,that something wrong is being done.At any point in time, any componento a product created with the puresteconomic intent can have an unethicalor illicit means o production.Freegans employ a range o strate-gies or practical living based on theirprinciples. Waste reclamation is ound-ed on the notion that afuent societieshave so much waste that people can beed and supported simply on its trash.Freegans orage instead o buying, andregular ‘dumpster dives’ and similaractivities are organised to collect oodthat would have gone to waste. Accord-ing to Freegans, despite our society’staboos about garbage, the goods they recover are sae, useable, clean andin perect or near-perect condition.Freegans also use eco-riendly orms o transportation and support rent-reehousing.Is this dope? I don’t think I cananswer that conclusively this timearound. I admire the spirit in which theFreegans are going about their business- it is the epitome o a return to a morenatural lie. But is there really spaceor most o us to do this? Could weall abandon Coca-Cola, McDonald’s,Nestle and Kra Foods on a whim?
Should we all be reegin’Freegans?
THE DOPENESS
Bakhulule Maluleka
BinweAdebayo
Obituary: the SA pop culture magazine
he United Nations (UN) hasissued a new basic humanright: access to the internet. Asmost o the developed world is already connected to the web, the UN is hop-ing to extend this “right” to the restand orm a virtual global community.Tey have also asked all members o the UN assembly not to pass any lawsthat have the power to cut people o rom the internet – especially singling out England and France due to therecent strikes.
Te report issued by the UN comesrom the hands o Frank La Rue, UNSpecial Rapporteur on the Promotionand Protection o the Right to Freedomo Opinion and Expression. In it, LaRue expresses his concerns over severalrecent internet misdemeanours. Teseinclude the uninormed blocking andltering o internet trac, restrictivelaws during strikes and riots in Englandand France, and complete internetblackouts during political unrest incountries such as Syria and Egypt.However, the passing o this rightcomes with its own problems.As other basic human rights towater, shelter, ood, education, etc. arebarely met - it can hardly be expected o the UN to try and ocus more eorts onconnecting the world to the internet.Recent gures show that 30.2% o the world has access to the internet;whereas 40% o the population is lewithout sae drinking water.Water is essential to survival, withover 3 million people dying each yeardue to lack o clean water.More people have access to cellularphones in the world than access to basicsanitation. Even in South Arica, weare aected yearly with water shortageproblems, less than lack o internet.“It’s not practical...most people innon-developed countries don’t evenhave electricity, how will they connectto the internet?” said Jessica Greaves, a joint Honours student in InormationSystems and Environmental Sciences.Tough the internet is a wonderulresource to have, it is more o a wantthan a need. Te internet cannot giveyou sae drinking water, nor a roo overyour head.Perhaps the UN should rst try tosolve some o the other global problems,beore trying to get us all connected tothe World Wide Web.
Ashley Brown
A global networkthat is truly global
Wilhelmina Maboja
For more than ve years,
Student  Life Magazine
, also known as
SL Magazine
, has been keeping theglossy magazines sti-lipped as it jabbed shoulders with them on retailshelves. O all the things you couldhave in your shopping trolley, having a copy o 
SL Magazine
next to yourcan o meatballs instantly made youuber-cool. Te magazine’s contentwas smart, with ballsy eaturesabout youth culture and dramaticphoto spreads. Because o the reecompilation CD that each monthly issue came with, you could recitethe names o SA bands just like yourEnglish teachercould recitesoliloquies romShakespeare.
SL Magazine
 took you to theshowerless tent-liestyle in thebushveld duringthe Oppikoppiestival to standingin the queue at the Chris Hani Barag-wanath Hospital, next to a man with adripping stab wound aer a Chies vs.Pirates soccer match.It was a shock, then, when
SL Magazine
burnt into embers and diedin 2009, and le magazine shelves coun-trywide void o any wit and creative gritthat summed up South Arican youthculture. And it wasn’t the only one thathad somehow gone under.
SL
’s demisewas the indication o a dark trendollowing these publications: SA popculture magazines have become a dyingbreed.It was not so long ago that
Ymag 
, thewell-known magazine component o black youth-targeted radio station Ym,used to dene “Kasi Kulture” to a tee. Itwas the platorm or the likes o Rude-boy Paul, Brenda Fassie and KZee tolaunch themselves into the bubblingSouth Arican music scene.When looking at
Ymag 
’s post-mortem results today, it is clear that thesame malignant cancer that suddenly wiped it clean o the map, has wriggledits way into similar publications. Itstarted them o with cold sweats o dwindling distribution gures beore -nally striking them down. Te remnantso these magazines now only exist in thecollective memory o its readers whocould identiy with their ideas.Online magazines shared the sameate. Tere was mass mourning or themuch-loved Hayibo.com, which decid-ed to close shop in September 2010 aeryears o sharp mud-slinging and satireon current aairs.Luckily, its punchy return preventedpools o blood oncomputer key-boards nationwide.Similarly, LaughIt O’s onlinewebsite seemed tobe lled with morecobwebs and dustbunnies ever since its inamous case, inwhich the -shirt maker was accusedo deamation or its whimsical “Black Labour, White Guilt” t-shirt by beerbrewer SABMiller. Te annual release o their book is not enough to capture thenub o a constantly changing SA youthculture. Compared to others, indepen-dent powerhouse
One Small Seed 
’s pricetag or each quarterly magazine is toosteep or the student budget to exem-pliy SA pop culture.A generation without its own maga-zine is like a nger without its uniqueprint. Te purpose o the magazine is torepresent and house that very genera-tion’s ideas. Tey aren’t just periodicalswith illustration and text. Teir unique-ness comes in the act that they canhave a eature story on the dangers o ast ood and have a McDonald’sadvert on the adjacent page. Noother periodical can master suchskillul subtleties quite like amagazine can.Having no magazine to rep-resent our generation’s popularculture should be enough to haveus down tools and streak maga-zine shelves o retailers with toiletpaper until they are replaced.Until then, we’ll keep our handkerchiesneatly pressed and await the next maga-zine to kick the bucket.
SL
’s demise was theindication o a dark trend ollowing thesepublications: SA popculture magazines havebecome a dying breed.
Bruce Haynes,ounderandchairpersonoCommonGround,workinginthe Masincedane SoupKitchen’s vegetable garden
JonathanJones
  D a  v  i d  B a  k e  r
“...at Rhodes, no matterwho you are –you willnd a place to t in,there is always someoneto relate to”.
YmagandSLare twoothe magazines thatlet a dent inSA’s pop culture scene.Below:LaughIt Ogot intotrouble withSABMillerovertheir‘Black labour,whiteguilt’t-shirt t-shirtRecent statistics rom Internet WorldStats showthat Arica is behindthe restoworldinterms ointernet penetration-a problem ianinternet connectionis nowa humanright.
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