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Activate - Edition 5 2012

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Published by: Activate Student Newspaper on May 29, 2012
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A C T I V A T E
RHODES UNIVERSITY INDEPENDENTSTUDENT NEWSPAPER
EDITION 5 • 29 MAY 2012 • SINCE 1947
A C T I VA T E
RHODES UNIVERSITY INDEPENDENTSTUDENT NEWSPAPER
EDITION4•08 MAY 2012 •SINCE 1947
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Edition 5 . 29 May 2012
From the Editor
       H       I       G       H       L       I       G       H       T       S
Editor-in-chief:
Lauren Kate Rawlins
Deputy Editor:
Isabelle Anne Abraham
Content Editor:
Kayla Roux 
Managing Editor
Palesa Mashigo
Online Editor:
Alexander Venturas
Chief Media Supervisor:
Megan Ellis
Chief Sub-Editor:
Matthew Kynaston
Chief Designer
Simone Loxton
Assistant Designer:
Mignon van Zyl
Chief Pics Editor:
Anton Scholtz
Assistant Pics Editor:
Niamh Walsh-Vorster
Illustrator:
Katja Schreiber
News Editor:
Sibulele Mabusela
Deputy News Editor:
Christopher Morris
Politics Editor:
Marc Davies
Deputy Politics Editor:
Deane Lindhorst
Business Editor:
Njabulo Nkosi
C&A Editor:
Alexa Sedgwick 
Features Editor:
Karlien van der Wielen
Features Assistant Editor:
Nina McFall
Lifestyle Editor:
Sarisha Dhaya
A & E Editor:
Elna Schütz
Sports Editor:
Bridgette Hall
Science & Tech Editor:
Brad de Klerk 
Environment Editor
Shirley Erasmus
Advertising Manager
Lethukuthula Tembe
Advertising Assistants
Justine PearceAdrienne Weidner
Advertisement Designer:
Alex Bernatzky
Distribution Manager:
Bulali Dyakopu
Community Engagement:
Victoria Hlubi
Editorial Consultant:
Craig Wynn
Contacts:
Editor:
activate.editor@gmail.com
Deputy Editor:
activate.deputy@gmail.com
Printed by Paarlcoldset,Port Elizabeth 
Page 21:Page 10:
Gay rights in Africa – an overview
Page 18:
Professor David Fryer on the wage debateJourney to rock bottom
Page 8:
SA’s racist underbelly exposed
Page 22:
From Rhodeo to Activate: A history
Page 30:
Tutus and tiaras: Beginner’s ballet at Rhodes
W
elcome to
 Activate
’s 65th Birthday edition. Between these coverswe will be taking you on a journey back through time. The history of this paper documents the history of the student body at thetime. It reflects the attitudes and causes of the students and shows that history really does repeat itself. Going through the archives from the early 40s totoday, you pick up common stresses that we are still reporting on today such ascomplaints about res food, issues of censorship and SRC controversy.Preparing for this edition has been very nostalgic; I have only been a part of 
 Activate
for the last four years but the paper has been going strong for morethan three times my lifetime. Looking through old pages makes you feel likeyou are a part of something bigger, as clichéd as that sounds.
 Activate
(then
Rhodeo
) has always been a platform through which the students can be heard,and a place for student journalists to hone their craft and experiment. This isevident through the ever-changing design through the decades. I encourageanyone who is interested in what Rhodes used to be like from a student’sperspective to go explore the archives at the Cory Library.
 Activate
was originally called
Rhodeo
and changed its name to
 Activate
inearly 1995 after heavy debate in 1994 about whether or not to change the nameand what to change it to. The team at the time had decided to change the namebecause they did not want to be associated with Cecil John Rhodes who hasbeen a controversial namesake in this university’s history as a known racist,among other accusations. In the editorial of the first
 Activate
, they say that,“This newspaper has always been proactive and progressive and the new name,
 Activate
, embodies our principles of democracy, non-racism, non-sexism andnon-homophobia.”This edition is filled with excerpts and short snippets from years gone by. Onpage 22 and 23 you can read for yourself the history of the paper. Our photofeature has a selection of photos from over the years. I am sure you will findsome of them quite amusing.We have gathered content from our archives in the office and from Cory Library. Some photos and stories did not come with dates or authors, if youknow whose work it is or if it is yours, please let us know and we will amend itonline, contact me at
activate.editor@gmail.com.
Lauren Kate RawlinsEditor-in-Chief 
An old desk in the Acvate oce which is inscribed with the words “Fuck reform - smash apartheid”. It is unknown when this was wrien or by whichmemeber of Rhodeo/Acvate sta.
Pic: Anton Scholtz

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