The Great (Star) Trek

June 17, 2009


By Jennifer Moyes
Four out of five popcorn kernels

Despite displaying jumpsuit clad men, Star Trek is also a show that once focused on many controversial issues, such as feminism, racism and the Vietnam War. It even screened the first inter-racial kiss on television and was banned in some countries for this. But when I first heard about the movie, I wondered how it would bring these ideas to a whole new generation, without offending the hardcore Trekkies.

Expecting a lot of “pew pews” and split infinitives, I went to see the new Star Trek movie with a bit of scepticism – but I couldn’t have been more wrong. After the original series and ten movies, Lost creator, J.J Abrams, takes us back to the beginning, when Captain Kirk was rebellious and reckless and Dr Spock was still a young and serious pointy-eared lad.

The movie follows the characters from childhood to their training at the Starfleet academy and their subsequent exciting and nail-biting adventures through the universe. However geeky this may sound, the CGI effects and battle scenes are good enough to keep you tantalised. It is evident that there are a whole new range of CGI effects to play with, especially with Kirk’s green girl, with whom he has a roll in the proverbial hay. Then there are good old-fashioned hand-to-hand fighting scenes, not to mention a captivating storyline.

Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto provide more than enough eye candy. Throw in a Scot for humour and you might not go boldly where no film has gone before, but you sure have a hell of a good time. The jumping of backwards and forwards between the future and the past gets a bit confusing, but you eventually catch on when the original Dr Spock, Leonard Nimoy, makes an appearance and does a supercool mind-flashback on Kirk to help you understand. You might also need to prepare a snack because the film is a bum-numbing two hours long.

The movie stays true to all the ideas of the original series, without giving too much away. It does, however spring in a rather surprising romance. Talking about what the previous movies lacked, Abrams says, “I feel we were able to bring to life, in a way we’ve never seen before; what it is to be a member of Starfleet. And that’s kind of cool.” I really couldn’t agree more.


Home of Joy – a safe haven

June 17, 2009

By Zama Khumalo

Pic by: Karen Crouch

Margaret Ngcangca is community mother of 13 neglected children at her home in Joza. She is unemployed and volunteered to take care of children who were abandoned due to parental neglect.

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Swot week cancelled for 2010

June 17, 2009

By Caelyn Woolward & Kelley Wake

Pic by: Matthew Theijssen

At the most recent student body meeting, the Student Representative Council (SRC) announced that it was decided that swot week will be divided up into swot days and there will no longer be exams on Saturdays in 2010.

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Akon to record official 2010 anthem

June 17, 2009

By Zama Khumalo

Rapper and R&B artist Akon has been appointed by FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) to record the official anthem for next year’s Soccer World Cup in South Africa. Akon is also due to appear at the opening ceremony.

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66 year old British woman falls pregnant

June 17, 2009

By Kelley Wake & Caelyn Woolward

Elizabeth Adeney is set to become UK’s oldest mother at the age of 66. The British business woman, who is currently eight months pregnant, underwent in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

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Pirates’ new liquor license

June 17, 2009

By Kelley Wake & Philippa Bradbury
Pic by: Bella Parkinson

Pirates Pizza has definitely moved up in the world. Their new venue opposite Peppergrove Mall on African Street incorporates all the aspects students need for a place to hang out. The friendly vibe that Pirates is known for is now enhanced by a larger area and comfortable seating that allows for students to sit and enjoy their meal. Now, with a liquor license, Pirates cannot seem to get any better. Acquiring the license, however, was not an easy task.

According to Jonathan Inggs, the general manager of Pirates, they applied for their liquor license last October in the hope of receiving it in time for O-Week this year.

The process of applying for a liquor license and actually obtaining it are two very difficult procedures. As Inggs said, Pirates “had all their ducks in a row” after being assessed by the fire, police and health department. The request was gazetted to the community and because there was no negative feedback within the allotted time of 21 days, the application went ahead.

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Rhodes reacts to M&G discrimination

June 17, 2009

By Kyle Robinson

The Crane Soudien report on discrimination in South African higher level education, which was set up after the racist incident at the University of Free State in 2007, has highlighted fundamental concerns regarding the implementation of transformation policy at university level.

It was reported in a Mail & Guardian article that one of the findings of the Crane Soudien report was that, at Rhodes, male student “thugs” allegedly get away with the rape of lesbians, to “cure them”. There was also a mention of assaults on black gay men. The Rhodes University submission to the committee consisted of the individual voices of staff and students, even if there were disagreements. Dean of Students, Dr Vivian de Klerk, commented that [Mail & Guardian] journalists have taken those to reflect the general situation of the University. “What journalists have done is they’ve picked little, sharp, harsh things that relate to what a particular Rhodes student or staff member said. Sadly, that does distort perceptions in the media,” said De Klerk.

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